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Cafe Capistrano

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Mexican, South American, Central American
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523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-7699
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant...
Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations.Chef and owner Arturo Mul reigns from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. When opening his restaurant, he wanted to introduce the flavors and food from his home town, Akil. Mul brought in family recipes to help create the menu and special items. Mayan cooking shows influences from Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Mexico as well as North and South America.
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  • 7
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome dinner!

We had dinner here while staying in Half Moon Bay. The food was simple, fresh and delicious and extremely well priced. The host was very friendly and made sure our meal was excellent. Super casual atmosphere and great menu with good wine options. I would highly recommend this place (especially... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Greg M
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had dinner here while staying in Half Moon Bay. The food was simple, fresh and delicious and extremely well priced. The host was very friendly and made sure our meal was excellent. Super casual atmosphere and great menu with good wine options. I would highly recommend this place (especially the fish tacos!)

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Thank Greg M
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Delicious and authentic; very much like the food in the Yucatan. We highly recommend the delicious panuchos, unusual and tasty pumpkin seed salsa, as well as cochinita pibil and chicken adobo Good service in a simple cafe in a house off the beaten track.

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Thank nanakm
San Francisco, California
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202 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

After reading great reviews, we decided to try it. Not really impressed. Food was ok but not as good as what I was expecting, possibly due to reviews. They really need to clean up the front of the restaurant garden. Full of weeds. Cleaning it up would make it more attractive. As we left, we walked by another Mexican restaurant... More 

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Los Altos, California
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106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Tucked away on Church Street, Cafe Capistrano is a worthwhile find! My colleagues and I stopped by for a casual lunch and were pleasantly wowed by the fresh and delicious Mayan dishes. Half of us loved the tasty pork enchiladas after the server recommended it while another enjoyed the cochinita pibil. The vegetarian in our group liked her vegetarian dish... More 

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Thank Monkeyed
Castro Valley, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Great food, friendly staff, reasonable prices. This is a wonderful little restaurant, just a block or two off the bustle of Main Street. We have dined here several times, and have never been disappointed. I just love the enchiladas.

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Thank Rich C
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141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in Half Moon Bay for a visit to the beach and lunch. We chose CC due to its high Trip Advisor rating and interesting sounding fare. The food was delicious. We each tried one of the fajitas, from vegetarian to pork and all of them were very good and reasonably priced. The service was friendly and attentive. It's... More 

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Thank Medblond
Half Moon Bay, California
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We knew it would be different, Mayan, and the flavors were delicious. THE COFFEE IS FAB!! Very cute inside, old house with chAracter

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Thank gotoborabora
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

What a lovely lunch! 5 of us split the fish taco plate, the Conchinita Pibil plate and the Panucho appetizers. Plenty of beautiful, tasty food. The fish taco plate came with well seasoned and perfectly cooked Red Snapper, fresh pineapple slices, pickled onions, rice and beans, fantastic Mayan coleslaw, guacamole and pico de gallo. We made 5 ample tacos. The... More 

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Thank BramellJ
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Authentic Mexican food. In a converted house just a little off Main Street. We had a great meal, hearty home made food at very reasonable prices. It was pretty quiet on a weeknight and the service was excellent.

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Thank J E
Ann Arbor, MI
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159 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Fresh dishes, homemade chips, salsa, and friendly service. The fish tacos are all the rave. My friend visits SF often and raves about this place, making a point to visit. Solid kitchen. Although the bathroom isn't anything to write home about, nor the decor, it's comfy and very popular! We went on a Saturday evening, and the place had plenty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-7699

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations.Chef and owner Arturo Mul reigns from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. When opening his restaurant, he wanted to introduce the flavors and food from his home town, Akil. Mul brought in family recipes to help create the menu and special items. Mayan cooking shows influences from Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Mexico as well as North and South America.

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