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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Pasta Moon reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (102)special occasion (97)romantic (72)great for lunch (54)good for groups (46)notable wine list (46)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (21)vibrant bar scene (19)great for brunch (18)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • birthday but no treat?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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 :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great. Try the specials
    Edward
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Great, fast service, enjoyable meal
    HMBmama
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed the attention and service of the staff. The food was delicious, and everything came out quickly - perfect for those dining with young children. This will be our go-to spot for dinner after a day in HMB.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eBayfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of several visits to this lovely restaurant. Wonderful homemade pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday Dinner
    cheshire
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our food had interesting combinations of foods and flavors. My scallop dish had prosciutto, tomatoes, and corn, besides the pasta. My husband had ribs (pressure cooked) and potatoes. The hostess had noticed my note on Open Table that it was my birthday and congratulated me. Our waitress thought it was my husband's birthday and patted his shoulder and looked at him when she said "Happy Birthday" twice to him. They put my candle in his cheesecake. The people next to us had a man who was reciting all the news lately about terrorism, beheadings, airplanes, etc. It's not the restaurant's fault but when you just want to enjoy dinner, relax, and be with your spouse it was very annoying and upsetting to hear all that. People should be considerate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, fun and gluten conscious!
    Befoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lunched here on the way out of town, August 16. The pastas were tempting but we kept to lighter fare. Scallop , arugula mint salad for me :) clam chowder - the best he's ever had for the hubbie. Nice Italian wine list. Would definately return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ectremely expensive for mediocre food. I had eggplant parmegian which was not very good My husband and daughter had butternut swuash ravioli, and they were dissappointed. Also the entraes came with no veggies or salads. High priced for so little food whichvwas not very tasty. I would not recommend it to anyone..
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  • Fresh fun and fabulous
    Befoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lunched on the way our if town, so went w light options. Hard not to do a pasta ! Scallop arugula salad was delicious. He had the best clam chowder EVER. Nice wine list. Will be back ! Nice gluten free options
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Treasure
    Rexbo47
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is one of our go-to spots for special occasions. Food and Service are & have been consistently excellent throughout the years
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great end to the summer
    Kzook
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for dinner the evening before we both left for college this past month. The ambiance was great and the waiters and waitresses were excellent. The food was delicious and definitely made for a great evening. This is somewhere I would definitely take my girlfriend again and I hope to do so this winter! Absolutely amazing food! You must try the tiramisu!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely birthday dinner
    Jeanos
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were a party of 4 celebrating a birthday. The food and service were perfect. We had a food restricted member with us who was accommodated easily. We all would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Never a bad meal
    Edward
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been going here for years. Always top rate. The best quality. Always comes out with great specials have always had a great experiences try it you'll go back time and time again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    CMo425
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Took my girlfriend here after a coworker recommended it. Very reasonable prices for everything, and the food was fantastic! The service was also great, great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a la europeen, please....
    caroleon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If anything is wrong, we'll let you know. Otherwise, please leave us alone while we're dining! Being asked over and over if "everything is okay" gets very annoying.
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  • susanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always has been fantastic but this visit was just okay. A disappointing visit this time.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.