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Why is the Half Moon Bay Harbor So Famous?

December 31, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay HarborDuring your vacation to the beautiful Half Moon Bay, make sure you stop by the Half Moon Bay Harbor for incredible views and delicious meals. Between the avid fishing and beautiful sunsets, you can’t miss a visit to this incredible harbor.

About the Half Moon Bay Harbor

The Half Moon Bay Harbor, known as the Pillar Point Harbor, is well known for it’s beautiful views and fantastic restaurants. This protected harbor of refuge along the San Mateo County California Coast is a vital home to the commercial fishing industry, sport fishermen, and recreational boaters. With 369 berths, inner breakwater, and outer breakwater makes Pillar Point Harbor one of the safest harbors in the United States. On top of being a sport and commercial fishermen’s harbor, Pillar Point Harbor is also home to many events including the annual Mavericks surfing competition and Christmas boat decorating contest. If you’re looking to buy fresh fish from the harbor, feel free to call (650) 726-8724.

Top 5 Half Moon Bay Harbor Restaurants

  1. Ketch Joanne’s Restaurant & Harbor Bar
    With a long 30-year history serving delicious meals of generous portion and variety, Ketch Joanne’s Restaurant & Harbor Bar is a must visit when you’re exploring Pillar Point Harbor. Open at 7 am daily and serving food until 1 am, this is the perfect stop at any point in your day. On top of their extensive bar menu they also serve delicious dishes such as Joanne’s Cioppino and Creekside Smokehouse Fettuccine.
  2. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
    This brewing company has a lot more to offer its visitors than just beer. While they serve an excellent selection of brews and even offer a brewery tour, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company also offers a full restaurant menu with many delectable dishes. From classic fish and chips to seafood fajitas and their Stuffed Supreme Chicken Breast, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your visit to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
  3. Princeton Seafood Company
    As the most popular and arguably best seafood market in Half Moon Bay, Princeton Seafood Company has a lot to offer it’s guests. Whether you’re stopping by for a fresh catch to prepare dinner that evening, a bite to eat, or both, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time. The Princeton Seafood Company Market offers overnight shipping anywhere, as well as in-person purchases. If you visit the Princeton Seafood Company Restaurant you’ll find delectable dishes such as their Pillar Point Prawns, Dungeness Crab Platter, and Camerone Tacos.  
  4. Flavor
    Flavor Restaurant in Half Moon Bay is perfect for those craving delicious comfort food. The co-owners both grew up in California with a taste for comfort food, which lead to their partnership in creating Flavor. From their perfect brunch menu to their amazing lunch and dinner options, there is never a wrong time to visit this excellent eatery.
  5. Barbara’s Fish Trap
    Since 1971 Barbara’s Fish Trap has been serving exquisite seafood to all of its visitors. This homey, casual, and simple restaurant may sound lax on their creations, but that could not be farther from the truth. Right on the harbor, you’ll get a beautiful view of the sunset as well as passing boats throughout the area.

After enjoying your visit to Pillar Point Harbor, head over to Half Moon Bay’s finest bed and breakfast, the Mill Rose Inn. Between the warm hospitality and meticulous attention to detail, you can’t go wrong with a stay at this award-winning Half Moon Bay B&B. For more information on things to do in Half Moon Bay, CA, make sure to download our free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide. We look forward to booking your stay!

What is the Best Half Moon Bay Fish Market?

October 29, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Fish Market

While visiting the California coast, it is necessary to get a fresh fish meal. The coast, and Half Moon Bay, in particular, is full of amazing eateries that serve the best, freshest fish either prepared for you or caught right from the water ready to be your dinner that evening. Whether you like fresh halibut, or you prefer shrimp there are plenty of Half Moon Bay fish markets with delicious seafood for you!

The Best Half Moon Bay Fish Market

There is nothing better than a meal cooked with the freshest ingredients. Head on over to one of the best Half Moon Bay fish markets in the area guaranteed to give you the supplies needed for the delicious meal you have planned.

Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant

Since 1979, Princeton Seafood Company Market and Restaurant has been one of the leading places to pick up fresh seafood for locals. Originally beginning as a fish wholesale company, business starting booming which evolved into the full-service seafood marketing and restaurant we all know and love today. With old family recipes and local flavors, Princeton Seafood Company remains one of the best in all of Half Moon Bay. Princeton Seafood is located on Pillar Point Harbor. Visit their website for days and hours of operation or call them at (650) 726-CRAB (2722).

Half Moon Bay Fish Market

As one of the most popular fish markets, Half Moon Bay Fish Market offers an abundance of seafood options. They are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 99 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, and you can reach them at (650) 726-2561.

Straight From the Water

Nothing says fresh fish more than buying it directly from the man or woman who caught it. With Dungeness crab season just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to get the best seafood available in Half Moon Bay.

Pillar Point Harbor

As one of the only places where you can buy fish directly off of the boat, Pillar Point Harbor is one place you can’t miss. Boats are typically docked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and product varies each day. Before you head out to the harbor, give the harbor office a call for a message about what is on sale that day. They typically have everything from halibut to rock cod and even tuna. Prices vary depending on your choices and the season, but generally run less expensive than an established store. After picking up your choice from the harbor, head over to Princeton Seafood Company where they will clean and fillet your new purchase. While you’re at the harbor you might as well enjoy everything they have to offer. From whale watching or even fishing for your own catch, Pillar Point Harbor will keep you busy all day.

After visiting Princeton Seafood Company or Pillar Point Harbor, come back to the Mill Rose Inn to rest for the next eventful day ahead of you. Get a great night’s rest and enjoy our complimentary breakfast. The gourmet Half Moon Bay breakfast is delivered to your room, served in the dining room, or offered al fresco in either of our garden courtyards. The menu includes fresh juices, fruit, French pastries, homemade bread, crepes, omelets or quiche, and your choice of beverages. Complete your trip by checking out our Vacation Guide with all of the best information on what to do, what to eat, and where to stay in Half Moon Bay!


A Few Ways to Enjoy Pillar Point Harbor

October 31, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor


When you’re staying with us at the Mill Rose Inn you don’t want to miss the chance to see the historic Pillar Point Harbor. Just a ten minute drive from the inn, the Harbor is a notable West Coast attraction for many reasons. It’s a great addition to a day at the water as it is just steps from a beautiful beach and delicious oceanside restaurants. After you’ve filled up on our memorable breakfast in the garden-side dining room, head to Pillar Point Harbor and take in the sites.

Charter Boat Tours

The United States Coast Guard charters numerous boat tours from Pillar Point Harbor. Catch a boat to do some fishing or whale watching. Or maybe you’re more interested in a coastal tour of the the harbor to learn about what makes it the safest harbor on the West Coast. Take this opportunity to learn about the harbors natural history of its marshes and diverse species. Learn about the historic fishing industry where crabbing and salmon fishing are still large markets.


Fishing it the obvious option at the harbor. You can charter a boat or fish right off the pier. Pillar Point also has world famous surf. It is the home of the annual invitation only Mavericks Surf Competition every winter when the big waves come. It is a spectacle worth witnessing if you happen to be in town to catch it. The dates are rarely confirmed until the last minute as they depend completely on the weather. There are plenty of boat rentals as well if you’d prefer to get out on the water in a sea kayak.

Fish Market

Enjoy a largely lost tradition at Pillar Point with the dockside fish sales. Buy fish fresh from the water and directly from the fishermen. It doesn’t get much better than that. Call the Fish Phone for information about what is being sold. Of course you can catch your own as well. Or just come witness the hustle and bustle of this age-old tradition from the beach. It’s a window into the world before supermarket fish counters.

Boat Lighting Ceremony

It’s worth planning a trip around the holidays just to catch this annual tradition. Come see the boats light up to celebrate the season on December 13th, for the 27th annual Boat Lighting Ceremony. Gain a different appreciation for nautical life as vessel silhouettes reflect off the Pacific. Bring something warm to drink, and head across the street to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company afterwards to try some local beers and delicious food.


The Pillar Point Harbor is an experience you don’t want to miss. It’s rich history and traditions are a unique American cultural experience and a great contrast to the nearby urban centers of San Francisco and San Jose. When you’re visiting us at the Mill Rose Inn you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy this California treat. Come wash the salt water off your body in our hot tub, and get cozy in your room with a warm drink and a great movie after a day on the water.