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Cafe Gibraltar

425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018
(650) 560-9039
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in El Granada
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $22
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Palma
Transit: Sam Trans stops almost directly in front of the restaurant.
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English first
Moss Beach, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Cafe Gibralter has been consistent with it's excellent food from the day it opened. It is a favorite with locals as well as travelers. I won't recommend anything specific on the menu because everything is excellent. The atmosphere of the restaurant will take you straight to the Mediterranean. There are even some tables where you can sit around on pillows... More

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San Mateo, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

...Wonderful and new Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Ugalde is inspired and will surprise you with each delightful bite. The whole experience, from the drive over the hill to being nestled in this little jewel of a cafe, is something we will do again and again; whenever we want to treat ourselves to a great night out. You might see something on... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Some of the best food I've ever eaten, the local's treat it elegantly, and reservations are required any day of the week. It's the highest Zagat rated restaurant in the area. Jose` Luis Ugalde's Mediterranean dishes glow like that Sea itself. Any soup of the day, or appetizer or special, is well worth the adventure. Memorable dishes are his Seafood... More

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Half Moon Bay, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was my second dinner visit and I was not disappointed. The chef''s Mediterranean cuisine is authentic and satisfying. We started with the mezza platter which was large and delicious with the different flavors. The bread is great too. For dinner we had a beef and fish dish, both great. Like the small, casual atmosphere that gives you a relaxed... More

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152 reviews 152 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were seated on time, had excellent service and all of our party rated this place a B+ or better. The food is very well prepared and very tasty and well priced. This is a must visit. We travelled an hour plus each way from Walnut Creek to visit and it was worth the time and effort. We arrived early... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Lovely restaurant! Great service and DELICIOUS food. Seated next to pastry chef. Enjoyed watching her prepare the desserts. Also observed the chef preparing meals with patience and passion. Every entry was absolutely fantastic. The flavors were amazing. We plan to return to try out other dishes. Friendly staff. Quiet and nice ambiance. Definitely worth the drive.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stopped here based on reviews on a scenic drive from San Francisco to Monterey, CA and we were not disappointed. The chef takes standard cuisine and ramps it up significantly. My granddaughter had a wonderful salad with grilled chicken, and I had an eggs benedict on crab cakes with avocado... which was outstanding (the Hollandaise was great !). We... More

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Lafayette, Indiana
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We found Cafe Gibraltar on line when looking for vegan restaurants around Half Moon Bay. We called for a reservation the same day and were told the only tables available were in booths which would require us to sit on the floor. That's a stretch for people our age, but we made the reservation anyway and are certainly glad we... More

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Monterey, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Even though 100 miles away from home we have dined here We do the 200 mile round trip at least twice a year... And it's worth every mile! Fresh and imaginative and friendly... Great octopus... Superb salad...Superb soup...a luscious lamb dish. Service this time was 9.5 vs the perfect 10 BUT to be honest they got very busy very quickly... More

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Pacifica, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The best in local organic foods, grass-fed beef, goat cheese, fixed with a Middle-Eastern flair, down to the to-die-for desserts. Not a wine drinker but their selection fits the foods. Don't take your date here unless you're really serious, this is a very romantic long dinner kind of place

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