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Cetrella Bistro and Cafe

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845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2117
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great dinners at Cetellra. Excellent food, attentive service and reasonable prices for a nice dinner out with wine. Very accommodating for gluten-free requests.

Thank OjeMa
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

We went to Cetrella Saturday night. The ambience was low key and laid back, the service was terrific - and the meal was very very good. A wonderful little gem of a place at the end of Main St in the cute town of Half Moon Bay.

Thank Ritabg5
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Cetrella was a short walk from the Nantucket Whale Inn where we stayed. Service was excellent and our food was wonderful as well. We enjoyed the heirloom tomatoes as an appetizer, the gluten free corn and coconut soup was delightful and all entrees were beautifully presented and very tasty. We would definitely recommend Cetrella Bistro!

Thank Cindy W
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This restaurant was great. The waiter was so nice and the food was delicious. We got to sit by the fire and the waiter nre adjusted the fire for us. I loved the vegetable dish with local veggies.

Thank Caroline L
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Loved this restaurant. Attentive service from the beginning. Lovely interior design. Service was prompt and left you alone when you wanted to be left alone. Food was delicious. I had the filet, cooked to perfection. All others in my group were equally satisfied. I would recommend. Easy parking, great location in Half moon Bay.

Thank Palipu
San Mateo, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

The food at Cetralla is near perfection. If you are staying near the downtown you might even be able to walk to dinner and drinks.

Thank sudubu
Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

After a visit to Half Moon Bay beach we chose this restaurant on a whim & rocked up without reservation & definitely not dressed the part but the staff were excellent & seated us nonetheless and what followed was a serious if excellent service & food. The menu has a little something for everyone. We shared the Blue Crab cakes... More 

Thank takethename
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Cetrella is a beautiful restaurant with a fire place and fine cuisine with an excellent wine selection. The menu is Mediterranean-French-Italian. Many special items are worth trying. I prefer the fresh seafood selection and the frito misto appetizer. It's upscale dining that can compete with Navio's at the Ritz (at a lower price).

Thank Henry G
Woodside, California
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79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

So wonderful, we went there two nights in a row. On the quiet, Southern end of Main St. with lots of parking, and reservations accepted. Lovely, and peaceful inside, and immaculately clean. Our server, Sebastian, was the best server we have EVER had, in any restaurant. The place is within 1 1/2 block walking distance from Nantucket Whale Inn B&B.... More 

Thank flitzer170
Soquel, California
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84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Enjoyed our dinner at Cetrella in Half Moon Bay last night. I had the lobster ravioli (delicious) and my husband had the salmon pizza. We both had salads that were also yummy. Nice deco and it has parking which is always a plus.

Thank gotkona

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $80
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-2117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-726-4090

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?