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
120 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (47)special occasion (35)fit for foodies (30)vibrant bar scene (24)great for lunch (22)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (12)romantic (11)notable wine list (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • I dine at Kingfish on a regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    I dine at Kingfish on a regular basis and I find the food consistent, very good quality and my family always enjoys it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've always had a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    I've always had a great meal there. Food remains a tad pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i went to kingfish once before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    i went to kingfish once before about a year ago; the experience was not a good one. we didn't have a reservation on a friday night (a mistake, no doubt) but they told us the wait was 45 min. we kept checking back and kept getting wait extensions. after waiting for 1 hour and 45 minutes (with our baby in tow), we learned that they had forgotten about us. once seated, the service was very slow. the food was OK but took forever to arrive. pretty much a lousy experience. but at a friend's insistence, we went there for my birthday (our party included 2 couples and 2 babies) this past week and had a blast! the server was awesome and the food was incredible. we had so much fun and loved sitting in our booth downstairs. i would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We are regulars and I am working
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    We are regulars and I am working my way through the menu. Favorites - skirt steak, mahi mahi (wed. nite's, jumbolaya,... oh well, you get it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had dinner at Kingfish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/24/2008
    We had dinner at Kingfish in San Mateo for the first time 3/24/2008. The food was excellent! The service was excellent! We will definitely be going back! Well Done Kingfish!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our server was beyond great!
    RawBabyVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    our server was beyond great! she was beyond outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ONLY negative about dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    The ONLY negative about dining at Kingfish is how dirty the elevator walls looked. Everything else was enjoyable and the food was outstanding. I have already recommended it to several friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Our favorite restaurant in San Mateo. Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Great location to the theater too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Great food and service. I would do it again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My order was wrong, it had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    My order was wrong, it had to be sent back and when it came back, my scallops were cold. My daugther found a hair in her food, which she didn't mention, but we were compensated with dessert. I don't think I'd go back, overall experience was not good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seven of us, two families,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    Seven of us, two families, went on Wednesday night. The table was ready when we arrived but we had drinks in the bar before the other family showed up. No pressure to sit. The service was very good. The food was very good. One in our party is a vegetarian and the kitchen had no problem making a special dish for her. The place filled up, which surprised me on a Wednesday. Overall a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was rushed, the wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    Service was rushed, the wine service was not coordinated with the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    This is one of our favorite restaurants and everyone we have shared this restaurant with for their first time experience has loved it!
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kingfish experience was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    Kingfish experience was very memorable. The host left us enough time at the bar to gather our entire party and seated us at our table when appropriate, even though it was 45 minutes after our reservation. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and provided good advice about wine and food. In addition, our empty plates and glasses were bussed from the table in a timely manner and without intrusion. I would recommend Kingfish as a great place for a get together. And I understand they are bringing back the music.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kingfish is definitely one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    Kingfish is definitely one of the top San Mateo restaurants. However, "rare find" & "memorable" don't apply to suburban restaurants very much. Also "very good" does not equal "memorable". In this respect your form is difficult to fill out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service at Kingfish was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    The service at Kingfish was very courteous! When my group was walking down the stairs, there were 2 waiters on their way up, although the stairs was wide enough for all of us, the 2 waiters backed down the stairs and let us through. I thought that was a very nice gesture! Also, when we were requesting our check from our waiter, he gently asked if anyone in my group have a AAA card to get a discount, needless to say, this meal's service was very memorable (for the right reasons)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had specifically noted to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    I had specifically noted to the restaurant that it was a surprise birthday dinner for my husband and we were greeted by saying my table of 5 was ready. It almost was not a surprise but was saved as my husband thought it was a mistake. However, we will return to the restaurant as we enjoyed the food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You may think a place with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    You may think a place with valet parking is going to put a dent in your wallet, but surprisingly, King Fish doesn't break the bank too much. Plates hover at about $20 and they come in fairly large portions. A good place for a birthday dinner or if you're in the mood for seafood plates done right.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a pleasant place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    It was a pleasant place to eat - not spectacular. A little noisy, a little chilly (front door was left open). Food was OK.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rebecca was a great server,
    Stilltravlin
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Rebecca was a great server, many suggestions, and a vibrant personality. Prices for some cocktails were different on the beverage list than on the dinner menu. Gumbo was a great tasting soup but not the traditional dark roasted roux based style that I had expected. Ahi Tartare was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for my birthday and had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Went for my birthday and had a great time! Good service and food was great! Wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was great to have live
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    It was great to have live entertainment. Bud E Luv and band were great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we got the lamb and the filet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    we got the lamb and the filet mignon ordered medium, both came out way way raw. we sent both plates back. i've been going to this restaurant for years now but the food has gone downhill. their chef needs to snap to and stop sending out food raw. otherwise he should check himself and go work at a sushi joint.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was surprised when I was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    I was surprised when I was told that they could not accept my American Express Travelers Check, for which I wanted to pay for my meal. (I was with two other friends.) I've NEVER had a travelers check refused before; it's like CASH!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've eaten here three times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2008
    I've eaten here three times now, once for lunch and twice for dinner. The food was excellent and the service was very good -- even better at dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was great, the waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2008
    Service was great, the waiters were very attentive, and we were there for a birthday and without saying anything they came over and sang happy birthday. It was a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. We were seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    Great food. We were seated immediately. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kingfish has an excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    Kingfish has an excellent bar, a fun vibe and is consistent with food. Service is generally very good. Occasionally they have menu items that are a miss (their version of mac and cheese a while back was awful) but for the most part they do a good job.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would go back for another
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/7/2008
    I would go back for another celebrations! It's a great place for friends and family gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kingfish is one of those places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2008
    Kingfish is one of those places that I keep going back to, hoping it will live up to its potential. It's got a great location in San Mateo, especially if you're headed to the movies later. The menu looks great, the raw bar is cool and there are two full bars--one on the ground floor and another that feels like a private club on the second floor. It's got everything that could make it a real destination restaurant--except that the food is ultimately underwhelming. Good, but not great. Stick with drinks and raw oytsters and you'll be fine--venture beyond and it's hit and miss. I wish it were better because I really want to love this place, but in all honesty, for me it falls just a bit short of what it could be--because of the food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a year ago but I decided
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2008
    It was a year ago but I decided to review this restaurant. I like the food taste, presentation , service and bar. They have good parking lot for the public across the restaurant. On mother's day, I did not like my order, the spicy food. But overall Very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Aweful. Worst meals I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2008
    Aweful. Worst meals I have ever had. I've been here at least 7 times, since they opened and the food/service has gotten progressivly worse. On our last visit, I was unable to order a Brandy Manhattan, because "we dont carry brandy at the bar". Ok, maybe thats true, so we switched to one of their signature drinks, and they were out of that drink also. I've heard that they have changed the menu, so I will try it one last time.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Kingfish is a very good restaurant.
    LeonardVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2007
    Kingfish is a very good restaurant. I've been there about 10 times for lunch or dinner with small groups of people. We always had a good time and enjoyed the food. Will return here! Great to give gift certificates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • some of your employees are
    Khay01
    Dined on 9/21/2007
    some of your employees are rude..one of you hostess,we have a reservation, we got our table an hour later. food was good though!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great ime when we
    DotcomWorkingMom
    Dined on 9/19/2007
    Always a great ime when we go here. The food is always delicious and all our friends always have a good time. The skirt steak is always a good choice!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We like this restaraunt to
    MelitaVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2007
    We like this restaraunt to take our kids to. it is a nice but also kid-friendly. Food is yummy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always come here for special
    Khay01
    Dined on 4/28/2007
    I always come here for special events or occasion because I enjoy the food but there is one incident when the hosts is so rude and gave us a table an hour after our reservation.this is the first time and hopefully the last time,or I would not come back and recommend this place to anybody I know. but food is great
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty mediocre. They need
    winflop
    Dined on 9/1/2006
    Pretty mediocre. They need to stop hiring colelge kids and get better wait staff. Been there multiple times and don't plan to go back. Too many service experiences that don't stack up to the food, decor, or prices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sea food and very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/9/2006
    Great sea food and very nice atmosphere. Gets kind of cold if you sit downstairs but other than that I enjoyed the place. Have been there close to 10 times...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic