Restaurants in Half Moon Bay


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  • La Costanera
    At La Costanera, Peruvian-born Chef Carlos Altamirano adds contemporary twists to traditional South American dishes that earned the restaurant a 2012 Michelin Star. A variety of ceviches whet appetites amidst a dining room that the San Francisco Chronicle called "breathtaking by day and almost mystical at night," filled with the soft sound of the surf. Free-range chicken and slow-cooked pork shoulder thrive beneath what a reviewer for the Pacifica Tribune applauds as "dramatic presentation.” Imported Peruvian beers and pisco cocktails clink to toast potatoes reclaiming exoticness by arriving in shades of purple and green, and even simple favorites take on the gleeful elegance of a solid-teak waterslide with the aid of truffle oil or saffron. La Costanera’s 10,000-square-foot space opens onto an open-air patio and glass-enclosed rooms. Windowpanes soaring from floor to ceiling arch high overhead, admitting cascades of sunlight as diners gaze out and give each rolling wave a name and backstory.
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    8150 Cabrillo Hwy.
    Montara Beach, CA US
  • Half Moon Bay Salt Water Taffy Co.
    Settled near the gentle, lapping waves of the Half Moon Bay coastline, Half Moon Bay Salt Water Taffy Co. pairs customers with an array of nostalgic beach-harkening treats and accessories. More than 50 varieties of taffy await eager sweet seekers in the shop's collection of charming oak barrels. With classic flavors such as licorice, root beer, peppermint, and peanut butter, the candy curators transport taste buds back to simpler times, and with new flavors such as caramel apple, golden pear, grape, and vanilla latte, the team keeps tongues intrigued. In addition to toothsome morsels, Half Moon Bay Salt Water Taffy Co. stocks colorful kites that patrons can unleash on the beach or nurture until they grow into healthy hang gliders.
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    270 Capistrano Rd
    Half Moon Bay, CA US
  • Cetrella
    Cetrella: A User’s Guide Critically Praised | Upscale Mediterranean Cuisine | 400+ Wines | Weekend Live Music Sample Menu Appetizer: mussels with white wine, harissa, and ciabatta Entree: bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with vegetables Dessert: panna cotta Drink: a glass of Piedmont dolcetto Where to Sit: Private parties can be arranged in three rooms that can seat 10–150 people. When to Go: the weekend, when jazz and blues musicians invade Cetrella's bar to host a cover-free night of entertainment. Performers have included the Jean-Michel Hure Trio and Deborah Winters. Otherwise, head in for happy-hour specials at 5 p.m.–7 p.m. on Tuesday–Thursday. While You’re Waiting: Admire the decor, including a fireplace, which Gayot describes as "cozy and romantic instead of simply stylish." Vocab Lesson Pappardelle _: a broad, flat noodle similar to extra-wide fettuccine. _Panna cotta: a silky, custard-like Italian dessert, made with cream, milk, sugar, and gelatin and often served with caramel, chocolate sauce, or fruit coulis. While You’re in the Neighborhood: Order your dessert to go, pick up a bottle of sweet wine from Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company (421 Main Street), and enjoy a post-meal picnic at the nearby Fernandez Park (Main Street, between Filbert Street and Spruce Street).
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    845 Main St
    Half Moon Bay, CA US
  • Cafe Gibraltar
    You won't be disappointed at Half Moon Bay's Cafe Gibraltar, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu. The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Cafe Gibraltar will leave you happy and full. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Cafe Gibraltar offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are. Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Cafe Gibraltar as well. Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot. Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
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    425 Avenue Alhambra
    Half Moon Bay, CA US
  • Half Moon Bay Joe's Restaurant
    In Focus: Half Moon Bay Joe’s Restaurant What to expect: hearty portions of Italian comfort foods and American diner classics Signature menu item: Joe’s special scramble with ground chuck, spinach, onion, and italian herbs Number of eggs in each omelet: 4 Last call for breakfast: 3 p.m. daily Weight of the biggest burger on the menu: 3/4 pounds Best use of veal: four-way tie between scaloppine, milanese, piccata, and parmigiana Type of beef used: USDA Prime and Choice steaks only Alternatives to french fries: Upgrade to a side of ravioli or spaghetti. Best reason to take home leftovers: It’ll help you save room for a hefty slice of layer cake. How to relax after a meal: Lounge in a tufted, horseshoe-shaped booth along the windows.
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    2380 Cabrillo Hwy S
    Half Moon Bay, CA US
  • Subway
    For tasty sandwiches with endless toppings, visit Subway. Subway serves up well-crafted, gluten-free and healthy menu items. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Subway with its kid-friendly fare. Eat outdoors Subway (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. Impress the patrons at your next gathering by calling in Subway for catering. Getting your food to go is also an option. Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge. Bike parking is quick and easy at Subway. Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Subway serves up all three meals.
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    80 Cabrillo Hwy N
    Half Moon Bay, CA US

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