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Cafe Capistrano

€€ - €€€Mexican, South American,
523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
+1 650-726-7699
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“guacamole” (15 reviews)
“fish tacos” (30 reviews)
“red snapper” (5 reviews)
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Mexican, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mexican food for lunch - was pretty good. The chicken quesadilla was excellent, the chicken enchiladas very good. The restaurant was clean and inviting. Our server was very prompt and friendly.

Thank 2CanStan
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious, abundant, and fresh. We absolutely loved the fish tacos! Yummy sangria too. We would definitely return again when visiting Half Moon Bay. The owner was very friendly, and was willing to help us practice our Spanish and Maya.

Thank StefYoga
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Café Capistrano for dinner and had the most wonderful experience. The food was authentic and delicious! And the owner, Arturo, was friendly, sweet and and sported an authentic Mayan cap-- just like the Mayans in the Yucatan! We will definitely go there...More

Thank Dante D
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I make sure to stop by here every time we visit Half Moon Bay. It is a great little restaurant serving fresh tasty healthy Mayan food. I love the chicken fajita and my husband loves the pork adobo. And of course the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a very cool little place which is off the main street of Half Moon Bay. We came for dinner one night after walking around Half Moon Bay, and going to the beach. We started off with the Panuchos, which are three Mayan specialties...More

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 11 August 2017

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 29 July 2017 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 27 July 2017

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 21 July 2017 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 18 July 2017 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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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