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Oct 6, 2010 01:12 PM

Seafood around Fremont or Palo Alto?

Hi, we live in Union City and are planning to have dinner for a friend's birthday next week, but can't stray too far as we have a newborn who will be with grandma while we're out. He wants lobster. Are there any decent seafood restaurants (American/Italian/French) around here or across the bay in the Peninsula?


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  1. There are about 3 locations of "Fish Market". The one I know is in Palo Alto. It's not fancy decor, and it's definitely kid friendly, and the fish is very fresh.

    1. If you can stretch just a little further north, how about Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City? I've not been there recently, so I hope we hear from someone who can tell us how it's faring these days.

      Old Port Lobster Shack
      851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        The Old Port Lobster Shack is still kickin' it as strongly as they were a few years ago. Very popular on weekends for lunch. I'm a fan of their lobster roll and clam chowder (haven't tried the other seafood options, but they have plenty). They fly their lobster in from Maine. Freshest around that I've experienced. They also now have a portable smoker outside and have some bbq options which I have not tried yet, like pulled pork sandwiches. It's a very East Coast style/New England type place, and everything there is done with freshness and quality. You'll pay a pretty penny for the privilege of their using top-notch ingredients, but it's a small sacrifice.

        I would avoid the Fish Market Restaurants. I always leave there hungry. You pay $17 for a filet with two sides, but you're done with your fish in three bites. That's just unfair of them. I've also had bad encounters from their "imported" options like king crab legs being not fresh, so that doesn't bode well for getting lobster there.

        It's going to be hard for you to find a place that is serving fresh, local seafood though. Although we're on the coast, one of the biggest culture shocks I had moving out here is that we don't have a "local fishhouse" tradition like in other places along the East Coast I've lived where the chef can name the time, boat, and place where a particular fish was caught (with that source not being more than 50 miles away). The closest I've seen to a casual place serving generous portions of local fish is Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero on the San Mateo Coast, but that's not exactly easily accessible unless you're already making a day of it "over the hill".

        Old Port Lobster Shack
        851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

        Duarte's Tavern
        202 Stage Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060

        1. re: mikeh

          That's Yankee eats! Thanks for the update, Mike. I'm glad to hear that it's still the gold standard for lobster around here. Since OPLS is so close to the freeway, getting there from across the bridge in Union City is about the same amount of time as navigating the streets of Palo Alto.

 has $10 off of $50 purchase if you search for the restaurant.

          1. re: mikeh

            Th fish market has a good deal going Mon thru Thursday 4pm to 6pm
            $12 for two courses.
            Choice of garden salad, Caeser or cup soup
            Choice of 5 or 6 entrees
            We just happen to have eaten there tonight - they had
            Dijon crusted Tilipia
            Combo skewers (scallop, snapper and shrimp)
            Manila clams with pasta
            Fish and Chips
            Red Snapper

            entrees come with the regular choice to two sides...
            not a bad deal - we weren't hungry - we got two specials and one kid menu item for two adults and two kids - we left full but not stuffed. Kids menu has dessert of a scoop of ice cream included for $6 - choice of 5 or 6 items...snapper is one of them...

            1. re: mikeh

              Actually Barbara's Fish Trap in Half Moon Bay could be considered one of those coastal fish houses'. I'll also recommend OP Lobster Shack. The clam chowder is really good and although not local, the Lobster Rolls are really good. I've had the Sam's Chowder mobile ones and like OPLS much better, although it's pretty spendy.

              Barbara's Fish Trap
              281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

              1. re: mikeh

                Thanks for the BBQ tip, Mike. There's a smoker outside and one inside behind the counter. Here's my post on the ribs.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                l was there recently and it was as good as ever. The lobster roll and the clam chowdah were both excellent. It's not a budget place but the prices are reasonable and you get what you pay for, which is fresh and top quality.

              3. Thanks for the recommendation! We went to Old Port Lobster Shack tonight and had a great time. They were very accommodating in putting together seating for our party of 9 and service was fast and friendly. The lobster bisque and lobster rolls were delicious! My wife had the clam chowder, but we'll probably pass on that next time. I agree that their lobster rolls are much better than Sam's Chowdermobile. Spent some coin, but I've never been so stuffed on lobster! =D Still, cheaper than fine dining, but just as decadent. I think the non-lobster options are pretty affordable, but the rolls and especially the bisque are so rich that a little goes a long way.

                Old Port Lobster Shack
                851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063