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Cafe Capistrano

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523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
+1 650-726-7699
11:00 - 20:00
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Sat - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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Eugene, Oregon
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184 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wandering around town upon arrival, we sought out Café Capistrano because of its great TA reviews. We went in to check out the menu and met the owner/chef and said we'd be back for dinner. When we returned we were warmly greeted and took seats in a small window alcove in the converted house. My wife and I both ordered... More 

Thank oregonpoppa
Davis, California
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We both had adobo: one chicken plate, one pork. Both were great. My wife really liked the mexican slaw that came with hers. This would be a 5 if they had home made tortillas. Solid food in an otherwise tricky town with limited non-tourist trap options.

Thank Patrick2008
Burlingame, California
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295 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Get ready to pay for chips and salsa at this place, with tomato and onion and 6 or 7 chips. Awful. Burrito was ok but pricey, and served with no sides. Pork platter was minimal and a teaspoon of guacamole and beans and slaw. Also pricey. Beer and wine and a waiter who runs his hands through his hair prior... More 

Thank travelagentreplies
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our fish tacos, the roasted-in-banana-leaf pork, and the fish and vegetable chicken broth soup. All ingredients were very fresh. I'm a big fan of coleslaw and the slaw included with the tacos and pork platters was yummy. Tangy and light. The pork was flavorful and succulent. The fish was generous and cooked perfectly--flaky and moist. The casual... More 

Thank Mary Sue K
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Good service and excellent food. We found a busy place, but We didn't wait for long time the table. The service was friendly and the food great.

Thank Luz C
Pleasanton, California
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Half moon Bay and it's coastal area are one our favorite locations to spend a day. Cafe Capistrano was a new find for us and our group of three loved it. The restaurant specializes in Yucatan (Mayan) cuisine. It also has burgers, sandwiches, breakfast items and are also known for their fish taco's. We were there early on a Monday... More 

Thank Mark S
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Quick trip to Half Moon Bay one evening. Found this restaurant on Yelp and so glad we decided to stop in. There were some locals there that night - all asking about the fish tacos. So we ordered the fish tacos - best I've had in a long time. Fish perfectly cooked. We had nachos too. They have the best... More 

Thank Monica S
Fairfax, Virginia
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

We were on our way from San Francisco to Santa Cruz and decided to stop for brunch. This place was delicious. I got the Yucatan Eggs which came with beans, guacamole, eggs, peppers, potatos and tortillas and it was amazing. My husband got the Chorizo and Eggs and loved his as well. I generally do not like Chorizo but was... More 

Thank RNH82
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

I didn't find this place -- some friends from the Santa Cruz area had heard about it, and took me there after they picked me up from a conference at the nearby Ritz-Carlton resort. The location is an old, rather small house, near the point where a neighborhood meets a commercial/industrial area. Were it not for another restaurant-in-a-house a few... More 

Thank Mark T
Tupelo, Mississippi
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We visited this restaurant in late September. The first sign that this might not be the best place to eat was when ordering our drinks.They don't serve margaritas, which we found surprising for a Mexican restaurant. We ordered soft drinks, and the server just puts the cans on the table with no offer of even cups of ice. The food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Mexican, Central American, South American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-7699
Established in 2001 Cafe Capistrano is a family owned restaurant specializing in Mayan cuisine. Using the freshest local fish, meats and produce infused with Mayan flavors results in light, savory combinations.Chef and owner Arturo Mul reigns from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. When opening his restaurant, he wanted to introduce the flavors and food from his home town, Akil. Mul brought in family recipes to help create the menu and special items. Mayan cooking shows influences from Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East, and the rest of Mexico as well as North and South America.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?