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The Fish Market

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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Mateo, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food. Always fresh and flavorful. I love that they offer grilled and fried options. The meal comes with steamed veggies, rice or posters and cherry tomatoes. The fish tacos, pastas, and salads are always good. Love the clam chowder too.

Thank Frances O
Corona del Mar, California
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as expected the fish is simply prepared not extraordinary quality but consistent. location is easy to get to and parking is easy

Thank christine a
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many seafood choices plus take-outs. In general, food is good with moderate to high average pricing. Service is somewhat inconsistent, depends on the server. Wait can be long on Friday or Saturday without reservation. Good bar area with multiple tv screens

Thank Bill F
Tucson, Arizona
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had happy hour here and while service was a bit slow and scattered the restaurant is good. Happy hour is only in the bar area but you still have a nice view from there. Our server did not write anything down and forgot every third item. We eventually got all drinks and food. The white clam chowder was thick... More 

Thank Monique V
Warren, New Jersey
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228 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit since the Top of the Market re-opened. A new menu, which is excellent. Service is as good as before. Tried crab cakes, grilled octopus salad, gigantic New Zeeland mussels, crab louis salad. Just terrific. Highly recommend to make reservations for the upstairs dining room.

Thank Andrew K
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our local friends took us to The Fish Market for dinner. It was a great place on the Foster City lagoon & served very fresh fish entrees. Our group tried both the New England & Manhattan clam chowders and both were excellent (I prefer the Manhattan), prawn & louie salads, the New Zealand Cockles (delicious) stuffed prawns, rockfish, crab cioppino... More 

Thank denver60
San Mateo, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a nice location right on the water makes this a terrific place for lunch or dinner. They have a large selection of various fishes to choose from. I always enjoy getting the crab cioppino. What's really good is Top of the Market upstairs where they are a bit more upscale. The poke is to die for!

Thank squidman212travel
Half Moon Bay, Ca.
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the location where you can sit outside. You see all the ducks and birds swimming by in the lagoon. Good service, good drinks, and great food!

Thank yvonnebutterfly
San Francisco
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2017

Nice bar as you enter, fish for sale behind counter on opposite wall. Menu has a great selection of fish choices with several differant options on how they prepare your meal in restaurant. Reasonable lunch prices. Beautiful setting as you are able to sit in a patio area that overlooks Foster City Lagoon. I enjoy being able to buy some... More 

Thank saxasue
Cameron Park, California
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

We were in town for a volleyball tournament at the convention center and wanted a place to eat before bed. The food here is decent, not exceptional but still okay. The one negative is that despite having a ton of staff our drinks sat empty and our table was only checked upon once and they were not even that busy.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $45
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?