Winners of the San Francisco Bay Area A-Lists’ 2016 ‘Best Seafood’ award, Sam’s Chowder House is a destination for tourists and locals alike. Award-winning Executive Chef Lewis Rossman brings New England style cooking to the Bay Area, with fresh catches coming in daily from the coast. The menu offers a variety of traditional New England style dishes with a gourmet touch to fresh catches like sea bass, swordfish, and locally caught Half Moon Bay Petrale sole. Start off your meal with Sam’s famous clam chowder along with steamed Manila clams with pancetta, then grab a lobster clambake or seafood paella to share. Be sure to check out the next dates of the in-house musicians and the locations of Sam’s Chowder Mobile food trucks.
‘Love, Peace & Burger grease.’ The slogan says it all. Right off Highway 1, The Barn serves up a menu of American classics, in you guessed it, a barn. This funky joint brings fresh ingredients from local farms into their simple menu of burgers, dogs, and sandwiches. On a beautiful day, make sure to grab the ‘Mission dog’ a bacon wrapped hot dog with caramelized onions and mayonnaise, with a seasonal draft beer and sit on the patio.
The Barn, 3068 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA, +1 650 560 8363
Located right on the water, Barbara’s Fishtrap is a cash-only local favorite with the option of beachfront takeout. Barbara’s Fishtrap provides scenic views and exceptional seafood in this laid-back and self-coined ‘fish shack.’ Barbara’s Fishtrap dishes are traditional seafood standards like their award-winning clam chowder, seafood pastas and daily catches. Don’t forget to try a basket of their award-winning fish and chips while you dine by the sea.
Barbara’s Fistrap, 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA, +1 650 728 7049
With a mission of serving organic food and bringing flavors from around the globe to your tableside, Chez Shea delivers. With a seasonal menu, ‘Chez Shea features dishes from around the world including South Africa, India, Thailand, the Middle East, Ireland, Mexico, Europe and the United States.’ From a Turkish omelet to a traditional Spanish paella, Chez Shea will have you coming back to explore more of the global eats on the menu.
Chez Shea, 408 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA, +1 650 560 9234
Voted Half Moon Bay’s Readers Choice ‘Favorite Overall Restaurant in Half Moon Bay’, Mezzaluna provides gourmet food serving up southern Italian dishes and the best California and Italian wines. Mezzaluna features a diverse Italian menu of creamy and delicious pastas, savory meats, fresh seafood and specialty pizzas. When finished with your main course, try a house-made gelato with an assortment of flavors to choose from. Be sure to check out Caffé Mezzaluna to sample different Italian eats like paninis, pastries, and bespoke pizzas.
Mezzaluna: 459 Prospect Way, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 +1 650 728 8208
Caffé Mezzaluna: 240 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 +1 650 560 0137
Seville Tapas brings a flavorful mix of Spanish plates and robust snacks to share with a group. Its sophisticated menu offers a variety of tapas from dry-cured ham to empanadillas with different fillings, to pork tenderloin simmered in garlic wine sauce, or pepitos (mini sandwiches). These strong flavors pair well with the extensive list of Spanish wines they serve or fresh house-made sangria. Bring a group of friends and enjoy some tapas by the ocean.
Seville Tapas, 450 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA, +1 650 563 4181