The Dead Fish

4.5
9533 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 9533 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MiketheGreatAuditor
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Garlic roasted crabs always A+++. Lots of butter and roasted garlic bathing the not roasted crab. A bit high on the price, but that’s ok - I’ve been here 20 times. Service a bit slow because server had 14 tables - they need staff - so I give them a pass on that - no problem. Food came out quick. Views are always great - best location possible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Good food..service was just okay. Waiter didn't check in. We needed clean plates

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Everything was good except half of our party’s food arrived first and then the rest of us waited nearly 10 minutes for ours, when the first set was almost finished. Our server provided no explanation for the delay. Food and drinks were great as usual.

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BayFoodie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This place is hit or miss with the food. I've been there many times and it's always the same - either really good or just okay. This time it was just okay and not as flavorful as past visits. The service was lacking, too. The staff was inattentive and slow with drinks and didn't bus the table after repeatedly promising to do so. Maybe they were understaffed because of COVID? I don't know. I'm pulling for them to improve, however, because I really like them when they're ON.

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vipGladysB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As usual the Dead Fish was outstanding. The food and service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife, a friend and myself were here to celebrate our friend’s birthday. We are glad to see the Dead Fish is still in business and busy. The food was great as always and the service was good. The only down side our server did not ask if we wanted dessert or coffee after we finished our lunch. I guess she assumed we were done and brought the check without asking. Also I know you use to do a little special thing when it was someone’s birthday, etc. I am guessing you no longer do it, which is too bad.

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our wait staff, Nicci, was excellent. She provided wonderful service and was attentive to our needs.

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JoeS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great view over the water and very good fish. Shellfish less good

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RoxanneP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a 60th birthday with family. Our food and service were outstanding! Definitely recommend the crab, the sea bass (in lemon butter with capers) and fish stew. We had the crab crostini with smoked salmon and avocado was also superb!

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ChristinaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Food was delicious but your restaurant has many flies and that was very disgusting to me . I have been waiting all year for my birthday dinner at dead fish and there were more than 4 flies flying around my table while eating, dead flies on the ground . Very nasty

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best. Period.

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LindaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good, a little salty. Today I'm eating my leftovers and it tastes better than it did yesterday.

The price is steep for a casual place to go for lunch. I recommend they serve a lunch menu to serve until 3 pm .

Our waitress was darling and worked hard. I also recommend telling your guests the bread is no longer free. I was charged x 2. My bill was just a little under $200 for only two adults.

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Otcrystal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waited outside 20 min past our reservation time because staff didn't announce that reservations were being seated. Waitress was very helpful and attentative

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Jenn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very friendly. Food was delicious and came out very quickly. The view was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is ALWAYS a delicious experience. Took a dear friend for her 80th Bday, she loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6, had a wonderful table outside with view of the Carcinez Bridge. The food was excellent and plentiful.

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LillianA
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Great food , best Mai tai’s beautiful view. Great service. One of my favorites! Don’t miss out dining here

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EugeniaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was very disappointed with my first experience with the restaurant. I found it faded in glory and overpriced.

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Kaare
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the garlic noodles with chicken. It was an astounding 28 dollars?! Portion was TINY. My husband had a seafood dish that was 6 dollars cheaper. Come on, that's freakin ridiculous. Shouldn't rip off people like that

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GA22222
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food super overrated. The crab pasta i ordered tasted like mac n cheese. And $40 for a dozen oysters , that's ridiculous. Never coming back. It's a ripoff and not even that good

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vipmadabouttown
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been there for a few years and did no know what to expect. But it was a very enjoyable delicious dinner and everyone was very accommodating. We will be back!

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Charm
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to sit outside, feel a breeze, and see the Strait. Food is fine, but a bit expensive. Waiter was amazingly appropriately helpful and attentive. I'm middle class, so would consider this a special celebration place, not a usual place. Nice multi-ethnic crowd of adults of all ages.

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MichaelN
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

When we arrived the host said we could not sit at the bar and was very rude in his response after we saw many sitting and eating at the bar. He said it was closed due to Covid, that was not the case. When we left the bar was busy with people eating and drinking. He probably needs more training, very rude gentleman!

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AdamT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Came here for my wife and I’d anniversary. I have here multiple times before. This visit by far the worst! Reservations at 2:30 and didn’t leave until 4:30. Never asked how our foot was. Water glass empty the entire time. Every time we ordered drinks…no exaggeration took 30 min to get to the table. Good tastes great as usual but service was HORRIBLE. Once new food was dropped off kept having to ask to clear plates and ask for new plates. New plates had crab shells on it and would take to long got servers to come so we just dealt with hit. Spent $200 and was not worth this visit at all. Greatly disappointed.

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laurien
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and place! beautiful views! Perfect!

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PattyS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, The view amazing, and the service was impeccable!

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MarciR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my friends and I dine here, the service is great. The server and her support staff are very attentive, pleasant, and positive! We look forward to next time there!

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michaell
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dead Fish is consistently an enjoyable venue. Friendly service. Delicious food. We tried dishes we normally do not order and we were delighted with our meals!

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MaryF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Beautiful setting and Robert, our server, was outstanding. Overall, we couldn’t have had a better dining experience.

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Whendy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a small problem. Waitress came back and said credit card was refused and to “give her another one.” We know card is good and my mom took it up to hostess who carried it back down to same waitress. She ran card and it went through. That sullied an otherwise good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fresh food. T

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Had reservation but didn’t seem to get a good seat. Seemed short staffed but waitress was good. Chowder not as good, sauce for shrimp terrible. Liked the fries and drinks! We’ve been coming here since it was Yet Wah as we were Crockett residents and never was disappointed before. Covid may have taken its toll:(

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ADRIANP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the food, and the wine, the service was immaculate and on time.
recommend to everyone. will be back july 4

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LindaO
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for an 80th birthday or a 21st bday celebration!
We loved all the food and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was wonderful . Food came on time and tasted really good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was cold , bread was cold , wasn’t a good experience .

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JasminW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb!! My mother and her friends really enjoyed themselves. The staff was the best from start to finish. Thanks for the great food and service.

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GaitherL
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time visitor. Excellent food, friendly, timely and helpful service and spectacular view of Carquinez Bridge and Strait. Far more pricey than our last visit, bordering on unaffordable, but quality and service, unlike many restaurants post-Covid, have not slipped. Still strongly recommended.

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VinceP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife here for her birthday, excellent service, food was impeccable, definitely worth the price going.

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You can order delivery directly from The Dead Fish using the Order Online button. The Dead Fish also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 787-3323.

The Dead Fish is rated 4.5 stars by 9533 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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