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selectiveomnivore Jan 24, 2011 10:58 AM

I've been tasked with finding a restaurant for dinner on a Monday night in Half Moon Bay. My coworkers and I will be a group of 8 on a short business retreat. I think we're meant to have a "nice" work dinner without totally breaking the bank, probably about $30/person without drinks considered. Unfortunately, my boss doesn't realize that many the few "nice" restaurants are closed on Mondays. We don't need something professional, and actually will be looking to blow off a bit of steam after a day of solid business talk.

Feedback on atmosphere and quality of food would be great. The options I am looking at now include:

Mezze Luna – Italian http://www.mezzalunabythesea.com/dinn...
Miramar Beach – Seafood, Steaks, Pasta http://miramarbeachrestaurant.com/men...
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co – seafood and beer http://www.hmbbrewingco.com/contact/c...

I also looked at Cafe Gibraltar and La Costanera. They're closed Mondays. I might throw in the towel and take everyone to Flying Fish Grill. Love their fish tacos, but definitely a notch below the type of restaurant we're hoping for. Is Barbara's Fish Trap similar in vibe and food options or nicer?

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Mezze Restaurant & Bar
3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Flying Fish Grill
99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Cafe Gibraltar
425 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018

Barbara's Fish Trap
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Miramar Beach Restaurant
131 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

La Costanera
8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037

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  1. pamf RE: selectiveomnivore Jan 24, 2011 06:10 PM

    Take a look at Pasta Moon on Main Street. They are open on Mondays. They are quite nice, although depending on how people order, it could go above the $30/budget.

    http://www.pastamoon.com/menus.php?o=...

    There is also another pizza/Italian restaurant on Main Street that has been recommended here that I have not tried.

    http://www.itsitaliapizzeria.com/dinn...

    Barbara's Fish Trap is about the same level as Flying Fish. Yummy food, but no frills. Fish Trap is no reservations (so you will wait) and cash only also.

    Ketch Joanne is also in the Princeton Harbor, if you want that local feel. It's funky, but a bit more of an enclosed restaurant than the Fish Trap. The food is mixed though.

    I haven't been to Mezze Luna or the Miramar for a long time. My memories are not that great. Although the Miramar has a beautiful location right on the beach. Great place for a sunset cocktail.

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    Pasta Moon
    315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

    Barbara's Fish Trap
    281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

    Ketch Joanne
    17 Johnson Pier, Princeton-by-the Sea, CA 94018

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      selectiveomnivore RE: pamf Jan 24, 2011 06:19 PM

      Thanks, pamf. Is Ketch Joanne kitschy? Or funky how so?

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      Ketch Joanne
      17 Johnson Pier, Princeton-by-the Sea, CA 94018

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        pamf RE: selectiveomnivore Jan 24, 2011 07:05 PM

        More kitschy. They have a lot of wooden booths and paneling, kind of like being on a ship. Their menu is old school with dishes like Crab Louie.

        It's a fun place, but I do not remember any really spectacular dishes there. I think of it as more of a brunch or lunch place.

        I still like Pasta Moon for a nice dinner.

        After re-reading your post, if you are looking to blow off steam, the HMB Brewing Co has a sports bar ambiance and some outdoor tables by the fire pits. I've only had drinks there so I can't speak for the food.

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        Pasta Moon
        315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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        PCC RE: pamf Jan 30, 2011 09:55 AM

        I second the Pasta Moon recommendation for several reasons. I've been there on business occasions; they can put your group into one of their private rooms and restrict the menu selection, if necessary, to accommodate your budget. The food and service are lovely. Try the squash-filled ravioli with the amaretto cookie crumbs.

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        Pasta Moon
        315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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        selectiveomnivore RE: selectiveomnivore Jan 24, 2011 06:19 PM

        Rethinking the budget, probably 30-40$/head before drinks is fine.

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          DebitNM RE: selectiveomnivore Jan 25, 2011 06:44 PM

          Not sure if a party of 8 would work, but Cetrella will do private functions on Mondays. We had a lovely meal there a year or so ago.

          http://www.cetrella.com/index.php

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          Cetrella
          845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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          spideyj RE: selectiveomnivore Jan 31, 2011 05:29 PM

          Flavor might be a good option - they're slightly on the casual side but still nice and the food (I've now tried almost every item on the dinner menu) is delicious and nicely presented.

          http://www.flavoronthecoast.com/

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            pamf RE: spideyj Feb 5, 2011 02:58 PM

            Thanks for mentioning this. I was not aware that a new restaurant had opened in that location. Just had lunch there today and I think I have a new favorite place for a great burger.

            The restaurant is quite nice inside, stylish but not over done. Since it is on the east side of Highway 1, it doesn't have much of a view, but you can see Princeton Harbor.

            They also have a short but very interesting wine list with everything available by the glass.

          2. Steve Green RE: selectiveomnivore Feb 1, 2011 05:35 AM

            Too bad about Gibraltar being closed -- it's excellent. Ketch Joanne may not be spectacular, but they have the best halibut & chips we've ever had, and it's certainly informal enough for your needs.

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            Ketch Joanne
            17 Johnson Pier, Princeton-by-the Sea, CA 94018

             
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              fwestph6 RE: selectiveomnivore Feb 1, 2011 06:56 AM

              I second the motion for Pasta Moon. Good food, good people!

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              Pasta Moon
              315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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