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Barbara's Fishtrap

281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
+1 650-728-7049
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (132 reviews)
“calamari” (52 reviews)
“chowder” (79 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-4028
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141 - 150 of 493 reviews

Reviewed 16 March 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 10 March 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 10 March 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 9 March 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 3 March 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 2 March 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 28 February 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 23 February 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
Reviewed 10 February 2016

The fish was delicious and the chowder was tasty but the crab cakes were not desirable at all. Seemed like they were frozen! If you don't get the crab cakes your dining experience will be GOOD!

Thank Propitiation
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Fresh fish, good service, Love to visit when I go to see my horse up the road. Coast is the best for fresh air.

1  Thank weclosereo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
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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