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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (198)
Waterfront (192)
Special Occasion (174)
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Good for a Date (164)
Good for Birthdays (162)
Good for Anniversaries (149)
Worth the Drive (140)
Casual (126)
Great for Outdoor Dining (120)
Romantic (114)
Fun (102)
Good for Groups (100)
Neighborhood Gem (84)
Great for Lunch (76)
Sunday Lunch (66)
Bar Seating (64)
Great for Brunch (62)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Comfort Food (58)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Authentic (53)
Business Meals (48)
Cozy (47)
Hot Spot (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (39)
Kid-friendly (34)
People Watching (33)
Local Ingredients (31)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Seasonal (28)
Healthy (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Tasting Menu (21)
Late-night Find (20)
Great Beer (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Disabled Access (16)
Live Sports (13)
Quick Bite (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I've been here before, but since I am a new parent--as a dad--I was extremely impressed that they had a changing station in the men's room. The food is great, the service is great, but it's the little things that count. I'd definitely recommend to restaurant to my friends, and to new parents.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 2 days ago

Allison was the best waitress she was so amazing. The prime rib was so great as well

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Good food, service and experience. Couldn’t ask for anything more in a date night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food. Great cippino. Problem: parking was full ... very challenging at 6:00 p.m.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

The Dead Fish consistently offers excellent preparations that gratify the diner. The bar is excellent, as are the appetizers I've tried. The main dishes are great and generous. The views are outstanding as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Great service!!! Good food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The sizzling shrimp platter seem to be undercooked. In the past they seemed to cook the shrimp longer and it was more flavorful. But otherwise, the fish is always great.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

The Dead Fish is a reasonable restaurant for fresh seafood. They have an interesting menu that includes several seafood items as well as Prime Rib items, in addition to several other choices. It is high on a hill above the Carquinez Straights with a view of the bay and nearby bridges. Food has always been good, lunch or dinner. There is outdoor seating available, even in inclement weather with movable heating units and canvas roofing.

Tags: Disabled Access, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I have been to the Dead Fish a number of time for lunch and dinner. I enjoy the food and ambience of the restaurant and the service is always very good. The one complaint I have is the cost. It is extremely high for many of the dishes, especially those that come ala carte and you have to buy a seperate side dish. This can push the cost of something like a Fish Sandwich into the $20 range rather than the more reasonable $10-15 range.

I ordered the Osso Buco and was quite happy with the serving size and the meal, but the cost ($30) was again about $5 over what i think it should have cost.

If you keep that in mind, I would recommend it

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Have been going there since they opened. Best high priced restaurant in West County

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined 7 days ago

The Fish and Chips was awesome. Great to share since the size of the serving was huge. Best French fries I've had in years. They held their crunch throughout the meal. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The Dead Fish was a hit with a group of friends out for lunch. Positive comments were received about the cuisine, absence of a corkage fee and the views. Its one place I can take family and friends and count on great food and value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Two of us came for lunch to celebrate our birthdays and we had a great meal! Our waiter remembered us from our last visit which was in July ... great service and we will go back for sure!!!

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

The dead fish never fails to disappoint. Amazing food if you're into sea food and great service. Highly recommend for family gatherings, birthdays , romantic dinners or just a night out for good food.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always a great choice for weekend brunch!! When my family is in town for the holidays we always meet here - great food and convenient!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

A good meal. I just wish since I hadn't finished my meal my server would have packed all of my leftovers. He literally only packed the seafood which was far less than my pasta which I guess they tossed. Meaning do not allow them to pack your leftovers, I essentially lost 2/3 of my money since they threw all my food away except half a crab.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had never been to The Dead Fish, what a pleasant surprise! Food was good, service was good, we had a very nice time with my son and his girlfriend. Would love to go back and eat or have drinks on the patio and enjoy the great view.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had a 6:45 reservation on a busy MLK Holiday weekend, and as things worked out, we arrived an hour and 15 minutes early. The parking lots were packed, but we kept looping around and got one. Luckily I was able to rebook our reservation for 5:45 and we still had to wait a few minutes but we got seated. I loved the nautical decoration theme. I ordered crab cakes and my husband ordered a half crab. My dish was not seasoned as much as I would have liked, but it was full of fresh crab and I dipped it in the roasted garlic sauce of the half crab. Next time I’ll bring my own wine, since there is no corkage fee and I didn’t care for the selection.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Finally got together with family and had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. It was really good!

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

My husband and I with a friend went there for a dinner, and we have a reservation at five fifteen in the evening. There was much quiet and more relax because we got there earlier than we usually do. The food and service are good as always. My order is sea bass goes with lemon cappers butter sauce, potatoes, and couscous. My comment about the combination of the side dish. I do not feel potatoes go well with fish. But veggies will be the good choice go with fish and couscous. My husband and our friend ordered filet mignon which came with mesh potatoes and creamy spinach that was perfect match, and the filet mignon cooked perfectly. Overall it was a nice dinner gathering, and The Dead Fish is our favor restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This place is a reliable favorite. Great for nearly any occasion. Great views and great fun.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was delicious and service perfect. We had fried calamari, fish n chips (excellent), crab Alfredo, garlic butter noodles. We were so full that we were unable to eat desert.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Not very pleasant evening.... the table next to us had 2 males who were stupidly drunk and loud... they were cursing the entire evening super loud in front of their own kids and wives, all the tables in that section could hear them yelling and you could see in their faces that they were just apalled. At one point one of the drunks fell trying to get out by squeezing in between our table and theirs, he struck my sister in law and almost fell on top of her. Then the drunk person got back to his chair and started to yank on the wall decorations at the restaurant.. waitresses could hear and see everything that was going on but did nothing about it. Finally my brother in law and sister in law asked to speak with manager by this time the drunks and their family were on their way out... as they were leaving other people from the other tables started to comment about how unpleasant their evening was just like ours even though they were a few tables away from the noise whereas our table was right next to them.... we had a bad feeling about the evening right when we were sat at our table, as we showed up at our table it had to be cleaned and wiped down again because the people that I've been referring to during this review had been using our table because theirs was over crowded... this is my second bad experience at this restaurant, their food is great and very tasty but I'm very disappointed in the way our evening turned sour again at this restaurant....

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent Cioppino, very friendly, good, service. Nice view. I've been very pleased with every visit.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Had not been to the Dead Fish for a couple of years and decided to give it a shot., Glad we did. It was better than last time. The food was excellent. Sea Bass was "to die for" and the Cioppino was wonderful. Wine was very good and the price not bad at all. Was with a party of 5, relatives from Australia, and everybody had a great time. Great place to eat with company. It was worth the 20+ mile drive.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

I am on the Paleo diet and was accommodated very well

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Amazing surf & turf (1/2 crab & little primrib) & a fish & chips

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The Dead Fish is a favorite of mine. Always great food, atmosphere, and view. You can bring your own wine, and there is NO CHARGE for corkage!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good place to celebrate special occasions. Service was great. Food was good.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was cold. When I told the server they took it back and microwaved it so then just the plate was hot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Waitress was too busy to help out
The way she should’ve
Had good service many times here
But not this night

It was great drinks were great

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I set a 6 PM reservation for 3 guests via OpenTable with "Birthday" occassion indicated. Arrived on time & was promptly seated far from the main dining room (where the ambiance is great with view of water and lighted bridge) immediately next to an open "bus station" & a wedged open emergency exit (on a 50 degree evening). The restaurant is always packed so we accepted this unfortunate seating location & moved ahead with our "celebration". Our waiter greeted us & took our drink orders promptly, but service after this was lacking. When he returned wth the drinks we ordered appetizers & the Crab for 4, asking what sides were included--he informed that it was ala carte (no sides)--I asked if there was bread & he informed that he could bring bread. Crab was delivered timely behind the appetizers by a server, without bread. Our waiter checked in on us 10 minutes after the crab arrived to ask how everything was going--we reminded him about the bread & asked for drawn butter as it didn't come with the crab. Another 5 minutes & we received four fresh bread rolls & a ramiken each of drawn butter. The waiter checked in once more near the end of our dining experience. GOOD: 1) The Louie salads were fresh & generous, 2) the crab chowder was rich & flavorful, 3) the crab was seasoned a little salty for our taste but was moist & delicious just the same. BAD: 1) The seating location was horrible--no one wants to be seated immediately adjacent to an open bus station nor a wedged open exit on a 50* day. 2) The wait staff was not attentive to our order or the empty water glasses. 3) There was no recognition of the "special event", & 4) Cost: $240 bought 2-Louie salads, 1-Crab chowder cup, Crab platter for 4, 1-coke, 1- Lagunitas (bottle), 1-med draft beer, & obligatory tip. Note, this was our second visit here--first was opposite of this experience & why we returned. But too expensive to risk this type of experience on a special occassion--I was embarrassed for my birthday guest.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food and service was wonderful. We were there celebrating two birthdays and the grandkids loved it. I would recommend getting there early due to parking. We had to park several blocks away up a hill.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I have never been disappointed dining at the Dead Fish. I love sitting on the open air back patio and taking in the view. For added fun and to avoid the parking nightmare, walk the bridge from Vallejo! It's a great way to work up an appetite.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Just like I wanted, we were seated outside BUT not under the heater ! Plus we were one table to last, so we received ALL the wind from the bay. No one was sitting behind us because there is no way anyone could sit there since it was cold and that table had no heater at all. Great view but way too cold to enjoy it. We left without any dessert or drinks. Food was delicious!

Tags: Late-night Find, Seasonal, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was great the view the waitstaff and especially the food. It was my first time but I will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The large serving of grilled mussels was just the right amount for me. It was delicious! My husband had the halibut with lemon caper sauce. Although the halibut was a bit overcooked, he raved about the sauce and polished his plate. There was just enough room for dessert. We shared the Vanilla Crunch Cake. A nice ending to a delicious meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

WE have been wanting to try the Dead Fish for over 25 years and finally met some friends to try it. A lot of people we know recommended the crab and prime rib, so that is what we had. The service was great as well as the ambiance. The food was fine, but nothing too creative, and really expensive for what it was- and compared to other establishments that serve the same type of food. Luckily we had the Costco Dead Fish coupon cards so we saved 20%. Just didn't knock our socks off

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Portions were adequate. Prime Rib was excellent as was the creamed spinach. The potato salad was on the mushy side. The bread was average and the lemonade was less than desirable. Service was very good. Overall the the plates were overpriced. It is a nice place and the ambiance was nice once the fog lifted. I would go again if asked but it would not be a place on my top 10.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Second time here, and enjoyed this experience as much as the first visit. I’m pleasantly surprised by the service: it’s efficient & friendly. The food quality and taste is also better than most other casual dining seafood restaurants. Jumbo Shrimp cocktail was on par (delicious cocktail sauce), sea bass prepared perfectly, and the local Dungeness crab was on point & not over cooked. Solid flavors and seasoning. I saw wine on nearly every table, which suggested that the guest really enjoy and view this restaurant as a food & wine locale. Waived/low corkage is a huge bonus. When I am craving a seafood fix, I’ll be considering Dead Fish, for sure!

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