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“Waterside dining with the ducks”
Review of The Fish Market

The Fish Market
Ranked #2 of 409 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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.
San Antonio
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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“Waterside dining with the ducks”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

The Fish Market in San Mateo remains one of my favorites from having lived in San Mateo in the '90s. When I travel to the San Francisco Bay area I always make a stop at this great seafood market and restaurant. The "chessy garlic sourdough" is the item to begin your dining experience. From there the choices are limited only by what fresh seafood has been sourced for the day. I favor the grilled Halibut when available, but all seafood items are prepared to not only pleae the eye but also the tastebuds. As for the ducks, there always seems to be a flock or two of them in the water adjacent to the restaurant's outdoor deck. On a typical northern Califronia day, ask to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the beautiful blue sky and wonderfully fresh breeze that blows off the water.

  • Visited September 2012
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Pittsford, New York
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“Good fresh fish”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Good selection of fresh fish and expertly grilled over mesquite. There is even a market area where you can purchase fish or, as I did, take a look at the various fish available. The Ling Cod was great!

Visited October 2012
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“A Must Go!”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Great Food and Great atmosphere! This is place is a true gem. The food is excellent (if you like seafood) and the view from the patio is beautiful.

  • Visited October 2012
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Ripon, California
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“Fresh Fish?”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

The food is just fair. Nice place and we had good service, but the food was just not the greatest. The calamari was really disappointing. My son went again and the fish was tasteless and not what you would expect from a place that is suppose to have fresh fish. Just another fast food place is how I look at it. Your better off looking for a different restaurant. I don't think we will be back.

  • Visited September 2012
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“Great seafood at a great price”
Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

I stop here every trip. the Food is always fresh and good portions . The dungessness crab ciappino ozone of the best dishes there . All kinds of seafood in a tomatoes sauce and add the pasta .

The help is great and watching the sun set over the water just sets the evening off .

I would certainly recommend to anyone .

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