The Dead Fish

4.5
9163 Reviews
$30 and under
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!!"

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 9163 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very disappointing experience due mostly to poor customer service. The food was average, although the STEW taste like tomato soup with some seafood thrown in-it was not good.

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vipErica
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always booked and busy for a reason. Beautiful views, tasty food, and good cocktails. Parking can be hit or miss but that shouldn't stop you from going!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from checking in and great energy from our waiter. Food was great. Just overall great.

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Lorena
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service and ambiance!👍🏽
Beautiful scenery!

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SteveG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great, took care of all us us, made sure he checked back every so often to make sure we were doing well. Our family doesn't eat out a lot, but when we do, we enjoy the experience of a nice establishment.

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MarthaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday occasion for my best friend and we were able to even get a window seat. Because of the pandemic please make a reservation to avoid waiting,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dining with high school friends

JH
JenniferH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was super friendly and food was very delicious

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CherylE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us immediately indoors. Our booth, although indoors, wasn't far from the open entrance doors, so it was a bit cool and drafty with the front doors open due to COVID protocol. Food and service were great!

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SonjaW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything went well except for us receiving our bread last

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MoiraC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and the weather happened to be beautiful that afternoon. The tables were spaced far enough to provide privacy. The food was awesome and the service was great. My first time there and I hope to come again. It was wonderful! Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!

Moira Chanese

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was our second time going. The food was good. I thought the first time was a lot better. Service was good. I would go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipEilizLamp
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect day with amazing food and great service. The Dead Fish never disappoints.

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LauraL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Robert had great drink and food suggestions and offered excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our waiter was attentive and made sure our needs were meant from the start of our visit til we left

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PatriciaO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dead Fish is my favorite "special dining" restaurant. The

food and service are excellent, and there is no corkage fee. We have reserved for large parties at Christmas and other events, and gone just as a couple, and never been disappointed..

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom daughter lunch after a year of not seeing each other.

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seanc
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner with my wife. Wow wow wow. Great atmosphere and great service. The views were fantastic. Recommended to all. I’m ready for another great evening.
Thank you Dead Fish for a great evening.

JH
JanelleH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was quick and friendly. Food was excellent!

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BirthdayDinner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

David, our waiter, was FABULOUS! Food was great although I can't wait for Osso Bucco to return to the menu. We were there early on a Thursday night so it was very quiet. We love this place and hope they can freshen up the menu when things get back to normal.

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dineNwine
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always good always consistent. Lovely place to dine

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GreggG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great views except for plastic barriers because of COVID! The crab melts were nice with ample crab meat. Good
Drinks too. Will go again.

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frenchyvette
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was OUTSTANDING! Really took care of us. They need to be careful of not overcooking on the sizzling platters. Less is better because they continue to cook.

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GradyG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you looking for a spot with great views, cocktails & food, this is the place.
Friendly staff and fun atmosphere. We're making another visit soon!

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SheliaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very, very nice. Seating, food, service, all VERY good.

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StephanieP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Restaurants! Fabulous view of the Carquinez Straits and Carquinez Bridge from high on a hill. Wonderful food and excellent service. I have been going there a few times a year for 22 years...

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MaryH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4-7-2021. Thank you. Good food

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vipcary
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly environment with excellent seafood. Service was great. Quaint atmosphere
with many little sailboats to admire. Very nautical and of course right on the water with a great view. Beautiful bar area to relax in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Portions a lot smaller then normal waiters did not open my bottles of champagne not the best bday of the my visit I’ve been here many beats this was by far the worst

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Lizzie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I had listed in my reservation it was a birthday celebration, and I even mentioned it at the time of check-in. But I was disappointed that staff made no mention or ask whose birthday was being celebrated.

Food was good, and service was fine. But I guess the Covid restrictions put a damper on my expectations!

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Timothy
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu is changed with many dishes taken off the menu. Drinks seemed to have been
limited and less alcohol . We've been going to the Dead for quite awhile been we notice a change.

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SorayaE
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Service was bad, She never asks if I need a refill or anything else.

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vipLifeisgood
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!!
Thank you!!!

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ChrisG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Artichoke appetizer is a must.

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SamanthaD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing date night - delicious food, great ambiance and service!

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adrienneb
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary and requested a table overlooking the water, which we did not get. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Nice ambiance.

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Galen
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

I heard a lot of comments about the Dead Fish; but never went there. I decided to go there for a belated Birthday lunch with my wife, daughter, and sister-in-law.

The ambiance was fair. There is a nice view of the waterfront area. My only issue was there were patrons seated in front of the window. When my family and I looked out the window, those patrons gave us a strange look like we were staring at them.

The food was great. I was not fond of the ala carte menu. If you order a dish, sides cost extra and do not come with the meal. Usually fancier restaurants do this, but I would not classify the Dead Fish as a fancy restaurant.

I found it odd that they did not have hamburger on the kid's menu. In addition, the kid's menu is quite limited.

The price was steep. The bill came out to $215, reduced to $155 with gift cards, then add $40 gratuity, the final bill was $190.

The Dead Fish is a step up from Red Lobster. I went in expecting a fancy restaurant and ambience. On the side of caution, my party went in dressed up incase of a dress code. We quickly learned there was none. While the food was great I was taken back by the ala carte pricing. If it was my decision, I would not re-patron this restaurant. However, I would not restrict my wife, daughter, or guests from choosing this place.

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Yummy
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With vaccine cards in hand, we chose an outdoor table closest to the water with a wonderful view. Although we had a reservation, the host offered to show us tables that were available in the bar (another amazing view) and outside. Erin, our waitress, was perfect...friendly, professional, efficient and brought an unexpected chocolate yummy to our table for the Birthday Girl.

The Dead Fish always raises the bar and they are extremely COVID mindful.

Thank you !!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Dead Fish using the Order Online button. The Dead Fish also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 787-3323.

The Dead Fish is rated 4.5 stars by 9163 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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