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Cafe Capistrano

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Mexican, Central American
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523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
650-726-7699
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Amazing authentic Mayan!

Best fish tacos! Served traditionally! Mostly locals and frequent HMB regulars. Easy walk, unconventional location, two blocks West of Main St. Easy day trip from San Francisco!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Deborah P
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Granite Bay, California
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Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Takeout
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Granite Bay, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Best fish tacos! Served traditionally! Mostly locals and frequent HMB regulars. Easy walk, unconventional location, two blocks West of Main St. Easy day trip from San Francisco!

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Pacific Grove, California
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200 reviews 200 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Eat where the locals eat, in this little cottage-turned-restaurant. Don't be put off by the interior décor (or lack of). The food's terrific. We had pipil pork and chicken fajitas, both well-prepared with good side dishes. Prices can't be beat. Frankly, we had better food here than in some higher-priced restaurants around town.

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Aurora, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Went based off of location and reviews and had a great experience. Cozy and casual...attentive service even though they were busy when we first arrived. The Mayan cole slaw was great! Would definitely recommended walking off of Main Street to visit!

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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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98 reviews 98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
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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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256 reviews 256 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-726-7699

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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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