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Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

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American, Seafood, Chowder
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Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar
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471 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 254
    Very good
  • 109
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Phenomenal Chowder

We were recommended this place for their chowder, it did not disappoint! We couldn't decide on what to have so chose the 3 piece tasting a great option! The Dungeness Crab and corn really was a stand out! Every restaurant we tried after I had the same chowder to compare and this really was a stand... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
MissMolly73
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We were recommended this place for their chowder, it did not disappoint! We couldn't decide on what to have so chose the 3 piece tasting a great option! The Dungeness Crab and corn really was a stand out! Every restaurant we tried after I had the same chowder to compare and this really was a stand out! The cup is... More 

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

Ahoy there, We are glad that you enjoyed the chowders. I love the chowder sampler. It's so hard for me to decide on which one I like. We hope that on your next trip to San Francisco you stop and have some more chowder! Cheers and Happy Holidays, Adam More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Only had one breakfast here and it was delicious. Very pricey, but isn't most of San Fran? The portions were big enough to split if you want to save a few bucks.

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

Ahoy there, Thank you for your feed back! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day! We look forward to seeing you again. Happy Holidays, Adam More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Had our dinner here last night, was fantastic chowder with sourdough bread. Our waiter Brian was so welcoming, a must if you visit Fisherman's Wharf.

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Cincinnati
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Quiete, friendly, good food, great chowder. I had the sampler with 3 chowders, all were great. Could use a little more variety in menu

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

Hi Lino, Thanks for your feed back. We are planning on make some changes to the menu in the next year. We hope you will come by and check it out when you are visiting San Francisco again. Adam More 

Kennesaw, Georgia
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in for a drink before dinner. Had the Mai Tai on draft which was pleasantly good. Beers were about 5 drafts with some local crafts. Wines were good by the glass selections with large pours. Big TVs for sports too. Located in Cannery Row next to the Argonaut Hotel.

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

Ahoy Thomas, Thank you for your review. If you liked the Mai Tao you'll love the Smoked Pina Colada. We look forward to see you on your next visit to San Francisco. Adam More 

Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Enjoyed dinner at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House upon arrival at the Argonaut Hotel, and was pleasantly surprised with our dinner selection, and prompt service. Don't overlook this restaurant, their Dungeoness Crab and Corn chowder was outstanding, and not to be missed.

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

Ahoy there, We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time visiting us. We have won 1st place awards for our crab and corn chowder the last 3 years! We look forward to seeing you on your next adventure to San Francisco. Adam More 

Montclair, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I did not have the chowder, visited here for breakfast. Coffee wasn't so great, and the options were over priced. I stayed at the Argonaut and loved the hotel, really loved the hotel. But I wouldn't eat here again. There are just too many other great options/opportunities in San Fran that should not be missed!

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

Hi Alison, Thank you for your review. We are sorry that Breakfast didn't hit the spot for you. Adam More 

Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We stopped by for dinner, it was a cool evening and chowder sounded like a good idea. We ordered the clam with corn chowder and the mussel and sausage soup. Both were delicious, the chowder was creamy, with lots of clams, corn and potatoes... total comfort food. The mussel and sausage soup was spicy with a tomato based broth...yummy! For... More 

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

Ahoy there, Thanks for your review. We are glad that you liked dinner so much you came back for breakfast. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to San Francisco. Hopefully for breakfast lunch and dinner. Adam More 

Miami Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

What can I say. I love Chowder. Beautiful decor. Great menu. Fish and chips are enormous. I recommend this place for kids because of its playful decor. Friendly staff. Helpful manager. Right off Fisherman's Wharf.

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

Ahoy Sven, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that we hit the spot for your love of chowder. We hope that when you are in the area next you will stop by again. Adam More 

Bingara
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at The Argonaut and after a busy day decided to eat at the Hotel. Not your normal hotel restaurant, much better. Fabulous staff and knowledgable with the wines. Cocktails were fantastic. Seafood was excellent, beautiful meals. Recommend everything.

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

Ahoy there, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed you visit to the Blue Mermaid chowder house. We do our best to stand out from being a “hotel" restaurant. We are glad to see that it's working. We hope on your next visit to San Francisco you join us again. Adam 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
  • Phone Number: (415) 771-2222

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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