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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (137 reviews)
“calamari” (58 reviews)
“chowder” (85 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Not sure I even knew Trip Advisor existed when I visited this restaurant with my late ex-husband back in 1997. But I can tell you that the one thing I remember is that the food was to die for, it was truly the best ever....More

Thank Terri D
Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a shack, literally. There is always a wait and they have daily specials that vary daily. The scallops here are the best, but it's hard to go wrong with anything on the daily list.

Thank cindylwilliams
Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We ordered the tempura seafood assortment and my husband ordered fish and chips. Fish and seafood very fresh, lightly battered. No frills, with views of the harbor. Generous portions and good value. Service was very quick. We were in and out and back on the...More

Thank Kathleen U
Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Fish and chips lived up to the hype. Very nice low key setting with pleasant views of Half Moon Bay. Please note cash only - no credit cards.

Thank Leon S
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

It has been a habit of mine to bring friends to the coast to enjoy moss beach area just north of half moon bay. Surfing south of Fitzgerald reserve is spectacular and when I am hungry, find me with my ampsurf bidding at Barbara's fish...More

Thank David O
Reviewed August 12, 2016

We were told to come here for the chowder that is made without cream. My husband says Legal Seafood's is better. He was hoping for more clams. He said more clams would have made it a five. I had the chicken fingers.

Thank 232val
Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Place gets very busy and parking a little tight across the street but the Waite goes by fast. The fish&chips are great. My wife tried the Cajun cod on the special board and it was so so. We had a early diner at 5 and...More

Thank Bajafishing
Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

I always order Clam Chowder bowl at this restaurant, it's an award winning, with its yummy flavor and generous portion, you could easily share it with 2. Garlic shrimp is a bit greasy and their pasta too, I would not order that again. The location...More

Thank Munalongbeach
Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Barbara's Fish Trap is a Seafood restaurant, and it has lots of delicious award winning food. I would recommend ordering the Clam Chowder. But ask the waitress or waiter how big the sizes are for the clam chowder. The Shrimp pasta is very oily, and...More

Thank layla_the_reviewer
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Our family beach house vacation had to include Barbara's! Been going here for years and still for the same reasons! The view and restaurant itself are awesome! The food is delicious and FRESH! The TO GO side is a fun way to have a picnic...More

Thank SerialMom100
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Loanna D
August 25, 2016|
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Response from chiangmaicharlies | Reviewed this property |
No - but I've seen it full on some days. Then you'd just have to wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-728-7049
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