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Kingfish Restaurant

201 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4017
+1 650-343-1226
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good35%
  • Average28%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole
$$ - $$$
201 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hit or miss at this place. Over the years this place fluctuates in quality of food and service. Usually you get one or the other. Last time i was there i ordered a rib eye and it showed up with gelatinous turkey gravy poured all...More

Thank A5261HPjasonc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the Bay Area so you can get good food at a lot of places, including here. Pretty good food! What varies every time I've eaten here (five times in the past two years) is the service. It's all over the map, from perfunctory,...More

Thank freeandgoing
Reviewed May 22, 2017

We had a large group for cocktails and passarounds in a private room. It is definitely a lively place, and still quite popular. As a bar, therefore, it is okay. However, the food our group had was mediocre. Service was variable, with some waiters reasonably...More

Thank MannyG2000
Reviewed April 30, 2017

Food was excellent. We have eaten here many times over many years, whenever we are in town. The seafood is terrific. Service and ambiance have deteriorated a bit over time, but the food remains stellar. Prices are average for this kind of food and are...More

Thank aleavens2015
Reviewed April 20, 2017

We sat a a bar table right in front of the hostess. She and the rest of the staff ignored us. They charged us for food we didn't get. Every time someone served us it was someone new and they said "I'll tell the bartender"....More

Thank Jayorbon
Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

A few years back, this restaurant was real hot spot in downtown San Mateo. It has losted much of its luster. We dined here a couple of years ago when it was in decline. The appetizer was okay and the main entrees was tasteless. We...More

Thank Bill F
Reviewed March 4, 2017

I like Kingfish. I really do. I want so badly to LOVE Kingfish, but it just doesn't rise to that level - at least not consistently. We've gone there later night and sat downstairs and I think by then when things have died down it's...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed March 1, 2017

I had lunch here a few months back and found the food interesting and done well. Great French Fries, artichokes, salads, etc. Nice decor and friendly staff.

Thank bayareablond
Reviewed February 28, 2017

I've been to Kingfish many times and they never disappoint. Always very tasty dishes but I agree that the portions are rather small for the price. Recommend the benets to top off the meal.

Thank squidman212travel
Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

Went on a dinner date here. I ordered a filet mignon and it was very good, cooked perfectly! The rest of our meals were very good as well. Their menu had plenty of options for everyone. It's also in the heart of downtown San Mateo.

Thank E9567RCaudreyl
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $60
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4017
    (2nd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-343-1226
  • E-mail
Kingfish Restaurant, named after Huey Long, "the colorful, bigger than life man", is a restaurant that is also "bigger than life and very colorful. Kingfish is a one of a kind restaurant situated in downtown San Mateo in a historical 1920's art deco building. The restaurant features an exhibition Oyster bar, 3 full bars exhibiting a broad range of spirits and talented mixologists. There are 2 wine cellars stocked with some of the very hardest to find wines in the world, a Speakeasy lounge that always has an unparalleled live music line-up, cozy booths, and private dining rooms that would make even the French Quarter jealous. "...to walk into Kingfish is, to walk into someone's dream.", is how acclaimed SF Chronicle food editor, Michael Bauer, referred to the decor at Kingfish. Ownership takes great pride in the fact that they have one of the largest collections of authentic, Southern-Lousiana folk art in the country, to which they are always adding. The food at Kingfish is American and gives almost every palette a reason to crave. There is a passion that emanates directly from the owners, to serve only the freshest seafood possible. The steaks that are served are some of the best and tastiest you can find in the world. The ability to give each guest exactly what they crave and desire has been an increasing goal of Kingfish in recent years.
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