The Dead Fish
The Dead Fish

The Dead Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedeadfish.com/
  • Phone: (510) 787-3323
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily 11 am - 10 pm
    Weekend and Monday Holiday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Becerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate your private party of ten in Nemo's Nook, sixty in Vera's Lodge, and any number in between.
  • Private Party Contact: Gene Moreland 5107877280

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomona
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have two large parking lots.
A word from The Dead Fish
Enjoy spectacular views of the new Carquinez Bridge and serene San Pablo Bay while dining on the lushly planted patio with heated and cooled cabanas and twinkling lights. Unique weekend brunch with specialty cocktails. Specialties include 100% USDA Certified Prime, Prime Rib and whole Dungeness crab. Unique dining rooms for an intimate dinner or a large group. "We may have a funny name but we're dead serious about our food!!"
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Dead Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
375 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (312)great for outdoor dining (232)special occasion (215)good for groups (151)romantic (147)fit for foodies (124)great for lunch (122)neighborhood gem (121)great for brunch (92)hot spot (57)kid-friendly (55)vibrant bar scene (51)notable wine list (32)late-night find (31)Show More
  • The view pulls you in. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/18/2008
    The view pulls you in. The rooms are attractive. The steamed clams were delicious and so was the fish stew. The roasted crab was on everyone else's plate, clearly the most popular dish. However, the service does not match the level of cost. At those prices, it is surprising to be told by the busboy to keep my silverware because I will need the fork and knife for the next course. One salad plate never got removed until we left. The presentation is awkward; small narrow plates for salad guarantee spills when you try to eat. From the greeter to the waitress to the busboy, the tone ranged from indifferent to cold; employees don't seem happy there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoyed this odd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    I really enjoyed this odd and offbeat restaurant. The view was amazing and the food was fabulous. Our server was very entertaining and even though it took a while to get our food, the ambiance made the wait seem very short. The only problem we encountered was trying to select from the different dishes on the menu. Everything sounded so good!! Our waiter was great at asking questions and making informed suggestions. Our party was completely satisfied with our choices, thanks to him. Every need was catered to and again, the food was delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area and to locals alike. I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, the location, the
    thehitz
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    The food, the location, the ambiance, the view were all quite wonderfull. The wine list - though not very extensive does have some excellent choices available. The service left something to be desired. Not terribly responsive or attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great views, a beautiful sunset
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/14/2008
    Great views, a beautiful sunset and good food. The skillet appetizer was very good and the fish prepared with olive oil and asparagus was extremely tasty and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you havent been here then
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    If you havent been here then you need to go. I look at it like an old Godfather movie with the decor and quality service like it used to be back then. They make you feel like the big fish with on the spot service and a quality experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always have enjoyed the ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    Always have enjoyed the ambiance and the spectacular view. The dining is excellent and service is outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time. Dinner was excellent,
    CoachCass
    Dined on 8/9/2008
    Great time. Dinner was excellent, you must try their speciality Roasted Crab, it was out standing. Cocktails were made to perfection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I really enjoyed dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2008
    I really enjoyed dinner at the Dead Fish. I always find the food to be excellent, the service good, it's romantic and it has a great view. I would recomment anyone to try it, at least once.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were great.
    94553diners
    Dined on 8/8/2008
    Food and service were great. A special plus: no corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a nice lunch
    Katie
    Dined on 8/6/2008
    Great place for a nice lunch or dinner. Beautiful view, well prepared fish, would return again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really worth going to. A fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2008
    Really worth going to. A fun spot with a great view and good food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry but I would not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2008
    Sorry but I would not recommend this restaurant. The food was not very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sitting outside on the patio
    wmpgalVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    Sitting outside on the patio on a warm summer night is like sitting at a Greek Taverna overlooking the Aegean. Spactacular!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Dead Fish was recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    The Dead Fish was recommended to me by a co-worker. I decided to take my husband for his birthday dinner since he loves crab and apparently that is the specialty. He ate ever last piece! I even liked it and i dont eat crab. I had the prime rib andit was pretty good. Not the best i've ever had but it was a good portion. It is definatly not a quiet place if your looking for something romantic. Everybody has fun and good food when you come here. Their specialty martini's were good too.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was our first time at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/28/2008
    it was our first time at the dead fish. waitress was very friendly and helpful. good food but came a little too late (we were huuungry by the time we got the main dish) the girls at the door (greeters??) were not too friendly. they kept talking to each other and did not pay much attention to us (party of 5)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • they are too quick to pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2008
    they are too quick to pick up plates - they should wait until all people at the table have finished eating - it's rude to remove the plates prior to all finishing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appetizers and dinner were
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    Appetizers and dinner were delicious. Their bread is great and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Me and 3 other ladies had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    Me and 3 other ladies had breakfast on Sunday. We were celebrating my sister's birthday. My sister and I ordered the crab benedict. We were very disappointed with the amount of crab in the dish and while the bread under the benedict was excellent it was too difficult to cut. I don't know how the other two ladies felt about their breakfast, but it looked too dry to me. I have thought about calling and complaining about the crab benedict as it was very expensive for what we got. My name is Mary Blaurock
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun time had by all. Always
    Excellent
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    Fun time had by all. Always a pleasure. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The appetizer (crab crostini)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/16/2008
    The appetizer (crab crostini) was excellent. The entree (crab enchilada) was served at room temperature, and the portion was bit small, with no sides ... just enchiladas on a plate. The addition of some side dishes that complement the enchilada would enhance the meal and its appearance. The waiter was professional and provided good service, the bus staff was not very friendly while filling water and delivering bread, the host at the door was not very friendly either. The view is the real draw here.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is our favorite
    Dixonites
    Dined on 7/16/2008
    This restaurant is our favorite special occasion spot to dine. In January we sat inside near the fire and tho there were plenty of other people there we still felt as tho we had privacy. This last trip we sat outside on a warm summer evening overlooking the bay and really enjoyed the experience. Seating on both occasions was punctual. The food is excelent and the service was first rate. We will be back and we may just make up a few more special occasions through out the year.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been going to The Dead
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/13/2008
    I have been going to The Dead Fish for quite some time now. Usually, I go there with my family and we pay for one check. However, this time I came in with 2 other families. We, obviously, wanted to sit at the same table, however, we were unable to get separate checks. Some of us ordered the same thing, so in the end we had to sit with a calculator to figure out the price for each family. No one had cash, so everyone wanted to use their credit cards. When asked the manager why couldn't we get if not separate checks then separate orders per family on the same check for easier calculation, we were told they do not do it. The waiter was a disaster. He was new and I had to remind him to bring the missing food and utensils.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Dead Fish overall is a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2008
    The Dead Fish overall is a very good find in the East Bay. The atmosphere is eclectic and the service was attentive, friendly, and very prompt. We ate in the "restaurant" side which was quiet and appropriate for the occasion (wedding anniversary dinner) vs. the bar and gazebo areas which seemed much more lively. The bar area has a view of the bridge and surrounding area which we will try next time. Food was good overall, would have rated higher but wife's Giant Prawns could have been better. House Bread, Crab Crostini Appetizer, Panzanella salad, dinner side (mixed baby heirloom roasted potatoes) all Outstanding. Filet Mignon very good, Shrimp on side a bit small and oily but still tasty. Wine list short but very good; Note: NO corkage fee!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We are regulars at the Dead
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/10/2008
    We are regulars at the Dead Fish. We like it since they have a great seafood menu and the best crab in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food is really mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/6/2008
    the food is really mediocre and the place is totally over rated.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was very disappointed with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    I was very disappointed with the service and my meal. My wife and I traveled from the valley to have dinner and we should of stayed home. I have been to The Dead Fish several times and must say that this was the by far the worst visit. I am not sure if I will ever come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were there to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    We were there to celebrate my daughters 19 birthday. Because this was our first time at your restaurant, we didn't know about the outdoor dining area nor were we offered a table next to the windows to maximize the view. The food was good. I felt they should have cleared the small 4" x 10" bread plates from the table when they were no longer being used. I'm also not use to having to pour my own water, although this was not a difficult. Felt overall that our dining experience could have been better is we had more knowledge of your restaurant and had been shown what was available or give choices. I did nake advance reservations and stated that this was to celebrate a birthday. I made the waitress aware of the birthday and she did respond
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always... good good good. Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/4/2008
    As always... good good good. Love to go on fourth of July for the fireworks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My boyfriend and I had a wonderful
    Mauifirsttimer
    Dined on 7/4/2008
    My boyfriend and I had a wonderful date at the Dead Fish. The food was fantastic and the scenery was amazing. It has definitely become one of our favorites, and we will be back for sure! Thank you for a most memorable time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The garlic crab tasted like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/4/2008
    The garlic crab tasted like it was taken out of the freezer and warmed up.The waitress indicated that the crab was fresh but could not tell us where it came from. Also, the baked seabass in a thai flavored curry was tepid at best. We've been to this restaurant in the past and have had better meals there. Maybe July 4th was not the best day to visit this restaurant. In any case, we have been disappointed enough to not plan to visit this restaurant in the future.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been there a few times...and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2008
    I've been there a few times...and when we wanted to have a lunch outing for our office...this was my first thought. Everyone enjoyed their lunch, and the view, and we will be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A tad on the pricey side,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/1/2008
    A tad on the pricey side, I usually reserve The Dead Fish and it's sister restaurants for special occasions, such as my birthday. There are many selections on the menu, I like to try something new every time I visit, but their famous crab is something I always order. The crab is absolutely delicious and always fresh. And they don't get cheap on the crab selection, they pick the crabs with the meatiest legs. The service was also very friendly and attentive. The only downside about The Dead Fish is that it's in the boonies. We got lost getting to the restaurant and then again back home! It's right by the bridge, but we still manage to get lost! But I wouldn't change the location, the view is amazing at sunset!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great place to eat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/30/2008
    Always a great place to eat. Cioppino is delicious, if not a bit much for one. Crabs are delicious. Weather permitting, outdoor dining is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, service very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    Food, service very good. The music was annoying. Techo disco crap at a family seafood restaurant? What are they thinking?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff was slow. In a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/23/2008
    Wait staff was slow. In a party of 10 only 1 entree was poor (pasta,arrived cold) chicken was overcooked. overall everbody was pleased. Also the deserts need improvement. tasted like store bought frozen deserts. Not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • When first entering the Matridi,3
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/22/2008
    When first entering the Matridi,3 of them did not speak to us they just stair at us in a rude manner. The gentleman in the black shirt was friendly, but most of the staff sucked. It is a Dead place
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We celebrated our 18th wedding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and everything was outstanding
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great crab, crazy fun busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    Great crab, crazy fun busy decor, fabulous service. I'd heard about this place for a long time, and now I know why! It was great. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Everything was absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    Everything was absolutely fabulous. The problem was I ordered Flowers from Flower petal.com, and they did not make it. Put a real damper on my 21st anniverseray. My take is opentable is just as responsible on this drop. You may want to re-think what vendors you support. I have asked for a refund from Flower petal. I have yet to recieve a reply. Not good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The iron skillet plate is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    The iron skillet plate is a unique dish and the view is fantastic. After 3 separate dinner visits all with slow and apathetic service, I think it may be a pattern. But, take the long gaps between service to enjoy the amazing view of the bridge. Sit in the bar area for a romantic date and the main dining room for a family atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate