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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

398 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (713)
  • Scenic View (639)
  • Good for Groups (416)

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Voted as one of America's Best Beach Bars by Travel + Leisure magazine and as one of America's Best Coastal Breweries by Coastal Living magazine, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is an award winner that clearly loves food as much as it loves beer. This coastal venue creates a magical culinary and natural experience for its patrons that has made it a favorite for locals and worldly travelers alike. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company also welcomes your four legged friends, offering a prize winning patio and a full doggy menu.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company uses nothing but fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Whether you have a sophisticated or novice palate, come and enjoy scrumptious homemade soups, clam chowders made with over ten secret ingredients, slow smoked ribs and fresh beer bread made daily.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Californian, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: Daily: 4:30pm - 9:00pm Mon-Fri, 4:30-10pm Sat-Sun
Brunch: 10am-3pm Saturday-Sunday
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Phone number
(650) 728-2739
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gaston Alfaro
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Parties to Go for groups of 25 or more.
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Cross street
Hwy. 1
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Parking details
Two large lots with room for 100 plus autos
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Live Oceanfront Music & Dancing Friday-Sunday, No Cover!

Additional music events added throughout the year. Music schedule posted on website
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Special events & promotions
Please check our website for latest event schedule.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2015

Can't help but love the casual atmosphere, great food and amazing views! Keep coming back time and time again. Get a window table or eat outside...

NCris (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Went here for lunch, food was overpriced for the quality but that is standard in a touristy area with an ocean view. A fine place to meet up with friends for a pint of beer and lunch, nothing that has me clamoring to go back but also wasn't bad in any way, just very average.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

We usually make this a place we have to stop and have dinner while visiting Half Moon Bay. This last visit was not very good the food lacked flavor and two dishes were sent back after trying them. The customer service was outstanding and the pumpkin beer was amazing but over all we will not be back.

vipExcellent (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

If you find yourself near Half Moon Bay around sunset, you want to try Half Moon Bay Brewery. Lots of outdoor seating, great view over the ocean at sunsets. Good bar food, burgers, calamari, etc. All good. Dog-friendly, kid-friendly.

Maryamie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2015

The fried artichoke hearts, the tuna melt with green apples, the lively ambiance and fast and friendly service made the day!
We had a great view of the water too!
We love coming here and it's always a good time!

Tsprings69 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

We had a very nice time with a family friend. Nice view, GREAT Food and a waitress name Danielle who was one of the nicest, friendly and accommodating server that we have ever encountered at any restaurant we have ever eaten at. We will definitely return in the near future! And did I say the food was Great!

vipDukeH (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2015

Beer good - food average - service good

vipthundersnow (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 15, 2015

The service was poor - it took 30 minutes to get drinks and 45 minutes just to order dinner. The food was mediocre at best.

Service (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 13, 2015

The food is above average.
Workers doesn't seem very friendly & accommodating. I was there for my birthday & noted it on the open table comments. I'm not expecting anything but just be accommodating, friendly & welcoming with comfortable cozy feeling. The view is nice & that's all I can say!

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2015

Great food and fast friendly service! We go every time we are in the area. Best garlic fries anywhere. Good for kids and great view!

viphmbterri (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

The Brewing Company has it figured out. The ambiance is great, service is attentive and the food keeps getting better. Took friends there Sat for lunch and had a wonderful meal outside with a good view of the water and the wind blocked by glass panels. I have always liked the Brewery but this time the food was really outstanding and a great value for the money.

Florcali (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

The view is right on the water.
The Beers are wonderful.
Had a crab cocktail made just for
Me. Their Clam Chowder was
Rich and creamy. My husband
Had the catch of the day was
Very good. Afterward entered their
Lounge very good Band. And again
Enjoyed their Pilsner and wine.

Stace (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2015

I booked a table for 2 and called a few hours before to make sure they had the reservation. They did, and the person on the phone was very nice and acknowledged the request I made for a table near a window with a view. I was very relieved since I really wanted to impress my boyfriend. It was our first time in Half Moon Bay and I had planned a romantic one-night getaway. Also, my boyfriend owns a brewery, so I thought it would be fun for him to try some local beers with dinner. I figured, on a Friday night, we would have to wait awhile for a table outside, so I felt that a table with a view would be the next best thing. Unfortunately, when we arrived and were given our seat, we found that the dining area ambiance felt really stale and awkward, almost like what you would expect at a buffet brunch, attracting more of an older, quieter crowd. But, in the restaurant's defense, it was still early, 7pm and the bar is separate, on the other end of the restaurant. Yet, it was not what I had imagined. Not a very energetic atmosphere in the dining room, which is fine. I'm sure some people appreciate that, and maybe it was just our experience.. But, my boyfriend and I are in our 30s, and we wanted something casual, fun and a little romantic, So, luckily, my boyfriend finally said "Why don't we see if we can get a table outside." I jumped up and got us a table. Much better! Unfortunately, the food we ordered wasn't that great (we are not foodie snobs, so it wasn't that big of a deal). But, the beer was so good! My new favorite beer is their Amber Ale. So delicious I bought several bottles to go. My boyfriend also liked their Saison. So, overall, we had a good time. Food wasn't great, but not inedible. Beer was delicious. Service was satisfactory and quick. Outdoor dining was energetic, yet cozy and family/dog-friendly.

vippmaks (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 29, 2015

Dungeness crab sandwich was mainly imitation crab and small - @ 21.95 should have tried the lobster-laden sandwich from Sam's round the corner. Asked for cloeslaw with my sandwich, but arrived with fries! Crab salad had the same low quality: chopped romaine, two slices each of tomato, egg, cucumber and avacado just dumped in a bowl and topped with same imitation/dungeness crab mix.

luvfood (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2015

we love HMB brew...great food..great ambiance...amazing ocean this place !!