The food was flavorful and
The food was flavorful and well-prepared and the service was friendly and attentive.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
dinner was great. drinks were
dinner was great. drinks were great. service was very good too.
among other things, we had the seafood stew (ciopino). the shrimp and calamari were chewy. Could have been cooked less. Also, the scallpos tasted like whatever they were cooked on. The texture was perfect, however it had a flavor on the outside that was not so pleasant and some black discoloration from the cooking element as well. if these issues can be improved, it will be a 5 star dish.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
A perfect venue for a nine-party
A perfect venue for a nine-party family reunion. The service was outstanding. All aspects of fine dining were well balanced.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a treat!
The Top of the Market is always a treat. You can count on the fish to be the absolute freshest possible and prepared to perfection. At the last minute, I decided to have the fresh dungeoness crab salad for an entree since we had several appetizers to start. It was delicious.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
when booking reservation there
when booking reservation there no clear cut difference in the price. I booked an upstairs table because I thought it would be roomier. there is a big price difference. we stayed because it was Saturday night and it was a party of 6 (no where to eat) there should be clear instruction or WARNING about the difference in menu and price. we had a good time just disappointed. please see if there something they can do on there web site or let (Open Table) know this is two different restaurants in the same building
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an excellent Mother's
We had an excellent Mother's Day lunch. The seafood was fresh and well prepared and the atmosphere of the restaurant itself was perfect. Lovely lagoon view. There is no bad table in this upstairs restaurant. Also want to note that the service was perfect. Never had to ask for water refills, and when we did ask for more sourdough bread and parmesan cheese, it was delivered immediately. Only complaint was that the menu was very limited; Maybe it was because of the occassion. Can't wait to try this place for dinner on a regular night. We will be back
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
An annual Birthday Celebration
A special table, recognized the Birthday Girl when she arrived first of the party - attentive service but not too much. She felt special which was the goal of choosing Top of the Market - they did not disappoint.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
unexpected gem in workday San Mateo
We focused on seafood, which of all foods is easiest to mis-cook, and hardest to add just enough flavor to: as good as any other place I've tried. One of is Indian, and found a curry -- which went with mussels -- very good.
Waitress magically appeared when we wanted her, and never intruded otherwise (**** I hate being querulously queried "IS EVERYTHING OK SIR" when I'm chewing). And she was very knowledgeable about how dishes are prepared (not just the "oh yeah I love that too!" you get from teenage wait-staff).
Wine selection, from our sample of 2 out of the 100 or so available, was superb.
Amazingly for San Mateo, there is a view! And it's of water!! And it's not a mudflat!!!
We'll be back.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seated along the window there is an expansive view of the water, a broad lagoon. The dining room itself is simple, so one is encouraged to look out.
The waiter was well-trained, courteous and competent. He did have a busboy who was none of those qualities but we saw him only once and briefly.
But the food was super. The Alaskan Halibut was fresh and done to perfection. The slightly tangy sauce further enhanced--brilliant.
Dover Sole was very good. Portion was generous.
I am not dessert person but the desserts here could convert me; they are to write home about.
We'd been here before but this is the best. Highly recommended.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice view, fresh seafood
Nicer "civilized" upstairs space from the bustling market below, wish the menu was more varied however. All fish and seafood was of great quality. Nice dining experience.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent; server
Service was excellent; server was very attentive. The lobster and the swordfish were superb!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious sea food
Nice place to go for lunch during the week.
Food service was fast but check took forever.
Their reservation system is 'semi' automated. The reservation system is not at the front desk.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Business Dinner
Out-of-town business associates loved the food and the view. Had the spicy scallop and crab linguine, sole. It was all delicious. The beautiful view of the lagoon was a big hit. Will definitely return.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The new decor is fabulous. More intimate with the new dining booths. Dining at the counter is fun and you get to talk to the chef about the new menu.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a great find...
While Top of the Market wasn't my first choice we wound up dining here with a large party. I'm very pleased that we made that choice. What a great place with a great tranquil view from the upper level of the building. We had a fairly large party and had several of the appetizers all of which were great. Calamari was some of the best I've had, breading was perfect and not chewy or greasy. Fresh oysters were perfect as well. Lobster was huge and tender, salmon was fresh and the scallops were seasoned just right. Great selection of wine all of which was reasonably priced. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledge about the menu, we had many questions.
Top of the Market is a must visit if you are in the area.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here many times in the
Been here many times in the past but haven't been here in a while. So glad to find it's still as good as ever.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good seafood
I had the Atlantic Scallops as entree and they were perfectly cooked and delicious. The starter was Kumomotto oysters and they were superb!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Top of the
We have been to Top of the Market several times and have always enjoyed it!!
The food is very good and service is great!!
The remodel is pretty however the lighting needs to be dimmed when the
sun goes down. The ambience was ruined by bright lights when it was
dark outside, felt more like a diner then a nice dinner spot.
Other than that it is a great restaurant!!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fish in Redwood City
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the crab on our little gem salad!! Very fresh and the salad was prepared exceptionally well. Our chowders were full of clams and that is a rarity. The upstairs is more subdued and the downstairs more casual. I would like to try the downstairs next time and I wish I lived in the south bay to frequent this place more.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had my usual Caesar Salad
Had my usual Caesar Salad and it was made primarily of the heartier portion of the lettuce head with almost no leaves of the lettuce. Sprinkled cheese rather than the shaved Parmesan - I've had better here so I'm chalking it up as a one-off.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is underwhelming
This restaurant could have it all: a lovely setting on the water, two levels of menu complexity to suit your mood, a great bar scene, etc. Our server couldn't have been nicer and was knowledgeable regarding the menu: she quickly offered to give us samples when we learned that the crab in the Louie salad was canned. But the food failed to hit the mark. I sent my caesar back because it arrived composed of the brown outer leaves of a head of Boston lettuce. My shrimp tacos were at room temperature, and and the batter on the shrimp had turned mushy, as if the timing of the order was wrong and the tacos had sat under warming lights. I'll go again, for sure, but it won't be to have a memorable dining experience.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing Top of the Market
Totally different from regular restaurant. Better service, higher prices but worth it.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit and we would certainly
First visit and we would certainly go back.
The tuna poke was devoured by our party of 4.
The Halibut dish was excellent as was the Sole and Salmon.
We are from the east coast, but we will return on our next visit.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've visited several Fish Markets along the west coast and the San Mateo location is always great. View in San Diego is a little better, however, the service and food quality in SM is fantastic. Thanks to the staff and JT for a wonderful meal.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always great seafood!
This place has never disappointed me. The food is always excellent, the service very good and you can hear yourself and your dinner companions while eating.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Daughter celebrated her birthday
Daughter celebrated her birthday with friends. They had a wonderful time. The food and service was great.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Contemporary remodel - great menu
They recently did a mini-remodel here - same floor plan but the look is fresh and contemporary. The menu was also updated but you can still order from the downstairs menu - however we ordered from their menu and it was fabulous - we ordered Calamari Fritte and the calamari was fresh with a very light batter - delicious. I had the scallops and they were heavenly and then we ordered 2 desserts (well, it WAS for a birthday celebration!) and both were amazing. We weren't sure of which wine to order by the glass and were brought tastes to try - had the same thing happen at the downstairs bar on a prior visit. Fabulous service and good food - if you haven't been here for awhile or have never been, it's worth a trip!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A long-standing gem.
GREAT place. Don't miss it! Wander a bit and. Check out all the old black and white fishing photos on the walls of the main floor.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to the Fish Market a couple of times over the past 10 years, and never realized Top of the Market existed. What a delightful surprise to find a classier, quieter version of the Fish Market with even better food and a great view of the lagoon. On the basis of yelp reviews, we ordered the calamari and the grilled octopus salad as appetizers. Especially if you have had octopus elsewhere, you will be amazed at how tender and flavorful grilled octopus can be. The calamari was also tasty-very lightly battered, and with two tasty dipping sauces. They definitely know how to cook fish. Truly a delightful evening.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had not been here in a few years and Top of the Market did not disappoint. We had a variety of appetizers and great entrees as well as the gelatos of the day. It was all fantastic. Our service was just right, attentive but not over the top. I never thought I would reccommend smoked trout but it was amazing.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here many times. Always consistently awesome, always fresh.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salads were best: we had the
Salads were best: we had the beet salad and octopus salad - both were so inventive and delicious that the main course paled in comparison. She enjoyed her scallops. My sole was a little dry and boring. But the sides were tasty.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Room with a view
Interesting menu choices compared to the Fish Market below. White tablecloths with a more private setting provided a more elegant atmosphere. No elevator and lots of stairs limit the patrons for this great view. Request a window seat if there are just two of you.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
top of the maket
Even though we had reservations for upstairs, we were immediately seated down stairs in the main main dinning room. The saving factor was the service offered by our wait person, Paul. He was multi-lingual and made a member of our party at ease, as she is hispanic and made the description of the dishes more familiar and easier to decide. The food was very tastefully prepared and had eye appeal as well tasting delicious.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, nice ambiance
We had dinner the evening after Thanksgiving. Downstairs, the Fish Market was very noisy. Upstairs at Top of the Market, where you can make reservations, I was surprised at how many tables were available, which of course affected how quiet it was. There was a larger group in the room at the back which is where we had been slated to sit, but our waiter offered us a booth in the front part so that we could have a quieter dining experience. Very much appreciated! I suspect that on a busier night, the noise level would be "moderate" rather than "quiet" in the rating scale.
The entrees were in the $26 range. The menu is very different from downstairs. More upscale. The food was delicious. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very helpful.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM