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Cerberus Beach House, Half Moon Bay

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by Janice Heath (subscribe)
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Published March 4th 2013
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Half Moon Bay is an idyllic beach nestled at the bottom of red cliffs and native bush in the bayside suburb of Black Rock. The Cerberus Beach House restaurant and kiosk is between the life saving club and the yacht club at the bottom of the cliff. While I've previously had fish and chips from the kiosk downstairs (good!) I recently tried the restaurant upstairs and found it to be, well, excellent.

The restaurant is upstairs and the kiosk downstairs

For a start there is the view. It ranges from the pier and the hulk of the Cerberus (after which the Beach House is named) to a distant view of the city. The beach is on the right hand side. I noticed that I wasn't the only one there taking lots of pictures of the view. Then there's the beachy, outdoorsy feeling of the decor and the fact that virtually the whole front of the restaurant is open to the fresh sea breezes (at least on warm days and nights).

beach,people,half moon bay,red bluff, ocean
Half Moon Bay is a great place for a swim

The usual reason for going to a restaurant though is to eat someone else's (hopefully delectable) cooking. The food was spectacular. There were eight of us and between us we had prawns, calamari, fish cakes, steak and several kinds of fish. One thing I really noticed was the aroma. When the food arrived it not only looked great, you could practically taste its deliciousness before it arrived just from the yummy scents.

Being at the beach it's good to have seafood

Latrobe River bbq beef shortrib

The service was fantastic. We were really well looked after with lots of smiles and good humour. Pretty impressive considering the kitchen is downstairs so the staff need to be awfully nimble dancing up and down the stairs with the food. They really knew their stuff too, apparently because they have staff tasting nights and can tell you what the dishes are like from personal experience.

View towards the pier

Sunset view

We had birthday cake so I can't tell you what the desserts are like, however I can recommend the Affogato. Italian for "drowned" this is coffee, ice cream and a liqueur of your choice, served individually and then you combine it. Below is the combined version.

coffee, ice cream,affogato

The only thing that wasn't perfect was the parking. Being a hot weekend night the car parks at the top and bottom of the hill (ticket parking) were full. We parked on Beach Road which you can do - just be aware of the clearway times. The downside of that is you need to walk back up the hill to your car. From our point of view it was a small price to pay for a great evening and the exercise was probably a good idea anyway.

Opening Hours:


Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Thursday
Lunch - 12-3pm
Dinner from 5.30pm - 10.30pm

Friday - Saturday
- Lunch - 12-3pm
- Dinner - 5.30 - 11.30pm

- Lunch 12-3pm
- Dinner 5.30 - 9.30pm


Monday - Closed
Tue - Fri 10.30am - Sunset
Sat - Sun 9.00am - Sunset

Getting there:

By car - Half Moon Bay is off Beach Road in Black Rock, the entrance is on the beach side of Beach Road and it is well signed. The closest railway station is Sandringham and from there you can catch a 600 or 923 bus towards Southland Shopping Centre, get off at Arkaringa Crescent, Black Rock and walk the couple of blocks to Half Moon Bay.
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Why? You'll be glad you chose this restaurant
When: Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner
Phone: (03) 9533 4028
Where: Half Moon Bay, Black Rock
Cost: See menu on the website
Your Comment
Can't beat the sunset over the water
by Lucy Graham (score: 2|277) 2738 days ago
Love this place-brilliant service & food
by Ses (score: 0|4) 2760 days ago
Thanks for your comments Lucy and Ses. I really can't recommend this place highly enough - it was great!
by Janice Heath (score: 2|387) 2731 days ago
Thanks for the fantastic review Janice - we're so delighted you enjoyed dining with us. We look forward to welcoming you again - perhaps to try our winter menu?
by news (score: 0|4) 2657 days ago
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