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About Top of the Market - San Mateo

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.

1855 S. Norfolk St.
San Mateo, CA 94403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, French American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Fashion Is. Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 349-1845

Website:
http://www.thefishmarket.com/topofthemarket.aspx

Catering:
In the works....

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, Takeout, View, Wine

Top of the Market - San Mateo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (9)
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Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (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

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent crab dinner

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 (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!

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (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

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Everything was so fresh. The crab legs were amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (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.

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 (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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 24, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 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.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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vip
·Dined on July 11, 2017

What has happened to this restaurant in the last 6-8 months? The quality of the menu, the food and the staff has deteriorated to the point that I won't be going back anytime soon. Used to be very reliably excellent food that was always fresh and delicious, but my last several visits have not been good. Last night was more of the same... the waitress didn't get to us for at least 10-15 minutes, then after we ordered, the food took a half an hour to come, it arrived cold but oddly overcooked, no flavor and nothing looked or tasted fresh. Total Bummer.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Second time we have been here and both experiences were great. Not crowded (both times on a Saturday night with reservations) and we were able to have a conversation with each other which seems difficult in many places. Booths are great for conversation. We noted that it was our anniversary and both the hostess and our server acknowledged that by saying, "Happy Anniversary". Great place!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

A big disappointment! A new menu and most of the good items are now gone. The crab cake was good but the new sole selection was bland and tasteless. Service was fine and the view was wonderful, as usual. We have eaten there many, many times but it will be a long time before we come back. Wonderful swordfish is gone and replaced with another swordfish selection which sounded unappealing. We were there on a Thursday night and the restaurant was almost empty. There must be a reason since it used to be packed almost every night.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The seafood is very fresh and well prepared. My swordfish was so salty I could not finish it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The ambiance was okay, considering its waterfront, though, that's not so great. The Caesar salad was awful, terrible dressing. The fish stew was tasty but way too much octopus in the mix. I don't understand, also, why when you have a hot stew you would leave the tails on the shrimp so that they have to be peeled off by hand. The service was very nice. And the drink selection was fine. For the quality of the food, the prices were a little high.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Wonderful venue for reunion with friends. Fantastic seafood fare, decent wine selection, and a not too stuffy atmosphere allowed us to enjoy an un-rushed casual dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Our service started out a little slow but once it got started things were very good. This restaurant has a beautiful view and very good food. We will go back.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I was happy to know that is was open-
But the portion of orzowas MAYBE
A 1/4 cup-
The swordfish was good- but orzo didn't last as long.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on June 2, 2017

So sadly, Top of the Market is not up to it usual game these last several months. Service is not is good as it used to be, and our food was disappointing, at best, this past Friday night. What happened to the Caesar salad? It used to be a well dressed whole leaf salad with house made croutons. Not on Friday night - lightly dressed chopped leaves with way too much Parmesan cheese and store-bought croutons. One entree was the scallops which looked terrible when they first arrived, because they were covered in balsamic and gave a gray-brownish color that made them look overcooked and mushy. Luckily they only looked that way - they tasted delicious and were cooked perfectly. For the Scottish salmon, it was on a bed of heat wilted lettuce with barely warm cheese tortellini and a sauce of sweet and sour barbecue with chunks of bacon. Basically a lukewarm mess and didn't complement the properly cooked salmon. The new menu needs a very close review and the front of the house staff needs to be better coordinated with the back of the house. It took us two hours to get this meal and the restaurant was not crowded at all.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The food was good--we ate upstairs at Top of the Market. Quiet, lovely view. Our evening was spoiled by the awful conditions of the women's restroom. No covers or paper of any kind; floor was littered, and trash can was overflowing. It definitely put a question mark on the overall cleanliness of the restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was slow in general. Party of 4. 3 people ordered the swordfish, and there were only 2 left; however that wasn't communicated until our food arrived. Our son had to wait while we ate our food for his new dish to be prepared. Disappointing. We got his meal for free, but it definitely put a damper on our meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great food, great service, always a pleasurable experience dining at the Top of the Market. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants a great fish or meat meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Healthy, Business Meals, Spicy, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Top of the market was not available in lunch so that we had the lunch in Fish market(1st floor).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Less oysters selections option then down stair at the fish market. The fish and chip has no taste at all. The batter outside was not crunchy, and slight over fried. Not recommended this dish at all. All other ahi tuna & ginger shrimp was just ok to meeh.
Only the crab cake was tasty, overall will prefer dining down stair at fish market next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Amazing food! Great ambiance!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Top of the Market has become our "go-to" place when we are looking to have a relaxing meal. The word is out on this place, and it was much busier Friday night than usual (which is good), but Colin took great care of us, and our food was outstanding (Swordfish and Fish n' Chips). Always great bar drinks and wine selection is good too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Food was absolutely superb. Service was not. Had to ask for utensils, we were never given bread, had to ask for drinks , had to ask for menu , had to ask fir the bill. This would not of been an issue if the restaurant was full. There was probably 10 patrons in the entire restaurant. We sat at the bar and the chefs served us .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

I had been supporter of this restaurant for years, but this was a horrible dinning experience for me this time! First, my cocktail was made with the wrong liquor, my hubby's Long Island tea tasted like straight up shots rather than tea! Long waits for appetizers, even longer wait for our sharing plates! After appetizers, the waitress told my hubby that they were halibut! So we all waited forever for our dinners since hubby changed his to scallop linguini. Finally, everyone got their entrees, expect mine! Everyone got their Alaskan king crab, seafood stews, scallops linguini, but where's my grilled scallops?! I had to ask the manager, why didn't they cook this while they made my hubby's pasta? Well, I waited for another 10 minutes, the scallops finally came! It was deep fried rather than grilled, it had a chemical cleaning detergent taste which was nasty! My son's seafood stew was supposed to spicy tomato broth, it was extremely creamy light pink sauce instead! Linguini was very soft, scallops also had chemical taste! Waitress was missing in action throughout the dinner, forgetful as hell, attempted to charge us the halibut that they sold out! No apology from her at all! The manager was nice to comp us part of the dinner, but our whole evening went down the toilet drain! My son only visit me few times a year, totally ruined our precious time together! They are definitely going down the hill fast! All sums up to Terrible services, horrible food!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Service was real poor today. Wine was marked 2012 on the menu was we were delivered a bottle of 2013
This was one of the most expensive bottles on the menu. When I pointed it out we had to wait 30 minutes before the server came back and offered 20/- discount for the mistake.
Good took a hour after that to be delivered.
In the past it has been a good experience but tonight it was real disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Great view from all areas of the Top level, Top of the Market. Much quieter than the main lower level restaurant area. Menus was special and food was great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Very hit and miss. Mostly miss. Kitchen extremely slow. Fish and chips were uniquely tough and inedible (tough fish in the batter? yes, like nothing ever experienced or contemplated). Salmon over cooked. Mahi flavorless. Swordfish passable. A real shame. Great space. Great view. -- Also note: no elevator for less nimble diners. This is attempting to be a fancy addition to the dated Fish Market downstairs. It has promise but does not deliver.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

What a disappointment. We have been going here for years, but something has happened to the quality of the food and of the service. It was 15 minutes before we saw our waiter, 30 minutes before getting our cocktails, 45 minutes just to get oysters (we ordered a dozen, they brought 6). The crab on the crab salad was not fresh and looked like grated cheese (sent it back). Finally, we ordered a second round of drinks which never came.

They were woefully understaffed (for a Friday evening), and we felt bad for the wait staff. But beyond that, the food quality has really slipped. Plus, with just one round of drinks, and an entree, the check was nearly $100.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Just what we needed...good food, good service and able to hear each other talk!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We are so glad that The Top of the Market is open again.The fish was great and beautifully served. we look forward to another dinner there soon.

Tags: Healthy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2017

This restaurant has always been top-notch; and even after our latest dinner there, we still highly recommend it. Even after.....our waitress asked if we wished cocktails and of course we did, with the stipulation NOT to serve any food until we finished our drinks. This was repeated several times. It did not sink in and before we could finish our first drink, the food arrived. Therefore, we had no opportunity to even consider a second cocktail. Regardless, this restaurant is still a gem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Food was delicious and prepared well. This was a business dinner and we requested a corner table in a quiet area of the restaurant. The restaurant was not very busy Wednesday night and when we were seated, there were many empty tables around us and in the restaurant. No sooner are we seated, when they sat a young couple behind our table that were very noisy. There were several other empty tables where they could have placed them, knowing that we were having a business dinner.

We also had to ask our waiter for a glass of water three times before he brought water for the table. Again, the restaurant was not busy. Once we completed our meal, quite a while passed before our waiter returned to inquire whether we wanted coffee and dessert. There was another long lapse of time after that in receiving our check. Service was awful!

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