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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay 1 Miramontes Point Rd Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
1 Miramontes Point RoadUSCaliforniaHalf Moon Bay94019
$$$Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Fine Dining Restaurant
Today 6AM–12PM, 6–9PM
Thursday 6AM–12PM, 6–9PMFriday 6AM–12PM, 6–9PMSaturday 6AM–12PM, 6–9PMSunday 11AM–3PM, 6–9PMMonday 6AM–12PM, 6–9PMTuesday 6AM–12PM, 6–9PMWednesday 6AM–12PM, 6–9PM
Boasting exceptional seafood and a comfortable California-inspired design, Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay combines the subtle flavors of the sea with fresh textures.
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An American menu & elaborate weekend brunch in a Ritz-Carlton dining room with Pacific views.- Google
"...Devil's food cake, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, coffee éclairs..."
"Tip: Quite simply, the best brunch buffet in Northern California."
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Randy F.
2 months ago
Tip: Quite simply, the best brunch buffet in Northern California. You'll pay heavily for the gorgeous cliff views and upscale service but be rewarded by an impressive food selection including three varieties of caviar, shucked oysters and clam, hand peeled prawns and crab legs, prime rib, and much more. Reservations are mandatory for holidays, but are well worth the price of admission (approaching $100/person).
Michael Morales
5 months ago
Hands down this is by far the best place to get a great view of the ocean, while enjoying dinner. Took my bestfriend out for her birthday, and the waitress was awesome in delivering a phinaminal WORLD CLASS service. I would highly recommend coming here for a birthday surprise.
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Galina Sokolov
7 months ago
We had a bunch at Navio today with frends and I was extremly impressed with service, genuene attention to the customer and absolutely terrific food. Worth of rewarding all-stars!!!
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Sebastian Fiedler
11 months ago
Located in the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Navio is one of the more upscale, popular restaurants in the area. They're quite famous for their brunch so it was on my list for a while. To be fair, this rating needs to be broken out into several pieces - LOCATION - 5 stars If you catch a day that's not gloomy, this is the perfect Northern California scenery. The restaurant overlooks the fantastic coastline and has a outdoor terrace to sunbath. Sounds like a perfect way to spend your Sunday? It sure is. SERVICE - 4 stars Top service, super friendly and very attentive waiters. A hiccup in the reservation was corrected quickly and without hassle. I like that everyone actually smiled and seemed to care about the guests. Great job. INTERIOR - 4 stars Two large, stretched rooms, with ocean views. The interior is warm and chic, dark wooden tables, chairs, and leather sofas. Very welcoming. Do patrons count as interior? This is definitely a people-watching place and you'll see nicely dressed guurrlz and the occasionally well dressed guy there. The catwalk here is the way to the buffet - eye candy. FOOD - 3 stars I liked the variety with the focus on seafood (sushi, shrimp, cod, caviar), the dim sum and the lobster soup. The food, however, seemed to be sitting there for too long - especially the sushi and the pancakes, both tasted stale. The bread selection was weak and the desserts, although nicely presented in a special chocolate room, didn't turn my taste buds on. And I'm a dessert guy. VALUE - 1 star This was branded as a "Champagne Brunch plus Chocolate Room" for the duration of two hours but asking $140 per person is a bit ridiculous even if the setting is right. For that price I'd expect at least super fresh food, and that wasn't the case. In my opinion they went a bit overboard with the prices, otherwise this would be a 4 stars experience.
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Valerie Rodda
5 months ago
I enjoy food. Plain and simple. It can be your average sandwich or it can be unpronounceable and unrecognizable to the human eye. Some may call it a being a "foodie" others may say that's a fancy way of calling yourself a fat ass. Doesn't matter how you word it I am always down to try new things as long as I get my grubs on. Sometimes in life you have to treat yourself and spending a $100 a head....(YIKES) for some gourmet buffet then I guess I'm down for the ride! On this Sunday Funday I found myself inside the Ritz. If you want to partake in some brunch they require some reservations. They give you a 2hr time frame and choose from 11:00 or 1:30. My party was seated in the back room which has large windows that let you take in the awesome ocean views. As I was walking towards the room I noticed how elegantly the desserts were individually perfectly placed upon the shelves. Navigating my way through the food stations I noticed how well done the food set up was, definitely a feast for the eyes. Set up in sections they had your sushi/sashimi (very limited selection) oysters, raw seafood that included snow crabs, green mussels, huge clams, shrimp and caviar. Bread selection which consists of muffins, croissants, rolls and flat bread. They had a limited selection of Dim Sum which I thought was slightly disappointing with mushy, oversteamed shrimp, chive dumplings and BBQ pork buns. Then they had the American brunch setup with eggs, applewood smoked bacon, sausages mini pancakes and waffles. They have a separate selection with fruit so you add those on if you want. So many things to list they also had chilled cucumber in shot glasses and a cured meat bar, Rack of Lamb with Fresh Mint Lamb Jus and a prime rib station. My favorite would hands down have to be the dessert selection. Lots of cakes including Devil's food cake, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, coffee éclairs, vanilla shortbread, chocolate almond and pistachio macadamia biscotti, Individually made crepes, dark chocolate mousse, high quality hot chocolate, flan, several types of candy, Yes that's right I said candy and crème brulee. Service was on point as expected. Our server replaced my silverware several times and refilled my water and fresh squeezed orange juice as soon as it was halfway empty but some would say the glass would be half full. For $100 a plate it was nice to have scratched that off my bucket list. On another note I accidently uploaded my photos in the wrong section in the Ritz Carlton page. Whoops my bad.
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Ilya Eckstein
6 months ago
Does not live up to the expectations: lots of attitude, little substance. The 2-3x markup in a place like this is expected, but it is only justified by delivering top-notch service and experience. In our case, both the service and the food were just sub-par: extremely long wait times all the way, overly stuffy yet rude and negligent attitude, even the food was mediocre, despite being super-expensive. Definitely not going back. P.S. The views are gorgeous - yes, but might as well skip the restaurant and just enjoy the nature!
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Rick Benito
8 months ago
The Sunday brunch was as advertised...everything, and I mean everything, was high quality and many of the dishes I normally won't try at other places but the brunch has some delicious options, the duck prosciutto being just one of them. The breakfast, lunch, Asian, and dessert options were all exquisite.
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Veronica Lujan
a year ago
It was an excellent seafood dinner. Not terribly innovative and leaned a little too heavily on trends (so guaranteed not to be a critic's darling), but the seafood was all expertly prepared and delicious. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. He made lovely suggestions that helped us build a wonderful meal. I had black cod that came from the very bay we were watching the moon dance along, and it was buttery but not greasy - I've never had it executed so well. From the raw bar, incredible ahi tartare loaded with furikake - I've never had better, and great oysters (biggest, best miyagis I've ever had - I've literally never seen them so large and never have they been more full of flavor). Uni lobster fettuccine starter was creamy and addictively tasty. For entrees, delicious salmon for him (I remember it was cooked just right, but I didn't necessarily love the salsify or sides, but he liked them) and the black cod in a dashi broth for me (again, the sides fell short, but the fish itself and the broth were amazing). For dessert I had a refreshing fruit ice and meringue thing that is exactly how seafood meals should always end. He had a rich chocolate raspberry something. Just a very very good dinner. Great wine and tea. Not perfect, but very good. They nailed the important parts, the seafood. As for the Sunday brunch buffet, WOW. I've seen negative reviews, but we enjoyed it. Enjoyed so many things I can't even begin to get into them.
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