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There are Several Excellent Restaurants in Half Moon Bay CA

December 29, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

restaurants in half moon bay ca

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!