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Mezza Luna Restaurant

4.5
2649 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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Award winning fresh and healthy Italian food. Homemade pastas, pizza and gelato. Local produce, seafood and quality meat using authentic Italian family recipes. Full bar with oversized fireplace and a short walk to the beach at Princeton Harbor. Romantic getaway for two and private venue for weddings, business and special events. Located 25 miles north of San Francisco and short drive from San Mateo peninsula, off Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. Private parking lot and street parking available. Voted Favorite Overall and Best Italian restaurant by locals.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipsrose
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated at MezzaLuna, our favorite restaurant! The food was exceptional, with specially prepared items. MezzaLuna has an extensive wine list, from which we ordered a fine Italian wine. The staff are friendly, courteous, and always willing to accommodate requests. MezzaLuna is a neighborhood gem!

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Mikew
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Favorite restaurant in Half Moon Bay all things considered...

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SaraN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dine here because we always feel like we get good value for our money. Never fails.

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RandyC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good selection and outstanding service

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vipJeff
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Just a positive experience overall. Prompt polite seating, water and bread quickly, server brought wine glasses without us having to ask and opened the bottle we'd brought. Food service a little slow, but not bad. Food was nice and hot. Good but not great. My wife's veggie pizza had zucchini, olives and mushrooms, which was not her idea of "veggies". We REALLY appreciated the efforts they'd made to keep the noise level down. There are lots of hard surfaces but they had installed baffles everywhere. As a result, holding a conversation at normal speaking volumes was not a problem.

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YantiA
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I always enjoy the food.
The ambiance of the place to more family

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food!!

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Yllwstrbrst
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We attended the Thanksgiving dinner. We were so excited from the photos and reviews. The food was lackluster. I had the Gorgonzola gnocchi, my husband had the cannelloni, we had calamari and tiramisu.
It was in NO way authentic Italian food. Butter with the bread should have been our first indication. Tartar sauce with the calamari. My gnocchi tasted like white cheddar velveeta. It wasn’t bad but it was in no way memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for early dinner thanksgiving day. Traditional turkey dinner was Excellent! Service was top notch. Very attentive staff. They gave us an excellent window table looking towards harbor and sun setting turning sky red. Fried calamari before main entree was very good. Negroni and wine selection delicious. Creme brûlée was lovely: nice yellow custard under an egg shell thin candy crust. Bravo Emmanuel and staff!

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MicheleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fried calamari and the seafood salad were very good. The Thanksgiving entre of roast Turkey, yams, brussels sprouts, and stuffing, was mixed. The Turkey and yams were good. The sprouts and stuffing were not very good all. The stuffing consisted of a few chopped up pieces of bread with seasoning that was dry and tasteless. The sprouts were dried out and undercooked.

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MargaretW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 of us dined at Mezza Luna on Thanksgiving. We all had different entrees and all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Lamb shank, calamari steak and the special turkey dinner were all wonderful. We have had great dinners at Mezza Luna many times.

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vipSfnative
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving was incredible. They had a lovely menu with many options including a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Our server was so kind, attentive and relaxed. A day I'll always remember. Thank you Mezza Luna, another wonderful meal!

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vipPatriciaG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there for Thanksgiving and even though the menu was more limited than it usually is, everything was wonderful. I had the salmon carpaccio and the seafood linguine, and they were both excellent.

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LeslieA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch. Good service and great specials.

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vipMarsha
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a great lunch. The service was so personal and caring. I had cream of asparagus soup and the farfelle pasta with salmon, my friend had the chicken stuffed with ham and cheese. Nice atmosphere. Good French bread. Definitely recommend.

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CharelG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, host was very accommodating, definitely one of my favorite restaurants, locals only haha

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vipnoname
San Francisco
202 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Highly recommended as the best place to eat when you are in Half Moon Bay. We had the special arugula salad, the calamari steak, the gnocchi and the bigne for dessert. Everything was excellent. Enjoy!!

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KaryH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal and many different entrees to choose from. Great ravioli seafood pasta and steaks are very tasty

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Thyrn
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed dinner with my daughter. Nice atmosphere with good food and nice selection of both food and drinks. I would return.

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vipFace
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat at Mezza Luna when we visit HMB. The food and service r the best and Roberto is the best

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Cindy
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly, excellent service and good food!

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DaveN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food preperation and impeccable service. A must, if you are in Half Moon Bay.

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vipJohnK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is located in a very cool small commercial fishing village town. The food and owners are real Italian. It is our locals favorite restaurant for lunch or dinner. It is suitable for couples or even special parties.

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Jetsway
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived on time and the hostess sat us right away the staff greeted us and our server brought us water for the table and after a brief conversation of what were the specials and meals of the day we received our orders and took pictures and we ate and it was delicious and we’ll worth the money!! Thank you Mezza Luna for making our visit with you enjoyable and we will be returning!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our third time coming to the Mezza Luna on our weekend getaways to HMB. Best food ever!! And Omar has been our server every time! He’s the best and we request being at his table every visit. Thank you Omar for always making our night special! 😘

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved every minute of our dinner experience. This was the first outing for my 79- year old mother, who had been hospitalized for several weeks and being out and having excellent Italian food, really made her day!

Thank you for the great experience, we will be back!

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CARRIEL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Mezzaluna was excellent. The Gnocchi and Bolognese were amazing. Our server was professional. We loved the ambience with a lovely harbor view. THE place to dine in the Half Moon Bay Harbor.

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TinoK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Not sure how to rate this. The food was good but for the price we should’ve received soup or salad with dinner which they did not offer. Service was OK except I could not understand our server most of the time due to their broken English. As for for the restaurant itself in appearance the inside was not quite what I expected. A lot of different colors on the walls and a disco ball to top it all off.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The salmon ravioli was delicious. The noise level was quite to moderate. Good service!

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JimB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great getting out and being together while we ate and rank. It was a nice ay on he coast also Mezza Luna is one of my favorite restaurants an we will be back

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Thank you for the recommendation and 5 stars. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DidiP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The hostess did seat us early - reservation was at 6- we arrived at 5:40. Server was polite. 1/2 bottle of champagne was the best thing served. Old fashion cocktail was ordinary. Food did not meet expectations. We will not return for the price. It's more for the daily tourist visit - it's NOT a destination.

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Unfortunately post-pandemic costs for food and alcohol has forced all restaurants and supermarkets to raise prices. But we strive to serve the highest quality while keeping our prices more moderate than most. We do our best to satisfy our customers, but we cannot please every palate.

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PamelaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, except with Covid still "in the air," we felt tables were too close and were glad we made a 5:30 pm dinner reservation to avoid more popular, crowded times. At the time we made our reservation, OpenTable asked if this was a special occasion, and we noted it was an anniversary celebration; the restaurant did not acknowledge this, so we do not think this question should be asked if it is not noted by the restaurant.

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Thank you for the recommendation and 5 stars. We appreciate your feedback with Open Table, and unfortunately we do not have control over the "occasion" features that appear on our reservation page.

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vipAnakalia
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience. Excellent steak, salmon and caprese salad. Attentive server. Highly recommend!

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

We are so happy you had a positive experience on your visit. We appreciate the feedback, 5 stars and recommendation.

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SandyS
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was great. It was a little loud. Food was good.

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your meal. Not sure where you sat, but maybe ask for a table in the bar next time. It's a little less loud and has carpeting to keep the sound decent.

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VirginiaP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cordial staff and excellent service!

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars and positive feedback.

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ValerieG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This place was highly rated on Open Table. Truly not sure why. The ambiance was not great, old building nothing special. It was indicated on the reservation it was a birthday celebration. There was nothing other than a happy birthday when we walked in. We had to asked to be reseated after they put us in a room with a large and noisy “birthday celebration” group, no one else in the room but us and them. Lots of room elsewhere but they put us next to this noisy group! The service was inattentive, the food was average at best, the wine list was poor and the overall value was not there. My “fish special” of Petrale sole was overly salty. As we left we saw another area of the restaurant that was very full. It had a bar and lots of people. Completely different than the low end space we were in. So perhaps there is a “local” space versus out of Towner area? Nonetheless the food was nothing to write home about. I don’t get the high ratings. Eaten at so many places….this was truly average at best! Can’t recommend this place if you are looking for a good restaurant!

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Our building is the historic Princeton Inn, built in 1906, famous for the prohibition days. It's old and we have gently remodeled it within parameters of conserving it's beauty and integrity. Pre-Covid, we used to gather around and sing for every birthday occasion, but for safety reasons we no longer do this. We do not discriminate locals and visitors, and have customers who prefer the dining room (tile floors/brighter) and others the bar (carpet/low lighting).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The Fettuccine w clams pretty good, my husband said spaghetti “not so much”
Obviously a popular place… Our reservation was for 745, we arrived a little early. There were lots of children & families.
Long wait for dinner, almost an hour.
I asked for a quieter table for anniversary dinner, it didn’t and probably couldn’t happen.

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

That weekend was typically our HMB Pumpkin Festival, so we were extra busy with with families visiting our famous pumpkin patches. Please let us know about your food concerns during your visit so we can try to accommodate any issues.

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vipKMH218
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent food, but unimaginative menu. I wouldn't say this place is "fit for foodies," but it served its purpose for us when we visited.

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FranzD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner and environment. I’d highly recommend.

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Thank you for leaving a 5 star rating and for the positive recommendation. We truly appreciate it.

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GaryD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner with our friends at your outstanding restaurant yesterday. We will highly recommend your restaurant to others and we are so grateful we found Mezzanine Luna🙂👍
The food was exceptional, the service was perfect and the overall comfort and atmosphere of the restaurant was spot on!
Thank you for a delicious food experience and terrific hospitality!
Sincerely, Vickie and Gary Davidson from Santa Rosa

Mezza Luna Restaurant
Responded on October 29, 2021

Vickie and Gary, thank you so much for the positive review and 5 stars. We appreciate the recommendation and hope you visit us again soon.

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FAQs

Mezza Luna Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 728-8108.

Mezza Luna Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 2649 OpenTable diners.

Mezza Luna Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.mezzalunabythesea.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.