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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: 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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  • 85
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  • 113
    Very good
  • 32
    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
A seat by the sea

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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85 reviews 85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Worlwide
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Santiago, Chile
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Very good seafood restaurant: highly recommended. Menu has large variety, and service is pleasant. They are open until quite late, which can be a problem in the area. I have visited for some 30 years now, off and on, and it remains an important favourite.

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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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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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