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KINGFISH

3.7
58 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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With a long-standing reputation for providing the best in American Cuisine, we pride ourselves on delivering the freshest seafood and farm to table organic produce. Kingfish has something for any mood you're in, oysters, a vast amount of small bites, big high quality steaks and delicious cocktails! We love and appreciate our patrons and our goal is to deliver fast service and genuine hospitality! A unique establishment both in cuisine and decor, Kingfish is one of a kind with three floors, three bars, a marble slab oyster bar, and ample private party space (capable of accommodating parties of 10 to 500 guests). Our vast wine list suits the finest palates with over 300 selections by the bottle and 20 wines by the glass. Our three bars are fully-stocked with the finest liquors.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner(6 days per week)
Mon 4:30PM-9:00PM
Tues-Thurs 4:30PM-10:00PM
Fri-Sat 4:30PM-10:30PM

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(650) 343-1226
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Cross street: 2nd Street
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What 58 People Are Saying
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3.7
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3.6
food
3.6
service
3.8
ambience
3.3
value
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Our meals and appetizers were brought to our table at the same time. We asked for our meals to be brought out later. When we received our meals they had been sitting under a heat lamp and our fish was over cooked. We asked to speak with the manager and after 10 minutes of waiting two servers came to tell us that the manager wasn’t willing to leave the party they were hosting to speak with us. The last time we ate here we had issues too. We won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Fun, great food, good size portions, clean, friendly. Waiter was attentive, and personable :)

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Kingfish used to a favorite of mine, but the last few times the service was abysmal and the mediocre at best. The place feels likes it is super disorganized amongst the staff, clearly needs to take a hard look at themselves. It’s too bad because it was my go to, nearby place to take friends and visiting family.

Food: Our calamari starter was very greasy. I had fish tacos and they were ok perhaps spoiled by the lack of drink (IE attention by the over worked waiter) and the poor starter with grease all over the plate.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Hostess was ATROCIOUS - made us wait more than 10 minutes to even greet us though we had a reservation. The line waiting for any attention grew. But the wait staff was good and friendly though, so perhaps the hostess fail was just an anomaly. Good food, great menu, loud and lively ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Worst Experience Ever! It was a Friday night and we were going to be celebrating wife’s 50th B-day - wanted it to be Special. Even noted it on my OpenTable reservation, which was pretty much the ONLY good experience. Started off bad when we walked in the door and went downhill from there. Showed up 4 minutes early and had to wait 10 minutes (with no one in front of us) to even SEE a hostess....maybe she was pinching a loaf? Then were asked to wait another 10 minutes to be seated...and there were TONS of empty tables. Problem was not enough staff, only 2 waiters serving the entire upstairs. Ordered drinks as soon as we sat down...tough week at work and I was ready to have 3 STIFF cocktails. About 10 mins later she came back and took our appetizer order and our food order. Got our appetizers and things continued to head downhill. Oysters looked to be about 3 months old (tiny), fried calamari was soggy and daughter refused to eat them. As we started on the appetizers we realized we didn’t have plates...and still didn’t have our drink order...not even water. Asked for and finally got water just as the appetizers were about finished (except for the fried calamari!). Then got the food...but STILL DIDNT HAVE OUR DRINK ORDER. Are you kidding me! Nope. We considered canceling our drink order but couldn’t find our waitress... drinks finally came as we were about 1/2 done with our main course and they were awful. Worst Old Fashioned I’ve ever had and the girls Shirley Temples were disgusting. How do you F@$# - up a Shirley Temple. To top it all off my father-in-law got food poisioning from the fish and spent the whole night driving the porcelain bus. Got the bill and paid a ridiculous $300 for 5 people with 3 adult beverages...2 of which were beer. So much for those 3 STIFF cocktails... then again I did get the SHAFT! Shame, shame, shame. How this place stays in business is beyond me...then again this is California... everyone gets a F@$#!*% medal!

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

This is the second year we have had a meeting at Kingfish. This year the menu had changed, the service was awful and of all the orders, only the mac and cheese was edible. How do you manage to make salads absolutely inedible? The steaks ordered rare were almost burned. It was tbe worst meal and service I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

The restaurant was very cold. There was no heat because they said it was broken, they had minimal space heaters and the huge fireplace in the room was not lit or working. This made for a very undesirable eating experience

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dendrm (San Francisco)
1.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

I’ve been here many times so was surprised by the menu limited yet unhealthy menu choices and the tasteless meals. $100 for dinner and left hungry and disappointed. It’s changed

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coastsiders (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Kingfish is one of our favorite restaurants but our last visit was mediocre at best. Its a totally different experience sitting upstairs as opposed the the main floor and we felt we had been banished to the kids table! Our service was actually awful; our waiter seemed very poorly trained in even the basics and forgot one of our appetizers. The food was consistently good so we will go back but this time was disappointing, especially since the occasion was special.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

We have dined at KingFish on several occasions. The service was way below what we experienced in the past. First a wrong entire was brought to our table. When the right one arrived it was not complete. Another entire was delivered several minutes after all others were delivered.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner(6 days per week)
Mon 4:30PM-9:00PM
Tues-Thurs 4:30PM-10:00PM
Fri-Sat 4:30PM-10:30PM

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Cross street
2nd Street
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(650) 343-1226
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Catering
Off site catering available, inquire at events@kingfish.net or call 650.343.1226 x16
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Parking details
There is a five level public garage that is FREE after 6pm!
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Public transit
Near Downtown San Mateo Cal Train stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Special events & promotions
Three floors equipped with full bars offer unique space for private events from 10 to 500 guests. From wedding receptions to office parties or lunches, Kingfish has entirely customizable menus to suit any dining request. Email us for more information.