Half Moon Bay has become a culinary destination. Here are some of our favorites, and tips for special places you might like to make your stay memorable.
Highly regarded mediterranean cuisine, recommended by the Michelin Guide for the San Francisco Bay Area (2011-2012). The restaurant has also received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence continuously from 2004 to 2012.
Formal dining as only the the outstanding Ritz Carlton can do.
Miramar Beach Restaurant
The historic coastside restaurant right next door (formerly a Prohibition-era speakeasy), serves up American fare with a gorgeous ocean view. Miramar lights the waves outside as dusk falls, adding to the romance of this classic coastside experience. Warm up with their outdoor fire pits as you enjoy the sounds of the sea.
Moss Beach Distillery
Itâ€™s a nice place to eat, but we know why youâ€™ll love this historic restaurant: the Seal Cove patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sit around an outdoor fireplace, grab a blanket, and watch the sunset. You might see a sunbathing seal down below on the beach, or on the rare occassion, a passing whale.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Local craft beer. Bands. Firepits. Dinner. A great casual restaurant with live music on Fridays and Saturdays (double check their live music calendar before you go).
A world-famous stop for motorcyclists, hikers and tourists. Burgers, sandwiches, Texas-style BBQ and ribs on beautiful Skyline Drive amidst the redwoods, about 30 mintues from the inn in Woodside. As of July 2012, live music Thursday nights from 7-9. Check their website and call to confirm.
Italian and Medeterranian
Exceptional medeterranian cuisine and great atmosphere. Three-time past recipient of the Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction. Live music program typically includes flamenco guitar or jazz on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Check their website for latest schedule.
Weâ€™ve loved Pasta Moon from way back. Elegant service, excellent hand-made, hand-cut pastas and seafood, game, Prime meats and poultry. The San Francisco Chronicle has called it "One of the Top 15 Best Italian Restaurants in the Bay Area" for good reason.
Italian cuisine designated "As Fresh As It Gets" by San Mateo County for its committment to local food. Extensive specialty pizza menu, pasta and seafood and meat selections from a rotisserie and mesquite grill. Live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays: check their music schedule to confirm dates and times.
Great comtemporary Southern Italian cuisine in the harbor area.
The coastâ€™s legendary taco and burrito spot. A great casual, sit-down or take out lunch that locals and visitors love.
Seafood / Sushi
Samâ€™s Chowder House
With ocean views and a outside seating (covered and uncovered), Samâ€™s reminds you that youâ€™re on the coast. And so does the menu. New England style seafood feels right at home in Half Moon Bay.
Barbaraâ€™s Fish Trap
A very popular, casual "shack" in the harbor known for its fish and chips and creamy New England clam chowder. There is sometimes a wait for indoor seating, but on a nice day the walk-up window (with a limited menu) is great for a quick bite outside, where tables may be more available.
Sushi Main Street
Good sushi, beautifully presented in a "temple-esque" ambiance. A place to take your time and enjoy.
Shiki Cuisine (Sushi/Japanese)
Well regarded locally.
Bangkok House Thai Cuisine
Well regarded locally.
White Elephant Thai Cuisine
Well regarded locally.
Cafes, Coffee and Breakfast
A local favorite located steps from the runway at the Half Moon Bay airport. Voted "Best Breakfast on the Coast" by Half Moon Bay Review readers for 10 consecutive years. Great atmosphere. Great breakfast (and lunch).
Samâ€™s Coffee Shop
Good old fashioned diner. No espresso.
Ebb Tide CafĂ©
Oceanfront coffee, just doors from Landis Shores.
Ramanâ€™s Coffee and Chai
Does Ramanâ€™s have the "Best Chai on Earth?" Word is that if you love chai, youâ€™ll love Ramanâ€™s.
Blue Sky Farms
A garden nursery, with a cafe. Some call it a hidden jewel.
The Red Chair has developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of New England to the otherâ€”and now across the country. It recently appeared in Half Moon Bay, CA, exclusively at Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn.
Stay with us for three nights from Monday through Thursday and save 25% on your stay. You must reserve this offer by phone. With the savings, treat a loved one to a Romance Package or other special experience. Make it memorable at Landis Shores.