The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

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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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GH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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M
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All the food was good except the desserts. I ordered the Rise N Shine and Pineapple Express. Rise N shine was not the same as the one I had at the regular Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino, and it tasted bad. Pineapple Express had too much cream overall. Service was very good. They split all the appetizers into 2 portions for me and my friend, which is very thoughtful and considerate.

I would definitely go again and order different appetizers.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu didn't change from the first time we came (1 year ago) so we decided to get entrees this time. We had lobster rocks as an appetizer which is basically lobster in squid ink tempura. It was cool but not amazing that I'd order again. I had the miso black cod and it did not disappoint! They gave a good amount of fish and was very full by the time I finished my plate. My boyfriend had the australian meat entree (TJ something i think?) and he didn't like it as much as the American meat that we tried when we had the tasting menu last year. Now he knows which meat he likes! We got the Rocher for dessert and I didn't care much for it. I wish we had tried a different one. Overall, amazing service and the complimentary bread is always something i really look forward to!

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A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent foods and service

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my son there for his birthday. He loves steak and although the restaurant has "Sea" in its moniker, the steaks were outstanding. We were seated immediately and our waitress was very attentive though not overly so. My T-bone was terrific (though I must say no-one grills a T-bone like I do - ahem, ahem). So were the NY steaks ordered by my son and wife. Overall it was a very pleasant experience and thoroughly enjoyable.

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OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service at a premium price.

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in some time. The staff was absolutely wonderful too

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was not good and they ruined the Uni. Overpriced and not worth it

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ND
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea is for gourmets on a special occasion. The food is only rivaled by the quality of the service. Love the place!

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

Great as always

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BC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was meticulously prepared and thoroughly excellent. The chowder was an especial highlight of the meal, with its light flavours and variety of textures between the battered and fried clams, and the crunchy vegetables. The chocolate soufflé was fluffy, decadent, and so utterly delicious I could not stop myself from polishing it off in under a minute.

The serving staff were very attentive but discrete, and the general quiet atmosphere allowed us to have a spirited conversation to accompany the wonderful food. Our only complaint is that the decor was a little cheap-looking.

There is also a large menu of very creative cocktails.

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

The restaurant is very elegant, clean and quiet. The food is tasty and served in unique way. The server was very professional. It was a pleasant way to celebrate my birthday.
I have already recommended to our friends to go there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Celebrated my birthday without letting them know in advance and they surprised us with champagne and dessert! Food was delicious, service was amazing, overall experience incredible!

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B
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is very good but prices are over the top.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Food and venue were fine but their aim for service excellence is lacking for such an establishment. Server didn't know how to process a prepaid card and when we found out what she was doing wrong after calling the card company the following day, management refused to refund original payment and properly charge the prepaid card. So we couldn't use a gift card because a server screwed up and they made little effort to correct that.

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H
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service, and environment were spectacular for an Easter brunch, But the accessibility wasn’t great; especially the elevator to the restrooms that got stuck.
My mom is claustrophobic and it ruined the entire experience. The elevator’s emergency bell did not ring, nor did the emergency call box call anyone, it just kept ringing and ringing. Miraculously, we managed to get out, the door randomly opened and we walked through the parking lot to return to our table. The staff was very apologetic, but for a fine dining experience their straight steakhouses leave a better impression.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant is excellent, but on a minor note, be ready for 20% gratuity include in the bill, even for 2 persons...

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Great food. Amazing desserts.

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b
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Was disappointed in the flavors of the fish entrees. My four guests agreed. Ordered halibut, lobster, sea bass. None were special.

Clam Chowder and appetizers were very good.

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C
London
131 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Friday dinner.
Squid risotto, Maryland blue crab cake and crab meat in grits, pan seared Mero and Sea Bass. Dessert Lady in Pink is delicious and delightful. Heinz had his chocolate delight. German wine tonight: gruner veltliner and Riesling.
Uriel is our server. He is very prompt , attentive but not overbearing.
Max is the sommelier. As always, he’s fantastic and knowledgeable.
Very satisfied and relaxing evening.
Like Alexander Steak House, The Sea is where we visit at least once a month for great food, wine and personal space.
If you are willing to spend $200 ( or more) for dinner for two, don’t spend it anywhere else but Alexander or the Sea. Totally worth it.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific menu, outstanding service, excellent adult beverages. A winner in my book!

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, as always. Thank you!

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BS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were celebrating a family dinner for my husband’s birthday. The restaurant provided special drinks, desserts and other moments throughout the meal in honor of his special day. The food was fantastic, service friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We will definitely return to eat here again.

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A complete wow! I was dining by myself (something I'm not fond of) and the restaurant went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I had the 4 course tasting menu and with two amuse bouche "starters" and two amuse bouche desserts, I felt like someone was always keeping me company. Each dish was explained carefully and with detail and professionalism. The food was amazing, each dish better than the next. I especially loved the selection of breads and the cotton candy dessert. Go here alone, go with a date, go with a family; just go!

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F
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So Good! Looked on line for a seafood restaurant to celebrate a birthday while visiting my son at Stanford. The outside of the building isn’t much to look at and I was concerned until we walked inside. We were greeted warmly by the staff as well as by the tasteful interior with beautiful flower arrangements and soft but adequate lighting and crisp white tablecloths. I can not say enough about the wonderful people catering to our delightful meal. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The Hamachi shots are indeed a must as everyone else said. The black cod and sea bass were perfectly prepared. I have to say we weren’t big fans of the deserts but the cotton candy they offer each table at the end of the meal was truly a delight and also greT coffee. We were prepared for a large bill but felt it was worth it for the special experience.

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MM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible - shout out to the Big Apple (dessert) which was heavenly!!!

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced. The wagyu ribeye that i ordered as medium raw was served to my friend who ordered medium done.
The steak have alot of veins and not as tender as a wagyu should be. Black pepper corns on the steak stole the show, a dash of salt would have been better. The steak needs to be paired with something refreshing such as fresh salad. Unable to finish the steak as it is simply not as nice as I would think a $80 steak should be.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! One of the best meals in a long time. The service was amazing, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was high class. We will definitely be back.

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a great time having dinner at The Sea. It was the wedding anniversary of my parents and the staff did everything to make that day more special.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

This was my choice to celebrate our 11th year anniversary with my partner. When we got to the place , it doesn’t seems like a restaurant, it looks like a senior homes .. But when we got in , it is decent and pretty spacious. The service was excellent from the front and to the servers. The foods are okay.. Our excellent choice was the Hamachi shots.. They gave us a complimentary Chef’s appetizer of choice , 3 pieces of French macaroons with dark chocolate and a cotton candy. The price is okay not too overrated. I don’t mind going back to this place.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic alternative to Alexander’s Steakhouse. Still has steak for the non-seafood eaters but the seafood itself is to die for. A little on the pricy side, but the food is overall worth it.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, excellent food, excellent service--just love this restaurant; perfect for a special meal. ..and the rest rooms are clean!!!! Recommend this 100%

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If your party needs a notch above the ordinary in food, presentation, and service, this is the place in the valley to entertain. Centrally located, not too pretentious, and manageable in noise, it's the perfect restaurant for me :-)

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PM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

First visit to the restaurant after hearing great things from clients. We were a table of two and were sat away from the main dining room in some sort of annex that had no warmth or atmosphere. There was one other table sat in a small room with four tables in it, no music or vibe. Not what we expected and would be reluctant to return - fish was cooked well but that was about it.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service, presentation and flavor profiles were excellent. Friendly and professional staff. Plenty of parking.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu and service. The food was spectacular. I would pass on the chocolate soufflé dessert if I went back.

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MH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate my birthday with friends and family! Excellent service and food!

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HV
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table had the five-course sampler, All courses were exquisitely delicious. Combine that with impecable, unobtrusive service to make a great dining experience.

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