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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” (40 reviews)
“seafood” (88 reviews)
“clam chowder” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

I had lunch here with some colleagues. Food, service and ambiance were great! We all enjoyed our entrees and desserts. It was pretty busy but it wasn't noisy so I guess their acoustics are good.

Thank Travelnow2011db
Reviewed September 11, 2013

In the Bay Area for business and decided on fish for dinner. The reviews of The Fish Market were uniformly good and now my own will reinforce that. I called 15 minutes ahead of time for a reservation and was seated immediately upon arrival. Broad...More

Thank MDXP
Reviewed September 6, 2013

If you are looking for fresh fish but don't want to break the bank, this is the place. Atmosphere is casual. Great from groups or families. The food is well prepared and the menu options are numerous. The house chardonnay is surprisingly good.

Thank Gamlahund
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We arrived a little after 9:00 pm and it looked like it was closing but the greeter welcomed us warmly and showed us to a table right away. We shared the steamed clams for the appetizer and they were delicious. The broth is mostly butter,...More

Thank kaboodle
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Great variety for a large restaurant, service is terrific, waterfront location creates the ambiance that makes a fish restaurant seem like a fish restaurant. Fair prices, and best seafood south of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Thank DuaneSandul
Reviewed July 30, 2013

For what you get and the atmosphere, this is a good deal. We sat outside overlooking the lagoon. and what a nice experience! The food was prepared just right, and there was plenty of it, and they even re-filled our bread basket. I would have...More

Thank NevadaHudson
Reviewed July 11, 2013

At first we were disappointed that the Top of the Market was closed, but we decided to go anyway since we love fish. My partner had fresh oysters which he declared delicious. I had their "famous" crab cioppino, the "lazy" version (which means they crack...More

Thank tangueraz
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Great service even late at night....Last Monday my step-daughter and I arrived to our hotel after driving 6 hours from LA to SM. We were tired, hungry and wanted some comfort food. We found the restaurant online and head there...Even though we arrived late and...More

Thank Faribs
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Good and many seafood choices, with very reasonable prices, for both the food and wine list....and good desserts as well. Not overly fancy, and no white table cloths - much more casual/relaxed. There are not a lot of nice restaurants in the area, so this...More

Thank John H
Reviewed June 29, 2013

I have not been here in 10+ years and the food was as GREAT as I remembered! What a feast, the EAST COAST CLAM BAKE could have fed all four. We also dined on PACIFIC RED SNAPPER, SEAFOOD MARINARA and PACIFIC YELLOWFIN TUNA. Vegetables and...More

Thank AlnicoCunife
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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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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