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Cafe Capistrano

523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Central American
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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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Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The food here is fresh tasting and flavorful. I would want to come here again. My husband thought it was decent, but nothing special and he's been here 3 times. My suggestions would be to have a salsa option that his not blazing hot or at least offer some pico de gallo. The waiter said that the very small portion... More 

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Pacifica, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went to this restaurant after seeing a good recommendation on Yelp and we were not disappointed. The evening that we were there, only one server and one cook were working. The server was friendly but unlike servers in many other small establishments, he was skilled and knowledgeable in his role. We had never had Mayan cuisine before and found... More 

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Hixson, Tennessee
4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The food overall was very good and the service was great. I got an order of chips and salsa, which was very good, but a small portion. More chips than I possibly needed for the small amount of (fresh and delicious) salsa. The steak burrito I had was great as well. Overall, before tip, I was at around $15-$16 (I... More 

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255 reviews 255 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place is not fancy...it's homey and delicious. The cook is a no nonsense type of guy who takes pride in his restaurant and produces food worthy of the praise he receives. The huevos rancheros are delicious. Breakfast entrees are in the $10 range. Lots of good food. I would definitely return.

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Juneau, Alaska
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Some friends took me here for breakfast and it is great. The food is very well prepared and interesting. The ingredients are obviously very fresh. The atmosphere is eclectic, casual and fun.

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Wonderfully nuanced, Yucatan-influenced Mexican cuisine. Lovely setting in old house. Great service. Loved the experience. Fish tacos supreme, pork enchilada inspired!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Stopped here based on a trip advisor review and was not disappointed. The fish tacos were amazing! Maybe the best i've ever had. My fiance had the chirizo eggs and they were also incredible. Service was great and prices very reasonable. Would highly recommend this place if you are anywhere near Half Moon Bay!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I ate lunch there twice recently. I agree with another reviewer that the grilled fish tacos were great. The cole slaw is very tasty as well as the sauce. I did add some hot sauce, very sparingly, to the fish. The service was prompt.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We almost made the mistake of driving inland from Monterey instead of continuing up HWY 1 to Half Moon Bay. Not only would we have missed the great ocean views, but would not have found this great place. A true local find! Imagine four, piping hot fresh corn tortillas and a perfectly seasoned grilled red snapper large enough to fill... More 

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New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The food was amazing. It's your basic Mexican selections, but well done and tasty. We went twice in just a few days. Their hot sauce is excellent! We bought three bottles to take home. It's a super casual place, very friendly. If we lived in Half Moon Bay, we would be regulars. We would also bring our own margaritas, because... More 

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Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
Phone Number: 650-726-7699
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican, Central American

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