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Cafe Capistrano

) #16 of 71 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay $$ - $$$ Mexican, South American,
523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
+1 650-726-7699
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (15 reviews)
“fish tacos” (38 reviews)
“rice” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:00All hours
Mexican, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I asked the lackadaisical waiter for a habanero since they don't serve jalapeños...it never came,so I asked waiter,"Is it possible to get my habanero"? he said the cook wouldn't do it,was waiters response,never again. Customer service is lacking.

Thank kajunglejim
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good family run restaurant. Waiter was ok but not overly friendly and didn't smile. Interior needs a sprouce up but otherwise definitely worth a trip for the food.

Thank 161Peach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the Café Capistrano's waiter's suggestion, I ordered the fish tacos. The plate was filled with a huge piece of delicious fish, rice, beans, guacamole, salsa, Mexican slaw, and fruit, with a side of corn tortillas. Yummm every bite was absolutely fantastic, although I ate...More

Thank Connie E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on a whim. It is a converted older home. Our waiter did the bare minimum of service, however the food was pretty tasty. I had the cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork) with tortillas and all the trimmings. Very tasty and good size...More

Thank onemanwolfpack61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in here for a quick lunch bite on the recommendation of our B&B landlord, Terry over at Mill Rose Inn (which is amazing by the way). We were very pleasantly surprised w/ the quality, friendliness, service and reasonableness of the...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Was in sleepy little HMB on a Monday evening when many places were closed, a local recommended Cafe Capistrano to us and we gave them a try. Was thrilled with the quality of the food and the prep style. This place actually also bottles hand-made...More

Thank luggedsteel
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Found this superb little restaurant, just a couple blocks off the main streets of Half Moon Bay, earlier today. And, boy, are we glad we found it. Several years ago we learned a bit about traditional cooking in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. This share elements...More

Thank Arie v
Reviewed 10 July 2017

It's tiny. It's a block off the beaten path. It's across the street from a school and private homes. It's delicious. It bills itself as Mayan food but it's also Mexican - but not your typical giant burritos, enchiladas served with refried beans, chips and...More

Thank AndyTheGameInventor
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Outstanding enchilada it has a dark sauce a little bit smoky extremely fresh produce extremely nice touch obviously homemade I love it and I will come back I want to try the fish tacos unfortunately they won't sell me just one fish taco

Thank David S
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Wandering around town upon arrival, we sought out Café Capistrano because of its great TA reviews. We went in to check out the menu and met the owner/chef and said we'd be back for dinner. When we returned we were warmly greeted and took seats...More

Thank oregonpoppa
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9 October 2015|
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Response from mariajulietta | Property representative |
Hi calliegal, Yes we do have a dog friendly patio off of the back of the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-7699
Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations.Chef and owner Arturo Mul reigns from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. When opening his restaurant, he wanted to introduce the flavors and food from his home town, Akil. Mul brought in family recipes to help create the menu and special items. Mayan cooking shows influences from Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Mexico as well as North and South America.
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