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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pub, Seafood, Brewery
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - Close, Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - Close
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(650) 728-2739
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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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.
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Hwy. 1
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Entertainment
Live Music in the Bar Area Friday and Saturday from 7:00pm - 10:00pm and Sundays from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 399 People Are Saying
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3.7
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3.9
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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This is the 2nd time I've been here in less than a month and it just didn't quite measure up to my last couple visits and here's why :

The place was empty @ Noon. I did request a window seat on Open Table. Instead were seated beside the lame huge fish tank.

Main dining room didn't look like it had been properly cleaned the night before. Carpet a bit disgusting.

Food
1. 2 of my guests ordered the Crispy Seafood Sampler ($23.75) which was very plentiful, but honestly for $24.00 I think you could have thrown in a side dish of coleslaw. Kind of the norm, with Fish & Chips (usually).
2. Other guest had Blackened Fish Sandwich ($17.25) which she said was good, but it was literally a fish sandwich (no garnish on the plate) with a mini cup of coleslaw. Very cold presentation.
3. I ordered a bowl of chowder ($9.00) and Garden Side Salad ($9.00). The chowder is very good, thick like I like it but was surely missing any bacon, as listed on the menu. Salad is very plentiful, nice presentation but there were no mushrooms. I didn't realize this till the last few bites (busy visiting and we were all starving). Also the "mixed greens" are 3-4" long pieces of greens impossible to eat. Yes, I can cut it up, but really ! It was very difficult to mix all the ingredients and dressing w/o tossing it all over the table, which happened more than once. Oh and our server reached across all the guests to hand me my salad. Hello, walk around the table. I also had to ask for Bread and butter, why was this not automatically offered or at least suggested with the soup and salad?

At the end of the meal, she never even suggested dessert. Another means to add a little more change to any ticket. Yes, we could have asked, we were probably two full to indulge, but we sat there at least another 1/2 hour after our meal was finished, plenty of time to enjoy a dessert.

I most always enjoy the food, but lordy, this was an expensive lunch minus a few niceties and possibly more polished server.

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4.0Dined 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...

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2015

Beer good - food average - service good

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1.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2015

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

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2015

We are so close to this fun, outdoor spot, we can walk. It is a great place to sit outside by the fire pits or inside with the great music . A little loud in the bar area to talk but the music makes up for that. The food is good. The truffle fries are a most.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2015

Excellent scenery & service !

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2015

i reserved a table for two specifically to come see a band playing. In the notes section to the reservation i very clearly wrote that i want a table as close to the band as possible. The reservation was made one week before the event. Other than a confirmation of the reservation i got no answer from them (i.e., they never said i will be sitted close to the band or the opposite). When we arrived at the place it turns out the band is playing over the bar and there are no reservations there whatsoever, reservations are good only for the dining room, where you couldn't see or hear anything. The food was good but nothing special, very expensive without reason. I drove an hour and a half to sit in a place that i didn't want and the experience was really annoying and bad. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE if you are looking to have a good time when there is live music. Go here only if you like to spend a lot of money in mediocre food and enjoy a great view of half moon bay.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2015

View is great right on the water. Two Fire Pits. Fun for groups. Definitely get the fish and chips. Good beer selection. Kid and dog friendly. Nice to sit outside, they have heating lamps for night time.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2015

I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant. Nevermind that EVERYTHING on the menu tastes outstanding, because if you have a concern about the food or something wasn't done just so, the waiters and staff bend over backwards for you and offer the best service possible. Before we arrived, I made reservations (not knowing that reservations were only for inside dining). We wanted to sit outside but were told our reservation was for inside only; however, they accommodated us anyways and found an open table outside; love the flexibility there. Then later, we received our food and noticed the Ceviche was not as much quantity as we normally get, and the appetizer is a bit on the pricey side so we told our waiter and within 5 minutes he had brought back another portion of the ceviche making it more like our prior visits. Again, outstanding service. I think my wife asked for the waiter's help 4 or 5 different times and he was so patient and helpful even with a packed house. This an example of a great restaurant that offers quality service, food and drinks with a price range fitting that quality. Get the cochinita! I get it every time I'm there. Oh yes, and the only downside were the patrons bringing their loud and whiney kids, but hey, what are you gonna do?

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We had a fantastic time and will return. This was our second time for dinner at your restaurant. This time it was Valentine's Day so it was VERY busy.
The service was wonderful and the reservation was handled very efficiently.
Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

I came here as a double date on vanentines day and had a great experience. Although there were a lot of people, the outdoor seating was spaced in such a way that didn't feel crowded.

Our sever was amazing and friendly and our party didn't feel rushed even though it was a busy day.

He view was very nice and you could see the bay just across the street. The brinch food was also very good and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. I would definitely come back again.

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1.0Dined on February 7, 2015

I made a reservation two weeks in advance just to show up and realize that they were opening later that day and were having some employee meeting or training. We drove from far sinc ethe place was highly recommended but left completely disappointed.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2015

Fresh, delicious seafood. Very friendly and helpful staff. Relaxed and comfortable place just to hang out with friends.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2015

I have always wanted to go here and finally did. I was a little disappointed. The service was not great. The food was so so. Eggs Benedict, mine were under cooked, whites were runny. My dining partner had the crab cakes eggs Benedict and here eggs were over done. Probably won't be back.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We arrived an hour ahead but were courteously accommodated with immediate seating on the patio. The server explained they would be serving lunch at 11:30 (in half an hour) but were
now serving just breakfast. Again, she nicely asked if we would like beverages if we wanted
to wait for the lunch service which was our preference. As it was a beautiful Sat., the restaurant started to fill up quickly. It certainly is a kid friendly and dog friendly eatery as we witnessed. I chose the Portugese seafood stew with was sumptuous and generous. It included prawns, clams,
mussels, salmon and linguica in a savory saffron/wine broth with just the right amount of tomatoes, onions and garlic. The seafood was not overly cooked and the broth was light. 2 garlic/cheese/herb toasted sliced pieces of baguette accompanied the stew. I certainly dipped them into the yummy broth. My husband had the albacore tuna melt and he savored every bite. It was a generous size portion accompanied by a crunchy slaw. All in all it was a pleasant and relaxing meal just 20-30 mins. from San Francisco or the Silicon Valley.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

I really enjoyed the restaurant the breakfast/brunch menu was not extensive but every thing we ordered was wonderful. The view can't be beat and the service was excellent. A great place to convene and chat with friends. Great service and I will surely go there whenever I am in the area.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2015

We were on a beer trail from Monterey north. The beers here were overall excellent - recommend trying the complete sampler to check out everything they produce. Our brunch items were very good. WE will go back when in the area!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2015

I reserved a table for a birthday party and found more people were coming at the last minute; but staff was very helpful in accommodating everyone. Meals were served promptly and courteously. After dinner, dancing to Andre Theirry and Zydeco Magic was the highlight of the night. EVERYONE had a great time. We also enjoyed "cooling off" by the fire pits outside. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2015

Good idea to have reservations here..they are always busy. The service was excellent and the portions generous. I love the baked albacore sandwich with apples and daikon sprouts, and hubby's smoked salmon fajitas were also excellent.

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1.0Dined on January 2, 2015

Unfortunately we did not eat at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company on 1/2. They lost our reservation. After we confirmed with them the day before. We will venture elsewhere next time.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Very nice place and good menu choices and lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Dined here a few times and it's a great place for everyone. Planning to comeback again.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

Even though the restaurant was crowded and there was an hour wait for inside if you didn't have reservations they held our table for 25 minutes while we located stuck in traffic friends.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2014

Great bar, quick service at the bar. Slower service when seated at a table. Appetizers are better than some of the entrees. Great seating outside, if weather permits. The fire pit out side is a plus. Great venue for parties, both inside and out. There was a problem with our bill at the end, but was resolved fairly and quickly.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2014

The food was good but not spectacular. The chowder at Sam's Chowder house down the street is better. The beer is very good.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2014

My family went to the restaurant on a Monday night, the place was very quiet. I ordered seafood stew, the sauce was good but the seafood were not as fresh as I expected.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Great location overlooking the harbor. Large outdoor patio with a fire pit warming the night air made for a wonderful setting. Food was delicious, highly recommend the slow roasted pork, large selection of private label beer--we did flights to experience several varieties.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2014

I had truffle oil fries also in Las Vegas at Gordon Ramsey's burger and Grill at Caesars. Gordon Ramsey!! Of course it would be very good but it was so salty. So this time at HMB brewing, I was so happy to see truffle fries on their menu. It was so so good!! My fiancé ordered the Kobe beef burger and according to him, it had great barbecue flavor but kind of dry. I had the goat cheese chicken sandwich, it was just ok, again dry. Definitely try the Parmesan Truffle oil fries

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Service is definitely better than at Sam's Chowder House. Also better, creamier and less potato chowder. Better ahi tuna poke. Seafood stew was good, so was the seafood fajitas.

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