Flea Street

4.8
2281 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian

About

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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4.3
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jeanr
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really nice local restaurant wonderful food and service. Really appreciated the owner stopping by our table to thank us for coming out in these uncertain times. Will definitely be back

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Tilly
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to be pampered at Flea Street. So lovely with THE BEST food! My salad was the freshest, gorgeous veggies and lettuce with exactly the right amount of fabulous dressing. My friend had the amazing vegetarian tastes and I got a couple of bites and was almost jealous but my short ribs were so delicious. We were sorry not to have room for dessert! Jessie continues to serve the most creative and wonderful food.

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vipLocal
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is creative and outstandingly prepared and presented. We have been going to Flea Street Cafe for several decades; it is part of the culture of this part of the Bay Area.

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RonO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level was higher than past visits due to a larger party seated next to us and another adjacent table with two small children. Not the fault of the restaurant.

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vipSSSSS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy the food at Flea Street Cafe - excellent service and staff. Corkage is atrocious!

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PaulN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorites on the peninsula. Owner takes real pride in place and food. We love it.

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EliseS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seasonal menu. I have never had a dish here that I didn’t like. The server was excellent; she was very knowledgeable of the food and helpful in selecting a wine. Always a top-notch experience.

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familyfoodies
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had been to Flea street about 4 times, including a graduation part, prior to this last visit and have been thrilled with the experience. Each visit provided a very pleasurable and memorable meal. Unfortunately, my daughter and I found our meals last Friday night (Pacific Coast Catch and Marin Sun Farm Short Ribs) to be average at best, well below our expectations for Flea Street.

I will certainly give Flea street another try when I next visit Palo Alto and hope that this meal was just an anomaly.

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vipScottD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dinner and evening!

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vipLASP
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu. Outstanding food!

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DougS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants on the peninsula. Consistently interesting and superb.

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vipGlobetrotter
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't believe I've lived on the Peninsula for 15 years and have never been to this amazing restaurant. I will have to come back as everything I tried was amazing.

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kathleenO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Vegetarian assortment entree was uninspired, tasteless and expensive. Husband described short ribs as okay but not good enough to consider ordering again. Very disappointed in restaurant where we have enjoyed many tasty meals. Cocktails are still delicious.

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GeneH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room; attentive waiters/ service; menu offerings/ choices excellent; and, very elegant & savory meal. Highly recommended restaurant!

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Foodie79
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much, much better than it appeared to be from the outside!

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persnickrty
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorites! Great local spot to enjoy a date or conversation w friends.
Fresh interesting food.

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Damons
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Very good food and solid service. Took a awhile to get served but the place was busy. The food was VERY pricey although SOME of wines were "reasonably priced"... I know it is Menlo Park/PA but come on man.

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vipChavanneH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere at Flea Street is consistent and delicious. Always worth a trip back!

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Marty
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know when we made our reservations that the food would be beyond good. The service exemplary. The price just this side of breathtaking. And it would be worth it. And it was.

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vipBeenThere2017
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal, perfect service. A bit noisy for me, but survivable. Pricey so maybe best for special occasions.

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Momof2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

They had a set menu the evening we went and no advance notice of it on the website or when we made the reservation. The food was good but definitely not worth the very high price of the set menu. We have eaten at very nice places and had more interesting flavors, and as fresh of ingredients as we had here for half the price.

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vipKerri
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic and great wine recommendations from our server, Henry. My only suggestion would be to lessen the tables available. It felt a little cramped, which also made the environment louder than it needed to be.

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SebastienL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We had been to Flea Street on several occasions over the past years and we had always been pleased. We were used to the short but well executed menu at reasonable pricing in a cozy atmosphere. Expecting a similar experience, we booked a table for 4 (double date) over the Valentine's day weekend. We were happy to invite and show our friends this hidden place. What a terrible disappointment! The menu was a unique prix-fixed for $150/person not including drinks, with added 22% gratuity. I thought the price was way more than what Flea Street usually charges but well, they've been good in the past, hopefully they can pull it off with something more sofistiacted for the occasion. When I pay this kind of price, I know what to expect. And I don't mind paying that much or even more for a good dinner when the quality is there. But what we received was no better than causal dinning. The wine pairing, in addition to being ridiculously priced, didn't match the food well, the filet mignon was flat and not very tender, and the wine reduction had way too much vinegar. Their "Love Potion" seemed to come directly from a random probiotic drink an gave both my wife and I bad belly aches for most of the night. Hapy Valentine! Among the 4 of us we tried the whole menu, and none of us found our food any special. When you end up spending $1000 for the table, about $250/person all included, that's ridiculous. For 1/2 that price, save yourself the trouble and go get the 4-course tasting menu with wine pairing at Alexander's in Palo Alto! At least they know their food and pairing and service is perfect with more space on the table. Unfortunately, Flea Street should stay in the casual dining category and didn't win us over for a more sofisticated experience.

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vipMichelleS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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WP15
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The black truffles were exceptional!

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Kaveri
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flea street never falls short of perfecting flavors and serving them with care and respect. We always feel welcome and at home in such a calm, inviting atmosphere. Thank you...and keep up the exquisite tastes!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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MimiS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Flea street has interesting, delicious food and impeccable service. We shared an appetizer of crab cake on a bed of mushrooms, had an entre for two of half a duck and shared one lemon creme dessert. All were delicious but I hesitate to give more than 4 stars overall as it is extremely expensive.

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Jessica
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 33 rd anniversary. We’ve been going to Flea Street for 37 years and it is always exceptional.

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vipDCTraveler
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here about once a year for special occasions and every time we swear it gets even better (and better!) This evening really knocked our socks off. Gnocchi with fresh shaved truffles. Ohhhh! Oysters. Halibut cheeks. Amazing beet and goat cheese starter. Donna, our server, was a true culinary professional. Knowledgeable, and confident in answering questions and guiding our decisions. Made for an exceptional evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. Food and service. Excellent.

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vipKl918
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flea Street Cafe never disappoints! The food is delicious and innovative. The service is exceptional. It isn’t cheap but it is so so worth it.

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vipLunedeSable
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience. From the kindness and relevance of the staff, to the amazing food, the perfect level of noise, the nice little surprises we got throughout the dinner... This was amazing, thank you so much!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience Sat. night at Flea Street! We got to have the truffle gnocchi which I was very excited to try! Our waitress was superb. Love the whole thing! I wish we lived closer because it takes an hour for us to get there, but we'll be back. Best, Mary Ellen McTamaney

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vipELS1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the bar. Eloy, the bartender, is a wonderful human being with drink skills to match his charmingly warm personality. Dinner was spectacular. This will be our new go-to on the Peninsula. Beautiful ingredients, cooked with love, perfectly flavored, in a warm and pretty environment where you can actually hear each other. And warm and gracious service from everyone. More European human charm rather than nouveau riche American glitz. Such a welcome and refreshing break from all the over-priced restaurants down here that only pretend to have good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there for 20+ years for special occasions. Jesse never fails to disappoint!

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Frogincalifornia
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food but service a little snob and condescending by Timothy. No effort to slow down to speak with French customers and overall not too friendly.

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vipstevec
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE AT FLEA ST, GREAT FOOD, SERVICE, ATMOSPHERE

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EnjoyerofBrioche
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner in this very special place. Every aspect of our experience was terrific and memorable. Thank you so much!

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ChrisD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could smell fresh citrus as we walked into the restaurant. Every dish, every drink, was fresh and balanced - the crudo made us both groan with pleasure. Flea Street made our wedding anniversary very special and we hope to come back every year.

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Flea Street is rated 4.8 stars by 2281 OpenTable diners.