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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Extremely popular place for all ages. Tons of fresh fish!! Weekend crowds exceed 100 folks outside either waiting for table or standing in line at their take out window. The harbor views, the reasonable prices and quality of food make this a destination place. If you are not in line at opening at 11:30 AM look for a different place... More 

Thank Jerry C
Santa Clara, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had calamari and chips and fish and cole slaw and wow, we either hit them on an off day, the hype from trip advisor and yelp got our expectations unrealistically high, or the food isn't quite that fantastic. The calamari coating was too thick, tasted like overused oil, and wasn't crisp, almost as if it had been sitting for... More 

Thank amomangiare2016
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went up to see the ocean and stopped at Barbara's. Wow were we surprised. The highlight of the menu was the Chowder. It is a white chowder not Manhattan. It was delicious but Barb puts a bit too much celery in it. However it was thick, tasty and loaded with clams. The crab sandwich was just perfect. Big enough... More 

Thank Pork C
United States
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521 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

During a tour of the Half Moon Bay area - a day trip excursion from San Francisco - our driver dropped us off at Barbara's Fishtrap. I was a little skeptical - it didn't look like much, a small, old building perched right on the waterfront. Inside, the kitschy decorations actually fit the space well. Tables are tightly appointed -... More 

1 Thank Greg B
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on two occasions and the food and service was awesome. The sourdough bread was delicious and the rock cod was out of this world! It got a bit harried at 5:00 for dinner but was well worth the wait!

Thank scooterpair
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235 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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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
US$10 - US$15
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Local cuisine, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?