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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
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Price range: $16 - $22
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
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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92 reviews from our community

95% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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64 reviews 64 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
67 helpful votes 67 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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San Francisco, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Café Gibraltar has been at this location for the past 8 years. It is a delightful respite from the many mediocre seafood restaurants running along Hwy 1 coming up from Half Moon Bay. The soft draped ceiling curtains evoke a Moroccan theme with tables adorned with beige tablecloths and small orchids. There are a few booths lined along the back... More

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Half Moon Bay, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Cafe Gibraltar is a quaint upscale restaurant with Mediterranean flair cuisine. The food is outstanding, the service impeccable, and the ambiance brings you to Europe. Although the prices are steep, it is equivalent to the type of food and service you receive when dining here.

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