Formerly The Oakdale Bar & Clam House, The Old Clam House has been serving customers for 160 years. (Photo: The Old Clam House)


In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was President. The Gold Rush had just finished pumping the streets of San Francisco with both people and money. San Francisco was just starting to grow into a proper city, with a mere 60,000 residents. 

New settlers poured into the City. And many of them gathered at The Oakdale Bar & Clam House (The Old Clam House) at 299 Bayshore Boulevard. 

The establishment was so popular it was connected to downtown San Francisco by a two-mile long plank road. And as the name ‘Bayshore Boulevard’ suggests, in 1861, it sat on what was then the waterfront to the south of Islais Creek.

In 1906 the restaurant was spared from a fire during the Great Earthquake – allowing it the distinction to be San Francisco’s oldest restaurant in the same location since 1861. 

For 160 years, they’ve been serving calms, beers and seafood in the same location, just below Bernal Heights. Now it’s looking for a new owner.     


Own a Piece of History

While the city of San Francisco hasn’t granted historical or landmark status to the location, locals definitely know it’s significance. They also know about it’s clambake cioppino, kettle bread, hot clam juice and signature Milwaukee steam beer. 

If you’re looking for turnkey and profitable, or a history-concise entrepreneur, this could be the deal of a lifetime. You not only own and operate a historical restaurant and real estate but have a chance to build on a 160-year old beloved brand. Here’s the rundown:


Asking Price: $2,750,000.00

  • Recent renovations
  • Fully equipped full service restaurant, new equipment
  • Full service, 150 seat location
  • Oldest S.F. restaurant operating in the same location
  • Liquor license and building included
  • 3,792-square-foot corner parcel, zoned for development up to 65 feet

See a property listing for The Old Clam House


Ready to take the step and become a restauranteur? EyeSpy can help you every step of the way. From location selection to build out and menu design. EyeSpy is a full service restaurant and hospitality consultancy that has over 20 years experience developing new locations and optimizing existing ones. Let us help you create a historic waterfront dining experience.

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