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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” (41 reviews)
“seafood” (88 reviews)
“clam chowder” (28 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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Reviewed 8 November 2017

I have eaten here a dozen times or more and always keep coming back. The restaurant is consistently good. We chose a fresh fish option something we almost always do. In this case, we both chose the sea bass that was mesquite grilled. It was...More

Thank LLion
Reviewed 5 November 2017

I had dinner with a friend there. The restaurant is located outside San Mateo on a channel from the Bay. There is plenty of parking lots outside, however they were nearly full on the Friday night. The place was crowded inside as well. Upon entering...More

Thank 61_IslandHopper
Reviewed 5 November 2017

On a 3 week business trip, I managed to eat here 4 times. Each time the food was amazing, the service good, the place clean, comfortable seating and great ambience. Well done to the team. I'm like a seafood boomerang at this place, every time...More

Thank Ferenc M
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Came to the Fish Market at 5pm. Restaurant was relatively empty. Took 15 minutes for our waitress to come by which should have been our first clue. Waited another 30 minutes for our food. Couple next to us got fed up and asked for their...More

Thank Julie K
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Julie - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Diego Restaurant, Suzanne, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email your contact information at fishmarketfeedback+tsdjul@gmail.com so i am pass...More

Reviewed 21 October 2017

Just wanted a quick lunch. Had soup & a louie salad. Great bread. Service was good. Lots of free parking. Better if you go not during peak hours.

Thank dcs1755
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Great fresh fish selection. Reasonable prices and a cute atmosphere. If I lived here this would be my go to.

Thank Ingram75
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Always Go There.......Best Seafood in Town......Great Service........Can eat in bar area or in the restaurant area..........Pleasant Place to be.........

Thank Brooklyn1954_12
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Really nice friendly restaurant. Great menu, food never disappoints. Staff very accommodating. They have a menu that would satisfy most people including children.

Thank jenandkevd
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

The Fish Market is in a great location resting right on the water, just a little bit in from the bay. The food is good. I started off with a cup of New England clam chowder and some calamari. Both were phenominal. The chowder was...More

Thank Kasm78
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Fish is good for you. Better than chicken or non grass fed beef. The Fish market has been operating at this location going back 30 years. The downstairs is casual and the upstairs is high(er) end. They have a nice patio outside for nice weather...More

Thank Ron K
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Pam P
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
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
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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