2008

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch Restaurant Review, Half Moon Bay

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch

One Miramontes Point Road

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

650-712-7000

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch Website

Book Reservation

Best buffet in San Francisco Bay Area? The Navio restaurant is located inside the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. It serves one of the best Sunday Brunches in the San Francisco vicinity. They have everything from traditional breakfast items, Sushi, caviar!, fresh seafood, prime rib, Dim Sum, cheese, Pastries, and Desserts. The location on the coast is perfect, you get beautiful views of the coast and golf course.

Reservations are required and keep in mind the place books up weeks in advance. They have 2 sittings, 11am and 1:30pm. Be sure not to book the earlier breakfast buffet, it has limited food choices. Ritz Carlton Navio has larger special occasion Sunday Brunches located in their larger ballrooms. (Mother’s Day) On our last visit in the summer of 2014, they had raised the price  to $105/person. Ouch! Very expensive, but worth it. Kids 5-12 are half off.

Our current top buffet in the world: Ritz Carlton Singapore Sunday Brunch

Decor, Vibe – Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch has large windows that let you take in the awesome ocean views. Classy clubby atmosphere. Lots of families and some tourists were taking in Sunday Brunch.

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Menu Pictures

Sample menus

Navio Sunday Brunch Food Pictures

Dim Sum was slightly disappointing with mushy, oversteamed shrimp and chive dumplings and chicken ginger pot stickers. The egg rolls and baked sesame pork buns were average in quality.

The bread selection was very good with a nice variety of breads, rolls, muffins, and flat bread. Quality of these baked goods was average.

Very good selection of charcuterie with many kinds of sliced meats, iberico, and even rabbit terrine.

Excellent selection of cheese, with many French selection.

Three types of Black Pearl caviar, which is extremely special, we haven’t seen this elsewhere yet.

A good selection of cooked foods including a heirloom tomato bisque. Particularly good was the array of individual servings of items such as: pork tenderloin, beef chimichurri, roast wild mushroom truffle soup, smoked trout, quiche, tomato watermelon gelee, black mission fig goat cheese tart, charred octopus, smoked salmon, smoked sturgeon, ricotta tortellini.

The standard American breakfast staples, including a beautiful eggs benedict and high quality sausages. Frankly most people skip this area.

The sushi and sashimi selection was quite good. Lots of fresh fish and high quality unlike those cheap buffets.

Roast mustard curry leg of lamb and Porcini rubbed prime rib was cut to order. Both were well done. Truffle mash potatoes were decadent.

Raw seafood included snow crab claws, gulf shrimp, oysters, green mussels, seafood cerviche, and huge clams.

Dessert selection was excellent. Lots of cakes including Devil’s food cake, cookies, fruit, raspberry cheese cake domes, chocolate almond biscotti, Meyer Rhum flan, Mango passion and strawberry cremeaux, Florentine, Pistachio cream puffs, coffee eclairs, several types of candy, creme brulee, individually made strawberry dessert paninis, high quality hot chocolate (66% Mexican Chocolate, Grand Cru Caraibe), Apple puff pastry, Apricot Sabayon Cheesecake, peach crostada, peanut candy bar, Blueberry financier, 7 kinds of chocolates.

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Charcuterie

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Fresh Cookies

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Caviar

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Sashimi

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American Breakfast

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Peking Duck

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Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Veal

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Dessert

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Raw bar

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Sorbet

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Cheese

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Desserts

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Truffles

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Raw bar – Oysters, Clams

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Pastries

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch is still the best buffet in San Francisco. Far superior to the best buffets in Las Vegas, at the Wynn and Bellagio. The quality of items was extremely high and the selection not extensive, but highly curated. Service was very good as expected.

The price is high but it is well worth it for special occasions. Champagne even isn’t included. The Ritz Carlton San Francisco used to hold a Sunday brunch, but only does it on special holidays. Be sure to come with an empty stomach and pace yourself, dessert here is great. They have discounts for kids and kids below a certain age are free.  If you are on a budget, try Daly City’s Moonstar buffet. We travel a lot, looking for great food everywhere. Halfway around the world, Harbourside in Hong Kong kicks buffets up a notch. The best buffets also include Conrad Nicolini’s Sunday Brunch Buffet, Hong Kong.
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Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Hours:Sun 11am, 130pm
Parking:Valet (Paid)
Reservations:Yes, Required
Prices:$105
Posted on November 14th, 2008
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5 Responses to “Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch Restaurant Review, Half Moon Bay”

  1. Alvin Says:

    Just curious, why was it mentioned to not book the earlier of the two seating times?

  2. Food Nut Says:

    The early seating times are for a breakfast buffet and not brunch. The food selection is a lot more limited for breakfast.

  3. Harbourside Buffet Restaurant Review, Hong Kong | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] was the best elaborate buffet we have been to, outclassing even the top Ritz Carlton Sunday Brunch buffet in Half Moon Bay, California and Wynn Buffet, and at a lower [...]

  4. Moonstar Buffet Review, Daly City | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] Todai, Hokkaido, and Indulge.  The only local buffets that are superior are the expensive Ritz Carlton Sunday Brunch. The best buffets remain Conrad Nicolini’s Sunday Brunch Buffet, Hong Kong and Harbourside [...]

  5. Conrad Hotel's Nicolini's Sunday Brunch on the Eight Restaurant Review, Hong Kong | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] foods. Our last trip in 2008 brought us to stellar Harbourside in the Intercontinental Hong Kong. Ritz Carlton Navio Half Moon Bay is the best around here. Would the Conrad one up [...]

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