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184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1706
+1 650-726-5480
07:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 22:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After eating a pretty mediocre meal at one of the pricey restaurants in Half Moon Bay, we decided to go cheap eats for our next meal. Glad we did. Not the best Mexican I've ever had in my life, BUT good for the price so we were happy.

Thank Tiffany G
Half Moon Bay, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you want good, quick, authentic Mexican food - Happy Taco is your place. At first glance, the place may not look like much, but they can sure dish out some of the best Mexican food on the Coast!

Thank Kristin K
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

From Wisconsin looking for authentic California/Mexican and found it here! Yum! Chicken taco and beef taco.

Thank Michelle M
Toronto, Canada
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294 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were walking around and we wanted something quick to eat, so we went to Happy Taco. Very authentic Mexican food, customers are mostly Mexicans. Staff is friendly and accommodating, smiles abound. Nothing exceptional about the food, just good basic tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, tortilla chips and salsa. Cheap.

Thank QueenStreetLaw
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Showed up at the restaurant at 9pm. Good food and good service. Small little place that has great food.

Thank Daniel S
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Great little taco shop with super authentic tasty food. Great price too! Food was hot and fresh and quick. Nice spot to stop along route 1

Thank ctpham05
Vienna, Austria
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227 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

we just ordered simple tacos and they turned out to be super brilliant in taste also the salsas with the nachos were fantastic it is very fresh made and supertasty and supercheap

Thank Isabel S
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174 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

This is a hidden taco joint with lots of parking and quick service. We love the taco plates. Great salsa and quick service. Good to eat in or to go.

Thank LodiDazzles
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

Good basic medical food for the price. The ambience could use some updating. But if you are there for the food, ignore the surrounding!!

Thank Ernierb
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

We enjoyed some pork tamales, tacos, horchata and aguas fresas - yum! The food was very wholesome and fresh, the prices very reasonable. It was the perfect lunch! Recommended to us by the first two locals we asked for advice. Conveniently located next to Rite Aid. Clean but nothin' fancy.

Thank Judy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Fast food, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1706
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-5480

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?