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Barbara's Fishtrap

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
650-728-7049
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place for fried...cash ONLY

Barbara's is a solid choice for a heap of fried seafood in Half Moon Bay. You have to be ware of the crowds on a busy weekend on a sunny day in HBM you will wait to get into the place. The portions are very large so unless your super hungry or a big eater you can split pretty easy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Half Moon Bay, California, United States
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Half Moon Bay, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Barbara's is a solid choice for a heap of fried seafood in Half Moon Bay. You have to be ware of the crowds on a busy weekend on a sunny day in HBM you will wait to get into the place. The portions are very large so unless your super hungry or a big eater you can split pretty easy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

When ever we are in Half Moon Bay this is our favorite place . They are always busy !! We love to do there dinner menu , but they have a great lunch menu also !! They are always friendly and fast service !!! They have take out also !! Their seafood chowder is the best , non dairy and... More 

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Hercules, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Hi gang, Concluding my business at The Shoppes at Harbor Village I promised the missus lunch someplace other than Sam's Chowder House. On a recommendation from my golf guy we gave it a go. We arrived at just the right time, seated immediately in a crowded room that's practically elbow-to-elbow with your neighbors. Friendly staff. Prices are up there and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Barbara's tops my list of all-time favorites. Incredibly fresh seafood. Have the corn fritters for a good appetizer. The fish and chips are my favorite. I always want dessert but never have room!

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Barbara ' s Fishtrap was a complete delight. I had the crab Louie which satisfied with every bite. My niece had a fried platter which was done just right. No extra grease oozing. The fish was tender and the fried zucchini delicious. The place was packed and judging from the dishes surrounding us everything looked great. This is a very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Barbara's is an institution that's been here for some time. Its popularity is well deserved as they dish up some excellent seafood dishes, most notably the fish & chips. I'm a Brit so I know about these things! Only downsides: very busy so often have to wait for a table and they only take cash. Great easygoing atmosphere and friendly... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Reasonable and good food. A lot of fried selections but also a few grilled choices. Only accept cash. Very large portions.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Amazing Fish and Chips! So fresh and hot! It is a to go spot with limited seating, but it was worth standing up for. Great fried calamari as well~

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A very casual restaurant that takes cash (no credit cards). The clam chowder is excellent. The crab Louie, fish and chips, and fish tacos are my favorites there.

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Bishop, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Don't pass this up on appearances! It's a small place, but they have great fresh food, and quick, friendly service. It was busy when I arrived, but I still had a great experience. I didn't love their chowder. To me, New England style chowder should have a creamy base, and theirs didn't. It was more like a stew, maybe. Fun... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-728-7049

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?