KINGFISH
KINGFISH

KINGFISH

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kingfish.net/
  • Phone: 6503431226
  • 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
133 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (42)special occasion (39)fit for foodies (30)great for lunch (28)vibrant bar scene (23)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (13)romantic (13)notable wine list (9)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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.
    • Food
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Oyster Bar
    seafoodyum
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was good- fair to over priced. great mixture of options. great wine list. service was horrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinewmyfine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I have been dining at Kingfish since it was opened and we have been going through the menu trying the different dishes. We enjoy the food and atmosphere. Its nice we live close by and can walk to the building.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Outstanding
    LocalGalVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Kingfish is always a winner. We were seated upstairs where both servers who helped us were outstanding. Fresh oysters were excellent. Prime Rib was nothing to write home about but Crispy Salmon was outstanding- very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff of 1 for table of 17
    Roca
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Reservations for 17 for lunch. Got 1 waiter. Unacceptable. Good thing the food was good because waiter could not handle 17 people.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Reliable
    BigEd
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I am a regular at this restaurant and the food and service have ALWAYS been good. Can't recommend it enough. Great seafood and a very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Came here for my birthday dinner, just my husband and I, and I have to say it was a disappointment. Appetizers: calamari, it was chewy, so over cooked, and the gumbo, the roux was spot on,but there was hardly any rice,chicken,ect. that are the main ingredients. Entree:jambalaya, needed more spice and the Crispy skin salmon, it was alright. For the price we paid for the meal, it's not worth returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it once was......
    mbrockalexander
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Met a friend from out of town for dinner. Ordered calamari and twice had to send it back because they were overcooked. Ran out of Makers Mark at the bar, too. Not the best experience. Was not as good as before.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    ronnieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    They took in our cake, kept it refrigerated, then cut it and served it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salmon is always a reliable choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Been here many times when in town from So Cal. Great food, great service but always packed so noise level is high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Although the food is always very good, the restaurant was a bit of a mess. It was Father's Day, the reservations were packed, the kitchen was backed up over an hour and the service at the table was very slow. Our 6:30 dinner turned into a 7:45 dinner. I would have thought with it being a celebrated day, they would have over staffed, but that was not the case.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our previous visit was better. The prime rib was bland. The Fish from the fish and chips was a little soggy, maybe batter was too light. The baked potato was small and didn't have bacon on it. French fries were very good. They ran out of dinner rolls. How could they run out at 6pm? Service was good even though we were in a dark corner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great salmon salad
    Beverly
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Nice atmosphere, not loud. Waiters friendly. Took my sisters and mom there for a sister's birthday dinner. I really liked the pomegranite and vodka drink.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad this isn't my first time here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Glad this isn't my first time here. This is actually my favorite restaurant. Great food and great cocktails. But for Father's Day it was one of worst experiences at a restaurant. Our waiter was simply not very good. He had no personality which I didn't mind but to go along with it he was unattentive to the point he almost didn't exist. Iced teas and water glasses were never refilled. We didn't get sugar for the iced teas. Our cocktails didn't come out until after our salads. Also we ordered oysters which never made it to the table. I had to make sure we didn't get charged for them. Very disappointed with the service!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it.
    Jake
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We paid $250.00 for 4 people but I feel we didn't get our money's worth. Although food is good, the service was awful. I've been served better on some cheap food joint. We constantly had to ask for things (bread, water, etc). We were asked by our server only once during our meal. I ordered a 11.00 cocktail and the server spilled it but didn't apologized nor wipe the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    For the price of what we were paying, approximately $23-26 per person for a party of 9, I'd expect better service. The table had salad dressing leftover from the previous guests that got all over my arms. Had to ask twice before the server came to hesitantly wipe off the table. While taking our orders, he seems annoyed & rushing us. He even missed asking one person for her order. Not even once throughout the meal did he ask if anyone needed a drink refill. The tab was about $400. He did not not deserve the 18% gratuity that was tagged on the bill. This dining experience was totally embarrassing for us locals entertaining out of town guests.
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  • Punctual !
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and best yet they read my reservation request for a booth and saved on for me on a busy Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paula
    PaulaBVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Has valet parking which is great on the weekends when it is almost impossible to find parking. Everyone loved their dinner and the appetizers where amazing. We had the shrimp, dim sum, and pork lettuce wraps for appetizers. I had the mahi mahi which was delicious. My friends really enjoyed their fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat like a king for Father's Day
    goldbloodedgrillerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    After spending all day at the county fair, our party of 10 was starving. Even though we showed up 20 min. early, they sat us promptly. Beverages and apps came promptly, an improvement from past visits. Dinner portions are hearty & tasty. The only criticism I might have is our server wasn't as personable as our previous servers, but still did a good job.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner from Sacramento
    8alot
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Took Dad and Mom there for a pre-Father's Day lunch. It had a comfortable, family friendly, casual-classy ambiance. The food was REALLY good and the staff was attentive and friendly. Would go back any time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Slow service. Two of our orders were missing side items. Food was decent but all day menu pricey for lunch. Nice that they offered a kids menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food, Little too Loud
    Garrett
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was fantastic. I had the shrimp etouffee and it was quite good. The sauce was nicely spiced with just enough cayenne pepper to add spice, but not volcanic. The shrimp and crayfish were tender. My only negative would be the noise level and the restroom. The noise level made it difficult to have a conversation. We were downstairs and it the sound echoed off of the walls and ceiling making for a fairly loud din. As for the men's room, it was in need of serious cleaning. There was a lot of water on the floor near the toilets and they were in need of come cleaning up and refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful date night experience
    Nightout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My husband and I don't get out too often with two young children so when we go out for a date night we are hoping for a great experience. Kingfish did not disappoint. We had a wonderful experience. Great service, great food, the whole ambience was inviting and warm. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The hostesses greeted us and were very cordial. We were disappointed with the food. The SPECIAL MAHI MAHI was very overcooked, and my Fried Shrimp sandwich was also overcooked and very dry. The bus boy wiped down the table with a dirty towel, ughhh!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great salads
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went for lunch & it wasn't terribly busy. Thus not too loud. This place can be very loud. All the salads are excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gemini
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Kingfish was great. I've been there before and it didn't disappoint. Great food, great wine, and a great table upstairs were all ingredients for a lovely evening. It did take longer than usual to receive our meals as our order apparently got stuck behind a huge party order, but our server was gracious and we weren't in a rush so it was fine. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.