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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (132 reviews)
“calamari” (52 reviews)
“chowder” (79 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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11 - 20 of 497 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming down to half moon bay for years and this is the first time we decided to wait and try this place and it was well worth it. Probably some of the best seafood you'll ever eat. We started with their famous clam...More

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This little cash only establishment has a ton of fried seafood options. Fish and chips is a popular option. The clam chowder is thick and gloopy, and salads come heavily dressed. Nice views.

Thank Amy W
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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Nice fried seafood, if that's your thing. Busy, efficient service. Better to take out. There is seating right outside with better views. Prices are steep but commensurate with the location and view. A nice stop along Highway 1.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We lived about 15 miles from here until 1992 when we moved out of California (and eventually out of the U.S.), and came back on a 25-year nostalgia trip, Barbara's Fishtrap still serves the best calamari south of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. A small...More

Thank DuaneSandul
Reviewed 12 June 2017

3* Barbara’s Fishtrap Princeton/HMB Seafood Enclosed outdoors Don’t take reservations Cash only Senior specials are a great value; daily beer special for $2.50 Variety of fresh fish Food service very good and friendly

Thank Rosquete
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Great fresh fish and warm attentive service. Our server was the best, very accommodating our food and drinks all on time with nice presentation.

Thank Saadeh H
Reviewed 5 June 2017

I have eaten many times at Barbara's Fish Trap. The experience has always been fun and delightful. The food is good quality, served in a family style atmosphere with lots of things happening all around you. The one bad thing about the restaurant is they...More

Thank OneMansPerspectives
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We've been here twice. Delicious but this time it was a bit salty. Our server was a great lady! Our take home food was a lot and she gave us more bread and butter for it. We will be back again for sure!!

Thank travelingbytwo
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We recently spent the weekend in Half Moon Bay. Barbara's Fish Trap never disappoints us. We love the family style clam chowder and huge, delicious portions of the best Fish and Chips along the San Mateo County Coast. Staff is is always accommodating , friendly...More

2  Thank 530annetted
Reviewed 27 May 2017

In coming here for years never disappointing you must try the clam chowder, everything is reasonably priced.. it's the kind of mom and pop shop you always look for.

Thank mdauth58
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No - but I've seen it full on some days. Then you'd just have to wait.
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Restaurant Details

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  • 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, Kids, View, Local cuisine
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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