San Francisco’s Oldest Restaurant, The Old Clam House, Announces Renovations

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The Dal Bozzo family, the owners of The Old Clam House, is announcing a restoration effort and discussing the restaurant’s history.

The Old Clam House has undergone extensive renovation and restoration efforts.

Today, the bar area consists of the original structure, making it San Francisco’s oldest restaurant in the same location since 1861—a fact we cherish

San Francisco’s best restaurant that serves fresh seafood, The Old Clam House, has undergone extensive renovation and restoration efforts. Owners Jennifer and Jerry Dal Bozzo both remember The Old Clam House as a historical establishment and through renovations, have succeeded in preserving the nostalgia of old San Francisco.

“Today, the bar area consists of the original structure, making it San Francisco’s oldest restaurant in the same location since 1861—a fact we cherish,” Jennifer Dal Bozzo, owner of The Old Clam House, said. “We recently had dinner with the granddaughter of the restaurant owners during the 1906 earthquake. She provided us with pictures taken in the backyard when people lived in the back and served lunch to guests in the front of the house.”

They have stripped the bar of all its varnish and plastic coating, while the bar and dining room contain tin ceilings that were only cleaned and otherwise remain unchanged. The walls were striped of all non-conforming newer items then cleaned and decorated with older pictures. An enclosed patio was added for an outdoor dining effect and with the exception of the elements, it provides a warm, cozy environment.

“We believe that this is the first restoration of the Victorian style in 1861 that is indicative of the year the building was established. All of the old photos are displayed throughout our local restaurant.”

Many famous guests have frequented The Old Clam House over the years, namely Herb Caen, Joe Montana, Eric Wright, Willie McCovey, Reggie Jackson, Loni Anderson, Vida Blue and Jerry Rice.

Seafood, such as crab and clams, have always been a staple of The Old Clam House, especially the Clam Juice, which takes the form of an ongoing tradition of starting off a meal with a hot shot of Clam Juice. Many patrons also like to dip their bread in the broth.

“Clam Juice is known for its healthy beneficial qualities like being good for the immune system. In the past, The Old Clam House used to sell Clam Juice by the gallon,” Dal Bozzo said.

The Dal Bozzo’s own San Francisco clam chowder is based on The Old Clam House’s “Golden Gate Clam Chowder,” the recipe for which was discovered in an old article.

For more information about the renovations or any of The Old Clam House’s products or services, call 415-826-4880, view the local restaurant on the web at or visit 299 Bayshore Blvd. in San Francisco.

About The Old Clam House

The Old Clam House is a historic San Francisco seafood restaurant and one of the best restaurants in the city. It has survived many city transformations, including the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. It is a famous restaurant in San Francisco that has been serving quality, fresh seafood and spirits from the same location since 1861. Even during the days of Emperor Norton, The Old Clam House was a local restaurant to the growing community of San Franciscans.

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