About Blue Mermaid - Argonaut Hotel

471 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:00am-10:30am Saturday and Sunday 8:00am-11:am Lunch: Monday-Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm-3:00pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Hyde Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 771-2222

Website:
http://bluemermaidsf.com/

Catering:
Please feel free to Contact our Director of Catering Jordan Nimura at (415) 345-5552.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking available in front of the Argonaut Hotel.

Public Transit:
We are 2 blocks away from the F line stop at Jones St. and Beach St.

Executive Chef:
Steven Connolly

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
July 30 - August 5th: Visit us under the main tent at Union Square for 2012's SF Chef week! For more information visit http://sfchefsfoodwine.com/

August - October: The America's Cup Trials begin in late August along the famous San Francisco Waterfront! Watch this space for upcoming events and special offers during the Cup!

October 4th-8th: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane...It's Fleet Week! Get up close to the action on the Blue Mermaid patio for one of the most popular weekends in San Francisco. For information visit http://www.fleetweek.us/

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Private Dining

The Blue Mermaid Chowder House and Bar is located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf next to Aquatic Park and Victoria Park. It offers fabulous settings for all types of private affairs.

Blue Mermaid - Argonaut Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4

service

3.9

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Kid Friendly
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food3
ambience3
service2

service was slow and we where only one o ...

vip
Dined 2 days ago

service was slow and we where only one of 3 tables. We felt neglected some of the time. the clam chowder was good and so where the popcorn shrimp. It could have been a much better experience.

food4
ambience4
service3

Good Chowder!

Dined on April 25, 2016

Good Chowder!

food5
ambience5
service5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the s ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the staff at the Blue mermaid! The chowder was amazing! The whole family loves their meals. I would definitely eat there again.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

chowder city

Dined on March 27, 2016

The ambiance was nice. The kitchen wasn't fully ready when we arrived at 11:30 a.m. It took time for our waiter to get our order also. The chowder selection is quite delicious. I ordered trout which mentioned "crispy skin" which caught my attention. When I got my trout, no crispy skin at all. I was disappointed. The hicama was very good though; it was a garnish on top of my rice. I give this restaurant 3 out of 5 stars.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Best find in a while...great food... Great service.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
food2
ambience3
service4

Christmas night was busy and you expect ...

Dined on December 26, 2015

Christmas night was busy and you expect shortcomings. Waiter was friendly, and we enjoyed our dinner. Seemed to me short staffed. Food was so so. Not impressed.

food2
ambience2
service3

Kitchen ran out of mostly everything I w ...

Dined on December 26, 2015

Kitchen ran out of mostly everything I wanted. Granted it was Christmas Day but they didn't even have bread. I felt bad for the waitress.

food3
ambience3
service2

Blue Mermaid - Good in a Pinch

Dined on November 28, 2015

The food was typical fisherman's wharf, over priced and nothing to write home about. Similar meal elsewhere would've been $50-$60. (2 adults 2 kids)

Tags: kid-friendly
food2
ambience3
service4

Great building but Lame tourist food mostly

Dined on November 8, 2015

Each item ordered had an issue. No corn or crab in the corn crab chowder, mostly potatoes. Ahi tuni without wasabi or soy, but excessive creamy sauce. Cream sauce on oysters Rockefeller (?) Out of soup bread bowls. No lemonade because machine needed refreshing. .........but Fries and hot dogs for kids were fine. And the server printed out our Bill just fine:)

Tags: kid-friendly, scenic view
food2
ambience3
service4

Worth a try

vip
Dined on October 22, 2015

This restaurant is known for their lists of chowders, one of which I tried. Consequently, the chowder competition is high when your located on the popular Embarcadero. I ordered the New England Clam Chowder which had a good texture but had lacked in flavor. I also ordered the grilled salmon which was very under cooked and the corn mixture was very over cooked and lacked in flavor. The service was very friendly and prompt. This restaurant was worth a try but I will not return anytime soon.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service2

Mean Hostess

Dined on October 10, 2015

Food was pretty good. Outside seating was nice except we had to basically beg the hostess to seat my wife and I at a four top. The two top table the hostess first sat us in was tiny...we madness reservations so I felt we should be able to pick our table. Also, this is one of the restaurants that charges you a few dollars to help employers pay for health insurance...just saying.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience3
service5

Everything was great until homeless pers ...

vip
Dined on September 19, 2015

Everything was great until homeless person sat down at a table right next to us outside and smelled really bad. Wait staff reacted a little slow to that. They mughy want to consider completely fencing off that dining area.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great customer service!

vip
Dined on September 12, 2015

Nikki and Brian were outstanding! Very nice and attentive!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Best cioppino in town! Lightly spicy bro ...

Dined on August 29, 2015

Best cioppino in town! Lightly spicy broth and tons of fresh seafood throughout. Service was spot on, friendly without being intrusive. Pleasant atmosphere.

food2
ambience2
service2

the hotel was sold

vip
Dined on August 11, 2015

the gift card i bought for my daugher's anniversary was not honored, found out about it 1 hour before she was going there for dinner. so shocking that i still cannot believe what was suppose to be a lovely dinner, ambiance, and so forth was a travesty. I am trying to get a refund back. had to call corporate headquarters. who know if anyone should go there

food5
ambience5
service5

The chowders were amazing. Everything wa ...

Dined on July 18, 2015

The chowders were amazing. Everything was delicious and service was fantastic.

food1
ambience2
service3

worst food ever

Dined on June 30, 2015

I think they write there own reviews. Awful food. Clam chowder runny. Ceaser salad with old croutons and dressing was like mayonnaise and salmon way under cooked. People were nice but do not go here for the food.

food4
ambience3
service4

Chowder

Dined on June 23, 2015

Chowders were excellent, far above the norm for the area.

Tags: great for lunch
food2
ambience3
service4

Ambiance fine but food was average at best

Dined on June 19, 2015

Had Dungeness Crab cakes and found them tasteless which takes some effort. The Fish & chips had a heavy soggy batter and the chips were OK

Tags: kid-friendly
food5
ambience5
service5

Great clam chowder

vip
Dined on June 16, 2015

Great clam chowder

food5
ambience3
service5

The crab and corn chowder was amazing. C ...

Dined on June 5, 2015

The crab and corn chowder was amazing. Chunks of crab meat in a creamy broth all served up in a sourdough bread bowl. Our server was helpful, inobtrusive, and surprised us with a birthday dessert on him. What a delight!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
food1
ambience4
service5

The service was good the location was go ...

Dined on May 9, 2015

The service was good the location was good the food was not good at all. The crispy rainbow trout the server pointed out as a new item was soggy and flavorless. The fish and chips were just ok. The golden gate cocktail was overly sweet. Disappointing

food2
ambience3
service3

Breakfast

vip
Dined on April 26, 2015

Nice place. great location however the food is just average

food5
ambience3
service5

Great place

Dined on April 19, 2015

Good seafood and top notch friendly service in a casual environment.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing crab and corn chowder!

Dined on March 27, 2015

Blue Mermaid was the perfect place for our first night in San Fran. Close to a lot of the wharf hotels and no wait for a table. They serve fantastic mocktails and the chowders are so tasty! Try the chowder trio to get a nice sampling. Friendly service and fair prices for the area. Would definitely return next time in San Fran!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

great brunch at fisherman's wharf

Dined on February 23, 2015

The Blue Mermaid is a great place where everything is just right - we had selection of chowders - each recipe is delicious to perfection, some cocktails, and entrees, and that made our afternoon. Impeccable service, too.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5

Would expect only the best food..

Dined on February 21, 2015

Prominently located on the Wharf you would expect that their menu would represent the best of seafood available. Of course they deliver Upon the expectation! Fantastic food, reasonably priced, wonderful service, and overall a great experience. You won't go wrong with dining here.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

JUst fine

Dined on February 14, 2015

Good american ambient, with TV, bar and restaurant, with good service. The steak and soups are well done and tastefull.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service5

Our waitress was very helpful and attent ...

vip
Dined on January 16, 2015

Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. Fish and chips were homemade and yummy!

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Yum

Dined on December 24, 2014

Great brunch and cocktails. Stahl (name on check) was great!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Mermaid Wonders

Dined on December 3, 2014

Our recent visit to Blue Mermaid for lunch was a true delight. The service was wonderful and everyone was very attentive. We even got a visit from Executive Chef Steve Connolly. I can recommend the Chowder Sampler as an appetizer and don't forget to have the award winning corn chowder recipe which I will have to return for. The Ahi Tuna sandwich was more than I could finish but I did splurge for the flipped apple pie.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Good food for a hotel restaurant

Dined on November 19, 2014

I'm often skeptical of hotel restaurants, fearing the "captured audience" persona will appear. Not in this case, the Blue Mermaid, while immediately adjacent the Argonaut Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf, found the menu to be pleasing to the eye, and and the food items ordered quite flavorful. I'd recommend to travelers seeking a good meal to check out the Blue Mermaid.

Tags: great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service3

not for the gluten intolerant

Dined on November 6, 2014

Love seafood as it is usually not a problem to get it gluten free but if you did not like crab or salard there was no choice as it appeared that most of the dishes were preprepared so could do not be altered Very disappointing - also menu on line is out of date

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience3
service3

Attention chowder hounds

Dined on October 29, 2014

As advertised and reviewed, Blue Mermaid has outstanding chowder in a real bowl or in a bread bowl. We had a late, quiet lunch outside and definitely would go back again. Nice to find a place that matches what you read about it online.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service4

Friendly service

vip
Dined on October 15, 2014

I came in for just a bowl of the corn and crab chowder which might have been a disappointment for some wait-staff because it wasn't going to be a large check. But my server was very pleasant and made me feel welcome. The chowder was hot and very tasty - a filling meal!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

The crab chowder was very good, had a di ...

Dined on October 11, 2014

The crab chowder was very good, had a different taste than the clam chowder. Also tried a drink called the "It's Hard Being Green". Very good, had a green pepper taste that was a little sweet but not to much.

Tags: hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience3
service4

The food was OK but not that great. The ...

Dined on October 10, 2014

The food was OK but not that great. The crab & corn chowder which I was looking forward to, as I'm from New England originally, was very salty and not very good. Desert has too much sugar. The one thing that was good was the breakfast I had sent to my room on the day I left. I asked for extra crisp bacon, and it was done perfectly. It came with cinnamon raisin french toast, also good. The breakfast that I had in the restaurant my first morning there was poached eggs, done just right, but the potatoes were over cooked and tasteless. The onions and red peppers that were with the potatoes were raw, so obviously not cooked together.

food4
ambience4
service4

Another good experience...

Dined on September 27, 2014

This was my bf and my second time at Blue Mermaid and enjoyed it yet again. Everyone is nice and quick to serve and the food and cocktails are amazing!

Tags: late-night find
food5
ambience4
service5

Pleasantly surprised

Dined on September 26, 2014

Since we were staying at the Argonaut, we decided to have one of our dinners here. The atmosphere was a little bright and casual for our liking but the service and food made up for it. We ordered the calamari with bits of fennel and asparagus...delicious! Next was the crab and corn chowder, just the right consistency with perfect seasonings. I wanted the salmon but I liked the toppings on the swordfish. "No problem" said the waiter. The fish was cooked to perfection. The service was excellent, attentive but not rushed. All in all, an excellent dinner!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great for seafood lovers!

Dined on September 13, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner, great friendly knowledgable waiter, very good seafood and appetizers, wonderful outdoor dining and hotel right in the 💜 of it all!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem

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