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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Manteca, California
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Almost hesitate to recommend since notoriety will only make this restaurant harder to dine in. It's small and funky, fish nets on the ceiling, but wonderful seafood. Best clam chowder EVER!! Although I typically head directly for the fish and chips all the dishes are excellent. Cash only, but they have an ATM.

Thank H J H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a easy dinner before leaving early the next morning for home. Decided to try Barbara's based on 4/5 review. Atmosphere was very casual with vinyl/plastic tablecloths, rustic nautical decor. Basically food was mediocre. I ordered the "Neptune". A small seafood platter. The standard one piece of fish, quite a bit of calamari but only one shrimp... More 

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Oakdale, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was recommended to us by the taxi driver. Small, charming dining room right at the ocean with extremely fresh seafood. I had a veggie burger that was amazing and my husband had a Crab salad sandwich and the clam chowder. He loved it. We felt very lucky to get in quickly on a busy Saturday night. Fun to... More 

Thank KristineH622
San Jose, California, United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my "go to" place for seafood. Everything is delicious! I gravitate toward fish and chips but the baskets of shrimp, calamari are also great. I love the deep fried artichoke hearts and corn fritters. They have daily specials and full meals. Beer and wine. This is probably the best seafood place I've eaten at! They have a smaller... More 

Thank Mary H
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by here on a girls day trip this time. Portions are always plenty as well as the deliciousness. Terrific view overlooking the ocean. This is a very small place but it has plenty of seating inside and on the patio. Parking was easily found across the street. Staff was very prompt and friendly.

Thank punkin1919
Billings, MT
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The calamari is excellent - tender and full of flavor. Price was midrange. Location is right on the water. Inside or outside dining as well as takeaway. You won't be disappointed.

Thank parahovis00
West Point, Kentucky
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were told by a local that this place has a quite a following. The place was packed at lunch with a little bit of wait, but well worth the wait. Quaint surroundings make for casual dining. Be prepared to pay a little more..

Thank Michael C
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for great food and don't mind a wait. This is the place to eat!!! Cup of Clam chowder with FISH and calamari best combo!!!!!

Thank tlmllm
Roseville, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

My friend and I ate two times at this charming little restaurant on our recent visit. They have a special section on the menu for children and seniors. The service was efficient and our meals were delicious on both occasions. Make sure you bring cash as the restaurant doesn't accept credit or debit cards. I did see a sign for... More 

Thank Judy D
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I was directed to this restaurant by a former resident of Half Moon Bay. The chowder was a disappointment...very average. The other items select were good, but nothing worth a wait. The service in this cramped restaurant was good, however.

Thank George L

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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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?