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Blue Mermaid - Argonaut Hotel

3.9
3.9
366 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (415) 771-2222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nathaniel Mitzner

  • Catering

    Please feel free to Contact our Director of Catering Chante Limosnero at (415) 345-5552. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Nathalie Cassidy: (415) 345-5532

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Hyde Street

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking available in front of the Argonaut Hotel. <br /><br />

  • Public transit

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 366 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. B

    Betsy

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve dinner for myself, my husband and our two grown up children was amazing here. From the moment we sat down, our server delighted us with friendly conversation and explained the contents of the special evening menu. The food was delicious, the cocktails were fabulous, and the bottle of wine recommended was exceptionally nice with our food. Even though we didn’t really feel like we had room left for desserts, we each ordered different desserts and tried each other’s....WELL! They left us feeling indulged and spoiled but altogether delighted we ordered them. The ambiance was perfect for such a celebratory night and set us up in good spirits to ring in a New Year. We cannot wait to dine once again at Blue Mermaid on our next vacation.
  2. SM

    SoniaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I have eaten here many times over the years because I have loved their clam chowder. This time it was very disappointing. The rest of the dishes we had were good. But I must find a new favorite clam chowder in Fisherman’s Wharf.
  3. DH

    DawnH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Over priced, poor service. Menu listed crab cakes (plural), got one for $28, with a frisee salad that needed more dressing. Skip this place.
  4. LP

    LunaP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    the restaurant was cute but the food was not good. i bought the mac n cheese w/ lobster and it made me want to puke after the second bite
  5. KE

    KERIN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was extremely attentive. Food was good and portions were perfect. Convenient for guests staying in the Argonaut Hotel. We enjoyed our experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! The Salmon was phenomenal
  7. BB

    BrooklynBob

    New York Area

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This is a bar in Fisherman’s Wharf. Casual, no table cloths. We went for brunch. Good food. Tourist prices. Good service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nous étions à l’hôtel l’argonaut. Le Blue mermaid étant son restaurant nous y avons dîné deux soirs de suites. Très bonne surprise ! Le cadre est dans une ambiance marine, très classe. Les plats sont très bons et il y en a pour tous les goûts. Les serveurs adorables Enfin le rapport qualité prix est plus que correct étant donné le côté très sélect de l’hôtel
  9. TH

    THOMASA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2019

    overall5food3service2ambience3
    meal was okay but if you serve an English dish, Fish and chips with mushy peas, it should be served as it is in England, mushy peas should not be served ice cold an offering to put them in the microwave is not the same. Service was very slow.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and beautiful hotel! We had a great first experience. Many thanks and keep up the great work!
  11. a

    ale86

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, but the portions are too limited compared to their price.
  12. AA

    AngelaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from LA over Memorial Day weekend. Our server Josh and the entire staff were so kind and welcoming.
  13. ED

    ElizabethD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Convenient to Fisherman’s wharf but far enough away to not be crowded. Not an extensive menu but what they did was well done. The burgers are great!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Awful service
  15. PA

    PA2008

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Service was slow and food was a bit over priced. Great ambiance for a date though. I would come back again.
  16. F

    Fogocrazy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Never thought the food would that delicious ! Although there were some bumps in the service but over all I would dine there again!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always go here when I visit San Francisco, even if I am not visiting the pier. The service is always amazing but this time they went above and beyond. The manager heard that I was disappointed that they no longer offered the Chowder Sampler, so he made us one and brought it out to our table himself. I was ecstatic and this level of attention made our meal truly special.
  18. KL

    KathyL

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best! Food was delicious and their cocktails so good you had to have two! Service was quick and efficient. Prices were reasonable
  19. C

    granulosaCell

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dined with a friend who brought her 6mo son. The floor staff was very understanding of the situation.
  20. MP

    MichelleP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and staff!
  21. H

    Harmony

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Herb-Brined Chicken was so tasty. Loved the faro risotto.
  22. KD

    KimD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Very expensive for average quality. Do not order the smoothies. $7.00 for a small /short glass with maybe 1.5 cups of smoothie. Not worth $7.00
  23. A

    Adam

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cioppino excellent. Crab dip not very flavorable, but decent. Great location, ambiance.
  24. MJ

    MayJ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  25. H

    Hopk7791

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Mediocre meal...not bad, but not great either.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    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.
  27. LE

    LeslieE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was fabulous. Calamari was fresh and crispy. Portions were good. We’ll be back.
  28. BE

    BluEyeBob

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  29. TC

    TCHUTCHI1

    Charlotte

    86 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The bar area was dirty. I sat at the bar and overall not a great experience.
  30. EK

    ElisabethKS

    Dallas

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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.
  31. L

    Lanca

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  32. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was fine. Not great, not terrible. Service was good. It’s a cute restaurant, a bit cold. Great location!
  33. JG

    JudyG

    Norfolk

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  34. R

    Rose

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!

    Blue Mermaid - Argonaut HotelResponded on November 14, 2018Hello Rose, Thanks for the 5 star great review! thanks for coming in and spending time with us here down in the Wharf! Hope to see you soon! - The Blue Mermaid Team

  35. JF

    JenniferF

    West Palm Beach

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    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.

    Blue Mermaid - Argonaut HotelResponded on November 14, 2018Hello Jennifer, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience with us. We always strive to provide great service to each and every guest each and every time, and I apologize that we missed the mark during your visit. Again, thank you for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve. Have a great day in the meantime! -The Blue Mermaid Team

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    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.

    Blue Mermaid - Argonaut HotelResponded on November 14, 2018Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our restaurant. We always strive to provide great service & food to each and every guest each and every time, and I apologize that we missed the mark during your visit. Glad you enjoyed the New England clam chowders and we appreciate the feedback about the other dishes. This is valuable feedback as we are always looking to improve. We hope to have the opportunity to make things right and serve you again. Warmly, - The Blue Mermaid Team

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Disappointing- just meh!
  38. SA

    SethA

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    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.
  39. JN

    JonathanN

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    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.
  40. AD

    AllisonD

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had the crab corn chowder, crab dip and cioppino, and we loved every bit!

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Blue Mermaid - Argonaut Hotel is rated 3.9 stars by 366 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hyde Street

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking available in front of the Argonaut Hotel. <br /><br />

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nathaniel Mitzner

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 771-2222

  • Catering

    Please feel free to Contact our Director of Catering Chante Limosnero at (415) 345-5552. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Nathalie Cassidy: (415) 345-5532

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