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Top of the Market - San Mateo

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1855 S. Norfolk Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403 (Fashion Is. Blvd.)
+1 650-349-3474
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

I visited with two colleagues for an early evening meal. We hadn't reserved but were quickly seated in a booth overlooking the lagoon. I chose the harpooned Catalina swordfish which was delicious >> try it! A nice meal, washed down with chilled white wine followed by a dessert.

Thank Whirob
Half Moon Bay, California
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

Hard to realize it is a different restaurant within a restaurant than The Fish Market - but both are wonderful and delicious food.

Thank TeriKay
United States
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267 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

I did a business dinner here and really enjoyed my experience. The restaurant has a great view overlooking the water and the service was very nice. I enjoyed the crab cocktail but mostly enjoyed the seafood stew. The seafood stew contained a wide variety of all kinds of seafood: octopus, fish, shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, and even muscles. It is... More 

Thank Cregan8256
San Mateo, California
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

WE have been didning at the Top of the Market for 20 years and have seen many changes.. it still remains one of your favorite restaurants in San Mateo.. The latest remodel looks great!..

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Minden, Nevada
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

We have not been here for many years so I was concerned that the quality may have suffered over time. To my delight, the food and service were top notch and the terrific seafood selections are still as good as ever. We enjoyed the outlook over the canal and had a great meal. I worked in this area 20 years... More 

Thank DeWanz
Oxford, United Kingdom
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132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

The atmosphere is very nice in the restaurant and the food was all pretty good, although there are some real challenges with service. First off they did not have our reservation. I know this was made. It didn't matter because they fit us in without much fuss. We were in a medium sized group and I was entertaining customers. Everyone... More 

Thank HotChilli99
San Jose
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

Nice setting, excellent service, very good food, if a little over-salted. Excellent selection of seafood dishes, with just a little "chain" influence.

Thank Paul F
Hartsville, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014 via mobile

This place is great! I could hardly choose the seafood meal that I wanted to order since there were so many awesome selections available. I highly recommend this place!!!!

Thank FunTravelingAround
San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

With such few places to select from in Foster City, I highly recommend the Top of the Market. It overlooks a little river & perfect for lunch meetings. The food focus is California cuisine and fish/seafood.

Thank Emiliamd13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2014

Had a great meal at the Fish Market , San Mateo to top off our stay . Good food , nice atmosphere on the water.

Thank F9056HGandys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Seafood, American, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S. Norfolk Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403
    (Fashion Is. Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Public transit stops at South Norfolk directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-349-3474
Although a Peninsula landmark since 1982, Top of the Market in San Mateo is almost a secret discovery above the bustling Fish Market downstairs. This intimate restaurant overlooking a quiet lagoon evokes the sophisticated charm of the classic, timeless bay area fish house. The seasonal American menu features the finest seafood, meats and local produce complimented by an exceptional wine list.

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