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Happy Taco

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184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1706
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Half Moon Bay, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want good, quick, authentic Mexican food - Happy Taco is your place. At first glance, the place may not look like much, but they can sure dish out some of the best Mexican food on the Coast!

Thank Kristin K
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From Wisconsin looking for authentic California/Mexican and found it here! Yum! Chicken taco and beef taco.

Thank Michelle M
Toronto, Canada
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261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We were walking around and we wanted something quick to eat, so we went to Happy Taco. Very authentic Mexican food, customers are mostly Mexicans. Staff is friendly and accommodating, smiles abound. Nothing exceptional about the food, just good basic tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, tortilla chips and salsa. Cheap.

Thank QueenStreetLaw
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Showed up at the restaurant at 9pm. Good food and good service. Small little place that has great food.

Thank Daniel S
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Great little taco shop with super authentic tasty food. Great price too! Food was hot and fresh and quick. Nice spot to stop along route 1

Thank ctpham05
Vienna, Austria
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178 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2016

we just ordered simple tacos and they turned out to be super brilliant in taste also the salsas with the nachos were fantastic it is very fresh made and supertasty and supercheap

Thank Isabel S
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169 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a hidden taco joint with lots of parking and quick service. We love the taco plates. Great salsa and quick service. Good to eat in or to go.

Thank LodiDazzles
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Good basic medical food for the price. The ambience could use some updating. But if you are there for the food, ignore the surrounding!!

Thank Ernierb
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We enjoyed some pork tamales, tacos, horchata and aguas fresas - yum! The food was very wholesome and fresh, the prices very reasonable. It was the perfect lunch! Recommended to us by the first two locals we asked for advice. Conveniently located next to Rite Aid. Clean but nothin' fancy.

Thank Judy M
Sparks, Nevada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Found The Happy Taco by talking to the housekeepers at the hotel. The crowds are testimony to the quality of their food and the preparation. Don't miss it if you are in the area. Best seafood tacos I have ever had.

Thank BMunoz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: 650-726-5480

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