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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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NC Smokies
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I gave a bad review to the fish tacos in Monterey ( Hulas).. But this place was divine. Probably the best Red Snapper I have ever had...wonderful slaw...everything was perfect.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

On our adventure trip from SF to San Diego we stopped in at the Café Capistrano on the advice of our friends at tripadvisor. We hit the place around 11:30 and were the first customers of the day. The building is old, well kept and very interesting. I presume they were not ready for customers and it took some time... More

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Great Falls, Montana
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Fish tacos are my favorite, rather the only item I've ever tried. The wine was pleasant as well. Service was friendly and efficient, most tables were full and only one waiter--what a pro!

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Omaha, NE
3 reviews 3 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Based on the Trip Advisor reviews we decided to try the place. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and it was not busy at all. When we walked in the hostess told us we could seat ourselves outdoors. Walking onto the deck we saw no other customers, dirty tables everywhere, and the floor a mess. We waited 15 min... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My husband said the fish tacos were the BEST he ever had. I asked the owner for the coleslaw recipe and he gladly came from the kitchen with a smile and the hand-written recipe. Our server is a friend of the family and his friendly service and solid recommendations enhanced the experience even more!

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Columbia, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This place is an old house however do not let that deter you. The service, food, and atmosphere are all awesome. You have to try the Poc Chuc, it was amazingly flavorful.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It doesn't look great from the outside, but go in anyway. It will be worth it!! It feels like you are eating in someone's home, the service is so warm & friendly. The food was so good, I forgot to take a picture, I just gobbled it up!! It's simple, homemade, authentic food!! I got the chicken adobo.

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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Visiting Half Moon Bay Area and read the review of this place on TripAdvisor so we tried it. Not disappointed. Food was fresh, tasty and the servings filled the plate.

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San Diego
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251 reviews 251 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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
1 review
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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