The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

4.7
1578 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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What 1578 people are saying
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4.8
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for having us, a great night out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
7 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
1 review
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.

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JadeP
San Francisco
2 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.

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JmeB
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
74 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
7 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
6 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
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience5

I was so disappointed with this Restaurant 😞 I had such high expectation only to be let down.

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Tony
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you love to go out on a romantic dinner, this the place.

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DeniseT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic. The service is also fantastic. I enjoyed my dinner and meals.

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Joy62
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's our first time to this restaurant and to celebrate our anniversary. It did not disappoint. We did the five-course tasting menu, and they were delicious. By the fourth course I'm so stuffed already, and I need to taste their desserts. They gave us 3 desserts (5th course, Anniversary dessert, and a cotton candy). I would certainly go back to this restaurant again.

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ChadB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Sea for my wife’s birthday. The food and the service were both exceptional.

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SophieD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, beautiful rest and service. Very expensive so good for special occasion.

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Tuan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This is the 2nd time we went here for our anniversary. The host gave us a "happy birthday" note. That was not the Alexander's standard I'm used to. Another disappointing thing was the whiskey list were cut to 2-4 choices. The list from last year was impressive. The server said they had a new bartender and everything changed. The kings of old drink saved it for them. It was very delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We were all very disappointed with the foods especially seafoods, the crab and lobster all fried food, I can eat those fried sea foods at pier 39, no need to go to a expensive restaurant to eat it. and the black cod was horrible. The truffle fries just like regular fries, and I was really excited to try the soufflé, but still disappointed, the soufflé was not crispy at all and too sweet. We ordered two chowder and we already told the server no bacon, but they still added into the chowder. Very disappointed. We paid $600 but the foods quality was not worth that price. I don’t think I will back to that restaurant again.

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MoVi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty! Maybe just a little less salt on the lobster rice but the fish was amazing!!!! Fresh and light and just seasoned perfectly!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Sea! We will definitely be back!

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Gwader
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to be back at the Sea. We have missed our favorite spot since the pandemic shelter in place took over our lives. Can't wait to go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good service! And the food was shockingly luxurious

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great A+++

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SunnyD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from beginning to end. The food was excellent! We’ll be coming back again soon.

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KseniaM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great please to celebrate your achievements! outstanding food and service! can't wait to go back!

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Suzie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an outdoor dinning experience, overall it's great with excellent services, food is super delicious. Highly recommended!

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RoyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Terrible food. The cotton candy tasted the best in the entire evening. Negative values overall.

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vipNehaO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The main courses were nothing special. Sadly the food we get from Hello Fresh is comparable. The food lacked some heat and texture. The chimichuri sauce was so little. We won't be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are awesome!
Will definitely come back again!!

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Vijay
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Sea by Alexander's for my wife's birthday. It is a very pricey restaurant but experience was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. The food was exceptional, in particular the lobster, which was cooked to perfection. We also had the seafood paella, which was one of the best we've ever had, and the appetizers (oysters and clam chowder) were divine. They had outdoor seating (due to COVID), but had done it up really well. Don't go there if you're counting your calories, but if you want awesome food, excellent service and great ambience this is the place to eat at.

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Leda
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything!! I loved their food and their fantastic service!

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PriG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing! really enjoyed the service as well

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vipTamaraM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sea by Alexanders is doing a fabulous job with outdoor dining! Plenty of heaters when it gets cold too!

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vipLuv2stealrecipies
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined on opening day for our anniversary. All around fabulous. Super friendly and helpful service. Perfect wine selections espy the sparkling rose. Was craving hamachi shots that did not disappoint. Crab chunks withy Yuzu aoli were fabulous. Both miso cod and pacific snapper were sooo good with perfect sides. We even had lunch leftovers.

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vipdiner
San Francisco
85 reviews