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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Fast Food, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
FEATURES
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 via mobile

This restaurant is great if you just want some clam chowder without having to wait on a table. The restaurant also have good views of the boats.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2022

My husband and I went here for lunch before going to Alcatraz Island. We shared the clam chowder in a bread bowl and a lobster and shrimp sandwich. The food was really delicious. They have a number of tables, both inside and outside, to eat...at. A restroom is located across the boardwalk from the restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 26, 2022 via mobile

Good clam chowder soup and fried lobster cakes. Self service. In a very nice location. The restaurant itself is not the prettiest but the food is good!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 13, 2021

If you're strolling Pier 39 and need a quick bite and a beer Chowder's works just fine. Indoor and outdoor seating, mostly fried foods, and the calamari and shrimp are just the thing to keep you going. Reasonably priced.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 7, 2021

We were walking around Fisherman's Wharf and wanted something lite for lunch so we chose this place. I had the red chowder, and my other half had the white chowder. I enjoyed the Sourdough bread bowl the most! My chowder had few clams and no...juice that wasn't absorbed into the bread so I basically ate dried tomatoes with bread. There were a few clam pieces. The white seemed better and juicier with a few more clams. We got ice water for free using ice from the soft drink machine and the water dispenser on the counter. I would not return here as there are others to try for about the same price and most likely the same tourist food results!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed September 4, 2021

I tried the white chowder and a crab melt. The chowder barely had a clam or two. The crab melt was COLD and tasteless. Go some where else if you are looking for good food. If you just need fast, it would do.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 18, 2021 via mobile

You may sit inside and outside here. Also some tables have view on a bay with sea lions :) Fast service and good red chowder (with tomato pasta). Clam chowder is just ok not so tasty like in Boudin for my opinion.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed June 6, 2021

We enjoyed all the food we ordered. We had chowder in bread bowl, fish and chips, shrimp and chip, crab melt, onion rings and fried mushrooms. Actually the mushrooms and onion rings were some of the best we ever had. Clam chowder in the bread...bowl was excellent as well. No complaints! Great food and service.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021

Fish and chips were very good. Not greasy or heavy and fries were good too. Fast service. Went twice in one day.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 19, 2021

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