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Pasta Moon
Pasta Moon

Pasta Moon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pastamoon.com
  • Phone: (650) 726-5125
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kim Levin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Several private rooms are available. Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Teresa Maloney (650) 726-5125
  • Entertainment: Live music every Wednesday in our Music Box Lounge
  • Special Events & Promotions: Annual wine tasting and winemaker dinners. Please sign up for our monthly announcements

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pasta Moon
A popular destination in Half Moon Bay for over 25 years, Pasta Moon Restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine using the freshest local produce available- in fact, easily the finest dining on the coast; (and not the most expensive!). You'll find a cozy setting for lunch or dinner, surrounded by old arched casement windows which once brought light into the Burlingame Public Library, and you'll be served by an attentive and knowlegable staff.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "It's always a treat to go to Pasta Moon. This time was no exception. We loved everything. We tried new things this time such as the fried green beans and the tagliatelle with scallops. We had some stand-bys like the clam chowder and the best dessert ever--Meyer lemon parfait. Everyone should eat here!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Took out of town friends (who have owned 2 restaurants) for Sunday dinner. Everything was exceptional. All pasta made on site. I ordered the pasta special, tagliatelle and roasted scallops. The flavors were subtle and the pasta fresh. The men both ordered the lasagna. The best anywhere lasagna because they make the pasta sheets on site. Beware, if you order the whole plate you will probably be taking some home. It's a perfect course to share. I just wish they made a vegetarian alternate. Salads all were freshly made. Dressing delicate and subtle. There are now several choices for dinning in Half Moon Bay, but, the service and food at Pasta Moon makes it difficult not to return. The service was impeccable."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This lovely restaurant never fails to please. The pasta is incredible! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Nice location for a lunch in cute downtown Half Moon Bay. Service was fine, decor was attractive but there was persistent problem with many flies buzzing around which was unfortunate. The food was a bit overambitious. I had linguini with ahi tuna which was mediocre - too many competing flavors with black olives, capers overpowered the tuna, pasta was too al dente. Another person in our party had pizza margherita, nice crust on the pizza but would rate it a B-/C+ on the pizza margherita scale. We were catching up with an old friend so stayed at the table 2 hours, it was clear after 90 minutes that the waitress was impatient for us to leave in order to free up the table for other diners."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. I have never been disappointed - pasta's are great. My favorite is the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Had stuffed zucchini flowers appetizers and they were wonderful, light and flavorful, stuffed with cheese. Service is great, very attentive but not hovering. I can't say enough about this jewel of a restaurant. I have been going there for 15 years and the quality remains tops."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Have always loved coming to HMB and eating at Pasta Moon. The Muscles are wonderful as is the rest of their menu items. Great for an afternoon walking around town then settling into a mid day lunch."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our table goes silent as the waitperson approaches. We begin eating with our eyes, such lovely presentations. There is no disappointment as each bite tastes better than the next! We did have an odd waitperson experience, but next time we will be sure not to have him, and all will be perfect! On all other visits the service was 5 star. Planning to be back soon and to have my birthday dinner there. We're only 10 minuets away which makes this a constant temptation! Looking forward to next time, soon :)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We dine at Pasta Moon every time we visit Half Moon Bay. It's comfortably upscale and the food is consistently good.We hope the lace battered green beans stay on the starter menu......wonderful.The pasta is always homemade and delicately sauced.A "must go" after we get our fill of coastside fish and fries houses."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I had the beet salad Beets were minced with burrata on top it was as if the beets were a garnish for the burrata Lasagna was very good Dessert was great"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "First rate food - ingredients, prep, combination,and presentation. They're innovative, but not show-offs. Tastes great too. Great service - prompt, never rushed or pushy. Nice wine list. Reasonable sound levels. Really nice decor, recently repainted. It's all about the food and not about being the hippest, 'to be seen at', or amazing decor or artwork. Staff is always friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Atmosphere, service and food are all exceptional! The wine list has some great Italian finds. The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and wines. The food was delicious using local produce and peek of the season products. Highly recommend a visit either for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • " This restaurant is certainly worth the trip to Half Moon Bay. The relaxed atmosphere, with the fabulous food always makes this a great destination!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have been many times and always recommend it to others. One of the best spots around Half Moon Bay. Great Italian food, very well prepared with interesting choices. Pasta homemade and you can tell. Great all Italian wine list with many unusual offerings. Comfortable setting, casual, but still upscale dining, but not at all formal. Restaurant has grown now with a few separate dining areas and nice separate bar at entrance. Get to the beach, then enjoy an afternoon stroll of the interesting shops on Main Street and finish up at Pasta Moon. Makes for a great day."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were amazed with the attentive service! We had two small children with us and they met all their needs from the moment we walked in. The food was outstanding. The appetizers, although smaller in portion, were very tasting. We were shocked to see how large the lunch main entrees were after seeing the size of the appetizers. The bread is still warm and baked fresh there."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is our go-to restaurant for out of town guests and special treats for ourselves. The service is always excellent. The staff is so friendly and I love that they remember us, so welcoming."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Pasta Moon hit expectations. The Italian dishes have unique twists and plenty of flavor. The tuna linguini has a gradual intensity of flavor with each bite. Nice place to eat in downtown Half Moon"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "While there are a lot of quick food options in HMB, Pasta Moon is a serious, but casual restaurant. Food and service were excellent except for the espressos which were a bit watery. The decor is fun, colorful and with a large, multiple section seating area, a variety of party sizes can be accommodated. We had a fresh linguine with calamari and it was excellent. Al dente pasta and calamari with a touch of seasoned broth. Pasta was steaming when mixed on our plates. Highly recommended. Great find and so much better than the clam shack attitudes of other places where we have encountered high prices for bad fried food and indifferent service."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Beautifully remodeled restaurant. The staff was welcoming. Our waiter, Sebastian, detailed the specials and answered our questions with great drama! Miss: clam chowder "sour". Hit: Fried ricotta stuffed squash blossoms (special menu) "out of this world". Hit&Miss: Seared scallops on pappardelle pasta (special menu) "scallops amazing, pasta dry". Hit: Margherita pizza "perfect". Hit&Miss: Ghiradelli butterscotch pudding with whip cream "delicious but hard to eat out of narrow necked glass". We will come back because overall the experience was great."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Pasta Moon is a real gem tucked away in Half Moon Bay - intimate, great food, and very pleasant wait staff."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have here many, many times. Always a great choice. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had a prawn appetizer that was merely passable. The shrimp were mushy and tasteless. Our pastas were good. It was convenient to our B&B but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I know that my friends and I will always have a good experience at Pasta Moon."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was so good. The tomatoes on the bruchetta were perfectly ripe and seasoned really well. The butternut squash ravioli (my favorite) is always amazing, the pork chop was juicy and flavorful. The service is also amazing here. The head server was great, but so were the busser and the food runner. All 3 of these men kept a close eye on our table, so whenever we needed another fork, more wine, ground pepper, etc, they were always at hand to help. Such a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Clearly Pasta Moon sources great ingredients -- every single one was perfect. We had the pea and fava bean appetizer, which was excellent and the flavors of feta, olive oil, and lemon were perfectly balances and muted enough to let the legumes shine through. The lemon chicken was simple but perfectly executed. But the pappardelle pancetta was slightly bland and the pasta was overcooked to the point of gumminess, a cardinal sin for a place with pasta in the name and which touts homemade noodles. Finally, our server listed the wrong specials and was completely disinterested, never asking how our food was or offering to get another drink, even tossing dessert menus on the table and leaving without discussion."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our dining experience was truly exceptional! The lasagna was absolutely to die for! By far, the best lasagna, we have ever had! Which is no small compliment because we have lived in New York City! The homemade pasta was so light and delicate! The Meyer lemon meringue dessert was just luscious! The perfect combination of sweet and tart! The service was exceptional! Can't wait to return! Exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Spent a lovely evening here on July 4th. Ambience is lovely, food was light and modern, with lots of flavors. The lasagna was big enough for two with layers of homemade noodles. Wonderful experience, will definitely come again!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I first ate at Pasta Moon 15 years ago. We visit Half Moon Bay once or twice a year and make it one of our regular stops. Our meal this time was outstanding. All pastas are made in house and all ingredients are first class. I would put it the equal of Cotogna. The service was excellent. Their remodel (5 years ago) has elevated the interior to the level of the cuisine. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Having dined at Pasta Moon several years ago, I made a reservation for a birthday dinner for two. Although the restaurant was quite slow for a Sunday night at 7pm, our waiter was non-existent most of the time. The food runner and busboys did a great job of making sure that we got our salad and entrees, but I finally had to go over to the hostess to get our waiter's attention to order coffee and dessert. The food itself was just okay. I had the scallop and fettuccine special which came drowned in olive oil. My friend had the grilled swordfish (also a special) which also came drenched in olive oil. All in all, a very disappointing evening."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Enjoyable lunch on a beautiful on the coast. Excellent food, great wine, wonderful friends."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have eaten at Pasta Moon 1 to 2 times per year over the last 5 years. I have to say that the food seems to get better each time we go."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Excellent food. Try the scallop dish. Mixed drinks are very good especially the Negroni."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO PASTA MOON FOR OVER 20 YEARS,BUT HAVE NOT DONE SO IN THE PAST TWO YEARS BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT GONE TO HALF MOON BAY. WE STARTED WITH A "SPECIAL SOUP." IT WAS A SWEET CORN SOUP. IT WAS SIMPLE AND ELEGANT AT THE SAME TIME. WE ALSO HAD THE PAPPERDELE (SP ?) WITH PANCETTA AND THE PORK CHOPS IN A CHERRY SAUCE WITH MARSCAPONE MASHED POTATOES. BOTH WERE EXCELLENT. FINALLY WE HAD A "SPECIAL" DESSERT A STRAWBERRY PANNA COTTA WITH STRAWBERRIES AND STRAWBERRY SAUCE WHICH RIVALED THE CORN SOUP."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Pasta Moon is one of our favorite restaurants & we have dinner every time we visit Half Moon Bay. On this occasion the special was lamb osso buco, which sounded fantastic when the server described it. What I got was a different story; it was mostly fat with hardly any lamb and they charged $32 for this! The lasagna and eggplant parmigiana that my wife and daughter ordered were fantastic, but this experience left a bad taste in my mouth. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food and service were exceptional. Had a great experience. Look forward to going back!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Don't miss Pasta Moon if you're traveling near Half Moon Bay. It has the best Italian cooking on the coast."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Delightful! Reviewers of this restaurant were not wrong. Fresh, delicious food (my friend had the house made spicy lamb sausage with cavetini, a type of rolled up pasta) and I had the wonderful meat-falling-off-the-bone osso buco, which was one of the specials of the evening). Our server was knowledgeable of the in ingredients in the dishes we inquired about. Not too noisy, cozy bar area and plenty of street parking. Due to its popularity, I'd suggest making a reservation, which we did to be on the safe side. A great place to dine!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My son loves pasta and I took both kids out to dinner and they cleaned the plates from Appetizer to dessert. Great good and our server was awesome."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very good food and service. Serviceable setting. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It is there for years, deservingly, and we hope it will be there for more. The flat noodles, in the lasagna and other dishes are heavenly! We should negotiate with some major company to sell it at hole Foods and other premium stores. Contact me. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "No traffic on 35 during the week, so nice drive. Parking right in front. Meeting friends for lunch, and were not rushed. Had a problem with the daily special, but waitress very accommodating and the owner/manager came out to apologize, agree, and offered us another entree. So my old stand-by butter nut squash ravioli in sage butter sauce was outstanding. Friend had frito misto, which she really enjoyed. This restaurant, one of our favorites in the area, and with service and food, we will return. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014