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Four decades in, Palo Alto's Fish Market remains a local institution

Original post made on Jul 5, 2019

The shiny and new tend to occupy the attention of critics, but what of those rare places that have managed to transcend trends and withstand the enormous pressures, economic and otherwise, of the industry?

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Posted by Thanks, Fish Market!
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 5, 2019 at 9:15 am

Thanks, Fish Market! is a registered user.

The Fish Market also has a fresh fish counter where you can buy seafood that is reliably very high quality, very fresh to prepare at home. It's a great local resource.

Thanks, PA weekly, for covering local mainstay businesses. This one has stayed in business by paying careful attention to freshness and high quality.

Posted by Old Days
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

I liked it better when the restaurant was Uncle John's Pancakes.

Bet no one remembers that dining establishment.

Breakfast for dinner. Yum!

Posted by WilliamR
a resident of another community
on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:12 pm

@ Old Days--

How long ago was that? I lived in Palo Alto for a long time, but I only remember the place as the Fish Market.

Posted by Old Days
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm


If you remember the commuter train that crossed ECR into downtown Los Altos, you might remember Uncle John's Pancake House. The restaurant was around during the late 1960s and the predecessor to the Fish Market.

The commuter train stopped running into Los Altos during the early was a locomotive during the 1950s.

Posted by WilliamR
a resident of another community
on Jul 5, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Thanks, Old Days,

I knew the tracks were there (or I knew where they had been), but I never saw a train there, so it must have been before my time.

Posted by Dining Out Was More Enjoyable Back Then & Simpler
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 5, 2019 at 7:57 pm

In terms of 40 years, I think Sundance has been around for that long as well.

Old timers will recall the long gone Rudolpho's (Italian), The Swiss Chalet, Horky's (Mexican), L'Omelette (French), the original Mings on ECR (Chinese), Big Al's Pizza, University Creamery (open 24 hours), Stanford Drive-In (hamburgers), Ernie's/Dick's (hamburgers), Kirks on ECR (hamburgers), Rickey's, The Stanford Barn, Sandy's (Stanford Shopping Center), Woodland's (Stanford Shopping Center next to Emporium), The Alley (pre Rose & Crown) etc.

Palo Alto has gotten way too upscale and commercialized when it comes to eating out nowadays.

Posted by anne ream
a resident of University South
on Jul 6, 2019 at 10:49 am

I think the original Fish Market was in Town and Country?

Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

The fish is good at the Fish Market. But, just the slab of fish, with mediocre service and the sprig of parsley and a tomato or potato sides? Bread is good too. I keep going every once in a while, especially if I am going to see a movie at the Palo Alto Square. A good solid but expensive for what you get place.

Posted by love the Fish Market
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm

love the Fish Market is a registered user.

Love the food and staff! A relaxing, delicious place

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