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Coastside Half Moon Bay Online Resources – Directories

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Web Site Resources

There are many fine online resources and directories covering the  Half Moon Bay Coastside Communities;  the main ones follow.

Directories and Online Resources of Businesses & Services

Event Calendars

Online Magazines


In a future Blog I’ll list businesses and individuals with Twitter and Facebook Fan Pages.

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La Costanera Restaurant – Wedding & Reception Site

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Ceremony Locations - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Reception Locations & Dining

La Costanera Wedding LocationI’ve had the pleasure to dine twice at the Coastside’s newest restaurant, La Costanera. The restaurant is completely renovated at this bluff top location in Montara California overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This three-story, 10,000-sq.-ft. facility has a soaring glass ceiling plus tall windows to maximize ocean viewing and interaction with the environment where coastal mountains meet the sea.

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Let’s start with the food, excellent! Chief Carlos Altamirano also owns SF’s Piqueo’s and Mochica; his creations are made with authentic Peruvian ingredients, many of them brought regularly from Peru to provide a unique Peruvian fusion cuisine with a dozen types of ceviche, tiraditos and crudos. The bar has a wide range of unique Peruvian drinks and specialty cocktails.

The facility has a wide range of options for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and even small wedding ceremonies. In addition to the main dining area there is an adjacent smaller area, an upstairs room that is very private, a bar and lounge on the ground floor, and an outside seating area for up to 50. The restaurant is also wheelchair accessible. So whether you have just a few people or 300, this location can accommodate to your particular needs. Of course the rental fees depend on the space rented and the meals range from $50-100/person. They are open year-round, Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm to midnight.

You can’t beat the views from the restaurant above Montara State Beach location; see for yourself from a video I shot of the area.

Here is the address and contact info:
8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA
Phone: 650/728-1600

Visit their site at

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Wedding Caterer – Sample This! Catering

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Dining - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Let’s start with a this quote from the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay “Casey Sample and Sample This! Fine Catering have been providing luncheons for the Rotary Club for many years. Casey consistently provides an excellent variety of healthy, delicious meals to satisfy the tastes of forty-five people! Her food and service are excellent.”

I’ve had the pleasure over the years to officiate at scores of weddings that Casey Sample has catered and I couldn’t agree more with the Rotary Club. Sample This! caters weddings, private parties, graduations, any of the celebrations of life. The most popular menu is buffet style and Casey works closely with the bride and groom to find a menu to fit the budget and theme, personalizing the menu to best suit their needs. She uses fresh produce and fruit from the Coastside when possible.

In addition to catering, Casey has a quaint restaurant in downtown Half Moon Bay, Casey’s Cafe. I asked Casey how she best describes her restaurant and her catering; her answer was “Fresh From The Coast”.  In fact she has received a listing in the San Mateo County As Fresh As It Gets awards for several years. Casey’s Cafe also serves gluten free soups and chowders as well as homemade salad dressings.

So for catering or just a good meal when visiting Half Moon Bay, Casey’s Cafe and Sample This! Catering are good choices for fine food and for finding a caterer you will enjoy working with.  She has a sharp wit and provides excellent customer service.

Learn more at their Half Moon Bay Chamber Sample This! Profile or at their Casey’s Cafe Profile. Visit the Cafe at 328 Main Street in Half Moon Bay or  phone them at (650) 726-2044.

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