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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (133 reviews)
“calamari” (56 reviews)
“chowder” (81 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This small place looks like it has been around forever. It is nothing fancy and cash only (no credit cards). The clam chowder was excellent. The batter on the fish was good. I had rice pilaf instead of chips. It was all good. Good location...More

Thank tmiller461
Reviewed 3 days ago

We ate inside. There was an easy wait. The food was so good. We both ate seafood. I'd go back there anytime we are in the area. Friendly service.

Thank Susan_Gulfport
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I were visiting his college friend in San Francisco. He took us on a road trip along the Pacific Ocean coast (breathtaking views) and brought us here for a late lunch. There was a 30+ minute wait but he swore that it...More

Thank Kandace D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The standard food selection and average taste. A bit pricey because of the location. No need for long wait was a plus.

Thank Joanna C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Princeton is this little town , just outside the gate of the Half Moon Bay Airport and North of the town of Half Moon bay,, Barbara's Fishtrap, which seems like a play on words about tourist trap,, is sort of the place to go up...More

Thank Gene G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food - but the calamari used to be better and larger portions for the price. Long lines - not worth the wait. Overly crowded eating area.

Thank Mary050746
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice colourful, antiquated building with a great coastal view. Exceptionally tasty food and the clam chowder is great!! We had entrees soup salad and mains and everything was very tasty.

Thank Hussein B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I definitely agree with the mixed reviews. I had the crab sandwich, it was $21.95 with choice of a side. I felt it was very overpriced for the portion and quality of the sandwich. There was more filling than crab, the sandwich bread tasted like...More

Thank AlwaysGl0beTr0tting
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for lunch following god reviews on Trip Advisor. We ordered fish and chip, clam chowder soup and crab sandwich. The soup was jelly and no taste. The crab was not real although I asked. The fish I ordered was supposed to be...More

Thank miilia
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Had a wonderful lunch here. Barbara's is right on the water, parking was easy. Calamari and clam chowder were both particularly good. Bring an appetite as portions are large. Service was outstanding. Will definitely go back. They do not take credit cards so bring cash.

Thank Zack M
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Loanna D
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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 94019-4028
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-728-7049
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