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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94044
+1 650-728-7049
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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United States
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272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During a tour of the Half Moon Bay area - a day trip excursion from San Francisco - our driver dropped us off at Barbara's Fishtrap. I was a little skeptical - it didn't look like much, a small, old building perched right on the waterfront. Inside, the kitschy decorations actually fit the space well. Tables are tightly appointed -... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate here on two occasions and the food and service was awesome. The sourdough bread was delicious and the rock cod was out of this world! It got a bit harried at 5:00 for dinner but was well worth the wait!

Thank scooterpair
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234 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the second time in two years we've taken the opportunity to eat at the Fish Trap. Once again I can attest to it's desirability. We had clam chowder and fish and chips which challenges anything I've ever had on the east coast. It was a full house but the waitstaff was outstanding and we were not rushed. Wonderful.... More 

Thank Charles S
Half Moon Bay, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Barbara's is a locals favorite. Great seafood. Large portions, can easily share entrees. Senior menu with smaller portions.

Thank glennkess2017
San Mateo, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to Barbara's Fishtrap with a vistor from overseas and we loved it. The food and the service was great. I have fish and chips and my friend had clam chowder.

Thank jwb914
Citrus Heights
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with one of my friends for lunch and the had the fish and chips. Very good. Menu had many seafood options as well as a few other options in case seafood isn't your thing. My friend enjoyed her mean as well and says she's been going there for years with family and always has a good experience.

Thank E9567RCaudreyl
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a ton of gluten free options but Jeanie is super helpful and doesn't make you feel like a pariah. She should go into counseling because there was some grumpy behavior(not me!) at the table and she got everyone laughing. Awesome view and everyone enjoyed the food and the service.

Thank quacker907
Sacramento, Ca
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss it! It's WONDERFUL! No place better in Half Moon Bay than this! For REAL! It's the REAL DEAL!

Thank Gabrielle K
Rye, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

returned to Fish Trap on a SF visit .. Weather was stormy but there was still a wait for a table .. Had tempura zucchini ( excellent ) fish and chips ( excellent ) and crab louie ( outstanding ) .. service is friendly and fast and views are wonderful ..

Thank trishagondolfo
Chico, California
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very tempted with all the choices on the menu but chose the fish and chips. I chose the smaller portion (2 pieces) and my husband the regular (4 pieces). They were large pieces and he was only able to eat 2, the steak fries were cooked crisp and perfect. We ended up with a take home box. There... More 

Thank vkayinno

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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
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Kids, 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 94044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-728-7049

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