The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

4.8
1636 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 1636 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKevinJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks, appetizers, main courses and dessert.

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vipRoseM
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. One of our favorite places in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the service is very nice too!

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JamesL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent contemporary cuisine, the word to describe is extraordinary, everything that our waitress suggested from appetizer to the dessert implying delicious, excellent service wait staff are outstanding, we had a very wonderful evening, bravo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don’t often have the opportunity for quality seafood. Going to The Sea was a treat. The hamachi shots and the miso cod were fantastic. The service was excellent and the dishes appetizing to both the eye and the palate.

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vipRogerC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Expensive but you get what you pay for.

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vipKennyB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a fantastic time. outside seating very comfortable. The softshell crab special was super delicious. we would go again

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AlexF
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, staff was super helpful, clean and covid safe. They spoiled my wife for her birthday. We will be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I was expecting much more for the price and other reviews. Service was average at best. Started with crab popcorn and sent it back could have gotten this dish at Long John Silver. The octopus was much better and fish special and pallea were very nice but presentation was lacking. It’s an older 80’s style building that need to be remodeled. I think Dio Dekka in LG is waaayy better for the price

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MoeAnthony
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience! William is the man and you should request him by name. The food was amazing from start to finish!

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Peter
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the patio, so don't know how it would be indoor. The service is excellent, attentive but not overbearing. The tasting menu is a "good value" to try different things and they were all beautifully presented. We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary and they offered us complimentary champagne and an extra dessert! How thoughtful!

A bit pricey, so it's not going to be my "everyday restaurant" but definitely high on my list for celebrations.

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viprodc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! We went there to celebrate the graduation of our High School twins. Our server was super attentive and very good at describing and recommending appetizers and courses. The only drawback was the price $$$$

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vipFrankE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service as always. Steak was slightly undercooked but readily remedied.

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vipJonathonL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great dining experience.

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vipAmeliaG
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to the Sea to celebrate my Godson’s birthday. He drove up from 29 palms to see us for the weekend. He turned 23. He is active duty marines. He enjoyed everything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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vipCathyP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Exquisite dining, exceptional service. Food was so delicious it made me want to cry in happiness. Bursting with flavor and presented with pride. Love love love The
Sea!

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to celebrate special occasions. Service is great in the beginning and peters out at the end. Cups and dishes lingered and it took awhile to get our check. Patio was quite loud. Dishes are always excellent. Steak here is amazing but I always go for cod or other fish.

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vipScott
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, attentive service. Due to covid restrictions we suspect service and ambience are still coming back to 100%. Great place for a special occasion.

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ManaliA
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Great food and Chef's complimentary items were awesome.

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Portlandia
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place. Food was OK for the price but service was great and pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for a birthday. And they where all amazing . The staff and food were just wonderful

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RaymondC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with Chef’s selection with the freshest ingredients and impeccable presentation. We had a great time and will come back soon

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
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
26 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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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JosephineC
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was ok! The water glasses were not clean, 2 out of 4 glasses on our table had lip and finger stains...

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Wing
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was okay. Alexander’s Steakhouse is way better in terms of food.

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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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JulieL
San Francisco
1 review