Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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446 reviews
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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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MW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious fried artichoke hearts and burgers! Great waitstaff too!

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j
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what you would expect in a small coastal town. The food and service both were great. Had the steak and it was cooked perfectly. Menu has lots to choose from. Will go back!

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K
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome views, awesome service and awesome laid back restaurant! Loved eating here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food and beer here. Great reason to come visit HMB!

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the beer and dinner on a busy winter night (my guess is every night is busy here). Had reservations through Open Table - arrived a bit early but waiting until our set time to be seated which was fine. All of our meals were good, kinda high priced for what it is but we were excited to try this brewery on our first trip to HMB.

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FE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sea food, eat food.
See food, eat food.
Sea food, eat food.
See food, eat food.
Sea food, eat food.
See food, eat food.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Prices too high. Food was poor quality. Over cook greasy

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HF
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The condition of the restaurant has deteriorated over the past few years. It restaurant felt unclean. The carpets were not vacuumed, the furniture is worn and the windows were dirty. Our server was new but she did not make an effort to answer our questions. She knew nothing about the beer of any other menu item.

The food was adequate but underspiced.

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TV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh food. The waitress was very attentive. Also enjoyed their brewed beer!

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JM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice and friendly place, with outdoor eating option (including dog friendly), great service, and nice ocean views.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Thanksgiving dinner. The food was great. You could tell that they were running out of turkey as our reservation was towards the end of the day, but the mashed potatoes were delicious.

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KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We always have Thanksgiving dinner here and it has been good in previous years. This year the service was non existent, we ended up waiting nearly an hour for our main courses. When the food finally arrived, one order was completely wrong and the turkey in the turkey dinner was inedible. Two small dry slices that have seen better days. We had it taken off the bill. Disappointing overall.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Thanksgiving Dinner.

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AA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Made reservations over 1 month ago for Thanksgiving at 2 pm. All 4 of us ordered the Turkey dinner special due to being Thanksgiving. After 30 minutes, server came and said they were out of turkey! After spending 20 minutes looking for another place, the server said they would have more turkey in 30 minutes so we said we would wait. They offered 1 comp appetizer and 1 comp drink for each of us due to the wait. After waiting another hour, they finally brought the turkey, but then apologized they were out of stuffing, LOL. Then at 4:30, 2 1/2 hrs there, they brought the check with stuffing in a to go box. They had charged us for the 3 drinks and appetizer that were supposed to be comped due to all of the problems! Felt so bad for the server due to really bad management. Have been there many times over the last 8 years, no more after ruining a holiday.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We go here often and enjoy it. The Thanksgiving entree was too soft and predictable however. Different textures would improve the food.

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R
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, live music on weekends. The food is fit for foodies! Service is great! Outdoor dining, a plus. Heaters available for the outdoor section of the restaurant. Free parking. Will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is great, service, location,food. Definitely going to be back

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my birthday. Made reservations just in case & they took us right away. We got a table inside by the window. The Fried Artichoke hearts are sooo good. Fish & chips were delicious and crunchy on the outside. Crab sandwich was perfect. We had an awesome waitress. She comped my dessert because it was my birthday. Molten Lava chocolate cake was on point.

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n
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Four of us were there for dinner and sat inside. It's a good sized place and we were in a front room area where there was a bit more quiet. It's a fun drinking beer spot near the water so people are there to have a fun time and you can expect some noise. We ordered a big fisherman's plate of fish, calamari and fries, two orders of shrimp and chips and an order of fish tacos. Our food came in less than five minutes so we suspected that it was already cooked and then thrown into the fryer to heat up....it was overdone and the shrimp were pretty tasteless and almost burned. The person who had the fish tacos, and usually loves fish tacos, only ate half of her order because she said it was not particularly tasty. She had to ask for hot sauce because it had no spiciness at all. We recommend it for drinking fun beers and people watching while you are in Half Moon Bay, but I'm not sure what we would order to eat if we were there again. Maybe it's a once-in-a-vacation place!

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EB
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I had the crab sandwich and my husband had the tuna melt. Both were yummy but the service was not so great. The server dropped off our food and that was that. I had to ask another server for ketchup and didn't get a refill on my ice tea until I was almost done with my meal.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good; wait staff very good but the hostess was far from pleasant.

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EM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, but service was spotty and slow. Considering we had a reservation and they knew we were coming, I would have expected better. Food was good and delivered quickly to the table. Great family atmosphere.

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RD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Birthday lunch with family. Very busy , I always make reservations. Great service, food good

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Sitting on the patio was really nice. The reservation was only good for indoor seating so we had a little wait. Good beer, good seafood, nice atmosphere on the patio with the fire pits.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered the seafood combo and it was over cooked and cold when it arrived at my table. I thought how could the kitchen mess up this dish. It’s pretty straight forward.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was the best we ever had. Kept our glasses full and food delivered fast.

We used to LOVE the shrimp louie salads and were sad to see it off the menu recently.
This is an old time favorite of fish food lovers and restaurants and hope it returns soon!

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O
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Didn’t live up to expectations. Windows dirty so view looked a bit ugly. Paella special was weird and more of a risotto cake with seafood on the side.

We were expecting more of a brewery theme.

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GS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great brunch experience with friends - good food, good drink, good times.

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CD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and people at HMB Brewery!

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation but a table was not ready. When we got to our table, it was dirty and set for the wrong amount of people. After 10 minutes, we were asked what we would like, without asking if we wanted drinks or appetizers or simply water. Upon return, he mixed our drinks up with another table, then took our orders. He asked if we’d like to hear the specials after we were finished ordering. Food was not at all what I expected; pub food at best. The waiter sat with another family while our table and others in the area all needed service. When I ordered a second glass of wine, the surrounding tables called out their orders as well. Tables were never bused and plates were stacked at all empty tables. For a 4th of July holiday, I expected it to be packed. I can clearly see now why it wasn’t. Such a disappointment.

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SF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It is okay. If you just want a beer and sit by the fireplace outside, if there is seating, then it's fine, but for a sit down restaurant, it's only ok

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It took over 30 minutes for our food to come. We saw other tables get their food before we did even though they sat down after us. I will not return here again for mediocre food and high prices.

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MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This is the go-to spot for my kids when they want to celebrate anything. We went here recently for Father's Day. Even though the staff said they had been busy all day long and it didn't look like it was going to slow down, the staff was super-cheerful and attentive. The view of the water is relaxing, especially at sunset. Will come back here again and again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good apps, ok entrees, couple mix ups with the orders

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RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my parents there for an early Father's Day lunch celebration the day before Father's Day. I made reservations for 3pm. The place was packed beyond belief, as usual, but we were seated at exactly 3pm. It was truly amazing. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding, even in all the chaos of the crowd.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome views with exceptional service. We were seated appropriately with a reservation during Father's day weekend. We enjoyed brunch along with the regular menu. We will definitely return for another visit.

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TK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

All the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Food was decent and serving sizes were nice. Price was average for being a beachside restaurant. Service was above average, but we rarely saw our waitress due to being a Saturday and the restaurant got crowded. Getting the attention of other staff was easy and they were all helpful. Would have been nice to have drinks refilled and drinks served with more than a few pieces of ice. Outstanding doggy friendly place where all staff were totally cool. Definitely would recommend and definitely will go back.

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LD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Everything is great but the restaurant is dirty inside, servers brush food onto floors as they clean tables.

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c
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was top notch once we were seated. We almost left due to the surly hostess. She felt the need to educate me on how they were busy and trying to manage reservations (we arrived at 12:55 for a 1:00 reservation and were told to come back at 1:00). The cheesy bread is amazing and a

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