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Wed, 4/25
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Top of the Market - San Mateo

4.2
506 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Scenic View
This intimate restaurant overlooking a quiet lagoon evokes the sophisticated charm of the classic, timeless bay area fish house. Our seasonal American menu featuring the finest seafood, meats and local produce is complemented by an exceptional wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, French American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Closed Monday;Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 349-1845
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
In the works....
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fashion Is. Blvd.
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Public transit
Public transit stops at South Norfolk directly in front of the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 506 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Quiet
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

They have ruined the 'Top of The Fish Market' and the Main restaurant has declined over the last Year or Two.
They have had Multiple Chef's that have tried to change a VERY successful menu and had NO Clue what they were doing. The Employees have MOSTLY All left because of ICE and NOT content with Business and Production!
The Last 3 times I went there I have had at least ONE Dish EACH time that were Un-edible!
Their Main Standards: AKA: Fisherman's Stew, Alaskan Crab Legs and even their Fillet Mignon were a VERY poor grade of Product and the Recipe's have been changed... Time for a Change!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

First time eating at Top of the Market, as the Fish Market downstairs does not take reservations. Good ambiance, attentive staff and good views. There was a noticeable difference of menu between the two restaurants. The fried food is served in the Fish Market. We had a good time and the staff was great.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food is excellent. Crab Legs were tasty. Service was very good. Server wa friendly, professional and attentive.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It seems TOM is trying to get it together - obviously have gone through some difficult times - and still has a way to go. The timing and execution was just off - but slightly improved from the past few months. One notable area of improvement was the service where our server (Nathaniel) clearly recognized the issues and went out of his way to make our dining experience an overall pleasant one. As TOM is a local establishment for us - we will be back...

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were here with friends on Good Friday for dinner. The place was hopping. We had swordfish, halibut, and sole. All were impressive and inventive, especially the swordfish. Prices were high, however. Service was pretty good although not outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Was great food, the best lobster ever, loved sitting at bar, great friendly service!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I enjoyed the food and the service. Our waiter was very helpful and the seafood stew was delicious.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

TOTM is trying to do a comeback but not even close to a few years ago. They lost all their good wait staff, and still lack a chef qualified to top floor of this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The Top of the Market provides an upscale version of the Fish Market — both in restaurant setting and in food presentation.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I loved a lot of things about this cozy little restaurant. I loved the attentive waiter. I loved the
comfortable booths. I loved the great view of the river. I loved the small but well put together bar where they made my great tasting drinks. I loved the presentation of the food on the plates from the appetizer to the dessert.....now ...this is where it turns ....you may want to turn your head for the violent part or keep looking because you cannot turn away....the taste of the food was lacking. Something was missing. The taste was off on everything we ate and I didn't develop a cold the next day either. I will say it again...at the risk of being redundant...I loved a lot of the things about this cozy little restaurant. But the taste of the food could be a lot better...should have been a lot better...this kinda place deserves to be better....that's all.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

What a pleasant spot for a lovely meal - once inside, the easy access to the roaring freeway is immediately forgotten, and the beauty of the City, that would be Foster City, unfolds beneath your satisfied gaze, looking out beyond the almost tropical lagoon reminding one of even more pleasant locales, not so conveniently situated, as one enjoys the tasty, modestly priced fare on the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have been to the Fish Market downstairs for years and often wondered about the upstairs "Top of the Market". Now we know and we will be back frequently. Great seafood and service with a wonderful view.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I have been a FREQUENT Customer over their 30+ years of operation however I do NOT think I will return!
They have Lost MOST of their Employees because of NOT having papers to be in the U.S. and when they left they did NOT teach the NEW Employees the Recipes that made the Fishmarket a Success... I THOUGHT i was fortunate having one of the Cook's who had been there for a couple of years however their NEW Chef change the Recipe (Seafood Stew) to where it was INEDIBLE! They have had Four or Five Chef's over the last 2 or 3 years and NONE of the Chefs have shown a POSITIVE effect to the GOOD they had going for many years past! SAD...

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Fish Market, downstairs is a good, casual, dependable choice. Top of the Market is quieter, has more interesting choices, and is a finer all-around experience. All four in our group found the food even better than we expected. One guy, who keeps list of his favorite cioppino places in his phone, said he thought the seafood stew might be the best he's had.

Service was a little slow, but friendly and careful.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Such an unexpected surprise. My wife and I really enjoyed the food, set up, and service!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The food is always good. Our server was excellent. We really like the place.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

They gave our table away because we were 15 minutes late due to traffic. They claim they called us, which they did not. They stuck us in a small table in a corner. Service was very good, food mediocre.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Top of the Market is back in top form! We had to take a break as the former chef had put together some combinations that just didn't work for us foodies. The new chef is now solidly onboard and the menu is what it used to be - fabulous choices and food combinations. I had the swordfish and my husband had the salmon, both cooked perfectly with accompaniments that brought the dish together. The service was also fantastic, as it used to be as the staff is no longer demoralized (they knew it was bad and tried to put their best face forward but it didn't always work). We are so happy to have Top of the Market back on our rotation for our Friday night dinners!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

'Top of the Market', sits above their sister restaurant, a quiet space with a view overlooking the water. Seafood is the key, fresh & hot. Shellfish appetizer, and swordfish entree were very good. I've dined there multiple times and can recommend the food and location.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great experience. The Top of the Market (as opposed to The Fish Market downstairs) is very quiet, so if you really want to relax and talk without shouting, this is your place. Our server was extremely attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent. I ordered the $48 lobster tail, expecting a tiny piece, but it was probably the biggest lobster tail I've ever eaten. And it was delicious but, I'm sorry to say, tough. In any event, overall a lovely experience.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

We were meeting with colleagues for dinner. Separate checks were not an issue. Food arrived at an easy pace and the food was well presented. Had to wait for water several times, and requested extra dressing for a entree salaf never arrived.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Great service with delicious fresh seafood creatively prepared. Good wine list and beautiful view.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Love this place. Just please have in mind to better your kitchen extraction condition because there was this fire flame of a dish being prep in the kitchen and the whole place got smoked my hair, my clothes, didn’t like that.
Thank you!
P.

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was not as good as before. Pricing was about the same.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I think they had new staff because no one came to take our order or offer us drinks for 15 minutes and that was only when I stood up to waive a waiter to our table.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Our first visit to Top of the Market (or the Fish Market for that matter). Blood orange martinis were delicious and generous, as was a wine pour later. Appetizers were only a little bit off the mark. The crab cake was delicious. The red clam chowder, so-so. The green salad with walnuts was fresh and tasty, but lacked the goat cheese mentioned on the menu. Perhaps it had been tossed in and sort of melted into the vinaigrette. The seared Mahi-Mahi on sweet corn with maitake mushrooms was excellent, as was the seafood stew or cioppino or whatever they call it. Desserts were good, if not especially innovative. The decaf coffee was strong and hot, always a good sign. I do have a small comment regarding the check. When it arrived, I noticed that the server had forgotten to include our two fancy martinis. She was busy, and I'm sure I could have simply paid and left. But I pointed out the oversight; she thanked me, and returned with a check about $30 higher (including the tax). Now I know, this was the correct total for the items we ordered. But given the circumstances, it would have been a nice gesture to "comp" something - one of the drinks, a small item like the coffee, or perhaps a coupon for a free drink on the next visit. Acknowledging "thank you for catching my mistake when it was against your interest to do so" is a nice message to send to a customer. But anyway, this was a very pleasant dinner, and I will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The food has slipped noticeably in the last few months. They dropped excellent first courses, e.g., beets and grilled octopus. They raised the entree prices while reducing the number of accompaniments. Saturday, my swordfish was bone dry.

Restore the menu you had 6=months ago and I'LL be back

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent crab dinner

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

We returned to Top of the Market for our wedding anniversary on October 10, and we are so glad we did. Everything was top notch -- food, service, drinks, view and value. The appetizers were fantastic. The Sea of Cortez Prawn and Dungeness Crab Cocktail was superior -- fresh, delicious and abundant crab and large prawns that snapped with freshness; the Ahi Poke was fabulous! Mains -- Atlantic Sea Scallops and Grilled Farm Raised Scottish Salmon -- were fresh and delicious. We shared a scrumptious lava cake for dessert. Drinks and wine were a fine accompaniment, especially the finely made apple-tini.
Definitely recommend Top of the Market for a special occasion with a water view!

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Seafood entree (salmon) and New York steak were excellent. "Country" salad was very good and large portion. Clam chowder was too starchy for my taste. Dark chocolate was divine flavor

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Everything was so fresh. The crab legs were amazing.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2017

I have to agree with other reviewers: I just don't see much point in going upstairs to Top of the Market rather than eating for more value downstairs in the regular Fish Market. Our food was very good, and I don't think my ahi tuna appetizer is on the menu downstairs, BUT, for the higher price, I just don't see much value. Yes, it's quieter for sure, classier, more sophisticated. You get a better view of the lagoon. But our server was just basic in her quality, nice enough, but seemingly more interested in other customers that she knew from prior trips and chatting with them. Prices are substantially higher upstairs as well. Also, they don't mention it anywhere, but be advised that you have to take the stairs (no ADA variations). I love the Fish Market and for the price and value, I'll stick with downstairs.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Though the restaurant had absolutely no handicapp accessibility and over 20 steps but the evening was not completely spoiled due to the perfect food and service. The restaurant over the lower Fish Market is less loud due the smaller size. The food was well prepared and fresh. I would return if it had better accessiblity. We were there for a birthday celebration and the lack of the roar of a massive restaurant patrons, like down stairs, made the evening comfortable for the birthday guest who has a hearing aide. I have a spinal injury which makes stair climbing painful, but the dinner was worth it to see my friend able to hear our conversation without yelling.

It should be noted issue was the Open Table's fault for not listing the lack of accessibility the restaurant itself was wonderful experience.

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Gone down hill. Overpriced average food now. Two appetizers and two entries with no alcohol was $120.00. Cheesy garlic bread different than years past, not the same. Not sure but a Saturday night at 7pm the place was empty, only 2 other tables. They need to improve on quality and price.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Vino is THE best waiter I have ever had-anywhere in the world. The seafood is amazing ! Incredibly fresh oysters, king crab-awesome.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

It was my wife's birthday and "Top of the Market" is close to home. We walked upstairs and got seated immediately. Service was professional and friendly. We both chose Alaskan King Crab Legs. There were two large, juicy legs for each of us. Perfect. We finished with Key Lime Pie, oh me, oh my was it good. It was as good as down in the Keys. I'm guessing it was made with Nellie & Joe's key lime juice. A wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Fantastic food and service, the food was so good. You have to come here and try the king crab legs.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Very disappointed - Food Good, service terrible (3 1/2 hours with 2 kids) I called in and requested a bday dessert for a friend turning 80 and living alone. Hostess said that something would be done and reminded waitress - nothing was done! Plus an excruciating long time waiting for food.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Quiet location, excellent food, a bit pricey. Great views. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

The best lobster I've ever had in my life. Cooked to perfection. The pairing with the mashed potatoes and asparagus set it off perfectly. This new chef cooks it to perfection- it's a definite must try.

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