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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
+1 650-726-7699
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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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  • 30
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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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
Great food and atmosphere

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Eddy O
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Dacula, Georgia
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Dacula, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Sonoma, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

On warm Saturday afternoons HMB restaurants are very busy. Capistrano is two blocks off Main St but easy to find without lines out the door. Food is worth the two block walk. Not your typical CA Mexican flavors due to cooking method and spices? We enjoyed grilled snapper Fish Tacos and pork cooked in banana leaf. The salsa, guacamole, rice,... More 

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Granite Bay, California
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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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214 reviews 214 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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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, 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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