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6 of the Best Places for Half Moon Bay Seafood

April 12, 2016 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Seafood


With so many mouthwatering Half Moon Bay seafood options, it is hard to choose favorites. The Pacific Coast offers a unique variety of seafood appetizers and entrees, from market-fresh crab to shrimp and salmon sandwiches to grilled entrees. Half Moon Bay seafood comes in many forms, and here are some of the best places to find them!

Half Moon Bay Seafood Market

A top-rated location for Half Moon Bay seafood is the Half Moon Bay Fish Market. This seafood distribution and catering service has fresh shipments of Half Moon Bay crab, Half Moon Bay oysters, Half Moon Bay salmon, and more. The market hosts a full variety of fresh seafood cooked onsite in a steaming crab pot. You will be guaranteed the best prices here, compared to local restaurants.

Sam’s Chowder House

Voted best seafood in the Bay Area, Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay serves authentic New England style seafood platters. Whether you dine at the restaurant or at the traveling Chowdermobile, you will have access to the house specialties. These include a shrimp scampi and linguini, seafood risotto, fried shrimp with anchor steam beer batter, and jumbo prawns stuffed with blue crab and wrapped in smoked bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?

Cowboy Fishing Co.

Located on Main Street, Cowboy Fishing Co. Brews & Bites has some of the best Half Moon Bay seafood options. While the food is local, fresh, and sustainable, the Cowboy Code will bring you a revived form of antiquated hospitality. Pair on-tap brews from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Dogfish Head, Green Flash Brewing Company, and more with seafood bites like smoked salmon crostini with goat cheese and outlaw fish tacos served with sweet and tangy slaw. Fresh catches include Cowboy’s specialty of crab as well as salmon, cod, tuna, and halibut.

Flying Fish Bar & Grill

Halfmoon Bay Seafood is served in a delectable variety of lunch favorites at Flying Fish Bar & Grill. Starters include crabby-cheesy bread, cod ceviche, prawn nachos, and shrimp cocktails. Fish and chips comes in multiple pairings, and you can select from scallops, prawns, calamari, halibut, or a combination. The fish tacos and seafood wrapps are popular, while the crab melt, ahi tuna steak, and salmon BLT sandwiches are popular Half Moon Bay seafood favorites.

Barbara’s Fishtrap

Serving Half Moon Bay seafood since 1971, Barbara’s Fishtrap has both a take-out and dine-in selection. If you’re planning on spending a day on the go, the take out window is a prime option. The full menu includes award-winning clam chowder, specialties of coastside calamari, fish and chips, or scallops tempura, and sandwiches that range from fish of the day to baby bay shrimp, dungeness crab, or a salmon burger. If you aren’t feeling fishy, go for the chicken tenders, surf burger, or garden salad. You can also get a glass or bottle of house wine or a beer to go.


For coastal comfort food, Flavor is a great Half Moon Bay seafood dining option. Flavor serves weekend brunch along with lunch, dinner, and drinks, making it a great option for a lazy mid-morning stop before exploring Half Moon Bay. The brunch menu includes dungeness crab cakes, smoked salmon, chicken and waffles, French toast, and a seafood scramble as well as traditional favorites.