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Barbara's Fishtrap

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281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (137 reviews)
“calamari” (58 reviews)
“chowder” (85 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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Reviewed March 23, 2016

We arrived before 11:00 and a line was forming as we were waiting. We were promptly seated and drink and food orders taken. We all had the smaller (senior) portion of the fish and chips and a cup of clam chowder. The food was fresh...More

Thank deb5biker
Reviewed March 17, 2016

Well let me tell you since I can remember my dad would say lets eat Barbaras fish trap now since his passing in 1996 the tradition has carried on thru my children n they take there children n mom its wonderful food, services n plenty...More

Thank lauralI9243LP
Reviewed March 16, 2016

The pasta with bay shrimp was great. The sauce was a little runny. The salmon with french fries and fried zucchini was good. A little over priced and very noisy. The service was good.

Thank R J
Reviewed March 10, 2016

What a place!! This is a great place with great food. Again, wish I could give it a 10!! Had clam chowder that was delicious. Also we had fish and chips--were the best., just lightly battered and cooked to perfection. Also, had a crab sandwich...More

Thank Retiree55578
Reviewed March 10, 2016

I've eaten here a number of times. Barbara's Fishtrap has been around since the early 1970's, and for good reason. It's a cash-only spot just north of Half Moon Bay, overlooking Princeton harbor. They serve generous portions of traditional fish and seafood dishes.

Thank Saganorth
Reviewed March 9, 2016

Barbara's looks like a dump, but it's fun and the food was excellent. Try the Halibut Vera Cruz - delicious!

Thank Bunny22314
Reviewed March 3, 2016

Love this mom and pop diner. Always packed with the locals and tourists.everything is so fresh.good service and good food.

Thank 49mayerfan
Reviewed March 2, 2016

The fish and chips to go were delicious - people need to know that this is a cash or check only take-out (adjacent to the restaurant), no credit cards accepted. The line was long at 2PM on Monday - but the food was delicious!

Thank Shayne15
Reviewed February 28, 2016

Before noon on a weekday, a long line to get into the restaurant and several people eating take-away outside. You must put your name on the list at reception. Names are called out over a loud PA system. Many local seniors which attests to the...More

Thank bjoann
Reviewed February 22, 2016

The Half Moon Bay area has no shortage of eateries but few - if any - are better than Barbara's Fishtrap which has clearly been a favourite - for locals and visitors alike - for many years. It is directly on the water and not...More

Thank stevebG6121BX
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No - but I've seen it full on some days. Then you'd just have to wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, 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: +1 650-728-7049
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