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Cetrella Bistro and Cafe

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845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2117
650-726-4090
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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: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
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    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
Very well crafted food, nice atmosphere

We arrived early but the place filled quickly. The owner is very involved and the food was delicious. Unique dishes and nice combinations. They are opening a new restaurant in downtown Los Altos and we can't wait...due in June 2015 at the corner of First and Main.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
OwenHall2012
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Los Altos, California
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Los Altos, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We arrived early but the place filled quickly. The owner is very involved and the food was delicious. Unique dishes and nice combinations. They are opening a new restaurant in downtown Los Altos and we can't wait...due in June 2015 at the corner of First and Main.

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El Dorado Hills, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Mothers Day get away for my wife. Very romantic, clean and great atmosphere. Staff was very friendly and owner greets you when you arrive. Food is outstanding.

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San Mateo, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

When we decide to head to the coast, we always make a point to dine at Cetrellas.. The wait staff is great, atomsphere is perfect. They usualy have a great live music in the bar. WE alwya ask for the special, fresh fish, local produce.. great wine list.. A musy go to restaurant whenyou are in Half Moon bay..

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Burlingame, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We have our family Easter brunch here along with celebration of my son's birthday. The restaurant is located away from the main business section and a very interesting transformation from a warehouse to the current building. We sat right near the fireplace which was wonderful on a cool day on the coast. The selections are good for a prix fixe... More 

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Portland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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12 reviews 12 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?