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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

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Worth the Drive (44)
Good for a Date (42)
Special Occasion (40)
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Neighborhood Gem (38)
Authentic (37)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Casual (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Romantic (25)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Waterfront (18)
Fun (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Scenic View (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Business Meals (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
Cozy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (8)
Quick Bite (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

This is my favorite place to take clients and my wife hands down! I highly recommend it! The Gnocci and calamari are my favorites! The service is top notch, the owners are approachable and friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Tahoe)·Dined 3 days ago

Strange entry where no one is there to greet you. Although we did arrive fairly early.
Restaurant is wide open with little privacy, and once it began to fill up the noise level rose dramatically. Attentive servers. Quick to offer/bring cocktails.
Food was just alright. Bruschetta was plain, hardly any basil, no balsamic, bread too large & over toasted.
Pasta was ok but a little overpriced.
Overall an average meal, neither good not bad.

Tags: Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

We were 15 min behind our reservation, called to let them know - and no problem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Many of my friends and I have been going to this restaurant weekly for several years; both the atmosphere and value are great plus the service is exceptional with an excellent group of servers and staff. The restaurant has a large bar area with lots of seating available in the bar area as well as in the restaurant itself. On occasion, large groups of people come by buses to enjoy a fine meal at Mezza Luna.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

Every time I dine at Mezaaluna I have a different experience. I keep going back! Friendly service. Good food. Variety. What more can you ask for?

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

The wait staff was fabulous, the food was great. The hostess had us wait 20 minutes for our reservation....ugh. It was our 30th wedding anniversary which was noted in the reservation and they never said a word....sad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our first visit. The restaurant has been in this location for 20+years and that time is reflected in a space that is a little bit tired. That said the food is absolutely terrific! Our calamari appetizer had great flavor & crunch in the batter and the calamari was fresh & tasty. Both of our entree's were fantastic in terms of taste, temperature & seasoning. The after meal coffee was appropriately strong and flavorful. All in all, a superb meal and we will certainly come back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had always heard that Mezzaluna was great. And it’s difficult to meet expectations when we had heard so much ... but the staff at Mezzaluna did not disappoint us. The food was delicious. So many great choices and so something yummy to look forward to next time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and great location. We visit this restaurant when we come to half Moon Bay, the food and service are very good, it is a nice walk around the harbor area and finish it off with lunch or dinner here. Good for date night and for families.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Perfect! Walter was helpful and food was delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Some of the best Italian food I've had in California. I'm Italian and make my own pasta. This bolognese was very good. The pasta was also fresh and good. However, the pasta was a little bit overcooked to my taste. It was still edible and I've accidentally made my own this mushy. My mother always said it was easier to digest when overcooked and I think it is. It was delicious. I would definitely go again and might use it as an excuse to go for a drive along Hwy 1.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Went here for dinner on vacation. Nice walk from our inn along the water. Food was excellent - pasta with eggplant and smoked mozzarella was nicely smoky plus a bit spicy. Servers were friendly and attentive. Good mix of customers, from romantic couples to those enjoying a night out to families. Chilly night so enjoyed being seated by the fireplace, where we also were able to watch the NCAA football semifinal game.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Had New Years Day dinner, Open Table showing a special menu, but restaurant still served normal dinner menu, which was a plus, but was not necessary. Risotto was cooked al dente, calamari steak was tender, not a big fan of the veal scaloppini, but it was tender (needed more sauce and capers), but the bomb was the fettuccini alfredo (no added meat), it was light and airy, buttery and creamy...pasta was homemade and it was cooked perfectly, you could taste the egg! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Romantic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Casual, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very good, authentic Italian fare. Excellent service. Good location near harbor but still out of the way. Our go-to for fine Italuan when we are in Half Moon Bay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overpriced for fare. Service good. Noisy and decor could be revamped

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was great but you will get spammed by open table to post feedback.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Was highly recommended but did not live up to the expecations. Prices and selsection were good, but servings were small.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Took the wife out for New Year’s Eve. Food was good but was placed in a room that was more for large groups.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always very good menu, food, service and overall good restaurant. Best between Carmel and San Francisco in my humble opinion!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I had the Della Beia (ck spelling) it was fabulous, we go there all the time and the food has always been excellent. This was New Year’s Eve and for whatever reason it was extra special, one of the tastiest dishes ever had.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fabulous as always. Had the N.Y steak. Perfect. Yet another memorable meal. Thank you for a great New Year's Eve dinner!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

A good italian restaurant. Tables set a bit too close together however and at peak times on weekends the resulting noise level can be a little much for a romantic evening out. Service is ussually good however as with many restaurants, the training seems minimal. A skilled wait staff should know how to greet the guest gracefully, to present drink options and special dishes, and most importantly, to read the customer’s cues during the initial interaction. Skill levels vary here and last night the young man supporting the waitress seemed to have more of a feel for interacting with the patron. He was efficient, attentive and pleasant. These are good people trying to do the job but in need of a bit more training. Overall we like MezzaLuna.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Made a reservation here at a request for a friend's birthday. We were made to wait 15 minutes for our reserved table while other parties who arrived after us were seated, and I was told I should have specified that we did not want a "bar" table. Although other party members enjoyed their appetizers and lasagna, both of my selections (prosciutto and parmesan plate, ceasar salad) were sparse and careless and of low quality - the lettuce was clearly old and had been chopped much earlier. Also, at 7:00 on a Friday evening, the place had several parties with children.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We tried Mezzanine Luna on the recommendation of our hotel. While it was quite crowded the service was excellent and we did not have to wait an excessive amount of time for our food. I would highly recommend reservations.
The food was delicious. We had Calamari Fritti, Penne Calabrese, and Linguine Toto. All of the dishes were well prepared and thoroughly enjoyable. I am super picky about my red sauce and was perfection.
A great value as well. The prices are very reasonable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We went on the recommendation of a friend. We had no trouble getting a reservation for 8, but it was a Tuesday night.
The food was very tasty with good portions. The children’s menu was sparse so our older child ordered from the regular menu. I gave the food 4 stars because they had no pizza!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious food as always. Best bread around! Never leave hungry!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there Christmas Eve and it was wonderful. Great service and delicious food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I love this restaurant, it is my favorite place to eat lunch or dinner in Half Moon Bay. I live in San Jose and the drive is always worth it. I usually eat here at least 3-4 times a year. The food is always fresh and the staff has always been friendly. I have been going to Mezza Luna for over 10 years and I have always had a good time. I think I've had everything on their menu, their deserts are really good. My favorite desert is the Spumoni ice cream.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Organic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Mezza Luna provides great service and a great dining experience. Food is excellent. We dine there frequently and thoroughly enjoy dining there.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner with our family. Everything was perfect.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were there the Saturday before Christmas and the restaurant looked so festive. I had the pasta. My husband had the fish special, which was amazing. Our server was great and everyone was happy with what they ordered. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful Italian cuisine, greatly affordable Italian wines and splendid service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Never disappoints, excellent Italian food, try the gnocchi with half/half sauce

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

🎂 we have been going there for years, service and quality of food has always been excellent the menu Has a nice selection of choices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We usually go for the Tuesday specials and this visit was that occasion with friends who hadn't been there before. The food was excellent as usual. Service was great as usual. Aside from the restaurant being so noisy to the point that I couldn't hear my dinner companion who was second seat over. A very big crowd on a Tuesday night.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The service & food is always excellent. We eat here about 5 times a year. We always have a pleasant interaction with all your staff members. Courteous & great service! Thank you!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

MezzaLuna never disappoints! It's fantastic food, the vibe is so much fun and the service is totally authentic Italian (which means a little slow sometimes). We have tried everything on the menu and love the specials that they always have. Last Saturday we had the mushroom risotto, a special, and it was insanely delicious! They are friendly and the food is consistently great, I can't recommend this place highly enough.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was a return engagement. My son had his rebearsal dinner here.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Mezzaluna never disapoints me. We usually go as a group of four and we are familiar with the wait staff and the wonderful food. Once again we had a great time with really good food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Mezzaluna is the best restaurant on the Coast! We celebrated my birthday with a family dinner at our favorite restaurant. Our appetizers, calamari and antipasto della casa, were each great with unique flavors. This time, I tried the special mahi-mahi which was deliciously spiced and cooked to perfection. Another favorite that was ordered was the clam linguine which was fabulous! The other dishes, veal and salmon ravioli, were enjoyed as well. We are always happy to celebrate at Mezzaluna! The entire waitstaff was attentive and joined in the celebration with song and desserts! Thank you Mezzaluna!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Spicy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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