Blue Mermaid Chowder House

★★★★☆
A modern take on quintessential waterfront fare tries hard to lure locals to Fisherman's Wharf.
  • 495 Jefferson St

    San Francisco, CA 94109

    Cross street: Hyde Street

    Map & Directions
  • 415-771-2222

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This is the best place in the whole wide world!

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★★★★★

This is the best place in the whole wide world!

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Close to the marina district. Best chowders in the area. A bit pricey but considering the area - not out of line. You wont be disappointed with any thing on the menu.

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★★★★☆

Close to the marina district. Best chowders in the area. A bit pricey but considering the area - not out of line. You wont be disappointed with any thing on the menu.

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Although pricey, this sweet restaurant was a nice spot for tourists and residents alike. The chowder was magnificent, and the atmosphere was marvelous.

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★★★★☆

Although pricey, this sweet restaurant was a nice spot for tourists and residents alike. The chowder was magnificent, and the atmosphere was marvelous.

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to be totally honest. we just went in to go to the bathroom. but could not resist the aroma.... our favorite was the shrimp and red pepper soup bowl. AMAZING ! i have hunted the web since april 1st (the day we went ate here) to find a recipe that sounds similar. i doubt we will find or make anyrhing in comparison. i don't guess you could send me some??? can i order some???

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★★★★★

to be totally honest. we just went in to go to the bathroom. but could not resist the aroma.... our favorite was the shrimp and red pepper soup bowl. AMAZING ! i have hunted the web since april 1st (the day we went ate here) to find a recipe that sounds similar. i doubt we will find or make anyrhing in comparison. i don't guess you could send me some??? can i order some???

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Part of the Argonaut Hotel, the Blue Mermaid has a quaint charm. The breakfast selections was ample with a multitude of different coffees to drink. Prices were reasonable compared to other restuarants in the area.

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★★★★☆

Part of the Argonaut Hotel, the Blue Mermaid has a quaint charm. The breakfast selections was ample with a multitude of different coffees to drink. Prices were reasonable compared to other restuarants in the area.

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i can only speak for the breakfast here, but that alone did it for me. we had a delicious harty breakfast, but it was quite pricy. the decor is fun and the staff was friendly. we went fairly early so there was no wait. its in a great location, just steps from everything! will go back for more breakfast!

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★★★★☆

i can only speak for the breakfast here, but that alone did it for me. we had a delicious harty breakfast, but it was quite pricy. the decor is fun and the staff was friendly. we went fairly early so there was no wait. its in a great location, just steps from everything! will go back for more breakfast!

Pros: breakfast scrambles

Cons: pricy

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The chowder was good, but soup isn't a meal.
After completely blowing the entree, they tried to make up
by offering free dessert......nice try, but rather presumptuous.
The fish and chips were pretty bad. I knew we should
eaten across the street at the Italian place, Choppino's or something.

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★★☆☆☆

The chowder was good, but soup isn't a meal.
After completely blowing the entree, they tried to make up
by offering free dessert......nice try, but rather presumptuous.
The fish and chips were pretty bad. I knew we should
eaten across the street at the Italian place, Choppino's or something.

Pros: chowder

Cons: unreliable food

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I used to work in the area it's touristy. With limitations on lunch and as a local, it's difficult to find a place to eat that's not over-priced, this place was the same. The Chowder is ok- particularly crab & corn. Garlic bread could use work and more garlic. The ahi tuna BLT was good, seared perfectly rare (as it should be), though the bread was a bit greasy. Overall, it's an ok place for being in Fisherman's Wharf but I don't think I'll be back in the area any time soon.

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★★★☆☆

I used to work in the area it's touristy. With limitations on lunch and as a local, it's difficult to find a place to eat that's not over-priced, this place was the same. The Chowder is ok- particularly crab & corn. Garlic bread could use work and more garlic. The ahi tuna BLT was good, seared perfectly rare (as it should be), though the bread was a bit greasy. Overall, it's an ok place for being in Fisherman's Wharf but I don't think I'll be back in the area any time soon.

Pros: Ahi BLT, good scenery, outdoor dining

Cons: tourists, price

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I can only speak for the chowder...which was phenomenal!! They have a list of eight different chowder..I stuck with the New England clam chowder which was deliciously creamy..not too thick..chock full of ingredients. Next time I will try their California chowder!!!

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★★★★☆

I can only speak for the chowder...which was phenomenal!! They have a list of eight different chowder..I stuck with the New England clam chowder which was deliciously creamy..not too thick..chock full of ingredients. Next time I will try their California chowder!!!

Pros: chowder!!!, friendly staff

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The crab and corn chowder was amazing. The staff wasn't shy about telling us how it won an award at a chowder cook off somewhere back east. They weren't lying. It's the best bowl of soup I've ever experienced. The calmari and popcorn shrimp come with a chunky tartar sauce that has capers in it. YUM!

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★★★★☆

The crab and corn chowder was amazing. The staff wasn't shy about telling us how it won an award at a chowder cook off somewhere back east. They weren't lying. It's the best bowl of soup I've ever experienced. The calmari and popcorn shrimp come with a chunky tartar sauce that has capers in it. YUM!

Pros: great chowder

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I stumbled on the Blue Mermaid after wondering around the Wharf with my hungry family with kids. I can't tell you how warm and friendly the staff were. We were all told we had to try the "Award Winning Chowder" ...and it's no joke. It makes my mouth water thinking about it! The kids recieved their kids meal in the most creative way! They are given a "Blue Mermaid Bucket" with their food inside the bucket, and the ketchup for the fries in the sand shovle. They even gave us a clean bucket to take with us. When my friends and family are back in SF I will be sending them their way!!!

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★★★★☆

I stumbled on the Blue Mermaid after wondering around the Wharf with my hungry family with kids. I can't tell you how warm and friendly the staff were. We were all told we had to try the "Award Winning Chowder" ...and it's no joke. It makes my mouth water thinking about it! The kids recieved their kids meal in the most creative way! They are given a "Blue Mermaid Bucket" with their food inside the bucket, and the ketchup for the fries in the sand shovle. They even gave us a clean bucket to take with us. When my friends and family are back in SF I will be sending them their way!!!

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Located adjacent to the Argonaut Hotel, Blue Mermaid offers passable renditions of seafood classics like crab cakes and crab Louis in a setting reminiscent of old Gold Rush-era San Francisco. Eight house-made chowders anchor the menu and…

 

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