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About Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay

Mezza Luna Restaurant, "half moon" in Italian, is located in the historic Princeton Landing Building (circa 1908). The harbor town of Princeton by the Sea is located 20 miles south of San Francisco on Highway 1. In this scenic area of Half Moon Bay, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, you can experience breathtaking coastal views and marvel at the giant waves of Mavericks. Opened in the Summer of 1993, Mezza Luna continues to create an eating environment which provides the highest quality of meat, fish, produce, pizza and pasta. All with a contemporary Southern Italian flair.

459 Prospect Way
Half Moon Bay, CA 94038
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday– Thursday
11:30– 2:30pm
5:00-9:30pm

Friday
11:30-2:30pm
5:00- 10:00pm

Saturday
11:30- 10:00pm

Sunday
11:30- 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Capistrano

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 728-8108

Website:
http://www.mezzalunabythesea.com/

Entertainment:
Stage area and dance floor located in our bar area. For private functions, DJ's and bands are welcome.

Parking Details:
Private lot and street parking

Public Transit:
Samtrans

Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant capacity seats 250. Main dining room seats 120 total. Back Room seats up to 40. Bar area seats up to 140.

Private Party Contact:
Special Events Coordinator : (650) 728-8108

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether it's a wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or just a family reunion, we look forward to helping create a memorable and successful occasion. Our banquet menu features some of our more popular dishes and items and has been crafted to accommodate most budgets, preferences and dietary needs. Depending on your group size, we have two banquet rooms available for private parties. Please visit our website for additional information and contact our Special Events Coordinator today!

Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (53)
Worth the Drive (51)
Good for a Date (47)
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Neighborhood Gem (46)
Casual (43)
Authentic (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Good for Groups (27)
Great for Lunch (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Romantic (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Scenic View (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fun (18)
Waterfront (18)
Kid-friendly (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Cozy (14)
Business Meals (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Healthy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Happy Hour (6)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Wasn't as good as our previous visit. Salad was boring, pasta was flavorless, and the spumoni and strawberry ice cream which is claimed to be "homemade" tasted like something storebought. Maybe I'll give it another try in a couple of years.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 6 days ago

Husband and I went here to celebrate our anniversary. Great food and service! Husband had crab ciopino that was an extravaganza! I had one of the specials which was a grilled halibut w/greens and mashed potatoes. Both dinners were excellent!! Food is reasonably priced... dinners are under $30.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Service was good until the very end. The waiter apparently forgot that we ordered the lava cake when we first sat down, as we knew it took 20 - 30 minutes. Hence, we waited a full hour after we finished our meal before we were served dessert. Also, despite it being a special occasion (18th birthday) with birthday decorations all over the table, no candle or acknowledgement of the special occasion. That was a bummer. Food was good as always.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good as usual! The food, the service. We always try and go on the Tuesday specials night. You can't beat the price for a good meal.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and fresh as fresh can be. I was very impressed with every aspect of Mezzaluna. And it is nestled in a beautiful harbor. Could if get any better?

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very high-quality Italian food at a very high price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was like the olive garden of Italian. Lasagna seemed microwaved. All I ask for on lasagna is some crispy cheese on top, nope not this one. Seafood zuppa had no flavor. We were in half moon bay for the weekend celebrating my boyfriend's birthday, however even with a birthday note in the reservation, no recognition, not even a candle in the dessert or a "happy birthday " from the host. Server was absent and had no knowledge of wine what so ever, which I can look past if someone else in the place has some sort of knowledge on their somewhat extensive wine list. But not this place, I was better off googling the wines. What a waste of $200

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

ML never disappoints! We have been going here many years and this is always the place in the harbor we go to eat. Nothing comparea - we've had baby showers, birthdays, anniveraries, etc. Authentic and delicious. Great service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Another Great Meal was enjoyed by all of our group ... Guillermo is a fine knowledgeable waitperson .. as usual the Quality of Food , & Quality of Service was Par Excel-lance...
The Best Italian Food within the Half Moon Bay Area
& all of San Mateo County for that matter. Thanks to Roberto & Giovanni
Ron Fahy

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great traditional Italian food. Service was spot on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Snapper seemed previously frozen. Server was prompt and courteous. Pizza was OK.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

another great meal and wonderful service at our family favorite. We celebrated our moms 93rd birthday. We have come here on birthdays, anniversaries , mother and father day celebrations. Great food, attentive staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good food and great service, but every time we have been to Mezzaluna there seem to be a number of crying babies and noisy children. Fish was very fresh and would recommend seafood here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This restaurant is consistently good with great service. Great area to walk around before dinner. Walking distance to "Mavericks".

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Always great food and A-1 service! Brought new friends that have never eaten at Mezzaluna before and they loved it too!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent as always. I had the tortellini ala fungi, my wife had the veal and mushroom stew over polenta, and our son had a pepperoni pizza. Food was great. Service was fabulous. Just a good place to have a good dinner!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was a little slow but it was a busy night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food / even better service for such a crazy crowded night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I've been dining at Mezza Luna for years. I love the food, and the owners personally greet the customers. Attentive staff. It's a good spot for locals, but tourists are welcome. Nice (full) bar with fireplace and a large screen TV. Separate dining room for more formal dining. Casual dress is ok.

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Good pasta. Good service.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wait staff better than perfect, food perfect, prices great, wine list spectacular, easy parking- go there! I’m doing repeat lunch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

MADE RESERVATION FOR BAR DINNING ROOM , ONE of GUILLERMO'S TABLES RECEIVED CONFORMATION ........ GOT TO RESTAURANT & WAS TOLD SOMEONE HAD RESERVED THE
BAR & BAR DINNING ROOM .. VERY DISAPPOINTING AFTER DRIVING 1 HR THRU COMMUTE
TRAFFIC TO GET THERE ON TIME . SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED !!! WOULD/COULD HAVE
GONE TO H.M.B. JOE'S or IT'S ITALIA INSTEAD ... UNUSUAL FOR ROBERTO NOT TO
HAVE BEEN ON TOP OF THIS ... SAW GIOVANNI IN THE OTHER DINING AREA , HE DID NOT
SAY "SORRY BOUT THIS" or OFFER ANY REASON or EXPLANATION . ......HE JUST LET THE
TWO LADIES AT THE FRONT DESK TAKE ALL THE FLACK. I'VE BEEN A CUSTOMER FOR OVER
25 yrs. EVER SINCE THEY FIRST OPENED IN THE OLD PIZZA PARLOR ON HWY 1 ...................
TOO BAD. MEZZA LUNA or OPEN TABLE SHOULD TELL or WARN VALUED CUSTOMERS

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I have been to Mezza Luna twice and wanted to celebrate my daughter's 24th birthday in a setting by the sea. Growing up in San Francisco there are several favorites over the years that my parents frequented, but my daughter studied abroad in Rome, Italy and so I wanted her to enjoy an authentic Italian restaurant. The weather was warm in Half Moon Bay and the evening was perfect. The food, the service and the ambiance were outstanding!

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The hostess upon our arrival, completely ignored my party! Service was poor we ordered salads and meal, all came to our table at the same time after waiting forever!
Celebrating a birthday for a young lady from Nantucket! Poor service all around, never will return

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The first part of dinner was really good. Service was good. Food tasted really good and arrived hot. Towards the end of dinner I was ignored. When I put my hand over my water glass indicating I didn't want anymore water to server poured water over my fingers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love Mezza Luna and always recommend it. Everything was excellent with the exception of the hostess who didn’t communicate with the server that it was a very special occasion, our 39th wedding anniversary. I made note of the special occasion when making the reservation on Open Table. The server felt bad when I told him.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I’m not sure they like open table, because they stuck us back in a corner when there were a lot of open tables, tables that were still open when we left. But the food was good, and the service was great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place to meet up with friends! Food was delicious and service was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We've been going to Mezzaluna for years, but recently, the food has becoming spectacularly special--experimental, novel, fresh, and just delightful. I had the prawns with "tuna hearts" (battarga), which seemed to be freshly homemade - this is pretty much unheard of, even in Sicily, where I came to love battarga). The pasta was terrific, al dente. While I have noticed an upward trajectory in most dishes, yesterday's (10/7/2017) offerings were off-the-chart.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful experience and cuisine! Walking distance from places to stay near waterfront. Prices not obnoxious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Most memorable meal on our vacation! Don't miss out on the salmon ravioli!!!! Delicious!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Roberto & Giovanni are most gracious hosts , Serving the Best Italian Calabria Style Food this side of Italy , Guillermo is a great waiter..... Wine is always good & reasonably priced ............. We try to go as often as we can ... Takes us about 35 to 45 minutes to drive up to Princeton from our home in Purisima Canyon , about 7 miles south of Half Moon Bay & Hwy 92 . But it's well worth the drive for a GREAT ITALIAN MEAL .... Ron Fahy ( Been known to sing a song or two )

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Pretty mediocore food, not what I expected. More of a "chain" type feel. Interior was extremely bright, very good for families with kids.

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Italian food. The setting feels "old school" Italian, and the noise level was very high, but the service was friendly and attentive. We'll go back for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent, wonderful restaurant! ALWAYS! Have been coming here for over 20 years and it continues to be exceptional!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Mezza Luna is a great Italian restaurant that can be relied upon for friendly service, good food, and lively ambience. It isn't too loud to talk but it's always hopping. The bar area is cozy with a big fireplace and sports on the TV. The dining room is quieter and more formal but still has an underlying bustle. Our dinners were both excellent and were preceded by a lovely Brussels sprouts appetizer, just enough for two. Entrees were halibut served over more Brussels sprouts with capers and potatoes, and Dover sole with a lemon sauce. We dine at Mezza Luna a few times a year and are never disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The perfectly crafted, cooked and presented gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce were to die for!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We received very special, personal service from the management and wait staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very good service Humberto. Lava cake was well worth the wait.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food and service

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