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Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

471 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Ranked #525 of 4,857 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Chowder
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hyde Street
Transit: We are 2 blocks away from the F line stop at Jones St. and Beach St.
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.
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74% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Blue Mermaid had excellent chowder, service, and atmosphere! One of the best places we ate at while in San Francisco.

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Lots of places searve crab and chowder, but this place has a list of chowders to choose from. I had a cup of corn and crab chowder. SOOOO good. It had huge moughfulls of real crabmeat and melted in my mouth. Man, I'm getting hungry. It was my 2nd favorite moment in San Francisco! I went around 3pm for a... More

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Seattle area
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Stopped in twice once for a quick sandwich and a cup of chowder which was OK. Had breakfast and ordered the crab cakes Benedict it was bland which is weird as that is one of my favorite things and the crab cakes were mostly bland bread. Would not go again as there is better in the area.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Located in part of “The Cannery” down near the waterfront this nicely setout restaurant provided both inside and exterior seating. As it was a nice warm day we chose the latter and were promptly served by our very pleasant waitress, Loreto, from Chile. As we had spent some time in Chile recently we were able to share our experiences. We... More

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Frisco, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Chowder was great….service could have been better…it was not busy, but I had to go find someone to get tea refills….

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Sebastian, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The food was good but I felt it could have been better. The oysters Rockefeller was not a classic recipe and the crunchy breaded topping was just not right. Otherwise, the food was fresh and served hot. The chowder was just ok. I expected more flavor and consistency for such a highly-rated soup. The staff kept calling us girls "you... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Arrived past the peak hour for dinner as we just flew in. Manager was the only one who was working - greeting, seating, brought water, brought food ordered. Saw waiter only once. Had to flag him for our check. Did not ask if want anything besides water. Water was gone, but still no refills. Order was wrong. Requested the chowder... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This restaurant is very well known for it's chowder and was recommended by the tour guides. The chowder did not disappoint.We tried at least 3 of the varieties of chowder available and they were all awesome!

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Gold Coast
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78 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My third crab for the day. Not the best but very good. Not cheap; fifty bucks is a lot of dough for a poor pensioner like me. Sat outside in the sun but the sun went faster than I could dissect Mr Crab. Got moved to the only heater that works. Staff were very friendly. The inside is real nice... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We had a good breakfast here. Good portions and friendly service. Much better than many of the other 'cafe' outlets we tried locally.

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