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The 9 Best Lunch Spots In Half Moon Bay

Updated: May 2, 2022

Need a quick lunch or a spot to have a fancy business lunch? These Half Moon Bay lunch spots have you covered. We analyzed the top blogs, restaurant review sites, and food publications to find the best lunches in Half Moon Bay. If you need quick service tacos or you have time for a sit-down buffet you will find your next lunch spot here!

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Café Capistrano

Mexican, $$, Half Moon BayMexican, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • CultureTrip

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  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Dad's Luncheonette

American, $$, Half Moon BayAmerican, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Thrillist

    The Peninsula's 31 Best Restaurants

    Thrillist
  • Zagat

    10 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in the SF Bay Area

    Zagat

Barbara's Fishtrap

American, $$, Half Moon BayAmerican, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat

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    Zagat

Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant

Italian, $$, Half Moon BayItalian, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Jersey Joe's Coastside Hoagies and Cheesesteaks

American, $$, Half Moon BayAmerican, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Sam's Cafe

Tea & Coffee, $, Half Moon BayTea & Coffee, $Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

The Barn

American, $$, Half Moon BayAmerican, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Sam's Chowder House

$$, Half Moon Bay$$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
  • Thrillist

    The Peninsula's 31 Best Restaurants

    Thrillist
  • Zagat

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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

New American, $$, Half Moon BayNew American, $$Half Moon Bay
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
  • Zagat

    Coastal Dining Guide: From Marin to Santa Cruz

    Zagat

How did we curate these results?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. We pored over ratings for 28999 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 restaurant reviews in Half Moon Bay and 2955 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Zagat and Thrillist had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. Yes, we even looked at Zagat - Coastal Dining Guide: From Marin to Santa Cruz, Zagat - 14 SF Bay Area Restaurants That Are 10 Years Old and Still Going Strong and Thrillist - The Peninsula's 31 Best Restaurants to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

The highest-rated places in Half Moon Bay for lunch and cocktails are Pasta Moon, Sam's Chowder House, and Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant.

The highest-rated restaurants in Half Moon Bay for boozy lunches are Café Capistrano, Dad's Luncheonette, and Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine.

Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine, Pasta Moon, and India Beach Restaurant are the highest-rated upscale lunch restaurants in Half Moon Bay.

Café Capistrano, Dad's Luncheonette, and Monsoon Himalayan Cuisine are the highest-rated lunch restaurants for take-out in Half Moon Bay.

India Beach Restaurant is the highest-rated vegan-friendly lunch spot in Half Moon Bay.

Drink pairing tips

  • A great drink pairing for banh mi

    Knowing what to pair with banh mi can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Kabinett. This, sweet, white wine balances the spicy banh mi.

  • Cilantro Chile Cooler and banh mi


    Experts recommend pairing banh mi with a glass of fresh and clean Cilantro Chile Cooler, a cocktail that cuts through the fattiness of the sandwich.

  • The ideal pairing for banh mi

    Experts suggest pairing a banh mi with a glass of Riesling, a popular white wine.


Fun facts

  • A taste for luxury

    Chef Angelito Araneta Jr. made anigiri in 2010 that sold for p$1,978.

  • A match made in heaven: green tea & sushi

    One should always compliment their food with a drink that doesn't take away from the meal. If it’s sushi you’re eating, we recommend pairing it with a green tea. The delicate, earthy flavor flavors of the green tea won’t detract from the flavors of your sushi.

  • A day for taco-lovers

    You better not forget what October 4th is. It’s National Tacos Day! Grab some taco and celebrate!

Parking info

Parking has always been a challenge in Half Moon Bay. Finding parking doesn’t have to be a hassle any longer. Our partners at SpotHero offer a great digital parking reservation service, so you getting a parking spot is quick and easy.

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