Half Moon Bay Inn
401 Main St
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Stellar Food & Abysmal Service
HMB Kitchen & Cocktails has a lot going for it including an enormous dog friendly patio with several fire places, comfortable seating everywhere, convenient location with parking, reasonable prices, overall nice decor, and STELLAR food. I?ve ate here at least 20 times since they?ve opened.\r
The food is unquestionably excellent featuring many locally grown or caught items displayed and garnished in interesting ways. We?ve NEVER had a bad dish here and the food is always perfectly prepared. I can?t say that about any other restaurant I?ve ever been to. The patio is wonderful and was well thought out. Most tables outside have their own personal fireplace so it?s just perfect for a chilly breakfast or dinner seating and, as I mentioned previously, dogs are allowed on the patio if they are behaved.\r
The service at Half Moon Bay Kitchen & Cocktails is a train wreck? everytime. In fact, you will never have a good service experience at this restaurant so just expect it up front. Many locals on the coast have already sworn-off going here simply for this reason. The management and owners wander around oblivious to everything and do nothing when you complain. The waiters are immature, unprofessional and, above all, so lazy that you wonder why they even showed up. Keep in mind that I?ve been here MANY times and we have never had a good service experience. Another tragic item is the bartenders. The bar is structurally beautiful and fully stocked with top-notch items but yet the bartenders are not mixologists ? they know the basics and if you stray they will not accommodate you or will do a bad job trying. You?d think there?d be tons of bartenders wishing they had such a nice bar to work in but the management somehow found the bottom apples.\r
The food is so good that you should go just go in with the understanding that the service is going to be bad and try to have fun with it.