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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Californian Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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390 Capistrano Rd Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
390 Capistrano RdUSCAHalf Moon Bay94019
(650) 728-2739hmbbrewingco.com
$$Californian Restaurant, BreweryToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 8:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 8:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 8:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 8:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Oceanfront restaurant with California coastal cuisine, onsite brewery, outdoor patio seating and live music every weekend, open 7 days a week. Voted one of America's top beach bars by Travel +Leisure
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Californian chow & house beers from a relaxed brewpub with a fire-pit patio overlooking the bay.- Google
People talk about fire pits, clam chowder, fish and chips, seafood sampler and calamari
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Darvin Atkeson
reviewed 3 months ago
I give it a 5 out of 5 for one reason and one reason only. Their Fisherman's Stew is one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. Though we have tried other dishes we keep coming back for the stew. When they first suggested it, it sounded horrible but I took a chance. My wife not so brave. She ended up sharing my meal and now we both just get the stew. Dog friendly front outdoor area with heaters and fire pits. Live music. Great ambiance and courteous staff make for a wonderful dining experience. The view is of the Half Moon Bay Marina so don't expect stunning coastline. But it keeps us returning time and time again. I know fish stew sounds gross. But give it a try.
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Evan Rapoport
reviewed a month ago
One of my favorite places to go whenever I'm in Half Moon Bay. Great beer selection, especially the Amber. Really chill place to sit outside by the fire pit. Snapper sandwich and chowder are excellent. Fish tacos are ok, but I won't get them again.
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Gabe Rodriguez
reviewed 7 months ago
Super dog friendly and always a stop we make before our day's hike. The large patio is great for our golden retriever and she loves when we order the doggie burger patty. They bring a dog bowl with water too. The in-house brewed beer is always on point and made even more enjoyable with great weather and views of the coast. The marina and small inlet is viewable from the patio. We've never encountered a significant wait, but it's just across the street and a nice place to chill. Stick with beer and a fish-based entree. Some of the vanilla options (e.g. chicken sandwich) aren't out of the ordinary.
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Christopher Calhoun
reviewed 2 months ago
On the plus side, it's great for groups. it's a great location, easy to find it. Their seasonal low-batch brews are better than the standard selection of creatively "area-named" beers (like Mavericks Ale for example). Beer, beer beer. They call themselves Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and I expect the brews to be the feature of the place, but really, it's the fishtank, the view, the music, the ample parking for said car club or bike club, the outdoor seating, the bar (if not overly crowded) and atmosphere that makes it worthwhile. Food is okay. Beers, well they try a bit too hard to make a decent average beer and as Griz from SF Brewcraft would have said, you can taste that sort of anal-retentiveness in the brew. Ok, to be fair they aren't especially bad, but they all follow a similar recipe and process, so aren't especially daringly flavorful or OMG tasty either, what I mean is, okay they are drinkable but they aren't winning any gold medals in my book, and I guess that's not the point. I do like that the beers aren't overly carbonated, which helps to the idea of downing them quickly without having to stifle an onslaught of burpage. These are full bodied ales, not light beer lagers, so don't whine about them being flat if you're used to more foamy mass-produced junk from the major brands. Moving on.. The menu has all the comfort foods, burgers, fish and chips (salmon and chips are better IMHO) salads, etc., and I'll be back time and time again to check up on them, because I like the drive to get here and we are always seated quickly and enjoy ourselves in spite of any shortcomings the place may have.. Hey, if the food was tremendously good and brews were fantastic, this could easily be a five star destination, but catering to the palate of tourism and quality of mass ingredients as they may be, if you like your standard blonde, brown, amber, and IPA then you'll be fine. In summary, I think the logic here must be that they want to try and cater to the general status quo -- rather than be more adventurous in food and beer -- so, they do well to make okay food and drink for the average clientele that pass through. it's a good 3 - safe bet for them and probably why they've stayed in business for so long, they figured out a formula that works. Works for me.
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Stephen Burton
reviewed in the last week
Interesting array of self brewed beer. Big meals, but fairly heavy on the deep frying. Worth a try.
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Lauren Kelley
reviewed 6 months ago
Good food. Good beer. Accommodating to dogs and babies. I'm always looking for family friendly places and this place is even dog friendly on their patio! Though it is generally foggy in Half Moon Bay, the location along the water is great.

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