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Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

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Fisherman’s Wharf
American, Seafood, Chowder
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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 - 10:00 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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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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Visitor rating
  • 208
    Excellent
  • 262
    Very good
  • 110
    Average
  • 31
    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
Try the crab chowder

We went here on the recommendation of our tour guide. They had won the chowder cook off last year, and the crab chowder was very nice. It was quite expensive though, so don't expect to get full on a bowl of the stuff. It's a tiny serving.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
8837Mom
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Seattle, Washington
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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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We went here on the recommendation of our tour guide. They had won the chowder cook off last year, and the crab chowder was very nice. It was quite expensive though, so don't expect to get full on a bowl of the stuff. It's a tiny serving.

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

Ahoy there, We are glad you stopped in. We have won the chowder cook off the last 3 years in a row. Our bowls of chowder are 16oz and our cups are 8oz. They do however come in the same bowl so if you are ordering a cup it may look like a smaller amount. We look forward to seeing... More 

Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Pretty decent clam chowder. The crab Louie was the sorriest excuse of its kind. In all, touristic, too high priced for the quality

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

Ahoy there Fredrik, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you like the chowder. We are sorry that you didn't enjoy the Crab Louis as much. We hope that you let your server know so we could get you something that was more appealing to you. We look forward to seeing you again the next you... More 

houston
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Chowder is amazing, had the crab and corn and the shrimp and red pepper.... both amazing. Have it in the sour dough bowl. Wait staff great hostess not too swift. Ask for Ebon.

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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. Ebon is a great server and I will let him know that you enjoyed your dining experience with him. We look forward to seeing you again the next time your adventures bring you to San Francisco! Adam More 

El Dorado Hills, California
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Crab Corn Chowder is awesome, service ok and nice atmosphere. A bit pricey for value...though enjoyed.

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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 chowder just as much as we do. If you are ever interested in another one of our chowders, the sampler is awesome. The California Chowder and the Manhattan are also amazing. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in San Francisco! Adam More 

Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Service was much better than the food which was just okay. I hardly ever review more on the service experience than the food. Atmosphere was okay. Just not wowed by the whole restaurant Would not try again.

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

Ahoy there, Thank you for your feedback. We strive to give our guests the best guest service we can. We are happy to hear that you have noticed how hard our team works. Again thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback for us. Adam More 

San Diego
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Rainey day in San Francisco ... late for lunch. Six of us had flown in and had checked into our Fisherman's Wharf hotel. We were very hungry and wandered into the Blue Mermaid without having done any research. We all ordered the "Crab & Corn [#1 Award Winning]" from the chowder menu. Everyone agreed that it was delicious. We ordered... More 

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

Ahoy there! Rainy San Francisco days and Crab and Corn chowder are amazing!! We are glad that you wandered in. We are thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience dining with us. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in San Francisco! Adam More 

Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I see why the are the winners for the best chowder...its greattttt! Great service. Stopped in with friends for dinner on our way to catch the cable car. Had the chowder with calamari and a glass of riesling. Pleasurable experience.

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

Ahoy there!! Thank you for your review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in San Francisco! Adam More 

Ohio
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Of course, we had to find a place to confirm the rumors of San Francisco's delicious chowder in a bowl. Two travelers - one with Clam Chowder in a bread bowl and the other with Crab Chowder in a bread bowl. Definitely worth the visit and perfect sight around the San Francisco Bay.

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

Ahoy Mary! We are glad that you had to confirm the rumors. We love it when our guests enjoy our chowders as much as we do. We have added some new items to out menu so next time you are visiting San Francisco we hope you will stop in and have a bite. Adam More 

Gilbert, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

So they list their chowder as award winning and with one taste you'll know why!! Wow it is just amazing!! Wish I had a cup now!

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

Hi Helena! We are glad that you enjoyed our Crab and Corn Chowder as much as we do. We love giving out the recipe so you can make it at home. Feel free to give us a call and we can get it emailed to you. 415-771-2222. We look forward to seeing on your next trip to San Francisco! Adam More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The place is very unique. Definitely something you'd see next to a coastal area. The chowder was exactly as you'd expect from other reviewers, for sure a must. The food is great and if you are a micro brewery kind of person, give the "Metropolis" Lager a go, it's very smooth. The service (which seems to be the norm for... 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 stopped by and joined us. We love working with our local breweries and we are glad you like the Metropolis Lager. We recently added it. We are adding some items to the menu and we would love for you to come back and try out some of them on your next trip to... 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, 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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