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The Fish Market

1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fresh fish” (38 reviews)
“seafood” (71 reviews)
“cioppino” (17 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Big restaurant with good food. It's all tasty, good, and basic. If you want good comfort sea food, this is the place to come. It's not a place for an intimate romantic dinner.

Thank Webop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here many times over the years. Excellent fresh seafood nicely prepared. Tonight I started with an excellent caesar salad and for the entree the swordfish with fingerling potatoes and veggies. I requested garlic lemon butter (as I always do) and it was served...More

Thank jazzfan65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fish entrees all fresh. Lots of free parking. Prices have gone up twice in past two years. Service a little slow this time as they were busy.

Thank dcs1755
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever my spouse and I visit the San Mateo area, we always try to get to the Fish Market. On this trip we went there twice, which was forty percent of the five restaurants where we did dine. Our meals included tuna, sole, grilled calamari...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Six of us had dinner. Started with superb oysters and salads. Followed with three of us having a superb Dungeness Crab each. The crabs were fantastic, fresh with the season just started. The meat inn the crab were fat and sweet, it took a bit...More

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We all ordered different entrees. Some were much better than others. Fish and Chips was probably the worst. Great waterfront location with nice views.More

Thank Philip M
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me so I may pass your contact info to him. My...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Tried again after several years, was very pleased with the food and service. Prices are reasonable, most dinners come with two size.

Thank jockey1
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I have eaten here a dozen times or more and always keep coming back. The restaurant is consistently good. We chose a fresh fish option something we almost always do. In this case, we both chose the sea bass that was mesquite grilled. It was...More

Thank LLion
Reviewed 5 November 2017

I had dinner with a friend there. The restaurant is located outside San Mateo on a channel from the Bay. There is plenty of parking lots outside, however they were nearly full on the Friday night. The place was crowded inside as well. Upon entering...More

Thank 61_IslandHopper
Reviewed 5 November 2017

On a 3 week business trip, I managed to eat here 4 times. Each time the food was amazing, the service good, the place clean, comfortable seating and great ambience. Well done to the team. I'm like a seafood boomerang at this place, every time...More

Thank Ferenc M
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Pam P
23 August 2015|
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Response from Marjie F | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but give them a call and see for sure. Have a good time!
Shirlee S
6 June 2015|
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Response from Susan V | Reviewed this property |
Unless you are going with someone who is NOT a vegetarian, think you might find a better spot. I personally am a Pescetarian and love their smoked fish and calamari. Rest of family eats everything so we all get to enjoy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
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.
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