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Cetrella
Mediterranean Restaurant$$$
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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845 Main St Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
845 Main StreetUSCaliforniaHalf Moon Bay94019
(650) 726-4090cetrella.com
$$$Mediterranean Restaurant, Bar
Mediterranean Restaurant
Bar
Live Music Venue
Californian Restaurant
Today 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 9:30 pmWednesday 5:30 – 9:30 pmThursday 5:30 – 9:30 pmFriday 5:30 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 10:00 pmSunday 5:30 – 9:30 pm
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CETRELLA

accessible fine dining . mediterranean cuisines with a local twist

Pronounced che-trella, our name descends from Capri's Cetrella Valley with its aromatic herb cetradenoting lemon and the honeybeeand Santa Maria di Cetrella abbey near its summit. This ancient isle of sybaritic indulgence amid rustic simplicity and worldly artistry, is a nexus for Mediterranean-rim cuisines. Cetrella Valley's stunning views of Capri's Faraglioni rock formations span the Bay of Naples, like Cetrella Half Moon Bay's golden coastal cliffs leading north to panoramic vistas of the Farallon Islands.

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Exposed beams, a stone fireplace & live jazz on weekends accompany upscale Mediterranean dining.- Google
"Try the heirloom tomato salad, goat cheese appetizer, lamb dish or scallops."
"Pricey wine list."
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Robert Phair
11 months ago
Better than its current 4.1 stars, maybe even 4.4. We went early on a Saturday evening to celebrate an anniversary. I'd requested a romantic table; we were warmly greeted and seated beside a warming fireplace - perfect after an afternoon of galleries and shops with clouds and cool wind coming in off the sea. Appetizers, a flatbread with an exotic cheese and truffle oil and a salad of greens, apple and radish in an outstanding lemon vinaigrette, were perfect. Warm French bread was served with a serious olive oil. The risotto was delicious, the duck with butter beans was outstanding and its cherry Cabernet sauce was so good I wished for more. A Malbec and a Cotes du Rhone by the glass were only average to start but improved dramatically with air in the glass. Service was both expert and friendly. Ambiance was elegant and accompanied by background jazz. Cetrella is for those who love what a chef can do that mere mortals cannot, and who appreciate the effort it takes to get all the details right.
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Raymond Quirolgico
7 years ago
a true gem in half moon bay! the kind of restaurant that seems like it could only exist in overly pretentious wine country, but the food is absolutely tasty and perfect. the cheese room and wine selections are excellent!
Ron Abileah
a year ago
'Fresh' fish was 4 days old. Don't expect that in an expensive restaurant
Deborah Mar
7 years ago
well-prepared food in a relaxing setting. good service.
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Vera DeVera
a year ago
For dining: This is a hidden gem. They plan a seasonal menu and take loving care in preparing each dish. I prefer to sit at the counter and watch the chefs on the line. For an event: Top notch service. They made my clients' wedding reception smooth and stress free. The food was wonderful too!
Frank Meredith
4 years ago
Lovely Half Moon Bay upper class dining. Really good Italian food. Sitting next to the fireplace is nice. Pricey wine list.
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Robert Scoble
4 years ago
Best food other than at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay. Great service and great place to go for a date.
A Google User
6 years ago
My wife and I have precious few date nights nowadays. Here's a restaurant that's been in our lives since our courtship days and consistently delivers great quality food, intimate ambience and professional service. Fantastic value for money! A nice bar in case you show up early, to which we always return afterwards for a bit of live jazz performance with our cordials. Join the staff to the cheese room and make your picks.

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