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Cafe Capistrano

) #13 of 74 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay $$ - $$$, Mexican, Central American, South American
523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
+1 650-726-7699
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (14 reviews)
“fish tacos” (37 reviews)
“black beans” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Central American, South American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Outstanding enchilada it has a dark sauce a little bit smoky extremely fresh produce extremely nice touch obviously homemade I love it and I will come back I want to try the fish tacos unfortunately they won't sell me just one fish taco

Thank David S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wandering around town upon arrival, we sought out Café Capistrano because of its great TA reviews. We went in to check out the menu and met the owner/chef and said we'd be back for dinner. When we returned we were warmly greeted and took seats...More

Thank oregonpoppa
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We both had adobo: one chicken plate, one pork. Both were great. My wife really liked the mexican slaw that came with hers. This would be a 5 if they had home made tortillas. Solid food in an otherwise tricky town with limited non-tourist trap...More

Thank Patrick2008
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Get ready to pay for chips and salsa at this place, with tomato and onion and 6 or 7 chips. Awful. Burrito was ok but pricey, and served with no sides. Pork platter was minimal and a teaspoon of guacamole and beans and slaw. Also...More

Thank travelagentreplies
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our fish tacos, the roasted-in-banana-leaf pork, and the fish and vegetable chicken broth soup. All ingredients were very fresh. I'm a big fan of coleslaw and the slaw included with the tacos and pork platters was yummy. Tangy and light. The pork...More

Thank Mary Sue K
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Good service and excellent food. We found a busy place, but We didn't wait for long time the table. The service was friendly and the food great.

Thank Luz C
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Half moon Bay and it's coastal area are one our favorite locations to spend a day. Cafe Capistrano was a new find for us and our group of three loved it. The restaurant specializes in Yucatan (Mayan) cuisine. It also has burgers, sandwiches, breakfast items...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Quick trip to Half Moon Bay one evening. Found this restaurant on Yelp and so glad we decided to stop in. There were some locals there that night - all asking about the fish tacos. So we ordered the fish tacos - best I've had...More

Thank Monica S
Reviewed 17 December 2016

We were on our way from San Francisco to Santa Cruz and decided to stop for brunch. This place was delicious. I got the Yucatan Eggs which came with beans, guacamole, eggs, peppers, potatos and tortillas and it was amazing. My husband got the Chorizo...More

Thank RNH82
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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...More

Thank Mark T
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a patio for pets?
10 October 2015|
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Response from mariajulietta | Property representative |
Hi calliegal, Yes we do have a dog friendly patio off of the back of the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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
  • E-mail
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.