Kingfish Restaurant, named after Huey Long, "the colorful, bigger than life man", is a restaurant that is also "bigger than life and very colorful. Kingfish is a one of a kind restaurant situated in downtown San Mateo in a historical 1920's art deco building. The restaurant features an exhibition Oyster bar, 3 full bars exhibiting a broad range of spirits and talented mixologists. There are 2 wine cellars stocked with some of the very hardest to find wines in the world, a Speakeasy lounge that always has an unparalleled live music line-up, cozy booths, and private dining rooms that would make even the French Quarter jealous.
"...to walk into Kingfish is, to walk into someone’s dream.", is how acclaimed SF Chronicle food editor, Michael Bauer, referred to the decor at Kingfish. Ownership takes great pride in the fact that they have one of the largest collections of authentic, Southern-Lousiana folk art in the country, to which they are always adding.
The food at Kingfish is American and gives almost every palette a reason to crave. There is a passion that emanates directly from the owners, to serve only the freshest seafood possible. The steaks that are served are some of the best and tastiest you can find in the world. The ability to give each guest exactly what they crave and desire has been an increasing goal of Kingfish in recent years.
Kingfish is the private dining destination on the peninsula providing guests with a variety of dining room options in both ambiance and size. View testimonials
up to 20 guests (view photo)
Governor's Room (Basement with Full Bar)
sit down = 65, standing = 80 (view photo)
Estate Room (Upstairs with Full Bar and Lounge Area)
sit down = 80, standing = 125 (view photo)
Mezzanine (Upstairs without bar, overlooks street level)
sit down = 110, standing = 140 (view photo)
Sit down top floor parties
up to 250 guests
up to 500 standing cocktail
accomodations for: 6 to 500 guests
Phone - (650) 343-1226
Press 0 for the front desk
Press 16 for large group reservations
Fax - (650) 343-3045
201 South B Street, Downtown San Mateo, CA 94401
From Highway 101, Take the 3rd Avenue exit West, Proceed to B Street, turn Right, Kingfish is on the Right at the corner of 2nd and B Street.
From Highway 280, Take Highway 92 towards San Mateo, exit on El Camino Real North, turn right on 2nd Street, Kingfish is on the right at the corner of 2nd and B Street
Street Parking and there is also a four story parking garage across the street at 2nd and Main Street. Valet is available Monday thru Saturday on 2nd Street. Valet service begins at 5:30pm.
Reservations are suggested and can be made well in advance. For the front desk, please call 650.343.1226. Or reserve on-line via OpenTable.
11am - 11pm
Sunday & Monday : Open until 10:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday : Open until midnight
You can now order a Kingfish gift card online and we will mail it to you or the person you are giving it to!
Simply fill out the form to the right and we will send the Kingfish Gift Card right away. If you prefer to order by phone please call Kingfish at 650.343.1226.
Your gift card order will be sent to us using a Secure internet connection to protect your information.
Kingfish Restaurant does not distribute the personal information it collects to ANY outside parties. It is exclusively intended for the use of Kingfish Restaurant.
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a Priority Mail fee of $5 will be added to each gift card order
We would like to share some of the feedback we received from customers who booked their parties at Kingfish.
My family dined in your restaurant last night to celebrate our 22 wedding anniversary. Our server Danny was wonderful; very attentive to detail. The food was outstanding; will definitely return for the seared Ahi. Danny made sure we had a wonderful celebration.
Hi Kathy, I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Kingfish on Friday evening. Everyone loved the room, the food, and the exceptional service. I cannot say enough good things about the staff! I look forward to going back to San Mateo just to dine at Kingfish!
Thanks again, Dee
Kathy--I'd like to thank you and your staff for making our event Saturday night a great success. Hugo, Kim, and Heather did a great job. Service was just the right amount of attention--not too much, not too little (Goldilocks would have been pleased too). I'm sure the guests who haven't been there before got a good first impression of your restaurant and will be back.
I really appreciated the flexibility you provided on last-minute headcount changes and such too. Thanks again, J. and N.
Kathy, It was wonderful and I have been hearing all day from guests how much they enjoyed it and how delicious the food was! Dee was fantastic...I mean really really good. Very attentive and just right on it. It was just wonderful. Thank you so much for everything. Everyone we invited wants to have a party there. I'm sure you will hear from us again!
Thanks again, Heather
Hi Kathy, I just wanted to say thanks for your help with my event. Everything went very well and the food and service were both excellent.
Thanks again, Adam R.
Kathy, Thank you so much for the gift card!!!! That was very sweet of you. I will definitely use it! Thank you again for the great service you provided my guests and me. It was superb; hopefully we will do it again soon. Thanks again.
"Thank you ever so much for providing an outstanding atmosphere and dining experience for my parents 50th wedding anniversary dinner party. Kathy, I want to tell you that your employees Michelle, Omar, Andres and Tanya were absolutely SUPERIOR. 5 stars from me!!"
"Last Sunday we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in the Estate Room at Kingfish. Everyone had a fantastic time and commented to us on the excellent food and service. My husband and I felt everything was handled beautifully - from booking the event, choosing the menu and handling any questions or details that we had along the way. Cecilia saw to our every need as well as the friendly and efficient staff. A geat time was had by all!!! and we look forward to returning again -- definitely before another 50 years goes by!!"
"Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for all your help in coordinating our event that was held yesterday evening. While the turn out was much less than what we expected, it was considered a success since everyone had a great time! We received several compliments on the venue, the food and wine.
I was also very impressed with Betty - who served at the event. She was on top of it all night - the service (along with detailed description) of the appetizers, always smiling, friendly, and completely professional all evening. She was not only a joy to work with due to her pleasant disposition, but she was on top of all details and items for handling the event. There was not once during the evening that I had to remind her of anything, request anything due to an oversight, or go look for her due to her lack of presence."
She was fantastic and deserves kudos for a job well done. I absolutely will keep Kingfish in mind for not only any work events that may arise that Kingfish is an appropriate venue, but for also for personal events.
As you very well know - it not only takes great food, but also superb service and a special atmosphere to maintain clients. I am glad to say that Kingfish has all three! Thank you again. Great job Betty!
"Robert, Thank you for helping us with our memorial service. Kingfish was the ideal place for this gathering. The food was great and Joann was the best bartender we have ever had. Your staff was 100% on top of everything making our night that much more enjoyable. I will recommend Kingfish to my friends when they have the need.
"Kathy, Thank you so much for a flawless night. Our dinner meeting was a big success. Reviews of your restaurant were outstanding! We'll have to do a repeat next year! Thank you.
"Hi Kathy, Thanks for the great evening at Kingfish. I've had to wait until today to write you, as the week was a blur. But it was a wonderful evening, and everyone enjoyed the room, and the food was excellent The wait staff was also terrific. We'll be back in touch next time we plan a Peninsula event.
"Kathy, I wanted to thank you for your help in setting this event, your staff was wonderful and the service & food was unbelievable. My boyfriend was completely surprised and it was a nice evening all together. I spoke a Reggie several times and he complied w/ my every wish.
I will be keep kingfish in mind for my next event, thanks again!
"Good morning Kathy & Charlene,
I hope you both are well. I also hope you both got my message from last week. THANK YOU both and your staff for making my 40th Birthday Party awesome! I am still getting calls and emails from my family & friends on the service, food and drink!!! It was wonderful, everyone truly ate like Kings and of course drank like fishes! => Thanks again, I am looking forward to our next event at King Fish! Have a happy day!
All the best, Donna"
"Good morning Charlene, I just wanted to extend a great big thank you to you, Cooper, and all of your staff that hepled to make our party on Friday night a huge success. Everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for all of your help in planning and executing this event. We will most definitely keep you in mind for our future needs. Thanks and have a great day!
"What a wonderful way to have celebrated my brother and new sister-in-law's wedding!! The evening was perfect.
Charlene was an absolute pleasure to have worked with in the planning of this event. From planning the menu, setting the tables, providing us with the necessary equipment for our entertainment for the evening, to the cake cutting...Charlene, Dee, and C.J. could not have been more accommodating.
We couldn't have asked for two better servers than Patty and Lisa. They made the evening flow that much better with their excellent service. Their timing was perfect with the service of the appetizers and the ordering and service of the soup/salads, and dinner. They also did a wonderful job in helping us to cut the wedding cake and serve it too!!! We also loved the fact that our glasses were never empty; our guests were very pleased. Their service made it feel like they were celebrating with us.
The food was delectable. The teriyaki skirt steak, Ahi Tuna and Filet Mignon were amongst the favorites. For many of our guests who have never been to Kingfish before, I guarantee, they will be back for more.
I have actually dined at this restaurant many a time, and have also had the pleasant experience of planning a bridal shower event there a year and a half ago. I had only the utmost confidence that this wedding event was going to be wonderful...and it was.
On behalf of my brother, Jeff Junio, and my new sister-in-law, Glenna Junio, I want thank all of you at Kingfish for allowing us to celebrate their special day at your establishment. You did a fine job.
"Charlene, I wanted to thank you and your whole staff for another great event at Kingfish on Saturday night. Everyone that was involved in our party was very friendly and very helpful...Mica did a FABULOUS job of making sure everything went smoothly...Thanks again for all your help and organization....it's always a pleasure having our event there."
"We held our company holiday party in the Estate Room on 1/7/06 and it was truly a night to remember! The food exceeded my expectations and the wines (with the help of Mica's refined recommendations) were exceptional also. The staff were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. My guests were very appreciative of the level of attention they received throughout the evening. Even the smallest details - the room still nicely decorated with festive holiday ornaments, and beads and nice votives on the tables...all of it added to the great ambiance. Charlene was also wonderful and very professional getting my party on the books and making menu recommendations, etc. We had a terrific time and we'll be back next year!
Cheers, Nicole E. "
"I wanted to thank your staff for their excellence handling our company party last night. Everyone of them were friendly, and did a wonderful job. Our staff had a wonderful time, enjoy the food, drinks, ambiance, etc. I have nothing but positive feedback from our people. Also, I wanted to thank Charlene for all her help (and follow-ups) in setting up our company event. She made it easy and stress-free. Again, I can't thank your staff enough for their wonderful service. Our party would have not been a success without them.
"Hi Charlene! ...just wanted to thank you and your staff for the excellent service they've provided at our Holiday luncheon yesterday. Everyone enjoyed the great food and yummy appetizers...and I LOVE the "ultimate ding dong" dessert...it was perfect and sure was decadent :-)
Thanks again you for all your assistance!
"Charlene arranged a private event in the Estate Room for 80 people. The wait-staff did an excellent job serving; they were courteous, effecient and very friendly. Everyone commented on the festive ambiance of the accomodations. We will definately be back! Please extend our appreciation to the entire staff for a memorable event.
"Our party was a huge success. Our thanks to you and all the staff.
"Charlene, I wanted to thank you and your staff for a wonderful rehearsal dinner. Cooper our head server was fantastic and please let him know we appreciated all his help.
"We do not get out often but when we do we always end up at your restaurant. The food is incredible. Tonight we had such a nice evening, the food was great like always!! along with the ambiance!! But the service we received from Chris Lacey (A++++)was wonderful. Very attentive and very nice young man. We just wanted to share this with management.
"Dear Kathy, I wanted to thank you and your staff for all of their help and service. Our holiday party was a success!!
Marco and the rest of the serving staff were wonderful, they helped take away some of the stress and helped me tremendously; anything I needed they did. Also, the atmosphere was festive and warm, exactly what I wanted I received a lot of compliments on the atmosphere and food. I was told that the President's wife said out of all the years and Christmas parties she's been to yours was the best food she has had. People have come up to me to say they loved the restaurant and will be going there to eat again; they have also been recommending it to their friends and family. I will definitely keep you in mind for future parties and recommend you to anyone and everyone I come across, for parties and intimate dining.
Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to your entire staff that contributed to the success of EPI's Christmas Party.
Warmest regards, Eileen C."
"Kathy, Our event was a huge success, thanks mostly to the amazing food, wonderful service and fabulous setting that you provided for us! I've had so much positive feedback from the event.
Thank you again for all your hard work in planning, we truly did have a wonderful evening.
Best, robin T."
"Hi Kathy, Our National Treasure Celebration Dinner was spectacular, the food was delicious, and your buffet suggestion was a hit with all attendees. People were very satisfied by the vast amount of food and the choice of dessert, which made it hard just to pick one. I appreciate your effort and preparation for this event. Thank you on behalf of the National Promotions and Event Marketing team at Visa.