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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
650-728-7049
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 107
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  • 45
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food

Barbara's Fishtrap is a small restaurant, but has seating outside, too. Cash only, which is good to know ahead of time. Nice folks, but they are, literally, running around. Very busy place, but service was excellent. Lots of seafood choices, with big portions. Food was good, and I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
birdie57
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Modesto
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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San Francisco, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Barbara's is nice little place on the water. It is cash only and not cheap, but worth a wait. If the day is nice, there is a take out section with both food and drinks. Grab something to eat and use one of the picnic tables just outside or head down the dock. It can be a good spot for... More 

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Modesto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Barbara's Fishtrap is a small restaurant, but has seating outside, too. Cash only, which is good to know ahead of time. Nice folks, but they are, literally, running around. Very busy place, but service was excellent. Lots of seafood choices, with big portions. Food was good, and I would definitely go back.

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Edina, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

They had good food. We enjoyed the fish and chips but it didn't blow me away. They been around a long time and have a great reputation but, compared to other restaurants in that area, it wasn't my favorite. Their chowder is not dairy based so I didn't like it as much as others (but they say that up front).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Barbs has a lot of good seafood, much of it deep fried. Terrific chowder too. Used to vacation nearby at an RV park and would walk over for take out chowder most evenings. Can have a line on weekends.

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Roll up your sleeves and dig in to the little fish shack called Barbara's Fishtrap. It may be billed as a fishtrap, but it is not a tourist trap! The place is funky charming, and very busy, where one goes for some wonderful seafood while wearing a swim suite, pith helmet, and cowboy boots!! Great place for those of you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I've been going to Barbara's for years......I make a trip over to Barbara's Fishtrap at least every 3 months.....I love the setting...the service is great....and the fish and chips are wonderful.....last time I indulged in a piece of the carrot cake that had to be some of the best carrot cake I've even eaten....I've brought a number of people to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Had not been there in years, so we went for dinner. Were told it was a 30 minute to 45 minute wait, but we checked in after 25 minutes and got seated as others had left. The zucchini tempura appetizer was good, but did not care for the clam chowder. Had garlic scallops with rice for 27.00. Scallops were tender... More 

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Campbell, California
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140 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a funky shack that has fabulous sea food. The portions are very generous. You cannot make reservations however it is well worth a visit. If you can sit outside or by a window you should get a lovely view of the sea. The views are beautiful as the sun sets. The staff were so friendly and helpful and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It sits right on the water and has fresh fish galore. Not fancy, but good food. It's been in the area many many years for a good reason.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Large portions and good value for the price. Fresh fish. Do not try the non-fish items like chicken as it is greasy.

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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: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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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