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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
650-728-7049
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Ranked #10 of 82 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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English first
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'm not sure what everybody else sees in this place - it is always packed, the only seats are outside, you have to order at a window and take your own food to a table (if you are lucky enough to get one). Personally, I just don't like greasy fried fish, but obviously I am the only one who feels... More

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Tulare, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Sorry to write such a downer review, but for me it really wasn't that great like everyone is saying here. I had the clam chowder with a basket of bread which was cold and dry. The clam chowder was grainy , it was just a weird texture , like it had instant mash potatoes in the broth, , it did... More

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New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My cousin and I were both really hungry and on our way back north to San Francisco from Big Sur. We remembered this place from when we were heading south. It is so easy to get to from the highway. We split garlic cheesy bread, I got fish tacos and my cousin got a crab sandwich. The portions were decent... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

In the Bay Area and had a free day before a meeting at Stanford. So glad I drove over to Half Moon Bay and ran across Barbara's. I knew it was going to be great based on the huge lunch crowd. I was certainly not disappointed! The clam chowder was fantastic, and I loved the atmosphere. Didn't catch too much... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are in Half Moon Bay, skip Sam's (which is way too crowded) and head to the tastier option of Barb's!

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Martinez, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I are here many years ago and always loved the food. We would fly in to the airport and walk over for lunch. I drove down today and it was every bit as wonderful as I remembered. I hsd clam chowder, full of minced clams, hot, good flavor, fish and chips, the best I've had anywhere. My hubby had the... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Just ate here today. This place was recommended by a concierge at our hotel in San Francisco. It's right along the pacific coastal highway on our way to Monterey. Great food and wonderful service. The fish and chips were delicious and the seafood platter had some of the largest shrimp and scallops I have ever seen. Ask for Jeanie. She's... More

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las vegas, nv, USA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I grew up in the Bay Area and started going to Barbara's 35 years ago (I believe they have been in business for 38) I was in town last weekend and made the drive over to the coast just to eat here!! Ordered my go to - the combo louie (dungeness crab and bay shrimp) and it was superb, as... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A small family-run restaurant right on the water with huge windows and, therefore, lovely sea views. Friendly staff, quick service, and piping hot food. Delicious food. A little gem. Would go again!!!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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64 reviews 64 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nice friendly place near the water however, all the fish is deep fried. Very unhealthy. Fish is flavorable and atmosphere Interesting.

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