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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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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  • 60
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  • 33
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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  • 2
    Terrible
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
Stomach Filling Food

Before I went here, my stomach was growling for food. We ordered some nachos, pork, fish tacos, and a pork burrito. The nachos came quickly. They tasted great with all the toppings. once we had finished that, all the other dishes were here. The pork was great. They had this tomato sauce that went... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Zoe W
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San Jose, California
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Merced, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Service and food were underwhelming. Not horrible, but definitely not great. We were really looking forward to coming here on our trip up highway 1, but unfortunately ended up disappointed.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Before I went here, my stomach was growling for food. We ordered some nachos, pork, fish tacos, and a pork burrito. The nachos came quickly. They tasted great with all the toppings. once we had finished that, all the other dishes were here. The pork was great. They had this tomato sauce that went really well with it. The burrito... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Cute little restaurant with great food and good value-right off Main street, about 1 block. Fish tacos were really light and tasty.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A bit unassuming from the street but give it a try. It's good and the price is good. Service is above average. I'm not in love with this restaurant but I did enjoy it.

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Very quaint, "homey" atmosphere; excellent fish tacos - made differently from the great SoCal tacos but definitely a must!

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Half Moon Bay
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is not your typical Mexican fare. It is Mayan cuisine with wonderful fresh ingredients. Must try the fish tacos or enchiladas, but everything seems to be good from the comments I have heard from my fellow diners.Each dish I have ordered comes with an amazing mango type salsa and cabbage salad. Staff is very welcoming!

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Half Moon Bay, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It was my wife's birthday, and we had read the good reviews on Trip Advisor. We knew going in that there would be a bit of a funky vibe - but that is part of its charm. The interior had something like a fluer-de-lis wall paper on the upper portion of the walls with some ancient Mayan artwork, photos and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Came here after reading other Trip Advisor reviews. Loved the 'mom and pop' vibe. Food was honest, homemade. This is similar to family owned places one might expect to find in quieter areas of Mexico. Not sure what made the cuisine Mayan but enjoyed the guacamole and thinly pounded pork.

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San Jose, California
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The previous reviews say it all. All I can add is the food is fresh, service great and flavors rule. Love the old house and noticed a few locals while we were there. I had the pork slow cooked in banana leaves and my wife had the fish tacos. The slaw served on the side has no mayo in it... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited this restaurant with no prior to exposure to Central American food. One of the family members we were traveling with just got back from a trip to Central America. He said the food was just as good, if not better, than any place he ate in Central America. It's a family owned restaurant and its decorated with family... 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

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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