Flea Street Cafe

4.8
2076 reviews
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Flea Street has been a Silicon Valley favorite since 1980. The atmosphere is contemporary, sophisticated and inviting. The menu is a celebration of the rich Northern California food community: seafood is caught in the nearby Pacific, produce is carefully sourced from local farms, meat is grass-fed or pasture-raised to name just a few. Flea Street offers innovative yet approachable cuisine that showcases the very best of the season. Our bar specializes in martinis and unique cocktails using small batch liquors. A wine list features the best of California’s extraordinary vineyards with an emphasis on the local appellation--the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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AC
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, an excellent restaurant where we celebrated a special occasion. The atmosphere is as if one is dining in one of several different cozy rooms within a house, and several friendly non-serving staff circled by throughout the meal to see how we were doing. The lower noise level is a delight. Our appetizers included amazingly fresh oysters. All of our main courses were very well executed. Only a couple notes to the chef: (1) the spice on the crudo completely obliterated the taste of the fish; (2) the cake desserts (chocolate and carrot) were way too dense and sugary. The only awkward moment was when a server kept coming back to our table to keep asking if we were done with our Japanese iron teapots (apparently there was a shortage and they were needed for other tables. Please buy more teapots.) We definitely plan on returning.

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G
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced and lacking in distinctive flavors. All ok but not special and not worth the cost. Also a $35 corkage fee is insane.

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place with delicious food AND you can hear your dinner partners' conversation!

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been going here for years; this was the first time in a while. Maybe the best meal I've ever had there. Had broccoli soup and a fish and shellfish dish. The soup had no dairy,which I appreciated. Both that and the main dish achieved a rare harmony and complexity of flavors. They were really good. The service was very good; the only slight refinement I would suggest is that there can be just a bit more sensitivity when interrupting conversation. That's not a complaint; it's something that takes real skill for servers to enter for water refills or to check how things are with as little interruption as possible. I loved the meal and look forward to going there again soon.

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

For a $40 filet, I was expecting pretty high quality and it was downright gamey. I suspect my 90-year-old grandmother would have loved the atmosphere.

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L
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant; service and food creative and delicious. Wine list excellent. The bill was more than expected, but I will go back again. Great restaurant.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flea Street Cafe never disappoints. The food is delicious and the ambiance is very nice. The chef's vegetable preparation is amazing. We come often, and we will be back!

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambience and service, as usual.
The broccoli soup was excellent. Filet and seafood platter were good. However, the crispy chicken was a bit disappointing. The batter had a nice aroma and flavor, although a bit tough and the chicken was dry, especially the breast portion. Not quite up to Flea Street standard, and price tag.

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E
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing, I wish I could go there more often, but the prices are a bit steep.

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CI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i’ve been coming here for 20 years and it never fails to impress. By far, my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area.

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TD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flea Street is always a favorite and once again, we were not disappointed. Great food, friendly ambience and a local's go-to for a wonderful meal and experience.

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h
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

After a good many favorable experiences at this restaurant over the years, this dinner was a disappointment. For a house of this reputation and price tag, the menu offered an unusually limited range of choices, especially for the entrees. While the starters (oysters, smoked trout, cod) were good (if seriously overpriced), the chicken entree was very unsatisfactory - two rather dry pieces of chicken breast with an unremarkable crust, all of it drowned in an overly sweet honey dressing. Our complaint resulted in a discounted check, which was appreciated, but we would have preferred a more satisfactory meal.

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Pretentious in service, cuisine quality, price...
Paper bag for biscuits, with one butter pat?
Pairings: beets and cod? And potato chips? Seriously some self absorption in kitchen here.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! We are vegans and even though this restaurant doesn’t focus solely on vegan/vegetarian dishes, we found our food to be outstanding - very well throughout. They managed to make every bite both bold as well as delicate.

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MD
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was excellent. The oysters, while very tasty, were the smallest I have ever eaten.Tiny.

The Crispy Chicken and the Halibut entrees were both excellent. Highly recommended.

Quite an expensive meal. For a party of two, we paid $280 excluding the tip. That did include three appetizers (given the size of the oysters), two glasses of champagne, a glass of wine and a Manhattan.

That said, given the quality of the Service and the Food, we will definitely return, and will recommend to friends and family.

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BC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, as always. Menu always has new items mixed with tried and true preparations. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Noise level is low.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flea Street is a hidden gem of a restaurant. Perfect for family, business or special relationship meals. The food is innovative and sublime, the service, polished, friendly and authentic, in an aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. For me, just perfect. I'll be back. :D

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s
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flea Street is one of my most favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is cozy, comfortable, and elegant. A perfect date night, the lighting is complimentary and the sound level is low enough for conversation. The food is consistently wonderful, farm fresh, and innovatively prepared. The portions are small enough to allow tasting and sharing many dishes. This is my go-to restaurant for a night out with my husband.

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D
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and warm service.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So lovely! Wonderful food, drinks, service, ambiance, and overall experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little early and our table was already waiting for us, which is always a great surprise this days.
The service is impeccable and very friendly. The food presentation is always stunning, and the food outstanding. The only little problem was the fried chicken , unimpressive and KFC-grade, would definitely not recommend or hope to see it ever again on the menu.

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f
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uniquely great. Quiet, wonderful food, and everyone so personable & friendly. Don’t know of another restaurant that so beautifully combines all of these elements.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Appreciated that Jesse came around and said hello to all guests.

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most romantic go-to restaurant. It's always a unique pleasure to dine here, whether at a table, a high-table, or dining at the bar (which is actually the best choice - who would guess?).

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HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food & service, with a lovely atmosphere.

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JJ
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was lovely. Food was delicious and beautifully presented.

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, elegant surroundings, wonderful food. Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Especially appreciated the guidance on food selection and timing of the courses.

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

An ergonomic delight with attentive service and small but excellent one pairing with the meals served.

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d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

SOUP AND SALAD WERE AMAZING. MAIN DISH WAS GOOD. COCKTAIL WAS AMAZING AND AS ALWAYS, THE BREAD WAS FANTASTIC.

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AQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food was great, good service with friendly staff, and delicious cocktails!

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JB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service was top notch and the seasonal fare was delicious. Excellent wine recommendation by the wait staff.

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g
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this has consistently been my "go-to" restaurant for special events

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SF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at the Flea Street. Krishna was an enthusiastic and competent server. Food was tasty as is typical.

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NP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The first time I ate here I was blown away. Portions were delicious with such an amazing combination of flavors in every bite, not too big but still perfectly filling. The cocktails and biscuits were amazing. Each course was unique. The second time though -- it just didn't have the magic anymore. Still great, but not amazing.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrates my wife's birthday. The service and attention was exceptional. One of our dishes was outstanding (fried chicken) and the other was very good (short ribs). The atmosphere, ambience and overall experience was top notch. Great little spot for elegant dining in Menlo Park. Will be back to try other dishes!

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OT
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel like the Flea Street is baaack. Dinner was up to previous standards. Just a couple of picky details: for the price of the the fish stew ( which was delicious), it should include some fresh Dungeness crab or reduce the price; keep the martini olive spoons; and I miss the outrageous chocolate truffles at the end. ( the night we were there they gave us white chocolate...not the same). Thanks for putting short rib back on the menu.

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AM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such FANTASTIC food. The fried chicken was moist and the potatoes were very good. The short rib was tasty, the gnocchi was also really good. Everything we had was delicious.

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DB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always love Flea Street! Our server Ever was outstanding and so friendly and attentive. Just a lovely setting with great food!

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K
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for our anniversary. What a phenomenal experience! I’ve never had such attentive, kind, authentic service. The food is a whole other dimension of fresh, savory, and well worth it. The finishing touch was a sweet postcard from the original couple who must have owned the home before it became a restaurant. Thank you so much!

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful first visit. From our welcome from Alison the hostess to a great bartender, fantastic server and wonderful food. Loved the atmosphere. My husband and I will be back!

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