KINGFISH
KINGFISH

KINGFISH

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kingfish.net/
  • Phone: (650) 343-1226
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room:
    Sunday - Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage on 2nd and Main Street, Street Parking and Valet
A word from KINGFISH
Kingfish offers Fresh Seafood flown in from around the world, Fire grilled Prime Steak, Wagyu Ribeye, Signature Spicy BBQ Shrimp, Ice Cold Fresh Oysters and our famous Tuna Tartare from the marble slab Oyster Bar, and a winelist with over 400 selections makes Kingfish THE place. Blending tasty FRESH, HIGH QUALITY ingredients with a fun environment is why Kingfish makes the decision about where to go to dinner an easy one. Kingfish also provides numerous spacious banquet facilities for parties as small as 10 people to groups as large as 400 people. Kingfish offers live entertainment on occasion, 3 full bars, and an energetic night life. Kingfish does offer Valet!!!
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KINGFISH reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (42)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (29)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (14)great for lunch (11)romantic (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Terucchi
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    See it yourself, i.e., everyone liked their Skirt steak except myself, too sweet & salty. Overall, their foods were fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will never go back
    bon111
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We were a group of 10 and everything went wrong. The place was noisy, the drinks were not delivered for over an hour (they only had 1 bartender), the food was cold and some uneatable-even the waitress said something was wrong with sorbet! The orders were not complete (3 salads one without dressing came with 2 salads and never got the one without dressing until the end). One person ordered French dip, kitchen ran out so she picked the eggplant...it was so spicy she could not eat it (she was never told it was spicy nor did the menu say that). Even the wine order was mixed up and delivered to the wrong person, even after asking. The manager comp some of the bill but then delivered a wrong bill and we had to correct the errors. So many things were wrong that it became a comedy.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Conversation imporssible
    Toothless
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We wanted to like Kingfish -- the setting is attractive and the food is good -- when we went there for our anniversary dinner on a Saturday night. But the room was so noisy we couldn't have a sustained conversation without shouting. There was a particularly noisy party two tables down. (Those six people made enough noise for 20.) When we complained to the manager, his response was basically, "Tough, we can't help you, happy anniversary." It was borderline rude. We won't be back.
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  • Terrible food and service
    terreVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Our drinks took forever to arrive and incorrect. Our salads and entrees came out at the same time. Food was mediocre. Restaurant was extremely loud. The upstairs fireplace was turned on and the entire room filled with smoke and smelled for hours. No one was offered to move. I will not be going there again and will not recommend this restaurant to anyone!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday dinner
    FirstImpressions
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We celebrated a birthday. The service was a little slow at first but we probably only noticed it because we a child with us who started fidgeting. Food was good and portions were good. After we ordered, theservice was better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    David
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We were one of the first guests in the restaurant and were seated next to the bar. The noise level was high. The waiter never told us the specials for the night. All he said was what they did not have on the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful appetizers
    ShelleyE
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Dinners are great, but I love to go just for a healthy round of appetizers. We got our usuals-crab poppers crispy potstickers, which never disappoint. and tried a new one-a twice cooked pulled pork, which was to die for. It came with some small chips, which were gone before we knew it. The waitress kindly gave us a couple of tortillas so we could finish up the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We always enjoy Kingfish, but in our last two visits the noise level has over-shadowed what should have been a special occasion. The service was good, except we never got bread. The food is always good here but it's doubtful we'll return because of the noise level. The restaurant was very crowded and while a certain amount of noise should be expected, we could barely carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely
    naner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our waiter was great, there when we needed him and friendly without being overly so. We found out from the manager that it was his first night without a trainer. That tells me the training is done correctly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, poor service
    ckquanVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Came here with the family for Sunday lunch. Food was good but service was poor. Server did not smile and had a cold demeanor. Server got my order wrong. I ordered grilled fish tacos with no jalapeños and got fried fish tacos with jalapeños. Server never came to check on us after the food arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good meal
    goodeatin
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good cocktails, great appetizer (oysters, tartare, prawns), sweet tender skirt steak and beignets to finish it off. I spent a fair amount for 4 of us ($350 with tip) but we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    SFLizVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a birthday brunch here with some sept- and octogenarians who are kind of picky (one is French, so, you know). Everyone LOVED their food, the snapper sandwich especially got high marks. I had the kale salad and it was actually the best kale salad I've ever had, which was a pleasant surprise. Overall I was impressed and this will be my go-to spot on the peninsula for a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunate
    Elles26VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    On one of the absolute hottest days this year, their A/C was broken. It would have been nice (1) to be told after we made the reservation (2) told at the front when we arrived or (3) offered a table downstairs instead of being led up to the warmer 2nd floor. They also 'ran out' our entree leading to us spending more on our dinner. The waitress was still VERY pleasant, friendly, and attentive even having to work in the warm restaurant. If Kingfish made some sort of gesture to acknowledge the shortcomings, free drink for it being so warm or discount for running out of the less expensive option, it would have been nice. Since they just went about 'business as usual', I won't plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quality food
    aidyltVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Brought out-of-town guests to Kingfish for the seafood. The server was very polite, but was very busy dealing with large tables around us, so it was hard to get his attention when we needed it. An appetizer didn't show up, but when we pointed it out, he quickly removed it from our order and bill. These were minor issues, and were quickly overlooked when the food arrived. The salads, though small, were wonderful, and all of the seafood dishes were cooked to perfection. My guests and I left satiated and happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great, Service OK
    KathybVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have come here many times before. Seated immediately as we had a reservation. Ordered 1/2dozen oysters as appetizer. Oysters were outstanding as were the sauces they are served with, however, our salad came first and we had to ask our waitress about where were the oysters. They were sitting downstairs at the oyster bar as we could see them. We also had to ask for bread as well, This should be automatic. Our server was nice but she rushed us through dinner and dessert. I don't come here to gulp down my food. Food was excellent as always. I had the scallops that were cooked perfectly and my BF had the pork chop which he really enjoyed. This is not a restaurant where I want to rush through my meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Fantastic
    AddiesDadVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great bar, great service (get the Sazerac made table side!), fantastic food! Everything about my visit was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be better
    cadz8VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We have dined at Kingfish many times over the years and always enjoyed it. This time the restaurant was extremely loud which made conversation difficult. And the food,while good,definitely did not meet previous standards. Underdone steak,bland jambalaya. Tuna tartare and cabbage salad excellent. Will give it another chance--may just have been an off night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kingfish
    NiffersVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Kingfish has the BEST skirt steak around! Super YUM!!! Oyster Bar is wonderful and fresh!!! Staff is super friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we took our 12 year old son here. He ordered a $14 cheeseburger, so, we expected it to be good size. The patty was meat patty was smaller than the bun. I thought it must be the kids burger, but, it did come with the bacon, etc, so I knew it wasn't. He and we were pretty disappointed. We enjoyed what we ordered, and our server was good. It was just like where's the beef?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for dinner with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I liked the overall dinner last night since it gave me a chance to meet up some old friends and to have a nice dinner at KINGFISH. I am, however, unsatisfied that I did not get my opentable 100 points since I was there for dinner..... =( Hopefully, the restaurant mgmt will review this post and make the appropriate adjustments....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    margoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Haven't been here for awhile but got an email advertising a special so we decided to go. I had the skirt steak special which was very good. Service was just ok. The scary thing was that our waiter was training someone. He didn't introduce himself nor tell us about the special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slightly disappointed
    Wellhereitis
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Second time here. Was here almost one year ago to date. Some same menu items so I tried what I ordered last time and something new. Not as good as last time. Service was good when the server was there but didn't come once for a drink refill and took quite awhile for everything else. Was moderately busy but still a very manageable amount to at least check on us here and there. Seems the server was there to order and there to ask if we wanted dessert. Other than that the food was mediocre. Probably won't go back soon. Maybe another year? We'll see.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calichick
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nice & quiet the restaurant but the menu was very limited
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bring Back the Old Menu
    MLBJVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Kingfish is always solid. But the recent menu changes limit the offerings and some of the best dishes are no longer offered. Not sure why management chose to do this but preferred the previous menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Prime Rib
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food, but unfortunately a month ago they stopped offering prime rib. It was the best in the area! So unfortunately we won't be going as often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waitress was high
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is the first time that I have had horrible service from Kingfish. If the waitress was not high, then she was extremely tired or extremely clumsy!
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  • Great food!
    sby14
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The shrimp etouffee (sp?) was excellent and our server was very helpful. Great night out and I will come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barry3
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was good, one person in our party ordered clams and oysters, good taste but they were very small. We changed our booth are not at mid level heights for all diners, otherwise your chin is on the table. A little pricey on some items, but good atmosphere for the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAD PLACE
    BigDog
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    TERRIBLE FOOD, SERVICE WOULD NOT RECOMEND TO ANYONE FOR ANY MEAL. SERVICE SLOW MEALS LACKED SUBSTANCE.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We are (were) regulars at Kingfish. Dined there last night for a family birthday. Service was non-existent. Food was below average. We ordered 3 appetizers (calamari, tuna tartar, grilled artichoke) - the calamari was terrible (overcooked and hard), we order the tartar every time we dine at Kingfish - it was bland. The artichoke was burned (we didn't even eat it). Entrees we all just ok. Miso cod was drenched in a very sweet sauce. Honestly the service was just bad - it wasn't that our server was rude, just barely there. They changed the menu - maybe an attempt to mix things up to try to compete with all the newer restaurants in the neighborhood. Sorry to say we will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missing that something....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Hostess was great. Bar and drink selection is good. Plenty of large party space, we had a great booth (very roomy). Service stumbled a bit (dirty glasses, mixed up the oysters, didn't check on us much, confused about our wine requests). Menu falls a few steps below Nola's and Town. Food was decent but nothing that stuck with me. Probably better for just drinks and appetizers? AC wasn't working and it was way to hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service with Chris
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Thought the table was going to be too busy but Chris made the experience first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seafood in San Mateo
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    There are only 2 places in downtown San Mateo that I know of. This is the better of the two.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food.. Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Took a long time for someone to take drinks or appetizer order. Had to ask for bread. But, that aside.. The food was delicious (as always)! Had the crab Louie salad, prime rib, and Filet.. All were great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1464 reviews are from the KINGFISH reviews archive.
  • Dinner
    Fab6
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The jambalaya was fantastic. The spice/heat was just perfect, didn't have to add hot sauce. The earthenware bowl kept the meal nice and hot throughout our stay. Tried the Pomegranate cocktail which was too sweet for my taste. I still had half a glass when the Jambalaya arrived, and the sweetness was a perfect match for it and most complimentary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happening Spot
    drdot2b
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place. Very lively atmosphere. The last 2 times I have visited there has been some sort of party going on. But still kid friendly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spending our gift card!
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Received a gift card from a friend. Really enjoyed the bartender & the drinks he made. The Shrimp Etoufee & the Sea Bass were wonderful & plentiful. we will return soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kingfish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The beer and crab soup is always great! The ahi tuna is also very good. The seabass was bland. Our service was terrible. Didn't get half the stuff we asked for, our server was not attentive which would've been ok if he were slammed but I saw him standing around doing nothing. At one point he opened the shade and the sun was blinding. I asked that he close it a bit he rolled his eyes and let the shade drop all the way down in a dramatic way. Also there were 3 hostesses on duty. They were standing around doing nothing and when one first brought us to our table she handed us our menus and one was filthy with food stuck to it. I've always been a Kingfish fan but this experience was a bit frustrating.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Morganhillewe
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a great dinner. The steamed clams were the best ever. So was the crab soup with cornbread croutons. It was loaded with fresh crab. Lemonade chicken, fish and chips, skirt steak were excellent. Ordered skirt steak medium and it came out medium rare. Beer was little pricey. Would definitely visit this restaurant again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot, but not just spicy!
    JohnDoughVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The upstairs dining room was intolerably overheated and there was a constant loud whining & humming noise which also made the floors vibrate and dining peacefully very difficult. We couldn't really focus on the food because of being so uncomfortable. Other than the fact that you have to struggle to peel your own shrimp in the various dishes, which is a major turn off, especially when they are buried in sauces etc. the food seemed ok. Service was friendly and not over the top.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.