Moonside Bakery and Cafe: Very good breakfast
We waiting for Moonside to open at 7am for breakfast. A small bakery that serves breakfast and lunch attached to a mall. There is seating outside, in the bakery and in a back room. There is no table side ordering. You have to order at the counter then the staff will bring out your food. Although they open at 7am they are not prepared to start cooking until about 7:20- 7:30am. They have "to go" bagels and danish.
We had the eggs and zucchini and avocado as well as the french toast with strawberry. Both were very good and we would definitely eat here again!
- Road Trip
It's Italia: Check out the patio dining
This is a fairly large restaurant with typical Italian fare. We ate on on the rear patio which was very nice. There are several gas fireplaces on the walls surrounding the patio.
We had a light lunch here and it was good. Nothing too special. We had the Pea Soup and the Grilled Chicken Panino. Basically just a chicken sandwich but did have a basil/pesto style mayo spread that was good.
- Road Trip
San Benito House: Best Sandwhiches on the Coast
San Benito House is mostly a Bed and Breakfast/Inn. However, they have a Deli which is only open during the day and serves your basic deli foods sandwhiches and salads. I have only had their sandwhiches but they are some of the best sandwhiches I have ever tasted. They make their own bread which is very tasty. I have tried all three of their breads, white, wheat and Olive Walnut (which is relatively new for them). You can order either a half a sandwhich or an entire sandwhich. The deli is located off to the side of the inn. It has a nice patio area where you can eat outside and enjoy the nice coastal air. If you want, you can also go into the little bar area of the inn and eat in there. You know this place is good because it is frequented by a lot of locals.
Favorite Dish: If you want to be a little daring and try something different, I recommend trying the Olive Walnut Bread. It is tasty. And it has bits of olives and walnuts in it. I enjoyed it very much.
Sam's Chowder House: Don't miss the Lobster Roll!
Sam's is right on the main highway entering Half Moon Bay. It is right on the water and has an excellent view of the harbor. There is enough room for you and your family to enjoy your meal and absorb the atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: By far the Lobster Roll was the best with the Mahi Mahi sandwich coming in second. The clam chowder was also a good compliment. I almost forgot the Ceviche was excellent as well.
- Sailing and Boating
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
Spanishtown: Quaint Mexican Restaurant
An old house converted into a Mexican Restaurant, gives Spanishtown its homey and small atmosphere. They have large portions and a variety of food. I have been there a couple of times and have tried a different things each time. They serve variety of typical Mexican entrees, so you won't really be surprised when you get your order. While Half Moon Bay offers quite a few "fast food type" Mexican Restaurants, they don't have a lot to choose from when it comes to sit-down Mexican. If you want to eat at a sit-down Mexican Restaurant and you are in Half Moon Bay, this is a great place to go. The staff is very friendly.
Main Street Grill: A nice place for breakfast
This is a nice little place located right in the heart of Downtown. A great place to have a hearty breakfast, (the plates of food here are huge). Good service, and this seems like the place where all the locals seem to go. Another great feature is that this area is walking distance for all the rest of the downtown area.
Barbara's Fishtrap: Seafood in Princeton Harbor is a must
Barbara's has been around forever and is a wonderful, casual restaurant just north of Half Moon Bay in the fishing town of Princeton Harbor. It is definitely worth a stop for its fresh seafood and local atmosphere. It is always crowded, though, and therefore there's bound to be a wait. But, you get to wait while overlooking Princeton Harbor so bring your sweaters and enjoy the view outside and chat with the easygoing people hanging out in the mist. Wander around the fishing town and check out the harbor while you wait too. It is very close to one of the major surfing stops in the world--Maverick's! You won't see it from there, but perhaps you can soak up some of those skills from the seafood and the sea itself.
Favorite Dish: Any of the fresh seafood does it.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Whale Watching
- Family Travel
Moss Beach Distillery: Ocean front+great food, what else need to say?
Moss Beach Distillery
Good seafood with a spectacular view, need to say more?!
Favorite Dish: Appetizer: Prawn Tempura
Tiger prawns, sesame plum sauce, soy wasabi, orange horseradish marmalade
Salad: Spinach Salad
Baby spinach, imported pancetta, Aegean feta cheese, sauteed mushrooms, roasted red peppers, pinenuts, house vinaigrette
Seafood: Coquille de Mer
A baked combination of rock crab, sea scallops, and rock shrimp in a delicious swiss, jack and parmesan cheese sauce with ***ake mushrooms, rice fresh seasonal vegetables
Entree: Seared Abalone
Lightly breaded with Japanese bread crumbs and almonds, Champagne almond beurre blanc, mango salsa, mashed potatoes, fresh seasoned vegetables
Click here for more menu (lunch, dinner, brunch, and light fare)
Ono Hawaiian Grill: Ono Value and Service With A Smile
Ono Hawaiian Grill features Hawaiian-style "local boy" cuisine served by friendly, laid-back waiters/waitresses in Aloha gear. This extremely casual restaurant is festooned with surfboards, tiki candle holders, plastic leis, and vintage-looking Hawaiian travel posters. You'll find such Island favorites as coconut shrimp, teriyaki chicken, kahlua pig, loco moco, short ribs, yakisoba, saimin, macaroni salad, rice, and kim chee. Entrees come in three sizes: menehune (smaller) for $7.95, regular for $9.25, and blalah (big brother-size) for $11.25. Their mixed plates, of either teriyaki steak and ribs, or chicken and ribs, are $12.95. Side orders range from $1.25 for $5.95. There are also sandwiches (approximately $7.00) and desserts. I ordered a menehune size entree and still received enough food to feed an army! Thus, you're definitely getting your money's worth here! Stop by and let them add a little Hawaiian sunshine to your day! If you're planning a Hawaiian luai, they also do catering!!
Favorite Dish: Portuguese sausage (a.k.a. linguica) -- Sliced and grilled, smoky and flavorful
Poki special -- Very fresh raw ahi tuna with scallions and Hawaiian sea salt
- Budget Travel
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Pillar Point Brewery: Great fresh seafood
The Pillar Point Brewery is one of the most popular places to eat. As a result, on a nice day you could have a long wait. Sit indoors or out. Propane heaters and plexiglass barriers keep the wind and cold out. A diverse menu of unique seafood and other items should please any diner.
Favorite Dish: Having sampled PLENTY of fish and chips, I can say that this is where I have found my favorite (with the possible exception of Race Street Fish and Grill).
one of the many to-go fish places along the harbor: Casual Seafood
There are several spots where you can just pick up some quick fish and chips or chowder or crab and eat at a picnic table overlooking the harbor.