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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%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fresh fish” (32 reviews)
“seafood” (71 reviews)
“clam chowder” (24 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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11 - 20 of 396 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there for lunch. Love the nautical theme of the restaurant. Ordered varieties of seafood. They were fresh and delicious. Huge too. Service were excellent. I can't wait to go back.

Thank Tongansailor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Parking is good. The cheesy Garlic bread is the best ever!!!!. If you don't order the cheesy garlic bread, you just missed out My wife had the salmon and it was great. I had the shrimp sandwich, it was good. Service was a little slow...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were seated where we could see the kitchen in action - which we loved. We shared an appetizer of smoked abalone tuna. I could have had 3 and called it dinner. It was the best! I had the Cioppino with pasta - I would...More

Thank Viaggiatore0607
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Meeting with old friends in good setting on water with nice views of the water. Fish and shellfish all very fresh with lots of varieties to choose from. Great sourdough bread! Quite expensive for lunch but pleasant ambiance with good service.

Thank Topolli
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We eat in dinner rooms upstairs. I order fish and chips and I was disappointed. The fish was deep fried and over fried . For that price the food wasn't good .

Thank Majka311
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This once great spot needs a serious makeover. A quality fish market would be a terrific success, however, they miss the mark on all counts. Food C+ (had a good meal and then 3 terrible ones to follow) Atmosphere D (clean it up and out)...More

Thank kimcC3570JO
Reviewed 10 April 2017

It had been a while since my wife and I had eaten at The Fish House. We went with another couple and didn't wait more than 10 minutes for a table. Not a big deal because the restaurant wasn't too crowded. However, things went downhill...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I had the clam chowder soup and crab salad for lunch. Very disappointed on the amount of crab (not very much for the price). I could've done better at home making a crab salad. This is about my 4th time here and always trying to...More

Thank Kimaf
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Excellent food. Always fresh and flavorful. I love that they offer grilled and fried options. The meal comes with steamed veggies, rice or posters and cherry tomatoes. The fish tacos, pastas, and salads are always good. Love the clam chowder too.

Thank Frances O
Reviewed 16 March 2017

as expected the fish is simply prepared not extraordinary quality but consistent. location is easy to get to and parking is easy

Thank christine a
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Pam P
We will be visiting your area soon. We would like to know if we can bring our small well behaved dog and eat on the patio with him? Thanks.
23 August 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
What are the options for vegetarians?
6 June 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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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.