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San Benito House

356 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1724
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Ranked #36 of 82 restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Eclectic, Californian
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67% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We picked up sandwiches for our hike in Butano State Park. We were lucky as there was no one there when we entered and just a few minutes later the place was busy. The staff are quick though and orders are filled quickly. The walnut and olive bread was a good choice for the sandwich. Portions are generous so if... More

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Marin County, CA
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Deli was awesome! Great and generous sandwiches and quick service. No nonsense menu but sure was tasty! YUM!

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Sonora, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had so much at this bar. We happened upon this bar while we were walking downtown while it was raining. The bartenders were so friendly! Also, the manager was very nice. My husband wanted to buy cigars and she opened up their shop and he was able to buy some. We would probably say that this was probably the... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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357 reviews 357 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
537 helpful votes 537 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We were looking for lunch along old historic Highway 1, Main St and decided to check out the authentic looking San Benito House and Inn. Oddly designed on a relic old HMB family parcel, finding the actual restaurant and beer hall is confusing. Enter from the side street, Mill St, where there is more parking. Along Main on the same... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Dropped in for lunch and a beer. V friendly service, good food and chatty customers. Well worth a visit. The prohibition ale on draft was an excellent recommendation.

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Napa, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We absolutely loved the San Benito House! The atmosphere is excellent, with historical photos, vibrant bar scene, pool tables and a beautiful huge patio outback. The servers and bar tenders were really friendly and informative about the history of Half Moon Bay. We actually visited the bar three times during our trip, once for lunch (awesome sandwiches & calamari), once... More

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Elyria, Ohio
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Acouple of weeks ago My wife and I were in San Francisco and decided to drive over to Half Moon Bay. It is a short drive and we always seem to go to Half Moon Bay when we are in San Francisco. We got there about lunch time and parked at the north end of town. The first restaurant we... More

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Hayward, CA
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My husband and I go out to Half Moon Bay at least once a month. Most of the time we take my 87 year old mother with us. We always stopped at the San Benito House before we went to lunch for one of their wonderful Bloody Mary's. The last time we went there, in March, we sat down in... More

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San Carlos, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

I went there few times and it was perfect. But last time (May 2013) it was horrible. Bad service, food not so good, really mean. I'm so sorry. I recommended it to few people but, now, I will recommend people to stay away from it

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turlock, california
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107 reviews 107 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

After reading the other reviews I'm wondering what happened to make our visit less than great. There were 11 of us, all fun loving travelers. First we aren't greeted, we find a table, sit and wait. Little did we know we had to go up to the bar and order off of the big blackboard menu. (We didn't wait long....)... More

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