The Best Local Restaurants in Half Moon Bay

One of the best things about visiting a new place is sampling the local cuisine of the area. Here in Half Moon Bay, there are restaurants for every taste and budget. From upscale restaurants to more laid back bistros, we have it all here to make your visit one delicious food trip!

1. Gherkin’s Sandwich Shop

Location: 171 Seventh St.
Montara, CA

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Gherkin’s Sandwich shop is located at a casual beachside spot serving up craft sandwiches with your choice of turkey, roast beef, pastrami, ham, salami and unique offerings for our vegetarian guests. The place is vegan friendly and kid Friendly with outdoor seating.

2. Cafe Capistrano

Location: 523 Church St.
Half Moon Bay, CA

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Cafe Capistrano is the only authentic Mayan style restaurant in Half Moon Bay serving dishes with distinct flavors of fire roasted peppers, lime marinades, fresh fruit, habanero salsa. A lot of locals love their fish tacos but plato de pescado, cochinita, adobado are also recommended.

3. Barbara’s Fishtrap

Location: 281 Capistrano Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA

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Barbara’s Fish Trap is an informal seafood restaurant serving first-rate seafood dishes. Located overlooking the harbor at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, visitors can enjoy a scenic setting along with superb pastas and sandwiches. A plate of fish and chips is highly recommended.

4. La Costanera

8150 N. Cabrillo Hwy.
Montara, CA

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La Costanera is an upscale restaurant with an oceanfront view serving contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Experience the culinary richness of Peru at La Costanera with its grand, floor to ceiling windows and 10,000 square feet of oceanfront space, beach views and sea breeze.

5. Odyssey Pizzeria & Cafe

2350 Carlos St.
Half Moon Bay, CA

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Italian pizza is so yesterday. Ever had pizza with a Greek twist? Odyssey Pizza & Cafe is a unique coastside restaurant that blends Greek cuisine with pizza, giving everyone a little bit of everything.

6. Caffe Mezza Luna

240 Capistrano Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA

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Delicious pasta, pizza and seafood can be enjoyed by the scenic area of Half Moon Bay, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Experience breathtaking coastal views and marvel at the giants waves of Mavericks surf spot while sinking your teeth to  “authentic”, “delicious” Southern Italian food that comes at value prices.

7. Sam’s Chowder House

4210 N. Cabrillo Hwy.
Half Moon Bay, CA

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Voted “BEST SEAFOOD” and “BEST WATERFRONT DINING” in the Bay Area, Sam’s Chowder offers its diners a taste of authentic New England style seafood  cuisine. This classic seafood house is known for its clam chowder, lobster rolls & patio dining overlooking the Pacific.


Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms,  a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

For online reservations, click here. You may also call us at (800) 886-6997.


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