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About The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse

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.

4269 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Sunday & Monday: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Dinah's Court

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 213-1111

Website:
http://www.theseausa.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking Monday through Friday and Weekends during private events . Otherwise self parking in our private lot.

Public Transit:
VTA Line 22 stops in front of restaurant. VTA Line 522 within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Yu Min Lin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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Welcome to The Sea By Alexander's Steakhouse! We are pleased to provide multiple space and menu options to best suit the needs of your group. Be it an intimate tasting dinner, product launch or your dream wedding, The Sea will exceed even the most discerning expectations.

The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (50)
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Creative Cuisine (39)
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Fit for Foodies (30)
Business Meals (29)
Tasting Menu (28)
Notable Wine List (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Authentic (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Seasonal (7)
Cozy (6)
Casual (5)
Hot Spot (4)
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·Dined 5 days ago

As the name suggests, i'd love to see more seafood menu items.

Food in general was good, but for me, it was overpowered by butter on everything. After half way through the dinner course, i only smelt and tasted butter.

Also, for more intimate settings, i'd suggest a separate area where 2 people can sit and enjoy dinner without having to speak loudly to be heard.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Took my wife here for her birthday and the experience was amazing! The service was on point and our food was delicious..

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Portion is not big but quality of food is excellent. Love all their hot and cold appetizers. Very unique and tasty.
We ordered their tenderloin medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The Uni squid pasta was tasty.
Free dessert for the birthday person.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was great. We got free champagne and cake for my husband’s birthday. Service was awesome. The four course tasting menu was a great way to try out a few dishes. I’d love to go back again.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had a fabulous meal for my father's birthday celebration! Food was delicious, creatively prepared and beautifully presented. The servers were very friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food very well prepared. Very high-priced and service doesn’t match the caliber of food or the price. Service was aloof and not demonstrating the level of professional attention that you would expect at this level of restaurant. Every dish we had was outstanding And attention needs to be paid on how to provide more attentive service. Our water glasses were not refilled. Our wine was not poured. We had to ask for additional bread. It was a birthday and that was noted in the reservation and while a birthday card was provided which was very nice other diners had candles on their desserts and we did not.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Once again, we had an amazing birthday celebration. There were four of us, two with birthdays. We all had the Tasting Menu. I'm the only one who doesn't eat meat so The Sea served me delicious substitutions for those two courses. Our waiter, Cash, stayed on top of things and was fun to be around. THANK YOU!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Came here to celebrate my wife's birthday and left very happy with the choice. The service from our waiter and the rest of the staff was excellent. Felt like they went the extra mile for us. The food was very well presented and tasted great. Would definitely come back and recommend to others looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

OMG - the food! Every bite makes you moan! Fabulous!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 31, 2017

A bit fatty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

It was my birthday dinner.
From the beginning to the end the whole experience was outstanding.
We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great restaurant! Excellent service , tremendous quality, and delivers a great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best seafood on the peninsula! Would return again and again and again.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Dining room was very noisy. Could not converse with each other because the table of 4 was so loud & rude. . . Another group of 4 was louder. .. the next table over of 8 raised the noise level to a higher level. . . took 35 minutes to served our main dish. Meanwhile, the table of 2 sat down 10 min after & their meal was served before we were served. What’s going on? Checked your other dining room & would have loved to be seated there... less rude patrons.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Chef is offering new dishes. Bravo!!

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Enjoyed a fabulous meal and evening. Tasting menu was top notch and we enjoyed every bite. Service was impeccable. The open kitchen is a really nice touch and you can see the attention and care that goes into preparing the meals. Food and presentation were exceptional! Chef is outstanding and is recognized for using quality local ingredients. Will definitely return again and again...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was amazing ! Hamachi shots and tuna tartar were delicious . Unfortunately There was a table with three children next to us and one of the kids was going around the table all night and it ruined the ambiance for me !

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fish tasted very fresh, atmosphere was quiet & romantic when we first arrived at 6pm but it got noisier as more people came in later. The cotton candy at the end was the best surprise.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Sea delivers what it promises, a fine dining experience. The staff are professionals and well trained, available and attentive. Our serve, Donna, was most helpful in suggesting wine pairings as well as entries that are chef's favorites. The menu is informative and we received each course promptly - no waits.
The food was well prepared, attractively plated, and full of flavor. The only small portion plate was the dessert which we shared, a bit skimpy. In addition to the regular menu, there was a tasting menu on offer
The Sea is a large establishment, accommodating many diners.And it has the professional staff to support a full dining house. Add in the superb food, you have a fine dining experience. And you pay for it. The place runs like clockwork. We will definitely return for one of those special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Awesome food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was exceptional. I had the lobster which did not come with your typical melted butter and I did not miss it for a second. There were other items to scope up with the lobster and every bite was delicious. They do hit the wine list hard.
Our server also tipped our wine glasses and water which drenched one of the guests. We received 2 wine glasses and free desert. She never did ask how our friend was and if she could get her towels. And, we never did see a manager. She was tipped very well and appreciative.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was amazing. This is the type of food you would see on a food channel. The sea bass was perhaps the most perfectly prepared fish I've ever had in my life. There were also some fun touches and surprises that added to the experience.

The dessert I had ("Pretty in Pink") tasted good, but it was a little too sweet, and it was a bit strange. But, of course, it was perfectly prepared and did taste amazing.

This restaurant is great for special occasions or, if you have the money, a super-nice date night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Nick, the bartender, was just amazing!! Very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I have been wanting to go here for years, but never had the chance.
Restaurant was beautiful, but what stood out by a million miles was the service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Pleasant evening with very good food, good service and redone decor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had very good service. The food was good, but not quite up to the par set by other restaurants in this area at this price point. They're clearly making a strong effort, and I'd be willing to try again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The Sea was an excellent choice for dinner on our anniversary. The food was amazing. The hamachi shots and lobster rocks were excellent starters. We also really enjoyed the seared big eye tuna and black sea bass. It was a really nice touch to get a special anniversary dessert.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food worthy of a Michelin Star. A tad pricey

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Awesome food. Great service. Perfect atmosphere. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was my 3rd visit to The Sea by Alexander- The first one, to celebrate my son's 21st birthday, was very nice. We felt welcomed. Sitting, food, service, everything was working together,
2nd diner, no special occasion, with 3 friends: OK overall.
This 3rd one, only with my son, have been quite disappointing. Table, like the 2nd visit, at the very back of the restaurant - and under a very cold air conditioner!
We saw our waitress at the beginning- never saw her again to check on us.
Entrees arrived barely warmed-
If you like to celebrate a special occasion, or be with a date, this can be a place to be in the area, outside of San Francisco. Otherwise, regarding the price you pay, you may feel a little disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

If you enjoy seafood, and want to treat yourself to some pampering - head to The Sea by Alexander's - love the truffle fries

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Lovey food and service. Overall excellent experience and we plan to go back again soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Awesome service. Food was amazing! Beautiful restaurant

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Fun, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Every bit of food was amazing. The waiter helped us learn about the fish choices and wine pairing, the staff was super attentive, and they helped me and fiancee celebrate our engagement.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is a review for the Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing. It was very disappointing. Overall there are probably 3 dishes our party of 4 actually enjoyed. The Hirame Sushi was great. The Iberico Ham was excellent. But that is when it went downhill. The abalone was terribly deepfried. All you can taste is burnt skin since there is no real deepness to the batter to speak of. The Mero was okay but had a strong ammonia aftertaste. The wine pairing for the Mero was horrendous as it removes all flavor and leaves nothing but a fish taste in the mouth. I am not sure if they even tried this combo. The wine was great by itself, but after one mouth of fish, it ruined the rest of the pour.

Thankfully the Flatiron steak was excellent. Easily the highlight (although that is not hard because two previous dishes were terrible. The cheese is unrememberable and the dessert was decent but nothing out of the ordinary.

Lastly, service is definitely mistimed. Sometimes wine comes first, sometimes cutlery comes first, and once the food came first before everything else (first world problems... but you are paying for a supposed perfect experience). How do I eat the food in front of me without cutlery?

Overall the experience was not bad if I was paying $40-50 a person. But for over $1k for 4 people, this is the epitome of not worth it. Save the money and go to the Alexanders in Cupertino or one of the many other options in the 200+ range in the area.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Loved it!! 100% would go back

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent food on the tasting menu. Great services. Many free small dishes included.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

incredible from start to finish!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Probably the best seafood dinner I've ever had. Excellent service but not over the top. You pay for what you get!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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