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ValerieR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very quiet evening because there were very few people dining. We always enjoy the ambience.

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dbel
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The swordfish I ordered was cooked too much. Very dry...the atmosphere and service were very good though. A good quiet place for a meeting over lunch.

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CB2018
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood; lobster, scallops. Awesome service and a dining experience where we could actually have a conversation and hear each other.

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vipDougS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food and ambiance were excellent; seafood was fresh, and perfectly prepared. The service was a little slow, but not bad, and the server was very friendly and polite. Definitely recommended for a nice seafood meal.

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donp
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

i come here often, the food is excellence as well as the view

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RobertO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

A quiet relaxing dinner. Service was excellent, very attentive but not disruptive. Quality tableware set this location apart. Nice selection of meals on menu.

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vipKinsonS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I’ve eaten at Top of the Market dozens of times over the past 4 years and the was the only time I was disappointed. The table was bad (even though only five other tables were seated the entire time I was there), service was very slow (over an 30 minutes after apps and salad to get the main course) and the food was bad (for me - “fresh” Dungeness crab that was dry and tasted as if it had been cooked days earlier and microwaved, and for my partner fish and chips so hard he literally chipped a tooth)

Throughout most of the evening the kitchen staff could be seen huddled in one corner, joking with the busboy, reading a magazine, glancing at their phones or doing anything other than cook. It wasn’t until the chef appeared about 50 minutes into the meal that the staff began to actually do something productive and food (although substandard) began to leave the kitchen. Perhaps they’ve forgotten that they work in a show kitchen where their antics can observed by most of the dining room.


I would have likely written off all of these failures if it had been a busy night and they were understaffed, but there were only 5 other tables the entire time I was there.

After enjoying so many wonderful meals at Top of the Market, I suppose it was bound to happen — every place has an occasional bad night. So I will be returning to give them another chance and I’d encourage prospective diners to do the same; however, it will only be one more chance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Please get the cheese crab bread, it will change your life.

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viptugg96
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

New Year’s Eve , 6:00 reservation. Top of the market was busy, service was slow only because of lack of servers. Dinner was late and at best room temperature. The experience took 90 minutes. The dinner was not worth the price. The best part is the night was the desert

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful evening. Good food, good drink, good service and good company. Salad and pasta hit the spot for the lighter fare we were looking for. Chef met our requests for light on the cream for our individuality prepared plates. All was nicely done.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Slow, inattentive service

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HeleneB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service....above and beyond our expectations. We have been to this location every year for the last 28 years on our anniversary and we always have an enjoyable experience. This year we inadvertently left our keys in our car, and our Hostess/waitress we out of her way to help us contact our roadside assistance....made it a lot less stress and believe she really went above and beyond. Anyway in addition the meal was excellent.

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vipSusie
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary by having dinner at our favorite local restaurant. We highly recommend trying the restaurant when you next dine out.

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Suzy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very disappointed in the menu. Was hoping for lots of fish options like downstairs but there were none. The oysters on the half shell were excellent. I ordered the Poke and I don't believe the menu said it was spicy because had it said so I would not have ordered it. But, it was spicy with chili oil which spoiled it for me.

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vipCaseyS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

This used to be one our favorite places. Although the views are still amazing, our food was not good. Overcooked salmon and poor crab.

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gregh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependably excellent food + timely and friendly waitstaff. Also located at the "geographic center" of the Bay Area. Perfect for business or social meetings.

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vipDavid
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Surprised that the Top menu was so different from downstairs at Fish Market. Used to have about 75% overlap. Apparently two different companies now. Too bad.

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vipLisaB
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Have been a repeat diner here for decades and have watched the sad decline. It started off great years ago, and was clearly a notch above the restaurant below. With each management change, we experienced a decline in menu offerings. Then chefs came and went, and most cooking has been relinquished to line cooks who lack the innovation and knowledge needed to keep the"top" of market quality and reputation. Key food combos now, e.g., the Troll caught Local king salmon, are just inappropriate for the type of fish. Worse still, the price for the salmon at $42 is crazy for what you get: dried out,gas grilled salmon with this weird setup. Some of the best places in SF don't charge that and the quality and innovation of those places is far superior. This past visit, we had the salmon again....very disappointing. Neither the color (very pale pink) , nor the texture (dried out) , nor the taste (almost tasteless) seemed to support the claim of "Troll caught, local, wild, king..." I know this salmon well . Can no longer return, how desperate I am.

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CeeVee
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The view was beautiful. It was our first time dining here, although we have been to the Fish Market numerous times. Great experience!

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vipGretchenL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice place for a quiet business lunch. Varied menu, featuring seafood, of course. Desserts were an unexpected highlight. Attentive service.

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Joca
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to this restaurant for my years and it has never let me down. I had a very delicious swordfish entree with a New England clam chowder. My wife was equally impressed with her sole and octopus appetizer.

Services was spotless as usual.

A must visit to all that love fish.

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Kris
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent and attended to all of our needs. I requested that they bring out a birthday cake that I brought in from the outside and they presented it beautifully and even cut it and served it to us. The food as always was excellent and the new furnishings really modernized the dining room. It's always worth the price you pay for the excellent food and service that you receive at the Top of the Market. The only problem was the parking. With the amusement rides in the location next door, the parking was more limited than usual. Even though we had a reservation at 6:30, there was no parking in the lot and our guests had to park in the roundabout near the library in the street. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is able to handle the stairs leading to the restaurant.

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vipDougS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food, with very good service and an awesome view. Food is pricey, though

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vipJVM21
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall experience at Top of the Market has changed. The food was just okay and not as refined as the past. Our server was good, attentive, and friendly but our food not only took long but fish was over cooked and just ok. Even the cheesy bread with crab was over salted. The restaurant was not super busy and surprised that the overall experience from the past has changed. Unfortunately the overall experience was not worth the $300+ bill for three people.

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vipDavidW
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch spot near my office. Fish and chips are always great. Clam chowder is also tasty.

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WMC111
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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RickD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been dining at Top of the Market for years, and it is always good. The ambiance is great, the food is great, and the service is great. It is a little expensive, but here, you get what you pay for.

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vipJessicaB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chef and service in the Peninsula. Filet is way better than Ruth Chris & the dishes change within the season. Always a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Everything and every employee made our dinner excellent.

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vipKizayaro
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service much better than downstairs; great alternative to Fish Market, can alternate between the more casual Fish Market, and classier Top of the Market.

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vipJerryDiner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We received excellent customer service thanks to JT, Joey & Lisa. Everyone enjoyed their delicious 😋 dinner! We enjoyed the Halibut, Petrale Sole, Swordfish and Scallops. 😋

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vipSparkie
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My business associate and I got our usual top class treatment from Top of the Market. It is a go to place.
Never a doubt on great food, service and ambiance.

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luv2dine
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Hot & stuffy. Manager wouldn’t allow the window to be opened. The waiter was polite but too busy chatting with the man prepping oysters. Had to ask for everything. The worst was the crab legs- $50 and full of water. Of course previously frozen but that’s really bad preparation. Won’t be back.

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vipJessicaB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better filet then Ruth Chris! Amazing every time

JD
vipJerryDiner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We are semi-regular customers. This visit was a disappointment! The restaurant had booked a table of approximately 20. Management made no adjustments to staff to accommodate 20 additional people plus their faithful regular customers? We waited a long time for our various servings. We actually went thru two bread baskets?
The staff did their very best. Dining out should be a great experience! It is important to be consistent with food preparation and customer service.

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vippalovoi
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have been many times to The Fish Market and enjoyed ever time. The Top of the Market was a disappointment to me and my guest. Pricy yes, but the chef was trying too hard. Plating was nice but the sauces overwhelmed the halibut ($43) and did not compliment the mashed potatoes. The few string beans across the mashed potatoes looked lonely and not very exciting. Overall an OK meal but I should have eaten downstairs where the fist is always simple and fresh and wonderful and much less costly.

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vipfoodesquire
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Having gone to TOM for years, I was disappointed with this evening's food. The TOM salad was rather plain, and my salmon was overcooked and dry. The key lime pie was good. The service was good, although it seems like many of the "regular" waiters have left and things did not run as well as in previous visits

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vipStaceyD
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite ‘nice dinner out’ places. The mascarpone cheesecake with port and berries was absolutely amazing!!

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vipMikeCurtis
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant sits one top of the Fish Market in San Mateo. We love both restaurants. Exceptional service and cuisine is what we always get when we come here. The fish is very fresh and the selections are very diverse. A much wider selection than any of the comparable restaurants in the area. Go and see for yourself, you will quickly become a fan too.

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vipSparkie
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa just does a great job of taking care of us at one of our favorite regular spots for business lunches. thanks.

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