The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

4.7
1608 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
You will enjoy the absolute best heated and covered patio in all of Palo Alto. We have instituted all health and safety precautions to ensure all of our guests and employees feel safe and can enjoy themselves. If you have any questions, please contact us and our team will take the pleasure of assisting you.

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The Sea By Alexander's Steakhouse is the bay area's premier seafood dining destination. The restaurant distinguishes itself by focusing on rich sumptuous morsels from the sea, prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Yu Min Lin blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to transform The Sea's menu into the extraordinary. Experience The Sea at its best.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was awesome! We sat inside and all tables were very spread out. It was quiet and beautiful. They greeted us with an anniversary card and a glass of champagne each! We tried everything from appetizers, clam chowder, dinner and dessert. Everything we ate was fantastic! The clam chowder was spectacular!! This was our first time dining there and we will definitely go back! Great place, great food and all the staff was spot on. Thanks for a wonderful evening

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vipbobp
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful 3 course prix fixe with a large number of dishes to taste. We had octopus and a tuna tartare. Mains were excellent as well.

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vipArmandoRWC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for Mother’s Day Brunch. Everyone loved the three-course meal. Portions were generous, presentation was excellent, and service was great.

My son has severe nut allergies and mild allergy to dairy products. The staff walked him though the menu so he was aware of what was safe to eat and what to avoid.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience and we look forward to our next visit.

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Wing
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had the tasting menu and felt like a few dishes were either too sour, sweet or salty for my taste. But they always provide 5-star service!

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Anna
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we are celebrating Mother’s Day dinner which I noted in my reservation, we got a greeting from our wonderful server but when we ordered dessert, they did not write Happy Mother’s Day on the matcha bombe plate which was disappointing.

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Pandaman
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a soulless dining experience to be frank. Nothing ordinary, nothing terrible -- my Miso Cod dish did have quite a bit of lobster shells in it. Just nothing to write home about.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We got really sick after eating there. The lobster was not very flavorful, and I didn’t think the ambiance of food was with the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place to splurge for a special occasion.
In this case it was my youngest son's impending high school graduation. It is expensive, but the plating, ambiance, quality ingredients and special unexpected touches ( amuse bouche may have been our favorite bite of the meal and no split plate fee, even though each plate requires a complete reworking of accoutrements and sauces and garnishes) . The impeccable service manages to be comfortable rather than fussy, a delicate balance, rarely achieved. This is fine dining that is fun and absolutely delicious. No crazy combinations of ingredients and the freshest highest quality food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had along day. Our waiter and staff were so accommodating and patient. Definitely coming back!

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vipJGMGMontoyaMD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joanna was outstanding, professional and effective

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vipLuv2stealrecipies
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always. Paella was a treat as was the Miso cod. The lobster rocks, crab and Hamachi shots are not to be missed and the Chocolate bomb was the highlight of decadence.

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Foodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hi there, my overall dining experience was not as I would have hoped. This was my 43 wedding anniversary, I picked this restaurant for the reviews. Which were very high. First the ambiance was so so. For a high class restaurant you should have updated the rattan chairs. Classier tableware. It took awhile for the wait staff to take a drink order. The waiters seemed to mill around with not much to do. The food came at appropriate times. We had oysters and the shooter shots for appetizers. The oysters were small and so-so. Shooters were yummy. My husband had the paella. I'm sorry but that is not a traditional Paella, the shrimp overcooked, artichoke hearts should not have been in it. The rice was overly oily and not much if any sauce. Chorizo is a game changer too. I had the Lobster dish. I will say the lobster was just right, the edamame and mushrooms an okay touch, but spicy red sauce and parsnip sauce as a garnish not a good pick. The dessert bite was nice. Cotton candy what is this a carnival! We didn't have dessert. Loved the homemade crescent rolls and soft fresh butter. Waiters were attentive. Your prices were way too much for the quality of the entrees. We paid $400. For a $200. Meal. I understand that the chef was trying to do fusion with the courses but him/her way off base with the flavors. I am a pretty good cook and I have all my taste buds. I know how to meld flavors together with the food. I was expecting much more. Sorry an overall 3 .

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vipCarolS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything service wise was immaculate, the food was hit or miss. Lobster rocks phenomenal, paella was pretty good, miso black cod was very sweet(a bit too much like candy), and the popcorn crab was ok as well.

Lots of things came complementary which was nice as well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food was fantastic

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vipLosAltosMike
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, it was really an amazing meal. There are great options for those who don't love seafood too, which was helpful. Awesome whiskey menu and the service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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luv2eatgdfud
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best dining experience. Joann our server went above and beyond to make our evening special. The crispy fried salmon skin ( chicharrón) was unexpectedly delicious. My husband was ecstatic with the salmon roe and it’s accoutrements. The Waygo Rib Eye had the perfect amount of marbling. It was buttery delicious. We would fly back here again just to eat here again.the cocktails were well balanced. Not too sweet. Overall a great dinner from start to finish. Even the cotton Candy was delicious.

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vipVictorH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal. Tasting menu had bigger portions than anticipated. Drinks were outstanding. Great special date night spot. Also came for my mother’s birthday. Will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was tasty.

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vipChristopherL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific; dined on the patio with an overhead heater - wonderful food and service and plenty of space - will be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for having us, a great night out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a great time celebrating my birthday here. Our server was super sweet and kind. Answered all our questions about the food, th wine selection and dessert. The bar manager also took time to talk with my boyfriend about the wines they had in house. Since we were a bit indecisive we ended up get the tasting menu which was perfect, if you like a variation of flavors. In addition we got some oysters and hamachi shots as well as their uni soul dish. Definitely would come back if we’re in the area or celebrating another occasion.

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metoo
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

mostly perfect; wine excellent as was service and food but the oysters were marginal; very pricey but unhurried fine dining

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Anne
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I am so glad I chose this place to celebrate my friend's birthday. The service and food far superseded my expectations. The ambience was lovely and food and service outstanding. The employee's keen attention to detail sets this place far above many others. The evening was really special and I am extremely grateful.

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aliceka
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been fortunate to be able to remain customers of The Sea by Alexander's for all of the "Sheltering in Place" timeline, and we will continue to be loyal patrons for as long as there is a The Sea Restaurant. It has been our sanctuary of sanity in a time of madness. We are truly grateful.

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PaulinaE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service provided by all the staff, specially Joana and William, they did an outstanding job accommodating any request to make our dinner just "perfect" . They received us with a glass of champagne to celebrate my birthday!
We had hamachi shots and dungeness crab cocktail as appetizers, my favorite was the hamachi shots!
For main, we had miso black cod with half lobster tail (special request) and wagyu ribeye, both of them were delicious.
I requested a french martini cocktail that is not in their menu, the bartender didn't hesitate on doing it for me, and it was very tasty!
They also had a dessert surprise for my birthday and a cotton candy with a berry infusion , the best cotton candy I have ever tried!
Joana recommended her favorite coffee and I was very pleased with honey latte, barista really knows how to make microfoam!
My boyfriend is a coffee lover and was pleasently surprised on the taste and freshness and flavour of their monoco coffee.
Thank you again to the Chef, Manager, and all the staff for making it a great night for my boyfriend and I.

JP
JadeP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Joanna was super sweet, excellent service.. she recommended all of the specials which turned out very delish.

JB
JmeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must say this is by far one of the best fine dining I've had, I chose this place for my husband's birthday and set reservations in advanced. We showed up and had the best service and food was outstanding and the ambiance was beautiful. We will definitely be going back. 5 stars for sure

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the service! Filet Mignon is my is

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MeganC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super innovative menu, expertly designed dishes, and super professional staff. An absolute delight of a dining experience.

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vipRowex
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Sea by Alexander's is the seafood sister of Alexander's Steakhouse. While they feature seafood, they have nearly as large a selection of steak as they do seafood, which makes it a good place for me, at least. I like seafood, but I prefer clean, simple presentations, rather than more elaborate dishes. It might be a great idea if TSBA had one or two SIMPLE fish dishes.

I had the Cab Prime New York steak which was perfectly done and served with polenta sticks where were nicely done and very tasty. The tomato compote was a bit sharp, but the Cab sauce mitigated that. My companion had the scallops which were excellent.

For dessert, I had the Mandarin Souffle which was flavorless, and complemented by a Creme Anglaise, which was bland. If they are going to make an orange souffle, they should probably use Cointreau or Grand Marnier, and add some to the Creme Anglaise as well. This was not worth $20. My companion's dessert, a raspberry panna cotta, was MUCH better, very tasty and beautiful. Coffee was excellent.

The service at TSBA was outstanding; it always is, and this time was no different.

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vipSuzanneD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue and meal for a special night out or celebration.

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JenniferF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every way. People, service, food, ambiance are all fantastic.

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vipLatrinaC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food