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
180 reviews since June 22, 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 (114)neighborhood gem (105)special occasion (97)romantic (78)great for lunch (57)good for groups (50)notable wine list (50)hot spot (25)kid-friendly (23)vibrant bar scene (20)great for brunch (19)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • I've been going to Pasta Moon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/1/2008
    I've been going to Pasta Moon since shortly after it opened. It has been consistently excellent through the years. It's one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very mediocre for
    DAD1
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    Food was very mediocre for the price. Portions ranged from enough for three (the lasagna) to barely enough for one (polenta and salmon). House salad was boring, large pieces of lettuce, no garnishments and oversized. Wine list was extensive but mostly Italian so hard to interpret for guests. Service was rushed, immature and felt like we at a Dennys. Water was not refilled despite requests. We expect more for $200.00 for a party of four.
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  • I've eaten at Pasta Moon three
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    I've eaten at Pasta Moon three times now, and whether it was with my parents for a nice anniversary dinner or casual dinner with friends after surfing in Santa Cruz it's always been a terrific experience. All of the staff are so genuinely friendly and helpful, they make you feel like old friends and are always ready to offer suggestions for dishes or a nice wine (love the Favorita!) And we've loved everything we've eaten there from the mussels and fresh salads to the lasagna and duck confit. Definitely one of my favorite places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Pasta Moon is now an essential
    jpeasyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    Pasta Moon is now an essential part of my weekend relaxation ritual; a drive down Highway 1, a visit to the tidal pools by Pigeon Point and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The pasta was way too salty,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/26/2008
    The pasta was way too salty, cold, and barely cooked. The bathroom was not attended to and was overflowing. Awful. Everything else was great.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved it! Wide selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/26/2008
    We loved it! Wide selection entrees, desserts and wine. Definitely will return.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really nice and very unassuming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Really nice and very unassuming spot in Half-Moon Bay. Excellent food and very friendly folks...Great place to go if you don't want something fancy-schmancy but don't want to go to chili's either...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta Moon surpassed all of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Pasta Moon surpassed all of our expectations. Everything was perfect. I had noted in my reservation that my wife and I were celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary, and the fact that the staff acknowledged the occasion and provided complimentary glasses of wine made the evening even more special. We couldn't have imagined better service or hospitality. Our server was very knowledgeable and provided information on menu items. This was the perfect restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Kim, the owner, took my order
    jpeasyVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Kim, the owner, took my order personally. Her staff were very attentive and the food was amazing. I am making Pasta Moon part of my weekend ritual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Found out about this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Found out about this restaurant by watching the local Bay Area dining program 'Check Please' very recently (5/2008). Subsequently (after dining at Pasta Moon), learned that the 'Check Please' program my husband and I viewed was about a year and a-half old. Too bad we hadn't seen the program after it was initially shown--we would have visited much sooner and maybe we'd be considered regulars by now. I can only comment on one lunch visit so far, so I don't know if it is (too) loud at the dinner hour (although, I suspect not). Even though we live about an hour away, I am looking forward to our next visit (and our next visit after that). We love Italian cuisine and this restaurant really delivers. Intimate, warm and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Everthing we ordered was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Everthing we ordered was excellent. Loved the Lemon Parfait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I try to get
    TinaAndSteveVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    My husband and I try to get into Half Moon Bay at least once a month. We ALWAYS go to Pasta Moon for lunch. Kim, owner and chef, is the best and most hospital person we have ever known in any restaurant. Everyone loves her and she always feel that we're the most important people in the world. Smart lady! The staff is service-orientated and always very friendly. It's wonderful to walk into a place have people know you. We even get hugs now. Sort of like a hi-end CHEERS. Excellent place to dine and visit! Tina&Steve
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Corkage fee on-line $18.00,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    Corkage fee on-line $18.00, at restaurant $25.00 when pointed out to waitress she wasn't willing to honor on-line price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the fava bean and pea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/22/2008
    Loved the fava bean and pea with feta cheese salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My friend and I were staying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2008
    My friend and I were staying nearby at the Ritz but decided to venture out from the hotel to check out the local restaurants and WOW, we had the BEST meal ever!! We both ordered the steak dinner and it was definitely one of the best steaks we've ever eaten. We were blown away with our entire meal so definitely a HOT restaurant we will come back to in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was great! Delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Everything was great! Delicious, interesting food, large portions, friendly service. Our only complaint was that, being unfamiliar with Italian wines, it took a few different recommendations to find one we liked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were very pleased. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    We were very pleased. Food and service...excellent! We had a wonderful evening and dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta Moon never disappoints!
    halfdomeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    Pasta Moon never disappoints! Food is always outstanding. I had the steak on this most recent visit and found it to be one of the best I've had in years ... very well prepared and very well presented. Every time I'm in Half Moon Bay, I try to get to Pasta Moon. I guarantee you'll make a return trip once you try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm not a huge fan. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    I'm not a huge fan. The food is good. It's always crowded and LOUD. It was unusually hot weather this past weekend and the restaurant was stiffling. Not a lot of ventilation. They had one ceiling fan running overtime and had opened the door to the main street to get some air circulating. No view, no parking, no bathroom - this is shared in the building with other shops. The bar is outside the restaurant in a common area. All in all I think this place is very ordinary while others seem to think it's great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The chef takes "al dente"
    lfiszer
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    The chef takes "al dente" a bit too seriously...Our Pastas tasted like they were barely cooked. My pasta was sauced in lots of cream although the menu description never mentioned it as an ingredient.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great Service and wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    Great Service and wonderful food. All organic ingredients!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible prefix Mothers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Incredible prefix Mothers Day meal - a very memorable experience. My Mom couldn't stop talking about the wonderful food and fantastic bottle of wine. I'll definitely visit again, and I've already begun to tell my friends about Pasta Moon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always, always great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Always, always great service and food. One of the most extensive wine lists I've seen, and the waiters are very knowledgable about pairings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent brunch! The prix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    An excellent brunch! The prix menu was well thought out, each coarse offered creative diversity, and balance with the main dish. The service was excellent and dispite the usual chaos, Jill, the proprietor remained organized, gracious and accomodating. The price point was in keeping with expectations, the tableware was crisp, clean and inviting, and despite the fact that others were waiting to be seated, I never felt rushed to finish the meal. I especially enjoyed all the natural light from glasing in the first dining area, and unusual touch as flowers were presented in a vessel resembling twigs. Pasta Moon has such a wonderful atmosphere, be it a casual evening meal during the coarse of the week, or a special event. This restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's day lunch was most
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Mother's day lunch was most enjoyable. Incredible fava bean and pea salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kim Levin - the owner - creates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Kim Levin - the owner - creates an extraordinary dining experience from her warm greeting, her engaging and knowledgeable wait staff and the fabulous food and wine. Always worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We had a great experience, despite the long wait (we were seated more than a half hour AFTER our reservation time, even though we showed up early). This was not a big deal, we had a drink in the hallway bar and once we were seated the service was friendly and welcoming. The food was wonderful, especially the scallops and the lasagne!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is rapidly becoming our
    TreemanVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    This is rapidly becoming our favorite restaurant. They handled ou party's late arrival on Saturday, May 10, very well and fairly. The food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I enjoyed sharing my anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    I enjoyed sharing my anniversary dinner with my husband this weekend. The staff knew about the special occasion and was very sincere in their attempt to give us a nice corner table and excellent service. I always have a great experience at Pasta Moon. But, something has been on my mind that I feel I should share with them. I was with 6 people for their New Year's Eve special dinner. I felt this is not something they pulled off very well. They attempted to serve some more complex foods which were not good. Salty (VERY) pork chop and dry, DRY salmon. They also charged us a huge corkage fee $20 eachon 4 bottles of champagne we brought. They should have mentioned this to our group.We spent $80!! extra. My friends were not impressed.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clam chowder was scrumptious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Clam chowder was scrumptious! I have a newfound love of anchovies with regards to the cesear salad and pizza we ordered. -- Very pleasant and considerate Hostess (maitre d?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The experience couldn't be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    The experience couldn't be better - wonderful spot for early special Mother's Day event! Great place - everyone should go there at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bread was not replenished,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Bread was not replenished, water glasses were not attended to when empty. Restroom locations poor.
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    late-night find
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  • Friendly and knowledgeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    Friendly and knowledgeable from the bartender to the dinning room staff. This is one of my local favorites. I can wait to enjoy every entree on the menu one at a time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been dining at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We have been dining at the Pasta Moon for 20 years, our special get-away at the coast. Have never been disappointed, always great food and wine. Will continue to make the 100+ mile trip when we can for the wonderful experience. Have watched it grow from the tiny room and kitchen it started as, to a lovely dining space. On Sunday had a delicious Porcini paparadelle entree reminiscent of one we enjoyed in Parma. Can't praise the Pasta Moon enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aside from amazing pasta (highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Aside from amazing pasta (highly recommends Porcini mushroom Pappardelle & Prawn Tagliatelle), they have the best rosemary flava Focaccia. Hmmm... I can eat 2 baskets of it just by myself. The server was so attentive, but not in your face. She noticed how much I like the Focaccia and offered to give me a box to take home! The restaurant itself is small, cute, with the relaxing "Half Moon Bay" ambiance. Definitely a neighborhood gem. I would come back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed ourselves and will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    We enjoyed ourselves and will most likely return when we visit HMB again.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great chowder, lasagna was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    great chowder, lasagna was just ok. loved the deep fried asparagus
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were celebrating our anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    We were celebrating our anniversary, and Pasta Moon was a perfect choice. Our table was ready when we arrived, and perfectly situated. The atmosophere is casual yet upscale. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, not at all instrusive. The pace of the meal from drinks to dessert was in tune with us. The asparagus appetizer recommended by our waiter was delicious, as were the entrees. We will be recommending Pasta Moon to others, and will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a very enjoyable birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    We had a very enjoyable birthday celebration. Menu had a good selection. Waitress was very attentive. Only criticism would be that the calamari appetizer had mostly onion rings. Restaurant right in town where we could shop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We did have to wait an extra
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    We did have to wait an extra 30 minutes from our reservation time for a table. But other than that, it was a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate