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Top of the Market - San Mateo

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1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155 (Fashion Is. Blvd.)
+1 650-349-3474
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Roseville, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2014

If you are in staying near the San Francisco airport, we can highly recommend Top of the Market restaurant in San Mateo. My husband and I had a great dinner tonight. He had the Canadian Petrale Sole and I had the Northeast Haddock fish & chips - both were excellent. The fish is fresh as well as the side dishes.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Excellent food and definitely a few steps up from downstairs. Completely worth the extra $$. Sitting at the bar is fun because you can watch as your food is being prepared.

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Grapevine
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288 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Great food good price I would go back. service was off but I think that was do to the help. Sword fish, Deviled eggs and oysters all very good.

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San Francisco
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91 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Literally a step up from the fish market because it is upstairs. It offers a quieter and more intimate atmosphere. You can sit at the counter by the grill and watch the chiefs cook if you like. Top of the Market has a great variety of fish to choose from.

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Littleton, Colorado
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

I wouldn't call this a destination restaurant. Or even a 4 out of 5 star restaurant. The food was good, lobster tail for me. It was quite large and a very reasonable price. The oysters were small and nothing outrageous, but considering where this place is, not restaurant row, it was enjoyable. If you find yourself nearby, this upstairs restaurant... More 

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Port of Spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013

This is a fine restaurant that has a wide selection of drinks and dishes . The service is very good ,you are made to feel welcome as soon as you arrive ! I was there with a group on business about 15 of us ,the staff were very customer friendly and graceful in their delivery.

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Menlo Park, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

Located on the second floor of the Fish Market is the latest stab at a good, upscale seafood restaurant. For those of you who have "experienced" the Fish Market, this is definitely a step up (literally and figuratively). One enters the Fish Market restaurant and waltzes past the lines and noise to travel up one flight of stairs to another... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2012

I took a friend here tonight who was just in town and wanted seafood. I live in the City but she was staying at a hotel near the airport and it seemed to far to drive to the city and back. Found this on Open Table...had been to the Fish Market before but not their more "high end" dining location.... More 

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San Mateo, California
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

The food is fresh, well prepared and tasty. The meat dishes are even delicious. The service is attentive. One of the best in San Mateo.

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Had a very pleasant surprise when a client from S San Fran selected this restaurant in San Mateo. Never having visited this town, I was a bit skeptical of a restaurant on top of an active fish market. We were all very pleased by the selection of fresh seafood and the skill in preparing it simply and deliciously, It is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisine
Seafood, American, Soups
Meals
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
Sunday
17:00 - 21:30
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1855 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403-1155
    (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
Description
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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