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There are Several Excellent Restaurants in Half Moon Bay CA

December 29, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

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Sam’s Chowder House / Photo By Ben Husmann via Flickr

It’s that time of year again. Either you are traveling to this beautiful California coastal town, or you’re relatives are coming to see you. Whichever boat you find yourself in this holiday season a list of the best restaurants in Half Moon Bay CA will be a handy thing to have around. Despite our small size, this quaint town has some world class menus that are all-around palate pleasers. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty american pub-style meal, a fresh dish form the sea, or a homey Mediterranean food you’ll find what you’re looking for here.


The fisherman gave our lovely little half-moon-shaped bay its name. To this day Half Moon Bay has a harbor where restaurants and locals buy fish right off the boat. Barabara’s Fishtrap is a local favorite and is perched right on the coast with beautiful views out over the Pacific and delicious, local food. Sam’s Chowder House  serves more than just chowders, but a myriad of other great fish dishes. If you want to experience the bustle of the Pillar Point fish market, head to Princeton Seafood where you can buy fresh fish and dine-in. Don’t forget Sushi Main Street for a classic sushi night out and their great sake list.


Cetrella Bistro is an award-winning restaurant known for its great classic food menu, classy California wine list, delicious cocktails and live music. For an authentic Mediterranean experience head to Cafe Gibraltar for great food and a great view. This is a Michelin recommended spot with the highest Zagat rating in San Mateo County. For a trip through Tuscany you should try It’s Italia where you can enjoy their charming courtyard patio. Pasta Moon will serve you farm-to-table comfort dishes and leaving you feeling just right.

Comfort Food

If you’re in the mood for some good old American comfort food you’ll be able to find it among the restaurants in Half Moon Bay CA. You can always depend on the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for a great, homey meal and a delicious pint of their craft beer. You won’t mind their oceanside patio either. If you’re a coffee lover then head over to Half Moon bay Coffee Co. for a classic cup of joe and wonderful basked goods. Flavor, a wonderful restaurant with a lounge feel to it, serves delicious coastal classics, and will surely warm your belly after a day on the water.


The spectacular thing about our little coastal town – besides the views – is that it has numerous nationally recognized establishments that will make you feel like your sitting in a fancy San Francisco restaurant. Restaurants in Half Moon Bay CA follow the California standard of focusing on local farm-to-table, or in this case sea-to-table, options that will leave you feeling not only satisfied, but connected to the land and its people. You’d be hard pressed to find a spot you don’t love among our many dining choices. Visitors will be impressed and leave feeling like they got an authentic West Coast experience. If you’re planning on staying at the Mill Rose Inn, many of these options are also within walking distance!

Half Moon Bay Restaurants to Try During Your Visit

February 26, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn


Half Moon Bay RestaurantsVisitors to our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast won’t have to look far for fine dining.  Not only does the Mill Rose Inn offer beautiful accommodations in a breathtaking setting, it is also near many of the best Half Moon Bay restaurants.  Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, seafood, sushi or a casual beer and burger, the area has something to please all palates.  With so many places to choose from, the task of selecting one may be daunting, so hopefully this guide will be helpful in making your decision of which Half Moon Bay restaurants to try during your visit.


Barbara’s Fishtrap

Barbara’s Fishtrap offers a classic seafood menu that utilizes a “sea to table” philosophy.  Beautiful views of Princeton Harbor are also a signature of this restaurant.


Cetrella Bistro

Cetrella Bistro is an ideal choice for fans of Mediterranean food who are also in the mood for great wine and live music. Cetrella Bistro is within walking distance from Mill rose Inn.


Cafe Gibraltar

Cafe Gibraltar has an award-winning menu of Mediterranean cuisine.   The 2014 Zagat Guide awarded Cafe Gibraltar with the highest food score of any restaurant on the San Mateo County coast.


Chez Shea

If you’re a vegetarian looking for delicious dining options, Chez Shea is the place for you.  The menu includes flavors from around the world made with fresh organic ingredients.


La Costanera

If you’re looking for some international flavor, La Costanera offers contemporary Peruvian cuisine.  Some say La Costanera has the best view of the coast.



Flavor is a perfect place to go for “California comfort food” while enjoying an outstanding ocean view.  The menu includes salads, burgers, pastas, seafood and more.


Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as live music.  Enjoy some of the house-brewed beers on the patio overlooking the harbor or get comfortable around one of the fire pits. The menu includes classic burgers and sandwiches, seafood, salads, pasta, tacos and gluten-free options.


It’s Italia

Just two blocks from Mill Rose Inn, It’s Italia has a Tuscan-style menu.  Enjoy your Italian favorites inside or on the courtyard patio.


Mezza Luna

Contemporary southern Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest of ingredients is what you’ll find at Mezza Luna. Located in the historic Princeton Landing building, the restaurant is on Princeton harbor.


Miramar Beach Restaurant

This beachfront restaurant has seafood, steaks and a full bar.  Enjoy live music on the weekends.


Sam’s Chowder House

You can enjoy the fresh seafood served at Sam’s Chowder House on the oceanfront patio, at the bar or in the dining room.  Great views of the iconic crescent shaped bay as well as beach access are available here.


Pasta Moon

One of several Half Moon Bay restaurants within walking distance of Mill Rose Inn, Pasta Moon is a farm to table restaurant that’s been in business for 25 years. Using local ingredients, Pasta Moon’s dishes include handmade pasta, pizza, sumptuous desserts and more.


Sushi Main Street

This Japanese restaurant has an excellent sushi bar and an exceptional selection of sake. Right across the street from the inn, a great option for those looking Half Moon Bay restaurants within walking distance.


Princeton Seafood

Fresh fish and seafood straight from Pillar Point Harbor.  Princeton Seafood is a market as well as a restaurant.


When you’re deciding which Half Moon Bay restaurants to visit, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  Browse our selection of elegant and luxurious rooms  to find your perfect getaway.  Each stay comes with a delicious full champagne breakfast so your days get off to the right start. Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is conveniently located, making it easy to get to dining, shopping, galleries, hiking and more.  When you choose to stay at Mill Rose Inn, your trip will be enhanced by personalized service in a charming location.  Start planning your trip today and let the memory making begin!


Photo courtesy Noatake Murayama.