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425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018
(650) 560-9039
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Ranked #1 of 6 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
San Francisco
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We happily drive from San Francisco to El Granada (just north of Half Moon Bay) for the wonderful meals served up at Cafe Gibraltar. Last night I started with the octopus and squid salad, and had the duck prepared two ways. Roast breast and duck leg confit. That was as good a meal as i could get anywhere..

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Burlingame, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We have driven past this place many times but never in the evening. Happened upon it while headed to a seafood place we frequent and they were able to seat us! Had great attentive service too. We had glasses of good wine, mine French and my husband's from Napa. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I have been to this restaurant twice - first for our anniversary and again for her birthday. The seating in the back of the restaurant against the wall is traditional Moroccan style - you sit on a bed of pillows around a table. Very romantic experience. The food - exceptional - rabbit, pheasant, veal, - done in... More 

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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We discovered Cafe Gibraltar years ago and have tried to visit each time we are in the Bay Area. (We live in Ohio). Since we discovered that Pacifica is only 7 miles from the airport, we make it a point to stay in the area our last night before catching a morning flight. The chef is amazing and the flavors... More 

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Moss Beach, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 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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Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Additional Information about Cafe Gibraltar

Address: 425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018
Phone Number: (650) 560-9039
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Granada
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 16 - 22
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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