The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

4.7
1320 reviews
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner but no mention nor anything extra such as a candle with a small treat - but other tables did. Disappointed-why bother asking.

Service was good. Food was good. Loved the hamachi shots and the half moon bay urchin for appetizers.

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LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dined with a friend I hadn’t seen for many years. Reservation process, meeting Kate (

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EL
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Luigi gave us excellent customer service, thank you!

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

Excellent service, food & drink

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DC
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable dining experience celebrating our anniversary, made even better by our wait staff Melissa Smith. This lovely evening commenced with Melissa remembering our previous experience with her, as she brought us complimentary glasses of sparkling rose and an amuse bouche of hamachi sushi. For appetizers of my wife ordered Hamachi Shots and I selected the Maryland Blue Crab cake. Both outstanding. For mains we ordered Maryland Black Sea Bass and Hawaiian Mero...again both outstanding in artistic beautiful presentations and perfect in preparation. We each requested a glass of chardonnay, asking Melissa to select the type chardonnay best for each of our main courses. Melissa, being a sommelier and understanding our tastes, her selections were perfect parings with our meals. Beautiful and delightful pineapple sorbet dessert and excellent coffee rounded out our lovely anniversary dinner. Highly recommended for special occasions.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere - MUCH better than the warehouse feel of the Steak House, food was excellent, as expected, service was impeccable!

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Y
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed sharing the Tomahawk special. It was an excellent suggestion. The service was attentive and accommodating with one guest on a dietary reservation. We will certainly return to enjoy another fabulous meal.

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was not that great. there were 8 of us celeberating my husband B.Day and all of our food was not delivered at the same time. Our waiter was not focused in serving our table. I had to get up and ask him for dessert menu. I can elaborate if you call me 40888570872. A but disappointed in comparison to Alexander in Cupertino

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RN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!!

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It's a nice place, and the staff is very attentive. Cocktails were great. The dishes were pretty but lacked the flavor of a high-end meal. With a 30% mark-up, I won't be coming back.

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

Excellent place for seafood. The portion of the lobster rocks were smaller than a year ago. I prefer paying a bit more for instead of reducing the portion. Service and ambiance are great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Portions were bigger than expected and we took some home. Excellent steak in the tasting menu

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

Wife and I celebrated our 15 yr anniversary and everything was outstanding

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place makes amazing food. The only downside is that the prices have shot up in the last few years, through the menu is similar. However, it is a good place to go for delicious high-end sea food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hamachi Shots

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary. And the wait staff made it special.

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the very best SiVly restaurants. Third visit. I'll be back.

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SG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for our anniversary. Everyone of the staff who greeted us (about 3 or 4 various) knew about it! We were given a card with a gratis glass of champagne and special post-dessert treat, The food was excellent, the service outstanding. I noticed a pair of staff standing along the wall, just looking for anything that needed attention. At one point our waitress was busy with a table of six, and one of the pair came over, sensing (correctly) that we wanted to order something. (Compare with Nobu Palo Alto where we went for a birthday, which went unacknowledged, and where, despite asking for a quieter table, we were jammed in with people from adjacent tables closer to us than we were to each other1!)

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VH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. Amazing food. Even better service. Joanna was phenomenal. I will definitely come back again!

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea has delicious food, friendly staff, but it is quite expensive, though worth it for special occasions.

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B
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, services. Everything is excellent! Thank you so much!

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a graduation dinner. Not only did the restaurant accommodate a change in party but when asked for a florist recommendation they referred an amazing person to put together a thoughtful bouquet for the graduate.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an amazing time celebrating our 5 year anniversary and had a really great server along with supporting staff. My only complaint is that usually we are asked if we are celebrating something special and it is usually acknowledged with a special extra small dessert or a glass of champagne. This time we weren’t asked. Seems petty but it makes an impact on how I feel about the service especially when spending $500+.

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LL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our recent move and our son’s 1st year of college.
Service was very attentive and food came out quickly.
Craft Cocktails were exceptional and so flavorful.
We loved the extras like chefs sushi rolls, specialty breads - croissant, biscuit, cracker AND the sweets to end the meal - cotton candy, lemon tart bites and brittle.
Our main dishes offered a lot of food. We all had fish - salmon, black cod and lobster. Both the miso marinated black cod and lobster dishes were very rich. The texture of the lightly fried kale chips went well with the saltiness of the cod and helped balance the creamy lobster sauce. My son devoured the medium rare salmon so I didn’t get to taste it. My husband’s lobster was good too!
We also ordered the Ham Mac and cheese and Truffle fries which were just ordinary. The fries seemed to be refried and had a crusty texture. The waitress said there were 8 different cheeses in the Mac sauce. They seemed to be very bland. It would have been nicer to have a very sharp cheddar or perhaps something wilder like a spicy pepper- pimento cheese?
We would come back again for a special occasion.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly memorable, in every way

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ZS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was first class: good, service, etc. the only negative wa where they originally wanted to seat us was right by the kitchen which is never a place I would sit at. But they moved us to a much quieter place.

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DY
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday and she was smiling from start to finish. The restaurant presented her with a bday card, Rose, dessert and excellent service. Definitely recommend

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RC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea is a fantastic special occasion venue.
The food, service, wine, cocktails, desserts: they were all GREAT.
We always make the mistake of ordering too many items. With the complimentary appetizers, large portions, and dessert options, we always manage to overeat.

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L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I overall loved the experience and the food - as well as all the gifts from the chef! It is of course the Bay Area and Menlo Park / Mountain View. Hence, the extra $. But it is all well worth it for a unique experience. I had dinner alone and everyone made me feel so welcomed that I had one of my best business trip evenings ever! Especial thanks to Joanna for making it such a good experience!

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VC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought Grandma for her 89th birthday and she had a great time celebrating. She was very impressed not only at the taste but also at the beauty of the food. We were too!

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved eating at this restaurant for SO many reasons! The food was excellent! The ambiance was perfect! The service was so professional and attentive---what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Often I go to a high end restaurant and the servers have an attitude. At The Sea we were treated like valued patrons. The chef generously had an extra appetizer and 2 extra desserts brought to our table---"on the house." This is now my favorite restaurant in Palo Alto.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary at the Sea restaurant. From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted warmly by the hostesses and our server was so friendly and knowledgeable of the cuisine. The ambiance was perfect and noise level was a minimum. And the food was on point! We enjoyed it all from the amuse bouche, our cocktails, apps, entrees, and the complimentary anniversary dessert and the signature cotton candy. Thanks for a beautiful evening out and we hope to dine with you again soon.

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our anniversary. Food and services were awesome.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Always good

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy every time we went to The Sea. The food is always excellent with unique seafood plate seasonly and good dessert choice too. The service is great too. It is highly recommended by us.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, amazing service!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food & Great Staff!!

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very very pricey. But nice experience, good food, great service.

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GH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea was the perfect venue to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were welcomed upon arrival with the utmost courtesy, respect, and professionalism and this treatment continued throughout our dining experience. The ambiance and the service were superb highlighted by an array of culinary delights coupled with fine wine and bubbly. The various spirits, appetizers, entrees, and desserts were brought to the table with a story of its origin and creation. The overall experience was breath taking and memorable. I highly recommend The Sea for any and all occasions. Thanks to the Hostess, GM, Executive Chef, Barista. Maria, Amanda, and all the offer staff members who made our wedding anniversary "Special".

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KA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Thank you, as always, for the exceptional service and food! See you soon!

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