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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%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (132 reviews)
“calamari” (52 reviews)
“chowder” (79 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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1 - 10 of 494 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

I ordered the grilled fish however I wanted the Salmon rather then the rock cod, simply amazing simple and delicious took it to go, set outside, looked at the harbor and just had a blast! I will go back and have more!

Thank Michel D
Reviewed 6 days ago

By far one of the best fish and chips I had. I like to get it for take out and eat it at the beach. It is hard to get a sit inside, expect waiting time if you want to eat in.

Thank AlexandrePSF
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a late lunch and shared the specialties. Clam chowder and fried calamari. The chowder is made without "milk fat" I'm not sure what that means aside from no cream. Instead it was thickened with some kind of starch, corn or flower? Full of...More

Thank robertinSJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Marina in Half Moon Bay has lots to offer. The view of the all the classic fishing boats. The fishing trips out for salmon and bottom fish. Barbara's restaurant is nestled in the marina and has been one of my favorites. The family has...More

Thank downhillriacer
Reviewed 1 week ago

During our week long LA To Half Moon Bay journey we enjoyed some great seafood. Barbara's Fishtrap was near the top of our favorites. We arrived for dinner about 7pm and had a short (10 min) wait for a table. We starts with the calamari...More

Thank HappyGuy60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading trip advisor reviews, took family here for lunch. Some of the best chowder and fish and chips I have ever had, although noone in my family liked the rather bland french fries (choose the option to substitute cole slaw). Also, the oysters were...More

Thank mmuller7753
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was fast and attentive. Most of the seafood is fried and some fish is broiled. The clam chowder was good enough not great - a bit bland for me. I think the prices are high for the quality.

Thank abramama
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming down to half moon bay for years and this is the first time we decided to wait and try this place and it was well worth it. Probably some of the best seafood you'll ever eat. We started with their famous clam...More

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This little cash only establishment has a ton of fried seafood options. Fish and chips is a popular option. The clam chowder is thick and gloopy, and salads come heavily dressed. Nice views.

Thank Amy W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice fried seafood, if that's your thing. Busy, efficient service. Better to take out. There is seating right outside with better views. Prices are steep but commensurate with the location and view. A nice stop along Highway 1.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Loanna D
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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
USD 10 - USD 15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, 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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