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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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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 (50)
Special Occasion (48)
Good for a Date (41)
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Neighborhood Gem (40)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Casual (31)
Authentic (29)
Good for Groups (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Local Ingredients (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Romantic (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Waterfront (15)
Fun (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Scenic View (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Disabled Access (10)
Healthy (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The staff was very friendly and attentive. We asked for a different table than being seated against the wall and they obliged right away. We shared the meatballs on the appetizer and absoluetly loved them and the sauce!! Great with grated cheese sprinkled on top. We will return when we are there again!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving. Some of the parts of the meal felt like they were pre-made and taken out of the freezer. I admire them for accommodating people on a holiday, but the food was very mediocre.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a very lovely lunch as usual. I have had lunches and dinners many times and even parties, we always have been very pleased.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We chose Mezzaluna for my grandsons 14th birthday for the food and service. We weren’t disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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