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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

3.8
3.8
442 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Selected as one of America's Best Coastal Breweries by Coastal Living magazine, one of America’s Best Beach Bars by Travel + Leisure magazine, and as having one of the best clam chowders outside of New England by Food Network, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Half Moon Bay . Since opening in 2000, HMBBC has become a favorite for locals and a destination for world travelers to come together to celebrate beer, friends, and fun.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company offers a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh and sustainable seafood, fresh, seasonal and local products, and craft beer. HMBBC is known locally for live weekend music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. Come and enjoy fresh seafood, delicious burgers, weekend brunch, and award-winning beers brewed on-site.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Brewery
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 728-2739
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Whether you are planning an intimate night for 20 people or a reception for 300 guests, we can create a memorable event for all. Both our indoor and outdoor dining options offer stunning harbor views. We specialize in fresh California coastal cuisine with an international flair. Our private stand-alone venue Mavericks Event Center is adjacent to Pillar Point Harbor and features 180-degree ocean views, a large harbor view deck, and a private seaside garden. Lastly, bring our mobile taproom The Hoptrotter to your next event, complete with up to 10 of our award-winning craft brews and bartender.
  • Private party facilities
    The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is the ideal location for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, birthday parties, beer-pairing dinners, and team-building events including cooking classes and beer making! Our event team will assist in planning an unforgettable experience every step of the way, taking
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (650) 728-2739 ext. 205
  • Neighborhood
    Half Moon Bay
  • Cross street
    Hwy. 1
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    Live Music in the Bar Area Friday and Saturday from 7:00pm - 10:00pm and Sundays from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 442 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 0.9Value

NoiseModerate

442 Reviews
  1. DaveM

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    nice view from patio, good Thanksgiving dinner, excellent service. we will be back.

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  2. Tina857456

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thankful that HMBBC was open on Thanksgiving so we could enjoy an outdoor lunch with family. Food, service, weather and outdoor view were excellent.

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  3. jcalson

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thanksgiving

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  4. MatthewW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a reservation 4 weeks ago for Thanksgiving Day at 4:30 PM. Got there 5 minutes early and they said there was no table for us. What’s the point of making a reservation if you’re not going to honor it. Had to wait 20 minutes to get a table. That just ruined the day for us. Also, the place closed real early too around 6. Felt rushed in the end. I’ve been coming here for years. Worst experience I’ve had. I’ll come back, but please honor the times that people requested.

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  5. RebeccaB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Thanksgiving dinner with a view and warm heater and fire pit

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  6. Tussanee

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views and safe outdoor dining! Food is good enough and supplemented by the ocean air

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  7. MaryV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Salad was very good, Turkey dinner good,dressing a little dry. We ordered take out for the pumpkin cheesecake dessert and when we got it home,a big chunk of it was missing! We like that dogs are welcome and they even have a special menu for them. Service was a little slow,but there were a lot of people there and the waitress was very nice and brought us the extra things we ask for. She did forget the silverware,but was very apologetic and brought it right away.

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  8. null

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful day to be outside on thanksgiving. Really enjoyed the pumpkin salad, humus appetizer, turkey entree. Unfortunately disappointed cuz ran out of the pumpkin cheesecake and didn’t get to try it. Great day was had.

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  9. Diablo

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s great that they were open for Thanksgiving so we could have a festive afternoon with our “bubble” to take our minds off not being able to visit family this miserable year. The host staff were very helpful and we only had to wait an extra 15 minutes to get a view table. It’s such a nice atmosphere on the patio. Tables were adequately spaced out for COVID safety. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. My low marks are for the turkey dinner and pumpkin cheesecake. I’ll cut them slack because it’s a REALLY hard time for restaurants and you can’t judge a restaurant for one single meal. We’ll come back again to try their regular menu which is probably more reliable.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had the steak and eggs, menu said steak is medium rare, confirmed with our waiter that I wanted the steak medium rare just like the menu suggested, I received the steak extra well done. Not sure where the disconnect came from

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  11. MichaelJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great shrimp tacos, and cheesy garlic bread...no problem getting a table. Great service too. thanks

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  12. HMBSusan

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Completely different from last time we were there! They could not find my reservation, but seated us 'anyway'...even though I had confirmed just the day before. We asked for no onions on the salads, and they came absolutely covered in raw onion, so we told the waiter, who was different from the order-taker and he gladly had them exchanged, but still. The noise level was high...lots of loud conversations that made it hard to hear each other and the room was crowded, so everyone was right next to the other tables.

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  13. StellaBlue

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Took my BFF there for her birthday because she loves the ocean and wanted to be close to it. The restaurant was a great choice for that! We hit some traffic on 1 so I called ahead and they graciously moved our reservation to a bit later so we would still have a table when we got there. Then when we arrived they gave us an awesome table in the sun right next to the window where my friend could look out at the water. She was so so happy! And then the food was sooooo good! We started with grilled artichoke hearts and then both had the burger with Gouda, bacon and a fried egg. There was so much food on our plates along with the most yummy green salad! I am so happy with whatever they are doing here in the kitchen and the front of house. I’ve been here about a dozen other times and it was good then but now it’s just outstanding! Bravo!

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  14. SueR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was an awesome place to have a bite to eat ! Will definitely be back !

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  15. DaveM

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As a local, we revisited HMB Brewing Company after not eating there for at least two years. We were quite impressed with the quality of the food and beer. They are doing a great job and we will definitely be back soon.

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  16. Kevin

    Bristol

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Strongly recommend the Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew. Really great. And their chocolate lava cake w ice cream.

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  17. HMBSusan

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quiet, good staff, decent menu. A good place to sit and talk. And the view is outstanding, always!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food! Definitely go back again!

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  19. SonomaLass

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A friend and I spent a lovely evening chatting over appetizers and dinner. The food was fine, the service was great, and we felt very welcome and confortable.

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  20. foodandfun

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time here enjoying our kid-free day in Half Moon Bay, and this was a great place to come for a quick, peaceful lunch. I had the fish and chips, my husband had the clam chowder bowl and both were very good. My husband thought that the fish was a tad too greasy for his taste, but I was happy! Would definitely come back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So fun! It feels like a vacation every time our family comes here. We also Brought our sweet puppy and headed to the beach afterwards. Great outing!

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  22. darcyh

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The smoked burger was the best burger I have ever had! I was a bit reluctant about the egg. Seriously, go for it. I am 6 decades in folks and this was the best ever.

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  23. KimB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Arrived 15 early for reservation, told hostess we were early but would wait if needed to honor our Open Table reservation. She said no problem we will seat you early. Took 25 minutes to receive our drink order. A group of four was seated 20 minutes after us, but they received their orders 10 minutes before ours (2 of us). Food was okay, then 4 hours later I received an email from Open Table we were a no show. We’ve had great experiences here previously. Hopefully this is a one time visit not up to par.

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  24. RoseL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanksgiving Day

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  25. Jools

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving in HMB this year, rather than go to family. I LOVE the ocean, and it was the second to last day before the rain comes in for a week. Sat by the fire, with a beer and was then totally excited that they had a turkey lunch on the menu!!!! It was delicious!!! This might now be our new tradition!! Thanks HMBBC - you’re awesome!!!!!!

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  26. Mona

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kailani was our server and she was just so attentive and professional and adorable, she was a great server!

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  27. FernandaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was great! I would come back for the brunch.

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  28. Hate2Wait

    San Francisco

    145 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fish and chips were delicious, crunchy batter and tender cod, a healthy portion. I substituted my regular fries for parmesan truffle, very rich and yummy! So many tasty beers to choose from, a real treat!

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  29. Myers

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The hostess did not seat us for over 20 minutes when we had reservations. Kept saying the table was getting bussed, but other walk-ins were getting seated. So we sat in the bar area as it was available. My crab louie salad was amazing!

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  30. Love4Food

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an interesting dining experience because we had chose the location because it was a brewery and had multiple TV’s surrounding the bar plus the food looked pretty good too. When we arrived the place was fairly busy with the patio completely full (give or take a table) and there was one table of 6 in the bar directly in front of a TV where we chose because we were there to watch the 49er game. Normally I would have chosen the ambiance of the beautiful outdoor patio with heat lamps and the huge fire pit! We sat down and ordered drinks I did a glass of white wine and my husband did a beer on tap. We then proceeded to order an order of mussels to share as a family. They came fairly quickly and were very good dipped on the slightly spicy butter sauce and served with Parmesan French fries which were so good dipped in the sauce! Next we tried a grilled artichoke dipped in a cream sauce it ended up being way to tough so my husband sent it back and got a ceasar salad and the Joe’s Fisherman’s stew topped off with the Hatcher Zinfandel. Overall, this place was very tasty and we enjoyed the extra large TV in the bar. On our way out we realized where are kids had been hiding out for the last half hour and we soon joined them by the fire pit on the wonderful patio I had noticed when we had entered the patio. Overall, great restaurant and I would definitely add it to your hit list in your visit to Half Moon Bay.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience. Good food for the kids. Great aquarium for the kids. Good Rose’. Great IPAs. Shrimp Louie salads were good and the fried sampler too. I’m local and love this place.

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  32. stacie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Quality of food is mediocre and the dining room is a bit tired. Chairs on uneven floor makes for a rather uncomfortable dining experience. Our waiter however was exceptional.

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  33. caroleon

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to hear the music and that was great. I made a reservation but as it turns out, if you want to hear the music, you (supposedly) can't make a reservation in the bar area. Strange, because one table in the bar had a "RESERVED" sign on it... but the not-so-hospitable hostess insisted that you can't reserve tables in that area. Tell me if that makes any sense. Food was medium-okay, service was excellent. I will only go back if friends are playing there.

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  34. 10sgrandma

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun outing, gorgeous weather, good friends and good food!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very nice. The food was delicious and the staffs were very friendly.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The beer was kinda average but the food was delicious, you have to try the fried pickles and crab sandwich!!!

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  37. BelLyn

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant has been on my radar for a while, because they offer live entertainment on the weekends. While we did not sit in the bar area where the band was playing, we could hear the music from our table, and after dinner, we spent a few minutes listening to the group in the bar. The food was good, but our soups came out at the same time as our dinner. We told the waiter we would have preferred getting our soups first, and he said he meant to ask us about that, but he didn't. He might have been new, and hopefully he will think to ask customers in the future. Overall, we enjoyed our evening, and I would return there for dinner/music.

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  38. MHE25

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great here. This time of year the weather in HMB offers sweet relief from the heat of the South Bay. The noise level is pleasant--on this occasion we had a lot of birthday-related laughter going on at our table and the room accommodated that. A delightful evening in a perfect place!

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  39. ChicagoPrimeRocks

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I’ve eaten here before several years ago - I remember it being much better. The grilled salmon dinner was small, blah and generally tasteless. Service was very slow too.

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  40. KKKK

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 728-2739.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is rated 3.8 stars by 442 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hwy. 1
  • Neighborhood
    Half Moon Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Brewery
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live Music in the Bar Area Friday and Saturday from 7:00pm - 10:00pm and Sundays from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 728-2739
  • Catering
    Whether you are planning an intimate night for 20 people or a reception for 300 guests, we can create a memorable event for all. Both our indoor and outdoor dining options offer stunning harbor views. We specialize in fresh California coastal cuisine with an international flair. Our private stand-alone venue Mavericks Event Center is adjacent to Pillar Point Harbor and features 180-degree ocean views, a large harbor view deck, and a private seaside garden. Lastly, bring our mobile taproom The Hoptrotter to your next event, complete with up to 10 of our award-winning craft brews and bartender.
  • Private party facilities
    The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is the ideal location for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, birthday parties, beer-pairing dinners, and team-building events including cooking classes and beer making! Our event team will assist in planning an unforgettable experience every step of the way, taking
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (650) 728-2739 ext. 205
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