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Cetrella Bistro and Cafe

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845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2117
650-726-4090
Today
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
We were underwhelmed.

We are out-of-towners, and went for husband's birthday. We hadn't been for a couple of years and were really looking forward to it. The restaurant was very pretty with good atmosphere. The fritto misto appetizer was wonderful, but that's where the excellent food ended. Husband's short rib "pot... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
shar100
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Portland
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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Portland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We are out-of-towners, and went for husband's birthday. We hadn't been for a couple of years and were really looking forward to it. The restaurant was very pretty with good atmosphere. The fritto misto appetizer was wonderful, but that's where the excellent food ended. Husband's short rib "pot roast" was small, dry, needed more sauce and was really overpriced. My... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

When you take into account...timeliness of service, food preparation, friendliness of staff, etc., Cetrella hits it out of the park. The food is perfectly prepared and tasteful. The corn soup is by far, one of the most delicious food items I've ever had. The flat bread is fantastic.....and that's just the appetizers. Filet was perfectly cooked. Definitely recommend!

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were there for a private dinner. The apps were fabulous and the dinner was delicious. We had a wonderful pianist/ singer which added to the atmosphere.

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San Jose, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I took my kids to the restaurant while me wife did some business in town. We went to an early dinner. I have been here a couple of times in the past as part of a business event and this was my first time in really the light of day. I would have to rate my experience this time as... More 

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Brighton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This was easily the best dinner we had during a 3 week holiday in California. We thought the portion size was perfect. Being European we've been rather overwhelmed by the huge portions served in America. The atmosphere and service were first class,the food absolutely delicious and the wine outstanding. Living in France, we are used to a high standard of... More 

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Me and my Wife decided to try out this restaurant in half Moon Bay and we were not disappointed. Amazing Food, Great Service, Even though we were sitting by the kitchen it was still very quiet.

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Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I expected more of the restaurant based on the reviews. The food was good, but for the price, we had expected more. We had dinner on a Thursday evening, so the restaurant was not too busy. The pasta was very good, but the salmon was undercooked. Definitely pass on the house wine.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We celebrated a family birthday in the main restaurant with its vaulted ceiling, low lighting an vocal jazz softly coming through from the bar area.....very romantic. The entrees were delicious, although the portions were small. The woman who took our reservation asked if this was a special occasion and took the name of the birthday guest so that a birthday... More 

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California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

My husband and I dined at Cetralla's recently. The food was outstanding and the ingredients are extremely fresh. We had the Little Gem salad, delicious. My husband had the pork chop, one of their signature entree's, it was tender and fling. I had the fresh salmon with artichokes, the serving was not large but it was satisfying and the salmon... More 

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The food was very well prepared, so is the setting of the restaurant. Try anything you like, you won't be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-726-4090

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?