The Fish Market - Palo Alto
Fresh seafood dishes fill the extensive menu at The Fish Market. Crispy fish tacos, dijon crusted tilapia and the famous dungeness crab cioppino are all dinner options. The signature Ducketts' Bucket is a must try item for anyone who enjoys steamed shellfish. Happy hour specials are featured daily to enjoy with a classic Bloody Mary. Bring home freshly caught fish from the retail market within the restaurant.
Everything seafood. Liked the simple preparations. Good value.
Unfortunately, we were seated in a nice quiet area and the next party was seated right beside us. Many many tables were available. The party seated next to us were obnoxious and very foul-mouthed.
The seafood is outstanding. The noise level is a bit too much.
The food is always fresh and delicious. The desserts are great also. I also love the fresh fish market and the soups they have to go.
Good, dependable sea food dishes. A bit stingy on side dishes.
I have heard about Fish Market from friends who enjoy it, and was shocked at how it has either deteriorated, or is just poorly managed.
Always a bad sign when you see a prominent HELP WANTED sign at the entrance, but boy do they need help. Service was slow, inattentive, not at all knowledgeable, and very poorly trained. Food waits were long despite light crowd.
I am a chef, and eat a lot of sea food in the Bay Area and elsewhere, so:
"Signature" Cioppino was lukewarm and mediocre, you can get much better at the Whole Foods buffet!
Large portion, but the worst I have had in any restaurant. Edible, not good at all.
Wife's trout was very good, but served with a cherry tomato salad that was chilled and tasteless, in peak cherry tomato season!
Oysters and caesar salad were fine.
If you prioritize low prices and decent portions over quality and service, you will be fine here.
Sea Bass from Ecuador. Where else can you get that? MIso glazed Salmon. Excellent fresh fish dishes. My party of 4 turned into 7 and they were able to seat us. Great food and a fun time for old friends to meet. Santa Clara Fish Market is also good food and a nice atmosphere.
We got 2 entrees that were under-cooked, the Fish Market took them back to the grill to make these entrees excellent. Service was excellent.
Kid entering college
Large salad with prawns was just okay -
Too much lettuce overflowing in the plate. Less salad on same plate would have been better.
Restaurant was quite slow and we had to get up and find someone to take a bill.
The worst was one of the servers had filthy nails - his hands looked like the hands of a car mechanic - black grime under his nails. I lost my appetite. Fish Market days may be numbered
Very bland preparation. Halibut over cooked. No flavor in rice. Tomatoes and basil were tasty. Sourdough bread and butter was best part of meal.
Good BUT not as good as years ago!
We have been going there since 1976.......year they opened, I believe.
Birthday luncheon with friends.
The fish sticks are terrible, dry and flavorless. Of all things to get wrong, why something so simple?
Charming exterior that reminds you of Nantucket. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was ok but not outstanding and the ambience has a bit of a wagon wheel red lobster feel with captains chairs and paper bibs. We split the tuna poke with wonton chips to start. We each had two glasses of wine ($10-12 each). Entrees averaged in the mid 20s. I had the lime shrimp tacos (two, maybe two shrimp chopped up with shredded cheese) and my friend had the small cioppino. Not a lot of seafood in the seafood entrees. Coffee was good. Total for two was around $125. Lots of competition around but it has a neighborhood feel and there is a back room for large parties.
Very good quality food.
It’s Palo Alto so you expect it to be pricey but also expect it to be good. We both ordered Petrale Sole and if it was Petrale, something we aren’t certain of, it was tough, dry and very small portion. I would not recommend it.
Quick service and solid fresh seafood! Glad we rediscovered The Fish Market. Love the crab seafood salad...
Good food and service. Friendky. Parking can be difficult. The best fish I have had anywhere in the world. Love the place!
Seating in the alcove was quiet. salad was generous. Grilled black cod was very good.
They were able to accommodate a large party on short notice. Food was good. Small, but nice wine selection. Very enjoyable.
Delighted to find Alaskan Halibut on the menu. It was excellent.
This was my first time dining at The Fish Market. I ordered the mesquite grilled salmon which was fresh, and perfectly prepared however, I was underwhelmed by the side of seasonal steamed vegetables. My dessert of upside down apple pie (with a walnut brown sugar-cinnamon crust) a la mode didn't disappoint; it was delizioso! I will definitely be returning to try out other menu favorites soon. Two thumbs up for The Fish Market!
Food was amazing, they accommodated my mussels allergy well none of my food touched!
Walked in and had no wait before being seated. Very busy night with having to wait until someone pulled out of a parking space before I could park. Service was excellent and our orders were delivered as requested with no issues. Food was great. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quality seafood dinner.
This is a go-to for us when we come to town to visit family. The food and service are always top-notch.
If noise level could be addressed- then it would be our dead favorite! Glad to see places are finally realizing this is an issue for people!
So fresh and Good!
Service was terrific — even with a server in training. Fish dishes are hearty, but nothing to write home about. Very limited options for the vegetarian in our group. Too noisy for conversation without shouting and repeatedly asking, "huh"? Fish Market is great for a tasty, fill-you-up meal. Just don't count on conversing with your table-mates.
Loud, sashimi wasn’t fresh, server wasn’t knowledgeable and couldn’t offer vegetarian options for my guest.
Nice old-fashioned restaurant. You can really get fish there (in contrast to many other maritime-themed restaurants). Some items surprisingly highly priced.
Dinner with my wife while out of town to celebrate friends’ 5th anniversary. Food was drop dead fabulous. Very noisy which makes wearing hearing aids a challenge. Overall a very nice experience.
I made reservation with the notation that this was a Birthday of a friend. They said they were unaware. When I went to pay I mentioned to the waitstaff person who said she would bring a chocolate silk pie, which was hard as a rock.
I accidently gave two credit cards which she assumed we were paying for our meal separately. When the bill came back it reflected such. BUT there was only one credit card. she became frantic and called the manager to intervene. He went to investigate the loss of my other credit card. They found UNDER the desert bar. He gave me his card and said if the charger showed up on the two separate cards contact him by phone. I had the meal put on one card with a tip and gave it to him.
I had a pasta dish which did not live up to it's description (Angelina Pasta). I only a small portion of it and no restitution was offered.
I don't think I have enough to say about The Fish Market...it is always excellent and we can count on it for good service, delicious food meal!
Busy restaurant, make reservations. We were seated promptly with the waiter right behind. Gave us time to look over the menu and was back to take orders. Orders arrived quickly. I would have liked another glass of wine but he never came back around. Bus staff kept water glasses filled. Food was good and fresh.
This has been our GoTo seafood restaurant for the past 25 or so years. It’s a little expensive, but very enjoyable.
Always love the Fish Market. We used to go there all the time. With all the new restaurants opening in the area, we have not been there for a while. But it never disappoints. Food is still great and service is always good. Best of all, the price is still good. We love the fish market!
David was great! He was very attentive to us especially with a busy restaurant. Will request his section next time we go!
noise level: not energetic, just really noisy.;
food: i had fresh mahi/mahi and it was horribly oily/greasy even though I asked them to use very light oil. also my meal was lukewarm.
service: we had to flag down a waiter to get any help after nearly 10 minutes after our arrival.
too bad because our previous visit had been way better.
I always like the Fish Market experience, but this time I was disappointed that even though it was only 6:30pm on a Saturday, they had already run out of Salmon and also my second choice fish. I ended up with the last piece of swordfish. Seems they should have more supply and wouldn’t run out so early in an evening. Also, I’d say the fish was cooked too much, such that it was a bit dry.
The server and front desk service was excellent. It was really the issue with their supply of standard fish choices that ran out early and a secondary cooking issue.
This was a favorite but no longer. Sword fish looked like and tasted like it came from my freezer. Scoop of tuna on lettuce with 2 cherry tomatoes and onion was not impressive and over priced. Over quality did not equal price or service.