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Cafe Capistrano

523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
650-726-7699
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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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San Diego
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246 reviews 246 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
364 helpful votes 364 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We stopped at this place for lunch as we were passing through the area. It is not on the main street, so you have to venture off a few blocks west of the Hwy. The building looks like an old home and the inside feels the same way. Very casual and quaint. The menu offers a good selection of mexican... More

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Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

So glad that we chose this restaurant! I had the ribeye burrito and my wife had chicken enchiladas. Both were amazing. There is nothing canned about this place. All fresh food and flavors

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Overland Park, Kansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We tried both the traditional Mexican and Mayan dishes. All very good, including desserts (flan, cheesecake). So good we skipped trying a local seafood place to come back here our second night. Ask for the lime and habanero hot sauce they bottle.

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Bangor ME
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315 reviews 315 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We had a late lunch at Cafe Capristrano and enjoyed it. The burritos were mildly spiced, but quite flavorful nonetheless. The restroom really needs to be updated, however.

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California
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299 reviews 299 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is not just Mexican rice and beans. There is an upscale feel to the food. While the décor is decidedly California Coastal, the food is Southern Mexico. There s a lovely patio as well as indoor seating. The TA reviews made us hunt for it as it is off the main street (to the west) two blocks, but worth... More

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Tracy, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Café Capistrano was highly recommended on TA. We are often in Half Moon Bay, but never tried it. The good reviews were right on. The food was not just Mexican rice and beans, there is an excellent quality to everything with a real loving touch. While the décor is decidedly California coastal, our meals were Southern Mexico - Mayan,... More

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Another, very average place, is right next door!!!! I'm wondering if the lower ratings are from there by mistake??? Trip Advisor has not let's down on this vacation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Excellant food, Excellant service! 5 star quality! The authentic Mayan food tasted absolutely divine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My husband and I stopped here for lunch and it was the best lunch we have had our entire trip. This is the most authentic food! Good price!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This place is a home built into a restaurant. We were helped and served really quickly. The food was good, and pricing was decent.

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