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The Fish Market

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3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
+1 650-493-9188
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Our first restaurant has been a Palo Alto institution since its doors...
Our first restaurant has been a Palo Alto institution since its doors opened in 1976. With the brand new addition of an oyster bar, cocktail bar and lounge area, there are now even more ways to experience this unique restaurant. The expansive retail market remains a popular stop for local residents seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish.
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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 116
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good fresh fish

I'm on a business trip, staying locally. Looked for a descent place to eat good, fresh and healthy food. Found abundant recommendations for this restaurant and gave it a try. Excellent food, fresh, felt healthy and quick and pleasant service. Had a bowl of Manhattan Chowder (a fresh change to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Ariel L
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

quality isnt anything special so paying $30-$50+ a pound for raw fish is a real laugh riot. could get the same price fish prepared in a fine dining restaurant in sf or nyc. didnt try restaurant just market.

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Wichita, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had a birthday dinner for my aunt's 90th birthday, We had a table for fourteen and still had great service and even better food . I have been to this restaurant many time and it's always great!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I'm on a business trip, staying locally. Looked for a descent place to eat good, fresh and healthy food. Found abundant recommendations for this restaurant and gave it a try. Excellent food, fresh, felt healthy and quick and pleasant service. Had a bowl of Manhattan Chowder (a fresh change to the New England version) and excellent Yellow tail fish. Highly... More 

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Mountain View, California
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33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You can buy fresh fish at their market or have a fresh meal in the cozy, but lively atmosphere. There is even a bar to sit at if you are single or are on limited time schedule. You can watch one of the sporting events or news on television while mingeling with other guests while you eat. The choices are... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

One of my primary goals while in San Jose for work was to eat some great seafood, and the Fish Market did not disappoint. In fact, my only disappointment is that I did not eat there twice. Though their menu was quite large, which I typically do not like, there is a more than one good choice for every taste... More 

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Las Vegas
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14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very nice atmosphere. My cousin was on a restricted diet, able to only eat broth, and they were extremely accommodating. I had the shrimp and scallops. The dish was very tasty to the point that I could have eaten a lot more. The sides were not run of the mill and quit complementary to the meal.

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Ridgecrest, California
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11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The food tasted great. It was fresh and prepared correctly. Their appetizers had a wonderful flavor and texture. The bread was warm, fresh and had that tangy taste for great sourdough. They have a specialty cioppino that came in a huge portion. I look forward to dining here again.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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59 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A family visit to a lovely retaurant which has a fish counter at one end. The menu is extensive, from cod and chips thrugh to lobster via many other oily and white fish varieties. Servcie was excellemt and the food was also of a high standard. My swordfish steak was very good and halibut and cod were also rated highly... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Very good, always good ! Nice place and atmosphere !!! The Fish is good and really fresh !! Make sure to book as it s a busy place there is also a patio along el camino

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

They must be doing something right. My teenagers had their first taste of raw oysters here. They didn't rave, but they had a second. Basic seafood grilled or panfried. Nice salads. We would certainly go back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-493-9188

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business

Description

Our first restaurant has been a Palo Alto institution since its doors opened in 1976. With the brand new addition of an oyster bar, cocktail bar and lounge area, there are now even more ways to experience this unique restaurant. The expansive retail market remains a popular stop for local residents seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?