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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Worth the Drive (40)
Good for a Date (39)
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Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Authentic (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Casual (32)
Good for Groups (32)
Great for Lunch (25)
Romantic (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Waterfront (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Scenic View (15)
Cozy (14)
Fun (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Healthy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Seasonal (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Excellent meal, great ambiance! Great service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Love Mezza Luna...I've been eating here for years! Great place for a special occasion, too!
Noelle

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

The service was great, the dinner portion size was small. Enough for a small lady but not for a guy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

My brother recommended the lasagne. He was absolutely right! One of the best I've had. Loved it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Pleasantly surprised, food was Excellent! This was our second visit, first about a year ago was MEH.
Loved the fireplace room - very cozy. Definitely will dine again at Mezza Luna!

Tags: Live Sports, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Went here for valentines day. Was notified at 9pm the night before the menu was going to be prix fixe $65 per person. This made me wary because this was a lot more expensive than normal menu but it was too late to find a different place. The food ended up well below average and atrocious for the price. The appetizer was basically a few pieces of charcuterie. The veal was subpar and a very small portion. The mashed potatoes reminded me of those from school lunch. The tiramisu was merely average. The best way to put it, I’ve had better meals at Olive Garden for a quarter of the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

My boyfriend and I were forced to order the 65 per person fixed menu, and was told we could not order from the regular menu. This was not mentioned on open table or yelp. That should be an option not forced upon your customers. The food was terrible. Wanted to order pizza and other items from the menu. Caesar salad was wilted and old. Lasagna was awful as well. Desserts were low quality and small. The service was lacking. They added a 20% gratuity for the 2 of us that was ridiculous, don’t know how this place gets such high ratings.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely superb!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We are coast locals and Mezzaluna is our go-too place. Service is great, drinks are made well and not skimpy, and the food is always good. Casual dinning at its best with a lot of old-school charm delivered by an excellent staff.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very enjoyable meal. Dessert was awesome!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Exceptionally good fresh fish special! One in our party is Italian and loved your pasta dishes!

Menu was very nice with a wide variety of choices although we would have loved to see more fresh fish, and not so many frozen fish entrees given that the restaurant is right on the water in northern California (and just a few shops away in the harbor from the fresh fish market where the fishermen bring in their fresh catch).

Service was excellent. Noise level was a bit loud due to the large parties in the next room without a way to close off that area.

Overall, very nice experience and would recommend!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service here was terrible. We had a reservation for 6:30 for a special occasion birthday dinner. We were sat right away but it took 30 min to get our drinks. They finally took our order but we never got any bread. After waiting a full hour we were finally served dinner. The food was very good so that was the only positive part of the experience. They did bring my husband cannolis with a candle and sang happy birthday which was nice. The rest of us passed on dessert as we figured we'd be there another half hour and we weren't willing to wait. The check came and they convienantly added in their own tip so we were not able to tip accordingly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service . Beautiful drive down the Coast Highway from San Francisco. Lovely view of the fishing boats in Princeton harbor....

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious meal. Shared an appetizer. Generous portions. Good service. Busy Saturday night with many large parties but still able to hear one another.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We LOVE Mezza Luna!!! The quality of the food never disappoints and we feel like we are amongst family there!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Abbiamo mangiato qui molte volte... we love it!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had the insalata caprese which was good, but, the tomatoes were on the firmer side. Other than that this dish was delicious. I had the penne alla calabrese and it was wonderful with the sausage made and cooked to perfection. My friend had gamberi alla Roberto and the shrimp and sauce were scrupulous. Service is always top notch and the setting is always welcoming and relaxing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Nice evening at the restaurant and a lively crowd at the bar.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We arrived late, but the staff was so kind trying hard to get us a table, and indeed, we got a table. Thank you. Also, though it was crowded, the wait person was nice checking in how we were doing. Thank you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant was quiet and clean. The waiters were friendly and attentive. The seafood was fresh and delicious, and portion size was perfect for a filling lunch. The bread was warm and tasty. I am so glad we stumbled on this quaint restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Staff was perfect the food was amazing. I love the fresh cod and my husbands
pasta was delicious too. The calamari was soooo good!
We would definitely go again!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I come off into Mezzaluna restaurant. I like to order the Mezzaluna enchilada, but this time I was really disappointed in the salad very little flavor you need to change up the lettuce hearts of Romaine maybe some iceberg I don't really like the lettuce that's in there reminds me of stickers i weeds in my front yard.. my father and his lady friend have the calamari and they said it was very tasty.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was off the hook . Very good and we had a very good time

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were able to move out reservation up because our schedule changed. The hostess was very helpful got us a table early.

The wait staff was professional and the food was excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My favorite place to eat in Princeton. The food is consistently good. Be sure to make a reservation so you don't have to wait. It can get very busy as it is, deservedly, a very popular place to dine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

ROBERTO & GOVAINN I , ARE THE MOST GRACIOUS HOSTS , THE YOUNG LADIES AT THE ENTRY DESK ARE AS EFFICIENT AS THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL............ OUR FAVORITE WAITER GUILLERMO
ALWAYS HAS A SMILE & GREAT SUGGESTIONS , FOOD IS THE FRESHEST BEST PREPARED ON
THE CPOAST... I'M AFRAID THAT MY REVIEW WILL ENDANGER MY BEING TO ENJOY THIS SPOT
EXCLUSIVELY , DO TO ENTICING TOO MANY FELLOW DINERS........ KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
MY WIFE & I HAVE BEEN SATISFIED " HAPPY " CUSTOMERS .................... FOR OVER 25 YEARS
I LOVE TO SERENADE THE CUSTOMERS FOR ANNIVERSARYS & SPECIAL OCCASSIONS ............

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had great service dinner buvthe fore olace was amazing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a great lunch at Mezzaluna. The service was friendly and the food was outstanding. Mezzaluna is certainly worth the drive to Half Moon Bay.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We went to Meza Luna for a birthday lunch. We asked for a window table, and we received. We ordered a glass of wine and some garlic bread to start and also placed our order. The wine clams but no garlic bread. No server came back to our table until our main dish arrived. We found out that the garlic bread was sent to another table. We told the waiter about the garlic bread and about 5 minutes later we received an order of mushy garlic bread. The cooks hurried our order and did not cook it properly.
We ordered pasta dishes. They were delicious. When I made the reservation I asked that a lava cake be served for the birthday dessert. This dessert takes about 20 minutes, and I wanted to make sure the lava cake was started when we placed our order. NO LAVA CAKE WAS MADE,! I was very disappointed, as the birthday person really enjoyed Lava cake. It was too late to place the order after the meal was done. We settled for a dish of Italian ice cream. I have been to Meza Luna a number of times and have always found the food and the service to be wonderful. I was disappointed this time in both. I will, however give Meza Luna another try.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 6, 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 5, 2018

Perfect! Walter was helpful and food was delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 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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