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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!!"

20050 San Pablo Avenue
Crockett, CA 94525
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Prime Rib

Hours of Operation:
Daily 11 am - 10 pm
Weekend and Monday Holiday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm

Cross Street:
Pomona

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 787-3323

Website:
http://www.thedeadfish.com/

Parking Details:
We have two large parking lots.

Executive Chef:
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

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (158)
Worth the Drive (156)
Good for Anniversaries (146)
Great for Outdoor Dining (143)
Casual (124)
Romantic (117)
Good for Groups (108)
Fun (82)
Great for Lunch (80)
Sunday Lunch (79)
Neighborhood Gem (76)
Creative Cuisine (73)
Great for Brunch (70)
Bar Seating (65)
Authentic (51)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Comfort Food (48)
Cozy (45)
Business Meals (44)
Vibrant Bar Scene (42)
People Watching (39)
Happy Hour (32)
Hot Spot (32)
Kid-friendly (30)
Healthy (29)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Tasting Menu (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Local Ingredients (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
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Disabled Access (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
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Great Beer (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Live Sports (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2014

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2014

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2014

Service was great, food was delicious and came without a long wait despite the restaurant being busy. We were there to celebrate a birthday and the staff was ready to celebrate with a special treat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2014

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2014

My favorite dish is the crab lasagne which never disappoints. However, my wife had the crabwich sandwich which was very disappointing. Their was hardly and crab on the sandwich and no zing to the flavor.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2014

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2014

This was a surprise birthday dinner tjay turned out to be amazing thanks to the resturant staff for seating my paryy a few minutes early before the birthday person arrived.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2014

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2014

I scheduled a dinner for my leadership team and it was great our server was very good. My husband was a little disappointed that you did not have Budweiser, but other than that it was a great evening

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2014

Been coming here fir a long time. Always fab!! The best food ! Luv it

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2014

An special place for those special people in your life... An evening with a romantic view of the San Pablo Bay... Viola, try it and compare..!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Food was great. Great table service. Had a problem with being seated. We got there at 7:35 for 8:00 reservations. At 8:15 or so we saw people who got there after us being seated. When I asked they said the only table for 2 was outside.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Great place for eating outdoors in the summer. Excellent Chowder and Calamari.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Good crab. Good service. Nice view of carquinez strait. Can't go wrong here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

This was our 4th family outing to the Dead Fish restaurant and its always great! The crab we ordered was spectacular and cooked right. Dessert was the best (Tiramisu Martini) and should always be on the menu!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2013

Got the sizzling plate of double mussels and crab. Great for two added a bowl of garlic noodles.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2013

You will always get a great seafood meal at the Dead Fish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

My boyfriend brought me here on date night and we had a great time together. The food was very tasty and the portions were generous.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

Good food, service good but little slow due to being very busy. We'll be back. Nice views. Makes for a romantic evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2013

We went to The Dead Fish to celebrate a birthday. We had made our own dessert & the restaurant was super accommodating. Great food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2013

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2013

I always enjoy the food, service and feel comfortable enough to relax and have a good time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Dead Fish and were well cared for by our server. The roast garlic crab was fantastic, as well as the garlic noodles!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2013

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2013

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!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

Christmas day. 6 PM reservation. Arrived with elderly parents. Line out the door. People overflowing in the bar. "We have a reservation." Host says, "So does everyone so get in line." We left.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.

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