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The Fish Market

) #1 of 343 Restaurants in San Mateo €€ - €€€ American, Seafood, Soups
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
+1 650-349-3474
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fresh fish” (34 reviews)
“seafood” (76 reviews)
“clam chowder” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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31 - 40 of 398 reviews

Reviewed 25 April 2017

We were seated where we could see the kitchen in action - which we loved. We shared an appetizer of smoked abalone tuna. I could have had 3 and called it dinner. It was the best! I had the Cioppino with pasta - I would...More

Thank Viaggiatore0607
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Meeting with old friends in good setting on water with nice views of the water. Fish and shellfish all very fresh with lots of varieties to choose from. Great sourdough bread! Quite expensive for lunch but pleasant ambiance with good service.

Thank Topolli
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We eat in dinner rooms upstairs. I order fish and chips and I was disappointed. The fish was deep fried and over fried . For that price the food wasn't good .

Thank Majka311
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This once great spot needs a serious makeover. A quality fish market would be a terrific success, however, they miss the mark on all counts. Food C+ (had a good meal and then 3 terrible ones to follow) Atmosphere D (clean it up and out)...More

Thank kimcC3570JO
Reviewed 10 April 2017

It had been a while since my wife and I had eaten at The Fish House. We went with another couple and didn't wait more than 10 minutes for a table. Not a big deal because the restaurant wasn't too crowded. However, things went downhill...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I had the clam chowder soup and crab salad for lunch. Very disappointed on the amount of crab (not very much for the price). I could've done better at home making a crab salad. This is about my 4th time here and always trying to...More

Thank Kimaf
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Excellent food. Always fresh and flavorful. I love that they offer grilled and fried options. The meal comes with steamed veggies, rice or posters and cherry tomatoes. The fish tacos, pastas, and salads are always good. Love the clam chowder too.

Thank Frances O
Reviewed 17 March 2017

as expected the fish is simply prepared not extraordinary quality but consistent. location is easy to get to and parking is easy

Thank christine a
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Many seafood choices plus take-outs. In general, food is good with moderate to high average pricing. Service is somewhat inconsistent, depends on the server. Wait can be long on Friday or Saturday without reservation. Good bar area with multiple tv screens

Thank Bill F
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We had happy hour here and while service was a bit slow and scattered the restaurant is good. Happy hour is only in the bar area but you still have a nice view from there. Our server did not write anything down and forgot every...More

Thank Monique V
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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
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
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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