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Top Restaurants in Half Moon Bay

While there are many incredible restaurants in Half Moon Bay, California, this is a list of our top favorites!

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

This award-winning restaurant, along with its handcrafted beer provides the perfect place to dine and enjoy the company of friends and family. Picture yourself relaxing in the fresh air on the patio with Harbor views and fire pits. The menu features fresh and local ingredients including seafood, crisp salads, juicy burgers, and of course, a variety of beer and cocktails. Don’t forget your furry friends, as the patio is dog friendly!

Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant

Get a taste of Contemporary Southern Italian fare at Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant where the highest quality of ingredients is at the forefront of the menu. Enjoy a variety of meats, fish, and pasta dishes, along with an extensive wine list. On top of the delicious flavors, you can experience a piece of Half Moon Bay history as the restaurant is located in the Princeton Landing building, which was built in 1908, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. 

Barbara’s Fish Trap

If you are looking for a low-key, casual joint for some delicious, fresh seafood, Barbara’s Fish Trap is the spot! The incredible views and beachfront location offers guests the chance to dine in or order out. It’s important to note that this is a cash-only restaurant.

Miramar Beach Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy a culinary experience that includes history, decadent dishes, flawless service, and a picturesque view. The restaurant was originally built as a Prohibition speakeasy so the interesting story plays part as the background while you dine. Sip on hand picked wines, and try some of the freshest seafood and steaks around. You don’t want to miss the live entertainment every day but Monday!

Moss Beach Distillery

Originally named “Frank’s Place” and part of the Prohibition, Moss Beach Distillery was and still is a hot spot for fun and delicious food. The infamous “Blue Lady” ghost still roams the restaurant and provides a mysterious element that every guest enjoys. The restaurant takes pride in their all-natural meats, fresh seafood, and organic produce that make up every delectable dish. 

Sam’s Chowder House

Sam’s Chowder House first opened in 2006 in Half Moon Bay and has expanded to a location in Palo Alto and also four food trucks that can be found throughout the Bay Area. Stop by and see what the craze is about! The menu features a variety of fresh seafood dishes, including the infamous Lobster Rolls. The award-winning restaurant also prides itself in its various eco-friendly practices.

Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company

Stop by this tasting bar situated in unique downtown Half Moon Bay featuring 60 different wines, some of which are rare, and some of the world’s finest cheeses. Shop our unique gifts and accessories for the wine and cheese lover.

Flying Fish Grill

Flying Fish Grill was originally a donut shop that quickly failed and was picked back up when the new boss and menu took over the hearts of Half Moon Bay. The two favorite dishes are the Captain Cod Sandwich and Cod Fish Taco. With the popularity growing quickly, they made the move to a much larger space featuring a full bar. Stop by today! 


Navio celebrates coastal dining from around the world through delicious, fresh seafood dishes. The California-themed restaurant is a must-try on the beautiful grounds of the Ritz-Carlton.