The Dead Fish

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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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E
Sacramento
81 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, good food, service and awesome location.

C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great atmosphere, excellent service, delicious, delicious food.
Our favorite place to eat specially for special occasions.

TP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice evening with some young adults. Great food and view. We will return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had requested a table by the window but it was given to a different party so I didn’t get the table was hoping went there last week for party of 2 and requested table by window and didn’t get the window seat It would be nice if we make reservations ahead of time and requested a certain table request by window and actually get it. Everything else was good though

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Should have requested a table near a window, or in the main room. The back room we were seated in was basically the entrance to the kitchen, and the service station. The food deliver, when it was delivered to our table was a little like a food auction, where the runner did not know whos entree went to which person. The food was delicious, really great seafood. But I did not enjoy eating in in a table near the kitchen, smelling like dirty dishes.

MA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming to this restaurant. Used open table to make a reservation. We put in the notes that we would like to sit by the window so we could see the sunset. And that is exactly what they delivered. We also mentioned it was our anniversary and they brought out a candelabra and some cake. It was delicious. Everything tasted fantastic. We will be coming back for future anniversaries!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an early birthday celebration for my husband and we all enjoy going to the The Dead Fish restaurant. We arrived early but got seated right away which made me supper happy. We were also all please with our food selection.

s
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall the dinning experience was nice - we started with Leo as our waiter and ending with Samone which turned out fine but she was over worked and took a little bit to get her - the food was great

AN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. We had 12 reservations and the place was jumping on a Sunday. The parking lots were full but our daughter found a parking place across the street easy peasy. I had the clams as I will always have the clams and they were superb. My husband got the osso buco which was fantastic. The View was spectacular of course. We sat on the patio and it was a sunny gorgeous day. The view of The carquinez Straits and the bridge make the experience even more remarkable. Thank you for being consistently wonderful

CA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Have dined at Dead Fish many times, always with a reservation. Had to wait 1/2 hour to be seated, even with a reservation. Not acceptable.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dead Fish is a unique BayArea experience. Go. Embrace. Enjoy.

SO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Wait staff was very good . Just very very loud in the restaurant. Could not even hear people at our table.

DO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We love the Dead Fish and go there for many special occasions. This weekend was a miss. There were well too many reservations for the available time slots and the reception staff was incredibly rude about putting us at a freezing outside table. Our waiter was kind and gracious, but I would prefer to not be offered and accept reservations when a restaurant really does not have space.

When we inquired about waiting for an inside table after being sat outside, the runner said "you will have to wait at least 30-45 minutes" (mind you, this was for a scheduled and confirmed reservation) and added (in disgust) "that's what all those other people are waiting for" (as though it was impertinent to ask.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This place never disappoints. Foods always amazing! And Ambiance is always a chill vibe.

U
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It’s just not that good. Prices are high for what you get.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food

g
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exellent Restaraunt and great views
Service is superb

KE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

If you are in the mood for seafood this is a place to go. We had a wonderful meal and the view of the Carquinez Bridge was great!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Dead Fish. This is our go-to spot when celebrating Birthdays. Best crab, great service and all around amazing restaurant.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had excellent service, food arrived piping hot and was delicious. We had appetizers that came very quickly and were large enough portions for multiple people. The views are stunning as well. Atmosphere is warm and inviting. We had fun.

FG
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pleasure of eating the cioppino and garlic noodles! Both were wonderful together!

S
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful . The food was delicious

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of great seafood options. Unlike many other seafood restaurants, most of the menu items were not fried. Yay. We had the prime rib and cioppino. Both excellent. And our server, Jeremy, was on point. We sat at the far end of the terrace to get a bit calmer pace. It was beautiful. Great experience. Make sure you make reservations. Seems like this place is busy all day long!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the dead fish! It is a place for traveller’s and locals alike. The food is always amazing and the service is impeccable. Yumm.

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

After reading rave reviews, my wife and I decided to try The Dead Fish as there are very few restaurants dedicated to seafood in the East Bay. We were not impressed. Parking here was a nightmare as all three lots were packed. We ended up parking about a quarter mile away and walking to the restaurant. Upon entering and saying we had reservations and were seated immediately (good) at a table by a service door where the table was so wobbly we couldn’t possibly sit there (bad). Plus, there was only one chair (really bad) so the bus staff found a second chair whose springs were sprung in the cushion (unacceptably bad!). Sitting on the chair would also have been impossible. We honestly considered leaving but our waiter, noticing our discomfort, moved us to a back corner table. (So much for the spectacular Bay views!)

Our wait staff was attentive (good) but the food was average at best. I’d say we could have dined at Denny’s and had probably the same quality. For the prices you pay at The Dead Fish, I would expect great quality, wonderful presentation and a much better atmosphere.

Would I recommend Dead Fish? Nope. Will not be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our Birthday Celebration was FANTASTIC

GK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Evrything was very good. The Food, the service and the great atmosphere with the ocean theme. the only negatives were parking and the prices. Both parking lots were full but the restaurant had many open tables. The prices too high for what you get. $50 for prime rib. $10 for a small slice of Cheesecake etc.
The calamari appetizer was the best I have had in along time. the calamari was actually tender not chewy.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so delish. Bringing a bottle of wine was a great idea. I think it’s time to pull Michael Jackson’s photo down though?! Haha.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a blending of families.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food 👌

SF
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered the crab and mussel skillet. Waited over 45 minutes for the skillet to arrive. At about 25 minutes in the waiter told us that the kitchen was slammed. When the skillet arrived, it was hotter than hot. The mussel shells were burnt. The mussels themselves were mealy and didn't taste good. We asked for a manager and complained to him about the mussels and he had a new batch sent to the table. While not burnt, they were still mealy. Don't know if they were old, not cooked correctly or what but bottom line was they were not tasty at all. All in all it was a very disappointing meal.

R
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galentine's Day with my gal pals at brunch. From start to finish, it was a memorable brunch & we shared vino without corkage fee, which is the best part of Deadfish and all its affiliated restaurants, no CORKAGE ~ cheers! The view is breathtaking as always. 'Til next time...

f
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was a bit greasy and unimaginative. Waitress was pleasant but not very attentive. Kind of chaotic but it was a Sunday...

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went out for Valentine’s Day dinner. Unfortunately when we made the reservations a week in advance the restaurant was full on the day of Valentine’s Day so we made reservations for that next day which was Saturday. Even then they were only a few non-ideal times for Reservations available. We made reservations for 9 PM which I thought was late, but When we got there it was very lively and almost completely full. Our Reservations were for 9 PM but we showed up around 8:40 PM. We waited about 15 minutes for a table to be ready. When we sat down on our table service was fast and very professional . We received our drinks in a timely manner and received our appetizer almost immediately after ordering. That is always nice especially when you’re really hungry, although the appetizer was $20 for three crab crostini’s with salmon it was definitely worth it. We shared a 12 ounce prime rib and a combo skillet (crab, mussels, and shrimp), which still ended up being a lot of food, which we ended up taking home.
I would definitely like to experience the restaurant on a not so busy night or even brunch but our overall experience was amazing and we will definitely be eating here again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brother in Law Birthday, sat within 5 minutes of our reservation, our waiter Lak introduced himself and was amazing all evening, food was excellent!

PW
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, very busy on valentine weekend. Loved the crab!

MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary. Good thing we had reservations because they weren’t taking walk ins. The hostess in the front, with the black hair and full sleeve tattoos is really rude. I saw her communicating with all of the customers including myself and my husband and she had no customer service skills, especially everyone walking in would be spending at least $150. She shouldn’t be in the front greeting or checking in people in my opinion.

Other than that our server was nice and the food was decent. We live nearby and come to the restaurant often. The food has tasted better the other times we have gone. It was pretty bland this time.

We will come here again for the view and family time, but not for a special date night out. Definitely not worth it.

MF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dead Fish never disappoints. We went Valentine's weekend and it was packed! Despite being VERY busy, the food was excellent and the service was supreme. We used Open Table for the reservation and found they were only offering bar seating without one. Try the Killer Crab (and be sure to ask for extra napkins!). Soooooo delicious.

BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Yes, I do recommend The Dead Fish and we bring our friends there. I do however have to mention that every time I have been there the restrooms are always dirty. This last time I was there, there was blood on the floor and it was being tracked out onto the carpet., pretty gross. My husband ordered Cioppino and it took 3 tries to get him a spoon. We really like The Dead Fish, I just wish the bathrooms were better maintained, especially for the price you are paying for your food.

H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Parking was terrible. Had to park three blocks away and up steep hill into residential area for a 3:45pm reservation . No valet parking was offered . Drove an hour , first time there and got put in a “cubby hole “ in back staring at a glazed window streaming hot sun through with no ventilation. Asked The hostess if we could wait for an outside seat or something with a view since we have driven so far and she said no , That they were very busy and the wait was too long and continue to walk us to the back room. I then asked our waitress if we could wait and try and get seated out front where we could see something and perhaps breath a bit better and she also said nothing available and they were too booked and it was first come first serve for dining out front even with a reservation. The ambiance wasn’t what we expected or drove an hour for. We can get great food at a Number of restaurants but we chose to try this one out because of the view we were told about.

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