The Dead Fish

4.5
9387 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 9387 people are saying
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fitgirl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their cab feast! The waiter was great and love the view. We’ve always got great services!
Every year we go there to celebrate birthday’s for the family.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waitress wasn’t attentive , came off very rude . I felt the entire time was rushed by the waitress . We went for a birthday and the waitress brought the dessert 20 minutes after we ordered desserts and said oh yeah you get a free piece of cake . She was rude when we asked questions about menu items and walked away in the middle of asking a question we had to call her back continuously . When it came time to lay we split the bill and we accidentally put 3 cards in and she said uh no there are 3 cards and put the cup with the check in it back on the table aggressively . When she walked away everyone at the table felt uncomfortable and could tell she was irritated . We will not return as we did not have a good time . The food was the only good part of the experience.

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mike51
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Dead Fish has great shellfish. Mine was the mussels, my wife also had shrimp. The Carquinez views are great particularly given our months of quarantine.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food as always! Best spot in town

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TitusY
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You're looking at two of the most satisfied customers. FYI, yesterday was our 2nd visit!
"Love is lovelier the 2nd time around!" For sure, we'll the pass the word around among our friends as well as our relatives. These days, it's not easy in the SF Bay area to find "A Good Restaurant", while taking every thing into consideration.
Keep up the good work, Guys!

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GeorgannD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was looking forward to my dinner. The service was the pits. The food was nothing like it use to be as for as freshness, taste, are looks. It's like there was no kink of love put to cooking it. Just through it on the plate and said here. Was very disappointed. Waiter never came to ask if we needed any more water are anything. The place wasn't as clean as I remember. The tab was $110 not worth it.

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EnglishRose
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good standard, and a beautiful setting. We sat outside in a cabana, looking out over the Carquinez Strait. Service was excellent, and good delicious.

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LoraineS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Didn’t have to wait for drinks and didn’t feel rushed. Very enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Nice views.

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kennetht
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

crab louis no crab crab enchilada very little crab

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BrandyK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The server never checked on us, she never told us her name, I'm pretty sure she was the bartender also, our drinks were empty the food was terrible. Ordered creamed spinach that had absolutely NO cream in it and the server told me it did like I was wrong or something. Place has went down hill since covid. We will not return to this restaurant, such a disappointment.

JM
JacquelineM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a handicap young adult who fell trying to open the ladies bathroom door. Something should be done to make that door easier to open for handicap. I helped her up and informed staff. I was also told the handicap elevator or lifter was not working and has not been for a long time. She had to climb stairs to get back to table.. not good !!

MJ
MatthewJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Soup was cold, fish and chips was good and do not order cocktails from bar. They do not kow how ot make them.

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FredZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We requested seating outside and we were seated at a very nice table with a view of the water it was off in a corner and that was very nice since it was our 39th anniversary. The food and wine were excellent and the service was attentive. We will definitely be back.

JR
JRock
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For our families first eating out experience since Covid we chose Deadfish, because of their outside dining option. Indoors was good seating with social distancing but we choose to eat outdoors and It was awesome to say the least. The food was good, we had calamari, oyster, fish sandwich and crab crostini and the shrimp ceasar salad. Everything tasted so fresh, but it was our server RyAnn that made our experience so enjoyable. She was so personable. It can be difficult with a mask on to connect with a person, but her bubbly personality came through. Thank you

TC
TimC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been at DF many years. Seems like after pandemic your portions are much small. Case in point salmon dish only one side. Fish stew not as full of seafood. Be careful your clientele is local.

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MichaelV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Crab sandwich dry, no pop , cheese melted on bread would of been better on crab.
Fish stew to hot too eat . by the time it had cooled down rest of party was ready to leave.

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Satyrlicious
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good food. Great service. They have wonderful Covid precautions.

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ByronP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My 88 year old Mother had never been to the Dead Fish. One reason was the name of the restaurant - she had always found it a bit off putting. Well, any doubts she had were soon forgotten once we began receiving our food. The artichoke app was light and crispy and our main lunch items were fresh and perfectly cooked. We went the day after Mother's Day and the staff was still in good shape and on point. We had a delightful time and my Mother will be back no matter what they call the restaurant!

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KarlieH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Took at least 15 minutes to be served . Other tables served before us that sat after us . One entree was forgotten to be sent out untill 10 min into meal being dropped and having to remind server . Dessert came out with missing ingredients so when asked about them we were told 10 minutes later they were out , dessert melted by then . Food was good , but service ehhh....

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RuthO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First of all they could not find my reservation when they finally did it was 15 minutes later than my actual time I when I asked if we wanted to eat outside or inside we want it outside she said there was no seats available we got put by the kitchen with the door wide open and all the flies and the staff going in and out The kitchen it was terribly noisy could not hear ourselves talk supposed to be a very special birthday lunch for a dear friend very hefty price tag I felt like I was eating in a diner we had the worst table in that place right by the wide open door I will never ever recommend this place or go there again I asked the wait staff several times to bring either a song or dessert for my friends for his birthday after about the seventh request finally someone Heard me I get this place one star

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DanielM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We arrived 15 minutes early or are reservation. We were quickly seated with options. We ordered the crabcakes, Cristini‘s and they had delivered bread. It was delicious. For dinner we had to have crab and garlic sauce the shrimp Alfredo and the sea bass this was also delicious the prices were a little pricey but the food wasGood. Portions we’re really not that great for the price. But the food was really good for its location. thank you for reading.

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smithT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great as always . Has always been a favorite restaurant and will be coming back

SL
SoupLady
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my Aunt’s 80th Birthday.

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EddieT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood lovers destination! Love how this place presents and executes its menu. Our server, Carina Q, was friendly and professional! Everything was delicious and the view can't be beat!

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DarrenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Well, I've been here many times and usually it's a pretty nice dining experience. However oh, this time was the Monday after Mother's Day and the service was poor. Maybe it's the spacing of the diners that makes it difficult for the waitress to get back to the tables 2 request the rest of your food, sweetener for your Ice-T or just to be checked on. We had the crab sandwiches, both sandwiches had shell in them. Hopefully the next time I go there it will be better...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

DB
DeberahB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great view. Good food. A nice albeit pricey night out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every year for Mother’s Day
We love the service and the food

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vipGabe
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. Hands down the best crab around.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The waiter was rushing us to order and keep cutting us off while we was ordering. And keep saying anything else. Than we left a tip for him and gave the bus boy a tip as will. My Che k was 86.19
Came home to a pending charge of 102.05. Called to talk to someone than told me to leave a email to the manager I did they fixed it. I will never return there again. It was a Mother’s Day dinner

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vipLorraineS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Seating as soon as we arrived. Staff was kind and respectful. Waiter was amazing, very attentive. Food was fantastic and our table had the perfect view. Will continue to come back.

MM
MeganM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner

JS
JimmyS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our server Angel was great with a good sense of humor

NC
NChan
Sacramento
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our early Mother’s Day brunch on the outdoor patio. Our meals, with the exception of one salmon meal were very good. The salmon meal came only after we asked about it. It was cold and not acceptable. The server sent it back for a new meal. However, after an extended delay the salmon came back after everyone had finished eating. In addition, the meal appeared to be the same and was was not new. Fortunately the meal was removed from the bill. However, that person’s Mother’s Day celebration was severely dampened.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was outstanding! Always a wonderful experience!❤️

KA
KelvinA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great grab platters!

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Ashleigh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience3

I had made a reservations for 3 people. I called 2 days ahead to see if I can change it to 4. We were having mothers day dinner that day. I asked if maybe we could add a chair to the table. I was told my table was a 3 seat table and I could not be accommodated but to keep trying online to make a new reservations. The hostess said that sometimes people cancel, which was fine. I could not get another reservations and was told I can not add a chair to my table. When we arrived for our reservations EVERY table had 4 chairs including the one we were seated at. I was extremely disappointed as I had to tell my mother in-law that we could not add to the reservations due to a 3 seat table. Our waiter was great as he knew our frustrations.

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vipArena
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love coming here!! Celebrated Mother’s Day early and had a seafood feast!! I didn’t realize no corkage until I was looking over the menu. So nice to be able to enjoy our wine. Top notch seafood and ambience! See you real soon!

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The Dead Fish is rated 4.5 stars by 9387 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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