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The Fish Market

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, View, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings


Cup $6.75
Bowl $7.95
New England (White)
Cup $6.75
Bowl $7.95
Manhattan (Red)
Served with wasabi, pickled ginger & wakame
Japanese Hamachi*
Pacific Ahi*
California Roll
avocado, cucumber, surimi
Spicy Tuna Roll*
sweet eel sauce, sriracha, tobiko (fish roe)
Sushi Sampler*
Pacific Ahi and Hamachi sashimi; Half California or Spicy Tuna Roll
Ahi Poke*
Hamachi Poke*
crispy wonton stack, hiyashi wakame
Tossed Field Greens
poppy seed vinaigrette, tomatoes, bay shrimp
Danish Winter Salad
champagne vinaigrette, cranberries, candied walnuts
W/ Bacon $9.95
Wedge Salad
crisp iceberg wedge, Danish blue cheese dressing
Chopped Prawn Salad
poppy seed vinaigrette, mango, blue cheese, bacon
W/ Bay Shrimp $14.5
W/ Grilled Chicken $15.95
W/ Grilled Salmon $18.45
W/ Grilled Prawns $17.95
Caesar Salad
hearts of romaine, romano cheese, garlic croutons
Tuna Salad $14.45
Shrimp Salad $16.0
Crab Salad $22.25
Seafood Salad & Avocado
basil vinaigrette, croutons, cucumber, tomatoes, egg
Bay Shrimp $14.95
Crabmeat $22.75
Bay Shrimp & Crab Combination $18.75
Louie Salad
louie dressing, sliced egg, cucumber, tomatoes
W/ Grilled Chicken $15.25
W/ Prawns $18.5
Warm Spinach Salad
feta cheese, kalamata olives, balsamic reduction
Served on the half shell (6) with Champagne Mignonette or Cocktail Sauce
Kumamoto - Humboldt Bay, CA*
Island Creek - Duxbury, MA.*
Kumiai - Baja CA, MX*
Oyster Combination*
2 of each
W/ Absolut Peppar Vodka $6.5
Oyster Shot*
Cherrystone Clams - Long Island, NY
Smoked Trout Quesadilla
salsa fresca, guacamole
Mesquite Grilled Artichoke
lemon garlic aioli
Salt & Pepper Calamari
sweet chili, shot sauce
Cheesy Crab Bread
romano cheese, garlic
Ginger Lime Prawns
mesquite grilled, cilantro sauce
Crab Cakes
lemon caper sauce, arugula salad
Tiger Shrimp Ceviche*
stone ground tortilla chips
Baked Oysters Rockefeller (4)
creamed spinach, romano cheese
Wok Charred Edamame
lightly charred soy beans
Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip
grilled sourdough bruschetta
"Panko Style" w/ french fries and coleslaw
Greenland Cod
Sea of Cortez Prawns
Atlantic Sea Scallops
Washington Oysters
Fish & Chips Combination
fish, prawns and scallops
Canadian Bay Shrimp
Chilean Lemon Crabmeat
Shrimp & Crab Combination
Pacific Prawn Cocktail
Smoked at our own Farallon Fisheries
Canadian Farm Raised Salmon
Pacific Albacore
Nova Lox (Cold Smoked Salmon)*
Idaho Rainbow Trout
Smoked Fish Sampler*
trout, salmon, albacore, nova lox
Served with ranchero style beans
Crispy Fish Tacos
Pacific Mahi, salsa fresca, smoked jalapeno ranch
Chipotle Rubbed Swordfish Tacos
pickled onions, tomatillo sauce, queso fresco
Choice of fruit, cucumber salad or fries
Crab Ciabatta
Chilean lemon crabmeat, bacon, lettuce, tomato
Teriyaki Mahi Mahi Sliders (2)
wasabi mayo, pickled ginger
Market Burger*
with bacon and Tillamook cheddar cheese
Albacore Tuna Melt
wheat bread, cheddar cheese
Canadian Bay Shrimp Salad
sourdough bread, lettuce, tomato
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.
US$12 - US$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
American, Seafood, Soups
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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was great from the moment we stepped into restaurant to the end. We had excellent oysters combo, four of each kind. Loved it. Two different seafood salads, one with crab and one with shrimp and a Louise Combo. Enjoyed all, but it was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a party of 4 on a Friday evening. The restaurant was large and we were seated right away, however, our service after was that was pretty sub-par. It took 15 minutes to get water and a glass of wine, and we were rarely...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank cynthiasO2263LR
kirk b, Guest Relations Manager at The Fish Market, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Cynthia - Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dining experience. The general manager of the San Mateo Restaurant, Simon, would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Please email me a way to contact you at fishmarketfeedback+tsmcyn@gmail.com I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been there many times in the past year and once so far this year. I especially love it when we get a window table or, when weather permits, a table on the deck. Everyone who goes with me for the first time always wants...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Adventure641308
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the happy hour oysters, they were very good. Will definitely return and try other menu items. The price was inline for the quality of the food.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank dougmP6843PL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu offers a nice selection, but what is delivered is inconsistent. Their fried calamari used to be “the best”, but lately it’s “the worst”. Sometimes the petrale sole is great..... sometimes dry and not so great - and that goes for several of their...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Shwillia2
Reviewed 16 December 2018

I am allergic to fish, so the fish market is not always a great idea, but the boyfriend wanted sword fish. I got the East Coast Clam Bake and was impressed. The shellfish was cooked to perfection, including the lobster!! The broth was outstanding. Can't...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TanyaT1443
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Good seafood place in San Mateo. Nice view of the lagoon and outside seating on warm days adds to the experience.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank lvprn
Reviewed 11 December 2018

This is one of our family go-tos on the mid-peninsula. The fish is always pretty fresh, and the atmosphere is always terrific just sitting on the dock o' the lagoon.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Kalvin S
Reviewed 11 December 2018

This is my all time favorite restaurant in San Mateo! We love the downstairs restaurant but LOVE The Top of the Market. The staff is very friendly and efficient and the food is exceptional. We have been going here for years and have never experienced...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Suzanne M
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Well i brought a long time friend and wife for lunch,we wanted steamed clams,,and ohhhh yeah we got beautiful clams and sour dough frenchbread,and a crab chippino, The chef at the oyster bar was wonderful,,he prepared our lunch beautifully,,,i was very satisfied

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Daniel A
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15 October 2018|
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Response from careerburnout | Reviewed this property |
430 to 630 monday through thursday. I would suggest going on their website to look not only at the early dinners, but also the happy hour in their bar. You can make a meal of their appetizers. For example in san mateo the... More
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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!
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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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