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Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay
Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay

Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mezzalunabythesea.com
  • Phone: (650) 728-8108
  • Hours of Operation: Monday– Thursday
    11:30– 2:30pm

    5:00- 10:00pm

    11:30- 10:00pm

    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 (650) 728-8108
  • Entertainment: Stage area and dance floor located in our bar area. For private functions, DJ's and bands are welcome.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.

Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Food authentic!Home made pasta/bread/and great olive oil!Fantastic waiter and server:Giovanni and Theresa were the best:Best overall experience on coast:You know the food is good when no one in the restaurant was talking on their cell phones!!!!!!!Jim Twomey"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always a favorite, sadly things have changed....Service is wonderful, but the pork chop special had a bland watery sauce, dissappointing. The cold cut appetizer plate was sparce, a few slices of sliced meats and 2 thin cheese wedges, couple of olives, not impressed. Three one inch slices of salami, really? The veal saltimbocca was a bit gamey and bland, not the sumptuous, flavorful meal it was in the past oozing with flavors and cheese. And the small amount of potatoes on the side barely a tablespoon worth with each entree. For spending $300 for 4 people I would expect much better flavors and quality of food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Server was great, but food was nothing special. Disappointing after reading all the great reviews."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "divine food. long wait to order drinks / then another for food. / wine not great. sounds like a bad review but i do love this restaurant. just not the best server last night."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wanted a quaint place for a small celebratory dinner. This place fit the bill and Giovanni made it even better. He was attentive, warm and so friendly that we felt right at home. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I love each time we go to Mezzaluna. Mostly, we go for special occasions. The staff is great and the food is excellent. We live just down the street and Mezzaluna is always our first choice. We love it."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have not been to Mezza Luna for years and it had good reviews on yelp and people go there all the time. It was extremely busy so service was slow and that is understandable and I was not impressed with the food at all. Presentation was poor looked thrown together. Entrees were hot maybe because they were under the heat lamp too long. My pasta was fair - I make it better at home. My friends lasagna didn't have much btw the layers of noodles. My husband had mussels that were so small and his friend didn't even finish the Saltibocca. I will say it is probably better on a week night and maybe for pizza. I did hear from a coworker that the salmon is amazing. I won't be going back soon."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The chefs are flawless with fish. The seafood is always fresh and perfectly prepared. The staff is extremely friendly and they excell at appetizers. Always worth the drive."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We chose Mezzaluna based on Yelp reviews. When we arrived at our B&B, the host said Mezzaluna was one of his favorites. We figured that it was a pretty good bet...well, it was much better. The staff was very courteous, prompt, and helpful. The food was really quite good. The Calamari appetizer was very tender and flavorful. We shared a calabrese salad, which was perfect for two and had heirloom tomatoes and fresh Mozzarella. My wife had tortellini, which was freshly made (the kitchen is visible from the smaller dining room). I had the Piccatina di Vitello, which was very tender and extremely tasty. The dinner was delicious, the cocktails and wine very good, the service very good and the bill was a lot less than I expected - Outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Due to a large private party, it took a few minutes to even get noticed by staff waiting near the entrance and a few more minutes to get seated at our reserved table. The private party continued to thoroughly sap wait staff time throughout the evening, and we ended up waiting several minutes to order, and then to receive our meals. The food was good, not great, but the wine list was impressive. There was no one to even say goodbye to when we walked out of the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "First off, the staff is amazing. Everyone is very pleasant and you can tell that their number 1 goal is customer service. Second goal is serving great tasting food. I had the Seabass and was cooked perfectly. Can't wait to be in Half Moon Bay again to dine at Mezzaluna."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Bad from start to finish.They advertise as having a view of the ocean. I called to double check and get a table with a view. We drive 45 min - and the view from the table with the best view in the restaurant, is possibly a tiny SLIVER of a view between the branches of a tree - and it's far away, We sat down because we wanted to have a fun time, The food was terrible. When they put the appetizer on the table, we said, "Where's the rest of it?" 3 slices of prosciutto and 2 little slices of cantaloupe. We order that all the time in other places. The meal was bad banquet food.The waiter's authentic charming accent was nice. It is a tourist trap where tourists stop because there are only a few of restaurants $160.00! i'll never get back."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "This place has been here for years. I used to go to it when it was on Highway 1. Never had a bad meal and always a pleasant experience~"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Wonderful food again. We love this restaurant. Sand dabs, on the specials, were outstanding. My husband loves the chicken saltimboca. We shared a lovely melon and prosciutto appetizer. The Gavi white wine that I usually order wasn't on the wine list, but I had a lovely sauvignon blanc instead. We return often to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went for my mom's birthday and we had a wonderful time. GREAT authentic Italian food and so reasonably priced. Will definitely be back next time we go to Half Moon Bay for vacation."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our friends recommended this restaurant and we really enjoyed it. The warm rolls won us over in a heartbeat! The waiter never tried to sell us overpriced wine and he food was delicious. Added bonus was that we could walk from Oceana where we were staying. Awesome find! We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Have eaten here before and find their food and service continuing to be excellent."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Second time here. Food and service both times were outstanding. Worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We visited for the first time and had lunch on Father's Day, when they were offering a limited menu. Even though the restaurant was quite busy, the service was very good and the food was excellent. Outstanding pizzas!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "great place to take parents to celebrate anniversary or birthdays"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Place was packed. Got there early and got seated. Service was slow. Food took about an hour to arrive and I had ordered a pasta dish (not a tough one to cook).Quasar"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We celebrated Father's Day and enjoyed the special menu for the day. Mezza Luna always creates the perfect atmosphere for celebration and special occaisions, and this proved so once again with wonderful food, warm and efficient staff."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We dine at Mezzaluna occationally and it is always a good experience. Good well crafted food, good portions, with great table service. Servers are well versed on the menu and very attentative without intrution."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good and not-so good. Depending on where you get seated, it's either a beautiful view of the ocean or the parking lot (we got the latter). The drinks were generous, and our 1st course (gnochi) was maybe the best we have ever had - pillowy with a delicious sauce. But we got rushed by our server - we had not finished our drinks when the gnochi came. When you wanted him, he wasn't around. Our main courses were just OK, certainly not bad, but nothing to write home about. We passed on desert. Just overall kind of un-inspiring. Probably won't be back..."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our party of 8 had a wonderful time at Mezzaluna. The location was lovely and everyone was pleased with their menu selections, all commenting that the food was very good. Special requests from the vegetarians and others with food restrictions were graciously accommodated, which made for a very enjoyable dining experience. We will definitely go back to Mezzaluna again."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Live locally and can always count on Mezzaluna for a great meal. Sometimes you even feel like you are on a vacation……..Service is lovely …food always great."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We live in Livermore and find the drive to Mezzaluna a great destination for dinner often. Great job guys!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We dined here on Saturday night of Father's Day weekend, in June graduation season, with lots of large parties creating a very loud and cramped dining room space. Our server brought my husband the wrong cocktail and couldn't be flagged down to exchange it; after a longer wait than promised for appetizer, the server apologized, saying that another server had taken our order of baked mussels, so he had to put in a new order. When the food did arrive, it was very good and exceeded our expectations: the fresh fish of the day, a grilled snapper, was perfectly cooked, as were very fresh tasting green beans. Good food, harried service, loud dining room"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was very good and not intrusive."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a great dinner. Food was great. Service was great."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love this place. Excellent food, great view, responsive service, prompt"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I ate at Mezzaluna for the 1st time 6/2/14. It was highly recommended by a coworker so I took a close friend for a birthday celebration. I loved the restaurant from the moment I arrived. It's located in a quiet corner of Princeton. I asked for a window table and got one with a scenic view of the harbor. We arrived early, but they were able to seat us immediately. The servers and busboys were very attentive and provided excellent service. They sang happy birthday to my friend. The food is good, but the overall experience is fantastic. It's a perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner or special occasion. There is a back room with a different vibe--feels more casual, has a bar and big screen tv as well as dining area. I will definitely return. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "good food, a little overpriced. Menu would benefit from paring and concentrating on a few better dishes."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "They were really bussy that night but the waiter still made my 3 year old a priority. The food is always yummy"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We requested a special table for our wedding anniversary and they gave us a table with a view of the water. The service was attentive and cordial. The menu was interesting with a good selection of traditional Italian dishes. We ordered the grilled vegetables as an appetizer, which was really great. The cannelloni, stuffed with veal, was very creamy and yummy. I enjoyed the ravioli stuffed with fresh salmon, which was far more enjoyable than the predictable smoked salmon and probably healthier. We would come here again!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very good food, staff and ambience. We had a very nice dinner and they gave us a nice table. Overall will go again!!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The young lady who greeted us on May 18 is a business killer. She tried to seat us at the two least desirable tables and didn't offer us the option of dining in the bar area which would have been more to our liking. Later other diners left without order after being seated at one of the table she tried to palm off on us. We would have left too, but we were tired from a long day of driving. The food was good, and our waiter was pleasant."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The Calamari, Chicken Saltimbocca and Creme Brulee were delish. We would definitely go back. Our waiter was also very nice."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The place opened late. Waiter was loud, attempted to be like an Italian waiter but was a big turn off. Never offered to refill my water. With the drought, I did not expect it to be filled automatically but should have been offered as my glass was empty. Desserts were nice, but all plates came with kitchen order tape on the bottom. The waiter also missed what was on the list – no mango. When we told the waiter one dessert will be shared, he forced a wrong dessert. With his fake Italian accent pretty much told us to eat it and pay. The service was OK at the start, but slowed way down mid course. Only thing good was the view of the harbor. If you like the view and don’t care about the food or service, go there. I would NOT go back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went back for our 17th anniversary. We had our wedding reception there 17 years ago. At their old location. Love the new location. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014