Pasta Moon
Pasta Moon

Pasta Moon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pastamoon.com/
  • Phone: 6507265125
  • 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 x
  • Entertainment: Live music every Wednesday in our Music Box Lounge
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Pasta Moon reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (119)neighborhood gem (106)special occasion (100)romantic (77)great for lunch (60)notable wine list (53)good for groups (52)hot spot (26)kid-friendly (25)vibrant bar scene (21)great for brunch (19)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great Food and Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Enjoyed another great meal at Pasta Moon. Everything was wonderful, from the pasta dish to pizza. We also ordered one of the daily specials (pan fried sole), which was delicious. The service was great. The manager stopped by to chat with us, and when he saw that we enjoyed one of their house made bread, he came back with more. Would definitely go again when we're in Half Moon Bay.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great Italian Food
    TimW
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We stopped by after walking thru the Pumpkin Featival. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Half Moon Bay's Best
    MzGayle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been visiting Half Moon Bay on an annual trip for over 20 years with my neighbor and we use to try different restaraunts for lunch. We're foodies, love cooking and eating. We've had some great meals in this wonderful beach town. We stopped experimenting once we had lunch at Pasta Moon! We split meals so we can have variety. The Eggplant Parmesan is deliciously flavorful and light. The Pappardelle Pancetta is something I dream about as is the Butternt Squash & Mascarpone Ravioli. Most recently I chose the Linguini Pan Seared Ahi Tuna. It was butter in my mouth and I'm dreaming again. Love this restaraunt and it's a highlight on my visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A trip to Italy without the hassle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I can't think of a better place to dine on the SF Peninsula then Pasta Moon There isn't a discussion about great food places that doesn't include PastaMoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta Moon
    YUMMYtummy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    we ate dinner here on our honey moon. We expected good things based on other reviews, and weren't disappointed. The staff was great and the food was wonderful.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb service and trendy decor!
    CallaLily
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant decor (design, layout, color theme) is beautifully coordinated, contemporary & sophisticated. Spacious with plenty of seating, yet cozy nooks exist for quieter, romantic seating. Enticing menu with perfect number/selection of dishes in each category (meaning a great menu that is easy reading and not overwhelming!). Lovely wine list of primarily Italian wines. I had the butternut squash ravioli...very fresh pasta and delicate flavors...delicious and "just right" portion size. Attractive, artistic presentation. Our server was knowledgeable, energetic, fun, and friendly and provided excellent, well-timed service. We had a terrific dining experience and I would return in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always quality food
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great place. Great food quality and unique preparations. Always a terrific time. Owner watches over food preparation and service and it is always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food here is so fresh and the people are so friendly! What a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bay Area Foodie
    BayareafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Six of us had a wonderful evening at Pasta Moon. The tables are well spaced so we could easily converse, the restaurant was warm and inviting with attractive decor and lighting, and the menu had lots of delicious options: the housemade lasagna was awesome and a huge portion (think leftovers for lunch), the duck with grape jus special was perfectly cooked and so good, salads were outstanding and only the desserts were less than a 5-star experience. My lemon parfait with Italian meringue was too, too sweet and gooey. Those who ordered the pumpkin cake special were very happy. Our waiter had a great personality and all aspects of service were gracious and professional. Bar service took a bit of time but was not a problem for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    JihmbVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Salmon special was amazing and my dining companion had 1/2 serving of lasagna and it was as big as my head! Huge! He loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sakal
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food delicious, server was friendly, never had to ask for refills, attention detailed with food requests. Lemon sorbet was fantastic! One thing I've noticed from both times here- noisy building (hard floors, no acoustics) maybe not a big deal for some but I was distracted by noise despite few customers in the restaurant. Otherwise a pleasurable experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning food ... Waitress was nuts
    SilverSailor
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food and place excellent as usual. Waitress needs an attitude reset, always believed that the best wait staff are the ones who are their for you but whose presence is non intrusive. This lady would be better working a street market with a patter that harangs customers into buying goods. And who is never wrong. Suspect had the owner been onsite this would not have been so evident. Every business has its background hiccups from time to time. It's how you deal with such things that in part show how good you are. Did we enjoy tne evening and wS it worth it. Absolutely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the Moon
    Texasbob88
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our server expertly named the specials which the four of us tried and they were all surprisingly delicious. They try different menu items with great success. The dessert, dense pumpkin cake, was outstanding as well as the pasta dish. The salad with warm butternut squash was a hit also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday but no treat?
    Bbetty
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is my second outing to Pasta Moon this year and I have to say that it fell short of my expectations once again. The starters were good. Then the bread and balsamic/olive oil came out. Ugh. It was awful. You go to an Italian restaurant aand you expect the the bread to resemble something like Italian.The wine was marginal and two of our entrees were not original. And by that I mean they could have very well come from Costco and had spice thrown on the sauce. Then I asked the waitress did they do anything to celebrate people's birthdays and she said yes and never came back. This is after I told the hostess we had a birthday in our party. #notgoingback
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in Half Moon Bay
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I chose to dine at Pasta Moon to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary - it's our favorite restaurant. We have enjoyed this restaurant since it opened years ago - what more can I say! The food is absolutely delicious and their specials are beyond excellent. The staff is very professional and that is hard to beat. If you want to have a cocktail and sit in the bar area, don't hesitate to order one of their pizzas, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as previous visits : (
    TGIFfriends
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We see PM as a destination restaurant fir noting special milestones. Up until this visit, i had abdolutely no reservations about recommending them. However, almost all aspects were a bit off. Food delays with appetizer and entree were significant with no apology, three requests for silverware - one specialty fork was delivered per request, busser spilled water and coffee with no attempt to clean up- I resorted to napkins off a neighboring table each incident- and the appetizer of mussels provided was noticeably smaller, with one third of shells empty and very little broth. Dessert was wonderful, as was my specialty cocktail. I will come back, if only to see if it was just an off day agter 20+ positive dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nezi
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Don Graham is a super star bartender! We ate in the restaurant this time but often eat in the bar because we are locals and we feel welcome here. Had their special on Wednesday, smoked linguine with seared scallops. It was wonderful - we all had delicious meals and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JanieJ
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This was our last stop on our Napa/Half Moon Bay vacation. Our favorite - loved this place (and we ate at French Laundry in Napa!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lasagne
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I took two visitors from the out of town as I have always raved about the lasagne. Well, they both agreed that this was the best they had ever had. At first they were not impressed with the clam chowder as they are used to a thicker version, BUT two bites in they were hooked on the flavor and texture. Superb service, even though the restaurant was filling up.Yes, we'll all be back soon.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Delicious Dinner
    Delishdiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I have been dinning at Pasta Moon for over 25 yrs. The menu is always changing with the seasons which keep it interesting and delicious. The appetizer of heirloom dry framed tomatoes with fresh buratta mozzarella was the perfect start. The Salmon dish, although small was also wonderful. The only disappointment was the dessert. It was supposed to be lemon meringue panacotta. It actually was meringue on top of lemon ice. The Service was fair, could have been a lot better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great way to Celebrate
    greg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went out to celebrate our anniversary. My wife doesn't like to pay for things she can make at home (and she's a great cook) so when they told us the special was smoked linguine with sea scallops, we had to give it a try. The dish was amazing! The subtle smokey flavor of the pasts with the scallops was perfect. The perfect finish for any meal at Pasts Moon is the Meyer Lemon parfait which is not to be missed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Opportunity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went to enjoy a fine meal during a visit to the area with my wife. This restaurant came highly regarded by several locals. We enjoy pasta dishes, which were fresh, flavorful, and well prepared. The lasagna had so many layers, one would be challenged to count them. Modest but well selected beer options (4 on draft) for variety of tastes. We each has a house salad to ensure enough vegetable servings. Not cheap, but a pleasant and tasty experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • VisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Overall, the meal was fine, but did not like dessert. Server would not take it off our bill. Somewhat surprised.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Birthday visit
    NancyH
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been coming to Pasta Moon for more than 20 years. This visit was in celebration of my Mom's 86th birthday. It was her first visit (she lives in Manteca and specially asked to come to Half Moon Bay) and a first for one of my daughters. The food was fantastic and we all had a wonderful visit. My Mom uses a crane and without having to ask the hostess made sure that our table was easy for my Mom to get in and out of! My Mom ate every bit of her meal and made it know to us that she would love to come again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Gem
    Kathyb
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I can always recommend Pasta Moon to friends and my customers. I always know a good experience will be enjoyed from atmosphere to meal... What would a special night out in Half Moon Bay be without Pasta Moon?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding meal
    2dineaboutVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We enjoyed the pasta special with scallops, cooked perfectly. The service was great,friendly and efficient. Will return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Cousins
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A group of five adults enjoyed a Sunday lunch at Pasta Moon. Ally he food was delicious and fresh. Grat wines to go with any entree. Will return soon.
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    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food, good prices. place was packed on a Saturday night.Would wait for a quieter night. the service was slow and the waitress almost invisible for the number of tables. it took a long time to get the drinks, then the food & the bill. would love to eat there again but not on a Saturday night.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Our best meal yet
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our meal was the best that we've had at Pasta Moon. The scallops with smoked linguine were superb, and the ribs were excellent too. Our waiter was very professional, even bringing a half glass of wine to my boyfriend when he didn't want a full one.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Believe all good reviews!
    carmelcoasttraveler
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This restaurant more than lives up to its wonderful reputation. We showed up early for our dinner reservations, went to the bar and ended up enjoying happy hour PLUS. Hubby ordered a great martini; I had the red wine selection which was wonderful. We shared the best mussel appetizer we've had since visiting Sicily. Absolutely delicious! Followed by a thin-crusted, perfectly prepared sausage, proscuitto pizza. Server was charming. Food was over the top. Don't miss this place
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Interesting watermelon salad. Special linguini eith seared scallops was good. Seafood pasta was hood but salty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta Moon: "Celestial-Cuisine"!!!
    Moonlove
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went for lunch. The "BEST" New England Chowder in-the-area!{delicate clams/lightly creamy/seasoned to perfection}. The "BEST" laced-battered, deep-fried green beans ever!{locally grown beans/with a light aioli sauce}. Caesar salad, to-die-for! All produce locally grown and only fresh sea-food!! The salmon was delicately perfect. The lasagne was hearty and moist, yet, not at all, too "cheesy"!{no pun intended!}. The wine pairing was right-on!. Barbara, our wait-person was delightful! Then there's Kim, the proprietor, who is the excellent culinary master, as well as a most gracious boniface. We will return "many" times!!! Sanford&William
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Fresh ingredients expertly prepared with outstanding results. One of the better meals we have had in a while. Wait staff was equally good. Heartily recommend.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Best eggplant parm ever!
    AlwaysReadyToEat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After lots of delicious, indulgent meals during our California vacation, we were quite spoiled, but Pasta Moon still totally knocked our socks off! Great food, friendly service, joyful ambiance :)
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    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative and delicious as always
    MEMmem
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have dined at Pasta Moon several times over the years and it is always a pleasure to be there. The restaurant now has a much bigger dining area and they've expanded the bar area too. The ingredients are farm-fresh, the offerings innovative and well-prepared. Be sure to try the specials for the day. I didn't rate the ambiance as highly as the whole place needs a little more attention in terms of cleanliness but overall a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our first time here. The lasagna is to die for! Perfect dine! Will be returning to Pasta Moon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always great. Try the specials
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything is done so you have a great experience. You'll go back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at Pasta Moon
    BayAreaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant for an anniversary dinner ( we live about 1.5 hours away). The food was all delicious. We had fresh pasta dishes, Lasagne and pappardelle with tomato sauce, pancetta, and mushrooms ... Both excellent. I enjoyed the arugula salad with grilled peaches and goat cheese. Split a dessert of marscapone cheesecake with chocolate sauce and chocolate crust. They were very busy on a Sunday evening, and we had to wait a bit to be seated and get our order taken. But they were very nice. We will definitely be back on a future trip to the area.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    creative food and wonderful table service. it took a bit long (20min past our reservation time) to be seated.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfection.
    jsstagVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As in my previous review; after all these years, Kim has the joint to the point of perfection. The coast's best restaurant. Period.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.