Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay
Luv to Dine in Half Moon BayMezza Luna is a wonderful Italian restaurant with views of the Harbor. I especially like to eat their seafood dishes. The servers are friendly and attentive. Prices are reasonable. It was one of my favorite dining experiences here in Half Moon Bay.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGoodI've been coming to this restaurant for years and for me it has been the benchmark i use for comparing to other Italian restaurants, especially the pasta. Why are they serving butter with bread now instead of olive oil?6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Service~!Mezzaluna has a wait staff that is attentive at just the right amount, and old-school--when the plates come out, you'll often have more than one server helping get the table ready in a hurry, which is a nice touch with some hard-to-please diners (the kind I"m often at table with) who are looking at their watches after others at the table have been served. That and the view of Pillar Point harbor are the stand-outs. It's an old Speak-Easy setting, and still feels like it, with a separate bar and dining area in back. The food is conventional Ital-American, nothing outré, but satisfying. If you want to practice your Italian in advance of going to a trip to Italy, this is a good place to come as you'll likely find a waiter or two to parley with6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for Locals and VisitorsWe made a reservation and stopped on our way back to SF from a day at the beach and were very pleased with our meal and experience. The place was bustling with Saturday night crowds filling the large bar and restaurant. The hostess and servers handled the traffic well and were very attentive.
Our Italian server charmed us and also gave good advice to make our dinner selections. The highlight was an artichoke gnocchi special with fava beans and sun dried tomatoes. We were glad that they recommended ordering the chocolate soufflé with the meal. It arrived at the perfect moment after we finished our main courses and was excellent.
We look forward to going back.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMalways great....always perfect....palways great....always perfect....pasta, seafood. and great specials6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat home made pastaGnocci was perfect. Little puffy pillows. Smoked salmon melted in the mouth. Old world classic.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMIn regards to Service I canIn regards to Service I can only give 3 stars. Whilst our waiter was very good and attentive, half way through our meal the buser, when filling my daughter's water glass, tipped over my husband's full water glass spilling the entire contents on my husband & half the table. Unfortunately all that could be done was to place linen napkins over the 1/2 soaked table cloth. Luckily, my husband did not get too wet and we were able to complete our meal. We are very easy going people and accidents do happen, so this did not ruin our dining experience and we will return.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love this place!We planned an anniversary lunch here, for our guests. The hostess and staff were fabulous, as was the food. This is one of our favorite restaurants.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMvery good classic Italian foodThe food and ambiance are very classic Italian and the service was top notch. The bruschetta of the day with fresh ricotta and peas was amazing. They also split our salad free of charge - a nice touch. Both pastas we had were also very good. The noisy motorcycles nearby couldn't be helped and luckily left right after we had our appetizers.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service.Excellent food and service. Frequented by the locals, and for good reason5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA Great EveningMezzaluna adjusted for the needs of our party. The service was excellent. Great and varied menu. Looking forward to our next visit to Mezzaluna.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFireside dining Italian styleNever disappointed at Mezzaluna. Excellent southern Italian cuccina with warm family feel. There always seems to be a family gathering at one of the tables, which adds to the ambiance. never annoying. Local seafood inspired dishes. Beautiful inlayed bar top provides surface for friends to gather and cheer. discreetly placed tv showing sports for those exciting games by bay area teams. Because it's in a cool coastal location, the large fireplace always seems appropriate. Prices are very affordable and portion size is satisfying. Waiters are never far and very attentive without over attending. Mezzaluna has it right! Good parking. never had lunch so don't know about that or if they have it.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMwhat a great surprise!!First time there, no expectations, but it turned out to be a great surprise! Huge place, and not one empty table (unless, of course, you had a reservation). They actually had reasonably-sized portions instead of tiny ones; reasonably priced; attentive staff; accommodating host. My only complaint was that they brought our entrees well before we were finished with our salads...still halfway to go, in one case. That said, I will definitely go back here!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have visited Mezzaluna,We have visited Mezzaluna, a number of times and have never been disappointed, food is great, as well as the service, it is my celebration spot,4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my favorite restaurantsOne of my favorite restaurants along the Pacific Coast!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Choice for DiningOne of the best restaurants the coast has to offer. Service and setting top notch and food always delicious.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service. Not too fast,Great service. Not too fast, not too slow. Food was tasty. Great restaurant.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMReally good pasta and notReally good pasta and not too expensive- maybe 12-25 a plate. House wine was very reasonable and good as well. Lots of birthdays going on, pretty busy so definitely get a reservation, but the service was fast and the waiters very attentive. It wasn't necessarily fancy dishes, more the staples of Italian, but done really well. Would recommend this place and hope to go again.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent, parkingFood was excellent, parking was easy, overall great experience.. .4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMTook a friend for a birthdayTook a friend for a birthday lunch and the food was a feast for the eye and palate. We shared a Mediterranean salad and the Grilled fish plate for two. Everything was cooked and served to perfection. We kept saying to each other how delicious everything was. The fish, scallops and shrimp were cooked perfectly. I will definitely go back, and tell my friends.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is our favorite restaurant.This is our favorite restaurant. The kids even love it. We had an early reservation on a Monday night so it wasn't crowded. We had great service and the food is always top notch. Very consistent. A great place for a celebration or just a night out.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMOur group all ordered theOur group all ordered the sand dabs which were super fresh, cooked to perfection. The service people were all attentive, we wanted for nothing. The freshly baked bread was exceptional as was the server's attention to each of us.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were heading to Half MoonWe were heading to Half Moon Bay to see a friend's band play at Old Princeton Landing. We decided to eat at Mezza Luna because it was close and the reviews were solid. We were very surprised and pleased with the restaurant!
It was refreshing that the hostess, and many waiters, were speaking Italian. We truly felt that we were in Rome or Sorrento having a meal. Overall, the food was very good. We tried the minestrone soup, charcuterie plate, stuffed chicken, standard tomato and basil pasta, and shared a piece of chocolate mousse cake for dessert. The stuffed chicken was outstanding. The vegetables were tender and the accompanying green beans were cooked perfectly. The pasta was equally as good - not too much sauce, great flavor. While the4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMA magnificent evening outThe food was fabulous, the view fantastic, the service impeccable.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a large group (13),We had a large group (13), and the staff was great. Good food, nice views.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had the loveliest mealWe had the loveliest meal at Mezzaluna. Good quality food, freah and prepared expertly. Full bar and good wine list.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood stuff.A very enjoyable experience with a solid selection of foods & booze. The service is fantastic. Not the best meal I have every had, but still a very pleasant experience.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMEaster Dinner DelightIt's just me and my adult son at Easter so I wanted to find a delicious and interesting place for dinner. Mezzaluna fit the bill. We had a nice scenic drive to the coast and stopped at the Ritz Carlton for a drink. Then we drove to Mezzaluna which is located across the street from the harbor with a view of trees in front. The service was prompt and friendly. The calamari was tender, lightly breaded, hot and delicious. The Caprese salad was delicious.
My son had the lasagna. It was a huge portion with fresh meat sauce, fine cheese and home made pasta that melted in your mouth. I had the veal scaloppine which was thick, fork tender and had a wonderful mushroom sauce. The chocolate ice cream cake was just right. A five star night!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food and even betterAmazing food and even better service. Will come back here often.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed my first visit toEnjoyed my first visit to MezzaLuna - we were there on Easter Sunday for an early dinner. Friendly greeting and a nice table by the window overlooking the harbor, service was a little spotty at first but as the place got busy, it came up to speed. Caprese salad came out very nice (and plentiful) but I found it needed a touch of balsamic - luckily there was some on the table I could use. Prawns came out a little over cooked, but still good with a tomato/caper sauce with a nice little bite. Spimoni and coffee finished the meal. I'm about 90 minutes from Half Moon Bay and if I was in the area looking for dinner, I would definitely come back to MezzaLuna.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe chocolate souffle forThe chocolate souffle for dessert is definitely worth the 20 minute wait for it to be prepared! Fantastic. I had the stuffed chicken breast with fresh veggies which was wonderful. My husband had the veal, which he said was excellent.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely dining & view of HMB harborThis was my second visit to Mezza Luna for dinner. The first was in the main dining area and was moderately noisy. This time I requested a quieter table with a view and that was exactly what I got. I was entertaining two colleagues and we all enjoyed our meals and were able to easily carry on a conversation. My Zuppa del Pescatore seafood was fresh and succulent, the base was light and delicious. The Insalata Mista had a nice mix of really crisp and fresh veggies. For dessert, we shared a custard filled pastry covered with chocolate, which was perfect since it came as three pieces. A rich cup of coffee topped off the dessert.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMReally good food! We hadReally good food! We had a very nice meal. The pizza was off the charts good. I had the bean soup, and pasta with sausage. It was really good and it reminded me of what my mother used to make.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBeen here many times. MezaBeen here many times. Meza Luna has been open for about 12 years and we keep going back. Love the owner Roberto. Nice people, gooooood food.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is one of my favoriteThis is one of my favorite places to take out of town friends.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMOur dinners at Mezza LunaOur dinners at Mezza Luna have always been top notch! The salmon was cooked to perfection, as was the steak. The salmon-stuffed raviolishas a sause to die for. Service is always excellant and we can't wait to return!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWE ARE LOCALS AND MEZZA LUNAWE ARE LOCALS AND MEZZA LUNA IS ALMOST A "NEIGHBORHOOD" PLACE.JUST LOVE GOING THERE.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Italian in HMBThis is my second time coming into Mezzaluna. The first time I had the lamb, which I HIGHLY recommend. This time I had the Vitello Romantico, which is Veal Scaloppini. I felt the marsala wine sauce was not full of that "red wine and brown butter" flavor that I enjoy. The mushrooms were very common and tough, as if they’ve sat around for some time. My boyfriend had the Spaghetti alla Bolognese. He very much enjoyed it however, I felt the sauce was too heavy on the tomato (acidic) and not enough on the meat flavor. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed in the food and service but it is all well put together and enjoyable for a small town such as HMB!2/24/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed our dinner very much.Enjoyed our dinner very much. Great wait staff; everyone was very cordial. Nice view of the water. Will go again for sure!2/16/2013 12:00:00 AM