Barbara's Fishtrap in Half Moon Bay

Barbara’s Fishtrap in Half Moon Bay. Photo credit: Angela Cavallari Walker / Travel Tips TravelingMom

Half Moon Bay is not only a great place to take in magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, but a great place to grab a bite to eat with your kids. But not all restaurants are created equal when it comes lunching with youngsters – this is why I created a list of my favorite places to dine when I spend a day at the beach with my nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter.

1. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company  

This place gets high marks for its own hoptastic brews (for Mom and Dad), healthier kids’ fare and a great patio where fire pits warm up patrons on cooler days. Because it’s one of the more popular places to dine, I recommend arriving before 11:30. One drawback: the kids’ meals are a bit pricey.

2. Barbara’s Fishtrap

A homegrown business with a rich history that caters to locals and visitors.  It’s located across the street from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. This restaurant features fresh seafood, more kid-friendly cuisine and amazing clam chowder. Barbara’s will also have a lengthy wait, so if your kids can’t, there is a takeout window to the left of the restaurant. Barbara’s is so good, that they get away with accepting CASH ONLY so you will need actual paper money to eat here.

3. Princeton Seafood Co.

This humble restaurant is part of a row of eateries right off the marina. You simply can’t get seafood any fresher than this, especially during dungeness crab season. The calamari is so good, my children never bothered to question what they were eating. (Shhhh, don’t ruin it!)

4. Flying Fish Grill

Your kids will gobble up the Crabby Cheesy Garlic Bread and the cod fish tacos. Plus, they have a restaurant mascot named, Captain Cod. Flying Fish Grill is closed on Tuesdays, so pick a different place to dine on that day of the week.

5. Blue Sky Farms

A charming cafe with a plethora of gluten-free and organic choices. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite and watch the mavericks. I highly recommend the gluten-free coffee cake and the breakfast burrito.