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The Fish Market

1855 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA 94306
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Ranked #2 of 354 restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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90% Recommend
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

great view - seating by the water. The food and wait staff are superb - quiet (outdoors at least) clean and food was exceptional. highly recommended and will repeat.

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Nashville, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

While staying in Foster City on a working vacation, I ventured into an old favorite, The Fish Market. I am well acquainted with this restaurant, having dined here since the 1990's! And I am happy to say that the meals never disappointed in the past, and remain just as good as ever, today! I actually ate here twice during that... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

After a very long drive, my wife wanted fresh seafood once more prior to flying out of San Francisco. The restaurant is in a lovely waterfront setting with beautiful flowers, seagulls at the pier and ducks, etc. The food was perfectly prepared, the service good and the staff friendly. A great end to a great trip to the USA.

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My husband and I were in San Francisco for the weekend. We were staying south of the city in Brisbane with nothing around us but deserted office buildings (because it was Saturday). The hotel provided us with a list of restaurants only reachable by car. We settled on The Fish Market, about a 15 minute drive. We arrived, without reservations,... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife had the Ono and I had the prawns on a skewer. Both dishes were good except for the fact that they were both very very spicy. Too much black pepper was used on both dishes. Overall we were satisfied with our dinner.

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Dallas, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

On a recent weekend trip to California, we spent our last night at a hotel near San Francisco Int'l. Airport. Having not gotten our fill of seafood, we decided to try a widely acclaimed seafood restaurant, The Fish Market in San Mateo. It was a good choice! Our reservation was for 6pm, and we arrived a few minutes before that... More

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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We sat upstairs overlooking the lagoon. Great View. Seafood appetizers and drinks were awesome. Server was very attentive.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Amazing number of seafood choices such as 4 different seafood cocktail options, numerous crab items, and so many fish entrees. Enjoyed the crab cocktail and Crab Louie with Fish Market Bloody Mary containing Absolut Peppar Vodka, chilled prawn, and spicy green bean, which had a nice kick. Prompt service. Ate out on the dock with a nice view overlooking the... More

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edmonton, ab
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Large selection of seafood from all over north america- done perfectly, and delicious- they know what they are doing! Casual and friendly atmosphere. Prices a bit on the high side (40 for lobster or crab), but abundant portions and properly cooked.

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Top Contributor
212 reviews 212 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I usually stop here on each trip . Never been disappointed . This trip was no different . I had the Cappiano and it was excellent . Although this is the first time I was able to finish everything . I was disappointed with the clam chowder as it was cold and slightly under cooked . Also the garlic bread... More

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