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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” (129 reviews)
“calamari” (56 reviews)
“chowder” (84 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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11 - 20 of 526 reviews

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Have not had a bad meal here! Only outstanding food. We both ordered the broiled cod fish sandwich and was great. When in Half Moon Bay, a must stop!

Thank Gelliott415
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped by after a kayak outing and had a good lunch. I'm not a big eater so had something from the senior menu and still had leftovers. Full size entrees and sandwiches looked huge. Attentive, pleasant service. If you don't want to wait, order...More

Thank MOBX
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This cash-only local fish restaurant has a welcoming façade located directly on the bay next to the marina. It's no-frill appearance belays a casual, friendly spot to relax by the water that has affordable food & drinks. They usually have a daily drink special and...More

Thank NickDanger
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

I've you have a reservation then you are in the wrong restaurant! They totaly treat all clinets the same, which is totaly my style! Great fish, why not five stars? I had better stuff for less money. But everything was more then fine.

Thank Markus Z
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Our hotel recommended Barbara's Fishtrap, and encouraged us to give it a try. We were less than impressed. Barbara's has character, and, yes, it's cash only. Service was fine. It was the food that was a little disappointing. My wife and I had sole. It...More

Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 25 September 2017

This is just a nice, friendly little place. Cash only. We were wanting to eat raw oysters, which we did, and had some fried ones as well. The food was good, but in this area don't expect a bargain!

Thank Kimberlee H
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This small place looks like it has been around forever. It is nothing fancy and cash only (no credit cards). The clam chowder was excellent. The batter on the fish was good. I had rice pilaf instead of chips. It was all good. Good location...More

Thank tmiller461
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We ate inside. There was an easy wait. The food was so good. We both ate seafood. I'd go back there anytime we are in the area. Friendly service.

Thank Susan_Gulfport
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting his college friend in San Francisco. He took us on a road trip along the Pacific Ocean coast (breathtaking views) and brought us here for a late lunch. There was a 30+ minute wait but he swore that it...More

Thank Kandace D
Reviewed 14 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
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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
USD 10 - USD 15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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