We hadn't been here for a while so it was a nice surprise to see an updated menu. There were lighter dishes available and I enjoyed the salmon very much. Very delicate and the sauce was used with a light touch. Definitely will order it again.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A different style..for San Mateo
Best part of the restaurant was that its different from the hundreds of Italian-style restaurants in San Mateo. The food was good...just that... good. Everyone enjoyed the meal, but I did not come away lip-smacking, wanting another morsel. I would easily go again, but tempered to it being a three star.
Kingfish being a fish place, does attempt to describe to origin and catch techniques used and that was very appreciated.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at
This was our first time at Kingfish. We were there with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We will return.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most delicious meal &great waiter
Our waiter was wonderful. My salmon was the best I have had in years. It was moist, fresh and very flavorful. I souldn't have asked for anything better.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the food. However we came that evening to have lobster as an entree which my son had one year ago. Were not aware that you'll change your menu every 3 months. It was my son's birthday and he was kind of disappointed that he was unable to have lobster. We were offered cold lobster but that was not what he had one year ago. Also he found the portion on the entree he ordered which was the halibut very small.
Otherwise everything tasted fabulous, service was excellent etc.
Many thanks. We will be back, but will be sure to check the menu online as suggested by our waiter in advance before heading down to the restaurant.
Regards and best wishes,
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with two other friends and had such an awesome time. The drinks were delicious; try to Weed Wacker or Peach Lemon Drop. I had the Ahi Tuna dish and I'd highly recommend this dish to those who like seafood.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kingfish came through!
Our dinner meeting went well. The ambience, service and food were all GREAT!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good time had by all
I took my parents here for a belated mother's/father's day dinner; it was their first time and i'm happy to report that they both left satisfied! My dad got the prime rib which he described as "just as good as House of Prime Rib" and my mom got the crab stuffed flounder, which looked small at first but apparently was a lot more filling than she expected. she also got a side of skillet cornbread which was delish! i got the skirt steak, which is always my favorite, and did not disappoint on this night either.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my Favorites!!
This was our first time to KingFish and we will definitely be going back! The restaurant is fun, I think we were seated in one of the best seats in the house. Service was great! Our server was friendly and on it, we had a few special requests and he remembered them all. If you enjoy seafood this is the place to be. We ordered 3 appetizers, 2 entrees, dessert and good wine. It was all amazing!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The crab poppers were a delightful surprise and the lobster roll did not disappoint! Fresh, fresh, fresh food and highly attentive service make Kingfish a favorite for date night!
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We held a private retirement for a great friend. Everyone had a wonderful meal, the service was excellent. It's a great place to enjoy a great meal!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Made Anniversary Special
We when to Kingfish for our anniversary dinner. Although the upstairs dining area was hot due to the AC being down they made every effort to make us comfortable. After the sun went down, it cooled off nicely and we were able to fully enjoy the evening. The oysters were fantastic. We had the Ahi Tuna and the Filet. Both were cooked perfectly. The food was amazing. The flavor of the steak was rich an full. Definitely recommend! The service was good and it was obvious that there was attention to detail. We will definitely be back.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to this place many times and every time it is amazing. The food, ambiance, drinks, and service are all great. I highly recommend this place.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't rave about KingFish enough. It's a great local spot that truly is the gem of downtown San Mateo. The menu here hosts an eclectic blend of contemporary American food and seafood with a dash a Cajun soul. With an oyster bar, a fall bar menu (including absinthe), steak, sushi and lobster ravioli, there really is something for everyone here. The staff is beyond friendly and the atmosphere is fun, chic and a bit playful. KingFish is a great experience for a special occasion or just grabbing a drink with the girls. Well worth a trip and then worth a second trip.
My food favorite: teriyaki skirt steak and the peach lemon drop drink.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
I am a frequent diner at Kingfish and this trip was no exception. the Mahi Mahi special with heirloom tomatoes was excellent. However with the fish tacos you can never go wrong either.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a nice dinner!
I would definitely go back. Food and drinks were great. Perfect spot for date night or meeting up with friends!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have heard so many good things about the restaurant that I was ready for a memorable experience. It was great!!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
King Fish is Delish
I had a GREAT experience at Kingfish on Sunday night, August 26th - four of us came for dinner after a movie so we didn't arrive until 9:30 pm but everything was exceptional - i ordered a decaf coffee with kahlua and whipped cream and it was one of the best drinks i've ever had - the waitress made a new pot of decaf for me and the whipped cream was REAL - not from a can! Very very impressive. We had two appetizers, both of which were delicious and all of our entrees were different and, "to die for."
It was a very memorable experience.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
KingFish always fabulous
Love KingFish, for lunch or dinner or special event! It never fails, always fabulous!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of town guests stayed near airport-closing of bridge forced dinner close to airport-a great surprise-good food, service, parking, ambiance. could not have been better.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the special fish of the night swordfish. It was great. Moist and flavorful. Oysters were also very fresh.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was actually very
The food was actually very good. I got the black cod and my boyfriend got the pork ribs. My cod was sweet with Asian fusion flavors (sesame oil, soy sauce, etc) which I loved! The ribs were also marinated and cooked just right. I wasn't a fan of the potatoes that came with the ribs, but the onion ring and the ribs itself was fantastic.
The black cod was also perfected, which boy choy and rice. I wish they gave a little big more meat. But the fish was fantastic. It is local (from Point Reyes) and sustainably caught, which makes me feel good.
The service wasn't the greatest. They were a bit slow and didn't know much about the wine list.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and food was excellent. Unfortunately on this night their air condition was broken, so the restaurant was really hot.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hot night and happy customers
We were happy to arrive, after the 49ers' game versus the Packers, since we won! Greeted by some very nice people and seated in a different section of the restaurant than where we have been before. My husband wanted to switch tables because the lighting was bad. No problem. The air conditioning was not working but the staff was bringing floor fans if you needed them. We had brought friends with us who live in Nebraska and they were impressed with the food. The service was great and we enjoyed our time there Thanks.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good casual spot. Out of town
Good casual spot. Out of town 20 something family guests thought it was a good spot for a casual family meal.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and service
We had a family dinner here for 8. Three of us were caught in traffic and were 30 mins late. It was not a problem. Great appetizers: calamari – a little heat and more flavor than other restaurants, yummy ribs and crab poppers. Too much dressing in caesar salad. Do not order the black cod everything to be sweet – ugh! Our server was wonderful about replacing my entrée. I had the scallop étoufee – so delicious – wonderfully flavorful.
Key lime pie and bread pudding with bananas foster were delish!
All in all, a great dining experience from the food to server, to ambience, to the physical building itself. Cannot attest to the drinks as I was on pain killers and could not imbibe.
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
We frequent Kingfish. It is our favorite spot - especially on movie date night!!!!!! Highly recommend.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, good food - music a bit loud for a business meeting
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Entertaining Spot
Great location. Valet Parking. Good food. Good for family and dates. Areas are divided off upstairs and downstairs. Interesting place to try New Orleans style food.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our client reccomended the restaurant to us when we wanted to plan a dinner for a team of 10, flying in from all of the US and Europe. The staff was welcoming and friendly and ensured we had a pleasant experience. The food was not only beautiful beautiful but also satisfied very cultured palates. The ambiance and design of the building was unique and memorable. I will absolutely return when traveling to this city again.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great New Orleans style food. The shrimp and scallop étouffée was excellent. This is a great place to have a lunch business meeting.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place for Business Travelers
Kingfish has been consistently good over the years, great place for business travelers in the area... Good service, reasonable prices and an excellent wine list.
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is my neighborhood go to . . . . It never disappoints!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little dark
The table where we seated was a little dark. but the food and service was outstanding.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of town guest
We entertained our guest from out of town here after she flew in from Japan. Food was very good and the menu certainly provided many options to choose from. Service was excellent and we will definitely come here again.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came here for my girlfriends birthday and we got seated right away, we sat up stairs. The waiter we had was great and friendly. The food was very good.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, focused on sea food, but with a lot of alternate selections. I have dined here many times and the food is always consistently good. Very nice service people. Large facility, but very charming and friendly.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surf and turf well done!
This was our third visit to Kingfish. This was a Monday evening, it's a more relaxing experience. Previously, we had been by on Saturday nights, and this place can be busy, with a younger, louder crowd. We will continue coming on weekday nights. The food and service are worth the visit, for us it is just more enjoyable with a relaxing energy. Of course, youth on a Friday night probably prefer the see and be seen scene!
We had a nicely presented & prepared crab "popper" appetizer. We enjoyed the fresh oysters, Miyagi and Pearl point. Our main courses were the Jambalaya, the "today's special" grilled Skirt Steak, and the Cioppino. The entire meal was very enjoyable. It can be a bit pricey with drinks, but great for those special nights out!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love their warm cabbage salad
It has blue cheese & mushrooms. Nice folk art around also.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh what a night!
We arrived early, so after checking in, we went to the bar. The bartender was friendly and fun. The place was hopping. We were seated after about 15 minutes. We ordered calamari for starters and it was wonderful. We split a green salad which was simple but delicious. I had the Seafood Cioppino and my wife had the shortribs. Both we excellent. We both had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone who wants friendly service and excellent classic food.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will will return!
Through a recommendation we tried Kingfish. We were looking for a good fish place not far from the airport. It's a pretty casual atmosphere and the menu was unique in the fact it indicated where each of the fish or meat was from. The seared tuna was good except for the fact the plate it came on was so hot, it actually kept cooking the fish as it sat there. I would say the black cod which was pretty local, could have been the best fish dish I've had in a long while. It reminded me of Hawaiian butterfish. Great sauce and cooked perfect! The selection of oysters were good and the sauces they came with were different and very tasty. We will return.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a Happy Birthday
This was an ideal place for a birthday. They have menu options for everyone even of you don't care for a seafood dish. It is a more expensive meal there for it should be saved for special occasions. There was very kind and helpful staff working, constantly coming to check if we needed anything else. I would defiantly recommend this to my friends it had a good atmosphere and delicious food.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
we loved it
This was our first time at the Kingfish. A friend was having a birthday celebration and had a table for 12! Although we planned to eat at our own table nearby, we were invited to sit at the main table. The waiters did an excellent job taking care of all of us. The food was great - everyone at the table was impressed with their food and drinks. We appreciated the detailed info about the food - whether the fish was wild or farmed, etc. It was a very long way for us to come, especially with the traffic, but it was worth it!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorites
Kingfish has been consistently good, with great service, reasonable prices and an excellent wine list. It is one of our favorites and a "go to" place when we want to go out for a more upscale dinner. We'll be back (again).
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Night to Remember!
Dining at the Kingfish for me was a outstanding. The food,wine choices and the service couldn't have been better. I made reservations asking for a special table location and it worked out perfect.
The hostess, waiter, bartender were all very energetic and over the top in making the dining experience one to remember!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was just what the doctor
It was just what the doctor ordered for my dinner with friends from out of town.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kingfish is a very special
Kingfish is a very special restaurant. A little pricey for cocktails/wine but for a special occasion it is good. The food we chose was tasty but nothing really jumped out as a great offering. I will probably will go back again, but not often.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner for six
Always a pleasure to dine at Kingfish. The wait staff are great, the menu changes once in a while to intorduce new cuisine and makes it interesting. Try the warm cabbage salad - fantastic! Little issue with my meal this time. Ordered the Ahi over rice, one of my many favorites and the tune was fatty and difficult to cut and chew. Had to leave some on the plate. All other dinners were great as expected.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely seafood platter
I shared the smaller sea food platter with one other person. The oysters were big and juicy and delicious. Tuna tartare was also great. Really everything was excellent.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Downtown San Mateo treat pre-movie
Right by the Downtown movie theater, Kingfish has delicious seafood, oysters particularly, with Cajun accents and lively bar. Wait staff attentive, informative, and friendly. Food variety, portion size and presentation was superior
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM