Tuesday 5 September 2017

Views and Food Overlooking the Pacific - The Best Restaurants Half Moon Bay California

Having visited Half Moon Bay several times over the past few years I know with absolute certainty that you can never tire of this spectacular location right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean with it’s unique weather system, incredible views and very good food.

One thing you have to do here is to walk the coastal path. The views are some of the best in the world. You can walk to Mavericks Beach where many of the surfers go, or go south and hug the coastline for miles. Whatever you do if you visit Half Moon Bay you must walk. Take binoculars so you can spot the wildlife, and don’t forget to pack a lightweight rain jacket, hat and above all, sun cream…..

Let’s start with lunch. As far as I am concerned, there is no better place for lunch than Sam’s Chowder House. Get there early and you may have to queue – because this is not a well kept secret – but it won’t be for long. Try the grilled shrimp salad or, if you dare, the lobster roll, the most popular dish and make sure you have a big appetite. If you walk in the morning, as I always do, you’ll have no problem.

Service is excellent and you can reserve but I never have - Sams Chowder House 4210 Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

If it’s upscale dining you’re looking for for dinner make a booking early at Navio, the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay’s main restaurant. The food is very good indeed which is a good thing because it’s expensive – know that if you’re here at a weekend, and the hotel is very full, the service can be slow albeit extremely helpful and friendly, so make sure you’re not in a hurry

Navio -The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Address: 1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay also has a second restaurant, the Conservatory, which is less formal, and has, as its sister restaurant has, spectacular views over the Bay. The menu is much smaller and you can go from small bites to a full on meal. It’s a little less expensive but not much.

At The Conservatory you’re likely to be sitting next to a large family with very young children – this is where families have dinner together so if you want a peaceful meal either go late or go somewhere else. It is a lovely place to dine, in any case.

The Conservatory - The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Address: 1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

As Half Moon Bay is a good 45 minutes from San Francisco airport the hope is that you will have a car, so make your next stop the truly superb Pasta Moon on Main Street Half Moon Bay. I’ve been told of other Italian restaurants in the vicinity but frankly the food, service and moden decor here are all so very good I think I’m going to stop at this one.

Try everything you can – the smoked linguini with scallops is particularly good as is the nectarine salad. And if you leave a little room the triple chocolate sorbetto is unbelievable.

Pasta Moon - 315 Main St C, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Finally drive a little further up the coast and pay a visit to La Costanera – a Peruvian restaurant offering a wide choice of delicious dishes with views across the bay. It’s well worth the journey but please book first or you probably won’t get in. Open 5pm to 9pm only.

La Costanera - 8150 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA 94037

If Half Moon Bay isn’t your first thought for a visit to California think again. For the views, the food and the wonderful fresh air there isn’t anything like it. You could search far and wide for anything half as good. Which is why I keep coming back.  Half Moon Bay is well worth adding to your travel plans.