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American, Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards

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Fisherman’s Wharf
0.3 miles from Fisherman's Wharf
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and I both got the white clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl. It was very good! We also got the crab cakes, and while they were okay, I've definitely had better. We would visit again for the chowder, though. I would recommend...as a way to grab a quick meal while visiting Pier 39.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed January 7, 2020

You might be put off because you order at counter and then call your name BUT my husband swears this is the best Chowder he has had. Nice and thin (not thick and gooey) with loads of clams. I have Fish and chips and was...NOT disappointed by the fish. Very fresh and perfectly cooked - not greasy at all.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

Located in pier 39, there is a map of the the places in the resort so you cant miss it. Highly recommend to try the chowder.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 11, 2019

Our third visit to SFO and my wife insisted that she wanted to keep her strike rate at 100% for clam chowder at Chowders. The chowder did not disappoint. Worth the effort to go all the way to Pier 39 from Union Square.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2019

Decided to try the fish and chips here. Tasty enough fish and chips made it quite a filling meal. Bit pricey but you expect this at such a tourist area. Service was quick enough. Lots of choice nearby, but this is a fairly good option.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 10, 2019

Higher prices as expected from a touristy place. Yummy chowder and love the crab cakes too! Super huge portion so do share if you want variety!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed October 10, 2019

It was recommended on our trip to San Francisco to get chowder in a bread bowl at Fisherman's Wharf. This is where we chose to do that and definitely we not disappointed. Very good!! They also had crab dishes that were very fresh. Everything was...so good!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 16, 2019

We had a great couple meals here at Chowders. It has nice dining area inside or out. They have the classic clam chowder that was the best one we ate in San Francisco They also have some good fish and chips. The price is good...not to pricey and the menu is simple but you will find something good to eat.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 9, 2019

when you want to try the clam chowder and do not have too much time, this is the spot. Good quality and eith other options for children.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

After spending the afternoon wandering around Alcatraz, hunger took over... So, where else does one go for food whilst in San Francisco, other than Fisherman’s Wharf? My wife and I had been talking about seafood chowder just a few days earlier. So, when we found...Chowders at Pier 39, offering clam chowder and a seafood basket, we were in, faster than a robber’s dog! 🤪 Interesting wee eatery... Friendly staff, but ‘service’ is not a major part of their ethos. Operating more on a ‘take-away’ principal than a restaurant, one has to place an order at the counter, then wait for your order number to be called - a la McDonalds style! All said and done though, their clam chowder was absolutely delicious. My wife is not a gregarious eater, so ordering clam chowder was a first for her. I ordered the seafood basket - fish, prawns and chips. They were also very fairly priced, compared to some of their immediate competitors... I would have to say that 4/5 is based on their excellent food and value for money. A little more attention to ones patrons (lets call it good ol fashioned service) and Chowders would be worthy of a 5/5...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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  • Yes, Chowders offers takeout services.

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  • Chowders is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 3.5