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Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay
Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay

Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mezzalunabythesea.com
  • Email: contact@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, 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: Giorno di Mamma! Our limited menu features some of our more popular dishes and items created especially for MOM. See "events" on our website for menu details.

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
  • "Quiet at 6 PM, easy to chat over a meal. Can't speak for the busier hours but I'd chance another visit to check that out :)"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Came here for my birthday and it was a very nice time. They made a special attempt to reserve a table by the fire and sang Happy Birthday for me. I had veal scaloppini which was excellent, as was the salad and desert. Our only complaint is that my husband needs a gluten free meal and the waiter had no clue, nor did he check with the cook to see if there was any wheat in the entrée he recommended. There must have been in the sauce, so he was pretty miserable for 24 hrs. It's embarrassing to have to quiz the wait staff every where we go to eat, but there are still many restaurants who don't understand it can make or break an experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went here with my Uncle who was looking for some good authentic Italian food. However, Uncle ended up getting the Lamb special which he said was very tasty. I had the Penne with eggplant, tomato and smoked mozzarella. Uncle got the chocolate souffle (ordered with dinner as it takes them 20 minutes to prepare). I got the strawberry ice-cream on white cheesecake and white chocolate chips so delicious!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Best food on the coast:Giovanni and all server staff are fantastic,as is all the employees at meza Luna:I have to eat there at least 1 x week,for it is the best dinning experiencee:Thanks:Jim Twomey and Jane Myers:"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The fresh porcini gnocchi were excellent. The signature chocolate soufflé was wonderful. We really enjoyed that our waiter spoke Italiano! Great fun. Would have preferred to be in the dining room with the view but the service was great where we were in the back room."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I find this to be one of our favorite spots."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We love this restaurant and had them cater our wedding. This Is the first time we took my sister with with the baby niece. The restaurant was very accommodating. Finding a table where we could pull the stroller up and offering to reheat the food after we were forced to take a little break. Food was great as usual."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "As always a great choice, cannot say anything negative."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed the food nothing amazing, but it was good. Being from the east coast this is decent Italian."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "huge variety of other diners obviously enjoying the very good food in the very large dining rooms. Intimate not, but the grilled seafood platter was superb, as was the other dishes we tried. Would not hesitate to go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Mezzaluna. The first time, about a year ago, we were located in a little out-of-the-way corner and never got a sense of the restaurant as a whole. This time we were seated on what might be a stage on occasions when there's entertainment, so we had a "dias" view of the whole scene. Everything checked above is accurate! While there, we did see a vibrant bar scene AND several groups with kids. EVERYONE was treated by an amazing staff: we watched it all from our "perch". The bar area is carpeted to dampen sound level, but still fairly lively. Compliments to AMAZING CHEF! Best prosciutto ever tasted. Both calamari steak and marinated lamb chops best EVER! Veggies perfectly cooked. Great wine pairing. GO!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is the third time I've had the pleasure of dining at Mezza Luna. I will always go back as the food and the service are outstanding. I consider myself a food snob so I don't give out high ratings very easily. My fiance and I had the mixed grill. Each bite was cooked perfectly, from the scallops to the salmon, nothing was overcooked (one of my pet peeves). Everything from the salad to the dessert was divine. Love, love, love this place!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Every time my girlfriend and I stay at the local R V park we make it a point to have dinner at your restaurant . The food is great and we always seem to get the same waitress who is very nice."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We eat here often. This time we shared the prosciutto con frutta, yummy, almost transparent slices of prosciutto with perfectly ripe cantelope slices and salty black olives. My husband had the involtini ala Romana, thin veal slices wrapped around ham & mozzarella in a wine sauce. I had a daily special, perfect, delicate sand dabs in a butter sauce. Both dishes were accompanied by slender fresh spring asparagus and potatoes. Draft beer for my husband and a lovely bottle of Gavi wine for me. The staff couldn't have been nicer. We go here for special occasions and just anytime we crave the wonderful food they prepare."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had three dishes, all perfectly prepared with nothing overdone. And since we were sharing, they split the portions without any extra charge. Best of all were the dishes most Italian restaurants overlook, from southern Italy, sich as the raw marinated seafood salad. All was perfect."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I rarely write reviews but the service is terrible! It was like pulling teeth to get any of the items we ordered. Although it was a busy Saturday night, the service was inexcusable. We ordered fairly quick and half of our beverages were not brought out till we reminded the server. It took over an hour to get our entrees and the food was sub par. Apparently there was a mix up in the kitchen but we were only told this after flagging down our server after an hour of waiting. The server never bother to check in. Food is sub par and overpriced. Would never go back or recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance with views of old cypress and of the water. Elegant but relaxed atmosphere. Wait staff was attentive but never hovering. Our primary wait person was Bertha, who radiated warmth and charm and saw to our every need. The menu is excellent to the point of it being difficult to decide what to order. We ordered a starter, two different main courses and shared the chocolate souflee dessert, and all were done to perfection. A wonderful dining experience that we can't wait to do again soon."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The service was exceptional with knowledgeable staff who show they truly care about your dining experience. Having traveled in Italy many times it was refreshing and reminder of the friendliness of the Italian people. The fish selection is wonderful and cooked exceptionally well with plenty of deep and robust flavors. The vegetarian fare was a little bland and could have definitely been taken up a notch. But highly recommend and will visit again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had been driving past their sign on Highway 1 for years, and finally reserved a table for the trip home from a day in San Francisco. Our waiter was attentive but unobtrusive, which was nice as we have two young children. Started with the Caprese Salad - nicely seasoned, the flavors of the ingredients each had a place without crowding each other out. Everyone at the table ordered the Gorgonzola Gnocchi except me, who chose stuffed veal medallions. The gnocchi were light and fluffy, and the Gorgonzola cream sauce did not taste like a bomb going off in your mouth. My veal was tender and mild, served with a nice side of roasted potatoes and lightly steamed broccoli."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Haven't been to Mezzaluna in years. I guess too many distractions on the other side of the "hill". Our visit was great so we'll be back soon and bring friends. The chef who has been there for years still has the "touch". Both dinners were excellent, could not be better and we are devotees of fine dining. Also, good bar and wine selection."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We are local HMB'ers and come here when guest are in town.the food is standard italian and is very good. We had calimari appetizer along with salmon, lasagna, pizza and another pasta. All were well prepared and consistent. Tables are a bit close together so conversation was a little strained. But overall a good experience if you are looking for standard italian food."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Bad food presentation , slow service , food was bland. Not what expected .. Disappointed"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great food and staff was awesome! When I made the reservation on line, they asked for special requests so I got to sneak in a birthday request and totally shocked my friend. They were so cool about it! He never saw it coming. Wonderful evening. Waiter even had an Italian accent. Yummy!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was delicious, with a good menuand a great selection of specials, with an affordable wine list. Excellent service."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My wife and I met my folks for lunch. My wife enjoyed the Ahi special, I had a rib eye medium rare. Was done just right. My father enjoyed the Chicken Saltimboca and my mother had a Canneloni special. The food was excellent at a great price."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This has been an excellent Italian Restaurant since I discovered it back in 2005 and we dine there a few times a year. Food is impressive that we take a 100 mile drive to eat at this eatery.."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was great. Loved the Pizza and Salmon. Very noisy as we sat by the bar. Waiter was knowledgeable and gave good recommendations."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Best Italian restaurant in California:Best service,fantastic waiter in Giovanni:Try to go at least one time a week:"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Took my mom here for her birthday. Asked for a nice table with a view and received a beautiful table. Waiter was very nice but obviously quite inexperienced. We were the first ones in the restaurant after it opened that day and we did not get our main course for an hour. Our waiter was assigned tables way away from where we were so we could not even get his attention. We finally had to get other waiters to come over. Food was great. Everybody enjoyed their meal. We had a party of six. They automatically add a tip to the bills for parties of six or more. I DO NOT LIKE THIS. When service is bad, low tip. Service is good, great tip! They did not tell me this ahead of time."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Love coming to Mezza Luna. The fettuccine alfredo was a bit bland, but everything else we had was really fantastic as usual Also had wonderful service from our long time waiter."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to mezzaluna for 15 years and have never had a bad experience. The wine list prices range from affordable to as high as you want to go. Great multepulcianos and other italian wine favorites. All pasta is made in house and the desserts are made by their pastry chef. Mezzaluna is well managed and we have never waited too long of any dish. Get a table in the bar where the locals eat for a more casual experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "4/5 stars Food/service was great. Table choice was in a walkway, no privacy."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband almost always orders lasagna when we go to Italian restaurants. He said this lasagna was the best he has ever tasted. The staff was friendly and attentive, it was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The food was good but nothing stood out like at other fabulous restaurants. The server couldn't really recommend a wine to pair and took a very long time to bring the check. When asked for it, he explained he didn't want to interrupt. Sweet but we weren't going to stop all conversation to have him bring the check. Food came all together and was good from appetizers, main entrees, to dessert. our group was large and felt a little out of place with the rest of the quiet guests but still welcome. Overall just good. The servers and other members of the staff were very friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great food. Great atmosphere. Make a reservation, this place fills up fast."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Giovanni was an amazing server. The food was great, service was the perfect balance of attentiveness and privacy, and drink prices were reasonable. Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Have been here before. This time was for my birthday. Wonderful food as usual. Had gamberi (prawns)ala Roberto. Perfect! Husband had chicken saltimbocca. They were out of the wine I wanted but helped me select another that was wonderful & I'll order again. Had a romantic table by the fireplace. Yummy desserts."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Great ambiance , food was really good, service was exceptional"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I am a local to the area and when we dine at Mezza it is like going to" The City" without the drive. It is very international and the food is so tasty…… Great selection of drinks and Wine…"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Mezzaluna is a wonderful restaurant. Always good service and always fabulous food. We have never had a bad meal or experience here and will be back - many times, I'm sure."
    Dined on 2/1/2014