Half Moon Bay??
I'll be in Half Moon Bay for work in early August. Can anyone make any restaurant recommendations? Thank you.
HMB is a terrific restaurant town for its size. Here are my personal rankings:
Cafe Gibralter: 3-4 miles north of town across from Princeton Harbor. Nice soups, salads, wines, atmosphere. Private booths.
Pasta Moon: Downtown. Decent pastas, 1 step below the great pasta houses in SF. A staple in town for years.
Cetrella: Nice house, extensive Mediterranean menu. I prefer the first courses to the entrees. I think a bit overrrated and overrpriced, but overall, fine.
Tres Amigos: Surprisingly good, fresh, traditional Mexican
Sushi Main Street: Ditto re sushi
Mezza Luna: Moved to the end of the Pier in Princeton. Nice view, very serviceable N. Italian menu.
Duartes: Another mainstay, south of town in Pescadero. Great soups (artichoke), pies (Ollaberry), breads. I've found most entrees just ok and am disappointed that they don't do a better job with shellfish. Good place for breakfast.
Barbara's Fishtrap. Another restaurant on the Princeton pier. Some people love this place but I find the calamari, fish & chips, etc greasy and uninspired.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Traditional ok brewpub food, good beers. Aging rock bands on weekend nites. Nothing special.
The Miramar. Best views in town. Food disappointing x ok versions of crab and shrimp louie
Moss Beach Distillery. Another nice view place when not fogged in, but food is horribly overpriced and mediocre at best. Best bet here is to go downstairs for steamers and beer & stare at the ocean.
??? The priciest restaurant in town is Navio at the Ritz Carlton. I have not been there.
Also ... there is a breakfast place at the HMB airport which is decent and fun. Also a new restaurant across from the San Benito House, next to a hotel which has decent food. Sorry, names escape me.
>Mezza Luna: Moved to the end of the Pier in Princeton.<
Wasn't Mezza Luna in the location of the old Princeton Inn? If so and they've moved, what's in the old Princeton Inn building (I still miss the Princeton Inn for lunch/brunch)?
Added: I see the newer post below that Mezza Luna is still in the old Princeton Inn (Hotel?) location.
I was there once, and will always remember a spectacular berry crumble/cobbler dessert at Pasta Moon. Their butternut squash ravioli was terrific, so was their pizza. FYI, this was a couple of years ago.
I have been living in HMB for a number of years and generally agree with your rankings. I do like Cafe Gibraltar but I would rank Pasta Moon and Cetrella above it. Sushi Main Street has decent sushi but service can be abysmal. Other Mexican I like are Happy Taco and Spanishtown. I feel Mezza Luna is on par with many of the best places in North Beach as far as its pastas go. Duarte's to me is highly overrated. The 301 Cafe at the HMB airport, I agree, is not too bad for what it is. Half Moon Bay Kitchen and Cocktails is the name of the place across from San Benito House on Main Street. I agree the food is decent and I like the decor, but I have talked to several people who really don't like this place. I'm not sure why.
There is a new Asian fusion restaurant in El Granada called Red Ginger where the old Moon Bay was. I haven't been there yet. Sam's Chowder House (same owner as Cetrella) is supposed to open in August in the old Anchorage restaurant site on Highway One. Looking forward to that. A new Japanese restaurant called Shiki is opening in the Stone Pine Shopping Center. I will be absolutely shocked if it's any good. Cafe Gibraltar people are opening a place where Two Fools was on Main Street. Not sure if it's open yet.
Mezza Luna has not moved from its location at 459 Prospect.
In general I would agree with Wendy San's comments although I respectfully disagree with Spanishtown. Nice folks, nice service but the food is very old school Mexican American---big time heavy. I am a bigger fan of Happy taco than Tres Amigos. Last couple time there I ordered the Carnitas and they were more like stewmeat than Carnitas.