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Cafe Capistrano

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523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
+1 650-726-7699
08:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't find this place -- some friends from the Santa Cruz area had heard about it, and took me there after they picked me up from a conference at the nearby Ritz-Carlton resort. The location is an old, rather small house, near the point where a neighborhood meets a commercial/industrial area. Were it not for another restaurant-in-a-house a few... More 

Thank Mark T
Tupelo, Mississippi
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7 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We visited this restaurant in late September. The first sign that this might not be the best place to eat was when ordering our drinks.They don't serve margaritas, which we found surprising for a Mexican restaurant. We ordered soft drinks, and the server just puts the cans on the table with no offer of even cups of ice. The food... More 

Thank Angela1215
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We had the best fish tacos we have ever tasted for dinner last night at Cafe Capistrano. We loved them so much, we ate there again for lunch today. We highly recommend the restaurant.

Thank glb7
Bengaluru, India
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We were a family of 5 who went over for breakfast post a drive to the beach at Half Moon Bay. It was a wet rainy morning so we chose to sit indoors although there was outdoor seating. It was a homely kind of place with wonderful friendly service. The omelettes were good and there was variety from which to... More 

Thank PKS519
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Off the beaten path in Half Moon Bay but worth the extra block or two off of Main St. Fresh fish tacos, shrimp fajitas and a great family-owned vibe.

Thank OjeMa
Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

On a drive from SF to Monterey. The few spots right on Route 1 were crazy mobbed at lunch time - but fortunately this spot was listed with great reviews and is just off the highway so had a table for 7 awaiting. Glad we went - homestyle authentic Mexican. And an amazing value for a tasty lunch.

Thank CalCohenMD
san francisco ca
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I ordered the fish taco and it was absolutely the best, fresh and generous. Enough for 2 people! The garnishes were so good - some cabbage salad, tomato pico de gallo, papaya, fresh lime, avocado, and the sides of rice and beans very tasty. I was impressed with the service. Arturo himself is a gentleman and very helpful if you... More 

Thank mosaiciste
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We took our grand-daughter here for her 14th birthday while we were on a family vacation. She likes Mexican food so my son in law found this restaurant here on tripadvisor and noticed the positive reviews so we decided to give it a try. I'm glad he found it. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our meals.... More 

Thank Dan C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I am not a fan of Mexican food in California, all that boiled tasting meats and rice laden burritos. I dislike it so much I didn't try this place for 13 years. This place is a new favorite. Fresh ingredients, wonderful flavored and sauces. Food very Mayan (read Yucatan peninsula) based recipes. I had pork adobo my friend had the... More 

Thank Shaun F
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The food is fresh and delicious and Arturo is a wonderful host. Definitely would go back in a flash.

Thank mag b

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-7699
Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations.Chef and owner Arturo Mul reigns from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. When opening his restaurant, he wanted to introduce the flavors and food from his home town, Akil. Mul brought in family recipes to help create the menu and special items. Mayan cooking shows influences from Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Mexico as well as North and South America.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?