Memorable meal. Beautiful
Memorable meal. Beautiful view of sun setting over the ocean. Food and service were excellent. Great place for a romantic getaway.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch, albeit expensive
It is a great brunch, with fresh sea food, caviar, dumplings, and all the great ingredients and food you would expect in a top brunch. The desserts - sometimes an after thought, even in high-end brunches - were great. The brunch is quite expensive though - 125 USD when we were there, normally 100 USD per person; not for the faint of heart.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nobody does a Better Sunset
The Navio delivered on the promise. I needed a top of the line experience, and they came through. A little shaky at the start, but the staff and chef rallyed and pulled off a very memorable experience. The Scallops are perfectly presented and prepared. The Sea Bass was average, the views of the setting sun on the ocean was breathtaking. Window seats are at a premium, and more customers request them . . . than are available.
Highly recommend. Keep your fingers crossed for a clear evening on Half Moon Bay; as half the the time it is foggy.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful views of the ocean
Beautiful views of the ocean and sunset. Ahi tuna was fabulous and my husband loved the pork chop! Don't be tempted to try the seaweed butter!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very impressed and so happy with our dinner at Navio! Not only was our server great but the busser was a gentleman and so sweet too!
The food was spectacular :-)
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible food and view
This was an unexpected find and an awesome one. After having a drink on the outside patio, we sat down for dinner right at sunset at a window table and proceeded to hardly talk to each other, between the amazing food and incredible view! The food was not only excellent, but in portion sizes that were reasonable, which was great so that we could have dessert! Highly, highly recommend. I will be back.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful restaurant, great service
Took my husband to Navio for our wedding anniversary. We went for the Sunday brunch. The setup and the selection was exceptional, all food was very high quality. Service was outstanding. Some more popular items (e.g. caviar, crab claws) ran out toward the second half of the seating we were in. Enjoyed the experience tremendously, will be back for another special occasion. Be prepared for a pricey experience - the buffet alone (i.e. no tip and no alcoholic drink) was $ 98/person.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing food, personal service
we had dinner on Friday and it was amazing! the menu is very seafood-centric and so many things sounded good. i had the Brentwood corn soup to start and it was perfect. a handful of corn kernels and perfect seasonings. i had the Day Boat scallops as my entree and again, it was awesome! the balsamic syrup and risotto complimented the scallop perfectly! dessert....i had a flourless chocolate cake with cherries and creme fraiche! it was the best dessert...seasonal and flavorful! and our server, Horace, was so pleasant and personable. we had such a wonderful evening! we can't wait to go back!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view, seafood and service
This review is for dinner. Overall great experience and will return. I might just order appetizers instead of enter for next time.
Appetiser 1: mussel (best of the meal. Will order again)
Appetizer 2: cure salmons with chips ( One chips I ate was way too salty. My husband found it ok)
Entree 1: scallops (overcooked and I felt sands in my scallops. I won't order it again. Kind of pricy for just four scallops.)
Entire 2: combination of porc belly, cod and octopus. (I love the octopus but found the belly a bit too salty and not tender enough)
Dessert: chocolate cake with ice cream.(tasted like frozen box dessert from Trader Joe. won't order again)
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Very Special Treat
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Navio, the perfect place for romance, delicious food and impeccable service. We were presented with a box of chocolates on a plate with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate and more sweet treats presented with the bill. Navio is one of my very favorite places!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but questionable value.
There was nothing 'bad' or 'poor' here, everything was well done and there is literally something for just about everyone. For me there was nothing really special about this other than it is 'The Ritz' and it has a scenic location next to the Pacific Ocean. I recommend you arrive hungry so that you are able to sample the many offerings available and to realize some value in the price of admission. The service was good, but we certainly weren't being fawned over. Surprising since the Ritz is used as a model for service in other industries. Overall I would recommend this for anyone who's never been there before and is looking to celebrate something special and won't be damaged by the bill for several hundred dollars after 90 minutes.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
First night's meal of ravioli had no flavor or taste whatever. In second night's dinner, sea bass was dry as cardboard.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A dining experience!!
We were staying at the Ritz on Bastille Day and dined at Novia. We had reservation for 8:00 and were seated in a corner booth which was quiet and intimate. Our waiter was delightful and had many suggestions as to the best items on the menu. All the seafood is fresh and there is an amazing selection. i had the black cod served on pork belly with sauteed whole calamari and savory chick peas. It was a creative combination and was a real treat. Others ordered Fanny Bay oysters, bay scallops and salmon. All were delicious and paired perfectly with the right wine by our sommelier, Michael, a Certified Master. I will come back again for another special occasion!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food not worth the pice.
The food was not worth the price. A lot of the food relied on presentation rather than taste. the service was excellent though.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
High end dining with a view
Our waiter, Greg, a local to HMB, was on top of things from the word go. Great service, food expertise...He loves his profession. Food was excellent without being over-complicated. Quality and preparation were perfect. Staff was well trained as well.
Overall a great dining experience and the price was not as bad as dining in SF.
PS... best bread pudding I've had outside of New Orleans...
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our 30th anniversary.
We celebrated our 30th anniversary. Our wait staff was personable and explained everything we asked about. We opted not to try the signature soup of the evening in hopes of saving room for desserts. The waiter returned to inform us the head chef wanted out opinion of his soup and two bowls were brought to our table and served hot. The soup was excellent. My wife ordered a whole fish dinner which came with a burr blanc sauce. To our surprise the head chef can out of the kitchen and served my wife personally. After our meals were served there was no rush by our waite staff to try and hurry us along. The were attentive to detail but were not pushy. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I already have to family and friends
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and great atmosphere. Service was great. About what you would expect when you are dining at the Ritz Carlton.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Views & Food, Dated Otherwise
We had a great table, with a fabulous view of the ocean. The bar had excellent cocktails (in particular the one with the fresh ginger and ginger beer). The food was excellent, and the waiter was very attentive, but the music and decor were very dated and stale - so much so that it took away from the evening.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a special occassion for my partner's Birthday and it was just awesome! Food was outstanding and the service was the same. I would recommend Navio's to anyone that is looking to eat great food, wonderful scenic views and service that is the BEST!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Navio to celebrate our Anniversary and had an excellent experience. This was our first visit, though we had planned to go a couple of times before and had to cancel. We'll be back!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Service, slow Kitchen
Nice special occasion restaurant with great servers and nice seafood, but the kitchen is very slow at getting orders out to the tables, which is OK if you are there for a special occasion and not in a rush. The menu lacks a nice organic green salad right now, but appetizers are interesting.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
You get what you pay for...
Though the cost may be high, they deliver and then some! You definitely get what you pay for. Navio has an outstanding staff and you feel like they really do want you to enjoy every moment from the moment that you arrive until you walk out the door. Complimentary valet parking to every detail of the meal being very close to perfect. It was our 1st anniversary which I did not tell the restaurant at all. However, through the meal, our server picked up on it and delivered a box of chocolates on a plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate. It was a special occasion and they recognized it without being prompted - that's the kind of attention to detail that they provide.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding All Around Restaurant
My wife and I wanted to make our 25th Anniversary special. Navio did it for us in every category. The staff was wonderful the minute we walked in the door. The view of the Pacific was amazing. The server, Thomas, took very special care of us explaining every dish with his own suggestions.The food that we selected was amazing. The Salmon was prepared perfectly and the Short Ribs went through a process that made them the best that I had ever tasted. Even the wine by the glass was top shelf. The variety and preparation from the appetizers to the dessert were delicious. This is a restaurant that should not be missed and should be on everyone's list for special occasions or just for a very nice dinner!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service at its finest
Although the food was extremely adventurous and deliscous, the service was the best that one could expect. The team of Darren, Michael and Sean made our experience one that we will always remember and cherish.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time out for a girls birthday brunch. The view is beautiful, food is fantastic and the service is amazing. Loved everything about it and will definitely be back again.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply the Best Brunch
Book weeks ahead. Bring a group. Leave sated and smiling, every time. Navio's Sunday brunch is legendary. The freshest sushi and seafood bar to the caviar and homemade blinis ...and all of the brunch favorites endlessly abound. The high fee is quickly accepted as the price to a fine symphony of flavors plays out before you. The sweeping coastal views enhance every bite of deliciousness. It is the best brunch in the Bay, and a welcome get away in the local Peninsula landscape. Enjoy!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful special occasion spot
Loved the atmosphere, view and the food. Good selection of entrees. Heirloom tomato salad was excellent. Would return to try other dishes.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic service and the
Fantastic service and the chef prepared the salmon according to dietary needs unique to my guests. We were all impressed! This is not the first time the Ritz's Half Moon Bay staff as far exceeded expectations. I will always take my visiting VIPs to the Navio for a memorable evening!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming View & Top Quality Food
I come visit silicon valley with my wife for home purchase. For the one whole week, we try our best to have the best food we can get in the bay area. So, Navio is one of our top selections and it makes it! Pork loin, perfect. Steak, perfect. Romantic view of the whole area, perfect. This is our most memorable place for the trip. My wife even says it's like a honeymoon trip reply!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The heirloom tomato salad has a wide range of tastes. Limites veggie entres but good. The cheeseboard was ample wiht 3 /4 superb cheeses.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, it was an excellent
Overall, it was an excellent dining service. Attentive service. However, think twice before bringing your own wine. $35 corkage is really steep.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A beautiful brunch by the sea
Navio is a gem in Half Moon Bay. Specifically, their weekend brunch is outstanding. It is pricey, for brunch, but reasonable. There is no intriguing or distinguished fare (which I felt was a slight miss), with all offerings being traditional American. That said, the meal was an outstanding brunch on grounds of food quality, freshness, overall presentation, and the unsurpassed view of the ocean. Specifically, the blackberries were ponderously large, with the sweetest, deepest berry flavor I've ever tasted. The fruit in general looked as if each berry, every piece was carefully selected by hand. Meats cooked to perfection, omelets made to order. Quality cocoa, tea, and coffee, well blended, not too sweet (cocoa). A well-heeled treat!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took the wife to Navio for our anniversary and had a great time. The food was excellent and the service top notch. The day we went the fog was a little thick, but other than that, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a romantic outing.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very high quality dining!
Our food was delicious, fresh, & great portions. The views are beautiful. The service was impeccable! Very enjoyable experience all around.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
we have been to the restaurant many times before its overall update. at first - the decor felt a little cold but was actually less stuffy. the food always has been and is still excellent, we had a great view and the service was impeccable.
very very pleased with our evening. we ended up being at the table for a little over 2 hours just enjoying ourselves. We were already staying at the hotel, we just make a point to go at least for one dinner during our stays. highly recommend it to anyone.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect Sunday
We visited Navio for their acclaimed Sunday brunch and everything was as expected: excellent service, a diverse and delicious spread of dish, and picturesque views.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful table with great view, great waiter , great food , what more can be said
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ocean Hot Spot
Perfect for a romantic special occasion or to make a great impression. Staff makes you feel as though you are the only people in the room.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and wonderful service from Thomas!!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch with awesome view!!
The title says it all. We came in for a Sunday brunch and everything there was pleasant and delicious. Of course, no one else can beat your scenic view outside!!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't fault the Ritz Carlton...
Brunch was excellent. The food stations are varied and beautifully presented and he staff are friendly and attentive. It didn't feel crowded, no long lines, although most tables appeared taken. The food itself gets 10/10, they make an effort with presentation as well as quality and taste. I think I basically had at least a bite of just about everything, and there is nothing I could find fault with. Will definitely be back again, for another special occasion. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ordered salmon. It was so fresh. That is the best fresh salmon I ever had in US restaurants. They know how to handle fish. My guests also enjoyed the dishes as well as beautiful sunset over the ocean.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Navio at The Ritz
They have made wonderful changes at Navio. My husband and I had a spectacular meal. Everything was fresh and well presented. Our waiter (Erin) was attentive without hovering,. We had a table with a view of the ocean and as the sun was setting it was magical. The atmosphere is so much better than it used to be. Light and airy yet cosy. We will go again...
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful time; the
We had a wonderful time; the food was wonderful. I would recommend those that have food sensitivities inquire as to how items are made as I was highly sensitive to spicy foods and didn't know the yukon gold potatoes as they were simply described on the menu, end up having hot chiles blended into the potatoe puree...which the server kindly remedied quickly. Still it is concerning that it wasn't fully described in the menu. Had I been allergic that would have been disastrous.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal
Happy Birthday to me! I am such a happy vegetarian when I see the custom menu produced by Navio. Thank you for a perfect meal, no need to describe, everything was great, including the "Ritz" Champagne (real, just carries same name!) First time having s'mores by the fire, will do this again for sure. I live a few miles away and feel so lucky that Navio makes it comfortable for vegetarians.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Personal Touch Made the Difference
Beautiful setting, fine food and wine. Only spoiler was the lengthy delay between starter and main course. Chef later came to the table, unsolicited, to explain that a large party had impacted kitchen timing. This explained the delay and the somewhat scarce wait staff through the evening. Really appreciated this proactive personal touch - chef was delightful and from County Mayo Ireland to boot! The charm of the Irish made all the world right. Only suggestion is better staffing plan when busy. Food, wine, and scene is flawless, and pricing isn't totally off the charts given the venue. go and enjoy!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Anniversary Treat!
We celebrated our 11th anniversary here and it was amazing! From the staff to the food to the amazing ocean view..this restaurant lived up to all the hype! The staff was really attentive and we spoke to the manager and was even given their card by the end of our meal. It was very special!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
2nd visit to Navio 1st time brunch
I liked brunch even more than dinner. The food covered a wide range of tastes. There was French crepes and cheeses, Chinese dim sum, Japanese sushi, shelled crab claws, lobster bisque, and hearty American eggs and sausage. After getting stuffed, we took a walk on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Puttin' on the Ritz...
We had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day dinner at Navio--everything about it was PERFECT!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's at the Ritz..
It can't be in a better location. The food, service and atmosphere is very good.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM