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Half Moon Bay, California: Restaurants that the Whole Family can Enjoy

Cameron’s Restaurant & Inn
1410 S. Cabrillo Hwy
(650) 726-5705
www.cameronsinn.com
Voted the best family restaurant on the coast year after year, this unique British style restaurant is filled with video games and boasts an outdoor play area with volleyball, tetherball and horseshoes. The kid-friendly menu offers a selection to sure please even the most finicky eater, including pizza, steak, fish, and award-winning hamburgers. Parents can enjoy a conversation to themselves while the kids stay busy exploring the genuine English double-decker bus located in front of the restaurant or if they choose, the family dog can join the fun on the outdoor restaurant patio.

Chez Shea
408 Main Street
(650) 560-9234
www.chez-shea.com
Serving organic global cuisine, this family-friendly spot is a great place to take the kids for a reasonably priced, delicious meal. Children under the age of 12 will enjoy lunch and dinner menus tailored just “For the Wee Ones,” which includes a variety of dishes including classics such as peanut butter & jelly, grilled cheese, hamburger and fries or pasta with butter, roast chicken with mashed potatoes, fish & chips and more.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano
(650) 728-2739
www.hmbbrewingco.com
Loved by families for its casual atmosphere and tasty food, children can choose from a variety of menu items including a hamburger or cheeseburger, mac & cheese, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, and more. While the kids decide between Buds Vanilla Ice Cream or a root beer float for dessert, parents will enjoy the delicious coastal cuisine and a wide selection of artisan beer handcrafted on site.

Moss Beach Distillery
140 Beach Way, Moss Beach
(650) 728-5595
www.mossbeachdistillery.com
With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, an impressive kids menu, a dog-friendly patio and an infamous ghost story, this renowned local spot is sure to entertain the entire family. The kids menu offers seven kid-approved entrees, veggies or fries, a drink, a place to color, and a spin of the Distillery winner’s wheel with a chance to win some cool prizes. The patio gives families a place to eat with the family dog who can order from the special doggie menu with delectable dog bowls that include tasty bacon slices and mini hot dogs. While enjoying the expansive view of the Pacific from the patio, families can read about the renowned ghost, “The Blue Lady” who supposedly haunts the restaurant to this very day. In addition to the Blue Lady, Moss Beach Distillery is also historical landmark dating back to 1927 during prohibition when the San Mateo
Coast was a hot spot for rum-running, bootleggers and “speakeasies.”

Princeton Seafood Company
Pillar Point Harbor (Highway 1 at Capistrano Road)
(650) 726-2722
www.princetonseafood.com
After a day on the beach, bring the entire family to Princeton Seafood Company for delicious, freshly-caught local seafood. The interactive children’s menu with coloring and activities boasts kid classics such as fish & chips, spaghetti with marinara sauce and grilled cheese. There are also some new, fun and healthy options for kids including a grilled fish taco with rice and veggies or cheese ravioli with marinara sauce and vegetables – all served in the shape of a smiling face. After dinner, children are invited to pick out a trinket from a special treasure chest and families can have their photo taken with the wooden fisherman mascot, Magnus Johnson.

Sam’s Chowder House
4210 North Cabrillo Highway
(650) 712-0245
www.samschowderhouse.com
Nestled on a cliff overlooking the Pacific and Point Harbor, the entire family will enjoy stunningviews while dining at this busting, über-popular spot. Reminiscent of an east coast seafoodhouse, Sam’s prides itself on serving delicious food that uses cholesterol-and trans-fat-free vegetable oil, sustainably-fished seafood and antibiotic free hotdogs. Try the award winning Lobster Roll or choose from fresh seafood, sandwiches, grilled meats and their famous clam chowder. The kids’ menu is packed with favorites including a grilled cheese and pasta that is endorsed by WellKiddos, a local firm that advocates providing children with healthy food choices when dining. Crayons and coloring paper will occupy the young ones while parents enjoy the oceanfront experience. The family dog is even welcome to stay for dinner.
With thanks to the Half Moon Bay Business Improvement District

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