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Pasta Moon, Half Moon Bay, CA

Pasta Moon

4.7
4.7
4559 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A popular destination in Half Moon Bay for 30 years, Pasta Moon Restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine using the freshest local produce available- in fact, easily the finest dining on the coast; (and not the most expensive!). You'll find a cozy setting for lunch or dinner, surrounded by old arched casement windows which once brought light into the Burlingame Public Library, and you'll be served by an attentive and knowledgeable staff.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 726-5125

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kim Levin

  • Private party facilities

    Several private rooms are available. Please call or email banquets@pastamoon.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    info@pastamoon.com: (650) 726-5125

  • Neighborhood

    Half Moon Bay

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at Pasta Moon

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us on Tuesday, February 14th to indulge in Pasta Moon's 3-Course Valentines Day Dinner. The $95/person 3-course meal will feature creations cultivated from the harvest of the winter months. A Credit Card Required to secure a reservation. All Cancellations must be made 72hrs in advance. A $50/person No-Show Fee will be charged to the card on file in event of a no-show. A 20% Holiday Gratuity will be added to all parties. $45 corkage per 750ml bottle for first 2 bottles; $75 per bottle thereafter.

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What 4,559 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Italian

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  1. LM

    LMHMB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Every meal I’ve ever had at Pasta Moon has been the BEST!!! So much to choose from. Such a rainbow of flavors!! I love this restaurant.
  2. MC

    MaryC

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gnocchi was the best I’ve ever had - anywhere! The butterscotch pudding was exceptional. This is my favorite restaurant. It never disappoints….
  3. EM

    ElaineM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite of ours for 25 years. Still amazing, fresh pasta and pizza leveraging the bounties of California. Great service too.
  4. SA

    StevenA

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat, everything is always good as it can be
  5. C

    Carson

    New York Area

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem of fine dining in the tiny hamlet of half moon bay. California cuisine at its finest - pasta, pizza , seafood and salads ! Warm atmosphere and service. An outstanding mixologist team as well. Highly recommend!
  6. CD

    CassieDee

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal on our last night in Half moon bay! We read so many good things and were very pleased. Servers were really nice, food delicious, drinks spectacular and really nice ambience. Our table was right in front of a fireplace and the whole experience was nice
  7. BL

    BonnieL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh food. Wonderful evening. The server was very thorough with my food allergy.
  8. GS

    GarySF

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Had an excellent meal, great Eggplant Parmesan and Brussels Sprouts chips. Will be back.
  9. EM

    EMCP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful. Service was great. Cocktails were delicious. Beautiful restaurant. Great experience, as always.
  10. CN

    CNYC

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Host very friendly and helpful getting us an indoor table even though we booked an outside table; service was great. Clam chowder was delicious. The eggplant Parmesan was a lasagna, absolutely not what we were expecting so was disappointing.
  11. LN

    LindaN

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat at Pasta Moon regularly and last night was terrific as usual. We tried two new dishes: the special broccoli spinach soup was delicious; and the new gluten-free chocolate Budino with white chocolate, coconut topping on one half and caramel pomegranate sauce on the other half was out of this world! It is large enough for two to share. The entrees of Eggplant Parmesan and Lasagna are fresh-made, authentic, and huge; they can be shared as well. Bon Appetite!
  12. s

    skipper1

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the bar to watch the Sunday night Wildcard game. Service was attentive without hovering, hostess, bartender, server and waitstaff were all kind and welcoming. The owner, Steve was charming and we enjoyed our chat with him. Cesar salad was fresh, perfectly dressed and anchovy that could be easily held back or enjoyed, smart. Cocktails were tasty, strong/ not overly strong. We had two pastas the bolognese and the chicken with cranberry. At first i had order envy because the bolognese looked so good and then I tasted the chicken and was very happy with my choice. The chicken was deliciously flavorful, the cranberries were halved which was perfect to add the sweetness without overdoing which I appreciated. We very much enjoyed our pastas. Also loved our desserts... the meyer lemon with a soft meringue and the chocolate hazelnut cheesecake. Will return to Pasta Moon the next time we are in the area.
  13. f

    foodlvr

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoy this place. Dinner last night was no exception. My appetizer the agnolotti was awesome; very rich and flavorful. I had the scallop risotto for dinner and again really enjoyed it. My wife had the warm date salad and gnocchi. Both were excellent. The place makes great cocktails as well. The best part though is the staff. They are friendly and attentive but not overbearing. It’s a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
  14. C

    Curmudgeon

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tagliatelle with Maine Lobster (special) paired with Garlider Blauburgunder (Pinot Nero) was a sensational birthday treat.
  15. VJ

    VickiJ

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a table of four. Though we didn’t order the specials, we all felt our entrees could have been „chef‘s special“. The lasagna was absolutely the best, appetizers were delicious and beautifully plated. Service was tops, too, despite the restaurant being rather full. Definitely will dine again!
  16. T

    Thomas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but the food and service are worth the cost. Great ambience and the owner is very nice and welcoming. Will return again.
  17. L

    Leha

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We liked the place, but a few things would have made our experience better, ie: 1) a sign on the closed doors indicating where the entry door is; 2) freshly baked bread; 3) lower prices.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, ambiance and service. The staff went out of their way to ensure we had an amazing experience both times we have dined. Great live music. I highly recommend the risotto, best I’ve ever had. A must visit in half moon bay!
  19. RL

    RaymondL

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the food, service, ambience and value was well done. Nice touch with the owner spending a few minutes at our table.
  20. M

    Matt

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Pasta Moon never fails to produce delicious items. We'd go all the time if it was closer.
  21. O

    Oneshtchi

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this location. Yes it’s been too long. The dining room is upscale and inviting. We had a great table along a corner so we we able to people watch. The service was top notch. We had calamari, salad, and had a ribeye steak that was cooked to perfection. The sorbet was refreshing and delicious as well. Next time I will go for some pasta starters … I know they are known for this as well. The cocktails were interesting and fun as well.
  22. JO

    JonO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from start to finish was spectacular. The service was great and the food was the best we have had.
  23. CM

    CMarie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A huge thank you to the Pasta Moon team for making my birthday so memorable!
  24. V

    Valentin

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I’m a local and I was once again astonished at the disappointing level of everything at this establishment. I brought 2 friends from out of country hoping it would be nice. Worse than ever and I fail to understand why it’s quite busy other than there’s a shortage of higher end eateries on our little coastal stretch here. Where could I even begin. It’s very pricey, fine if the fare and the service etc live up to it; not the case at all. The tables had apparently been newly varnished without it drying or curing. It was all sticky and one could not pick up a wine glass without it sticking to the table so hard it almost broke in one’s hand. The server and wait staff were totally inexperienced and harassed our table repeatedly 5 times from the onset to choose our entrees when we hadn’t even enjoyed an appetizer yet. The placement of silverware was even wrong. Our food and meals were sub par, overpriced and disappointing. There was no professionalism nor proper timing with anything. I’ve had better service, food etc in a local pub. Never again and I live blocks away. What a shame! Boo Pasta Moon… you would not get away with this anywhere else. For shame.
  25. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live in Concord. When we discussed where we might celebrate our 50th anniversary we each chose Pasta Moon. That says it all. We love the new location. The staff is very friendly and efficient. It is all about teamwork and they are all winners. Leo was very patient with us and his menu insights were spot on. Since we were coming from Concord, we decided that a two night stay would make for a good visit. There is so much to do in Half Moon Bay. We will be coming back.
  26. t

    thedream

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    What a nice selection of wonderful fresh tasty food accompanied with creative cocktails and a broad array of wines. Splendid!
  27. BS

    BritS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pasta Moon is such a lovely place. Everyone who works there is so nice, the ambience is beautiful (especially for the holidays!) and the food is really wonderful. A very special treat!
  28. T

    Theodore

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food
  29. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The venue was lovely and the staff warm and welcoming. Unfortunately, the food was not quite as delightful. The scallops with risotto was tasty but there were only three scallops for almost $40. We know restaurants are struggling with food prices just as all of us. The lasagna was tomato heavy with a bitter flavor and scant meat. This may be just our preference for taste as we know it is a favorite there. The portion of lasagna was huge. The persimmon salad was tasty and inventive Clam Chowder ok but nothing special Overall it was expensive and not sure worth the cost. Again, staff was very attentive and warm
  30. R

    Rich

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, excellent service and very nice ambience. It was our anniversary and Pasta Moon gave us an Anniversary card to boot.
  31. KW

    KatieW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating friendship
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem in half moon bay. Amazing handmade pasta. Service is top notch. They should get a Michelin star.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Appetizer (spring mussels) and entree (Chilean sea bass) were outstanding, service very good. Best meal of our 5-day trip.
  34. JS

    JoergS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    had a very nice dinner with good food in a nice athmosphere
  35. MD

    MichelleD

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I think my first impression was tainted a bit since we had a 7:30 reservation for our anniversary and yet we had to wait 20 minutes for our table so it was almost 8 by the time we sat down. There was no apology for the wait and the host just acted like it was normal. The Brussels sprout chips were not great. They were just charred oily tiny leaves is a bowl so those were unimpressive. We both got pasta though which was the saving grace of the restaurant. Dessert was just ok. We had the warm apple crisp. It was too sweet and unbalanced and still a little cold in the center. The wait staff was ok. They were not rude yet they were not attentive either. We had to finally ask for bread. In all I would say that the pasta is great here but I’d like to see a bit more for the price and prestige.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cordial and informed staff. Beautiful atmosphere. Great food and drink.
  37. W

    Wade

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    patience is a virtue. great experience with family and friends to catch up.
  38. SI

    StephanieI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely gathering of company employees to celebrate the holidays and give thanks for an incredible year. Pasta Moon was a delightful and intimate retreat perfect for our event. Our table was in the main dining room yet we felt completely private and engaged with our own group. Large holiday wreaths were displayed and votive candles twinkled around us. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The wait staff had impeccable timing and the dishes were so good and plentiful, we took home leftovers. We will visit again and hopefully soon. Thank you Pasta Moon for a delightful and most memorable evening.
  39. EV

    EdVic

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We sat in the bar to listen to the piano. Shared a pizza and canoeing with a nice wine and then coffee. It was delightful.
  40. B

    billieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very good and we had a place by the fire which was nice.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Pasta Moon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 726-5125.

Pasta Moon is rated 4.7 stars by 4559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pasta Moon

845 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Half Moon Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kim Levin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 726-5125

  • Private party facilities

    Several private rooms are available. Please call or email banquets@pastamoon.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    info@pastamoon.com: (650) 726-5125

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