Tagged: The Old Clam House

May 17

A Little Bit of History at The Old Clam House

This weekend we went to the newly remodeled, Old Clam House.  Opened in 1861, The Old Clam House is one of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco!  What was once the Islais Creek which flowed into Mission Bay is now the Bayview District of San Francisco, not the most convenient and attractive areas in the city, but you will be surprised by this old charmer once you walk inside. We sat in the Main Dining Room, featuring traditional designed moldings and vintage San Francisco photos along the walls!

We had a group of about 15 people, the restaurant was slow and quiet on a Sunday night and we were immediately seated. Of course we ordered appetizers to share family style – the Clams Escargot, Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari, Golden Gate Clam Chowder, Arugula Salad in lemon oil, goat cheese & sun-dried tomatoes and the Fuji Apple Salad with arugula, raspberry vinaigrette, sun-dried cranberries & candied walnuts!  I really loved the baked cheesy Clams Escargot, as you can tell by the photo, two went missing right away! There was nothing special about the Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari and Salads, but they were decent. I did not like the Clam Chowder, it was like a creamy potato soup, I was wondering what happened to the heavy cream! Maybe it was a different style Clam Chowder, I’m not really sure.

For my entree, I ordered off their Specialties and got myself the Clams Paella Acini with cioppino sauce, sausage, olives and raw milk white cheddar.  Acini is a pasta that looks like tiny beads! My Paella Acini was cooked thoroughly with lots of cheese and the clams were fresh! It was such a great dish! My hubby ordered the Seafood Cioppino and the flavors and fresh seafood (crab, mussels, clams and squid) were just delicious, the stew was not watered down at all and the crispy bread was perfect for dipping!