The Fish Market - Santa Clara

4.3
59 reviews
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Seafood

Considered by many to be one of the most successful seafood restaurants in the San Fransico Bay area, The Fish Market offers guests a multitude of delicious options. The menu consists of everything from fish and chips, pastas, seafood cocktails, as well as a kids' menu. Well-known dishes include Pacific Thresher shark, New Zealand Bluenose seabass, as well as linguine and clams and White Tiger shrimp ceviche. Ensuring that they are able to serve a wide range of customers, The Fish Market also serves some dishes that are not seafood based like boneless chicken breast and New York strip steak. The Fish Market offers guests the option of dining either on the patio or in the dining room. The patio is simply decorated, with flowers. The bright dining room consists of large windows, light wood finishings, wall mounted lights and some potted plants.

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MH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Authentic looking restaurant with good prince quality food. Quite noisy but Nice ambiance.

DI
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katherine was a pro. Very nice job handling our group of seven. The sea bass was sublime.

BL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual dining. Really good food. Meatiest prawns I’ve ever had.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Delicious!! Delicious!!
Excellent fish and wonderful location!

LT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

had lobster - hard and overcooked, was a little too over priced

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Rushed by waitress, not interested in taking care of customer.
Salad.without dressing had to ask for choices after it was served.
Bread served cold.

T
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy a great cup
Of clam chowder. Sourdough bread and fresh fish this is the place. Whether it’s lunch or dinner it will always hit the mark.
My favorite is the Cajun shrimp

GS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Charmy is an outstanding server in so many ways! She has a great memory, as always willing to accommodate the things that we need to have.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Drinks came at different times.
Caesar salad was requested to be lightly dressed. Waitress delivered a heavy dressed salad with a notification that she told the chefs that it should be lightly dressed instead of making it right in the first place.
Other than that, the ONO was awesome bad the ambience was lively and festive.

KO
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Some food was outstanding and some was just okay. Service took way too long. Once we saw that service would probably take a while, we got our orders ready quick but no one was around to take it. Very friendly staff, though! And appreciate everyone's entrees arriving at the same time.

S
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, Great food, louder ‘n hell.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to eat and service is phenomenal!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family get together. Good customer service

MR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, I would recommend. The food was well-prepared and portions reasonable. Service was attentive and our questions about the menu and wine answered in a helpful manner. Friendly and welcoming staff.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first time there and I had a great experience and will be coming back again

LC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Used to live near Foster City restaurant and loved going often. We live in San Luis Obispo area and REALLY WISH YOU WOULD OPEN ONE HERE NEAR US!!!!!

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m always very happy with the food and service here. Especially love their variety of smoked fish!

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fried calamari could be crispier. Server was attentive and polite.

C
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family dinner at the Fish Market. Everyone was pleased with his or her meal, with diners’ ages ranging from 9 to 83. The service was excellent.

M
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Sorry. But the shrimp cocktail was very disappointing as was the clam chowder. The au gratin potatoes were dry and old. The chicken was dry. The wait staff was great. But the food, not so much.

LH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Fish expensive and dry, overcooked.
Noise level high
Havent been in for awhile and its just not worth the cost

CG
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic food, great service. We're so glad we looked on Trip advisor and found it. This was worth it. I'd be going there a lot if I lived in California

h
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It still one of my favorite seafood places, but this time I was disappointed about my favorite dish "Linguine and Clams". It was more like Linguine and butter. What have you guys done to this dish? It used to be served so well with the right amount of butter and wine.

The worse part was when I told the waitress about my disappointment and showed her how much butter was in the plate. She handled the complaint very poorly.

One more recommendation to the management. How using paper or tablecloth on the tables? It would add class to the place.

CF
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Calamari was very tasty and the two sauce options were very good. Fish tacos were good but needed a white cheese instead of cheddar cheese.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

the food has becomes less of a value, short of the early bird menu. the service was worst we have experienced, with disinterested waitress who barely served us our meal. we will opt not to dine in but will just get new england clam chowder to go in the future.

CR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Fish Market. The Santa Clara site is my “go to”. When I made my reservation through Open Table this time I noted that I was gluten-free. The host gave me a gluten-free menu to look over while they prepare at our table. It’s easy to find gluten-free foods at the Fish market, but it was really nice to have it noted from the reservation.

FB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff are friendly, most dishes are reasonably priced, but noisy during peak times. Knowing that, we still enjoy going here. Would recommend to everyone who likes seafood dishes!!

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing! Food was great!

CS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, great food, awesome selection! We came with 8 people and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Everybody ordered something different from the menu and everybody loved their food.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

AWESOME SEWRVICE -- THE BEST IN A LONG TIME
GOOD FOOD
GOOD ATMOSHPERS
MY GO TO FISH PLACE

JD
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the appetizer Mesquite grilled shrimp as my lunch entree. That with the wonderful bread provided was perfect and delicious.

MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've enjoyed eating here for years and always order the skewered shrimp with bacon, fishwife rice and tomatoes and am always very pleased. Others in our party had salmon and rock fish. Our waitress was as nice as could be and didn't rush us in any way. I love I can make reservations there now through Open Table, although we had to wait a bit when we got there. Plenty of empty seats, but I think they were short handed. Also, they were out of their fabulous bread so an order of garlic bread was complimentary.

c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Swordfish portion was small. Otherwise, everything else was good.

RC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server, Charming, was great! Food was good. Noise level was high.

CF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really like the fish market. On this stay, the service was particularly good -- our waitress kept the bread coming, and even answered a question about the menu with some good insider info (basically, a special listed as an entree was a smaller portion than we would have wanted).

And, the kids enjoyed their meals too!

TC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I saw some pretty sketchy reviews and was a little hesitant about coming here. Having had good experiences in the past we decided to try it again. Not disappointed in the least! We were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation, the staff was wonderful and attentive, the food delicious (4 of us each tried something different and tasted the rest), and the bill was definitely reasonable. This has been our go-to restaurant when in the area and so glad it will remain so!

EL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food has always been great here and the service was exceptional with all the wine recommendations

KM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

the server had too much to handle, but was nice and courteous. the food was mediocre at best, and it was priced as if it was high end. My friends shrimp and crab cocktail had shrimp smaller than popcorn shrimp. My wife's linguine and clams had mushy pasta. I ordered a large chiopinno for $35 it had about the same amount of seafood as the smaller size but was just loaded with watery marinara and almost no crab. This restaraunt has ok to poor food and too high prices for what it is. So i would not go back there or recommend it.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family went to The Fish Market for Mother's Day knowing it would be packed, and it was. We arrived 15 minutes early and it was standing room only but the staff brought out an extra chair for my mom who is on oxygen and can't stand for long periods. When our table was called right on time, someone tried to steal it by saying it was me, but the staff remembered who I was and came to find me. Our server was friendly and helpful, and all of our drinks and food came to us with perfect timing. Even though the place was bursting at the seams, everything was organized and pleasant. The food was excellent. When we left my mother and I each were given a beautiful pink rose. We all enjoyed the whole experience.

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