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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
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
4 weeks ago
“Pricey, downstairs restaurant is the better value”
8 Oct 2017
“Birthday Party”
Closes in 25 min
11:00 AM - 2:30 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Seafood, American
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

My wife and I met another couple for dinner at The Fish Market, and with a wait there, we opted to go upstairs to Top of the Market. It's a very different vibe up here, more quiet, understated, and upscale. The view overlooking the lagoon...More

1  Thank mcgowan06
Reviewed 11 October 2015

We ordered 3 soups (clam chowder), 2 kid meals, Canadian Lingcod with rice and roasted vegetables and Pacific Ono with au gratin potatoes and roasted vegetables. The interior of the "restaurant" is cheap in comparison to the food prices and not very inviting. Roasted Vegetables...More

Thank travellerde33
Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

Views are great and our tuna poke salad was a hit. My entree of linguini and seafood was overpowered by too many onions and garlic for my taste. It ruined the delicate flavor of the scallops and crab which should be enhanced not covered up....More

Thank JBR888
Reviewed 23 July 2015

I have been to this very pleasant lovely small seafood restaurant before. I had always enjoyed the experience. The place is very pleasant intimate and relaxing. The services has always been excellent. However the food never made enough impression, neither memorably delicious, nor outrageously horrible....More

Thank Showchia H
Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

I visited with two colleagues for an early evening meal. We hadn't reserved but were quickly seated in a booth overlooking the lagoon. I chose the harpooned Catalina swordfish which was delicious >> try it! A nice meal, washed down with chilled white wine followed...More

Thank Whirob
Reviewed 25 May 2015

Hard to realize it is a different restaurant within a restaurant than The Fish Market - but both are wonderful and delicious food.

Thank TeriKay
Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

I did a business dinner here and really enjoyed my experience. The restaurant has a great view overlooking the water and the service was very nice. I enjoyed the crab cocktail but mostly enjoyed the seafood stew. The seafood stew contained a wide variety of...More

Thank Cregan8256
Reviewed 14 April 2015

WE have been didning at the Top of the Market for 20 years and have seen many changes.. it still remains one of your favorite restaurants in San Mateo.. The latest remodel looks great!..

1  Thank torin k
Reviewed 16 March 2015

We have not been here for many years so I was concerned that the quality may have suffered over time. To my delight, the food and service were top notch and the terrific seafood selections are still as good as ever. We enjoyed the outlook...More

Thank DeWanz
Reviewed 31 January 2015

The atmosphere is very nice in the restaurant and the food was all pretty good, although there are some real challenges with service. First off they did not have our reservation. I know this was made. It didn't matter because they fit us in without...More

Thank HotChilli99
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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 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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