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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, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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Dacula, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I was in the Bay Area and did a coastal drive down Highway 1 and ended up at Half Moon Bay. I asked some locals for a restaurant recommendation and the mentioned. Cafe Capistrano. It has a great menu with some interesting food that has a Yucatan flavor to it. I had the fish tacos and they were the best... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Very well-prepared delicious lunch for whole family. Fish tacos and pulled pork are veryhigh quality.

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Livermore, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

After hiking Purisima creek my wife and I checked for a place with fish tacos in Half Moon Bay. Cafe Capistrano showed high marks. On a Sunday afternoon even with a party going on they had plenty of seats. The fish was moist and flavorful served with soft corn tortillas, guacamole and papaya relish. A side of black beans and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I was starving from a long flight from the east coast. Since moving to Virginia I have been challenged with finding 'Good' Mexican food. Well, I did in Half Moon Ba

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Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone Number: +1 650-726-7699
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican, South American, Central American

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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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