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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 498 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Had the steak and eggs, menu said steak is medium rare, confirmed with our waiter that I wanted the steak medium rare just like the menu suggested, I received the steak extra well done. Not sure where the disconnect came from

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MichaelJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great shrimp tacos, and cheesy garlic bread...no problem getting a table. Great service too.
thanks

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HMBSusan
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Completely different from last time we were there! They could not find my reservation, but seated us 'anyway'...even though I had confirmed just the day before. We asked for no onions on the salads, and they came absolutely covered in raw onion, so we told the waiter, who was different from the order-taker and he gladly had them exchanged, but still.

The noise level was high...lots of loud conversations that made it hard to hear each other and the room was crowded, so everyone was right next to the other tables.

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vipStellaBlue
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took my BFF there for her birthday because she loves the ocean and wanted to be close to it. The restaurant was a great choice for that!

We hit some traffic on 1 so I called ahead and they graciously moved our reservation to a bit later so we would still have a table when we got there.

Then when we arrived they gave us an awesome table in the sun right next to the window where my friend could look out at the water. She was so so happy!

And then the food was sooooo good! We started with grilled artichoke hearts and then both had the burger with Gouda, bacon and a fried egg. There was so much food on our plates along with the most yummy green salad!

I am so happy with whatever they are doing here in the kitchen and the front of house. I’ve been here about a dozen other times and it was good then but now it’s just outstanding!

Bravo!

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SueR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an awesome place to have a bite to eat ! Will definitely be back !

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vipDaveM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a local, we revisited HMB Brewing Company after not eating there for at least two years. We were quite impressed with the quality of the food and beer. They are doing a great job and we will definitely be back soon.

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vipKevin
Bristol
18 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Strongly recommend the Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew. Really great. And their chocolate lava cake w ice cream.

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HMBSusan
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet, good staff, decent menu. A good place to sit and talk. And the view is outstanding, always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food! Definitely go back again!

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vipSonomaLass
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A friend and I spent a lovely evening chatting over appetizers and dinner. The food was fine, the service was great, and we felt very welcome and confortable.

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foodandfun
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time here enjoying our kid-free day in Half Moon Bay, and this was a great place to come for a quick, peaceful lunch. I had the fish and chips, my husband had the clam chowder bowl and both were very good. My husband thought that the fish was a tad too greasy for his taste, but I was happy! Would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! It feels like a vacation every time our family comes here. We also Brought our sweet puppy and headed to the beach afterwards. Great outing!

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darcyh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The smoked burger was the best burger I have ever had! I was a bit reluctant about the egg. Seriously, go for it. I am 6 decades in folks and this was the best ever.

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vipKimB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Arrived 15 early for reservation, told hostess we were early but would wait if needed to honor our Open Table reservation. She said no problem we will seat you early. Took 25 minutes to receive our drink order. A group of four was seated 20 minutes after us, but they received their orders 10 minutes before ours (2 of us). Food was okay, then 4 hours later I received an email from Open Table we were a no show. We’ve had great experiences here previously. Hopefully this is a one time visit not up to par.

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RoseL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thanksgiving Day

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Jools
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving in HMB this year, rather than go to family. I LOVE the ocean, and it was the second to last day before the rain comes in for a week. Sat by the fire, with a beer and was then totally excited that they had a turkey lunch on the menu!!!! It was delicious!!! This might now be our new tradition!! Thanks HMBBC - you’re awesome!!!!!!

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Mona
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kailani was our server and she was just so attentive and professional and adorable, she was a great server!

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FernandaS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great! I would come back for the brunch.

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vipHate2Wait
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fish and chips were delicious, crunchy batter and tender cod, a healthy portion. I substituted my regular fries for parmesan truffle, very rich and yummy! So many tasty beers to choose from, a real treat!

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Myers
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The hostess did not seat us for over 20 minutes when we had reservations. Kept saying the table was getting bussed, but other walk-ins were getting seated. So we sat in the bar area as it was available. My crab louie salad was amazing!

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vipLove4Food
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an interesting dining experience because we had chose the location because it was a brewery and had multiple TV’s surrounding the bar plus the food looked pretty good too. When we arrived the place was fairly busy with the patio completely full (give or take a table) and there was one table of 6 in the bar directly in front of a TV where we chose because we were there to watch the 49er game. Normally I would have chosen the ambiance of the beautiful outdoor patio with heat lamps and the huge fire pit! We sat down and ordered drinks I did a glass of white wine and my husband did a beer on tap. We then proceeded to order an order of mussels to share as a family. They came fairly quickly and were very good dipped on the slightly spicy butter sauce and served with Parmesan French fries which were so good dipped in the sauce! Next we tried a grilled artichoke dipped in a cream sauce it ended up being way to tough so my husband sent it back and got a ceasar salad and the Joe’s Fisherman’s stew topped off with the Hatcher Zinfandel. Overall, this place was very tasty and we enjoyed the extra large TV in the bar. On our way out we realized where are kids had been hiding out for the last half hour and we soon joined them by the fire pit on the wonderful patio I had noticed when we had entered the patio. Overall, great restaurant and I would definitely add it to your hit list in your visit to Half Moon Bay.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Good food for the kids. Great aquarium for the kids. Good Rose’. Great IPAs.

Shrimp Louie salads were good and the fried sampler too.

I’m local and love this place.

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stacie
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Quality of food is mediocre and the dining room is a bit tired. Chairs on uneven floor makes for a rather uncomfortable dining experience. Our waiter however was exceptional.

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caroleon
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went to hear the music and that was great. I made a reservation but as it turns out, if you want to hear the music, you (supposedly) can't make a reservation in the bar area. Strange, because one table in the bar had a "RESERVED" sign on it... but the not-so-hospitable hostess insisted that you can't reserve tables in that area. Tell me if that makes any sense. Food was medium-okay, service was excellent. I will only go back if friends are playing there.

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10sgrandma
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun outing, gorgeous weather, good friends and good food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. The food was delicious and the staffs were very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beer was kinda average but the food was delicious, you have to try the fried pickles and crab sandwich!!!

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vipBelLyn
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This restaurant has been on my radar for a while, because they offer live entertainment on the weekends. While we did not sit in the bar area where the band was playing, we could hear the music from our table, and after dinner, we spent a few minutes listening to the group in the bar. The food was good, but our soups came out at the same time as our dinner. We told the waiter we would have preferred getting our soups first, and he said he meant to ask us about that, but he didn't. He might have been new, and hopefully he will think to ask customers in the future. Overall, we enjoyed our evening, and I would return there for dinner/music.

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MHE25
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great here. This time of year the weather in HMB offers sweet relief from the heat of the South Bay. The noise level is pleasant--on this occasion we had a lot of birthday-related laughter going on at our table and the room accommodated that. A delightful evening in a perfect place!

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vipSpazioAwesome
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I’ve eaten here before several years ago - I remember it being much better. The grilled salmon dinner was small, blah and generally tasteless. Service was very slow too.

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KKKK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Long waiting to get order taken, served and to get the check.
There was food left under the table when they cleared a table. Several flies hung by the window.

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vipshsteiner
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bustling beer garden, tasty appetizers, and a decent view - great combo for a pit stop on a long haul home down the coast!

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Kristin
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good...not cheap but good food and beautiful views.

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vipWaldhaus
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun and casual atmosphere. Interesting and varied menu.

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vipluv2skianddrinkwine
Grand Rapids
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun spot to have lunch, we both had different salads from the menu and both were very good. Would highly recommend.

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MeganF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and service are always great. And they make terrific beer. Dog friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went for Father’s Day. The server seemed uncomfortable or like he really just wanted to go home. However, once we ordered the food did come out relatively quickly. The appetizer was good, but the entrees were not the best. I had the crab roll and there was way too much bread so the point where I just tore the roll in half. The meal, for what it was, seemed overpriced. In my opinion, this place may be good for drinks and appetizers, but maybe not a whole meal.

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SteveJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good calamari + very good fish + chips.

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Half Moon Bay Brewing Company offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 728-2739.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is rated 4.2 stars by 498 OpenTable diners.

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