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 WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Dead Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
380 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (318)great for outdoor dining (238)special occasion (219)good for groups (141)romantic (137)great for lunch (122)neighborhood gem (119)fit for foodies (101)great for brunch (100)kid-friendly (60)hot spot (54)vibrant bar scene (43)late-night find (32)notable wine list (24)Show More
  • Best of the bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I consider myself a foodie and as a bay area native experienced a lot of great seafood. The Dead Fish served me the most perfectly seasoned and prepared salmon I have ever experienced. The waiter was so courteous and helpful we felt like some sort of celebrities. Literally everything involved in this evening out to celebrate my wife's birthday with friends and family went perfect. Kudos to Dead Fish and the staff!!! I can't realistically expect to have such a perfect dining experience anywhere, ever again but will definitely be back. The view of the Carquiez strait and bridge is among the best anywhere in the entire bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not on the mark this time
    MusicMajor
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The Dead Fish has been our "go to" restaurant for several years. It has always been reliably very good to excellent. But not this time. We were initially seated in a lovely banquette with plush leather seats. However, I am short and found myself sitting way too low. We were re-seated at a regular table with chairs - right next to a noisy service area. Our new waiter was much too busy, so the quality of the service suffered for the entire meal. I always order the bruscetta (garlic toast with tomatoes) which was fine, and the pan roasted mussels. This crop of mussels had the tiniest meat I've ever seen. Wrong season? Very disappointing. On the "plus" side was the no corkage fee policy and the lovely birthday dessert for my husband.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful
    annivLove
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was an outstanding experience for a perfect 13 year anniversary. Outside seating with spectacular views, breeze from the water and overhead heat lamps. It was like we were on a cruise!! 5 star rating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The waiter was perfect, friendly and professional. But the front desk service could be improved. They were not efficient enough. They had us wait for additional 10 to 15 mins, even after the table was cleaned up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Going Downhill...
    Rubeth
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We keep going back, because it's the best view ever...BUT the food and menu are sub-par (to be kind). The kitchen appears to be the big problem...servers are good and apologetic - food...not so much. Someone great buy this place out...please!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outside dining!! Love the view!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A lovely view of Carquinez Straight & Bridge!! Fresh baked bread w/unsalted butter. My martini shaker was left at the table for a second fill in my glass. My husband and I love to come here for the atmosphere & food. Fish was delicious and fresh! Only negative, we were celebrating Dad's 74th birthday and noted that on Open Table reservation. Yet waiter didn't acknowledge or know about it. Little disappointed about that but meal was wonderful! Atmosphere is romantic outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch
    BirthdayDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful spot for our family birthday get togethers. Good for the whole family. Delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood craving
    Jake005
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Local to the eastbay, you can count on The Dead fish for great seafood and drinks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed in service &food
    Ablade
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The evening was a special occasion and we had a first day by herself server. She did not even know how to open a bottle of champagne kept forgetting what we asked for. Unfortunate and disappointed evening. We normally dine in S.F. As we will this Friday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time.
    Jazz
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a lovely time, sharing crab and conversation. Inside was a little noisy, but not too difficult to hear each other in a booth. The bread didn't need to be that good, but it was delicious. Excellent crab, and the garlic butter was fabulous. Didn't like the dressing on the chop chop salad - kind of a cross between French and Vinaigrette - it was a bit too acid for me, but my mother said the Louie dressing was about the bet she'd had. An excellent dessert was presented to the anniversary couple, along with a taper in a silver candlestick, which was a very nice touch. The coffee was very good. A bit expensive for us, so we will be back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maitre'd service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the restaurant, but did not appreciate the poor service that the Maitre'd gave us. We arrived fifteen minutes early expecting to have a drink at the bar before being seated. We we told that a table was ready now, and that we needed to sit immediately, otherwise we would have to wait longer than our original time slot. We did not appreciate being rushed, especially when we were early for our seating. We wonder what would have happened if we had showed up at our scheduled time, would we have been asked to wait? Otherwise, we had a good time and enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lacking service
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I called the restaurant after making the reservation to request an outside table with a view of the bridges. When we got there they tried to seat us elsewhere and said it would be quite a while before they had any open tables there. They were rude and very unhappy that we had made a request. I told them (pleasantly) that we would gladly wait in the bar for a table. Suddenly it was no problem and we were seated in the requested area--and 2 other tables opened up as we sat down. Our waitress was nice, so we tipped well, but the service was questionable--had to repeatedly ask for water, silverware, condiments... the food was good, but took a very long time. We enjoyed the night because that's what we do, but they sure could do better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Special night out with friends. Our server was terrific, but the kitchen took an hour to get our dinners prepared. However we were having so much fun we hardly noticed and they gave us two free deserts to make up for the inconvenience which was very nice. Been to The Dead Fish before and will continue to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our 1st & last @ The Dead Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Parking was horrible. Guests were fighting over a parking space. Took us 20 mins to find a spot. Arrived 10 mins early but had to wait 45 mins to get a table. Requested table with a view but was seated in the back by the kitchen with missing silver wares. They overbooked the reservations and not even once they offer any apology. Worst dining experience ever.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loud and uncomfortable
    Cece
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I will never go on a Saturday night again. It was a chaotic madhouse. We could not hear each other at all because it was incredibly noisy. Took a very long time to get our waiter and dinner did not feel relaxed and enjoyable. I have been there other times and it was much better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    lizr
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had another great dinner! This time with my in-laws celebrating both ours and their anniversaries. Our waiter was great and the food was plentiful and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    kjones3434
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    They had great seafood here at a reasonable price. The place was busy and loud - everyone seemed to have a great time. Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great early dinner with the Family
    SacBomberito
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had a great early dinner with my Family and loved it. I was on my way to a concert in the Bay Area and wanted to treat my wife and three sisters to a special meal and a great place, a friend recommended "The Dead Fish" restaurant and I was very happy that it came to be all what I was expecting and a lot more. My family and I were happy with the outstanding service with (Drew) our waiter, the food choices and recommendations that were presented to us were very satisfying and plenty for all of us. I am now looking for the next opportunity or special occasion to make my way to your restaurant soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a joy!!!
    seafoodsurfer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I had our first date at the Dead Fish 10 years ago. We love the sizzling shrimp platter, my husband peels the shrimp for me. The Dead Fish stew is to die for, calamari steak is the best in the area, the prime rib slab is always cooked to perfection and I love the lemon drop for a kicker beverage. The wait staff is superb, never had a bad server experience. The view is incredible right over the Carquinez bridge. Will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service & views
    Joey
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my third trip to the Dead Fish and it seems to get better every time. They seated us right away, provided prompt polite service, and the food and views were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great time!
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food, great service- it's just great! I recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Night
    xiuljnnyfavorite
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A Party of Five, we had a great table and food. My only criticism would be the Martini and Margarita was sub-par other than that all was very good including the service!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvthefish
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great atmosphere very good food great portions and the best staff the waiter was the best he did above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience thank you John
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View, Quality Food and Service
    trekkjv
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great view and quality food and service. Priced as such.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • out of towner
    FromOutOfTown
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    So many good-sounding things on the menu, I wish I lived closer so I could try them all. My crab Louis was very good, including very sweet small tomatoes. We enjoyed sitting outside looking at the strait, and we all loved our dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dead Fish was alive and fabulous!
    FoodFan
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One of our new favorites for sure! Fantastic! The service was great, the view was romantic, and the vibe energetic! Definitely a hot spot. The quality of the food was impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Bad service, muscles were torched and salad way over dressed! Weak and expensive drinks! Very dissapointing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    queenlou
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was great. Service was great. I would definitely come back here again. Loved loved loved the prime rib. Best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty crab
    mickey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The crab was amazing and seasoned to perfection. Also, the crab wasn't too greasy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Noisy dining room. Very small glasses for water. Too small for people who are only drinking water with meal. Took quite a while to get water glasses refilled too. Place is quite noisy, but don't know what can be done about that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    EatandExplore
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dead Fish is a great spot for casual dining with large groups or also an intimate dinner for two. It has a full service restaurant atmosphere & water views. The food is consistent & servers are mostly attentive and kid-friendly. Menu has a wonderful selection of seafood, steaks, pasta & fish to accommodate a range palettes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dining
    catpet2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been going to the Dead Fish for a couple of years now, we love this restraurant, especially the outdoor dining area, our favorite is the CABANA. WE discovered the outdoor CABANA during a very foggy evening and loved it. We recommend to all our family and friends, excellent food and very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    PopPopGrandma
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and as usual the food was great. The short ribs are so tender you can cut them with a fork. We really miss the swiss chard though. I was much creamier than the spinach. Our server was professional and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner.
    Promise2us
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My boyfriend suggested we celebrate our first year together with dinner at the Dead Fish. My first impression was the great view. We started with drinks and crabcakes. The bloody shark was awesome. Then the meal...OMG...garlic noodles, the bread, salad and garlic crab. Everything was yummy. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs.My guy surprised me with a ring she delivered on a doilie on a plate. So not only did they feed us well it was the perfect setting for our special occasion. A beautiful memory was created to bring us back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special With A Twist
    tastybusiness1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant holds a special place in my heart. My husband and I made the trip from Sacramento on a weekly basis for a while, bringing our closet friends to share the experience. The food is excellent (love the end cut prime rib)... The last dining out experience my love and I shared was here. My husband passed shortly after in Oct 2013, making this my 1st visit since. I felt like he was there with me. What I found was this... Still the beautiful dining experience with one exception. I have had more than one improper Anglo male waiter experience, and I'm beginning to believe this behavior is exceptable to management. There is just an inbred rudeness, and unclean method of preparing take home food. That's a downer for such a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hidden gem in the Vallejo/Crockett area. Fantastic views, nice atmosphere and a very reasonably priced brunch menu. Definitely a place to be revisited.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long time diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our family and friends have been going to The Dead Fish for many years now. Yes the food is good, but it would be great to see the menu get and serious overdue update. Everyone loves your Dead Fish Stew and main reason why we went. Just would like to see and try some new items. Service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    DAB1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been dining at the Dead Fish for some time. It is one of our favorite spots for great views, excellent food and superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    YuckyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent food, fantastic service, I'll be back to experience this great restaurant again very soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very nice! Sat outside and it was really beautiful looking at the water
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.