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The Fish Market

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3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
+1 650-493-9188
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Mon 22:30 - 01:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited this place since 1990 when in town. Every time is great, service is good, but the food is super!, great selection of beers and wines.

Thank Rafael V
Mount Vernon, Washington
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We selected The Fish Market to have a pleasant dinner. It was a week night and quiet enough to have conversation. The service was reasonable, but the food wasn' very good. Just judging from the shrimp entree and cioppino we had, I would not go back.

Thank Stuart S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and service and a really good deal for Happy Hour ! You need to get there early to get a seat at the popular bar !

Thank Julie G
Healdsburg, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I am in Palo Alto (which is often lately) no question, if you like fish or shellfish - their is no better place to go. I have gone here several times, tried each different menu item and it is perfectly fresh each time. Only way besides catching it yourself, scaling it (yourself or watch someone do it), then "steam,... More 

1 Thank Deborah G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used to eat here years ago and enjoyed the food. When we went for lunch recently we ordered New England clam chowder and crab cakes. The chowder flavor was disappointing and there was a scarcity of clams. The crab cakes flavor and texture was also disappointing.

Thank ConstantTravelers
Pueblo, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had a great experience. Host/manager was great. Service was excellent. Chipino was unique, but better than San Francisco. Highly recommended.

Thank JackMBSelway
Los Altos, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there to celebrate my husband's birthday. He's one of the gray-hairs mentioned in other reviews, so we thought we'd take advantage of the early bird specials. Bad idea. The food was barely warm and the service as lackadaisical, he must have been saving himself for the "real" customers coming in later. We had very good experiences at The... More 

Thank Miriam S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in here on my first night in Palo Alto, great food, a little expensive and being a solo traveller I was placed with all the other solo diners in a bit of a forlorn table row right beside by the checkout desk but the class made it worth it!

Thank Sal R
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this place a few times when in MV for business. Really good quality food, I have never been disappointed.

Thank Agata M
Stockton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a little reluctant to try this resturant as anoter reviewer said the food was bland. I do like spicy and unique food, and although it was rather plain, the flavor was good. Loved the veggies and potatoe side. Resutruant was busy, but service was friendly and efficient. Severing size was ample.

Thank BDD_11_12

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, 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, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
22:30 - 01:30
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: 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-493-9188
Our first restaurant has been a Palo Alto institution since its doors opened in 1976. With the brand new addition of an oyster bar, cocktail bar and lounge area, there are now even more ways to experience this unique restaurant. The expansive retail market remains a popular stop for local residents seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish.

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