Top of the Market - San Mateo
Top of the Market - San Mateo

Top of the Market - San Mateo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefishmarket.com/topofthemarket.aspx
  • Phone: 650-349-1845x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian, French American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: In the works....
  • Private Party Facilities: Banquet/Private room available for parties up to 35.
  • Private Party Contact: Lana Flatt or Sandy Pierucci 650-349-1845x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fashion Is. Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Public transit stops at South Norfolk directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Top of the Market - San Mateo
This intimate restaurant overlooking a quiet lagoon evokes the sophisticated charm of the classic, timeless bay area fish house. Our seasonal American menu featuring the finest seafood, meats and local produce is complemented by an exceptional wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Top of the Market - San Mateo reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (37)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (20)romantic (19)great for lunch (15)good for groups (13)notable wine list (12)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • The Cioppino is so so
    pora
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I wanted to have Cioppino that night but Sea Chest Restaurant is too far. So I went to this one for the Cioppino as it has a good review. It was so so. The seafood seems to be cooked separately before mixing into the sauce. The scallop is too salty. We also had the clam chowder. It was ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Venue, Good Food
    ElGringoGeek
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Enjoyed an evening of wine and food with friends in a great venue overlooking a lagoon off the San Francisco bay. The food was quite good, and the service was good with just a little prompting (like for more water, or another bottle of wine). That said, we were not rushed, or encouraged to vacate the table (as seems to happen in too many restaurants these days). Also impressive, but not expansive was the wine list, which included my favorite after dinner variety ... a well-aged tawny port (surprising how many restaurants forgo this ...). All in all, a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • well OK, but...
    kld123VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    i expected more from "fine" upstairs dining. the bartender did not know how to make an old fashioned (he used sprite and club soda instead of simple syrup and jack daniels whiskey instead of bourbon). I stuck with mine but my wife wisely changed to a manhattan which was better. the poke appetizer was great. the cioppino was average tho plentiful portions. my wife's fish was fine. for the price range, I would probably opt for Kincaid's. will try again tho and update if a better experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food great, service sucks
    whiskeyman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I went for dinner at The Market because of reviews I have seen. The ambiance was terrific. I know because it took 10-15 minutes for him to come to our table. He came with no apologies. We ordered wine and appetizers, finished our appetizers and waited 15 more minutes before he came back. We ordered our main dish, waited 15 more minutes for him to come back, clean the and get the check. I am not a foodie, but I expect good service when I spend over $120 for two people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected find. Great place
    Cylygirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service excellent, drinks a good variety, food was cooked perfectly
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a business lunch
    WilsonAUSVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food, good service and good spot for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite neighborhood spot
    TheaterCrowd
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've never had a bad meal at the Top of the Market. It's one of my favorite places to dine. Great service. Great healthy food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • citygirlVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'm not sure why i'm surprised every time i have a great meal here, maybe it's my downtown bias. I work near the restaurant and take clients when they are in town. The food is always delicious and inventive. The nectarine salad was seasonal and fresh, the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The halibut also had several summertime touches and was fantastic. The wine list has some quality listings and the service is always good. I wish it were closer to the city! And that's the only reason it doesn't get five stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food and Service
    Poule
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    And the view is nice! I took my fiancé here for his birthday on Thursday. We've been to "The Fish Market" downstairs (and loved it), and this is a nice step up (literally and figuratively). Higher end seafood in a more cosy, less bustling atmosphere. Service is top notch and accommodating. The food is amazingly delicious, from the steamed mussels to the seated scallops. We'll definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service, nice view
    BankercatVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Top of the Market is a nice restaurant with a good selection of menu items. The service was very good and the view of the water was nice. The lighting was a little bright for my taste but that is my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • better than average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was pretty good, although Salmon was dry. Octupus Salad was the best thing we shared. Waiter was a little impatient, due to a busy floor. In general however, wine list was reasonable, ambience was good for convsersation and we weren't rushed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    For our wedding anniversary, I wanted to have a special celebratory meal with my wife, so I made a reservation at the Top Of The Market which seemed to offer menu similar to The Fish Market (downstairs) but in quiet, more elegant surroundings. I also ordered flowers for my wife which were to be delivered in time for our dinner. The manager, Lana kept me informed about status of the flowers and, when we arrived, the flower arrangement had been placed at our table. Throughout the evening management and wait staff made us feel very special by insuring our celebration went flawlessly. Our meal was very good and, although the wine list was fairly limited, the wine I selected was tasty. My wife really enjoyed the lobster tail.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Tony
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As always her experience dining here was excellent. Very pretty sunset view, excellent wait staff and service, and wonderful cioppino! Couldn't ask for much more. Always a good dinner choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and service
    KingkatVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our experience was just perfect. We had lovely chilled miyagi and kumamoto oysters to start and a bay shrimp cocktail. The petrale sole was incredible. Service was attentive and the view from the restaurant was pretty. The banana dessert was not my favorite but my husband loved it. All in all a really great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SueZeeQueVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    As always - great food and great service. I had never tried the "TOP OF THE MARKET GRILLED CHEESE." It was wonderful!!! I definitely plan to order it again. The accompanying tomato soup was excellent. One of my dining companions also had it and loved it, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 288 reviews are from the Top of the Market - San Mateo reviews archive.
  • Greatview
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We have been to the restaurant below and were happy to find a more upscale restaurant now on top. The view was terrific. The food was prepared differntly from most seafood dishes. A little more expensive but very good. Our waiter was very efficient and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Janis
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Unfortunately, there were several "thirty-something" couples with a total of 9 children and 1 baby. The adults were at one end of the table; the children left to themselves, were at the other end. They were all very noisy and self-absorbed to the point that I had to look over, get their attention and comment that they were a bit too loud. We had a terrible time enjoying conversation at our table. The only salvation was the view and the great food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special place in San Mateo
    121SiliconValleyVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Sandy runs the show up stairs at the Fish Market - Every time I take a client there, they are impressed with how she runs the show - The food is exceptional, the service very attentive & the scenery is awesome -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It was nice to go to the Fish Market with a reservation -- for Top of the Market. A wait on a weekend night can be hours long. Food was good. Our service seemed slow and spotty. For a table of 6, one meal arrived almost 10 minutes later. Took a long time between ordering something like drinks, asking for more bread, and when they showed up. We were a group of old friends hanging out so it wasn't that bad but it was still noticeable how long things took. The food was delicious. Crudo and Poke appetizers were really tasty - especially the poke (pronounced pok-ay) and we're from Hawai`i and it held up to Hawaiian restaurant style poke. Local fish dishes were also really yummy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Great View
    GrandmaJane
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Really good food. Specializes in fish and every dish was nicely prepared with very fresh fish and chef who know how to prepare without overcooking. Excellent fish and chips, fresh salmon, and the fish stew was fabulous! Friendly service and a wonderful view of the bay inlets in Redwood Shores. We'll do this again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, so-so service
    hungryperson
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We like Top of the Market in San Mateo, and have been there many times. This visit had the usual very good food (boy, do they know how to cook fish!) but the service was slow. Our waitress was attentive and on the ball, but we think the kitchen was not producing the food fast enough. Our reservation was at 5:30pm on a Tuesday, so it was early and perhaps they were gearing up for the evening rush (and not there yet). In any case, it was still a pleasant experience, but I think their systems need to be reviewed to avoid this kind of thing. Our previous experience with this restaurant didn't include service like this, so we think it was an isolated incident.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An hour and waiting...
    FrequentOTuserVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were the first party seated. As the place began to fill up, our waitress took a drink and dinner order. Then a large party arrived and we did not see our waitress again for an hour after our drinks arrived. It was ridiculous and other tables started complaining about the slow service. Then the appetizer and salads arrived at the same time, in a very rushed manner. The waitress was polite but clearly the restaurant did a very poor planning job and the two hostesses had to get involved with order taking and serving. Overall a very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The view, location and food were wonderful. Nice for an intimate lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good venue, good food, good service
    MarkST
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My business lunch date arrived late - it's hard for folks who haven't been there to find it. Everything else went smoothly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint and intimate
    busyfoodie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I took a friend that I have not seen for three years to this spot tucked away in between San Mateo and Foster City. Both dishes -- I ordered fettuccine with shrimp and prosciutto and my friend's got spicy scallop, dungeness crab linguine -- are delicious. The pace of the service was calm and not hurried with great house wines. Sitting by the window, we enjoyed the water view very much.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet view of the water
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My wife and I decided to spend our date night at a fish restaurant, partly due to Lent. We loved the octopus salad, and found the trout deviled eggs intriguing. My spicy scallop crab linguini was satisfying, and her scottish salmon was nice. The desserts were great. We left very satisfied, and enjoyed our well paced dinner time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    Mark
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My wife and I had lunch here - it was so good we invited our business group to join us for dinner a few days later. 6 people, not a single complaint about anything! We started with Kumamoto oysters and Bloody Mary's, then king crab, swordfish, and other dishes. The snickerdoodle dessert is not to be missed. Great service, great food, great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go again
    JennCVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I have been to top of the market several times. This was the first time we had problems with our order. First iced tea was brought out as iced coffee. Then a special food allergy request was ignored. Food was wonderful but I was disappointed in the number of mistakes this trip generated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisey experience
    Terrie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We unfortunately got seated next to a large family party with a loud child/screamer. Not what we usually get at this upscale seafood establishment. Also, restaurant so busy, the food took longer than it should have for delivery!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but no elevator
    MassMom
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I took my elderly mother out to dinner for her birthday. The food and service are great but we almost didn't get to enjoy them because there is a long steep interior staircase one must climb to get to the restaurant and no elevator. With effort and assistance she did get up ( and later back down) the stairs, but it was not ideal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service was excellent,
    mmrp
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food and service was excellent, however, this restaurant is above the very popular Fish Market restaurant. We went on a Saturday night and it was difficult to find parking (we eventually did when someone else left the lot).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Festival of Seafood + Views
    FoodieFetish
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Always a favorite for my husband and I for date night or entertaining friends. Perfectly prepared and bountiful selection of fresh catch plus plenty to please guests looking for food without fins. Top of the Market is the quieter, cozier dining room above the lively, family-friendly, group friendly Fish Market Restaurant overlooking the lagoon at Fashion Island. Quiet enough to enjoy an evening enjoying food, wine, dessert, and solving the worlds problems. Whether you love your fish simply grilled, battered sigh chips, raw or creatively sauced you will love the choices. Wonderful variety of salads too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish Market!
    SFGirlVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Good restaurant for seafood, great service. Smoked fish platter is delicious. Crab Salad wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dinner for two
    LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Our pleasant, enthusiastic waitress convinced us to try some excellent dishes we otherwise wouldn't have, such as a tender, delicious octopus salad. Many wines by the glass, including a choice of 5 or 6 Sauvignon Blancs. The Arctic Summer dessert is perfect to share with your sweetie. Warm fresh fruit with a slightly sweet sauce paired with vanilla ice cream. All enjoyed while overlooking a slough of SF Bay populated with ducks and seabirds at sunset. Perfect Friday night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Reservations for Top of the Market (TOTM) 4 people; friends not visited before. Restaurant buzzing when entered front of restaurant, ascended stairs to TOTM, the noise level reduced dramatically to a pleasant level, asked waiter which Chardonnay to order, brought sample of each, we decided, ordered sushi and chowder, myself and other male patron ordered waiter recommended Spicy Seafood Stew (I'd ordered before), very satisfying for both of us, contained variety of seafood, also added Mediterranean Octopus, very good. Ladies had scallops and Petrale Sole, on waiter suggested bed of butternut squash and spinach replacing menu listed cauliflower and raisins. The meal ended with a dessert of Arctic Summer, italian Cream pastry and wine sampler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a pre-flight meal
    dbaiocchiVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Have a red eye leaving SFO. This is a good choice for dinner. Very good food, generous portions, and excellent service. They tout their "view" but the seats that actually give you a view (especially at night) seemed few and far between. Worth going back however. Great seafood and pasta, and not horribly expensive. Its definitely on my short list of pre SFO choices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Lisa
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My boss took us out for lunch there. The staff is very friendly and made sure we got our food in a reasonable amount of time. Would love to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    gourmetgalVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    A friend I hadn't seen for 15 years was sent to Foster City on business. She had little free time and no transportation, so I had to find a place both convenient to her hotel and worthy of our reunion. Top of the Market came up on my search and proved to be exactly what we wanted. The room was charming and quiet enough for our catch-up conversation. My seafood stew was perfectly spiced and had fresh and delicious scallops, mussels, clams and calamari. Her sea scallops were cooked just right and came with an assortment of vegetables. Our waitress helped her pair it with one of their house wines. We then shared a freshly baked fruit crisp for dessert. I'll definitely keep this restaurant in mind the next time I'm in that area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great to graze thru appetizers
    LynieRVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My husband and I enjoy having a variety of appetizers with soup or we sometimes will split a pasta. It is a great way to get a lot of taste treats!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    Surprised
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    We had reservations. I was a couple minutes late, but as soon as I gave them my name I was directed to my seat. Excellent service, FRIENDLY staff. Seafood was excellent. Great presentation, and the waiter was very attentive. Great place for family, or business meetings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate