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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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10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Surprisingly delicious

From the outside this spot lacks character, but once you enter it is warm and inviting. There is a fireplace in the center room that adds a homey feel and the room decor is elegant but cozy. The food was well prepared,fresh and interesting! My friend and I shared a a pasta which they split for us... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Napa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The scallops were the best I've ever tasted. I could tell all the main dishes would be amazing. the gluten-free pasta with Uni didn't match the high standard, but I would go back and try any of the other main courses. Good work!

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Thank Mike S
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

From the outside this spot lacks character, but once you enter it is warm and inviting. There is a fireplace in the center room that adds a homey feel and the room decor is elegant but cozy. The food was well prepared,fresh and interesting! My friend and I shared a a pasta which they split for us and the short... More 

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Thank healthspacritic
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

So we visited this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. The restaurant was posh, and we were seated by the fireplace, so the ambiance was nice. Next was the service, which was very good. Then why not more stars? Because we came for the food. What we really wanted was great food. What we got was good food, but not great.... More 

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1 Thank Venkata W
San Francisco, California
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135 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I have frequented this restaurant since they opened. We are big foodies! We love everything about Cetrella. Great food, great service, and the ambiance is simply divine. We moved away to Florida and recently came back for a visit. Still the best! From the minute we walked in we were greeted by a very friendly and first... More 

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Thank NcogNito1
Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Great food and service. The owner was there and took great care of us, a large dinner party of 60 or so. Everyone was impressed by the good food and he got us some really good French champaigne at a fair price.

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1 Thank Highender2015
San Antonio, TX
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Go to Cetrella for delicious food and great service. To add to this excellent experience go there when Deborah Winters is singing. Reserve a table in the bar and enjoy one of the great jazz singers around, with a repertoire of oldies and classics put to music with her own marvelous style!

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Thank TxRose75
Silicon Valley
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

great food. Good service. We had some oysters and pea ravioli. The ravioli was excellent. Nice dining areas.

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Thank eric95014
Alamo, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Our B&B recommended it, just down the street so we cancelled another booking and tried it. All three of us were thrilled by our dishes. The flavors were clean and delicate. The service was excellent.

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1 Thank Morton42
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Quiet little restaurant just outside of town on Main Street. The smoked octopus appetizer was spectacular. The cheeses are very fresh and tasty!!! The owner has a very watchful eye over the servers. Very very good service

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Thank Jeffrey R
Los Altos, California
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 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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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?