The Dead Fish

4.5
6076 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Prime Rib
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Hours of operation
Daily 11 am - 10 pm
Weekend and Monday Holiday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
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Phone number
(510) 787-3323
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Payment options
Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
J. C. Becerra
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Private party facilities
We can accommodate your private party of ten in Nemo's Nook, sixty in Vera's Lodge, and any number in between.
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Private party contact
Cody Golden: (510) 787-3323 ext. 1
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pomona
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Parking details
We have two large parking lots.
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Special events & promotions
Season's Greetings! Let's spend the Holidays together! Please book your reservation early, as we fill up quickly!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6076 People Are Saying
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BG
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome day! Everything was awesome. My favorite spot!

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SA
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good access for 95 year old Mom. Unexpectedly good food.

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CK
San Francisco
8 reviews
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is great, but parking is impossible. The service (via Open Table reservation) was prompt and courteous. Took a bit for waiter to acknowledge us but then it was excellent. The only thing I have to say, however, is it is pricey for what you get...it's all a la carte and felt it is overpriced.

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JG
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Food came fast. Hot and flavorful.

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TC
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine here often. it is one of my favorite places. This time I brought my brother here for his 75th Birthday and it was outstanding!! Mike enjoyed the meal and the experience. I will be back!!

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food good service nice views.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food. Caesar salad was fishy. Short rib dinner was excellent. Service was terrible. Slow.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome
I love the Dead Fish

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ED
San Francisco
11 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always our favorite spot in the bay area for a special occasion. Great food, service and friendly staff.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the romaine salad with beets added. My favorite salad. It is fantastic! We also had garlic noodles which are delicious but too oily. The view is always fantastic and the service was great. We always enjoy the Dead Fish.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience, nice environment, good food!

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SR
San Diego
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish was so fresh I though it was alive!
Great service.
Great view.
Patrons were even nicer than our table.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, void and view!! Loved it!

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g
San Francisco
47 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s got lots of soul. The food was excellent. Loved our server. Only complaint is it was too loud.

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow. We wanted dessert, but it was taking too long so we left to get dessert elsewhere. Waiter did bare minimum.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent family style cioppino. Huge portion. Great view. Perfect for a family birthday celebration.

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k
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing, food was off the carts and the host and waiter were all wonderful.

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OE
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Normally me and the wife love this place, so we decided to try their brunch....we we're both diapointed. wierd pancakes that you scoop out of a pan...wierd ommlet (momlett)....we will go back, but not for the brunch

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C
Sacramento
38 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been a dining guest at this restaurant in the past for lunch and afternoon bar cocktail. Love the scenic view of the waterway. A friend and I drove from Sacramento to 'The Dead Fish' on Sunday to have brunch that was very good. It was a relaxing and enjoyable day.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
1.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

A beautiful view... and that is where it ended. Food quality was poor. Crab cake was awful, with shells in it. Calamari was awful too... I assume frozen and just reheated for ease in the kitchen. Service was poor. Tables around us complaining to the point I didn’t feel comfortable. What a disaster... don’t go.

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PH
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely venue. Delicious food. Security on carparks. Really enjoyed our meal. If ever in the area again would be sure to dine here.

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ES
San Francisco
20 reviews
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This was our first visit to The Dead Fish and it was a mixed bag of good and so so. This place seems to be really popular based on what we have experienced. The place was packed... Awesome view of the Carquenez Bridge and the strait.

Seated promptly inside .... would have liked outside but sometimes that’s just how it goes. Noise was deafening .... hard to have a conversation most of the time.

Excellent cocktails!

Ordered crab cakes app and got 2 medium to small crab cakes with no aoli, sauce or garnish. 2 crab cakes on a plate .....They were good but without an accompaniment were pretty dry.

I ordered the calamari steak and it was excellent, served with a side of pasta that was good as well.

My wife ordered halibut in a ciopino sauce. She was disappointed that the fish was over very cooked. Hard to accept or cooked fish at a seafood restaurant
She said the sauce was good though. That dish came with yams, potatoes, pasta and corn ( curious combination and big carb load).

Mike our server was very professional and provided good service.

Not sure we’d go back again..... maybe for lunch if we were assured of an outside seat.

All in all just okay .... nothing special here based on our visit. Clearly they have a big clientele so maybe it’s just us....

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LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night with family and 2 birthdays! We were pleased with evening! We always come back!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another anniversary dinner at the Dead Fish and we were not disappointed. Always enjoy the crab but the service and ambience are wonderful too!

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AB
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sever we had was amazing he talked with my brother in law about the menu and made sure everything he ordered was glutton-free

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fast and efficient service, and beautiful views of the Carquinez Bridge and water. We have always enjoyed coming here and will continue to so.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Uncourteous service staff, overpriced food, salad was wilted. Had to peel my own shrimp. For $50 you’d think the shrimp would already be peeled.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing view. Delicious fish. Good to see paper straws & butter knives. Can’t wait to try the clams.

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VW
1 review
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

We came back to the Dead Fish becasue the last tie we had a lovely meal in a quiet ambience. this time it was loud, the food was mostly fried and the general atmosphere was not one I owuld drive an hour for again.

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and great food. Will be back for sure.love, love ❤️ This place . Yummy food

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MB
1 review
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love The Dead Fish. My brother was visiting from Kansas and we always make time to eat here. I also took my daughter and my grandchildren here for the 6 yo’s “kindergarten graduation” in June. 😎 The waitstaff is well versed in helping you order or I should say how not to over-order. I laugh when I park, the “dirtbag alert” signs are a great reminder to lock your car. I enjoy the musty smell in the bar area with the amazing views.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Took my niece here for her graduation and to surprise her with her Apple Watch as a graduation gift she was soooo happy with the food and the gift.... ;)

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Tahoe
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday. Great food

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

4th of July/ Anniversary

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MN
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The Dungeness Crab 🦀 did not taste fresh the meat was dry not juicy at all it was very disappointing unfortunately. The garlic noodles were hard their was not enough flavor using a wide noodle very dry. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere tho good service. Just disappointed in the food but good bread 🥖

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SV
1 review
3.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Drinks over priced/bar tender with attitude
Prime rib over priced

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Tahoe
1 review
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was so helpful and was very attentive! Had so much fun with the whole family!

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g
Hawaii
14 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First visit to this restaurant. The restaurant appeared to have a lot of nostalgia attached to it, the portions were generous and it overlooks the San Pablo Bay. It was a very pleasant experience

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L
San Francisco
49 reviews
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Dead Fish is a classic, traditional seafood restaurant that has a phenomenal location on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Carquinez Straits. Absolutely sit outdoors and take in the breathtaking views. The food is a little over-priced (but you're paying for the view) and more of a B+ than an A. It's clearly a special occasion dining place--lots of tables of four, and most people seem to throw caution to the winds when ordering. Two people can easily rack up $100 for lunch without any alcohol, and it's equally easy to run the tab to $150. Attire ranges from casual (we had just come from hiking the nearby hills) to suitcoat and dress. We will always come back for that view--try it for dinner and watch the lights twinkle and reflect off the water. Beautiful!

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WM
San Francisco
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food, fantastic view. Wish they had the brunch menu on non Monday holidays.

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