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“Mediterranean Delight in Half Moon Bay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Gibraltar

Cafe Gibraltar
425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA 94018
(650) 560-9039
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in El Granada
Price range: $16 - $22
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Palma
Transit: Sam Trans stops almost directly in front of the restaurant.
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Mediterranean Delight in Half Moon Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We walked in at 5:50 pm on a Saturday evening based on a recommendation from a local realtor. Luckily for us, there was one small table left for 2 next to the window. We had a hard time deciding what to order as there were a lot of exotic choices such as boar, pheasant, and rabbit. We settled on the pheasant and the duck. The pheasant was stuffed and rolled, served with a wonderful sauce, chutney, fresh vegetables, and a fried rice/lentil ball. The duck was cooked 2 ways, served with a great cherry sauce, roasted potatoes, and vegetables. We were very happy with our choices and the suggested wine pairings. We ended by sharing the bread pudding, which reminded us more of a pain perdu, but was still very good. We enthusiastically recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Altos, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Delicious dining experience...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We went to Cafe Gibraltar for a birthday dinner. The menu was wonderful. We shared the delicious ahi tuna appetizer special for the evening to kick off the night. The appetizer portion was generous. For the dinner entrees, one of us had the Pintada Con Membrillo (pheasant) and the other had Caneton Aux Cerises (duck). Both were scrumptious. For dessert, we shared the pine nut tart with caramel sorbet and it was fantastic! The atmosphere was charming with Nina Simone playing in the background. Our server was very professional and personable. I would definitely recommend Cafe Gibraltar!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Half Moon Bay, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“For a different experience...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Love sitting on the floor. The food is wonderfully seasoned and prepared to perfection. Its a very warm and friendly place and we were very pleased bringing our friends to such a different experience. They loved it too.

Visited March 2012
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Monterey, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Simply Extraordinary...and them some!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Sublime. Fun. Charming. Delicious...great setting, great service, great imaginative food....perfect presentation. One of the best overall dining experiences each of the 4 of us, we agreed, have had. For example, I've had seafood salads all over the world...no 2 were the same, but the one here was simply the best. Period. Squid, octopus, shell fish..not cold nor hot but a perfect warm...perfectly seasoned, tender, aromatic, fresh...and the rest of the meal matched. Attentive service from a staff that clearly lives their work...worth the drive down from San Francisco or even the 100 miles up from Monterey....and I am big on superlatives but I am not exaggerating.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Redwood City, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Moroccan reclining seats w/ocean view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

A consistent performance by the owner/cook and his staff keep this place entertaining and return worthy. Food is inventive and wine pairing worthy with eclectic list.

Visited July 2012
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