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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” (36 reviews)
“seafood” (81 reviews)
“clam chowder” (27 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
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11 - 20 of 432 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across the fish market purely by accident after sitting in traffic for an hour on the freeway. Decided to look for a place to eat instead of going into SF. What pleasure this place was. Reasonable prices. Outstanding food and service. We ate...More

Thank Rodneyc1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really glad my colleague suggested this restaurant. We had a lovely table overlooking the water, the menu has a great selection, the service was quick and the good tasty. The oysters could have been bigger but the trout was delicious. Recommended.

Thank MandyR112
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Seafood is fresh and clean from this restaurant. Soup and shrimp very delicious. but service is slowly. prices is normal and tip is max %10 enough.

Thank TuanaUmit
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I had a good chappino made like an Italian grandmother would make it. I have had calamari there before. It was good for a birthday lunch.

Thank magreen2016
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This Top of the Market is delicious with different choices than the downstairs. Wonderful fresh fish, friendly service, and good views in the bay area. I recommend it.

Thank LaurinH_13
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We loved the view seated on the patio. It's a fantastic atmosphere. The appetizers were great, but I though the dish I got was just OK. We ordered calamari and the crab cheese bread for appetizers and they were delicious! For entrees, everyone at our...More

Thank bcpinkley
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Good range of fish available at fair prices. The service can be slow at the busy lunch hours. The Top of the Market upstairs was a great place for lunch but now has been shut down.

Thank CTPreview
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

The Top of the Market San Mateo is open for dinner Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm and Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Kirk

Reviewed 13 September 2017

What's not to like with a seat on the water, sourdough bread, an excellent glass of Californian Pinot Noir and an extensive fresh seafood menu and pleasant waitstaff.

Thank David B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The fish is fresh, grilled, simple and tasty. Good food for a reasonable price. The servers are friendly quick but not pushy. Good bar and wine list. Good for couples or for the family.

Reviewed 5 September 2017

We go here a couple times a year because my husband really likes it. I am not thrilled. I think the portions on their salads are very small and the service is so so. We went over the Labor Day weekend for a late lunch...More

Thank NancySF
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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
View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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