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“Great view, service and food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Fish Market

The Fish Market
Ranked #4 of 406 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $45
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 Mateo, California, United States
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“Great view, service and food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great for large groups, families and couple dinners - the Fish Market has it all! Consistent service and food, great view; what more can you ask for? I recommend getting a table on the outside patio (weather permitting) or inside patio so you can take advantage of the view. Their au gratin potatoes and clam chowder are a must. Other favorites are the avocado salad, fish tacos and calamari steak. There is a call ahead list which often saves on wait times.

  • Visited February 2014
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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is very good. We had Laura for our server and she does an excellent job! Can't wait to visit again.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank barbandmoe
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Always a favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Fish Market is an excellent seafood restaurant.
The building sits over the lake, which gives a nice ambiance. In good weather you can sit on the deck overlooking the water.
We have always had great service here. On Friday nights you can expect a long wait if you don't have reservations, but that's really to be expected anywhere on Fridays. Other days of the week there is rarely a long wait unless it's a big party.
The clam chowder is always a must. All of the entrees are delicious.
We really enjoy the take out counter too, where you can buy pints or quarts of clam chowder and get a Louie salad to go -- same delicious food but saves some money.
I highly recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank DancingEmpress
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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
“Terrific seafood, fun restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

The Fish Market is large and very busy. While waiting the hostess from the Oyster bar offered free drinks to everyone. I though that was a nice touch.

The menu is astounding in its variety. We had smoked fish starter plate, clam chowder, and wonderful cioppino that had a little of everything - crab, clams, shrimp, pieces of fish all simmered in a wonderful tomato sauce. This was fantastic!

Lastly Fish Market also is a fish market, you can buy fresh fish and shell fish there.

Definitely we will go back!

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Keith S
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Deserves High Ranking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

Kat and I had a great dinner here last Sat night. Thank you Fabian for the excellent service. Even with reservation we waited 10 minutes, but no problem. Place was packed at 6:30, but we didn't feel crowded or rushed. At 8 when we left there was more space. We shared a wilted spinach salad, fresh and good flavor, but dressing could have been a little warmer to increase the wilt aspect. A nice touch when they split the into two plates without us even asking. Kat had the prosciutto-wrapped scallops and I had the mixed grill skewer (fish, shrimp and scallop), both cooked to perfection. See pictures. We both had the veggies (steamed and roasted) two different types, instead of the carbs. Veggies were done well also--just as we like, done, but not soft. Good flavors. Our dinner was very good, but dessert stole the show--Snickerdoodle brownie with ice cream and caramel and chocolate sauces. Melts in your mouth. One is enough to share!

You can view the fresh fish in the cooler when you walk in the door. Looks very fresh. Restaurant did not have any fish odor from the fresh fish or the cooked fish.

Prices were reasonable for what you got---not over-priced we didn't think.

There appeared to be some type of birthday special --- as several times during the evening the staff came to sing a special birthday song to someone at a table.

  • Visited February 2014
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