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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%
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“fresh fish” (42 reviews)
“seafood” (89 reviews)
“clam chowder” (25 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 March 20, 2013

Found this restaurant as a spot between work and the hotel (working in Redwood City). Had the oysters combination, sweet and fresh just what you would like. I also had a small prawn cocktail that was succulent and nice. For dinner I had a yellow...More

Thank rtenison
Reviewed February 16, 2013

I erred on the side of very good because I thought the value outweighed the mixed reviews on the food by those in my party. Here on business with 4 total in our party. I had the small cioppino The waitress said it would not...More

1  Thank pkrissel
Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

I know have been to this place twice and neither times did I like it. It was work so we went there . Way way over priced , the fish was not good . I sent back two plates and ended up eating salad and...More

Thank Ammo68
Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

I took my husband to eat downstairs in the Fish Market knowing he appreciates the casual atmosphere better there than the fancy setting upstairs. We both ended up ordering the shrimp skewers wrapped in bacon but were disappointed. It's a bunch of tiny shrimp on...More

Thank PerryNJ2
Reviewed December 24, 2012

This chain does a great job for high quality seafood meals. Their chowders are superb. I also always review what steers they have on hand. Always fresh! They have Alice patio on the nearby waterway for warmer days. I'm anhugenfan of their sack lunch for...More

Thank kh57ca
Reviewed December 14, 2012

The menu changes daily depending on what fish they can obtain fresh. Everything I've ever ordered here was excellent. It can get really noisy if busy, but fun casual atmosphere. Lovely to sit out on the porch in warm weather.

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Try the outside tables :) FRESH SEAFOOD and fun place It is close to Hwy 92 & Hwy 101 also.

Thank Vicetta
Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

Starting with Oysters Rockefeller wow! Thanks to Michelle for excellent service and great tasting food and drink.

Thank ojodoc
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This has the feel of a good old fashioned fish house. It's a cavernous restaurant with all the ambience of a seafood restaurant, wooden tables and chairs, unpretentious, good friendly service and fresh tasty fish. The many specials are good. My Pan-Seared Halibut was perfectly...More

Thank Anchoman
Reviewed November 26, 2012

By getting there before 6 PM, we were able to choose off the specials menu, which were both delicious and reasonably priced. Also, probably one of the best Bloody Marys on the West Coast. Note: get there before 6 PM!

Thank MardiGras7
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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
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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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, 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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