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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Pacifica, California
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We live 20 minutes away and have been coming here for decades. The fish is delivered daily, always fresh off the boat. Portions are large, service is friendly. So, put on your jeans, have a great meal, then walk down to the docks and watch the fishing boats arrive with their catches. Definitely not a tourist trap as someone recently... More 

Thank DNDee
Palatine, Illinois
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

tempura battered fish and chips, clam chowder, a perfect pairing for a sunny day. Want to try all the other offerings but this a a lunch time hit with me. Will definitely head back next trip to the Bay Area.

Thank Maridelia
Burlingame, California
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265 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped for late lunch. Crab sandwiches filled with crab and fries on the side. Wonderful clam chowder without fillers. So Tasty. Service is good as well. Beer and wine and great desserts like KeyLime pie. Line can be long, but wait it out. You'll be glad you did.

Thank travelagentreplies
Roseville, California
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419 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Barbara's Fish Trap, a tourist trap since the 1920s, was recommended and got passing grades.. Clam chowder is the specialty—so wife Gretch ordered artichoke hearts appetizer, tempura style. She followed with garlic cheese bread and full bowl of the famous soup. Gretch had too much, couldn't finish it. I survived on cup o' soup and stir-fried vegetables. Soup was great... More 

Thank Newsboymac
Ripon, California
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We arrived for Lunch on a Sunday. There was a line out the door and we added our name to the list of those waiting. I imagine Sunday is the busiest day of the week there. We waited for 40 minutes and they called our name for our table for two. We had been here before while on a trip... More 

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always changing
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87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a great little spot out past the marina. I sat on the street side deck but could still see the water off to the side. Very busy place at lunch on a Monday! I had been looking forward to some Dungeness crab on this trip. Had the crab sandwich with coleslaw. There was a good portion of crab.... More 

Thank RoamNHoliday
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We visit Palo Alto regularly from England to see family and always trip over to the Ocean to Barbara 's. Everything is fresh, hot and tasty. The portions are generous and good value. However, it is always very busy. A tip, there are several tables on the pavement, sorry sidewalk! outside. Don't wait in line for a table inside where... More 

Thank peanutts9
Clayton, California, USA
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We went for lunch yesterday and ordered the HEAVENLY battered fish and chips and the clam chowder...way too much celery in the chowder, but lots of clams it and needed some cream and butter in my opinion. The waitress we had (with lavender eye shadow and matching earrings) loved her job and it seemed the others did, too. Very experienced... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We stop at this place whenever we go to the coast. The fish and chips are the best Ive ever had, and the portions are good size. The clam chowder in a bread bowl is also very good. You can spend a lot more if you like, and there are a lot of different seafood choices.

Thank Tony C
Anderson, South Carolina
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is a little restaurant right on the water with delicious fish n chips and the best corn fritters you've ever tasted. Our waitress was delightful and attentive. Glad we picked this little place during our trip down the west coast.

Thank SCTaxLady

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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 94019-4028
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-728-7049

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