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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (130 reviews)
“calamari” (51 reviews)
“chowder” (77 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

Don't pass this up on appearances! It's a small place, but they have great fresh food, and quick, friendly service. It was busy when I arrived, but I still had a great experience. I didn't love their chowder. To me, New England style chowder should...More

Thank YbarraK
Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

...because of the discounted senior lunch special. Food is not great here, seating indoors is cramped, and outdoors stuffy. Not sure how this place got so many reviews that were good - my guess is the older core audience. If you needed a quick place...More

Thank ericamariecolon
Reviewed 29 July 2015

This longtime diner is a local classic.Don't expect fancy - do expect good service and fabulous food. Deep beer list, wine list so-so. The best calamari I've had in ages. Have heard the chowder is delicious as well. Very small, tight quarters, FUN,FUN,FUN

Thank traveltarot
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Our friends wanted to go to this place for the "Fish and Chips". First we were seated at a too small table for four people. The waiter then knocked over a glass of water. The service was extremely slow.Our clam-chowder came after our entrees and...More

Thank Ann L
Reviewed 24 July 2015

We had not eaten at Barbara's because it was always packed. It is one of several places to eat near where we stay in this area. Our last evening there, we lucked out and got in to Barbara's after a short wait. It is small...More

Thank lil0kie
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

If you want good seafood without fancy decor, this is the place to go. If you plan to indulge yourself I would recommend having one of their fried items. It is definitely worth the calories. Reminder ... They only accept cash

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Barbara's is casual, friendly and always packed. The locals like us crave the food here as much as the tourists who pour in on the weekends. Eating in the dining room can be claustrophobic, but sit outside on the porch and enjoy a leisurely meal....More

1  Thank hungryMarinCounty_CA
Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

Initially We walked in and walked right out. It's what you would consider a hole in the wall. They only accept cash. But as we were leaving a man stopped us and said we should reconsider because the food is really excellent! I asked for...More

1  Thank Diablo6R2K4
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Highly recommend this relaxed and very popular restaurant overlooking the port. A great selection of fresh fish dishes and adaptable to dietary requirements. Also good selection of wines/beers.

1  Thank sarahjy
Reviewed 6 July 2015

My wife and I stopped in at Barbara's on our first day in the Half Moon area. I was a bit unsure about where to stop for lunch so relied on what place looked the busiest! Barbara's did not disappoint. We had to wait about...More

2  Thank Shootstr8
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Loanna D
do you need a reservation
26 August 2016|
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Response from chiangmaicharlies | Reviewed this property |
No - but I've seen it full on some days. Then you'd just have to wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View
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 94019-4028
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-728-7049
  • E-mail
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