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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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Today
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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: Reservations
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Entertaining clients

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  • 10
    Excellent
  • 15
    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
Like revisiting an old friend

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
DeWanz
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Minden, Nevada
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  • Casual Elegant
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
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Minden, Nevada
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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104 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Roseville, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you are in staying near the San Francisco airport, we can highly recommend Top of the Market restaurant in San Mateo. My husband and I had a great dinner tonight. He had the Canadian Petrale Sole and I had the Northeast Haddock fish & chips - both were excellent. The fish is fresh as well as the side dishes.... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Excellent food and definitely a few steps up from downstairs. Completely worth the extra $$. Sitting at the bar is fun because you can watch as your food is being prepared.

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Top Contributor
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Great food good price I would go back. service was off but I think that was do to the help. Sword fish, Deviled eggs and oysters all very good.

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San Francisco
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Literally a step up from the fish market because it is upstairs. It offers a quieter and more intimate atmosphere. You can sit at the counter by the grill and watch the chiefs cook if you like. Top of the Market has a great variety of fish to choose from.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?