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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 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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San Jose, California, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This is my "go to" place for seafood. Everything is delicious! I gravitate toward fish and chips but the baskets of shrimp, calamari are also great. I love the deep fried artichoke hearts and corn fritters. They have daily specials and full meals. Beer and wine. This is probably the best seafood place I've eaten at! They have a smaller... More 

Thank Mary H
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped by here on a girls day trip this time. Portions are always plenty as well as the deliciousness. Terrific view overlooking the ocean. This is a very small place but it has plenty of seating inside and on the patio. Parking was easily found across the street. Staff was very prompt and friendly.

Thank punkin1919
Billings, MT
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The calamari is excellent - tender and full of flavor. Price was midrange. Location is right on the water. Inside or outside dining as well as takeaway. You won't be disappointed.

Thank parahovis00
West Point, Kentucky
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were told by a local that this place has a quite a following. The place was packed at lunch with a little bit of wait, but well worth the wait. Quaint surroundings make for casual dining. Be prepared to pay a little more..

Thank Michael C
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for great food and don't mind a wait. This is the place to eat!!! Cup of Clam chowder with FISH and calamari best combo!!!!!

Thank tlmllm
Roseville, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

My friend and I ate two times at this charming little restaurant on our recent visit. They have a special section on the menu for children and seniors. The service was efficient and our meals were delicious on both occasions. Make sure you bring cash as the restaurant doesn't accept credit or debit cards. I did see a sign for... More 

Thank Judy D
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I was directed to this restaurant by a former resident of Half Moon Bay. The chowder was a disappointment...very average. The other items select were good, but nothing worth a wait. The service in this cramped restaurant was good, however.

Thank George L
Pacifica, California
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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27 reviews
16 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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274 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, 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 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?