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Report on Half Moon Bay Inn Kitchen and Cocktails

Wendy-san | Oct 30, 200507:29 PM

We tried to go to this brand new restaurant last Tuesday night around 8:00 and were told it would be a 40-minute wait. That's quite remarkable for downtown Half Moon Bay for a week night. We ended up at Two Fools, which is still, unfortunately, as mediocre as ever.

Anyway, we tried the new place again at lunch today with two friends and, although it was crowded, we managed to get a table. The decor of the space is amazing, especially if you were familiar with how it looked before (a divey bar). Now it's clean and airy with beautiful Spanish tile, dramatic doorway and chandeliers, kind of a Mission style. There's a large bar and probably about twenty tables. There's also a Spanish-style patio. The bathroom is also stunning with a copper sink and a beautiful tiled floor.

The food was good too. It's casual fare and I believe the same menu is served all day. We all had sandwiches: pastrami, chicken breast, and salmon BLT. I had the latter and it was quite tasty with melt-in-your-mouth salmon and aioli mayonnaise on fluffy toasted bread. You have a choice of fries or peanut slaw (cole slaw with a dash of peanuts).

There are a variety of beers on tap, including the local Half Moon Bay Mavericks Amber Ale. The rest of the menu is also casual with snacks to share (hummus and babaganoosh, for example) and a few entrees (meatloaf, steak, burgers). Unfortunatelly I don't have a copy of the menu and they don't seem to have a website. They also serve breakfast.

This is a great addition to downtown Half Moon Bay. Wonderful atmosphere and very good food. Service was fine.

It's also a B&B, with rooms above the restaurant though I don't know if that part is open yet. They've spared no expense on decor so I expect the inn will be attractive as well.

Half Moon Bay Inn Kitchen and Cocktails
401 Main Street (corner of Mill)
(650) 560-9758

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