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The Fish Market

3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
+1 650-493-9188
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good44%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fresh fish” (55 reviews)
“seafood” (90 reviews)
“cioppino” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
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1 - 10 of 574 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed their Sushi/Oysters. Grilled fish (Salmon) is absolutely delicious. A bit pricey but definitely worth a visit with family or for business. It’s easy to find and right on El Camino. Plenty of parking spaces outside. Highly recommended.

Thank Tejinder S
Reviewed yesterday

We've been going to The First Market since 1996. It offers a great variety of fresh fish at fairly reasonable prices. The clam chowders (red or white) are good, too, but nothing extraordinary. Service is generally attentive, but don't expect it to be top shelf....More

Thank Bruce J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Palo Alto; super fresh ingredients and sea food; great combination of flavors. I strongly recommend the Manhattan chowder and the Canadian smoked salmon. Great relation between cost and quality

Thank Edwin B
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our lunch - the menu is extensive, and the service is friendly and efficient. We had calamari, fish platter, fish tacos, seafood platter, and artichoke and crab dip - all great! Also Bloody Mary drink is garnished with shrimp, green bean, celery, and...More

Thank 2wheel-navigator
Reviewed 10 December 2017

Staying at Stanford Park Hotel, we made a short drive to The Fish Market, based on Yelp reviews. With no reservation, we had about an 8 minute wait, which went by fast as we looked at the fresh fish and dungeness crabs lined up in...More

Thank CenterFielder
Reviewed 8 December 2017

So many options of great fish, happy people, good and nice service. It was fun to see new (to me, it's been a few years since I no longer live in the area) sides - such as brussels sprouts. NOISY atmosphere.

Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

A very decent lunch of crab cocktail and a generous portion of fresh scallops. Lovely staff - entertained by the old photos of fishermen and women displaying their prize catches !

Thank stonerage
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I'm stunned this is the #3 restaurant in Palo Alto. The rating says it all--it was average. Completely and totally average. They do have a wide variety of fresh fish, but that's their whole business plan. They should have a wide variety of fresh fish....More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Food was good. Service was pretty good too and the location worked really well for our event at the University. Although there were several mistakes with the bill they corrected all of them and comped our espresso for the trouble.

Thank frepstein
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Very nice place that actually prints up their menus each day in the back, so it shows what is fresh and what the specials are! Good Mahi Mahi-Mahi and martinis!

Thank Gordo B C
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leslie m
15 April 2017|
Response from kirk b | Property representative |
Hi we don't have Maine lobster on the menu right now. I don't have access to the reso list please call the Palo Alto store 650 493 9188 to confirm your reservation. Thank you
Alan L P
23 October 2016|
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
Don't know you may call them directly, each store is different
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2211
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-493-9188
Our first restaurant has been a Palo Alto institution since its doors opened in 1976. With the brand new addition of an oyster bar, cocktail bar and lounge area, there are now even more ways to experience this unique restaurant. The expansive retail market remains a popular stop for local residents seeking to take home the finest in fresh fish.
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