Mezzaluna - Half Moon Bay

4.5
1933 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Worth the Drive
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(650) 728-8108
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Special Events Coordinator : (650) 728-8108
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Capistrano
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Parking details
Private lot and street parking
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Public transit
Samtrans
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Entertainment
Stage area and dance floor located in our bar area. For private functions, DJ's and bands are welcome.
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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!

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
What 1933 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Mezza Luna never fails to please, and it did please us mightily, again. It's always a treat to dine there.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is definitely our go to restaurant when we are in the Pillar Point area. Everything is delicious. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

long time favorite. Great food, nice people, they know how to run a restaurant. Cool location and view at sunset. Funky little town.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Most of us were pleased with our meals. The portions were quite large and many of us took home what we could not eat. I would say that the food was very good but typical of an Italian restaurant. I don’t think I would drive a long distance to eat there. However, if you are in the area, it is definitely a good place to catch a meal. Calamari was excellent-crisp and seasoned well with a choice of sauces. I don’t think you could go wrong no matter what you ordered on the menu. I did have espresso after dinner and was surprised at how little liquid was in the cup. It tasted good but two sips was about all I could get.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Beautiful place, very attentive servers and delicious food. We will be back when in the area.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Exceeded my expectations.
Fresh, warm bread.
Calamari appetizer was free of grease, large portion for the money.
Pasta al dente, large portions, tomato sauce not sour and well seasoned. Seafood generous and perfectly cooked.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Overall, we had a good dining experience and would gladly return. Food quality was solid (probably closer to 3 1/2 stars than to 4), but the service was excellent and the prices quite reasonable.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Food and service were very good. Having made reservation in advance, expected to be seated at a better table away from the main traffic.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Always a favorite, and always a consistently excellent kitchen. We love to choose from the specials menu -- the specials are always fabulous, and the service is impeccable.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The Caesar salad was a bit dry and my salad had alot of the "stalk" of the Romaine lettuce so it was bitter and not too good. The rest of the meal was excellent. The Salmon raviolis are our favorite and it was very good. Veal scallopine was nice as well. The service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We were on vacation and chose and reserved this restaurant but we we so disappointed. The staff was not very organized or very friendly. Our food was not fresh and once it was served (by someone other than our server), no one came to inquire how our meal was. I took a few bites and could not eat it and since our server never came back the busser just picked it up and did not think to ask if there was a problem since it was pretty much untouched. I also ordered the only glass of Rose’ that was offered and it was so bad as well and was cleared from the table almost full but again, no inquiry...

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food great staff nice atmosphere

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great service, pleasant staff! Price is reasonable and food is just ok....... I ordered the Ling cod dinner, fish needs more flavoring, capers took over the taste of the plate. My son had calamari, tartar sauce was good but surprised to hear that no cocktail sauce! I had tiramisu for dessert and my son had lava cake, we were both disappointed...tiramusi: all I tasted was wet cake, not too much flavor! Lava cake was little overbaked. My husband was happy with the petrole sole dinner and raspberry cheesecake. If we stay in hotel closeby again in the future, we'll give it another try. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Bread, pizza dough and special pastas are all made in house, so the very fresh ingredients are obvious in the dish that comes to the table. Friendly service staff. Crisp white linen in dining room. Dining room and restrooms very clean. Menu is "classic standby Italian" preparations, nothing adventurous here, but done very well.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Mezzaluna was a very pleasant, fun and delicious surprise, since it was our first time. From the first greeting, to a seat by their charming fireplace, to a listing of creative cocktails, appetizers, entrees and finally a listing of amazing deserts from which we enjoyed our fill, we look forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

We started off with calamari! Delicious. My husband ordered the homemade ravioli stuffed with salmon in a tomato cream sauce, I ordered the Veal Scalloppine. We shared our meal and it was divine. We will return on our next visit to Half Moon Bay!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Home made pasta and sausages were fabulous

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We requested a table in the bar area and it must have just opened for lunch guests. It was great. We were the only party of three there for at least a half hour. It was quiet and lovely and the service was excellent. The food was great and the company as super. Everyone from the hostess to the waiter to the servers were wonderful. We love Mezzaluna. Thank you all.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We enjoyed our meal, not rushed and food was delicious. Our server was professional and cooked our fish exactly how we asked for it. Lovely dinner!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed my birthday meal at Mezzaluna. We began our meal with the Marinated Vegetable plate. My Pasta Bolognese was exactly what I hoped it would be. Properly cooked homemade fettuccine with a flavorful meat sauce. My husband enjoyed the Salmon Ravioli in a tomato cream sauce. Cocktails were very reasonably priced, and the wine list offered many choices in all price ranges. We appreciated that the staff came and sang happy birthday, but they though it was my husbands birthday. Understandably, with a name like Farrell, it’s a 50-50 male or female. Cons: I informed the waiter of a dairy allergy. After eating a few pieces of bread he belatedly informed me the bread had dairy. I was fine but he should have informed me beforehand. Despite this one issue we enjoyed our meal and will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We have been coming her for years and everything about this restaurant is outstanding! We drive from Mountain View CA just to eat here.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We have been coming here for over 15 years! We slways love everybite! Anytime we get together with the family this is our place!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We have been enjoying Mezzaluna restaurant since the 1990's and the food is always excellent, the ambiance in the historic Princeton Inn is wonderful, the service is very responsive, we always eat in front
of the fireplace, the Insalata Mezzaluna is their signature salad and the catch of the day is always
beautifully prepared! It's our default place to meet friends for lunch or dinner...always perfect!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Amazing Italian food!! Just the best! Service is fantastic and the prices are not outrageous!! Our favorite place to go when in half moon bay!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Enjoyed another wonderful meal and evening at Mezza Luna, this time with a couple of old friends, and tried new dishes for the first time. Lamb chops were delicious, moist and tender. Also tried the Zuppa Pescatore, kind of like Cioppino, which was also very well prepared.
Thanks for another wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We have been going to Mezza Luna for over fifteen years and have never been disappointed. The food is wonderful as is the service. We live in Fremont and don't mind the gentle drive to the quiet coast and get rewarded with a great meal and ambiance. At least quarterly, I meet my retired friends from San Francisco for lunch at Mezza Luna. I/We really love the place. It kinda of reminds me of some of the quiet places we we were fortunate enough to enjoy in Italy.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We go here frequently and it's out favorite spot on the coast. Food is always fantastic and service is as well! Place is OUTSTANDING!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great place to go while on vacay. Staff very friendly. Check out their Tuesday specials!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

As always great service and wonderful food.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great food service

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Myself and 3 friends have season tickets to the theatre. We always go out to dinner afterwards. We decided on MezzaLuna. Three had been there before and one was new to the restaurant. We all loved our meals. Our server (female don't know her name) was great. Very attentive and very personable. I personally have been to MezzaLuna many times and have always enjoyed it! From drinks to dessert it was wonderful! Thank you MezzaLuna! See you next time!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Been here many times for a variety of occasions, always good.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My birthday!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We always enjoy our meals at Mezzanine Luna. The food is expertly prepared without unnecessary fuss. The service is outstanding!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Nice. Service (water, condiments) was a bit slow.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Very good. I always enjoy this restaurant!

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Really quite terrible. The service was unbelievably slow. The seafood pasta had 1 shrimp, 1 scallop, a few calamari and a lot of totally tasteless sauce. Dreadful

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We went for a birthday lunch and have been there before, excellent food and the service is wonderful. My friend was brought a celebration dessert and the whole staff sang happy birthday. Going back again for another birthday lunch.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Celebrating two birthdays. The restaurant has a cozy feel to it. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, however very comfortable and homey feel to it. The servers were very pleasant and attentive. The food portion was sizable and good. I would love to remodel the place, it needs a little TLC.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

First time to Mezza Luna. Food was quite good. Wait staff was very nice. Would be good to have more vegetarian options. Would definitely come back.

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