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The Fish Market

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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our table started with a shrimp cocktail that included 5 jumbo shrimp...just enough for a starter to share between a couple, but one more would have been perfect. One couple enjoyed an oyster combo. Two of our party ordered dungeness crab and said it was really good. Fresh fish was delicious. Linguini with clams had ample garlic butter sauce...expected it... More 

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Hillsborough, California, United States
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to The Fish Market in San Mateo with a total of 5 people. We went at 5;15 to get there Early Catch menu which offers choice of chowder or Salad plus an entree and 2 sides for $15.75. This menu is offered from 4:00-6:00 only Monday through Thursday. You must ask for this menu It is fabulous value... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The beer choices were excellent, the fried calamari was very good, but the fish and chips were average. Service was very good but I wouldn't go back.

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Foster City, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has historically been excellent. Food is always good, service is abysmal. Last two times I was there, I had to get up and find someone to pay attention to our order. The food is always fresh, hot and tasty, sour dough bread is excellent. Waterside deck is lovely setting, solarium dining is lovely but noisey. Once they get... More 

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San Francisco
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a San Mateo standard. It has a nice patio, ample parking, generous portions, and a large variety of fish choices and preparations. The menu is inconsistent. The food is consistently good, but it has never been amazing.

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San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As usual, good tasting food, nothing fancy but good quality and reasonable. When it gets busy, the wait can be long but moves quickly. Their clam chowder is the best!

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Thank Glynis E
San Mateo, California
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118 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sitting outside by the water is very pleasant on a nice day. In my opinion, the food is mediocre at best, especially given the price. I only go when a friend invites me & would not go on my own. Is a big place, with a large parking lot, and conveniently located for many. I was there most recently for... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have gone to The Fish Market about a dozen times and every time I've found them to be consistently good. I change my dish choices on purpose to see if they fall down on the job for any particular dish....they don't! Every choice I've made has been great. My personal favorites are the Ahi Tuna starter, fish and chips... More 

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Weems, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

There were six in our group. We were seated promptly and orders taken quickly. The wait person was most helpful. The sushi appetizers were delicious. Everyone was most pleased with their meal.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I'm originally from San Mateo. Part of the fun of returning to the Bay Area for me was seeing my childhood home, school and then seeing that The Fish Market was still there! I made it a point to go for dinner, and we did on my last day of our trip. Many TA reviews said to eat in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$45
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?