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The Fish Market

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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco
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50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a San Mateo standard. It has a nice patio, ample parking, generous portions, and a large variety of fish choices and preparations. The menu is inconsistent. The food is consistently good, but it has never been amazing.

Thank drivin_n_cryin
San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

As usual, good tasting food, nothing fancy but good quality and reasonable. When it gets busy, the wait can be long but moves quickly. Their clam chowder is the best!

Thank Glynis E
San Mateo, California
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138 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Sitting outside by the water is very pleasant on a nice day. In my opinion, the food is mediocre at best, especially given the price. I only go when a friend invites me & would not go on my own. Is a big place, with a large parking lot, and conveniently located for many. I was there most recently for... More 

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San Francisco
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I have gone to The Fish Market about a dozen times and every time I've found them to be consistently good. I change my dish choices on purpose to see if they fall down on the job for any particular dish....they don't! Every choice I've made has been great. My personal favorites are the Ahi Tuna starter, fish and chips... More 

Thank TravelingfromSF_8
Weems, VA
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250 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

There were six in our group. We were seated promptly and orders taken quickly. The wait person was most helpful. The sushi appetizers were delicious. Everyone was most pleased with their meal.

Thank Sharon C
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I'm originally from San Mateo. Part of the fun of returning to the Bay Area for me was seeing my childhood home, school and then seeing that The Fish Market was still there! I made it a point to go for dinner, and we did on my last day of our trip. Many TA reviews said to eat in the... More 

Thank sh1520
Belmont, California, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Food consistently reliable. Always fresh. Only demerit is wait staff occasionally not very attentive. We don't mind waiting if we can at least get a drink during the wait.

Thank Nancy S
Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Went back here again last month on another business trip (a friend wanted to try it). It wasn't quite as good as the first time - they had fewer selections due to some sort of glitch and the fish was a little dry, but it was still very good. Love seafood and would definitely go back again. The view is... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Eating at this Bar gives o a chance to see it all, mix it up with the Chef's and Bartender. Great people, great food. elegant Menu. The Arctic Summer is astounding. Imagine a variety of blueberries, banana, raspberries and more, sauteed in butter, brown sugar and wine. Then poured over a scoop of ice cream. WOW. Garlic cheese bread is... More 

Thank Bob S
Aptos, California
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307 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Always a go to place for fresh fish. The ciopinno is always great, fresh oysters, fairly priced wines(not a great selection)---And nice servers.. Usually a can't miss.

Thank soifdawg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$45
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?