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Feb 11, 2002 10:26 AM

Half Moon Bay recommendations?

  • j

Spending weekend in Half Moon Bay. Found July posts. Any changes/additions/comments? Will have to eat a meal or two with my company so remaining meals have to make up for rubber chicken dinners. Thanks.


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  1. For lunch, both Tres Amigos taqueria and Half Moon Bay Coffee Company are good. Half Moon Bay Coffee Company is also great for both breakfast and really great home-style baked goods.

    Here's a link to HMB Coffee:


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    1. re: Nancy Berry

      If you are going Mexican for lunch, don't miss The
      Happy Taco.

    2. Cetrella is the new swanky place in HMB--chef used to be at Rose Pistola, food's high-end cal-med. Same owner as Pasta Moon, which is also good.


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      1. re: dixieday

        Ate at Centrella two months ago. Very nice dinner, pricey and upscale for sure.

      2. z
        Zach Georgopoulos

        A bit south of HMB on Hwy. 1 (about 15 miles, I think) -- Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero. Great seafood and wine list.

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        1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

          The other "musts" at Duarte's (pronounced Do-arts with the accent on the first syllable) are the artichoke and green chile soups (you can get half and half if you ask) and the pies. Reservations are strongly recommended.

          Duarte's Tavern
          202 Stage Road
          Reservations: 650-879-0464
          FAX: 650-879-9460


          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Here's a link to a prior thread on Duarte's.


        2. If you are in the mood for a casual seafood meal, Ketch Joanne's in Princeton by the Sea, has very good seafood and yummy homemade pies. I would stick to the simpler preparations, however. We ordered a pasta dish and it was a bit heavy on the cream but the fish and chips I had were very well done. The fish very fresh & the scallops sweet. Large slices of pie, finished off the meal. They have hearty breakfasts & lunches also.


          1. Mezza Luna, just north of HMB in Princeton, has great pasta. It's housed in the old Princeton Inn.

            Sushi Main Street has excellent sushi -- some of the best in the Bay Area, I think. It's located in downtown HMB on Mill Street, off of Main.

            Just in general, though, service at restaurants in Half Moon Bay isn't very good -- even at higher end places like Cetrella and Pasta Moon. I think it's difficult for these restaurants to get good, consistent help.


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            1. re: Wendy-san

              Every so often the wife and I escape the city by heading to HMB for the coastal drive + a nice dinner.

              We invariably head to one of two places...
              Mezza Luna -or- Sushi Main Street.

              Both are great.