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“Great sandwiches but service & attitude need improvement” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Benito House

San Benito House
Ranked #31 of 97 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Price range: US$0 - US$34
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Moreno Valley, California
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413 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 736 helpful votes
“Great sandwiches but service & attitude need improvement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

We were looking for lunch along old historic Highway 1, Main St and decided to check out the authentic looking San Benito House and Inn. Oddly designed on a relic old HMB family parcel, finding the actual restaurant and beer hall is confusing. Enter from the side street, Mill St, where there is more parking. Along Main on the same property is a sandwich shop evidently catering to the take out crowd. A twisting hotel corridor connects the two food areas. A long barroom also faces Mill. You might need to ask someone where its best to sit to enjoy your food on the premises. They acted like it was a chore to direct us to seating.

So, once the logistic challenges were resolved, we chose a couple hefty but tasty sandwiches on specialty breads and enjoyed the nostalgic decor. Although we were the only patrons, it took quite a while to get our order. They probably carry the sandwiches from their take out counter around the corner. Service was not impressive and the waitress acted like she could care less about our patronage. There is a huge choice of craft beers on draft. I think this place primarily caters to genuine HMB locals and hold the weekend hordes of "cattle" from over the hill in contempt. But it was a Wednesday for us!

Bottom line: San Benito is evidently suffering from crowd-itis of some sort as the help can barely stomach the weekends and their surfer clientele. I won't be coming back here as there are plenty of other choices in Half Moon Bay.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank MonkeyOnTheWing
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English first
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great spot for a local beer and bite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

Dropped in for lunch and a beer. V friendly service, good food and chatty customers. Well worth a visit. The prohibition ale on draft was an excellent recommendation.

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Thank Scraplfc
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Napa, California
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Great Place To Grab A Beer in Half Moon Bay & Is Dog Friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

We absolutely loved the San Benito House! The atmosphere is excellent, with historical photos, vibrant bar scene, pool tables and a beautiful huge patio outback. The servers and bar tenders were really friendly and informative about the history of Half Moon Bay. We actually visited the bar three times during our trip, once for lunch (awesome sandwiches & calamari), once before dinner and of course once after dinner. I had the Russian IPA on tap and really enjoyed it. We loved how customers could bring their dogs on the back patio. We hope to return to San Benito House in the near future.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cheryl B
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Elyria, Ohio
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“BIG Sandwiches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Acouple of weeks ago My wife and I were in San Francisco and decided to drive over to Half Moon Bay. It is a short drive and we always seem to go to Half Moon Bay when we are in San Francisco. We got there about lunch time and parked at the north end of town. The first restaurant we came across was the San Benito House. It appears to have been there a long time and had plenty of customers so we thought we would give it a try. We sat at a booth in the back whick appeared to also be the pool room with an old pool table. We asked the waiter if the sandwiches were big enough to feed two people and he said yes. They were a little under staffed but we were waited on and the food didn't take to long.We shared a Club Sandwich and fries and had plenty to eat. It was clean and the food was good. We will go back there again!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank logrady11
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Hayward, CA
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“NEVER AGAIN!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

My husband and I go out to Half Moon Bay at least once a month. Most of the time we take my 87 year old mother with us. We always stopped at the San Benito House before we went to lunch for one of their wonderful Bloody Mary's. The last time we went there, in March, we sat down in the little seating area at the back of the bar (they used to have comfortable booths, but apparently wanted to make it more "bar-like" so they removed the booths). It was just my mother and myself. We waited for approx. 10 minutes while the bartender came around the front of the bar to hug a couple of guys who came into the bar, and continued to ignore our prescence. My mother then went to the end of the bar and stood waiting to be acknowledged. After she stood there for approximately 5 minutes (completely ignored) I told her we were leaving. EXTREMELY RUDE!!! We were fairly regular customers, had been going there for years, but apparently they don't want anyone over 40 years old in the place anymore.
I used to tell everyone to go to the San Benito House for their Bloody Marys but I WILL NEVER ENTER THE PLACE AGAIN AND NEITHER WILL ANY OF MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS!!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank travelpeg
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