The Dead Fish
The Dead Fish

The Dead Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedeadfish.com/
  • Phone: 5107873323
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked
The Dead Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
446 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (378)special occasion (275)great for outdoor dining (267)romantic (171)good for groups (156)great for lunch (151)great for brunch (139)neighborhood gem (126)fit for foodies (108)kid-friendly (78)hot spot (63)vibrant bar scene (55)late-night find (46)notable wine list (31)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was a bit too salty unlike in our previous visit. The young waiter who served us (did not introduce himself) was not particularly attentive and needed to be reminded of missing items like complimentary bread , crab shell cracker & water. He did not even bother to offer dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing View. Food Okay.
    Nicha
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Dead Fish must be known for the crab and prime rib. We only tried the crab as a part of the appetizers (roasted crabs and mussels) but did not try the prime rib. The crab WAS delicious. Wonderfully roasted, flavored and super delicious. The mussels were good also, but on the small side. My fiance and I shared the black linguine with clams and the pork shank ossobucco. The linguine was good, albeit slightly salty. The pork shank was delicious. View was amazing---by far, the best aspect of the restaurant. The drinks were okay...slightly watery for my taste. Service was just okay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1 year anniversary
    mtakacs22
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is a great place to celebrate your anniversary or any occasion. You need to request the patio because it has the best view. The food is delicious and the wine is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Amazing views!! Amazing friendly and quick service! Amazing food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I asked for a view and I got one!
    AuntieMVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Dead Fish has two things going for it: the crab and the view. In my reservation, I requested an outdoor view table and they definitely provided it. The weather cooperated too for a great evening. The crab was good but not the best we've had there. Yes, I know it's not the season but it wasn't quite as decadently buttery and garlicky. Side note, we ordered a Chop Chop salad that wasn't bad. Then, our friend ordered the cole slaw - which was exactly the same thing. The server insisted it was different but it had all the same ingredients, same dressing and same look. If it's really not the same, change up the dressing or something....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coming home from wine country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Always excellent. One of my favorite coming home from wine country as the corkage is free
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch, and a great value!
    Morigel
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My partner and I have visited The Dead Fish for dinner before, but this was out first time visiting for brunch. The omelets were magnificent, cooked in a stainless steel pan at high heat and then finished; fluffy and with delicious fresh toppings and incorporated ingredients. The service, while somewhat slow as it frequently is, was courteous, and the view from the patio (which is equipped with heaters for cooler weather) was delightful. While the brunch menu is limited, everything was beautifully executed and I'd heartily recommend The Dead Fish for anyone looking for a special place to have brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great everything
    Marcell
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a wonderful time, great food, view, service, it had it all. Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've said this time and time again...this place is good...good food...good service and a great view...the problem I have is the price...I think they are over priced on many of their items. For instance...2 brunch items along with 2 drinks...over $52! And Like I said...it was good...but not $52 good. If we didn't have a gift card, it would have been hard to spend that kinda $$ on that brunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great time! Great food! Great place! Our party had a fun time celebrating my good friend's birthday. The atmosphere was incredible. The views spectacular. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    iwatchthecorpsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We did have a very nice lance sitting outside. But, server Shey was really not interested in our dining experience. Tables around us were getting good recommendations and suggestions. Not true for us. Avoid her table if you can.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    LOVED THIS RESTAURANT. THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE AMBIENCE OUTSTANDING, AS WE WERE SEATED OUTSIDE.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eehhh
    redshawnstark
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We sat outside, great view! My husband had the whole crab and wasn't impressed with it. I had the surf n turf with bone in filet and the crab. Steak was good but agreed with my husband on the crab. And it was served with some kind of sauce on the side for the crab. I thought it was butter but it wasn't, not sure what it was but it tasted like crab water. We gave gift cards for this place so maybe we'll give it another shot.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a reservation, so when we got there we had to wait a minute which was ok, then they took us to are seat and we were there for 15 minutes and not one wait staff ever came to are table. Very poor
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We recently dined at The Dead Fish for my husband's birthday. Thankfully, he was born in the Summer, so his birthday celebrations can be outside. We enjoyed a yummy dinner with a wonderful view if the Carquinez Strait, the Maritime Museum, Mare Island and Vallejo on a warm evening. The Dead Fish consistently offers good meals at reasonable prices, and who can resist the "no corkage fee" policy? Our server Wesley was knowledgeable, professional and appeared at just the right times. The candelabra and free birthday dessert were a very nice touch. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    time2dine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always enjoy my time here, it's quiet and the view is calming, the menu is diverse, the food excellent and service with a smile.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best
    RLBAD
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Overwhelmed by the quality of the food. The best that I have had in memory. Just a great place for a special occasion. Go there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    whois99
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had fun here, I've eaten at "The Dead Fish" before. This time was different, I was by the fireplace. Perfect for a date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    liketoenjoy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Received appetizer before drinks, then salad and food before we finished appetizer all with in 10 minutes. No room on table for everything because it all came at once Waitress only came by occasionally Not sure to return
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but Pricey
    Asinglemomof4
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I took my family for brunch & was hoping to sit outside but wasn't offered that so we sat near the window (I had reservations through Open Table & noted that we would like outside seating). Food was good but I thought brunch was $9.95 as noted in their website but when we saw the menu, it stated $10.95 - Family of 4 for brunch came out to be $103.00! They even charged for orange juice refills (4 small glasses for $15)!! We enjoyed the food and the service; however, it's way too over priced. This will be a place to go for a VERY special occasion (or maybe once every 2 years, or if I win the lottery).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and view is spectacular
    Rst1211
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is good, not great, very pricey. Sit outside if at all possible great view of the bay in the bridge
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding night!
    Chris
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We brought some new to the area friends for dinner on Saturday night. The food and service were outstanding! Our friends have family coming in from out of town and are going to bring them to dinner here. I have been to dinner here 5 times now and we have never had anything to complain about! I can not say that for other restaurants we have been to. A little out of the way, but, well worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a very enjoyable experience!
    dougsgirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food is always great as is service. Have been dining here for many years & never disappointed. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parking
    Nick
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tough to find parking around on Fridays night and weekends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    superb food, incredible view, friendly but slow service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It is a bit expensive but the appetizers and dinner are excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empty crab legs
    Peach535
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We spent almost $300 on a party of 5. We ordered the crab feast for 4. Almost ALL of our crab legs were EMPTY. There was meat In the body, but not the legs! Strange. When we alerted the waiter he seemed shocked yet did nothing to bring us a replacement crab. No compensation at all.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost great...
    Boondocker
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We met another couple for lunch and ordered the sea bass with olive oil poached topping and veggies (you get several choices for toppings). The sea bass was outstanding as was the couscous but the veggies (broccoli and asparagus) were not edible. They burnt them and they were beyond al dente! They were just plain hard and tasteless. Lovely view of the Carquinez Strait and nice service. One diner ordered the crab enchiladas which he said were excellent and the other diner ordered grilled shrimp and put it on a Caesar salad...also excellent. We've eaten here again and would return but would hope they could improve on their veggies.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnNSac
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Very good brunch selection. Our group of 7 also shared the seafood combo of grilled mussels, shrimp, and crab. Quite tasty. We were just a little disappointed that the meat in the mussels really shrank from the grilling. Best feature is the patio seating with gorgeous view of Carquinez Bridge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dead Fish anniversary lunch
    takingtimeforthetwoofus
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I stopped in here at the recommendation of one of her friends. We had just spent the weekend in the Napa Valley celebrating our 32nd anniversary and were heading down Interstate 80 back home. It was a beautiful day so we made a reservation from our phone and dropped in for lunch. We enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the great view of the bridge and the straits below. As we were leaving we discovered that there is a great dining spot outside that overlooks the water that we will definitely have to try next time as we both love eating outdoors. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent
    JohnMike
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    have had better when it comes to Dead Fish, was recommended by an old friend. If you are in the neighborhood it's a great find. My opinion I'd still rather go to other places.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable
    goodlooking
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were a group of 4 who each had a different meal. Started with the calamari, brusetta & asparagus appetizers. All 3 excellent. Had raves for the bone-in beef filet, calamari steak & basa. I had the mussel & shrimp skillet. Mussels were great...next time I'll order without the shrimp. For dessert, we shared the chocolate bomb & tiramisu...would recommend them both.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I will never be back!!! This place is definitely overrated. My husband got the combo - crab, mussels and shrimp. Everything was very salty and overcooked. The mussels barely had anything in them. The shrimp was barely edible because the shell was stuck to the meat. The crab was also very overdone and oversalted. And they don't give you any bread with that combo!!! I pay $40 for the combo and you can't even give me some bread with it? I ordered the angel hair pasta. That's the one star on the review. Our tab is over $100. I would have done a better job cooking all this food at home for half the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will try again ....
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very nice views and a nice spot to stop when in the area. The downside for us was the tables being so close to one another that you cannot really talk without having tables on both sides here everything you say. It felt like owner trying to fit too many tables. Felt like cafeteria atmosphere. The wait staff was good but erratic. Fish and chips were great. Calamari was good,njust a bit greasy. Fish stew was balnd with too much broth to fish ratio. .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Lemon For You - Birthday Dinner
    PrincessFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I request a table4 2 at the window w/view or patio w/view. I made the res time intentionally late knowing they get busy on wknds &was prepared to wait. They immediately seat us mid-restaurant in a booth. I ask them if they read the OpenTable reservation and she says w/attitude that they try to seat everyone right away and don't pay attention to that. ?? So they seat us on the patio against the wall on a busy walkway. The waiter was attentive, the artichoke app was good but needed lemon, my guy orders prime rib I got the shrimp&crab platter. Both shrimp and crab were overcooked & dry w/no lemon in sight. I asked for lemon& was told they do not serve the shrimp&crab platter w/lemon???? WHAT??? $147 + tip. Will not be going back. A shame.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TonyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As always...great food and service. And, great corkage policy keeps me coming back several times a month!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little too crowded on this eve
    adspecialts
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We came on a busy night and four of us sat at a table better suited for two. Our knees were touching under the table and there was not enough room for our plates. Had to place an extra chair next to our table to place condiments tray and water glasses so we could comfortably eat. Food was good as always, but hoped for a little better accommodations considering that we had Birthday reservations. Oh well.....better luck next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella5865
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Sadly, we were celebrating a significant family event and our experiennce was not positive. Too bad, because we've visited several times before and it was good. Outdoor cabana table and birthday dessert were the only pleasant memories, on a beautiful warm summer evening. Perhaps because it was in the middle of the week, or they have recently changed management? Round of mojitos were boring - could not taste the rum or mint. Since it is not crab season, we opted for pasta/fish dishes. Food was bland, not flavorful at all. Looked & tasted like we were served left-overs. Calamari was okay. Won't be back anytime soon.
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  • Great place
    Cool
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Bomb food Quick waiter Everythings amazing Definitely go again Not that expensive
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food and service was amazing! Do not leave without trying the sizzling crab fest! There was nothing like it...ridiculously amazing! I have to go back because there are a ton of other entrees that I would like to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.