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The Fish Market

1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fresh fish” (42 reviews)
“seafood” (92 reviews)
“clam chowder” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed today

We had a party of 4 on a Friday evening. The restaurant was large and we were seated right away, however, our service after was that was pretty sub-par. It took 15 minutes to get water and a glass of wine, and we were rarely...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank cynthiasO2263LR
Reviewed today

Have been there many times in the past year and once so far this year. I especially love it when we get a window table or, when weather permits, a table on the deck. Everyone who goes with me for the first time always wants...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Adventure641308
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had the happy hour oysters, they were very good. Will definitely return and try other menu items. The price was inline for the quality of the food.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank dougmP6843PL
Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu offers a nice selection, but what is delivered is inconsistent. Their fried calamari used to be “the best”, but lately it’s “the worst”. Sometimes the petrale sole is great..... sometimes dry and not so great - and that goes for several of their...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Shwillia2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am allergic to fish, so the fish market is not always a great idea, but the boyfriend wanted sword fish. I got the East Coast Clam Bake and was impressed. The shellfish was cooked to perfection, including the lobster!! The broth was outstanding. Can't...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TanyaT1443
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 December 2, 2018 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 November 7, 2018

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
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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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August 23, 2015|
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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!
Shirlee S
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
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
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474
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.
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