Top Of The Market

Top of the Market is perched upstairs above The Fish Market, presenting beautiful and expansive views of San Diego Bay from the Coronado Bridge to Point Loma and offering the freshest and finest in seafood cuisine. The intimate and elegant setting of the restaurant is enhanced by exhibition-style cooking and superior, attentive service. Since 1989, Top of the Market has continued to provide each guest with a memorable dining experience.

The restaurant is simply water front dining at its best. The open exhibition style kitchen give the restaurant an exciting vibe that Executive Chef Stafford Mather uses as his influence to create award winning cuisine that enlightens the senses.

Perhaps Top of the Market Chef Stafford Mather knew at an early age that he would end up in the culinary world. “I have always been fascinated by kitchens and cooking. My mom is a great cook of ‘healthy’ southern food (she hails from North Carolina) and she exposed me to many cuisines. She would take me to the Greek Orthodox Church Festival in Washington, DC every year and I absolutely loved the food. I think the simple Mediterranean flavors I experienced from those trips are still an influence on my cooking today.”

Stafford cut his teeth in the fast-paced and technically challenging fine-dining scene of 1990’s Washington, DC. Having worked himself up to a role of area chef for a hotel group, he then made a big shift. “My wife and I decided to break out of DC in late 2004 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an incredible place to be a chef with all the produce, seafood and farms available to you … I wished we had moved here sooner.” The prospect of a bounty of fresh seafood to work with each day and the opportunity to cook in an exhibition kitchen led Stafford to a 2 ½ year stint as Chef at Top of the Market in San Mateo beginning in 2010.

In late 2014, Stafford’s wife accepted a promotion and move, and with their young daughter, they relocated to San Diego. Within a year’s time, we were getting re-acquainted and talking about bringing back his considerable talents to Top of the Market. Today, you will find Stafford and his culinary team presenting the finest seafood menu that San Diego has to offer. The Fish Market organization’s commitment to the freshest fish and highest quality seafood is entirely compatible with Chef Mather’s focus on “food that showcases the quality and integrity of its ingredients and working with a company that values hard work, creativity and longevity.”

Make a reservation or simply journey in while taking a great walk down the Embarcedero. The Top of the Market is located upstairs above the Fish Market Restaurant and Oyster Bar. You can access the restaurant via stairs to the right of the Fish Market restaurant or from inside the Fisg Market just in front of the host stand.


  • Seafood
  • $$$$
  • 750 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101
  • (619) 232-3474