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Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“Classic seafood house known for clam chowder, lobster rolls & patio dining overlooking the Pacific.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The coastal trail runs the length of the coast from the end of our street all the way down to the harbor. Recommended for morning or evening runs/walks and access to great beaches and coastal views. Keep an eye out for migrating whales!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“20 minutes south in Half Moon Bay. Our favorite Italian. Michelin Guide. Fresh ingredients, homemade pasta...simply a good meal. Lovely garden patio, make reservations. $$-$$$$”
  • 25 locals recommend
Hotel
“Half Moon Bay. Californian. If there is a special occasion like Mother's day, the buffet lunch is awesome. Very pricey but it is a special event! Don't eat there but check out Barbara's fish trap for lunch, a little drive up north of Half Moon Bay. Awesome fish and chips. Walk around the jetty and perhaps buy some live crab home for tomorrow. Then go the the Ritz in the afternoon. I love going there for a mint hot chocolate over the fire pit and cuddle up under the blankets looking at the sunset. That will complete an awesome day.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“Inventive pizzas, a full bar & a Tuscan-style courtyard add to a vibrant scene at this Italian spot.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Miramar Beach Restaurant is within easy walking distance and has music. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Causal relaxed saloon type bar with large selection of beer on tap. Go next door to Deli for the best sandwiches in town.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Technically no food here, but great, locally brewed beer and order pizza from Llama's to hang out a while. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Boasting 4 miles of beaches, this scenic park offers a campground plus fishing & picnic areas.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Rustic bar & restaurant with burgers, milkshakes, craft coffee, draft beer & a tranquil beer garden.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Locality
“Half Moon Bay has a main street with shops and food. Great beaches also. About a 25 min drive south”
  • 81 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“We've never had a bad experience here - excellent sushi, drinks, and ambiance.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Really good food, almost everything can be made vegan! Moles, enchiladas, homemade soups, salads and fish, yummy! Order at the counter and go find a seat - I love sitting at the high bar overlooking the sidewalk....or sitting in the private and sunny back patio. A treasure in our little town.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“The epitome of the local coffee shop. Right downtown, breakfast and lunch menu, local bakery next door. Jazz on Friday nights.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Comfy nook offering familiar Thai dishes, plus several veggie items in a relaxed atmosphere.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great place for lunch! A former chef, Dad who bought a caboose and turned it into a restaurant! ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Classic seafood house known for clam chowder, lobster rolls & patio dining overlooking the Pacific.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“20 minutes south in Half Moon Bay. Our favorite Italian. Michelin Guide. Fresh ingredients, homemade pasta...simply a good meal. Lovely garden patio, make reservations. $$-$$$$”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“Inventive pizzas, a full bar & a Tuscan-style courtyard add to a vibrant scene at this Italian spot.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Miramar Beach Restaurant is within easy walking distance and has music. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Causal relaxed saloon type bar with large selection of beer on tap. Go next door to Deli for the best sandwiches in town.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“Rustic bar & restaurant with burgers, milkshakes, craft coffee, draft beer & a tranquil beer garden.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“We've never had a bad experience here - excellent sushi, drinks, and ambiance.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really good food, almost everything can be made vegan! Moles, enchiladas, homemade soups, salads and fish, yummy! Order at the counter and go find a seat - I love sitting at the high bar overlooking the sidewalk....or sitting in the private and sunny back patio. A treasure in our little town.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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