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“Nothing Special”
Review of Main Street Grill

Main Street Grill
Ranked #21 of 96 Restaurants in Half Moon Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Breakfast and lunch only...very good!
Falls Church, VA
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nothing Special”
Reviewed October 12, 2011

If you are looking for a fill-you-up, greasy spoon kind of place, the Main Street Grill does the job. The food was underwhelming, even by the standards set by the modest decor. Having grown up in NJ, I've eaten at my share of drive-ins and diners and this wasn't up to the task. The best thing I can say about it is that breakfast is served all day long.

We decided to take Route 1 along the coast on our way from Sonoma to Carmel. Hungry for a late lunch, we stopped off in Half Moon Bay looking for a bite and ended up here. In hindsight, there was probably a better choice among the limited HMB options. The server was friendly and polite and the food came out quickly - maybe a function of our 2 PM lunch - unfortunately, that was the high point of our meal.

Nothing bad to say, per se, just not that great. Somewhere between two (poor) and three (average) stars, but closer to poor than average . . . wish I could say something better.

  • Visited October 2011
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Falmouth, MA
Level 6 Contributor
559 reviews
358 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“Basic Diner Food in a Fun Setting”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

After shopping on Main Street in Half Moon Bay, we wanted to grab a quick lunch and head on our way up the coast. The Main Street Grill fit the bill. This is not a place for gourmet food, just basic, well-prepared diner food. I had a tuna sandwich on sour dough bread-chunks of albacore with not too much mayo, just like at home. The service was friendly and unlike the previous review, we did not have to wait more than 10 minutes. While waiting, we were entertained by the chef singing nonsense to music from a 60s jukebox.

  • Visited October 2011
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California Desert, California
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“What a Disappointment!”
Reviewed October 10, 2011

Everything looked like this was going to be a find - the bursting at the seams crowd, the interesting menu, the potential for a great local diner.... We sat at the counter, watching everyone's food go by, the chef screaming out bizarre jibberish (I guess that's part of the charm people like)... 40 minutes after ordering the hostess noticed we were looking hungry and looked for our order - the chef mumbled something like he didn't know he was supposed to do that, or whatever - we got our food in 50 minutes. I ordered the special -home made corned beef hash. Either they are emulating canned corned beef hash, or that's what it was, with a few potatoes thrown in (to make it homemade)? My partner's exotic sounding egg dish was mediocre, and the hostess said 'your toast is coming right up' when she served it. After he had finished his meal and she returned to check on us we reminded her about the toast, and it came 10 minutes later. We had planned to order a pancake for desert, but we just wanted to get the heck out of there. It was the first time in years we didn't leave a tip. A bad start to our day in Half Moon Bay.

  • Visited October 2011
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Fantastic diner-style food with friendly service”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

If you find yourself in Half Moon Bay and are looking for a simple but delicious breakfast or lunch, this is your place. We are from the East Coast and consider ourselves "diner snobs," and the food at the Main Street Grill rivaled some of the best diner meals I've had in NYC, NJ, & CT. Fantastic. And with lots of little HMB-style touches such as fresh avocado on the house salad. We had breakfast here on one day and lunch on another day. Each meal was a fraction of the cost of meals at the nearby Ritz but just as tasty & satisfying. If I'm ever in HMB again, I will make it a point to go back!

Visited August 2011
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Half Moon Bay, California
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Good, Simple Food Served With a Lot of Character”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

I can't rate MSG as one of the top coast side restaurants because it isn't. But is is a breakfast and lunch institution in the area. This is a small diner located, coincidentally, on Main Street in the heart of Half Moon Bay. The juke box plays dixieland jazz or 40's and 50's tunes, and occasionally the chef cooking at the open grill breaks out into song. Portions are huge, flavorful and hearty. My kind of place for breakfast or just hangin' with a cup of coffee -- and a lot cheaper than the Ritz Carlton.

  • Visited July 2011
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