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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 - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Doing business

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 14
    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
Good seafood, chain restaurant

We had a great meal and the staff was working hard! Get a table where you can see the action in the kitchen. Lots of fresh seafood options

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
HowlinTom
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Austin
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Austin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had a great meal and the staff was working hard! Get a table where you can see the action in the kitchen. Lots of fresh seafood options

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

A regular pleaser for any seafood lover. Whether it's a refreshing seafood salad or a decadent lobster entree there's something here for every piscetarian appetite and budget. Wish they would warm the bread they serve instead of serving it cold, but otherwise an outstanding place and a fish lover's paradise.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

While in Palo Alto on business I have been here a couple of times. Both the place and the food is simple but pretty good and price is reasonable. It's a good place for a solid meal of grilled fish, which I appreciate after eating out for week.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I was hoping for something fresh and flavourful and just a bit exotic. I was disappointed. The food was very plain and not particularly interesting.

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singapore
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10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Compared to rest of restaurants in Palo Alto area, this is an interesting place with a large offering of many types of dishes mainly seafood. Their mussels with cheese are pretty good and I had a rainbow trout which was fresh enough. Smoked fish which my colleague had was a tat cold and salty but I would venture back if... More 

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San Francisco, California
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18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is OK, the service is nice, but the menu, preparation, and tastes are from another era. If you need a grilled fish, they can provide it, but that's about it.

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Palo Alto, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

An okay seafood place. Very basic. ..nothing fancy....convenient and established place located on El Camino Real.

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East Hampton
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A fantastic spot right on El Camino for everything fish. You can even buy fresh fish and crab to go to cook at home. The crab & shrimp louis are standouts, as is the fish generally. A busy and loud but nice environment, but not great for a serious business meeting.

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Rock Island, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Had dinner here with friends and each of us had something different with one commonality - everything was well prepared, well-served, and tasty!

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Los Altos, California
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25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I always order the mixed grill and love the quality of the fish and the variety. The sides have not changed much in decades -- potatoes several ways, rice, steamed vegetables, coleslaw. But the real star is the range of fresh fish simply prepared and served quickly. Not a good choice for a quiet atmosphere but a great place for... More 

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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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