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Top of the Market - San Mateo

1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
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Overview
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood stew” (2 reviews)
“caesar salad” (4 reviews)
Opens in 26 min
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CUISINES
American, Seafood
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed September 1, 2018

Being a big fan of the downstairs restaurant, we decided to try the upstairs. It exceeded my expectations. I opened with some oysters on the half shell. Well presented and delicious. As a starter, I went with the Caesar Salad. Outstanding flavor and just the...More

Thank Cattleman007
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Reservation for a group... Confirmed on the day... But when we showed up no table was ready. We were accommodated but in a crowded space. The appetizers were really tasty, the chowder very nice. The main course for me was below average (the chef needs...More

Thank Marc M
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at Top of the Market - San Mateo, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Marc - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Top of the Market Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me a way to contact...More

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Best place for miles around to get a truly tasty lunch without walking away having eaten far too many calories. The calamari starter or crab cakes are very good but the beet salad with Salmon added to it is unforgettable.

Thank CTPreview
Reviewed July 11, 2018

This restaurant is one of the top 3 on my parents "go to list". Well, my curiosity has been answered. The environment is very nice, they have a beautiful outside patio dining area and the staff is very attentive. As for my meal, it lacked...More

Thank onebreakfast
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at Top of the Market - San Mateo, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2018

Onebreakfast - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me a way to contact you at fishmarketfeedback+gsmone@gmail.com I...More

Reviewed July 8, 2018

Higher end than downstairs. White tablecloths, etc. Delicious food. More expensive but worth it. Downside: Only open for dinner and no elevator to get upstairs. Steep stairs.

Thank Debra S
Reviewed June 19, 2018

A bit more expensive than downstairs at the Fish Market, but worth the extra cost. Love the John Dore!!!

Thank jdegglady
Reviewed May 29, 2018

One of my favorite places for business lunches is back, and I'm delighted. The place is quiet, so perfect for a conversation. The setting overlooking the water is relaxing. The menu is well thought out, with an emphasis on fish and seafood, and the dishes...More

Thank AGerardFutureImage
Reviewed April 22, 2018

We ate here this weekend. The restaurant is on the top floor the The Fish Market and has a nice view of the Foster City canals. We have eaten here previousy, and had a decent meal. However our most recent experience showed how a bad...More

Thank James B
Reviewed January 21, 2018

Part of the Fish Market. You can order more expensive fine dining entrees with a view of the water or order off the regular menu. Upscale part of the Fish Market more expensive

Thank IMollyQ
Reviewed January 3, 2018

We dined recently at the restaurant and found the food to be delicious - well prepared and beautifully presented. I had the dungeness crab ceasar salad, my husband had the grilled cob crab salad, another person had the scallop dinner and another had the seafood...More

Thank Kauaidudette
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
    (Fashion Is. Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Public transit stops at South Norfolk directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474
Description
Although a Peninsula landmark since 1982, Top of the Market in San Mateo is almost a secret discovery above the bustling Fish Market downstairs. This intimate restaurant overlooking a quiet lagoon evokes the sophisticated charm of the classic, timeless bay area fish house. The seasonal American menu features the finest seafood, meats and local produce complimented by an exceptional wine list.
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