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Cetrella Bistro and Cafe

845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2117
650-726-4090
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Ranked #10 of 81 restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Price range: $31 - $80
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
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Brighton
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Auckland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

In the small settlement of Half Moon Bay is a restaurant that can make it with the best the Cities have to offer. We went to Cetrella for dinner when staying a The Seal Inn along the road at Moss Beach. We had been traveling for a few days staying in smaller towns and had found really good food hard... More

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Pacifica, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Always welcoming and friendly, consistently high quality food and wines. A nice, relatively quiet atmosphere where you can actually speak and be heard across the table. I like the fireplace and have never been uncomfortably hot or cold, unlike another reviewer. We come here for special occasions.

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San Jose, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Came with friends for a special occasion. Dining area dominated by fire place which was belting out a lot of heat which made our meal very uncomfortable. We opened some windows but were asked to close them by folks behind who were "cold" Typical appitizers were priced @ $11+. My wife had the duck course, the duck was rubbery and... More

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Sunnyvale
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Very nice atmosphere. Varried menu with eclectic combinations. I had diver scallops with risoto, bok choy and turmips that came with it and. turned out very tasty. The marscipone cheese was not a good compliment. My wife had salmon that was also good with turnips and pear that also turned out tasty, however the sauce was mostly just sweet.

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