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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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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for great food and don't mind a wait. This is the place to eat!!! Cup of Clam chowder with FISH and calamari best combo!!!!!

Thank tlmllm
Roseville, California
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My friend and I ate two times at this charming little restaurant on our recent visit. They have a special section on the menu for children and seniors. The service was efficient and our meals were delicious on both occasions. Make sure you bring cash as the restaurant doesn't accept credit or debit cards. I did see a sign for... More 

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was directed to this restaurant by a former resident of Half Moon Bay. The chowder was a disappointment...very average. The other items select were good, but nothing worth a wait. The service in this cramped restaurant was good, however.

Thank George L
Pacifica, California
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live 20 minutes away and have been coming here for decades. The fish is delivered daily, always fresh off the boat. Portions are large, service is friendly. So, put on your jeans, have a great meal, then walk down to the docks and watch the fishing boats arrive with their catches. Definitely not a tourist trap as someone recently... More 

Thank DNDee
Palatine, Illinois
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

tempura battered fish and chips, clam chowder, a perfect pairing for a sunny day. Want to try all the other offerings but this a a lunch time hit with me. Will definitely head back next trip to the Bay Area.

Thank Maridelia
Burlingame, California
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192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for late lunch. Crab sandwiches filled with crab and fries on the side. Wonderful clam chowder without fillers. So Tasty. Service is good as well. Beer and wine and great desserts like KeyLime pie. Line can be long, but wait it out. You'll be glad you did.

Thank travelagentreplies
Roseville, California
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303 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Barbara's Fish Trap, a tourist trap since the 1920s, was recommended and got passing grades.. Clam chowder is the specialty—so wife Gretch ordered artichoke hearts appetizer, tempura style. She followed with garlic cheese bread and full bowl of the famous soup. Gretch had too much, couldn't finish it. I survived on cup o' soup and stir-fried vegetables. Soup was great... More 

Thank Newsboymac
Ripon, California
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived for Lunch on a Sunday. There was a line out the door and we added our name to the list of those waiting. I imagine Sunday is the busiest day of the week there. We waited for 40 minutes and they called our name for our table for two. We had been here before while on a trip... More 

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87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great little spot out past the marina. I sat on the street side deck but could still see the water off to the side. Very busy place at lunch on a Monday! I had been looking forward to some Dungeness crab on this trip. Had the crab sandwich with coleslaw. There was a good portion of crab.... More 

Thank RoamNHoliday
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Palo Alto regularly from England to see family and always trip over to the Ocean to Barbara 's. Everything is fresh, hot and tasty. The portions are generous and good value. However, it is always very busy. A tip, there are several tables on the pavement, sorry sidewalk! outside. Don't wait in line for a table inside where... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?