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About Blue Mermaid - Argonaut Hotel

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.

471 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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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://www.argonauthotel.com/fishermans-wharf-seafood-restaurants.aspx

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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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/

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.

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4.0

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3.7

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3.9

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4.0

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82% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food and the service was awesome

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Though the food was fine, the service was awful. The hostess approached guest unprofessional and rude. The waitress would disappear for a long time and wasn't familiar with the menu. Our apps arrived long before our drinks. It wasn't busy to reflect such poor service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Poor service
Rude waitress
Hostess not at the front, just wandering around and talking to waiters and bar people

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great ambience. Unfortunately we saw our waiter three times - when he took our order, when he brought food and when he brought our bill. Never stopped in to see if we needed anything. Had to flag someone down for salt & pepper shakers and ketchup. Too expensive for the lack of service and hospitality.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Loved the ambiance! Fire pits, dinner and drinks.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I chose the Crab Corn Chowder in the bread bowl, along with a side of fried Brussels Sprouts. The portion sizes were very generous, the chowder was like a party in my mouth! So delicious! The bread bowl tasted like it had just come fresh out of the oven. The Brussels Sprouts were fried to perfection. I look forward to going back one day!

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Loved the food and drinks. We were very impressed. The only thing was that it was a little dark when we initially walked in, but we got used to the lighting and quickly adjusted.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great seafood! The crab/corn chowder is an award winner and was superb! The oysters on the half shell are a MUST HAVE.
Our waiter Eli was very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. AS Arnold said.. "I'll BE BACK BACK"

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Beautiful night on the patio.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great escape from wharf crowds. Very friendly staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent meal, quality amazing as always. Came with international visitors who were very impressed

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Serviceable breakfast in touristy part of town. Waiter was attentive and food was fine. There are better places in other neighborhoods but this place is a good choice if you are stuck in this area.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We went for a staff appreciation dinner and had a great time. We opted for all of the appetizers and small plates, which were delicious. The craft cocktails were very good and the employees who preferred beer were happy with the selection. Extra bonus, we sat outside and the weather was perfect. We would go back there for dinner next time we visit the wharf. This place is not a tourist rip off.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Wow, perfect in every way! Ciopinno was truly amazing. Our server Eli was relatable and professional, the corn crab chowder was hands down excellent, and the prices were pretty fair. Could not be any better in any way. Oh and the outdoor seating was great with heaters.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Everything was great with the exception of the dessert as one of the berries had mold, let the waitress know and she didn't even comp the dessert as we ordered two. Other than that it was amazing!!

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were visiting from Canada and picked the top ranked restaurant with some filters (not too pricey, bar type, with authentic food). We had the most amazing Crab and some good beer. One of the managers talked to us and the service was perfect. She even recommended some other places to visit in California.

Would definitely recommend and go back :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The soap bowl was so delicious. Hands down one of the best

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My only small niggle with this restaurant is actually the same niggle I have with many local restaurants. Bad selection or no vegetarian food. Salad isn't really what you want to be eating if you are having drinks with friends, believe me I've done it often enough. And salad is about it for vegetarians here.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food and service was great!
The extra mandatory increase fee added to the check surprised us and even though our experience was great, it left a bad taste, unfortunately. Just be prepared to spend extra money on top of the check and gratuity!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Pleasant dinner after craziness of the Wharf. At the end of the strip so more quiet and relaxing.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Cool place, great New England clam chowder. Good atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Fish tacos were excellent. Pasta was mushy, but clams and sauce were very good. Loved the outdoor space and the decor inside is spectacular. Service was friendly but not great. I would visit again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Chowder was metallic tasting and highly over salted. The crab and corn chowder was good, but spicy. The garlic fries were tossed and garnished with an over abundance of chopped raw garlic, even the server commented to the amount of garlic. The cheesy polenta gave an extra star for the food. Not a fan at all of the food 👎🏻

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 16, 2017

On vacation in San Francisco

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This restaurant was down by the water on beach st. In The Cannery area. An awesome guitarist played outside across the restaurant. We ate outdoors & they had heaters for those cool SF evenings. The food was good & the service was wonderful. The steak & potatoes were nice, especially the Parmesan crusted white potatoes! Definitely go!

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Expected much more from a restaurant connected to Argonaut.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nothing special

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Crab and corn chowder was amazing!!! So was the Pork loin. Our waitress was also very helpful and recommended great options.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The only problem was that the menu was very limited. I did not compare to the online version at all. There should have been some type of notification about this when I made the reservation two months ago

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We were at blue mermaid for a business dinner with a large group. They were so great to us, from accommodating such a large group to everyone's food coming out at the same time and each meal was just as delicious as the next. Fabulous experience, would both recommend and go back again.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We stayed at the beautiful Argonaut Hotel for my wife's birthday. We decided to try out the Blue Mermaid for her birthday dinner. The hostess greeted us with a happy birthday but our waiter could not have made our night LESS SPECIAL. No bread when everyone else got some. No refills on water. Not even a simple scoop of ice cream with a candle on it. He didn't even say Happy Birthday to my wife through the entire meal. Only after we left and were on the street did he come running out to say "Happy Birthday by the Way!" As for food, the garlic roasted crab was very good though a bit pricey (55.00). The pan seared salmon was gelatinous and undercooked. What was suppose to be crispy skin, was a soggy mess. If you're staying at the Argonaut, don't bother with this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We went to celebrate San Francisco Restaurant week and were impressed with the value we received for $15. Great foos and service!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

glad we found it, food was great! would recommend this place to anyone looking for good food anf good friendly service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Crab cakes were not bad, but the crab corn chowder was to die for.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

This is a combination of having a few meals there during our stay. Breakfast could not have been more delicious with friendly, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Christmas Eve was horrendous. From overcooked food to a snappy, forgetful, frazzled waitress. We could have picked any restaurant for our Christmas dinner and booked here well in advance. I understand wait staff being annoyed having to work holidays but this was beyond unacceptable. The dining room manager tried to be helpful but even what she promised was not delivered. This restaurant is just a hotel amenity not a real restaurant. Walk across, up or down the street for many othet amazing dining options on SF.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2016

We loved the chowder trio! It was the perfect amount of each to sample and with some bread on the side we were happy as clams.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2016

My friend and I were wandering around Fisherman's Wharf and needed foods. We didn't want to make a big deal about it and wait in line. Blue Mermaid was pretty empty on a Saturday early evening, which made us a little nervous. But the food was awesome. We shared the shrimp cocktail -- quite fresh. She eats gluten-free and pregnant (watching fish intake) so her food options were kind of limited. She ended up ordering a burger without the bun. I had the linguine and clams. The drinks and food were good. The waitress did forget about us for a second so it took us a little longer to get our order in.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious but our server was at best, sub-par. She seemed short with us, was not helpful, did not have any suggestions, was unfriendly and at the end the meal she actually recommended another place down the street to get Irish coffee. She was more excited about the other place with $5 drinks than she was about anything on her own menu. If they got some halfway decent servers, I would give this place 5 stars.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Business trip

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 19, 2016

This Argonaut Hotel restaurant served pretty good breakfasts and bar appetizers, as well as a top notch dinner ciopinno with a nice kick. All of the restaurant bar/wait staff were very nice and accommodating. They cannot cook a strip steak properly, even after several tries. The first steak was medium instead of rare cool center as ordered. 2nd steak was medium rare and tough. Waiter was pleasant, apologized and took steak off the bill since I was finished eating and wife didn't want to venture a 3rd try. She settled for a quite good hamburger after a nice walk to The PUB in Ghirardelli Square.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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