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Top of the Market - San Mateo

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1855 S. Norfolk Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403 (Fashion Is. Blvd.)
Public transit stops at South Norfolk directly in front of the restaurant.
+1 650-349-3474
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Description: Although a Peninsula landmark since 1982, Top of the Market in San Mateo...
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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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great seafood in San Mateo: Seafood Stew!

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 all kinds of seafood: octopus, fish... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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United States
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  • Entertaining clients
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Lausanne
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163 reviews 163 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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 by a dessert.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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

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United States
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

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 all kinds of seafood: octopus, fish, shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, and even muscles. It is... More 

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San Mateo, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 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!..

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Minden, Nevada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 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 over the canal and had a great meal. I worked in this area 20 years... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 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 much fuss. We were in a medium sized group and I was entertaining customers. Everyone... More 

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San Jose
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice setting, excellent service, very good food, if a little over-salted. Excellent selection of seafood dishes, with just a little "chain" influence.

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Hartsville, South Carolina
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152 reviews 152 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This place is great! I could hardly choose the seafood meal that I wanted to order since there were so many awesome selections available. I highly recommend this place!!!!

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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

With such few places to select from in Foster City, I highly recommend the Top of the Market. It overlooks a little river & perfect for lunch meetings. The food focus is California cuisine and fish/seafood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Had a great meal at the Fish Market , San Mateo to top off our stay . Good food , nice atmosphere on the water.

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Additional Information about Top of the Market - San Mateo

Address: 1855 S. Norfolk Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1855 S. Norfolk Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403
    (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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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