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The Fish Market

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3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
+1 650-493-9188
11:00 - 21:30
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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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Healdsburg, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Deborah G
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149 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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135 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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67 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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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75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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145 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never been to a Fish Market restaurant, but I loved it. I had the calamari which was melt in your mouth delicious. I would definitely return. We all all had different entrees and loved what we chose. Portions are generous.

Thank GreekamericanMom
SF Bay area
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160 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a favorite in Palo Alto. Superb fresh fish, prepared to your liking. Parking is sufficient so there is always a spot. Service is quick and friendly. Very reasonably priced. All dishes, and I have been here over a dozen times, are always well-prepared and tasty. Simply a marvelous fish restaurant--not fancy, but excellent food..appropriate for business, family, or... More 

Thank travelerSFBayarea
Los Altos Hills, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grilled, fried, seared, or raw, this restaurant provides excellent seafood. Enjoy both New England and Manhattan Clam Chowder-both very good. They even sell fresh fish!!! I have eaten there many times since they first opened, probably 30 or more years ago. It is always good. It can be noisy, but it is well worth the food. The Santa Clara location... More 

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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?