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Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Fisherman’s Wharf
American, Chowder, Seafood
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471 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (Hyde Street)
We are 2 blocks away from the F line stop at Jones St. and Beach St.
(415) 771-2222
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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Serving casual San Francisco fare and a large helping of Gold Rush Era...
Serving casual San Francisco fare and a large helping of Gold Rush Era ambiance, the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar makes its home in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. A menu, priced for the whole family, features fresh seafood with a regional focus and a great kids' menu. Diners will find distinctive homemade chowders served from steaming cauldrons in three different size bowls, including a traditional bread bowl. Also offered are such savory selections as Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, Whole Dungeness Crab and Cioppino. A full bar specializes in a wide selection of beer and California wines, Irish Coffee and ocean-themed cocktails... guaranteed to promote mermaid sightings. Come in and listen for the siren songs of the legendary Blue Mermaid.
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  • 229
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  • 281
    Very good
  • 115
    Average
  • 32
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  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great chowder

The chowder was from a different planet. It was perfect. The waiter was very friendy even when he realised that I just want a quick chowder...However at the begining he was very pushy about the appetizer...beeing a salesman myself with that force I couldn't take him seriously so I didn't order it...

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
JIMMYDEFARGO
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ZURICH
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Angola, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Service was excellent. Be sure to order their chowders. They have and outstanding chowder sampler where you can select 3 different chowders out of 6 on the menu. All were very good.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The crab corn chowder is always on my list of must eat. It may be a little spicy for some, but worth it . The lavender lemonade will cool you off . Great place for breakfast if you are staying at the Argonaut Hotel . The hotel will also bring you room service from the Bluemermaid .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

All I can say is amazing chowder. This is a must go!!!! The staff was as exceptional as the chowder. Well done Mermaid team!!!!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Food was mediocre and prices were outrageous. The service was good. Should have more items on the menu.

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ZURICH
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The chowder was from a different planet. It was perfect. The waiter was very friendy even when he realised that I just want a quick chowder...However at the begining he was very pushy about the appetizer...beeing a salesman myself with that force I couldn't take him seriously so I didn't order it...

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Brussels, Belgium
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Amidst the bustle of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf district, an oasis of calm and great food. We had the generous clam chowder plus the baked crab dip. Washed down with draft Anchor lager, it was a substantial meal. The bathrooms are roomy and clean, as the restaurant is linked to the next-door Kimpton Hotel.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The award winning chowder at the Blue Mermaid certainly lived up to all our expectations, fabulous! During the period of our stay we had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant and the staff were really helpful and we had great quality food competitively priced considering this was a hotel restaurant. The service was brilliant and personable, this restaurant should... More 

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Hertfordshire, uk
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Didn't have time to enjoy the chowder while we were resident, so came back on our return journey. Glad we did, it was so tasty, and reasonably priced. Good service.

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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were looking forward to trying this award winning chowder, and we were not disappointed - it was wonderful.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

And boy was it good, shame we had to fly home after eating there or else would have been back many times during stay. Crab chowder in bread bowl....fantastic

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Adam M, General Manager at Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, responded to this review

Trish, You were most definitely steered in the right direction. We are the best. Along the wharf you’ll find many a restaurants claiming to feature the best chowder, but our national and regional awards prove otherwise. Our chowders never come from a can, nor do we drown out the exquisite seafood flavor underneath an ocean of cream. We hope you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 471 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
    (Hyde Street)
  • Public Transportation: We are 2 blocks away from the F line stop at Jones St. and Beach St.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: (415) 771-2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children

Description

Serving casual San Francisco fare and a large helping of Gold Rush Era ambiance, the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar makes its home in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. A menu, priced for the whole family, features fresh seafood with a regional focus and a great kids' menu. Diners will find distinctive homemade chowders served from steaming cauldrons in three different size bowls, including a traditional bread bowl. Also offered are such savory selections as Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, Whole Dungeness Crab and Cioppino. A full bar specializes in a wide selection of beer and California wines, Irish Coffee and ocean-themed cocktails... guaranteed to promote mermaid sightings. Come in and listen for the siren songs of the legendary Blue Mermaid.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Staying in Fisherman’s Wharf

Neighborhood Profile
Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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