201 S B St, San Mateo, CA | Directions 9440137.566260 -122.323082
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Neighborhoods: Central San Mateo, Downtown
Great food and ambience – Went there with a group of six on a week night. They were busy but they have a nice bar area where we waited. Service was good and the food was excellent. Several of us had the seared tuna and it was to die for.
Wow! What are great time – A group of 25 friends and I had a party at Kingfish and it was the coolest experience ever! We had the area upstairs by the bar and we were in heaven. My friends were thrilled on the excellent looking bartenders that shook drinks as if they were in a Miami hotspot! I love Miami! Anyways, I've never took the time to write one of these but, I'm telling you it was so worth it, I had to. Great fun, delicious food, friendly staff, and very accomodating managers. Get some oysters and one of their Mojito martinis and you'll be in love!
THE BEST on the peninsula! – No place can even compare to Kingfish on the peninsula. It is the ultimate pro & fun restaurant! My husband and I are regular "city" diners are were shocked when we were down in San Mateo visiting friends to see such a class act outside SF. Service was unbelievably effiecient, friendly, and best of all unpretentious. The food was terrific, I had the Niman Ranch Pork chop and my husband had the Maple leaf duck with a blood orange brown butter sauce that would rival Boulevard!!! Yes, I said it. The best thing of all were the prices. For the quality, you cannot even compare, they were far more reasonable than most places serving this type of cuisine. The winelist was quite hip. Ok, I have to say to the staff, management, ownership that they have it going on. Keep it up and you will be NATIONALLY known.
Best Restaurant in the peninsula – We have dined here regularly since the opening. We have to say that this place gets better with time ! The menu is incredible, I can find anything no matter what I am craving. I especially enjoy oysters - and they are great here. My husbands goes right for the steak and we have never had a complaint. Friendly servers without being annoying. Love Kingfish!
Very Upsetting – If you like going out to eat and trying new things, go somewhere else. Had a few friends with us. The owners need to take a class on owning it seems. All the chef's were arguing with each other. The server had to keep explaining to us that our food would be late (about 45 minutes) and it wasn't even busy!!! Seems like theres no structure anywhere. I would never come back. The sauce for the tuna was watery. Meat over cooked, maybe even boiled to temperature. The sushi rice was too hard. the only good thing about this place is the alcohol. Other than that, yarghhh!!!
Not the best place for those with food allergies – The chef got very annoyed when asked about the ingredients in the dishes which could be very problematic if you have food allergies. Was a very disappointing experience. I won't go back.
Bad Cooking with Good Ingredients – My girlfriend and I went during a trip to my hometown. We live in NYC and always look forward to dining in the bay area.
We went for lunch. The oysters were great; far less can be said about the shucking. They were filled with shards of shell. The Tartare was high-grade tuna, but bland. The mussels deserve their own paragraph...
A culinary nightmare! Half of the platter had not even opened. The rest were so obtrusively large and dry that the two we tried had to be spit into a napkin. They were appropriately removed from the check.
Service lackadaisical at best. We wont get into the wine disaster.
Our meal was enjoyable for a laugh's sake. All in all, money wasted. As my girlfriend said, "What a waste of good ingredients."
Nice Decor, Slow Service, Decent Food – I went in with a large party. The server seemed rushed all the time. I selected a wine, which I didn't care for much and was told that it was highly rated - as if my own taste couldn't tell me what I liked. I told the server ahead of time that we had two more quest arriving - which he didn't plan for even when the tables arround us became available.
The food was good. My brother got the lobster - it was juicy and tasty. I had the skirt steak. There is a flavoring they add to it they I like. The value on the rest of the items wasn't so great, like the spring rolls.
Only one restroom upstairs. You have to wait a while.
Service is Lacking – The food was amazing - rich and flavorful. The service, however, left a lot to be desired. While it was not outright bad, it was extremely mediocore. I had heard about this from friends as well, but wanted to give the place a chance. I am not sure I would come back to the San Mateo one. Perhaps the SF one will have better service?
Kingfish - a Disappointing Experience – My dining experience at Kingfish was very poor. Our table was so dimly lit, we could barely see our food. I ordered the "Vietnamese Gulf Shrimp Rolls" and received a single roll, cut in half. It was hard and cold and had obviously been in the fridge for a very long time. The steaks tasted fine except they were covered in a strange sweetish BBQ sauce that detracted from the taste of the meat. The plates looked really unappealing when they arrived - piece of meat on one side, starch on the other. Our server tended to disappear and seemed stressed and in a hurry.
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