Top Ten Affordable Places for a Good Lunch in the Pillar Point Area

by Pamela Hamilton on 07/19/2013, 09:22 PM

Categories: Restaurants - PAMELA'S POSTS - Food
Tags: lunch , restaurants , half moon bay , pillar point rv park , pillar point , affordable places to eat

Being a popular San Francisco get-a-way, Half Moon Bay is filled with restaurants. 
Most are more on the expensive side, or are fast food.  So what if you want something in-between....a nice, good, sit down meal without breaking the bank.   Here are suggestions for places that give you good food for a good value.

1. Jersey Joe's
Excellent burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads.  Big portions. Great prices.
Great local place.  Lots of TV's all tuned to sports.   Owner operated.   See our story about this place here.   Website:

40 Stone Pine Road Suite K
Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
(650) 726-4043


2. The Happy Taco
Besides tacos there is an assortment of Mexican dishes, including burritos, quesadillas and tamales. The salsa bar has five different varieties of salsa plus pickled carrots and peppers.  Where the locals go.  Open daily.

184 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-5480


3. Silver Star Grill
Great burgers with a bit of a kick.  They serve only fresh, never frozen beef, freshly sliced fries and about 4 other items.  A local hangout, part of Old Princeton Landing.   See our story about it here.

460 Capistrano Rd  Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 740-6303


4. 3 Zero Cafe
This is another locals favorite.  Again, quality food, large portions and reasonable prices.  Very friendly.  Breakfast and lunch only.   See our story about it here.

8850 Cabrillo Hwy N  Moss Beach, CA 94038
(650) 728-1411


5. Cafe Capistrano  
Casual and unique offerings from the Yucatan peninsula in this simple restaurant located in a house just a block off Main Street.  They serve Mexican and Central American dishes.

523 Church St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1902
(650) 726-7699


6. Harbor Pizza

This ain't pretty but the pizza's are some of the best in town.  (We highly recommend the Greek with artichokes, feta cheese, salami and peppers.)
This little hole in the wall, walking distance from Pillar Point RV Park, serve good sized burgers, fries, salads and sandwiches...along with any kind of pizza you want.  (They also deliver)

65 Avenue Alhambra  El Granada, CA 94019
(650) 726-3501


7. Gorilla BBQ

This place wins the trophy for the most food by volume for your money...and it's really good.   Meat so tender it falls off the bone.  Lots of sides to choose from that come along with the meal.   Just recently featured in "Drive-In's Diners and Dives"...

Open 12N-8pm (or until they sell out) every day
Closed on Tuesdays.

2145 Coast Highway 1,
Pacifica, CA 94044
650-359-RIBS (7427)


8. Cafe Mezza Luna

Best gelato and coffee drinks around.  Indoor and outdoor dining.
In the Village Harbor Shopping area.  Walking distance from Pillar Point RV Park

240 Capistrano Rd. (Hwy. 1)Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 560-0137
Hours: 7am-9pm


9.  Gherkin's Sandwich Shop

Giant sandwiches, homemade soups and salads.  Burgers, of course... (after 12noon only)
A hit if you like sweet pickles!

171 8th Street
Montara, CA 94037

(650) 728-2211

Hours: 9am-7pm


10. Cameron's English Pub
With it's giant ceramic pumpkin and two red double decker buses, not to mention a pirate captain on a schooner, Cameron's is hard to miss...  Not only do they serve the average British Pub fare, but it houses the biggest beer can collections in the world...over 2,000 individual cans, each unique to the collection. 

Cameron’s Restaurant also has a game room with a full arcade of video games, fooz ball, shuffle board, darts, dominoes, chess, checkers, cribbage,and  dice. There are five big screen televisions in the game room to watch whatever sport you choose – along with your own personal remote control!  Open to all ages.

Very comfortable.

1410 Cabrillo Hwy S  Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

(650) 726-5705

Hours Open: 11 am – 11 pm

11.  Cafe Classique

Cafe Classique’s mission is to provide a relaxing sanctuary for coastal residents to come drink top of the line coffee, delectable pastries, and authentic Mexican/ American cuisine.      Open 7 days a week, opening at 4am thru 8pm.

Walking distance.  Follow the path that runs in front of Pillar Point RV Pakr toward the harbor.  When you reach Capistrano Street, go right and head toward highway One.  Cross the street.  Cafe Classique is the yellow house on the corner.

107 Sevilla Ave  El Granada, CA 94018
(650) 726-9775