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

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Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Navio Sunday Brunch

One Miramontes Point Road

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


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Best Buffet in the SF Bay Area!

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet Exterior decor

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.

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Walk Thru Video

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet Interior decor

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, croissants, rolls, muffins, and flat bread. Quality of these baked goods was average.

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet charcuterie

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

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet cheese

Excellent spead with 7 types of cheese, several high quality French selections (Camembert, Delice de Pommard) and Plave Vecchio from Italy.

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet caviar

Three types of Black Pearl caviar, which is extremely special. We have not seen this elsewhere in a buffet.

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet appetizers

A good selection of cooked foods including a heirloom tomato bisque. Particularly good was the array of individual servings of items such as: Herb pork tenderloin with bacon honey apricot polenta, Roasted beef chimichurri on olive crostini, roast wild mushroom truffle soup, heirloom tomato bisque, smoked trout, quiche, tomato watermelon gelee, black mission fig goat cheese tart, charred octopus with olives and capers, smoked salmon, smoked sturgeon, ricotta tortellini with asiago cream and wild mushrooms.

The standard American breakfast staples, including a beautiful poached eggs benedict, waffles, pancakes, applewood smoked bacon, and high quality sausages. Frankly most people skip this area.

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet Sushi sashimi

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

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet prime rib lamb

Roast mustard curry leg of lamb and Porcini rubbed prime rib was cut to order. Both were well done. Truffle creme fraiche smashed new potatoes were decadent. 3 kinds of mustard including Vilux white truffle mustard.

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet seafood

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

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet desserts

Dessert selection was excellent. Lots of cakes including Devil’s food cake, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, Vanilla Shortbread, fruit selection, raspberry cheese cake domes, chocolate almond and pistachio macadamia biscotti, Meyer Rhum flan, Mango passion and strawberry cremeaux, coffee eclairs, dark chocolate mousse, Florentine, Pistachio cream puffs, coffee eclairs, several types of candy, creme brulee.

Individually made strawberry nutella dessert paninis, high quality hot chocolate (Valrhona 66% Mexican Chocolate, Grand Cru Caraibe), Apple puff pastry, Apricot Sabayon Cheesecake, peach crostada, peanut candy bar, Blueberry financier.

Navio Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Sunday Brunch Buffet chocolates

7 kinds of chocolates. (Orangette, Pistachio, Mint etc)

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
Hours:Sun 11am, 130pm
Parking:Valet (Paid)
Reservations:Yes, Required

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  • Alvin
    February 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm

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

  • Food Nut
    February 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

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

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