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Top of the Market - San Mateo

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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155 (Fashion Is. Blvd.)
+1 650-349-3474
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is the Place I was referencing inside the Fish Market. Very good, fun atmosphere, great food and excellent people. Totally worthwhile.

Thank Bob S
San Mateo, California
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39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Located Upstair of the Fish Market, they have tablecloth and a few higher end dishes, plus you can order all the items in the downstairs menu. If you want a bit more privacy, this is a good choice.

Thank Kallen C
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Higher end than Fish Market. Top of the Market has better service and better fish selection. Very good, excellent for date night.

Thank piyo
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57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

My wife & I were very pleased. We considered downstairs (The Fish Market) but choose upstairs instead (Top of the Market). It was quiet and overlooking a lagoon. We choose a booth and STILL had a nice view. Collin's service was attentive, knowledgeable and personable. Ask for him. The food was very good. We ate a light lunch which included... More 

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147 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I'd driven by this restaurant at least 100 times and never went in. One day recently, I was looking for a quiet lunch spot that was close to a meeting location in San Mateo and found this restaurant on Open Table. I was delightfully surprised. It is a real working fish market with two on-site dining options, one casual on... More 

Thank AbsJ
Los Altos, California
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107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

Top of the Market is the "restaurant inside a restaurant" at the Fish Market on Norfolk Street in San Mateo. The Fish Market maybe a chain but only a few locations have the "Top of the Market" restaurant inside. In San Mateo, the staff are very friendly, the much shorter - but more than adequate - menu is fantastic and... More 

Thank CTPreview
San Mateo, California
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130 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2015

My wife and I met another couple for dinner at The Fish Market, and with a wait there, we opted to go upstairs to Top of the Market. It's a very different vibe up here, more quiet, understated, and upscale. The view overlooking the lagoon is quite picturesque, even on the rainy night in which we visited. Both the clam... More 

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Sacramento, California
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2015

We ordered 3 soups (clam chowder), 2 kid meals, Canadian Lingcod with rice and roasted vegetables and Pacific Ono with au gratin potatoes and roasted vegetables. The interior of the "restaurant" is cheap in comparison to the food prices and not very inviting. Roasted Vegetables consists of mainly broccoli and zucchini. inside the chowder were pieces which could easily be... More 

Thank travellerde33
San Francisco, California
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181 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Views are great and our tuna poke salad was a hit. My entree of linguini and seafood was overpowered by too many onions and garlic for my taste. It ruined the delicate flavor of the scallops and crab which should be enhanced not covered up. Fried calamari had no flavor. My associates said they enjoyed their meals however. Our server... More 

Thank JBR888
Hong Kong, China
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2015

I have been to this very pleasant lovely small seafood restaurant before. I had always enjoyed the experience. The place is very pleasant intimate and relaxing. The services has always been excellent. However the food never made enough impression, neither memorably delicious, nor outrageously horrible. We decided to return to the Top of the Market for a family get together... More 

Thank Showchia H

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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
$31 - $50
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
    (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
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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