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Cafe Capistrano

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
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523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-7699
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the pork sandwich, was delicious. Wife had the shredded chicken on open-faced tortilla appetizer and she loved it.

Thank James H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch was so good we are going back for breakfast! The gentleman that waited on us was friendly, helpful and actual sang a few snippets of song. Had a lovely voice. Food was excellent.

Thank Judy N
lehigh valley, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Nice find for a good meal after a day at the beach. Read other reviews and are happy we tried it! Never had Mayan food and expected something more like Tex-mex but were pleasantly surprised to try something different! Had chicken and pork fajitas, a big burrito, pork adobo. Most plates included sides of beans and seasoned rice.

Thank valleygirl3092
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice little restaurant. It is in a house that was converted over. Nice guys run it. The best part for me was trying their homemade hot sauce called xni pec. I bought a bottle to give to a buddy when we got home from our trip, but now it is half gone. I kinda wish I had... More 

Thank Bryan B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was a disappointment. We are lovers of good mexican food and have enjoyed this cuisine throught the US and in Mexico. Our group ordered a variety of dishes, but the ones we tasted this week were tired,small portions, a bit expensive for what we got, and in all not very good. Add to this the run-down atmosphere, tight... More 

Thank docnc
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We choose shrimp fajitas and a cochinita sandwich. Both dishes were really great. Shrimp cooked perfectly and accompanied by black beans, guacamole, rice, a fruit salsa and corn tortillas. The pork was tender and perfectly seasoned and had Mayan pickled onions with it. Tried the Yucatan flan for desert and liked it much more then the usual Mexican style flan,... More 

Thank VivienneR811
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Excellent food. Awesome hot sauce that you can buy for home. Quaint old house. It was so good we ate there the next day.

Thank MrsSciammas
Anaheim, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

We stopped in here one evening while driving up the PCH. We really enjoyed our meal here. The food was good and the staff was friendly.

Thank Mark B
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

We had dinner here while staying in Half Moon Bay. The food was simple, fresh and delicious and extremely well priced. The host was very friendly and made sure our meal was excellent. Super casual atmosphere and great menu with good wine options. I would highly recommend this place (especially the fish tacos!)

Thank Greg M
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Delicious and authentic; very much like the food in the Yucatan. We highly recommend the delicious panuchos, unusual and tasty pumpkin seed salsa, as well as cochinita pibil and chicken adobo Good service in a simple cafe in a house off the beaten track.

Thank nanakm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-7699
Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations.Chef and owner Arturo Mul reigns from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. When opening his restaurant, he wanted to introduce the flavors and food from his home town, Akil. Mul brought in family recipes to help create the menu and special items. Mayan cooking shows influences from Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Mexico as well as North and South America.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?