Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
About The Dead Fish
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!!"
Crockett, CA 94525
Seafood, Prime Rib
Hours of Operation:
Daily 11 am - 10 pm
Weekend and Monday Holiday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
$30 and under
Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We have two large parking lots.
J. C. Becerra
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.
Private Party Contact:
Cody Golden: (510) 787-3323 ext. 1
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Season's Greetings! Let's spend the Holidays together! Please book your reservation early, as we fill up quickly!
The Dead Fish Ratings and Reviews
we have not been here in 10+ years; the food is still great!! we came with a small group of 4; two of which had birthdays. we were given a window table as we requested and we even were given little cakes and a candelabra of burning candles as a birthday wish Thank you Dead Fish!!
The reputation of the Dead Fish is not wrong. The seafood is great, the menu options are terrific. Table service is more than adequate. A little pricey but nothing out of the ordinary. My only complaint with this visit was the unreasonably long wait. I know it's a very popular and very busy restaurant, especially on a Friday night. We came in to a PACKED foyer at 7:55 for an 8:00 reservation for 2 and the hostess told me they had my reservation and it "wouldn't be much longer." We weren't seated until 8:20. With zero comment on the delay. I don't feel I should have to wait 20 minutes for a reservation for 2 or that such a wait should pass without remark from the staff. I won't make a habit of coming here regularly if this is at all typical.
THE DEAD FISH has a fab location--a spectacular view, incredibly easy to find, and excellent parking. The dining arrangements are comfortable and the staff is reasonably friendly and speedy. But a little tiny crab cake was $7.95. It came on a huge plate with a sprinkling of cabbage or some green. The little cup of chowder was the same price. The dinner salad, which I think was also 8 dollars, had a few pieces of lettuce, spread carefully over the plate, six tiny tomatoes, and two thin slices of avocado. I think the crab on my sandwich was canned.
I would never go back. It's sad. They could be a really popular East Bay destination, but no foody would go there twice.
We have dined here many times but made a reservation since we had people in our party concerned about other commitments. Little did we know that a reservation only put our name on the wait list! We waited 30-40 minutes for our table. Our waiter was anxious to take our order, but did not offer waters or specials. We had to ask a busboy for water and a second serving of bread. It was great that there is no corkage fee as we had brought our own wine and our waiter provided a chilled bucket promptly. Our food was very good although the chowder was warm not hot. At the end of our meal our waiter came by and asked if we wanted appetizers!? We asked for the check.
My wife and I drove 25 miles to this place after making a reservation. Once there, our table was not ready. After 20 mins, we were given a table next to a waitress' station (high traffic). Appetizer was not the greatest. Main course, fish&chips, burn, oily, place over a thick bed of French fries. Not a very good presentation. The only good thing I have to say about this dinning experience is that our waitress was professional, courteous and polite. Will not come back.
I've been to the Dead Fish a lot and we even had dinner there last year on New Year's Eve but this time was not great. There was a long line just to check in for our reservation. When we were called the only table they had ready was a table outside near a heating lamp. It was freezing that night! No one asked if we had a preference so we turned it down since we had a table in the bar area. That in of its self was not good as I did not feel that they had enough staffing for the night. We had to consistently flag down our waitress although I did feel bad for her since she didn't have any help. I will go back to but not for NYE.
I had a 730 reservation for myself and my boy friend.
We got there a little after 7 and were told that the wait was over an hour or we could sit outside immediately
We were hesitant because it was freezing but we were told it is "nice outside, its covered and has heaters." Unless you are directly under the heater it is still cold regardless of the tarps that block the view of the water anyways. And being outside, our food got really cold really quickly and was hard to enjoy. Alsop, we were sitting at our table for about 15 minutes before our waiter, Nick, even acknowledged us. We didn't complain and tried to make the best of the night as we were celebrating our anniversary but it was hard when we were so cold and felt ignored.
We had a reservation at the Dead Fish for 7:15, but they were so over booked it took me 20 minutes to get to hostess. Then I was given a beeper to wait for a table. I asked how long it would be and they said they had no idea! We went into the bar to get a glass of wine while we waited and ended up eating at the bar. The bartender was great! He took our order and we got our food and drinks promptly. I liked the food but would not go there again on News Years Eve!
great food as always and love the corkage policy. we visit often and have been very pleased. however i thought i would offer a suggestion - the salad selection and preparation need an overhaul. we normally order salads at restaurants but do not order salads here since we have been very disappointed with the offerings. Love the place...just a suggestion for improving the menu
great shrimp & crab combo.Came to table on sizzling grill . Shrimp lightly seasoned??????? crab easy to handle. Great Flavor, Good Wait staff. Fair pour on wine. Not a typical seafood Rest. . Italian leaning menu . Pasta dishes(crab lasagna) Cioppino, Also crab enchiladas.
My wife and I had 6:00 reservations on New Year's Eve. We were given a pager and waited until 6:40 to be seated. Bad start! But the food and service was excellent as always, and that made up for the wait. We ordered the fish stew (must try) and the halibut. Both were very good. I really like this place and eat there every few months.
I ordered the cheese bread appetizer, weg salad, crab chowder and the lamb tenderloin. The crab chowder was almost cold on arrival and the lamb tenderloin was well done even though I requested it be cooked medium-rare. The waiter was AWOL after he took our order and returned quite awhile after we finished our meal. The busboys were the ones bringing out the food and were very pleasant. When I mentioned and showed that the lamb was overcooked, I only received a "I'm sorry" for the waiter. I have dine here in the past without any problems, but the quality of the food and service has gone down considerably.
Dead Fish was recommended by friends and it is also listed in the Diablo magazine. We made the reservation at 6:30 but table is not available until 7pm. Other than the delay of getting a table, the foods was wonderful. The waiter and server were attentive. The fish stew was the reason we went. As expected, it was delicious. I do recommend small, instead of medium if it is for one person. The portion is big. We will go back definitely.
After so many years of living 10 mi. away, I finally went to this destination restaurant. The ambience is worth the trip, with beautiful unique views. Food was tasty, & our waiter good and attentive. It was the other help that were inefficient & needing improvement. This is a great restaurant to bring visitors to the area, especially during crab season.
This was such a wonderful experience. All of the people in our group were well please with the food, service and ambiance.
Such a wonderful view of the Sacramento River and the Maritime Academy. The last time I visited this location was when my wife and I were teenagers. At that time, this restaurant was know as Veras if my memory serves me well. The restoration of the premises and the new construction is simply marvelous. We left the area in the late 1960's and moved to the South Bay. But I can tell you that we enjoyed it so much that we will be back often.
I've come to The Dead Fish a few times. They are pretty hit or miss. I guess this time was a BIG miss! For the prices, they really should be delivering stellar dishes. I ordered a crab melt sandwich, and it had no cheese inside...just a light sprinkle on the outside of the bread—very odd. There were more onions and avocado than crab on this one! I sent it back, and rather than ask me what I wanted to replace it with, they assumed I wanted it remade and brought out a new one with just more crab. I think it's customary to ask what the customer would like before taking this step. Though kind, I didn't want a crab melt with bread on TOP and no cheese. A melt suggests open face with cheese! Also, "Crab" melt suggests a good amount of crab!!
My friends and I went there for Xmas dinner and had a nice time, even though they ran out of bread and had nothing to compensate while waiting for the entrees. Other than that, everything was good. I visit this restaurant often and have never had a bad experience, so I highly recommend it.
The wait time for reservations was 45 minutes after our scheduled time. We ended up sitting in the bar next to the door, and it was very drafty. I don't think they did a very good job with meeting the demand on Christmas. I believe they either overbooked or took too many walk ins. This was our third Christmas here. I was very disappointed as this has never happed to us before and we dine here about 8 times a year. Our reservation was at 6:15 p.m. and they had already run out of bread. Drink orders took a long time and one of our dinner orders came 15 minutes after all of the other food had been served. We were there from 6:15 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Service was extremely slow. We are rethinking coming here for Christmas dinner next year.
I made reservations for 6:00 on Christmas evening and when I arrived there was a line of more than 20 people out the door. When I went to check in the staff told me that the line was to check in. So I guess at the dead fish, reservations have a different definition than other restaurants. Just a heads up to all who are expecting to eat on time.
Everything was wonderful, except they overbooked the reservations for the holiday so we had to wait about a half hour after our reservation time but I guess that is to be expected on a holiday, glad we got there 15 minutes early, we ended up waiting about 45 minutes to be seated. The food was definitely worth the wait, everything was super yummy and we had a great waiter, all in all for being so incredibly crowded! an awesome time, thanks again!
Chose the Dead Fish for xmas with my elderly mother. We arrived on time and had to stand in line for 20 minutes just to check in - apparently you're not officially checked in until you've been given a pager for your table and they had run out of pagers. There was a noisy incident with one customer who apparently had a dead battery in their pager and were finally called an hour late - it wasn't pleasant watching the staff berated. We finally got out table 45 minutes after our reservation time.
Management was at the restaurant but they should have been at the entrance overseeing the staff who were trying their best to keep the crowd controlled. There also should be better capacity planning for holiday crowds. Otherwise very good.,
I made a reservation for 2 and fortunately got one. Had to wait 15 minutes, but this was just fine. Once seated we were greeted by a very nice waiter. We asked for pictures to be taken and our waiter graciously and patiently obldged. I had the crab chowder for an appetizer and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! My main course was garlic noodles with shrimp which also was great. Overall the experience was very pleasant. When we left the line of people waiting to get in was out the doors, which goes to show that it's a very popular place and people had no problem waiting for a wonderful dining experience.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.