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For 2
Sat, 1/20
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Top of the Market - San Mateo

483 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Waterfront (5)
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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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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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In the works....
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 483 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Yummy (San Francisco)
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on December 9, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on November 5, 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

vipRashad (San Francisco)
Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent crab dinner

vipGastromaniac (San Francisco)
Dined on October 11, 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!

vipfoodesquire (San Francisco)
Dined on September 17, 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

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on September 16, 2017

Everything was so fresh. The crab legs were amazing.

vipDJMS (New Mexico)
Dined on September 3, 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.

MissLizzy (San Francisco)
Dined on September 2, 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.