Blue Mermaid - Argonaut Hotel

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398 reviews
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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 including our award winning Crab and Corn Chowder. Also offered are such savory selections as Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, 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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C
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined with a friend who brought her 6mo son. The floor staff was very understanding of the situation.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and staff!

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H
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Herb-Brined Chicken was so tasty. Loved the faro risotto.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cioppino excellent. Crab dip not very flavorable, but decent. Great location, ambiance.

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MJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and efficient. Our server came back several times to see how we were doing. We had their burgers which were delicious. Also good were the crab and corn chowder and the calamari. We would return.

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H
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mediocre meal...not bad, but not great either.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Restaurant week in SF so we decided to go to Blue Mermaid, a place we always passed by but never went inside. The restaurant week menu and the location on the wharf was impressive however the burger I was given came out essentially raw. Obviously frozen prior to cooking because the outside was charred but the inside completely raw. The only other negative was that a side of dressing we asked for didn’t come out until we asked a second waitress if they could get it for us. I imagine the burger had been served many times that day and they were cooking them in bulk. Obviously a big negative but the restaurant and bar ambiance were both impressive.

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LE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Calamari was fresh and crispy. Portions were good. We’ll be back.

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BE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have walked by Blue Mermaid more times than I can remember. As they were participating in restaurant week, I decided to check out their menu and an offering, Roast pork loin with mole sauce, caught my eye. My first impression was that the noise level was a bit high, especially since it wasn't crowded. (The only other complaint I have is that they do not offer a non-alcoholic beer.) By the end of my meal, this is the only real criticism I had with my dinner; other than that, the meal was perfect. I usually dine as a single, which occasionally leads to not so great service or feel that I am being rushed, but my server, Mihai, was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I started with crab and corn chowder and it was incredible. The pork was moist and tasty, the mole sauce great and the accompaniments very good. I'm not usually a kale fan, but it was excellent. Over all, I'm glad I chose the Blue Mermaid.

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TC
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The bar area was dirty. I sat at the bar and overall not a great experience.

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EK
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Clam chowder was excellent. Linguine with clams and hamburger were just OK. Didn’t care for the crab and corn chowder. Soups came out after our entree and husband’s salad order wasn’t submitted. Waitress was very pleasant, but seemed a little nervous and disorganized.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During my weekend getaway to SanFrancisco we ate breakfast at the Blue Mermaid and returned for dinner. The staff was friendly, professional and provided excellent pointers regarding locale tourist attractions. Everything was Fabulous!

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C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was fine. Not great, not terrible. Service was good. It’s a cute restaurant, a bit cold. Great location!

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked this place so much we went back a second time. First evening sat outside near the patio heaters and second time inside. Restaurant is inside the old Del Monte cannery and is cosy with a good ambience. Staff are attentive and the food good. The crab dip to start is a delight and the choice of chowders are excellent. Garlic on the fish and chips a little overpowering but didn’t deter from the overall enjoyment.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go out for breakfast after crossing the finish line of the Golden Gate Half Marathon. I was able to make a reservation for 3 within 20 minutes. Upon our arrival we experienced a wonderful welcome, and excellence service throughout. The food came out promptly, and was delicious! We’ll definitely return!

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JF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. We stayed at the hotel and the service and location was top notch. The restaurant service was mediocre, not bad but not overly friendly or exceptional. Would have expected the service of the restaurant to match the level of the hotel. We were not greeted upon entering and had to wait for about 5 minutes to be acknowledged - at 7am, they were not busy, and multiple people who worked there walked by without speaking. Even the server spoke minimally.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

With so many choices in SF, I was a disappointed by the review for this restaurant being more than what it really is. Asking for water 4 times, to only have it brought 20 minutes later was a bit off. The regular clam chowder was fine. The signature corn and Dungeness crab chowder had a nice Smokey flavor to it, but was filled with corn and lacking crab. And I don’t recommend the crab cakes as they were mainly filler. I had more crab on my crab Benedict the next morning at a breakfast restaurant.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing- just meh!

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SA
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We requested ( when we got there, we were told no service is available outdoors for at least an hour later😳. Breakfast potatoes were stale & not fresh.

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JN
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious but service was a tad slow the night we visited. May not be a reflection of the typical night. Give it a try none the less.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the crab corn chowder, crab dip and cioppino, and we loved every bit!

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at Blue Mermaid. Good food and drinks with excellent and fast service.

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. The food was absolutely not worth it.

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BC
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were visiting the nearby Maritime Museum and stopped here for lunch. The visitor's center for the museum is in the same building and the pier with the historic ships is across the street.

We ate outside which was nice on a not-too-warm afternoon

All of our dishes were tasty: Fish and Chips, Chicken Club Sandwich, Shrimp Roll, and Fish Tacos.
The crab-corn soup was particularly good.
We would definitely eat here again.

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SJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stopped for breakfast one morning. Very much enjoyed the Dungeness crab eggs Benedict.

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IM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, service was good! Waiter could’ve knew more about the desserts, didn’t really sell the products!!

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WL
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We stayed at the Argonaut Hotel in a beautiful suite for my husband's birthday. We decided to eat at the Blue Mermaid, and made reservations. We were not impressed. The place was busy, and the ambience was nice. Our server and the tough steak ruined our experience. Our server didn't come to our table after being seated for about 25-30 minutes, then she seemed annoyed that we were there. My husband ordered a steak med/rare, but it was medium/well and tough. We didn't complain, but our server was cold and not attentive at all. She never refilled drinks unless we flagged her down, then she wasn't nice or apologetic for ignoring us. This was a once in a lifetime trip that we took from Colorado, and we don't have the opportunity to come back. I can't recommend this place. My husband left pretty annoyed and she got a very small tip because she was flat out lousy.

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b
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

20 minutes to get a waitress to take a drink order. Food wasn't all that great, just ok.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad service

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was charming, our waiter was very interactive, efficient and kind, and the food was amazing!!! I had been dying to try ciopinno since arriving in San Franscisco and Blue Mermaid did not disappoint!

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ES
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very mediocre from the service to the food. Everyone seemed rather awkward and unprofessional. Not terrible, just not good.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good and the service great. I loved the atmosphere and the prices were comparable with other restaurants in the area.

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SE
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Bad service - we had to ask the waiter 2-3 times for everything we needed. He messed up 2 of our plates, and the food wasn’t good!

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e
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Blue Mermaid. Service is always spot on. Food delicious. Everyone very attentive. Crab Dip is a must. Corn and crab chowder full of crab. Fish and chips perfect. Great selection of drinks.

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k
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The service we had at this place was exceptional. Unfortunately, the food didn’t live up to par as expected. The asparagus appetizer was cold and the asparagus tasted limp. The crab boil was great but they forgot to give corn on the cob in it. The drinks are quite overpriced.

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GG
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good good service not so good the food was good but the service was slow and not always friendly which is a shame because it’s a nice hotel .

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Although there were not many people in the place, the service and food was not great at all and it was pretty pricey.

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ER
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! I love the corn and clam chowder. The clam chowder and fish and chips are also good.

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w
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good place to meet for an early dinner before monthly Sea Chantey sing at Hyde St pier. Tasty corn chowder!

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EG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

They were short of staff. The wait was extra long for drinks and our food.

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