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The Fish Market

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2017 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, View, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Cup $6.75
Bowl $7.95
New England (White)
Cup $6.75
Bowl $7.95
Manhattan (Red)
Japanese Hamachi*
Pacific Ahi*
Nestled alongside a quiet lagoon, our fourth restaurant, and the first to feature the upstairs, upscale Top of the Market, has been a dining destination for bay area residents since 1982. This beautiful restaurant also features a full-service cocktail bar and lounge area, and a popular oyster bar. Patio dining is available in the summer months.
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Seafood, Soups
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed today

Good seafood place in San Mateo. Nice view of the lagoon and outside seating on warm days adds to the experience.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank lvprn
Reviewed today

This is one of our family go-tos on the mid-peninsula. The fish is always pretty fresh, and the atmosphere is always terrific just sitting on the dock o' the lagoon.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Kalvin S
Reviewed today

This is my all time favorite restaurant in San Mateo! We love the downstairs restaurant but LOVE The Top of the Market. The staff is very friendly and efficient and the food is exceptional. We have been going here for years and have never experienced...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Suzanne M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well i brought a long time friend and wife for lunch,we wanted steamed clams,,and ohhhh yeah we got beautiful clams and sour dough frenchbread,and a crab chippino, The chef at the oyster bar was wonderful,,he prepared our lunch beautifully,,,i was very satisfied

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

And I really want to give it it's credit, and tried it a few times. But it never reached my highest point . Oysters are great!!food is OK, but I think I miss a specific atmosphere I could never find there, maybe a little interpersonal....

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Ricochet Wearab... A
Reviewed October 21, 2018

A little expensive.. Best bread around. Service very good. Lots of free parking in big lot. Combo salad is very good as is the chowder soup..

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank dcs1755
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Yes, it’s a small chain and yes, it’s never going to get a Michelin Star - but, I had a nice meal here. Good decor, loads of people and service that was pretty good. As a seafood restaurant my Prawns we’re over cooked and a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cj_halvo62
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Went for lunch, seated quickly on water, lovely views if you can sit outside. Service was lackluster. Sat near outdoor server station and the buckets of used dishes and food wastes were overflowing to point of spilling over and servers just shoved more into them...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank savvytraveler101
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

SavvyTraveler - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me a way to contact you at fishmarketfeedback+tsmsav@gmail.com I...More

Reviewed October 3, 2018

Was with a group of friends and someone suggested the Fish Market. Should have voice my view about chain restaurants. Anyway, it was for a quick lunch so I didn't. The restaurant is located at a nice spot with water view. There were six of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tim W
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Tim - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me a way to contact you at fishmarketfeedback+gsmtim@gmail.com I...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

I had a friend stay at my home for the first time. He knew of my house from when i bought it 30 plus years ago, but never had stayed with me until this trip. He knew of where i lived over the years by...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank careerburnout
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October 14, 2018|
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Response from careerburnout | Reviewed this property |
430 to 630 monday through thursday. I would suggest going on their website to look not only at the early dinners, but also the happy hour in their bar. You can make a meal of their appetizers. For example in san mateo the... More
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Response from Marjie F | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but give them a call and see for sure. Have a good time!
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June 6, 2015|
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Response from Susan V | Reviewed this property |
Unless you are going with someone who is NOT a vegetarian, think you might find a better spot. I personally am a Pescetarian and love their smoked fish and calamari. Rest of family eats everything so we all get to enjoy... More
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