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The Sea by Alexander

4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4405
+1 650-213-1111
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cotton candy” (20 reviews)
“hamachi shots” (19 reviews)
“lobster” (20 reviews)
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Seafood, Gluten Free Options
4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4405
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went there on a date nite the first week they opened. Loved talking to the chef who at that time moved from LA without his family. The staff was nice. We were not entirely impressed by the food because the portions...More

Thank Leela S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our first visit, my husband and I both ordered the “full” 7-course tasting menu because each course sounded so tasty. Other than the fact that we should have instead gone with the 4-course tastings--we did get “doggie” bags for a couple of courses—we totally...More

Thank wwalleigh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to The Sea based upon reviews on TripAdvisor. The reviews are not exaggerated! This is one of the best meals I've had in a long time... even though it was a business dinner all on my own. The service was amazing - I did...More

Thank FBAGoddess
Reviewed 15 April 2018

What a culinary delight it was to dine at The Sea! Our selections were perfectly prepared and the presentation was top class. Service was excellent and not overbearing. The cotton candy treat at the conclusion of our meal was an unexpected and unique surprise. This...More

Thank Hugh N
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Greatest seafood and service in Palo Alto. No words. Perfect serves. Perfect food. Perfect service. Great experience

Thank AlejandroLlovet
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Service was excellent, but food not worth money. Really poor was the cheese plate - three pieces of the same cheese, announced as a "spanish cheese". Nice bar, but will not go again there for dinner.

Thank Elena W
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Three went to dinner with high expectations, two of us wanted the tasting menu, one had dietary restrictions. The menu says all must participate if the tasting menu is chosen, so the tasting menu was not allowed. The waiter said he tried to over-ride the...More

3  Thank Evan W
Reviewed 18 February 2018

Our team wanted to have an extra special holiday dinner. After looking at several restaurants we settled on The Sea by Alexander. Little did we know, we did not settle. It was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. Service...More

1  Thank Raiderfe
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

I went for a business diner with colleagues to this restaurant. The starter was a simple salad plus crispy things on top. The meat was good but the plate a little small for US And the desert not good Service was fine and the place...More

Thank Jean-françois C
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

I visit the area often and remember the former Trader Vics on the same site. The Sea is an excellent restaurant and I’m so pleased that it was transformed into such a high quality establishment. Palo Alto needs more places like this. The menu is...More

3  Thank Mark B
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Cam T
31 January 2015|
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Response from jpanda168 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Since we do not drink, we are not aware if there is separate bar menu. We noticed their bar on the right upon entering the establishment. We saw patrons at the bar having mixed drinks and wine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4405
    (Dinah's Court)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-213-1111
  • E-mail
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.
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