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Dec 4, 2012 12:39 PM

Ritz Half Moon Bay Christmas Brunch

Hi all! Has anyone tried the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Christmas Brunch before? My husband and I are staying home Christmas and are looking for some place fun to go. Although I'm a foodie, he definitely is not, so a holiday buffet serves us well. We've done the Cliff House before, but since it's fairly mediocre, I was hoping for something with better food quality. (I know, buffet and better food quality are usually not terms that go together!) What do you think?

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  1. According to their web site they are not offering a brunch on Dec 25th. They list a 5-course menu starting at 1:00pm for $128pp

    They do have brunch on New Year's Day. I have not been personally, but have heard from friends that it is excellent.

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    1. re: pamf

      Pam - look at the "Events" on their website. They ARE doing a brunch in the ballroom:

      Christmas Day
      Tuesday, December 25, 2012

      Ballroom Holiday Brunch
      Served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      Live entertainment and visits with Santa
      $115 per guest, plus tax and gratuity; $58 for children ages 5-12; complimentary for children four years and younger.

      Holiday Celebration in Navio
      Served from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
      Five-course prix fixe menu
      Christmas cookies to take home
      $128 per guest, plus tax and gratuity

      Live entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

      Kids’ Room with Santa
      Stories read by Santa, Christmas movies, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and a Christmas candy buffet

      1. re: CarrieWas218

        OK, that's great. It seemed odd that they wouldn't do it. Different web site, the hotel site vs. the restaurant site.

        As my friend told me, it's worth it for the caviar.

    2. You might want to consider the Claremont, especially if it's a nice day, since the view is spectacular. I've had holiday brunch there, and it was better than mediocre.

      1. Mrs. Rapini and I attended the (regular, not Xmas) Sunday brunch at the HMB Ritz a few years ago and were mightily underwhelmed. Although there is a vast selection of various foods--sushi, raw bar, roast meats, omelets to order, etc.) none of it was that impressive--nothing that you wouldn't find at any other hotel brunch buffet, just more of it. The shellfish at the raw bar seemed rather tired, as I recall, as did the sushi which is placed on large platters, and reflected what must be a kind of mass production.

        With a glass of champagne each (not included in brunch) and two terrible cappuccinos, the bill for two was $250 (with tip). It was an existential experience, I suppose; but I think the Xmas brunch would need to be extraordinarily improved to be worth the drive to HMB, and the likely expense.

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        1. re: Rapini

          I went to the Xmas buffet last year and thought it was pretty good.. For a buffet I thought the quality was better than most other buffets. Much better than the Palace Sunday brunch for example.

          Having said that if you want Sushi Ran quality sushi in a buffet you won't get it there. I thought the seafood was fresh. But it's a buffet - you will get variety and quantity, I think done pretty well given the setting.

          It was expensive but I think reasonable given the quality difference relative to other buffets. But it's reasonable to question whether $250 makes sense for two people - given what else you could get at a non-buffet at that price.

          Note that the buffet is in the ballroom, which isn't as nice a setting as Navio. I seem to remember going once to a buffet in Navio - focused on seafood. That was definitely one step up from the holiday buffet.

        2. Debbie - did you end up going? Would love a follow-up report...