The Dead Fish

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Enjoy spectacular views of the new Carquinez Bridge and serene San Pablo Bay while dining on the lushly planted patio with heated and cooled cabanas and twinkling lights. Unique weekend brunch with specialty cocktails. Specialties include 100% USDA Certified Prime, Prime Rib and whole Dungeness crab. Unique dining rooms for an intimate dinner or a large group. "We may have a funny name but we're dead serious about our food!!"
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Love the crab and shrimp and cioppino

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RA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected , all was up to the Dead Fish high standards of service, quality of food and reasonable pricing.

Regards,
Rafi M. Salem

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CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and view

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JS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We love this place but service was not very good this time and hot food was lukewarm. However, that will not stop us from going again

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NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was one of the most enjoyable birthday luncheons we have ever had. Leo, our waiter, was friendly, meeting our every request with a smile. All six of us were unanimous in our praise of the food. Even the weather was cooperative with blue skies and bright sunshine the perfect backdrop for this unique setting. I recommend lunch or early dinner times to enjoy the outside views and inside hospitality.

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R
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I really wanted to love this place. Lots of things were great. We were seated right away at a nice table. Service was very attentive. The place has a nice ambiance. We only had two things, so that is all I have to judge the food by. We had an iceberg salad, which was fine. We also had a large pot of cioppino for two. That tasted good, but did not seem like good value to me. I mean, here is a restaurant that prides itself on its crab, yet charges $50 for a pot of cioppino that includes no (zero, nada) crab? That did not seem right to me.

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MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a reservation for 6:30 and because of your difficult parking lot, we did not get inside until 6:33. We were made to wait until 7:18 before we were seated, watching numerous people (with the same sized groups) come in an be seated long before us. We felt like we were being punished for the three minutes we were late.

The food was wonderful and the wait service was exceptional.

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KC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, the flavor and quality of the food was great! Definitely will come back again. Service was amazing.

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RF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very buy restaurant. It took a while for server to arrive to the table; she was very helpful on recommendations. Food was fresh and good but nothing spectacular. Roasted Crab was good and did not come with sides. Shrimp Louie good, with large shrimp, but not something to rave about. Prices are on the high side. Not very many restaurants in the area to compete with the Dead Fish and I suspect that is why prices are higher.

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BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service on a busy Presidents Day. We will definitely return.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

On this visit, our server charged our bill to another table’s card and ours was charged to that table. I brought this to the server’s attention. Server corrected it but then he didn’t cancel the first transaction because we got charged for the 2 different bills (found error with bank. We’ve been many times and this was the only negative we’ve had.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything it was cracked up to be!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I don't like the menu has changed for none seafood eaters like me. Especially the meat lasagna.

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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I had a reservation at 8:15 but i did not get seated for a while . overall nice place and excellent waiters

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The seafood squid ink linguine was AMAZING

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Valentine celebration ❤️

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RO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Appetizers come to are table after we had the dinner,and was really cold in the patio heather didn’t work.

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ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We got to sit next to the fireplace. One of my dreams on our valentines date.

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MC
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have unknowingly driven past the place hundreds of times over the years. What a pleasant surprise to discover it. Great vibe, awesome food, nice views, attentive service. They do not rush diners, we enjoyed a 2+ hour lovely dinner. We had cocktails in the bar before dinner and enjoyed the views. For appetizers I recommend the oysters, fried artichokes and crostini. For dinner our party of enjoyed the cioppino (best I’ve had!) salmon, crab, sea bass and crab linguini. Bring your own wine... NO corkage fees, unheard of in nicer restaurants. Our birthday girl was treated to dessert along with a candelabra of large candles at our table. MUST make a reservation. Next time will sit outside for brunch!

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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing crab as always! Service is always outstanding! Always a favorite spot for my wife and I

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

had a five o clock res, seated at 530 not good , food was ok, over priced, won't hurry back

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JZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Soup was cold. Sea bass was good. Would of liked to have a better side than sweet potatoes

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Food and a beautiful atmosphere! I love to sit by the bay windows to drink in the glorious scenery. Holidays and weekends, it tends to packed but still easy to access reservations online. Great restaurant!!

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NG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible at this place. Starting with unhappy hoststess greeting us, and continuing receiving negative attitude from our server. As soon as we stepped in we were “greeted” with the hoststess that was very irritated and without saying much took us to our table. Our server made it seem like it’s not a big deal to serve a drink in a dirty and cracked glass. When my husband requested this glass to be changed she said it’s fine since it’s not luiqing. I don’t think we are ever coming back to this place seeing other servers don’t wash their hands after using restroom. This is very unsanitary and disgusting. Very unpleasant place due to poor service. Food was okay, had better food for this price.

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JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went their for a family birthday celebration. The service was great and the food was awesome from the prime rib to the crab.

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TC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to The Dead Fish for years and it is consistently good. I recommend this restaurant as well as their other restaurant The Stinking Rose in San Francisco.

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PG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch, good variety of choices, friendly service

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AJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Dead fish made us wait 45 minutes although we had a reservation. They claimed we were a no-show because we were at their bar ordering drinks during the wait; food was good when we got it but very displeased with how the manager didn't do anything to rectify the situation or give us a discount. Probably won't be back

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BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst place i went too. We made a reservation had to wait 40 minutes to be seated. Food came cold drink was watered down. We was seated at a tiny I MEAN TINY table. For the amount we paid the trip we took to get there🤬😡😡😠 this place is the dead fish in my book im done

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m
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, decor, and friendly staff made our 1 hour long wait despite having reservations bearable. The food is amazing. I ordered the beet salad and was pleasantly surprised. Also ordered the delicious crab. Seasoning was fantastic on the crab and there was plenty of it. Since crab is what they are known for, that should be expected, and not did they deliver on it! Highly recommend coming here, just maybe not the weekend after Valentine's day unless you want to wait until 9pm for your 8pm reserved table.

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r
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sharin, the general manager is amazing 💜 and so was my server/service. thank you!

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Food .. it was very crowded when we got there we were seated 15 minutes after our 6:30 reservations, but regardless the service was great and the food came pretty quick after we ordered. We will definitely be coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hosts name was Chad. He provided excellent service and was very helpful in answering any questions on the menu.

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

No parking. Overbooked. People standing everywhere. We made our reservation weeks in advance but ended up in the bar on a table so large and the bar so noisy we could not hear each other. Other people desperate for seating came over and asked if they could sit with us. The waiter was overworked. One of our dishes was burned. It took 3 hours to get through our meal because of delays. We spent $374.00 without tip. Only one drink with alcohol. My husband could not join us because there was no parking in any lot nor in the neighborhood on the hill. NOT worth the hassle and food is nothing special.

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TB
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Superb as usual!

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is always amazing! Can't wait to come back!

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TC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Have always loved coming to the Dead Fish because of the excellent service but this time was a little different. Our waiter did not come back to check on us again after seeing that our food had been delivered. "Everything okay? Alright i'll bring you more butter." By the end of our meal our glasses were empty and one dish never came out. After having to call out our server's name twice, and informing him that the dead man's stew never came out he apologized on behalf of the kitchen, that they were busy, and if we'd still like to wait for it. We said no and then just had it taken off the bill. Left a little disappointed that he was not more attentive to glasses and what we ordered.

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HW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

We loved the Dead Fish. We have been several times and have recommended it to many of our friends.

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CM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service from the moment we walked in. Ordered the Cioppino and crab legs. Both were great. Server was friendly, professional and attentive.

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SE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I made a reservation was 1s put outside and it was cold then put in a back room really wanted the front room with a view of the water. My reservation was at 3pm and thought that wouldn't be a problem. We were kinda left in a corner. Food was great and would come back and have told friends how good the food is.

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