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201 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4017 (2nd Street)
+1 650-343-1226
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23:30 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 16:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 23:30 - 23:00
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat a a bar table right in front of the hostess. She and the rest of the staff ignored us. They charged us for food we didn't get. Every time someone served us it was someone new and they said "I'll tell the bartender". The menu is fun but the preparation is sub-middle of the road. Fried food was... More 

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Thank Jayorbon
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A few years back, this restaurant was real hot spot in downtown San Mateo. It has losted much of its luster. We dined here a couple of years ago when it was in decline. The appetizer was okay and the main entrees was tasteless. We heard about its new management transition last year and came back for another dinner. There... More 

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Thank Bill F
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I like Kingfish. I really do. I want so badly to LOVE Kingfish, but it just doesn't rise to that level - at least not consistently. We've gone there later night and sat downstairs and I think by then when things have died down it's pretty solid - good drinks, really cool atmosphere, raw bar, good cajun food. In this... More 

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Thank Michael W
San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I had lunch here a few months back and found the food interesting and done well. Great French Fries, artichokes, salads, etc. Nice decor and friendly staff.

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Thank bayareablond
San Mateo, California
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I've been to Kingfish many times and they never disappoint. Always very tasty dishes but I agree that the portions are rather small for the price. Recommend the benets to top off the meal.

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Thank squidman212travel
Citrus Heights
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Went on a dinner date here. I ordered a filet mignon and it was very good, cooked perfectly! The rest of our meals were very good as well. Their menu had plenty of options for everyone. It's also in the heart of downtown San Mateo.

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Thank E9567RCaudreyl
Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania
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106 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The bar has a nice, old-world feel with a good selection of beers and happy hour cocktails. Dinner was delicious with a nice selection of fish and vegetarian choices. Our downstairs booth was perfect to catch up with old friends, while the atmosphere upstairs was more lively (and noisy). A fun night out in San Mateo.

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Thank Gail S
Hayward, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The meats that we ordered was bland. NOT RECOMMENDED. That's why this place only have 3 stars at best.

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Thank Sean L
California
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The taste and quality were excellent; however, the portions on appetizers were really small, especially for the price! Three tiny crab cakes...a teensy pile of calamari that was basically 3 bites...seriously? Our waiter was also the bartender, making service extremely slow. We were very disappointed overall.

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Thank K A
London, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We had a work dinner there last week and we're well looked after by friendly staff. I asked for a substitution which the waiter had no issue putting through. The fried calamari w/ tiny jalapeño starter was great and the jumbo grilled prawns were divine! Would definitely go there again! Bookings essential.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$60
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:00
Monday
16:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
23:30 - 23:00
Saturday
23:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401-4017
    (2nd Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-343-1226
Description
Kingfish Restaurant, named after Huey Long, "the colorful, bigger than life man", is a restaurant that is also "bigger than life and very colorful. Kingfish is a one of a kind restaurant situated in downtown San Mateo in a historical 1920's art deco building. The restaurant features an exhibition Oyster bar, 3 full bars exhibiting a broad range of spirits and talented mixologists. There are 2 wine cellars stocked with some of the very hardest to find wines in the world, a Speakeasy lounge that always has an unparalleled live music line-up, cozy booths, and private dining rooms that would make even the French Quarter jealous. "...to walk into Kingfish is, to walk into someone's dream.", is how acclaimed SF Chronicle food editor, Michael Bauer, referred to the decor at Kingfish. Ownership takes great pride in the fact that they have one of the largest collections of authentic, Southern-Lousiana folk art in the country, to which they are always adding. The food at Kingfish is American and gives almost every palette a reason to crave. There is a passion that emanates directly from the owners, to serve only the freshest seafood possible. The steaks that are served are some of the best and tastiest you can find in the world. The ability to give each guest exactly what they crave and desire has been an increasing goal of Kingfish in recent years.

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