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Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

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$$$
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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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Today
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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Friendly staff and Good Chowder

The staff was very attentive and nice. Our group tried 3 types of the chowder in a bread bowl and they were all good. Really liked the corn and crab chowder!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Woodra
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Chico, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Abilene, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It has great chowder. We got the trio, and it was nice to get to try the 3 different kinds. I'm not a huge sourdough fan, and theirs was very sourdough-y.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The price was comparable to other breakfast places in the area. We had breakfast here 4 times. We did not have to wait in line and the food was good, with the exception of the potatoes. We did not have dinner or lunch here, because we were out and about.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We came for breakfast and were quite disappointed. Service was spotty at best; when my eggs arrived sunny side up and not scrambled (per my order), the busboy had to take it back for me because our waiter was no where to be found. He never apologized for the mix up. The corned beef hash was not really corned beef... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Whether its a hearty American breakfast, a brunch or a steamed crab dinner this restaurant comes up trumps on every occassion. Attached to the Argonaut Hotel (formerly the Del Monte warehouse) the seaside / fishing themed restaurant provides great food, efficient service and, for San Francisco, excellent value. We used this place for all 3 meals over several days and... More 

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Chico, California
3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The staff was very attentive and nice. Our group tried 3 types of the chowder in a bread bowl and they were all good. Really liked the corn and crab chowder!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice friendly location, excellent Service, warm and Friendly Welcome, the American Breakfast is excellent, and the coffe keeps Flowing, really nice atmosphere

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California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The crab cakes, & crab dip were wonderful. The fish & chips, & cioppino, Manhattan clam chowder, & corn crab chowder were unbelievably delicious! Loved every bite!

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

CaliforniaQzilla, We loved every word of this review! You almost got a taste of our whole menu while you were here. I hope you’re able to come see us again soon, there’s a couple more dishes you’ll find delicious. Thank you for your patronage and thoughts. ~Adam M. More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The restaurant was part of our hotel so perfect for our first night in San Francisco and a long travelling day. It was great for quick and easy comfort food and our first opportunity to try San Francisco Cioppino. Although we were there as a couple I think it would be a great place for families.

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

Kate L, Thank you for your review and for staying and dining with us! We are so pleased you enjoyed your experiences and were comfortable here with us. Please come and stay with us again just as soon as you can. ~Adam M. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We found this on trip advisor and were very pleased. We got a little freaked out by the restaurants right on Fishermans wharf and decided to try this place. Great crab and corn chowder, rainbow trout, peach cobbler and beer. We have pretty high standards for food and were rally happy with out dinner.

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

Kevin M, Thank you for giving the Blue Mermaid a try despite your apprehensions given the touristy nature of the wharf. We like to believe we go far beyond any cliché or “trap”. We try to keep our dishes and drinks as imaginative as possible. We are so pleased we met your expectations. Please come and see us again soon.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It was a nice lunch , great outdoor patio beautiful sunny day . food was awesome and the waitstaff was very attentive. I had the eye he BLT done to perfection. My lunch partner had a burger bun less presented very nicely done well.

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

Tgrbear200, Thank you for the review. I can’t think of a much better experience than a sunny patio with great food and service. We are so happy you enjoyed everything. Our Ahi BLT and Burger are just the start, please come back soon, maybe for dinner, so we can wow you again with some of our other spectacular dishes. ~Adam... More 

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Additional Information about Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

Address: 471 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone Number: (415) 771-2222
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine

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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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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