Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay
Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay

Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mezzalunabythesea.com/
  • Phone: 6507288108x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday– Thursday
    11:30– 2:30pm
    5:00-9:30pm

    Friday
    11:30-2:30pm
    5:00- 10:00pm

    Saturday
    11:30- 10:00pm

    Sunday
    11:30- 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant capacity seats 250. Main dining room seats 120 total. Back Room seats up to 40. Bar area seats up to 140.
  • Private Party Contact: Special Events Coordinator 6507288108x
  • Entertainment: Stage area and dance floor located in our bar area. For private functions, DJ's and bands are welcome.
  • Special Events: Whether it's a wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or just a family reunion, we look forward to helping create a memorable and successful occasion. Our banquet menu features some of our more popular dishes and items and has been crafted to accommodate most budgets, preferences and dietary needs. Depending on your group size, we have two banquet rooms available for private parties. Please visit our website for additional information and contact our Special Events Coordinator today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capistrano
  • Public Transit: Samtrans
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot and street parking
A word from Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay
Mezza Luna Restaurant, "half moon" in Italian, is located in the historic Princeton Landing Building (circa 1908). The harbor town of Princeton by the Sea is located 20 miles south of San Francisco on Highway 1. In this scenic area of Half Moon Bay, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, you can experience breathtaking coastal views and marvel at the giant waves of Mavericks. Opened in the Summer of 1993, Mezza Luna continues to create an eating environment which provides the highest quality of meat, fish, produce, pizza and pasta. All with a contemporary Southern Italian flair.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)neighborhood gem (71)good for groups (59)fit for foodies (57)scenic view (48)romantic (47)great for lunch (31)kid-friendly (27)notable wine list (25)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (13)great for brunch (10)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Very enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant exceeded our expectations. We arrived early but were warmly greeted and seated promptly. Three of us ordered the swordfish, one chose the half-chicken on a bed of risotto, and one ordered the shrimp andouille entree. All were delicious and nicely presented by our friendly waiter and staff. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    traveler
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love Mezza! Whenever we have a chance to take friends to dinner this is always our first choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were seated on what spears to be an addition to the dining room. Very boring setting compared to the main dining room.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food always
    Dave
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always a good choice for a scenic lunch. Been there many times.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something for everyone
    residentE
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I tried Mezza Luna based only on good online reviews and was not disappointed. This is authentic Italian! However, it's clear they also serve regulars as a neighborhood restaurant: we saw people coming in for takeout, there are good options for kids on the menu, and the bar area was full of those watching the game. Our server did not check on us frequently enough, but the food and especially the desserts left us with no complaints at all, eager to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Ambiance....
    AutumnParis
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    .....but food was lacking in taste. Service was very slow on a not very busy evening. A definite "do not return" kind of a place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • enjoyable
    mimi
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed the food, the environment and service. Would highly recommend for a special occasion or a night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Up town feel
    Local
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Mezzaluna is a real local gem.It might be right down Hwy 1,but you get the feeling you are at an up town restaurant . Wine list, food , service, is all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always pleases
    chervil
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love Meza Luna! It's our family go to for nearly every event, especially birthdays. Its so nice to bring friends to our local favorite ~ always pleases.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jjarlath
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Good food, nice ambiance good service close to where we stayed...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    BJluvsBJ
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was a birthday celebration and we could not have been more pleased. Friendly atmosphere from the time we stepped into the restaurant and were met by the lovely Hostess. Food was outstanding and the service excellent. This has quickly become our very favorite Coastside restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Italian food
    JRreviews
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We enjoyed everything - lightly breaded calimari, tortellini with funghi, and spaghetti genovese al pesto. Delicious tiramisu and ciocollati for dessert as well! Very attentive table service. A memorable dinner for my wife and I in Half Moon Bay.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food ... good view
    hokienerd
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Quaint restaurant with excellent food. Try to get a table overlooking the marina it adds to the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Anniversary!
    Saraboo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great meal for our anniversary. We have never been disappointed at Mezzaluna!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Awful!!
    Epicure
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Chicken Saltimboca was like rubber. The "gravy" over it tasted like it came out of a can. The Patralie sole was burnt, and dry. The clams and linguini came with mostly with empty shells. When empty shells were mentioned to the waiter, instead of offering something else, he made excuses. When asked to take a photo, he couldn't get it over with fast enough. Hence, no flash, poor photo. The doors and tables were so dirty, if you touched them, your hands were sticky. When I went to wash my hands, the bathroom was even dirtier and smelled really bad. There is very little seafood on the menu. "Chocolate souffle" was a small warmed up molten chocolate cake. AVOID THIS PLACE!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It took a while to drive from San Jose during evening commute, but the service and food was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were from out of town so not previously familiar with the restaurant. Truly enjoyed the food, service, and ambience. It was just what we were looking for. Best heirloom and burrata salad I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Afternoon
    johnandpop
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were hosting friends to celebrate their 50th and Mezzaluna helped us by giving us the best table in the house, in the corner, looking towards the water. The restaurant is not crowded at lunch and we were able to have lovely, quiet conversations. Service was off and on. It took some time to get even water service. However, once the food arrived, it was mostly very good. I've read pros and cons opinions on their version of a Ceasar salad. I, personally, am in the con side but another at our table really enjoyed it. We'll be back. The menu, while tattered, has lots of good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    Qumacy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a very quaint and lovely (away from the maddening crowd) kind of place. It is and can be very busy...but it is handled very well. An ample parking lot and a lovely walk if you want to get closer to the bay....! Food has always been wonderful. Have daily specials which are always welcomed....good White Bean Soup....just one of my favorites....and the Chocolate Soufflé... is terrific...I like mine with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...cause that the kind of girl I am...!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st wedding anniversary-Kelly
    jeannek
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a 5pm reservation and were seated at a window that was open with a lovely breeze- in view of the harbor. Service was polite and attentive-not rushed or overbearing. Salads and seafood fresh and delicious. I had a veal dish and my husband a rib dish-with delicious creme brulee with berries and lemon sorbet. The resteraunt was much fuller when we left- but we appreciated the privacy for our first anniversary with Andrea Boccelli music piped in, but not too loudly :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I would rate this restaurant no higher than a B. The service was outstanding. The ample bread they brought to the table was incredibly delicious with a tasty soft inside and crunchy crust. The view was very nice and it is a very relaxing place to dine. The food was good, not great. I had the pizza margherita - nice crust, pretty tasty, but only one small leaf of basil, and it was pretty salty. My wife had a broiled salmon - it tasted a little fishy and the texture made me think that it was not that fresh.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Taylor's from Modesto
    travelswell2day
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. The menu choices were great and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian food and service
    JnJKVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been to Mezzaluna before and remembered it well. We will be back. The food and service was excellent without the prices being exhorbitant. The Involtini were delicious. The menu is quite extensive and the wine list broad, including a good range of prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service - fix the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First let me say the service was really great. The food was not. We were out driving around and wanted a great dinner. The Open Table reviews said this was it. IT IS NOT! The Caprese salad used flavorless tomatoes and bland cheese. The main seafood dishes tasted flavorless - frozen. Not fresh as this restaurant is located next to the sea.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good meal!
    Debster
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had the minestronni soup and capellini with tomato and basil. All very tasty. This is a good place for lunch or dinner. My husband loves their Cesar salad! He says they make the best! I am a vegetarian And find that they have many tasty options for me to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Place to Go
    Patricia2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been going to Mezzaluna for many years and have NEVER been disappointed. The quality of food and the service is always consistent. There isn't a bad choice on the menu. Something for everyone and always done outstanding. The service is beyond compare. We have never had a bad server. They always remember us when we come in and treat us like old friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4girlsout
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Delicious Food. Didn't care for the corner table by the mirror but for our girls night it was okay. Server was knowledgeable. I brought my own wine and the corkage charge was acceptable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Zchp
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We wanted a romantic place that we could take a couple of bottles of wine for our anniversary, and boy did we find it. The food was amazing.... Amazing, and the service from Berta (our server) was too notch! We couldn't have imagined a more perfect anniversary dinner. Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    kwoodsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at MezzaLuna. I had requested a specific area of the restaurant for seating and they gave us the perfect table. The food was tasty, though why I would not rate the experience as Outstanding was that we felt rushed while there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Go To Favorite
    HMBJack
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When we go to Mezzaluna, we are never disappointed. The food is always good. Whether we sit in the bar side or the restaurant side, we are always greeted by a friendly, attentive staff, and always served wonderful food at a good price. Whether it is a birthday, or just a quiet dinner, it remains one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PokeyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The mixed salad was exquisitely fresh - THE BEST! Soups exceptional, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coastal Find
    Topher77
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We stopped in Sunday night with another couple enroute from Carmel to SFO and told the waiter we were on a timeline. He got out food out quickly and it was wonderful. Between us we ordered a good variety of appetizers salads soups, entrees and deserts and didn't find anything we wouldn't recommend. Don't miss the house made strawberry ice cream cheese cake desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You'll be hooked with the bread!
    LouisaVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Baking their own French bread and presenting a basket full when you are seated does the trick. It's the lightest, most delicious French bread I've ever eaten and it's been consistently good over the years. My family almost always orders a pasta...they're all delicious. Housemade gnocchi, lasagna, fresh pesto and tomato sauces are scrumptious. The chicken and veal dishes are nicely done as well. My parents have been going to Mezzaluna for years and introduced us to it years ago. You can always count on their consistency and enjoy a delicious meal. Don't forget to mop up the sauce on your plate with the bread!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smckania
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We ordered the grilled seafood for two, and it was perfect. The seafood was fresh, and the portions weren't too big or too small. I would love to go back to try the pasta.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local find
    cocomen
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Enjoy on weeknights. Weekends are crowded and noise level would be high. Excellent service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had the chicken saltimbocca and it was moist, had great flavor and loved the wine sage sauce. My boyfriend had the filet and it was prepared a perfect medium, a nice char on the outside and pink in the inside. The peppercorn sauce on the filet went very well with the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food, bad chairs
    Suzenschoice
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had the lamb chops, which were excellent, with just the right amount of side vegetables and roasted potatoes. My companions were happy with their pasta dishes. The deserts were lovely. Service was very pleasant and professional. Only complaint was the uncomfortable chairs which are those Mexican style straight backed, hard seat style.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Husband's birthday
    Corky
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wanting a dinner meeting spot between San Francisco and Santa Cruz for the family to celebrate "grandpa's" birthday on a weeknight, we went to Mezza Luna on a friend's recommendation. It was delightful. The setting was beautiful, the staff friendly and attentive (even though they were down a person), and the food was delicious. There were 6 of us. We met first in the bar which was lovely and full of laughter and then were shown to a table by the window where we looked out on the edge of the harbor. Everyone had something different from the menu and all were happy with their choices. Knowing it was my husband's birthday, the staff brought out a piece of ice cream cake with a candle and sang happy birthday with us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for celebrations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We came here for my husband's birthday, his 5 year work party and most recently our 5th anniversary. The food is great, not fussy, but very tasty and there is a good variety on the menu. The view is beautiful and service was very good. We will definitely be back, possibly to celebrate something, but hopefully sooner than that!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wwe always enjoy Mezzaluna. The service was extraordinary, we had a great table, and the food was delicious. Couldn't ask for more!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet