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Pacific Catch starts serving its sustainable seafood in Palo Alto tonight

Uploaded: Jan 6, 2020
Bay Area seafood restaurant Pacific Catch is opening its newest location tonight, Monday, Jan. 6, at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.

The owners of Pacific Catch took over the longtime Max's Opera Cafe space in 2018 and planned to open the following summer, but gutting and rebuilding the massive space took more than a year. The restaurant (711 Stanford Shopping Center, located next to Cocola Bakery and across from Sigona's Farmers Market) seats 200 and has two outside patios with fire pits.

Inside the new Pacific Catch at Stanford Shopping Center. Photo courtesy Pacific Catch.

Pacific Catch, which Keith Cox and Aaron Noveshen started in San Francisco in 2003, serves oysters, ceviche, poke, sushi rolls, grilled seasonal fish, salads and sandwiches, among other fare. There's also wine, beer and cocktails. View the menu here.

Pacific Catch is committed to sustainability at its restaurants, including sourcing seafood from environmentally responsible sources as defined by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, using compostable eating utensils and straws, recycling fryer oil into bio fuel and composting food waste. New locations are built with the environment in mind, such as by adding water-saving toilets and drought-resistant landscaping, according to the Pacific Catch website.

The Palo Alto restaurant joins nine other Pacific Catch locations throughout the Bay Area, including in Mountain View.

Pacific Catch will be open for dinner only this week (walk-ins only), Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Regular business hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Posted by Fish diner, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 10:59 am

Is this a paper plate order at the counter type of restaurant, or is there table service?

I am getting so tired of restaurants where you stand and order at the counter and hope for an empty table while looking for where to pick up napkins, etc.

Anyone else?

Posted by Tod, a resident of Shoreline West,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 1:50 pm

I like counter service...but pacific catch is white tablecloth level. Fish is expensive.... Stanford shopping center is kind of a weird food destination dinner. It is super luxe mode lately. Tho. Best luck to them. Tough to redo the kitchen forever like that...

Posted by Reader 2020, a resident of another community,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm

This is a dinner-only restaurant at Stanford Shopping Center. That alone should give readers a clue at what type of restaurant it is.

Of course, one could visit the Pacific Catch corporate website and get some hints about the type of places they run. Also nearby stores (like the MV Pacific Catch) just *MIGHT* be reviewed by customers on sites like Yelp.

It won't have white tablecloths, but it certainly isn't going to be a joint selling $3 fish tacos.

Posted by Reader 2020, a resident of another community,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 4:41 pm

Hint to some readers:

Elena mentions Instagram account. Now, a non-lazy person might type "Pacific Catch Instagram" into an Internet search engine and see where that leads them to.

Heck, maybe there might be *GASP* photos at Instagram of the new location.

One of my New Years resolutions is to not enable extreme online laziness.

It's up to readers here to make a minimal effort.

Posted by Fish Diner, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Now I know why the internet is so awful, or that people can be so awful when posting online.

I read a review about a new restaurant by my local newspaper. I would expect a review to tell me the type of restaurant it was without having to look at the corporate website, or heaven forbid, going to instagram or some other social media site.

I followed the link to the menu and found the menu appealing. When the review talks about compostable eating utensils and straws, it sounded like paper plates and counter service which I do not like.

If the reviewer had done a better job of describing the type of restaurant, the questions would not have to be asked. I am not a lazy reader, but perhaps I should not question a reviewer's lapse of information.

Thank you to the previous poster for justifying my view of how awful people can be on the internet.

Posted by Julian Gómez, a resident of Midtown,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Julian Gómez is a registered user.

Fish Diner:
Elena Kadvany is not a food reviewer, she is a food news reporter. This has come up before. Admittedly, it's not real clear in the "About" section. However, you won't find "reviewer" anywhere in there, and it's clearly called a "blog", not a review.

Posted by More on Author, a resident of Mountain View,
on Jan 6, 2020 at 9:27 pm

Did you know she was the author who brought the Brock Turner story to the National Press?

Posted by charles reilly, a resident of another community,
on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:14 am

Great article about Pacific Catch ! "Peninsula Foodist" is one of my favorite columns. I like that Elena posts articles about new restaurants and lets her readers decide their own opinions. We are very lucky to have so many dining options !

Posted by resident, a resident of Midtown,
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Pacific Catch is a restaurant chain. They already have a restaurant in the San Antonio shopping center. I expect this one to be pretty much the same. The fish is good and reasonably priced for the quality level.

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