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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 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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237 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is the second time in two years we've taken the opportunity to eat at the Fish Trap. Once again I can attest to it's desirability. We had clam chowder and fish and chips which challenges anything I've ever had on the east coast. It was a full house but the waitstaff was outstanding and we were not rushed. Wonderful.... More 

Thank Charles S
Half Moon Bay, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Barbara's is a locals favorite. Great seafood. Large portions, can easily share entrees. Senior menu with smaller portions.

Thank glennkess2017
San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I went to Barbara's Fishtrap with a vistor from overseas and we loved it. The food and the service was great. I have fish and chips and my friend had clam chowder.

Thank jwb914
Citrus Heights
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Went here with one of my friends for lunch and the had the fish and chips. Very good. Menu had many seafood options as well as a few other options in case seafood isn't your thing. My friend enjoyed her mean as well and says she's been going there for years with family and always has a good experience.

Thank E9567RCaudreyl
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Not a ton of gluten free options but Jeanie is super helpful and doesn't make you feel like a pariah. She should go into counseling because there was some grumpy behavior(not me!) at the table and she got everyone laughing. Awesome view and everyone enjoyed the food and the service.

Thank quacker907
Sacramento, Ca
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Don't miss it! It's WONDERFUL! No place better in Half Moon Bay than this! For REAL! It's the REAL DEAL!

Thank Gabrielle K
Rye, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

returned to Fish Trap on a SF visit .. Weather was stormy but there was still a wait for a table .. Had tempura zucchini ( excellent ) fish and chips ( excellent ) and crab louie ( outstanding ) .. service is friendly and fast and views are wonderful ..

Thank trishagondolfo
Chico, California
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

We were very tempted with all the choices on the menu but chose the fish and chips. I chose the smaller portion (2 pieces) and my husband the regular (4 pieces). They were large pieces and he was only able to eat 2, the steak fries were cooked crisp and perfect. We ended up with a take home box. There... More 

Thank vkayinno
Los Altos, California
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were in Half Moon Bay on a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon. We decided to order from the Take Out window since the restaurant had 40-minute wait. We were originally intimidated by the long line to place our orders, but we decided to wait. We ordered the dungeness crab sandwich and fish and chips. The wait to pick up food... More 

Thank Monkeyed
Robinson, Illinois
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Ordered crab cakes..I think they were frozen and premade. Ordered crab sandwich and it was disappointing. The next table had fried zucchini which looked good and fresh. Also the salad with shrimp on top looked nice. Pretty crowded at lunch time. Not fancy. All cash.

Thank ksktrrg

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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
USD 10 - USD 15
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids
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?