The Dead Fish

4.5
9830 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 9830 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.6
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Happyhusband
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The crab is some of the best I’ve ever had

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chibe2252
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Our reservation was at 4 pm, seated outside at 3:40 pm. 5 minutes later, our waitress let us know she would be back to take our order. 10 minutes later she said she would take order. After 30 minutes, we needed to leave because we would obviously be late for a curtain call, we didn't get any water, bread or drinks.
First time this ever happened to us at the Dead Fish. It will definitely be a while before trying out the Dead Fish again. Never did get her name, she was a freckled brunette, that smiled and waved as we left. Some service, the worst we experienced at your establishment.
Alvin Todd

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Air conditioning was up and food was so so - they were running behind

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MarkS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service3ambience1

Reservations made 5 days in advance but it took a half hour to be seated.
Originally Requested outside table but took inside just to get seated.
Noise level extremly loud, you couldn't hear the person next to you.
Wait staff confused and disorganized. Poor management of staff.

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ChrisK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A lot of places are understaffed right now, but we never had a problem with wait times or service. Been coming here for many years…I must admit it’s starting to get rather expensive. Lunch for 4 with lower priced plates and a couple of beers added up to $180. Still, I’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food my family ordered was excellent. It was nice to to go the Deadfish again since the beginningof the lockdown!

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Grandeoso
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I heard mixed reviews about the service. It was ecxellent.

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JasmineT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last year during the pandemic I was literally calling this restaurant to get a delivery on this delicious food because I wanted some so bad. Needless to say they were not open and I talked to an empty answering machine. 🤣 LAWD I know whoever got that message thought I was crazy. Anyway, I finally fulfilled my food craving 😋. The food is so good here and the service is excellent. I love the whole crab 🦀 with the shrimp 🍤 and a ceasar salad 🥗 on the side. Oh yeah and side of fries. My usual favorite at this restaurant. They have a beautiful scenic side bay view that is perfect for any occasion. Where you can just sit and relax and enjoy the ambience. Just a great place to get away for a minute.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun for birthdays!!!

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Dwight
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to this place. Great atmosphere and the service is always great. Food is fantastic. Have not had a bad experience yet. Highly recommend going especially for a special occasion.

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vipdjshafer
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were a little disappointed in our server, especially since we went there only two weeks ago and our server (and food) was GREAT then. This visit, it wasn't as great. Still wonderful, but not as good as before which made it disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant! Already planning another time to go!!

JS
vipJonS
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, view and the servers was fantastic. Looking forward to our next visit.

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Skookumguy
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Our party of 6 arrived at opening time, 12:00. When we got to the table, there was a cloth mask hanging on one of the chairs, and several of the chairs had food crumbs on them. This was upsetting, since we were the first party at the table that day…obviously hadn’t been well cleaned for the day. Food was expensive, but good. Atmosphere was very noisy an tables were very close together. I would not really recommend because they obviously don’t have good COVID safety procedures. This was during the surge of the Delta variant, so I would have hoped they were being more careful.

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White
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

No complaints on food. Found somethings to be pricey. Don’t agree with having to pay extra for bread, salad veggies potato should be included in MEAL

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my fiancé’s birthday and our server was very friendly

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CathyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cakes are full of flavorful crab meat. The view is spectacular. Wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Two if us had fish and chips done to perfection. Was overcooked last time. Tried the fried artichoke to share: very good. Cocktails perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Ordered two Mojitos and the mint was wilted and black, the drink was not a Mojito at all, it was a lemonade with wilted mint and soda water.

I kindly mentioned it to the server, who ignored it once. I let it go, but then I mentioned it again to another server who recognized the drink was not to well made.

When our server came back, he did take off one drink off the bill, but both Mojitos were awful. We let it go as the server was not pleased. However, hospitality guidelines, the server should first check that everything meet the standards before serving the food and drink, and if the customer has an observation, to be attentive to the needs and requirements of the client.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Clam chowder was thick and luke warm and my coffee was muddy and cold. Entree was very good and desert was excellent. Service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Singapore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday of my friend. We experienced lack of parking at both sides of the building & was not sure if the one across was Dead Fish parking. My friend almost left & luckily found a street parking

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SherryL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was so so he had way to many tables. The waiter had to be reminded a few times for ordered items. Had to wait 1/2 hour with Reservations. It was not a screaming experience. Just Okay.

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RocJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks it was me my daughter & husband first time and we enjoyed it we love sea food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Horrible service!!

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RuddyG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service dress up or dress down you always feel welcome

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JoanW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was excellent food was great late I enjoyed myself

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Our server was the only employee not wearing a mask. We asked the manager and he said that all staff are required to wear masks. We had to ask our server to wear his mask. His response was I’m fully vaccinated. We then go see our server sitting in the corner eating shrimp cocktail . We had to ask him for silverware. After we asked him to wear his mask he then ignores us walking by sometime sighing and never again except for the very very end of our meal asked how we were.

We patronize this place very frequently bringing in many friends and family here. It was a shock on how this employee did not feel the need to follow their own work policy or seem to care about the safety of the guests they was serving.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this place and have been coming with my family for many years!
Being a Chef taste, presentation is a big deal for me.
Food was extremely salty, and the food seemed like it was just Thrown on the plate!
It was my mother in-laws birthday but she didn’t even get a Happy Birthday as it’s always been celebrated with candle and singing from the servers. Maybe that has changed and I wasn’t aware of it! 😏

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab is great!

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loyalfoodie
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the quality of seafood at The Dead Fish. It's been a couple years since we dined there due to COVID, but our dinner was delicious! The wait staff all wore masks and hand sanitizer was offered at check-in. We ordered oysters on the half shell along with a crab melt sandwich and crab/shrimp salad - very good! Fresh baked bread was served with our meal. We also ordered cocktails that were excellent. Our waiter was prompt and professional. If you enjoy fresh seafood I would highly recommend The Dead Fish restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there with my daughter , 6 yr old son and her two little ones (1 1/2 and 3) had reservations and the host told me it was an inside booth. I asked if there was anything available outside and right away he got up and went to look and show me how hot it was inside a cabana since he saw we had kids. Cabana was fine so we sat there but on our way to sit my daughter asked me if we were going to be able to get a high chair and one of the servers overheard us and he says very friendly “I can get you one” then our actual server was super friendly and outgoing with the kids. Offered suggestions to my daughter as a young first timer drinker and just the whole experience was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!
We ended up being seated across from some friends of mine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Opted to sit outside. It was a cool breezy day until we sat outside underneath the tents. It felt like the heater was on. We asked the waitress if in fact the heat was on by mistake. She told us the heat gets trapped under the tents, that’s why the warm breeze..
We always order the calamari appetizer, they changed the recipe. Not as good as remembered. It was good but not the same. I always order the sizzling crab and double shrimp. It was good, but the shrimp wouldn’t peel. That was the most frustrating meal I’ve had in a long time. Was prepared to work for the crab, not the shrimp. Was hungry and out of energy after I just ate..lol
All in all, it was good.. just not the same.

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MichaelA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great. The food was served nice and warm and the service was fantastic.

MJ
MattJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We walked right in because we had a reservation. Food and service was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We would go their again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

I was very disappointed! This is one of my favorite restaurants but I like to sit in the bar area or the outside. We made reservations to celebrate my son’s birthday and requested outside or bar area. They didn’t have my reservation so we had to sit in the very loud dining area. No view, loud with no ambiance. My son’s first time and we booked it late to watch the sunset. No sunset… sat in the dining area. Then I get an e-mail stating we missed are reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was our Anniversary and they did give us a window like we requested and they did show us the table and asked if it was ok. But I didn’t k know it was the bartender who would be our server. He did a good job but so could have been friendlier . The grilled shrimp and crab was wonderful . I asked about the cheese bread and he came back with a platter of bread with toasted cheese that you pay for !! Yummy!!! But I guess you don’t get a basket of bread like you used to ?? I will still always go back … love the no corkage fee !! And the view !! So we will definitely be back!1

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LORIEH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was so slow. I believe our server had too many tables.

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ForrestF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Disappointing all the way around from the “crab Cioppino“ that was literally crab in cioppino sauce to the half cheese have cake cheese cake to the not getting drinks refilled. Definitely not worth the money!!!

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Hershallb
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great we enjoyed the meal and the view.

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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 9830 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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