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The Fish Market

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3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
+1 650-493-9188
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon 10:30 pm - 1:30 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Francisco
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always good food but the mahi mahi sliders with their ginger zing are delicious. You can ask for them even if they are not listed.

Thank DavidandCharlotte
Central Valley, California
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87 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Early dinner on a Sunday evening while in town for Stanford appointment. Parking lot is a good size. Place was busy but we were seated immediately. Building has real character. Husband had the halibut which was a small portion but excellent. I had cashew crusted rainbow trout, which was also good. Waiter was attentive & we were in & out... More 

Thank CACountrygirl
Central Oregon, Oregon
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good spot for larger family groups. However, neither the best service nor great food - both were quite average. Perhaps we did not order the "right" selections. We had linguine with clams and steamed mussels.

Thank Barb S
Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten at The Fish Market for many years. My meals have always been well prepared and served by efficient and cheerful servers. I give them 5 stars not becasuse they are creating imaginative and ground breaking dining experiences, but because they manage to deliver consistantly delicious (if generally mainstream) dishes, year over year. They must be doing something right!

Thank shelbykparker
Palo Alto, California
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331 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

7 family members went to The Fish Market last night celebrating someone's birthday. Service, as always was very good, we had never ending fresh bread and butter, drinks when ordered and very good fresh fish. At our table was chiopino, crab salad sandwich, sushi, calimare, shrimp with linguine, bucket of clams and mussels. For the birthday celebration was 2 yummy... More 

Thank Marcia K
Stanford, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We frequent The Fish Market weekly. Maybe even more. The fresh fish is wonderful and the service is excellent. They are going through a transition right now, but bear with them because it is an excellent place to go!

Thank HenryandNancy
Reno, Nevada
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first visit here found the food pretty wonderful and the service somewhat iffy. The second visit was quite the opposite. The service was fabulous... if only the food was too. We ordered swordfish and halibut. Both plates came out cold, but the swordfish was not even recognizable as swordfish...or any other fish. Not sure what in the world was... More 

Thank ShickaBoo
Fort Collins, Colorado
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on the recommendation of our hotel. Oysters were fantastic, but the rest of our meal (pasta) was just average. Service was poor. We were seated outside and the restaurant was scheduled to be open for another hour, yet the staff locked up the empty tables with cables and turned off all the outside lights in the middle of our... More 

Thank BethCo4
Brighton, Michigan
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743 reviews
508 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fish Market was very accommodating for a last-minute large dinner group. Our group of about 14 was promptly seated, and ordered a variety of dishes. All in all, we heard very few complaints (and a lot of praises) from the whole group. The two servers assigned to our group were fantastic, quick, and extremely friendly. I ended up with... More 

Thank Matt S
Stockton, CA
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The concierge at our hotel recommended The Fish Market for their Early Bird Special (weeknight 4pm-6pm) as we needed to eat early. We'd been there for lunch so knew the food was good. But sometimes you just don't know about these specials. Great choices! We opted for the panko crusted fish and chips with a salad. And, of course, The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 pm - 1:30 am
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-493-9188
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?