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The Top 10 Places To Grab Brunch In Half Moon Bay, California

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Updated: 7 November 2016
As far as quaint beach towns go, Half Moon Bay is among the most sought-after destinations in northern California. With many different casual and upscale settings to choose from, there is something for everyone in this charming coastline community. Check out our top 10 picks for the best places to grab brunch in Half Moon Bay.


For a quiet luncheon by the seaside, visit Navio of the Ritz-Carlton, and enjoy the upscale environment and extensive seafood menu. Renowned Chef de Cuisine Jason Pringle grew up in the Bay Area himself, and now specializes in French cuisine, which he demonstrates in both his main dinner menu, and the seasonal tasting menu. Although closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, Navio does offer a variety of private room options, so be sure to call in advance if you need to arrange to dine in a larger group.

Navio, 1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 712-7040



Devin Grant and Francisco Sanchez opened Flavor in 2011 as a testament to their friendship and their shared passion for comfort food. With modern art adorning the walls and interior, the restaurant has greatly transformed since its opening, as well as retained Grant and Sanchez’s emphasis on a family-friendly atmosphere. With several different menus to choose from, it’s easy to see how Flavor has become a local favorite among the residents of Half Moon Bay. Make sure to check out the hours for each of the two floors before stopping by or making a reservation.

Flavor, 260 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1  (650) 726-8000


It’s Italia

It’s Italia serves award winning pizza in addition to gourmet pastas and salads, opening in 1997 in San Francisco and later moving to the Half Moon Bay Inn. With a Tuscan style patio area, it’s an ideal location for large parties and group outings. There is additionally a full bar, with an extensive wine list: It’s Italia boasts 150 bottles of wine from around the globe. The restaurant’s management emphasizes sustainability and locally grown foods as well as its mission statement: ‘to restore, rejuvenate, and relax.’ Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm, and is reservation only due to its popularity.

It’s Italia, 401 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 726-4444


Miramar Beach Restaurant

With its roots in the Prohibition era as a roadhouse formerly known as the Ocean Beach Hotel, Miramar Beach Restaurant is a coastside restaurant with a lot of character. At specific dates and times, there are even live performances by renowned pianist and composer Terry Disley. With an incredible view of the ocean and frequent dolphin and whale sightings, Miramar Beach Restaurant is a prime location for wedding receptions and other private events. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11am to 12pm.

Miramar Beach Restaurant, 131 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 726-9053


Chez Shea

Chez Shea is an international organic restaurant serving brunch on weekends from 10am to 4:30pm. With dishes ranging from tamales from Mexico to bobotie from South Africa, Chez Shea ensures that your meal is always culturally authentic. While small in size, the interior is colorful and the seating is comfortable, so if you find yourself in downtown Half Moon Bay needing an affordable bite to eat in a casual setting, be sure to check it out.

Chez Shea, 408 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 560-9234

Pasta Moon

For 25 years, Pasta Moon’s greatest emphasis has been on the farm to table concept. With daily specials made with fresh, locally grown ingredients, the restaurant takes pride in serving only the best quality produce. Head chef and restaurant owner Kim Levin is committed to the community of farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and artisans supporting Half Moon Bay, and has created several menus which all incorporate seasonal Italian cuisine. With the Pilarcitos Creek and a large garden just outside, Pasta Moon also offers quite the private dining experience.

Pasta Moon, 315 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 726-5125


Moonside Bakery & Cafe

A comfortable European-style bakery, Moonside Bakery & Cafe specializes in tarts, danishes, and other pastries; perfect for a quick breakfast or afternoon sugar fix. The bakery also caters to all the major holidays, and cakes and pastries can be ordered for special events or birthdays by contacting Thomas Grauke, master pastry chef and owner. In addition to pastries, the menu also includes wood-fired pizza, homemade soups, and salads if you are looking for more hearty options.

Moonside Bakery & Cafe, 604 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 726-9070

Mainstreet Grill

A close-knit neighborhood grill, Mainstreet Grill specializes in American comfort food. Much to everyone’s delight, breakfast is served all day! Whether it’s Grandma’s special recipes or the ultimate hangover cure, Mainstreet Grill has you covered. After a satisfying meal, take a walk around the town and visit the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau for more information on the area and any upcoming events you may want to partake in before heading out.

Mainstreet Grill, 547 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 726-5300


Cetrella offers an accessible Mediterranean dining experience and showcases live jazz performances on Fridays and Saturdays. Visit Cetrella for a large selection of specialty soups and salads for lunch, or enjoy dinner, appetizers, cocktails, and a bottle of wine on your next date night. Every dish is packed with flavor and substance; don’t let the smaller portion sizes fool you! The seating by the rustic fireplace has proven to be a popular choice among customers.

Cetrella 845 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 726-4090

Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant

Mezzaluna is a Southern Italian restaurant started by three friends with a shared experience and passion for the industry. With a strong focus on providing the best meat, fish, and pasta, Mezzaluna is located in the Princeton Landing building, which was built in 1908 to foster support for local merchants and events. With large windows that overlook the ocean, be sure to keep an eye out for those Maverick waves if it’s that time of year!

Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant, 459 Prospect Way, Half Moon Bay, CA, USA, +1 (650) 728-8108