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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stop at this place whenever we go to the coast. The fish and chips are the best Ive ever had, and the portions are good size. The clam chowder in a bread bowl is also very good. You can spend a lot more if you like, and there are a lot of different seafood choices.

Thank Tony C
Anderson, South Carolina
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a little restaurant right on the water with delicious fish n chips and the best corn fritters you've ever tasted. Our waitress was delightful and attentive. Glad we picked this little place during our trip down the west coast.

Thank SCTaxLady
Half Moon Bay, California
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cash only seafood. Go here for fresh anything. Good chowder, too. We eat here before drinking at any of the other places around. The typical 45 min wait on weekends is worth it.

Thank jjtravels2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An Italian family runs this restaurant for generations.. It is the best sea food restaurant in the area.. I recommend Crab cake..calamari and the finger fish fries...all delicious

Thank Özlem C
Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fish and Chips were okay., Fries nice and hot. Tartar sauce was really tasty. Unfortunately their clam chowder did not have many clams, and it tasted more like a celery soup. It was a disappointment. But the sourdough roll that the soup was in was absolutely fantastic...probably the best part of the meal.

Thank Peggy I
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was ok and service good. Not worth waiting more than five minutes for a table. Almost everything is deep fat fried. Nothing special unless you crave the deep fat fry. These restaurants are a dime a dozen up and down the coast.

Thank 999mick999
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is friendly. It is always packed. And the food is always fresh. Bring cash as no credit cards allowed. I always come here and am not disappointed. Sometimes my favorite dish is better than other times....but that's to be expected on packed days. The service is always friendly and you feel like you are family.

Thank Shanteix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love Barbara's fish trap. We love to get service from the window and find a spot to sit outside on the ocean. The crab sandwich is amazing. Fresh with minimal mayonnaise. The mini fishtrap tempura is a basket of heavenly fried cod, shrimp, scallops, calamari, zucchini and fries. Weekends and in the summer the outside window gets busy but... More 

Thank PacificaAlex
Half Moon Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

There is ALWAYS sand in the NE clam chowder! Every time I've had it--about five total over time-- my teeth grind on sand! It's pretty good otherwise. The fish is very fresh. It's a popular venue and has a take out line and outdoor paging system. Crowded at lunch and supper times.

Thank Sally R
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Not sure I even knew Trip Advisor existed when I visited this restaurant with my late ex-husband back in 1997. But I can tell you that the one thing I remember is that the food was to die for, it was truly the best ever. That was the night I tried calamari for the first time in my life and... More 

Thank Terri D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-728-7049

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