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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
+1 650-728-7049
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Fairfield, California
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped at this little joint to eat a late lunch just because it was sitting on the side of the road closest to the ocean. However, there is only a partial view and it is indoors. Not really a beach view worth the time. We were not acknowledged until I raised my hand to stop the waiter to get an... More 

Thank skyrat1977
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted a casual seafood dinner spot by the sea in Half Moon Bay. Guess what? We found it! Great clam chowder and fresh everything else. Sourdough. Calimari. Ceviche. Fish & chips. Halibut. Salmon. Sea Bass. No credit cards. Enjoy!

Thank ArtCarson
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to stay in and order food to bring to our room. I looked online and decided on fish tacos. My husband ordered them from the take out window and was told they do not offer them. He went to the restaurant part next door and they have them. The fish tacos were not flavorful and had no sauce,... More 

Thank Dena F
San Jose, California
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This place is a no frills restaurant. It has a To-Go window if you don't want to eat inside. Inside is small, cramped but they move people in and out. It looks like an old house that was converted into the restaurant. ***NOTE: THEY ONLY TAKE CASH!! IF YOU DON'T HAVE CASH THEY HAVE AN ATM INSIDE!!! The Food: We... More 

Thank DisneyQueenbee
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111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We went here expecting great seafood for the rating of trip advisor! My husband got sautéed prawns and scallops which he usually love but said these were very bland ! I got the seafood linguini with shrimp! The sauce had no flavor almost like a béchamel sauce but bland! It actually had raw onions in it. I can't handle raw... More 

Thank Claudia119
Quezon City, Philippines
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164 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you only have a limited time to try seafood in SFO, this is the place! A bit out of the way but it was definitely worth it. Warm, friendly service, very local atmosphere, fast and efficient food -- which are all cooked perfectly. We have had chowder and all the variety of fried seafoods in different restaurants more expensive... More 

Thank phoenixmemphis
1 review
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Great service and food. Used to go window and sat outside with 5. Would recommend sharing orders. Lots of food.

Thank lewi8fire
Sacramento, California
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Deep fried calamari with the tentacles. French fries, Fish & Chips. Casual. Eat indoors or out on the patio. Mostly enclosed patio has heat lamps. Expect a crowd and a wait at mealtimes (noonish and dinner) although it can be a popular place all day. There is a window to the far left where many items can be ordered for... More 

Thank Lia T
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Extremely popular place for all ages. Tons of fresh fish!! Weekend crowds exceed 100 folks outside either waiting for table or standing in line at their take out window. The harbor views, the reasonable prices and quality of food make this a destination place. If you are not in line at opening at 11:30 AM look for a different place... More 

Thank Jerry C
Santa Clara, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We had calamari and chips and fish and cole slaw and wow, we either hit them on an off day, the hype from trip advisor and yelp got our expectations unrealistically high, or the food isn't quite that fantastic. The calamari coating was too thick, tasted like overused oil, and wasn't crisp, almost as if it had been sitting for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-728-7049

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?