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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (127 reviews)
“calamari” (56 reviews)
“chowder” (83 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups
€€ - €€€
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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11 - 20 of 517 reviews

Reviewed 13 September 2017

The standard food selection and average taste. A bit pricey because of the location. No need for long wait was a plus.

Thank Joanna C
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Princeton is this little town , just outside the gate of the Half Moon Bay Airport and North of the town of Half Moon bay,, Barbara's Fishtrap, which seems like a play on words about tourist trap,, is sort of the place to go up...More

Thank Gene G
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Good food - but the calamari used to be better and larger portions for the price. Long lines - not worth the wait. Overly crowded eating area.

Thank Mary050746
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Nice colourful, antiquated building with a great coastal view. Exceptionally tasty food and the clam chowder is great!! We had entrees soup salad and mains and everything was very tasty.

Thank Hussein B
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I definitely agree with the mixed reviews. I had the crab sandwich, it was $21.95 with choice of a side. I felt it was very overpriced for the portion and quality of the sandwich. There was more filling than crab, the sandwich bread tasted like...More

Thank AlwaysGl0beTr0tting
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We came here for lunch following god reviews on Trip Advisor. We ordered fish and chip, clam chowder soup and crab sandwich. The soup was jelly and no taste. The crab was not real although I asked. The fish I ordered was supposed to be...More

Thank miilia
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Had a wonderful lunch here. Barbara's is right on the water, parking was easy. Calamari and clam chowder were both particularly good. Bring an appetite as portions are large. Service was outstanding. Will definitely go back. They do not take credit cards so bring cash.

Thank Zack M
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This is an iconic restaurant in half Moon Bay. It's small and crowded but the food is really good. Best fish and chips I've ever had. The clam chowder is good too. They offer lots of beer and daily specials. A nice place to go...More

Thank A9552PNsusand
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We go every other week for their year round FRESH crab cocktail....yummy! Ask for Kim as she is the best waitress we have ever encountered in our dining out. I am a sucker for their deep fried artichokes...always good with ranch dressing. Note that they...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We got a clam chowder and french bread to go. It was yummy. We took a bottle of wine and ate on the table outside of the restaurant . Beautiful view and a nice time.

1  Thank Sally J
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Loanna D
26 August 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
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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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