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About Pasta Moon

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.

315 Main St.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 726-5125

Website:
http://www.pastamoon.com/

Executive Chef:
Kim Levin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Annual wine tasting and winemaker dinners. Please sign up for our monthly announcements

Pasta Moon Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (63)
Special Occasion (54)
Neighborhood Gem (50)
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Romantic (39)
Casual (32)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Good for Groups (29)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Authentic (26)
Business Meals (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Fun (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Seasonal (20)
Cozy (18)
Healthy (17)
Organic (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Bar Seating (13)
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Kid-friendly (12)
Hot Spot (9)
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Happy Hour (7)
Live Music (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 hours ago

Always great!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Great as usual...family celebration..great for out of town guest

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Pasta Moon is my favorite restaurant in San Mateo County. If we want a very nice meal, this is our first choice. Don't hesitate to share/split starters or entrees. Servings are generous. The persimmon salad was creative and perfectly dressed. Save some room for the cheesecake. It is delicious and memorable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Healthy, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall great dinner date place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service! The specials were amazing! My husband and friends were kind enough to share a taste, but I went with ravioli on the menu. Perfect for a fall evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

One of the first nice restaurants in Half Moon Bay from 30 years ago. I have had many nice meals there over the years. My high school friend and her niece were in town and we had a lovely meal. Crab linguini, eggplant Parmesan, and butternut squash ravioli were our entrees. We split the cheesecake. Nice wine list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Every time we go to Pasta Moon, the food and service get better and better. Nice place.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of the salads we ordered was described in the menu as having arugula for the greens, and there was no arugula in the salad. It was still good, but did not come as described. The main entree sea bass was missing the olive tapenade.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

With the exception of the bus boys trying to clear our table over and over when we weren't finished, Pasta Moon was exceptional. I would have rated them higher on service if it were not for the aggressive action of the bus boys to turn the table. This is not of their own doing. They are directed by the management and server to push. They ought to correct this before people just stop wanting to go there and then they won't have to worry about turning the table.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A bit crowded this evening and had to wait for the table despite reservations - it's okay just a 15 min wait. Half Moon Bay had a community Holiday light parade and all the street parking was restricted - hence the crowds. Otherwise the menu was just okay this evening - Had Sea Bass - a bit dry - chefs are rushing a bit and the Fritto Misto had more red onion than calamari.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Both my friend and I were very happy with our meals. It’s important that I Express this detail. My review is based on the fact that when we were choosing a place in half Moon Bay to enjoy a girls night out, I chose pasta Moon because it clearly stated on their website that they had vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. When I made the reservation I even put a little note that we had a vegan and a vegetarian. When we arrived and sat down I was surprised to not see any vegan option on the menu. So, as I do often when I eat out, I told the waiter I was vegan and asked what was available? He offered me the vegetarian dishes. Then when I explained that vegan meant I didn’t eat cheese or meat he offered me the chicken dish without the chicken… Which essentially gave me pasta with sauce. He seemed a little flustered and didn’t know what to offer me and I ended up having the soup and a salad. And again, I want to emphasize that both of those were good but that is not a vegan menu… Or vegan options… it’s soup and a salad. When you are a pasta restaurant and you say that you have vegan options, you should have something on the menu or, be sure that your waitstaff is aware of options. To make the evening even more strange, when the dessert menu arrived it had a desert on it that was clearly marked vegan!!!!!

So therefore I cannot, in good faith, give the restaurant five stars because I could not send my vegan friends there if all they can get is soup and salad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always a special venue! Nora provided excellent service - attentive and not obtrusive. The restaurant DESPARATELY needs seafood forks for serving the mussels. Used to have them and niw they don’t, which is problematic for the diner. Food was excellent. Recommend thevseated scallop salad and the Meyer Leon parfsit- always a treat.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

When I made our reservation I noted that it was for our anniversary and asked if we could get a quiet table. When we arrived they wished us a Happy Anniversary and led us to a lovely table in a quieter part of the restaurant. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. I love to cook so am difficult to impress, often thinking "I could have made that at home". Not so with all our selections. I had a crab pasta special that could have been either bland or had the ingredients overpower the crab. It was a delicate balance of perfection. We also each had their persimmon salad with pomegranate seeds, frizze lettuce, goat cheese, and a honey mustard dressing. Again, a lovely marriage of flavors. The wine selection they proposed for the meal was also a perfect 10. We will go again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A warm, comfortable, stylish and inviting restaurant. Delicious food, handmade pastas, and great service. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion or date night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a wonderful meal with phenomenoal service. Could not have been happier with our meal, wine and the wait staff’s suggestions and attentiveness. The only reason our experience was 4 stars versus 5 is because our party of three had the misfortune of being seated in the corner sourounded by two large families. One family had four children, two of which were toddlers. I’m a mother of two active boys, so children are not a bother to me. BUT, in this case the two toddlers screamed at an ear piercing level throughout our meal without intervention from either parent. Wishing there had been an atmosphere more appropriate for either them or us. :)

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Salad and entrees were very good, and service was excellent! Lemon dessert wasn't our favorite, but overall really enjoyed the evening. Certainly would come back next time in HMB!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Love Pasta Moon whether I am there for lunch or dinner. Great food, great wine & great service. Highly recommend. Have been dining there for years.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was my first time recommended by friend. I took my family for birthday celebration. Food was amazingly delicious however service wasn't that great as we have to called them for clearing the table and even for refill. overhaul, it was an great experience. will visit again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was impeccable; food was very good--salads were excellent across the board; persimmon, etc., salad was to die for! Very happy we chose to spend our Thanksgiving here!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Kim, Steve, and staff never disappoint. It’s always like coming home to an old friend here.

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

So this is an upscale place you only should visit if you have money to spend and feel like celebrating, not your everyday diner. The food is wonderful and their wine list impressive. The atmosphere is romantic. The service is good too. I however can’t give them five stars because of their management. We celebrated Thanksgiving there and the experience was quite disappointing. We reserved via OpenTable and were surprised when I received a phone call and an email from the restaurant saying they had canceled my reservation a week before due to lack of credit card on file. I called immediately and was told they were having a technical issue with OpenTable to store credit card information. This didn’t concern me nor had I done anything wrong so I expressed I was upset about them canceling the reservation. Luckily they were able to reserve the table so I thought I could forgive their rudeness. Then we arrived for our reservation and the manager looked at me and my family without even a hint of a smile and said “You have a reservation for 4 yet you are 5.” He was referring to our newborn in her carseat. He said they were full and he didn’t think he’d be able to seat us considering the baby. This was strange since I’ve been there before with the baby and they always seat her at the end of any table with a high chair seat. Then after a few minutes he had someone seat us and just like usual we got the high chair and there was no space problem. Even more bizzare, during our entire meal, the room was half empty even after he’d told me they were full. Then the bill came and it was $360 total (3 meals and 1 child meal, 1 appetizer and drinks). I think for such money we spent we could have been treated better. So I guess this review is a word of warning for families to think twice about this place. At Its Italia down the street the food is just as good but they have never been rude to me.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been eating Thanksgiving meal here for a few years. Always very good

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Outstanding pasta and pizza. Pricey for pasta. Extensive Italian wine list. Creative dishes. Not most authentic Italian experience, in fact I don't get impression this is Italian other than pasta and wine. The atmosphere is contemporary and comfortable and nice. Outstanding fresh made (daily) pasta- some of the best I've had

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Family in from out of town and wanted to take them to one of faves!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overall nice everyday dinner - she initially forgot the hot water refill but did remember after a few - sometimes they leave you alone too long.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Best gluten free pizza, ever! The crust and the way it was prepared was perfection. Yum!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I've worked my way through this menu and there is not a single item I haven't loved. I usually end up ordering the special. Pablo is a perfect server. Attentive when needed and otherwise, respectful of the diners' conversations. Great experience, once again. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We are regulars and always come away happy. The food is great--listen to the wait staff explain the specials before ordering from the menu--and enjoy the quiet sense of professionalism that infuses this restaurant from the kitchen to the bussers. The Italian wine list is great fun to explore. Prices are definitely in the SF premium range, but worth it.

Tags: Live Music, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times - always excellent and great service - from pasta to seafood to pizza. Definately recommend.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service. Great menu choices. Very health conscious menu options. Use of local, seasonal ingredients. Put that all together with the totally creative starter (Tempura battered Cinderella Pumpkin wedges with fresh applesauce and a pumpkin seed pesto dips) and our pasta dishes (Linguini Ahi tuna for me and Taggliatelle Bolognese for my hubby) and you have a wonderful dinner experience. What took it over the moon was the dessert: Meyer Lemon Parfait. Complex layers of flavor and a stunning presentation. Just order it! Might be the best dessert you ever tasted.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. Wine list, food, and A fabulously gifted restaurant owner Kim Levin. She has lead this great place for 30 years. And she makes everyone feel so welcome.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Live Music, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We enjoyed an anniversary lunch at Pasta Moon. The restaurant is

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Pastas great as usual. Expanded quarters impressive. Worth the trip.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

God was amazing. Service was really friendly but a bit slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

My friend and I had salad and dessert both of which were terrific. The salad had scallops, avocado, mango and greens and the dessert was the Meyer Lemon and meringue. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always a delight, home-made pasta, delicious sauces, good service, fabulous wine list, local produce/ingredients, very reasonable prices.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent homemade pasta. We enjoyed the seafood puttinesca and bolognese, perfect amounts. The apple and hazelnut salad was very enjoyable. The tiramisu was ok-I’ve had better, but still tasty. On vacation and definitely would recommend this eatery.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I've been dining at Pasta Moon for many years and it has always been a highlight of any visit to Half Moon Bay. While the prices have always been on the high side, the food was always exceptional. I would say that this time the service was subpar as in our server did not seem to be well-trained, rushed through the specials and didn't check in often or offer fresh-ground pepper or grated parmesan. The food was just so-so and the pasta was overcooked. Perhaps Pasta Moon has become too large to sustain its former excellent quality?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Poor sevice

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The lasagna is amazing

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