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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
(Seafood, Brewery, Brunch)
390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay (650) 728-2739 Open Mon-Thurs 11am to 8:30pm, Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat 10am to 10 pm, Sun 10am to 9pm
The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, home-brewed beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront.
459 Prospect Way, Half Moon Bay (650) 728-8108 Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 9:30pm, Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11:30am to 9:30pm
MezzaLuna Restaurant is located in the historic Princeton Landing building (which was built in 1908). They use the highest quality of meat, fish, produce, pasta and they make their own bread which is all prepared with a Contemporary Southern Italian flair. In addition, the wine list focuses on local California and Italian varieties, as well as a full-service bar.
Princeton Seafood Company
9 Johnson Pier in Half Moon Bay (650) 726-2722 Open Mon-Thurs 11am to 8pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 8:30pm
Princeton Seafood serves the freshest seafood (PSC Crab Sandwich, pictured), salads, pasta dishes, and other fare alongside their award-winning clam chowder in a fabulous relaxing atmosphere. Their Market features an array of seafood, fresh from the source, for your home culinary adventures. Part fish market, part restaurant, guests have the option to make their selection from fish that were in the water just a moment ago!
Miramar Beach Restaurant
131 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-9053 Open Mon-Fri 12pm to 9pm, Sat 11:30am to 9pm, Sun 11am to 9pm
The closest dining location to the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, they offer a dining menu that consists of the freshest seafood, finest steaks, and their world-famous seafood chowder. A superb, handpicked list of wines, domestic and imported, is constantly updated. Dining at the restaurant will surpass your expectations with its incomparable views, exceptional food, and impeccable service.
315 Main Street in Half Moon Bay (650) 726-5125 Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 2pm, 5:30pm to 9pm, Fri 11:30am to 2pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Sat 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Sun 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9pm
Utilizing the area’s bounty of local products, Pasta Moon has been serving up daily made fresh pasta’s, bread, antipasti and seafood since 1987. Always evolving, Pasta Moon’s seasonal menu has something for everyone, whether you want a quick bite for lunch or an intimate dinner for two. Sourcing out fresh and seasonal ingredients is not only part of their job but also a passion at Pasta Moon, where local Farmers and Ranchers inspire them on a regular basis! The menu rotates regularly depending on what’s in season and bringing guests a contemporary Italian dining experience that’s unique and eco-friendly!
Sam’s Chowder House
4210 North Cabrillo Highway in Half Moon Bay (650) 712-0245 Open Mon-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sat 11am to 9pm, Sun 11am to 9pm
From the seafood and meats to the produce and artisanal cheeses, Sam’s Chowder Houses’ mantra is sustainable, fresh, local when possible and always seasonal. Produce in the fields of Half Moon Bay in the morning often finds its way onto the salad plate at Sam’s by evening. This passion for fine, fresh ingredients is evident from the house-made dressings, sauces, pasta’s and charcuterie, to the house-made desserts. Sam’s is committed to the environment and offers sustainably-fished seafood and hormone-free meat items like their award-winning lobster sandwich (pictured), voted best 5 sandwiches in America.
401 Main Street in Half Moon Bay (650) 726-4444 Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 9:30pm, Fri 11:30am to 10pm, Sat 11am to 10am, Sun 11am to 9pm
It’s Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pasta’s, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor. The menu has expanded to include seafood and meat selections from their rotisserie and mesquite grill, artful pasta’s, and award winning pizza, creative salads, and antipasti, and an array of house desserts. A Tuscan-style courtyard patio with fireplaces and a fountain awaits. A full bar and locally famous bartenders create a lively social ambiance nightly. Over one hundred fifty bottles line up on the wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
Moss Beach Distillery
140 Beach Way, Moss Beach (650) 728-5595 Open Mon-Thurs 12pm to 8pm, Fri & Sat 12pm to 8:30pm, Sun 11am to 8pm
The Moss Beach Distillery sits at the edge of a cliff in Half Moon Bay overlooking the ocean. They offer delicious steaks and fresh seafood alongside a haunted setting provided by their resident ghost the “Blue Lady.” Visit to learn more about this historical landmark and all early rum running days.
Navio at Ritz-Carlton
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay (650) 712-7040 Open Mon-Tues 6:30am to 11am, Wed – Sat 6:30am to pm, Sun 11am to 9pm
Boasting exceptional seafood dishes and a comfortable California-inspired design, the cuisine in Navio combines the subtle flavors of the sea with fresh textures and light savory accompaniments. The chef highlights approachable flavors that reference the best of coastal dining from all around the world. They serve one of the best Sunday Brunches in the San Francisco vicinity. Reservations are required as the place books up weeks in advance.
9850 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay (650) 728-1411 Open Mon-Fri 8am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 7am to 2pm
“Best Breakfast on The Coast” by Half Moon Bay Review readers for 10 consecutive years. Try the crab cake benedict or Brioch french toast (pictured). They serve breakfast and lunch all day. And, the airport (that’s where the restaurant is) is a fun place to bring the kids, relax and enjoy the airplanes.
(American-New, Breakfast & Brunch, Seafood)
260 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-8000 Open Mon-Thurs 4:30pm to 8:30pm, Fri 4:30pm to 9pm, Sat 10am to 3pm, 4pm to 9pm, Sun 10am to 3pm, 4pm to 8:30pm
Flavor was created so that diners searching for their own version of familiar foods could find them here. Coastal comfort food like mac & cheese, pot pies, chicken n waffles, and tater tots along with harbor views, full bar, weekend brunch, outside patio seating and fire pits.
(Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean)
450 Capistrano Rd in Half Moon Bay (650) 563-4181 Open Wed-Mon 11 am to 9 pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Seville Tapas offers over 30 tapas, over 40 “Pepitos” or mini sandwiches, a few platters, soups, and salads, as well as a fun kids menu. Tapas, if you don’t know are small snacks meant to be shared and are designed to encourage conversation among diners. There are many stories surrounding the origin of tapas, but, since the word itself means “lid” or “top” it seems likely to have come from the custom of serving sherry with a small slice of bread, which is placed on top of the glass between sips to keep fruit flies from being attracted to the sweet drink. They have gluten-free bread to go along as well! Share the flavors of Spain with the people of the Coastside.
Asian King’s Kitchen
(Chinese, Asian Fusion)
3048 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay (650) 560-9898 Open daily from 11am to 9pm
Delight your taste buds with dishes of culinary inspiration spanning the breadth of Asia. Both traditional and new flavors, complimented with succulent combinations of exotic herbs and spices, come from the pick of fresh meats and vegetables at Asian King’s Kitchen. There is a large menu and special requests may be welcomed.
(Mexican, Indian, Thai)
408 Main Street, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-6868 Open Mon-Thur 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 8pm, Fri 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm, Sat 10am to 9pm, Sun 10am to 8pm
Chez-Shea features organic dishes from around the world including South Africa, India, Thailand, the Middle East, Ireland, Mexico, Europe and the United States. It’s always an exciting and healthy visit since all of the ingredients are organic and fresh. They update the menu as the seasons change.
845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-4090 Open Wed-Thurs 5:30pm to 9pm, Fri & Sat 5:30pm to 10pm, Sun 5:30pm to 9pm
Named for Capri’s fragrant valley with panoramic views, Cetrella offers rustic, worldly and free-spirited Mediterranean and California coastal cuisine. Today, the ties to sustainable farmers, fishermen, ranchers and artisan purveyors remain strong. With an emphasis on accessible fine dining, the menus include seasonal egg, salad and sandwich entrées. Raw seafood, cheese flights, house-made bread’s and pasta’s, grilled vegetables, fish, fowl, field and game meats, rotating rustic entrées and house-made desserts. The Bar menu features Spanish-influenced small plates, including charcuterie, a wine country picnic, and wood-oven pizzas. The kitchen adapts dishes for patrons with food sensitivities and dietary preferences and includes vegetarian and vegan options. Live Jazz Friday and Saturday nights!
(Mexican, Latin American)
523 Church Street, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-7699 Open Mon-Fri 11am to 8pm, Sat & Sun 8am to 8pm
Café Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations. Not just Mexican, it’s Mayan, with a fresh twist and clear, distinct flavors like fire roasted peppers, lime marinades, fresh fruit, and habanero salsa. Delicious food with unique spicing and healthy fresh ingredients can always be expected at Café Capistrano. The restaurant is in an old Victorian house that provides a cozy ambiance.
(American-New, Barbeque, Hot Dogs)
225 S Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay (650) 560-9832 Open Thur-Sat 11am to 5pm, Sun 11am to 4pm
Daddy-O’s takes great pride in creating upscale versions of American roadside-diner classics. They use the finest meats, artisanal cheeses, and the freshest local produce available. Everything, from soup to dessert, is made from scratch in their full kitchen caboose. Yes, a caboose! Meats and vegetables are fresh, never frozen. And the flavor profiles are original recipes born of an 80-year culinary lineage. ‘Grandpa’s’ motto became their own: “Never compromise your quality, because what you make tells your story and says a lot about who you are.” They never take shortcuts!
500 Purissima Street Unit C, Half Moon Bay (650) 560-0076 Open Tues-Thur 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 9pm, Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 9:30pm, Sat 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9:30pm, Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm
Spice Me offers a carefully selected menu of Thai favorites, served in a lively, bright and cozy dining place. Spice Me’s authentic Thai cooking is characterized by flavor, spice and a wide variety of ingredients like vegetables, meats, and seafood combined with a nice balance of herbs and spices that captivate the taste buds and nourish the senses. Aside from the regular menu, Spice Me creates seasonal dishes to promote Thai culture and local festivities.
(Pizza, Italian, Bars)
2810 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay (650) 560-8858 Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 9:30pm, Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11:30am to 9pm
Discover for yourself why Via Uno was named one of Sunset Magazine’s Favorite New Restaurants of 2014 and why locals voted it Half Moon Bay’s Favorite New Restaurant. Enjoy big city taste in small town casual coastal ambiance including a modern-rustic dining room, dog-friendly heated outdoor patio, private wine room, and full bar. Their authentic 6,000-pound wood-fired pizza oven is specially hand-made in Naples as it creates light-as-air pizza crusts. Their menu features Calabrian specialties you’re unlikely to sample anywhere else unless you take a trip to Italy. The produce is hand-selected from Half Moon Bay’s local farms and Old World-heavy wine list features varietals imported from Calabria. Savor the flavors of the season…
(American-Traditional, coffee & tea)
3068 N Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay (650) 560-8368 Open Tues-Sat 11am to 9pm, Sun 11am to 7pm
Local ingredients, burgers, beers and baristas! People are saying, “best damn grass fed burger on the coast.” “Farm to Barn” salads and weekly specials, Four Barrel Coffee served by happy burgeristas. Whimsical, casual, “barnish” atmosphere. Outdoor patio-beer garden, walking distance from the mighty Pacific. Come sip local brew and rock out to the jukebox.