We reserved through open table
We reserved through open table for our 10th anniversary dinner at Cetrella. I requested a table near the fireplace. We were seated in a wonderful table right in front of the fireplace. The food was outstanding and the service was prompt and attentive. We will definitely return again.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another wonderful night at
Another wonderful night at Cetrella. M'Hamed was a great host, as always. Very romantic birthday dinner for my girlfriend and I as we sat at a wonderful private table near the fire. The food was outstanding (she had the lamb, I had the pork chop) and we enjoyed it with a fantastic bottle of wine chosen for us by M'Hamed. We love this place and everyone who work there, so we'll keep returning for more.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
GREAT FOOD- GREAT SERVICE
You are greeted warmly at the reception desk- that is how the whole experience will be. The cheese plate is absolutely wonderful- great choices complemented with great 'sides'. We had the scallops and risotto- the scallops were done to perfection, and the risotto was wonderful as well. The Manager came by to check on things- a nice touch. You will not be disappointed at Cetrella.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
the service and ambiance is
the service and ambiance is great and friendly.
Good suggestion of wine.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
A warm, lovely restaurant!
We love this place and make a point of going there whenever we are in the area. The focaccia which seemed more like a flat bread was so amazing we got a second order. One of my dining partners had the fritto misto and loved it. I had the beet salad in place of an entree and thought the flavors all worked well together. It had both golden and red beets. The soup, fish and beef were well worth having. Everyone at the table loved the food. We were so full, we had to skip dessert. On a cool night it is fun to sit in from of their large gas fireplaces. In the future, I'd love to have room for a cheese plate. Their cheeses sounded heavenly.
3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food in a sleek
Wonderful food in a sleek contemporary setting, but watching arguments amongst the cooks in the demonstration kitchen and waiting 20 minutes to get the attention of staff in order to get our check shows that this place needs to work on the service end of things.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love. We go to Cetrella when
Love. We go to Cetrella when we want to treat ourselves well. I always ask, "what's the best thing tonight?" and get that and I have never been disappointed.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful duning experience.
Wonderful duning experience. Will definitely go back!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated a birthday -
We celebrated a birthday - dinner and service were wonderful and it was fun to end the evening in the bar listening to jazz - perfect!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service is excellent.
The service is excellent. The ownder and servers are always gracious and helpful. The food is delicious and cooked to perfection (do specify any requests, as they do want everything to be perfect to taste). The menu is limited, but the choices are varied enough for everyone to find something perfect. Prices are high, but they too are varied to help match to budgets. A great start to a perfect day in Half Moon Bay and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.
4/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Dinner for my wife.
The food was delicious and beautifly prepared and presented. The service was very comfortable . The evening was on the cool side so the fireplace in the middle of the main dining room added the Just Right amount of warmth and ambience. As we were having our triple chocolate desert the manager sent over two glasses of a desert wine on the house. It added that perfect touch to a memorable evening.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
mom's day at cetrella
I took my Gma for a pre fixe brunch here. the food was delicious! Everything from the salad dressing to the side vegetables to the dessert was excellent. The staff were attentive, efficient, took great care of us, and accomodated our dietary requests.
Lovely space, nice service, great food! Perfect for a special occasion.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Five Star in every way
Beautiful environment, fabulous food, reasonable prices, quiet and offering an exceptional ambiance.
We highly recommend Cetrella and take our friends when they are visiting Half Moon Bay, especially for brunch.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Time to rediscover Cetrella
When Cetrella opened, it was Half Moon Bay's first truly upscale restaurant, created in a renovated produce warehouse at the south end of town. The restaurant flourished for years, then competition encroached and then the recession hit, and traffic to the restaurant suffered. The food, however, has not. Get yourself to HMB and go to Cetrella. We started with FannyBay oysters, very fresh and tasting of the sea. Another appetizer was wood-oven roasted octopus. Delicious, smoky and sweet. My entree of fresh pea ravioli in a light Parmesan broth was delectable. The customer traffic isn't what it once was, but the kitchen hasn't suffered. I've gone several times in the last year, and the food has been consistently good.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cetrella: The Best in Half Moon Bay
If you're looking for amazing food which is creatively designed and perfectly executed, Cetrella is your spot. The prices are absolurtly reasonable. We have been to a number of Half Moon Bay's more popular and bragged about restaurants and none compare to the caliber of Cetrella. The owner is quite the character, the host staff is world class and the servers are as knowledgable as they are accommodating. When you eat anywhere else in Half Moon Bay, the end of every dinner will end with, "it was good, but Cetrella is better on every level."
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome dining experience
We recently went for my wife's 40th birthday party on a Tuesday. The restaurant was empty when we went, but a few more folks trickled in after a while. The place is huge with vaulted ceilings, and a contemporary feel that still preserves the charm of a small town that is Half Moon Bay. It is located on the Main Street, but away from the hustle bustle of the busier part of the town. It was really nice and quiet at the restaurant. The food was awesome. I ordered the Salmon, my son ordered the Rissoto, and my wife had a custom dish prepared with Kous Kous + Vegetables. Her dish was not on the menu, but the chef obliged to cook it for her. The desserts, wine, and appetizers were all very good. Awesome service. Improve lighting..
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an all-around outstanding
Always an all-around outstanding dining experience! Exciting new diversification of menu!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved everything about our night. The food was delicious, creative and perfectly cooked. Service was both impeccable and friendly.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found this restaurant by Google Image for Half moon bay, and the pic of this restaurant popped up.
Went to Yelp and it's 4.5 star, so we made up our mind to come.
We ordered Lamp Steak, Salmon and Octopus. They are all very good.
Octopus is beyond our imagination. Very tasty.
The sauce along with the salmon is very good.
The waiter didn't push us to order wine, which we find appreciate.
The waiters are very professional and nice.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not for the wine
We ordered a Perfect Manhatten before dinner. It was small in portion and was served with chunks of ice that killed the flavor. Food was excellent. We shared the duck pate and 6 oysters...perfect!. My date had the pork chop and had the pasta. Both we cooked to perfection with a nice presentation. The wine list was limited and in some cases out of stock and they pushed their private brand. For such a good restaurant they need to work on the bar and wine list.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dining on the Coast
I can never say enough about this gem. The menu continues to evolve, but still contains favorites. Wait Staff is professional and attentive. Starters are fresh the salads are fresh and innovative, but the Frito Misto lures me with the perfectly fried vegetables. The pork chops were perfectly prepared. The lamb shank has a new preparation. The wonderful spicy sauce makes it very special. We always save room for dessert. Coconut sorbet and a decadent triple chocolate are perfect combinations to be shared. We recommend the Liquid Sky Cab as the perfect wine for the lamb and pork.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I like its service the most. When I told her I want to share every plate with my husband, the server divide every dish into two portions.
I also like the service of taking care of our clothes.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is very good, but portions
Food is very good, but portions are VERY small. Owner is charming, gracious and has a winning personality.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The side served with the filet was a duck pate bread pudding! Never tried anything so rich and delicious. So great with the filet and NOT a common starch. Made the plate look beautiful also. Were seated at a large table that was right by the fireplace and it was perfect. The service was outstanding and very unobtrusive. Would definitely return.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good but lamb shank
Food was good but lamb shank needed more seasoning; Heirloom tomato salad was wonderful. Rabbit was excellent. Waiter forgot the 2nd glass of wine until meal was complete :-( and we couldn't get her attention to remind her.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the three best
This is one of the three best restaurants on the Coastside. The food is fabulous. The only reason this place is not packed all the time is because it does not get the Main Street walk-in business because it is further south than the commercial area. But do not let that fool you: Cetrella is worth the visit!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found Cetrella to be a wonderful dining experience. The food was incredible and the service was very attentive. Biggest issue we had was which dishes to pick.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food, excellent service
We made a last minute reservation for 4 while we were attending a conference nearby and made the selection on the basis of good reviews here - we were not disappointed. The ambience is really warm and inviting. The service was excellent, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was very good. We all had something different and we all loved our dishes. I highly recommend Cetrella for a business dinner or a special dinner out.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for adults
We have been wanting to try Cetrella for over a year. Unfortunately, every time we booked, we had something come up. We finally made it and are glad we did! Everything was excellent. It isn't a huge menu, and the food that we ordered was excellent and beautifully presented.
Unfortunately, the choices for kids are limited unless the kids aren't picky eaters. Since ours is, the choices were limited to pizza, foccacia and pasta. That said, she downed an entire order of foccacia AND her pasta, declaring that she wanted to come back the next night because it was so good!
Of course, we ALL had dessert- fantastic!
We will be back!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time here for brunch.
Our first time here for brunch. A fabulous brunch menu including some not so pricey items but well prepared and delivered. Definitely would go back.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went for Early Brunch
It was a little early for brunch at 10:45am, so we were only the second table seated. It was so quite in there, and they didn't put the music on for about 30 minutes. The menu had great selections for brunch and our waiter told us about a couple of the changes on the menu. We both liked out meal and I only wish this place had a view. Would recommend it to others to try at least once.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think the reason we enjoyed our experience so much was because we were seated at a booth with a view of he fireplace rather than at a two top in a row of tables. We enjoyed a romantic meal in a full restaurant and were well taken care of by the staff ( even though we don't consume alcohol). Then we ended the experience with a little dance in the lounge to the live music we had enjoyed while dining.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been here twice and
I have been here twice and really enjoyed it both times. The owner is a really nice and personable guy. He recognized my friends who had been there before and was happy to see them returned. He even gave us a complimentary appetizer which was a very nice surprise. As for everything else, you can see that it's five stars all the way. I really like this restaurant and look forward to taking my girlfriend back for a special night
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here before, and again it was an outstanding experience. Not so much to say, just go there. You won't be disappointed
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gourmet in Half Moon Bay
Wonderful food and ambiance. The duck and scallops were perfect.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visit prior to Coastal Rep Theater
A little pricey but great food, especially the pork chop. Looked like a steak, big, juicy. Attentive but not intrusive service. Good wine.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
High-priced quality for H M Bay
Cetrella remains a fine Half Moon Bay option, with inventive, well-presented dishes. It is, however, WAY overpriced for the area.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time and still great
It's been a long time since my first visit to Cetrella. Glad I revisited. The food and atmosphere were just as good as before. Our table this time was particularly good, as we were seated in front of the fireplace, so it was all the more special.
I would definitely go back. If you are hungry, be sure to ask which dishes are more hearty, as some dishes we got were on the small side.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
A wonderful Restaurant!!
We enjoyed every minute of our evening. The food was delicious, service excellent, and lovely ambiance. There was a soft piano playing in the bar and easily heard in the dining room but never too loud. We will definitely return.
4/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant.
Thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. Elegant ambiance, good food. I would go back and return.
4/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant surprise!
I like that we were placed in a private room for my group of ten people. It was a surprised and we all felt special because it was never mentioned that we will be in a private special room. The servers were wonderful and catered to what we want. It was an experienced for us all to remember our Mother's Day celebration. Such a wonderful moment with my family in a wonderful place and wonderful staff.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food quality, taste and
The food quality, taste and presentation was stunning and delicious. All were beautifully prepared and executed and the octopus appetizer and the duck entree were particularly spectacular. We enjoyed every course.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Special Place!
I surprised my husband for his birthday and was pleasantly surprised to be seated in a quiet table for 2 - right by a beautiful fireplace. All of our servers were outstanding - incredibly attentive - best oysters, lamb and salmon - just an amazing experience - so happy that we are local and have this wonderful restaurant close to home to bring family/friends:]
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cetrella has a lovely building and grounds with well lighted parking. Upon entering you are greeted by attentive, organized staff ready to lead you to your culinary adventure. If lucky (or organized) a fireside table awaits you. The menu is not overwhelming but simply creative and diverse. The full bar and extensive wine list ensure that you will never leave thirsty and the on premises pastry chef assures that those with a sweet tooth, will be in heaven.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service and value
This was our third trip to Cetrella and it once again exceeded our expectations. Even though we live in Los Gatos, it is well worth the trip!
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
They have a very nice wine
They have a very nice wine list. We ordered a wine on their list however that was not available. The waiter recommended a wine but we decided on a different wine base on region. They did not have that wine as well. We eventually went with the wine the waiter recommended. It was very good and less expensive that either of the ones we requested. Every thing else was superb.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always the best stop on a
Always the best stop on a trip to the Coast. Ordered my usual - fritto mista and lamb shank. It is delicious and never disappoints. My husband had the seasonal heirloom salad with nectarines and a perfectly cooked filet. Desserts were superb - a triple chocolate bar that was incredibly rich and a lovely panna cotta. We had a bottle of our favorite wine and a warm fire made for a perfect evening. The staff is always welcoming and friendly and makes us feel feel like cherished friends. We'll return soon.
10/22/2013 5:00:00 PM