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“Impeccable food...just not enough of it”

The Sea by Alexander
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Ranked #13 of 356 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Dinah's Court
Description: The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse is the Bay Area’s premier seafood dining destination. Prepared with modern technique and flair, the restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich scrumptious morsels from the sea. Chef Yu Min Lin bless contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea’s menu into the extraordinary.
Palo Alto,CA
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Impeccable food...just not enough of it”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

My foodie friend and I went to The Sea a couple of weeks ago and we were impressed with the décor, service, taste, quality and care that went into the preparation and presentation of our duck confit salads. But when the waiter politely asked if would care to order a side, say an order of fries for another $10, my astute foodie friend asked about the portion size. The waiter honestly answered that he felt the entrée salad was more of an appetizer size portion and he was so right. We declined the side and enjoyed our very delicious duck confit salad with a wonderful soy vinaigrette, tiny sweet roasted tomatoes and endive but could have eaten twice the portion size. Instead we filled up on the warm baguette and delicious unsalted butter with a small bowl of coarse salt to sprinkle on top. The Sea does give you an amuse bouche that day being a lovely watermelon lime soup and a surprise thank you dessert of banana cotton candy but honestly another half as much of the salad would have meant more. The Sea is a high end addition to the Palo Alto dining scene if your on an expense account...as much as I loved the food there just wasn't enough of it and I won't be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Novato, California
2 reviews
“Very nice”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Excellent service! Wow! But when I called, and asked if they had a children's menu, they said yes. When we got there, not only was there no children's menu, but I probably wouldn't have brought my kids to this restaurant. VERY VERY fancy!!

Visited July 2013
Thank staceyrandall
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Level Contributor
103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Elegant atmosphere, outstanding food and superb service”
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

First things first this is not a budget restaurant. Simply stated the food was outstanding with many unique dishes and unique presentations. Wine selection was impressive. From appetizers to desert everything was an experience. Some of the other review of this restaurant seem to be concerned with small portions and lack of flavor. The portions seemed quite impressive considering the quality of the food. Highly recommend this restaurant for anyone seeking a unique dining experience.

Visited July 2013
Thank RegenMan
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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174 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Enjoyable in the valley”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Really enjoyed this place. Both food and service were very good. Location is attractive and spacious.....I would go back.

  • Visited June 2013
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    • Service
    • Food
Thank MarkTluszcz
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Vancouver, Washington
Level Contributor
24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The service will blow you away - bring lots of $$$”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The food, drinks and service are beyond outstanding. We had steaks that were around $47.00 and well worth it. If you really want to get pampered, this is the place. There was 6 of us there and 3 waiters served the food in unison. It wasn't one waiter making 3 trips with the food. We were all able to eat at the same time. Each meal that was place down before us was then explained to all as to what it was. This place really does make a big fuss for you. But that is what you are paying for.

Visited June 2013
Thank Mark R
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