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The Fish Market

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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“fresh fish” (40 reviews)
“seafood” (83 reviews)
“clam chowder” (25 reviews)
Closes in 14 min
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed yesterday

I prefer the Fish Market in Palo Alto but this is one also very good. If you like fresh fish this is the place to go. Be sure and ask for the fresh fish of the day. Sometimes there is a large choice. I like...More

Thank bayareablond
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wish I could give zero stars. I have been around a while and this was the worst experience I have EVER had at a restaurant. Made reservation for 5 people at 6:30pm. Arrived at 6:30pm. Restaurant was packed. At 6:45pm asked how long we would...More

Thank mmach999
Reviewed April 9, 2018

Very tasty meal, with a good size menu. We had appetizer, main, and desserts, and all were delicious. A little pricey but worth the splurge.

Thank DJC17
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Only good real sea food restaurant in area. Prices are fair service good. Outside has scenic view. The take out retail counter is high prices. The bar menu is very good

Thank michael n
Reviewed March 26, 2018

We've eaten at Fish Market restaurants in San Mateo, Palo Alto and San Diego many times and have never had an unsatisfactory meal. The fish is always fresh and well prepared and we enjoy the traditional sides. Prices have gone up and portions have gotten...More

Thank Northcoast_Flyer
Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

I’m ok with over cooked fish, but not in a place called The Fish Market. Crab cakes were good but the side salad was acidic to the extreme and killed my taste. The Clam Bake had dry lobster and dry shrimp. How do you do...More

Thank RikDD
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

RikDD - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me a way to contact you at fishmarketfeedback+tsmrik@gmail.com I...More

Reviewed March 11, 2018

The menu has so many choices, that there is sure to be something for everyone. Good seaford, I have had the sole dinner, which was very good and a lot of food. Had to get myself a :"to go bag" . Dinner plates comes with...More

Thank Sheila C
Reviewed March 11, 2018

Consistently fresh seafood from their own fishing boats. Family style casual dining with great fish. The daily changing menu clearly indicates the type of fish and if it is wild or farm raised, They are famous for their au gratin potatoes. They also sell fresh...More

Thank IMollyQ
Reviewed March 3, 2018

We love to sit by the outside room with a view of the water. The wait staff are always great. So many choices of fish and clams.

Thank radmarc
Reviewed February 27, 2018

Food is fresh & good. Service very good. Big free parking lot. All meals served with great fresh bread. Prices a little high..

Thank dcs1755
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Pam P
August 23, 2015|
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Response from Marjie F | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but give them a call and see for sure. Have a good time!
Shirlee S
June 6, 2015|
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Response from Susan V | Reviewed this property |
Unless you are going with someone who is NOT a vegetarian, think you might find a better spot. I personally am a Pescetarian and love their smoked fish and calamari. Rest of family eats everything so we all get to enjoy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $45
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor 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, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474
Nestled alongside a quiet lagoon, our fourth restaurant, and the first to feature the upstairs, upscale Top of the Market, has been a dining destination for bay area residents since 1982. This beautiful restaurant also features a full-service cocktail bar and lounge area, and a popular oyster bar. Patio dining is available in the summer months.
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