Half moon bay, ca | half moon bay brewing co

It was Memorial Weekend and we needed wanted to get away. Our weekends lately were either attending family events, Mr Sweetie being away on business trips or spent being plastered on the couch after an exhausting work week. I have been craving fried seafood, a dose of nature, a breath of clean air, a drive along the coast….Not necessarily in that order. A trip to Half Moon Bay was the most exciting choice.

We left our house at noon and braced ourselves for very much expected traffic on the one way lanes and twisty, winding roads. Luckily, driving past majestic redwoods, idyllic Christmas tree and pumpkin farms, Christmas village, fruit and flower stands made the drive not just bearable but enjoyable.

An hour and half later (48 miles on Highway 92), we arrived in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay. It was a beautiful sunny day but still cool enough to wear a jacket. Main Street was bustling with people enjoying the sun and surf.

We would need to wait another 40 minutes to get seated. The most logical thing to do was to have a drink. Mr Sweetie got me a sangria while he had a margarita. I just plopped myself in front of the firepit facing the water, got my dose of vitamin D and people-watched. (This was after going across the street and did an impromptu photo shoot among the daisies.)

The wait was totally worth it. Pretty soon, a big platter of fried seafood was delivered in front of me while Mr Sweetie opted for fish and chips ($16.95). (I saw him eyeing my big platter of fried calamari, fish, prawns and fries ($23.75) with jealousy. I shared because he was sweet enough to drive us to Half Moon Bay, take my pictures among the daisies and buy me a sangria without me asking.) We also shared grilled artichokes with garlic aioli ($13) for appetizers.

It was a delicious and enjoyable afternoon. The drive and long wait for the table were so worth it. The seafood were fresh and despite being fried were light and not greasy. As I was tackling my seafood, I thought, why not live it up? ! I ordered a prosecco which pairs perfectly well with hot, fried food. (I did not care much for the sangria that I did not really finish it but it was nice to sip on something chill while enjoying the sun. )

The food was soul food while the scenery was a balm for the soul. I also thought that the value was great. Not including the first round of drinks (sangria and margarita), our final tab with tip was $85. Generously portioned and delicious, this was good in the outrageous Bay Area where everything is so expensive! I was sad to leave plenty of calamari and fries behind but I did not take the leftovers home as fried food are no longer good once reheated. This has been our second time dining at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co and will not be our last. In fact, I am craving that seafood platter again!


Helpful tips:

  • The beer garden behind the restaurant has less of a wait
  • Plenty of parking in the parking lot past the restaurant
  • Dining outdoors is the best! You have a view of the water across the street.
  • Wear layers! It is often cold and foggy than not!
  • Go when the sun is about to set. The view is magnificent!
  • Take some time to walk on the beach and visit the galleries.
  • Opt to take Highway 1 if you can for a breathtaking California coast experience

I will be posting our drive to the quaint town of Pescadero next!


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