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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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Coastside Dining – Duarte’s Tavern

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

Duarte’s Tavern is one of the most historical restaurants on the Coastside. In 1894 Frank Duarte brought a barrel of whiskey from Santa Cruz and put it on the bar that still stands today in Pescadero.  Apart from  a short time closure during prohibition, Duarte’s Tavern has been serving customers ever since. The reopening was in 1934 with the added business of selling sandwiches, a “soda fountain, and a barbershop.

We just went there this week and had their calamari sandwich, my favorite.  My wife had the  cream of green chile soup, but it’s a toss up as to which is better, green chile or the cream of artichoke soup.  Of course, being situated in Pescadero makes the serving of artichokes in a variety of dishes a natural. You get to Pescadero, just 17 miles south of Half Moon Bay, driving along a beautiful coastal road that leads to old historic Pescadero, town surrounded by fields of artichokes, brussel sprouts, and strawberries.

Duarte’s has breakfast and lunch menus; their fine dining evening selections can include crab cioppino, Pacific snapper, baked oysters, lamb chops since their specials vary throughout the season.

As if that wasn’t enticement enough to spend some time in Pescadero, then think “pie”!  They bake them all right there using local recipies, the Olallieberry pie being one of my favorites. An Olallieberry is a cross between a loganberry and a youngberry;  “olalli” comes from the Northwestern Native American’s word for berry and you can even drive a few miles further and pick your own olallieberrys in the field to take home if you want to make your own pie or just add them to your cereal in the next morning.

Pescadero is a nice to visit if you’re on the Coastside for a wedding or just looking for a fun spot to spend the day on the Coastside.  There is Arcangeli Grocery/Norms Market where you can excellent artichoke garlic break,  Harley Farms Goat Dairy to tour, shops, bed and breakfast inns, all within a mile of Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve and a couple of miles from Butano State Park.

Learn more at and check out their online store to buy some Olallieberry Jam.   Call for reservations at (650) 879-0464.

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