The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

4.7
1549 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 1549 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdiner
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Patio seating was very comfortable and the service excellent. The scallops (U-10s) were excellently prepared. The Paella was well seasoned, tasty, however it was a little on the dry side.

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HungryHungryHippo
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night. Kudos to The Sea for creating an elegant, safe & relaxing environment for a special occasion.

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vipAprilT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was exceptional and made sure that despite it being cold outside and Covid-19, he still made it an excellent experience as if we were dining indoors.

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CarlL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, great ambience. I am a regular here and would recommend!

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ricepatty
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their patio dining is excellent! Well spaced out, nice ambience, with plenty of heat lamps for staying warm. Food, as always, is superb.

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paull
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The restaurant is nicish, but in no way worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe dining on the patio, as the tables were very well-spaced and it was not crowded at all. Service, food, beverages and hospitality were impeccable! I’ve dined at the Sea several times, and they’ve maintained, and perhaps even surpassed, their high standards during COVID. They made sure that everyone felt safe in while also providing a fine dining experience.

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Annn
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is everything. Our waitress told us up front that gloves are changed for every table and all other COVID protocols. But aside from COVID logistics, she was attentive, detailed, and showed great personality. Our food was brought out in perfect timing, the specials and suggestions were amazing, and we were truly "wined and dined."

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marquismarq
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Post-Covid return to a favourite Bay Area restaurant. Went early on a Sunday evening, and it was pretty quiet. Sat outside on the patio, under the heat lamps, meaning that even though it was a chilly evening, we didn't notice.
The food was excellent as always, although the menu options did seem to be less than on previous visits. That said, my favourite go-tos were still available, including the tuna tartare and the lobster rocks.
Had a wonderful evening. Look forward to returning again soon.

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CatG
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food and Excellent service from Jorge who was kind enough to take our pictures. Thanks Jorge!
Love the Happy Anniversary card on the table and greetings from the hostess and our server, as well as the manager and the complimentary anniversary cake. It definitely made our special day extra special. Thank you!!!

The only reason why I did not give a perfect score is because when I went to the rest room a guest also went to the bathroom and she did not have a MASK on and this made me uncomfortable.
With the pandemic, I think everyone should be REQUIRED to wear a mask at all times unless they are sitting at their table. The restaurant should make sure this is enforced.

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vipMonikaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service. 4 stars since food could be even better for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience.

BR
vipBridgetR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job at social distancing. Wonderful food and attentive service.

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Janetypk
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion! Felt very safe dining indoors (although they had an outdoor option) as they spaced out the tables very well.

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ErikB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service.

Prices were very high and so were expectations.

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XOXO
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good, the setting was nice. It just didn't seem as polished as the other Alexander's restaurants we've been to. We went there for a special occasion, but didn't really get more than good wishes from the waiter. I would have expected something a bit more celebratory

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tknguyen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for always making our celebrations here memorable.

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BarbaraK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are outstanding! You owe it to yourself to give them a try. Those who have already eaten here know what I mean. :-)

JB
vipJoeB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

80th Birthday.

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vipNeil
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the dining rooms has hard floors, walls and ceiling. Even though only four tables were occupied, the noise level was objectionable. Fortunately, the other dining room, adjoining the kitchen has carpeted floors and the noise level was much quieter.

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SaromM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service . Would go there again .

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alejog
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am surprised The Sea by Alexander is not in the Top 10 lists. It is better than any other restaurant in the list for Special Occasions in the South Bay Area of San Francisco, food and ambience are top too.

Our server Johanna was super friendly and attentive. The food was really outstanding. The King Salmon and the Wagyu Flat Iron were delicious. We loved the the truffle fries.

We went to celebrate our anniversary and they made us feel they were celebrating with us.

That is why we have made The Sea by Alexander Steakhouse part of our anniversary celebrations 3 years in a row.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hi our experience at the Sea was wonderful . The quality and flavors were amazing . The service was outstanding thanks to our server Luigi who made the night for us.

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vipAmeliaG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my birthday with my daughter.

The house gave me a complementary glass of champagne to start the evening and a delicious gelato to end the evening. So delightful.

I always enjoy dining at the Sea by Alexander. I have been here four times since January and the quality of service is always exceptional.

Thank you!

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vipsmile
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and great service. Big size outdoor patio.

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vipSYunique
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner very much . The patio is very nice for social distancing and nice and airy . The service is beyond excellent . Our server Joanna was excellent and accommodating.
.We both had the miso cod which was delicious as it included bits of chopped lobster . The oysters were very fresh and the hamachi shots were so cool and refreshing . We were pleasantly pleased with the lobster fred rice and had enough to take home . Overall we had a very wonderful evening and a fun experience !

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JihoonL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice foods and services. Uni special was very good and literally special.

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vipWMK2020
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is excellent albeit a bit expensive. Service is very attentive, felt a little rushed at the beginning but then found a better rhythm. Lovely setting on the deck.

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vipEats
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our 11th Anniversary at "The Sea." The fish was fabulous, the service was outstanding, and the outside seating was comfortable and COVID safe. Highly recommended!

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AmieS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great delicious food, although felt a little overpriced. Expected to spend some money but felt a little too expensive for what the portions were

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vipTammyJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We tried the Bavarian specials to celebrate Oktoberfest and it's a mixed bag. The bratwurst appetizer was good but the veal dinner was half good. The veal chop was amazing, flavorful and juicy. Unfortunately, the veal schnitzel was dry and bland. The side order of hericot vert was bland as well and the beans were tough to chew. Our server was nice enough to take it off our bill without us asking. I enjoyed my dinner but wish it was a perfect 10, rather than a 7.5.

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vipBobbyK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2 year anniversary dinner was a success.

MB
vipMicheleB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food and service were outstanding. We were presented half glasses of rose Champagne in honor of my birthday; and shared a miniature dessert surprise as well. The ambience was disappointing. I had requested a cozy table and we were seated in the middle of the patio at a table for four when many other tables were available. A noisy family with small children and a baby, who appeared to move of their own volition to a table in front of us (from one behind us), did not wear masks as stipulated when interacting with the servers; and the parents walked around the patio with the baby, also without masks. They were not corrected. This was disrespectful of the staff and all the diners.

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milc
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner at The Sea. The tasting menu and accompanying wines were delicious, and we enjoyed sitting at the lovely patio with a tropical feeling. The staff were very nice and provided excellent service.

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CodyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a 1st date!
Ambiance perfect!
Wanted my date to feel special & this place delivered!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice and the staff members were beyond nice I loved it!!

KK
KatKS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alexander’s exceeds expectations. Always love coming here to celebrate special occasions and enjoy their service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews