Most Popular Restaurants in Half Moon Bay

April 14, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

A mere 45-minute drive from San Francisco lies Half Moon Bay, an idyllic enclave and truly the perfect place to spend some time away from the big city. Horseback ride along a scenic beach, play golf on a spectacular course overlooking the ocean or browse through the numerous shops and art galleries in the historic section. If you decide to stay, as many do, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at any of the town's fine restaurants. Then check into an enchanting bed and breakfast, a charming inn or boutique hotel. Your Half Moon Bay experience will not be soon forgotten.
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1. 3-Zero Cafe

9850 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-5208 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 650-728-1411
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 224 reviews

3-Zero Cafe

Reviewed By ACEP925 - Pleasanton, California

The French toast was absolutely delish! This is at the airport, so I didn’t know what to expect . They serve breakfast all day and had a large selection of scrambles and Benedicts. Recommend!!!

2. Half Moon Bay Coffee Co

20 Stone Pine Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-8204 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 10 +1 650-726-3664
Excellent
37%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Half Moon Bay Coffee Co

Reviewed By LisaandRod93013 - San Ramon, California

Came here for our caffeine fix and we were not disappointed! We enjoyed the House Mochas. Friendly staff, clean environment, plenty of seating indoors and outdoors.

3. Moonside Bakery and Cafe

604 Main St, Ste A, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1976 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 650-726-9070
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 120 reviews

Moonside Bakery and Cafe

We are located in downtown Half Moon Bay and serve a full-line bakery with european style patries, breads, pies, cakes, desserts and wedding cakes. We also have a delicious menu for a fresh breakfast and lunch includes wood-fired pizza, salads and home-made sandwiches are served in a fast-casual atmosphere on real dishes. there is plenty of seating inside and out and take-out is available.

Reviewed By Kathy G - Tennessee

Here with my family of 6. Kids 18-6years old Ordered a sandwich , pizzas , and I had the chicken avacado salad . It was absolutely yummy !!:) everyone said theirs was yummy!!

4. Pasta Moon

315 Main St, Ste C, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1750 Television, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 650-726-5125
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 692 reviews

Pasta Moon

Reviewed By agaurav - Mountain View, California

First visit to Half Moon Bay with another family. We enjoyed the lunch there though it took a long time to find parking on the streets there. They should definitely consider making a garage somewhere close by with at least 2-3 levels.

Food was tasty and cocktails were great too. Pasta, salads, pizza were all delicious. Clean big dining room as well so we weren't watching our elbows with other guests dining there.

5. Half Moon Bay Bakery

514 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1922 Takeout Breakfast +1 650-726-4841
Excellent
49%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Half Moon Bay Bakery

Reviewed By Michelle P - Castro Valley, California

We always buy their fruit bars with nuts when we come to town, and often their fresh crusty breads and sometimes other delicious sweet pastries and cookies. Small, charming, fresh and friendly are the buzz words for this place.

6. Mezza Luna

459 Prospect Way, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4054 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 650-728-8108
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 445 reviews

Mezza Luna

Mezzaluna Restaurant is located in the historic Princeton Landing building (which was built in 1908). The harbor town of Princeton By The Sea is located 20 miles south of San Francisco. In this scenic area of Half Moon Bay, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, you can experience breathtaking coastal views and marvel at the giants waves of Mavericks surf spot. We provide nothing but the highest quality of meat, fish, produce, pasta and local fresh ingredients. Mezzaluna is continually awarded as Best Restaurant on the Coast and Best Customer Service. In 2012, Mezza Luna was awarded "Favorite Italian Restaurant" and in 2013 awarded "Favorite Overall Restaurant" and "Favorite Italian Restaurant" by the coastside community and the readers of the Half Moon Bay Review. In 2014 Mezza Luna was awarded by Open Table the "Dinners Choice Award". But it doesn't take an award to prove the quality and consistency of the great food, service and wine... You must experience it for yourself.

Reviewed By Mauro1990

This was an amazing family reunion. We were a total of 56 family members. From the appetizers, main course to the deserts everything was spot on! We all had a choice, petrale, chicken or steak. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection. A special thank you goes out to Roberto and his crew of waiters and bartenders for making this occasion a very very special event for our family. A special thank you goes about to Giovanna and Amerigo for flying out from Tuscany Italy for this special event. MEZZA LUNA the best Italian food on the coast!!!

7. It's Italia

401 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1749 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 650-726-4444
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

It's Italia

It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals. Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters. Most importantly, we are a little local community restaurant that serves locals. Lots of locals! Our advertising is mostly word of mouth. Our energy is inviting, positive, and friendly, and when you come in, you are invited to be part of our family.

Reviewed By Forestvillian - Forestville, California

In Oct. 2017 we stayed overnight at the Half Moon Bay Inn and for dinner we walked next door to “It’s Italia” restaurant (same building as the Inn). We were seated at a pleasant table near the front windows. The service, ambiance, menu selections, food and wine list were all excellent and I'm looking forward to our next dinner. Based upon our experience, many locals dine there and the feeling was one of a big, happy family!

8. Flying Fish Grill

211 San Mateo Rd, Postal addr: 99 San Mateo Road Suite D, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1707 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 650-712-1125
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Flying Fish Grill

Reviewed By CLAUDEMontreal - Montreal, Canada

Wanting a lunch not too heavy ,we choose that place by coincidence.We were welcomed ,and with a smile offered the menu and the beers we ordered quickly arrived at the table.
There is a wide variety of lunch from a complete meal or tasty sandwiches. Food is fresh and very tasty.Service is well done ,and prices are very reasonables.

9. Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 650-728-7049
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 561 reviews

Barbara's Fishtrap

Reviewed By LightFighter - Lafayette, California

Barbara's Fishtrap is a quirky seafood diner with a view of the harbor. Seating is available indoors or on an enclosed patio. The seafood is excellent - fresh and well-prepared with generous portions. Our waitress was friendly and engaging and kept lunch flowing smoothly.

A casual restaurant with excellent service that does seafood very well! Cash only!

10. Ketch Joanne Restaurant & Bar

17 Johnson, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 650-728-3747
Excellent
37%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 243 reviews

Ketch Joanne Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By VivienneR811 - Reno, Nevada

Stopped in for a crab sandwich for lunch. Restaurant was super busy. Waitress was obviously struggling to cope but was super nice. We ordered a crab sandwich and she brought us out a shrimp sandwich. She apologized, took it back and brought out the crab sandwich. Fries which were very good, didn't arrive until we had finished the sandwich. Everything tasted great though! Would try them again........

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