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“Service slow, atmosphere mediocre” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Moonside Bakery and Cafe

Moonside Bakery and Cafe
604 Main St., Ste A, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1982
650 726 9070
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Ranked #28 of 82 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Cuisines: Bakery, Pizza, Central European, Café
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: We are located in downtown Half Moon Bay and serve a full-line bakery with european style patries, breads, pies, cakes, desserts and wedding cakes. We also have a delicious menu for a fresh breakfast and lunch includes wood-fired pizza, salads and home-made sandwiches are served in a fast-casual atmosphere on real dishes. there is plenty of seating inside and out and take-out is available.
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“Service slow, atmosphere mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The place looked cute on the outside and seemed to be popular at lunch. We ordered at the counter and went outside to find a table. We found a table that had not been cleared with birds eating remaining food on dirty plates. Inside seating was inside an atrium area with a pretty painting. Service was EXTREMELY slow for sandwiches. Each one of our items arrived at different times. We waited another 15-20 minutes before the 3rd and last sandwich arrived. Sandwiches averaged around $10 and were just okay. The chicken curry and apple was probably the best. The sourdough bread was sliced thinly. Birds found their way into the inside area as well as flies. Recommendation would be to order baked goods like cookies and cupcakes "to go."

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Truckee, CA
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“cookies!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

We had to give this place a try after reading about it on TA, so we popped in several times to try their cookies. Yummy... we tried six different kinds and they were all really good. The pizzas looked amazing, so we'll have to try them next time! Always great to have fresh baked and not have to do the baking yourself :)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“The cakes are good but. . . .”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The cakes are beautiful and tasty and would make any occasion special. But, while there's a nice variety of cookies, they aren't good enough to make a special trip to Moonside. Service is spotty, and only occasionally friendly. The owner is usually grumpy and not helpful.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Not to be Missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We came across Moonside Bakery & Cafe by chance while exploring downtown Half Moon Bay. It is a tight space, but has indoor seating in the Piazza building lobby, as well as a few outdoor tables on Main Street.

Visually, the quality of the baked goods/pastries is evident. Hard to try them all, but the ones we tried were excellent. They have a version of a Florentine that is a nice change from overly sweet ones we often find. The amount of almonds was more than most versions and they were only lightly sweetened. The rich sweetness came from the chocolate bottom. Highly recommend these, especially if you don't want an overly sweet cookie.

There are enough choices here to tempt almost anyone (pies, tarts, large pastries, cookies, cupcakes, et al). I know because we went back several times. There was a sign posted that stated they were voted the #2 bakery in the Bay area. I wouldn't argue that. Servers were friendly and helpful.

I can't comment on the breakfast/lunch items as we only tried baked goods.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Cake review only”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

They do excellent cake! If you are a cake lover, you will like it. My 2nd visit and the cake was as good as I remembered.

Visited April 2013
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