The Harbor Village complex at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay and across Highway One from El Granada is finally opening up after a long delay. Crab Landing, the big view restaurant is now open for business. I have not eaten there, but stopped by yesterday at lunch time to check it out and get a copy of the menu.
Of course this is a water-view, touristy restaurant, so that must be taken into account. The interior is a rather odd combination of sleepy fish house (a mural with sea birds and anchors) mixed with a sterile corporate hotel feel and accoutrements like a trendy waterfall wall. There are two floors, two bar areas (one with a lovely view of the harbor), and outdoor seating as well. There is a full sushi bar on the first floor and also an oyster bar serving six kinds of oysters -- an order of six is $12, except for the Kumamoto, which is $15. Crab and lobster dishes are at market prices. The bars serve wine, beer, and signature cocktails. The fare is typical and straightforward. Appetizers include everything from roasted artichokes, fried calamari, and ahi tuna poke and range in price form $7 - $14. There are also entree-sized soups and salads (e.g. shrimp or crab louie, mango salad) and seafood and steak entrees. Seafood ranges from $22 - $26 (sides included) and steak from $26 to $36 for a 20 oz porterhouse. The hostesses told me the items and prices are for the opening menu and are subject to change.
Next to Crab Landing is the indoor shopping center -- The Shoppes at Harbor Village (and only one shop was open when I went) and across from this is the Mezza Luna Cafe, an offshoot of the very fine Mezza Luna Italian restaurant down the street in Princeton. It is still under construction and will be “opening soon.” Am hopeful this will be a place to get something casual like coffee, panini, pastries, etc., but who knows? There is also space for outdoor seating.
The Oceano Hotel, which is next to Crab Landing, has been open for a while and they also have a quiet bar/lounge situated off the lobby that serves some food. You can sit at the bar or at tables. There is also a very small outdoor seating space with a harbor view.
Crab Landing will be open for Thanksgiving. Today would be a beautiful day to come over and check out the stellar view, as the sun is shining -- at least for now! And there were very few diners yesterday as I think many people are still unaware that it's finally open.
Another newish place in Half Moon Bay is Sofia’s Steakhouse, which is in the San Benito House Inn on Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. I have yet to go, but it looks as though the lovely dining room of the original restaurant, which has not operated for several years, is still intact.
And Half Moon Bay Kitchen and Cocktails or the Half Moon Bay Inn, as it was also known, on the corner of Mill Street and Main has now closed. It’s Italia will be moving into the space in January, or so I hear, and I’m not sure what will happen to the old It’s Italia in Stone Pine Center, which is currently still open. The Half Moon Bay Inn didn’t have the best food, but the space was beautiful and it did offer a wide variety on its menu that could please friends with disparate tastes and also wasn't overly expensive. We can always use some variety here in HMB and I am sorry to see the place go.
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