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Happy Taco

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184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1706
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Seating

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Easy place to grab a bite

This is a hidden taco joint with lots of parking and quick service. We love the taco plates. Great salsa and quick service. Good to eat in or to go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

we just ordered simple tacos and they turned out to be super brilliant in taste also the salsas with the nachos were fantastic it is very fresh made and supertasty and supercheap

Thank Isabel S
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141 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a hidden taco joint with lots of parking and quick service. We love the taco plates. Great salsa and quick service. Good to eat in or to go.

Thank LodiDazzles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Good basic medical food for the price. The ambience could use some updating. But if you are there for the food, ignore the surrounding!!

Thank Ernierb
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We enjoyed some pork tamales, tacos, horchata and aguas fresas - yum! The food was very wholesome and fresh, the prices very reasonable. It was the perfect lunch! Recommended to us by the first two locals we asked for advice. Conveniently located next to Rite Aid. Clean but nothin' fancy.

Thank Judy M
Sparks, Nevada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Found The Happy Taco by talking to the housekeepers at the hotel. The crowds are testimony to the quality of their food and the preparation. Don't miss it if you are in the area. Best seafood tacos I have ever had.

Thank BMunoz
Redwood City
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121 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

I have eaton here a few times and enjoyed it . I usually get a burrito or something like that . The service is good and the place is clean and I like the food . It's your average good basic taco place

Thank Ammo68
Half Moon Bay, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Love this place. Think of it like 3 Amigos was 5 years ago. It's great food, great quality and service but a very small venue frequented primarily by locals. Located right next to Rite Aid (New Leaf Shopping Center).

Thank alex_fielding
San Antonio, Texas
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221 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

I got one of many of the major dishes. The shrimp tacos were okay, the enchiladas were very uninspired and had boring and out of the can sauce. But the beef tacos were really really outstanding. They were much closer to steak tacos. Note that their tacos are all soft maize, not hard. The chicken burrito was also remarkably good... More 

Thank stubby_galavant
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Authentic, cheap and their super burrito is the best I have had

Thank Lisa M
Easton, PA
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

My brother turned me onto The Happy Taco in Half Moon Bay, CA about 18 months ago and this time my traveling companions and I were starving after a cross-country trek and drive over from SF International so we stopped and got an assortment of (big, fat and DELICIOUS) burritos before signing in at the bro's. My experience here is... More 

Thank Easton_PAJohn

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-726-5480

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?