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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 good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fresh fish” (40 reviews)
“seafood” (83 reviews)
“clam chowder” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed February 21, 2018

I'm way behind on leaving this review (like, a couple of years behind) but this has been our worst dining experience in the Bay Area to date. My wife and I ordered two different fish dishes and they were both served raw. I dont even...More

Thank amatt558
Reviewed February 20, 2018

Bay Area is famous for its food. Fish and other seafood are always highest quality. You can get spoiled very easily by visiting all those places serving fresh fish, lobsters, crab meat, etc. Very good means just average here. That's how it was this time....More

Thank Acidov
Reviewed February 6, 2018

We went to The Fish Market last week and we had their menu for early diners. It is a fantastic value. The food was very good also.

Thank Phil S
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

After this long flight from Europe to USA you are always looking for a nice restaurant with good food, relaxed atmosphere and drinks... well - these guys did a great job! Food was great, we have a large table and with multiple people joining and...More

Thank hanskeijmel
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Food still pretty good here. I do wish they have gluten free options since I’ve developed a severe allergic reaction. You can never go wrong with any of the fish. Brussel sprouts are a little salty, but good flavor.

Thank marilynwong
Reviewed January 30, 2018

The cioppino was not the same as it used to be. It used to be full of crab with the stomach. The cioppino was good but it didn't need all the fish that was probably yesterdays fish. Broth still very good. Drinks not very good....More

Thank eke-ono
Reviewed January 28, 2018

The good is that the fish I have had here has always been fresh and there are some kinds of fish I can't get in my local markets. That said, it was downhill from there . Instead of using the whole restaurant and giving diners...More

2  Thank Mithra
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2018

Mithra - 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+gsmmit@gmail.com I...More

Reviewed January 23, 2018

We were brought here by some friends who were familiar with restaurant and it turned out to be quite a treat. There seemed to be two separate sections. There is a restaurant on the lower level that had a more casual atmosphere and was somewhat...More

Thank Steve O
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Hey Folks, One of the best places for fish and chips or Steak and Chicken!! For an elegant and simi private dining experience Top of the Market is the place to go, so many fond memories of this place over the last 28 years!!!! Wish...More

Thank Lofr2us
Reviewed January 21, 2018

This small family chain uses fresh caught fish and quality ingredients. A pernennial favorite. The San Mateo location offers lovely views as well.

Thank IMollyQ
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Pam P
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, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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