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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 94019-1902
+1 650-726-7699
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On a drive from SF to Monterey. The few spots right on Route 1 were crazy mobbed at lunch time - but fortunately this spot was listed with great reviews and is just off the highway so had a table for 7 awaiting. Glad we went - homestyle authentic Mexican. And an amazing value for a tasty lunch.

Thank CalCohenMD
san francisco ca
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I ordered the fish taco and it was absolutely the best, fresh and generous. Enough for 2 people! The garnishes were so good - some cabbage salad, tomato pico de gallo, papaya, fresh lime, avocado, and the sides of rice and beans very tasty. I was impressed with the service. Arturo himself is a gentleman and very helpful if you... More 

Thank mosaiciste
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grand-daughter here for her 14th birthday while we were on a family vacation. She likes Mexican food so my son in law found this restaurant here on tripadvisor and noticed the positive reviews so we decided to give it a try. I'm glad he found it. The food was very good and we all enjoyed our meals.... More 

Thank Dan C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a fan of Mexican food in California, all that boiled tasting meats and rice laden burritos. I dislike it so much I didn't try this place for 13 years. This place is a new favorite. Fresh ingredients, wonderful flavored and sauces. Food very Mayan (read Yucatan peninsula) based recipes. I had pork adobo my friend had the... More 

Thank Shaun F
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is fresh and delicious and Arturo is a wonderful host. Definitely would go back in a flash.

Thank mag b
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for mid-afternoon Wednesday lunch. Having missed the lunch crowds we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the restaurant visiting with the owner, Arturo. He answered all our questions about the menu items and the food we ordered including the spices he uses. The food was delicious - fresh, flavorful, and plentiful. The conchinita (pulled pork sandwich) was delicious especially... More 

Thank Rebecca S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted a new place for Breakfast and this was an excellent choice! Chorizo and Eggs, a Veggie Scramble, with Tortilla's ... well cooked and served with a smile and attention. Priced right for the area and food. Bonus, the table has fun little discussion topics to chat about while you wait...

Thank Manalani
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 July 21, 2016 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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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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 94019-1902
  • 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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