Mezza Luna Restaurant

4.5
1973 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Award winning fresh and healthy Italian food. Homemade pastas, pizza and gelato. The best local produce, seafood and quality meat using family recipes. Full bar, 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 only 25 miles from San Francisco off Highway 1, near Half Moon Bay. Private parking lot and street parking available. Favorite restaurant for Half Moon Bay locals.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(650) 728-8108
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Special Events Coordinator : (650) 728-8108
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Capistrano
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Parking details
Private lot and street parking
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Public transit
Samtrans
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Entertainment
Stage area and dance floor located in our bar area. For private functions, DJ's and bands are welcome.
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Special events & promotions
Private party venue for a group of 40 max and a second room for groups up to 135 people. Banquet menu available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Particularly enjoyed salmon carpaccio and prosciutto with Parmesan appetizers although would have preferred shaved vs sticks of Parmesan. Lamb chops (5) were good, accommodated one diner by preparing the mixed seafood grill for two as one serving. Split a dinner for the two other diners who eat smaller portions. Yummy profiteroles and tiramisu for dessert. Friendly and accommodating.

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SV
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mezza Luna never disappoints. Welcoming staff, attentive service, never hurried, excellently prepared meals. Italian cuisine expertly executed and service in a pretty restaurant that is family friendly.

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MG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time visiting Mezza Luna, and the both the service and food were outstanding! Our guests included people from Sicily, Calabria, and Luca, and since they knew Roberto who is one of the owners there was a lot of Italian conversation going one. This is one of their go to places for excellent Italian food and they introduced my wife and I to ML. They bake their own bread and make their own deserts, which are very tasty. We bring our own wine so I cannot comment on their wine list although it looks pretty good. We celebrated a birthday this time, and the staff (and our tenor at the table) sang HBD. We plan on returning soon. It is a good value for what you get, and you will n to be disappointed in my opinion.

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BO
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was absolutely pleasant the whole time while part of our party was late, about 1 hour, due to the Pumpkin Festival traffic. I have to say the restaurant wasn't packed yet being I had a reservation at 5:00 pm, but, by the time we left it appeared pretty full. The food was wonderful as I have come to expect and Italian wine list is outstanding.

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JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with a group of friends and our kids. Even though it was mostly couples, the wait staff was friendly and there were pizzas for the kids and great options for the adults. We did go on the early side - 5pm. Not sure what it would be like later, but the service was prompt and the food very good.

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday. Never disappointed with Mezza Luna!

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JF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Have been there before and was pleased. Tonight was a trainwreck. Involitini of veal was overcooked and had the look and taste of a Jimmy Dean sausage. The sage butter sauce tasted of neither. All for $27.50. The capellini was swimming in tomato sauce and ended up a soggy lump. All food underseasoned and just bland. Service was friendly but slow and inattentive. Neither worth the price nor the trip.

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SM
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is one of my mom’s favorites. A nice destination for a drive to Half Moon Bay.

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NJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Wait staff was beyond inattentive.

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JW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food. Exceptional pasta and sauces. Great ambience!

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Three owners are Terrific, enjoy speaking Italian with them.
Food is outstanding.
Waiters are AND Waitresses make you feel welcome.

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s
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molto bene! Our celebration evening with family was perfect! Our appetizers, calamari and pizza, were wonderful as always. The calamari comes with a sauce that is unique to that dish with just the right combination of spices. We tried a couple new dishes, lasagna and scallops. Both were fantastic and cooked to perfection. The other dishes, tried and true, bolognese and alfredo pastas were delicious as well. The desserts, molten lava cake, gelato, and sorbet, were decadently sweet and supreme! It appeared that the entire waitstaff showed up to sing Happy Birthday! The wine list at Mezzaluna is extensive and our choice, from Montefalco, was superb! This was one of the finest meals and was enhanced by the entire staff! Kudos to Roberto!

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PG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Maybe we picked a wrong day (it was Tuesday night) but I was disappointed by this place. We had a reservation and we still were waiting about 20 minutes just to be seated. What was the point of making reservation at all? Then we were seated and also waited at our table hoping to get noticed by somebody at some point. The food was nothing special, very blah. It was either overall boring looking plates and in some cased overcooked non tasty meat. Even my husband, who usually tries to pick some "samples" from everybody's plates this time simply refused all of the offering and made a face. This has never happened before. Desert was ok but coffee was cold. The staff brought free gelato and sang happy birthday, which was the only nice thing about this restaurant. Overall, nothing special in décor and no ambiance in this over 100 years old building. The restaurant was packed to the gills with mostly senior age people and it felt loud, boring and stuffy. The waiter looked rushed and tired. He mixed up our order and brought something that we did not asked for. He looked very annoyed when we told him so, as if it is our fault. I thought that this was a great place for my daughter to have her birthday dinner, but I wish I would have chosen some place more exciting. I don't even recall that my Open Table points were applied. I will have to check what happened. No one mentioned it when we were presented with the bill. Too many people in the restaurant, too little time, I guess.

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PR
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Just OK, nothing stellar. Croutons on Cesar salad were stale.Fresh ground pepper was not offered, had to ask for Parmesan cheese. Chunky, thick, dollar store wine glasses are totally inappropriate for this restaurant with white table cloths. Good location, good service.

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KG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food traditionally but excellently prepared. Service friendly and highly professional.

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MR
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very noisy made the entire experience unpleasant. The lamb chops were fat and greasy.

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c
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food here is ok. Bread is really good, my daughter enjoyed her pizza; my husbands lasagne was tasty but cold, my pasta was perfectly edible but not as tasty as i hoped. Diners scew older. Nothing special.

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Mezza Luna. I have been going here for years. It’s in a great location- Food is always fantastic & always have great specials. I enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

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LT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Half Moon Bay! We go here for special occasions, as well as fun weekend dining.

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. I had sand dabs at our waiter's recommendation (local and only available for a short time). They were delicious with a delicate lemon cream sauce and practically melted in my mouth. We had a leisurely dinner and were not rushed at all. I was able to book a table on short notice on a Friday evening without a problem, due to the large dining area. The big dining area is great for large parties. The staff adeptly reconfigured tables as diners came and went.

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M
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been enjoying Mezza Luna since the 1990's...Food is wonderful southern Italian/Sicilian, always flavorful, great sauces, perfect place for conversation with friends or a business meeting...Servers take great care of you, but leave you alone for long conversations, no hurrying you up to 'turn the table", and as it is in Italy, the best venue for good friends and uninterrupted conversation...Our first.choice for
meeting friends for lunch or dinner...

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B
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was fantastic as usual! The veal was excellent and the pasta was sensational!

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the two hour drive from brentwood. We always enjoy the excellent service and menu.

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v
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Spend time together

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We’ve been to Mezzanine Luna many times and have never been disappointed This Friday evening was exceptionally busy but the service was great. The food was excellent as usual. We were in the side room which was a little noisy. They did have a large birthday party. All in all a great experience.

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WI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Typical Southern Italian fare. Family friendly atmosphere.

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OD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday. There were two other birthdays then. (This must be the place for birthdays.) Large dining area; rustic and warm. Food was delicious. A bit pricey. Service was attentive but a bit of a language barrier at times. Go for the Tuesday special, best deal for the money.

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d
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was excellent, service was great, they were very nice and flexible when i came in 2 hours earlier than my reservation, because of scheduling on my part

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food is wonderful. The wait staff is always kind and very attentive. Be sure to check out the seasonal specials. They never disappoint!

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our music event at The Wine Bar, to see Marty Williams Quartet was at 7pm. Arriving at Messa Luna at 5:30, with a table by the water, it was quiet so we enjoyed an intimate conversation with our waiter giving us time to enjoy our cocktails. I had the mixed greens salad (outstanding), and my date had a delicious Cesar salad. We decided on pepperoni pizza, that we thought we’d take some home, but it was so terrific we ate it all! All in all a superior restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the salmon ravioli . The fettuccine with fresh pasta was lovely

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S
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had exceptional service and the food was delicious! We will definitely be coming back again.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian food, nice array of choices. Friendly staff at all levels. Neighbor view with some ocean views as well.

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MR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT AUTHENTIC HOUSE MADE BREAD, PASTA & DESERTS , GREAT PRIMITIVO & CHIANTI WINES
GIOVANI & ROBERTO GRACOIUS HOSTS , SERVER GUILLERMO is VERY ACCOMODATING .

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L
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply an outstanding restaurant, with great food, well-made cocktails, a fine wine list, and excellent service. We have been there a number of times and have never been disappointed. That’s why we keep going back. We have recommended Mezza Luna to a number of friends and they love it too.

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HP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ravioli stuffed with salmon was amazing. The complementary bread was fantastic. The tiramisu was also top rate.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Mezza Luna is ALWAYS a fantastic experience. It's like going home to family....you feel cared for and happy to be there! We can count on our favorite dishes to be expertly prepared. Best restaurant on the Coastside and beyond!!!

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OT
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mezza Luna never fails to please, and it did please us mightily, again. It's always a treat to dine there.

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SO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely our go to restaurant when we are in the Pillar Point area. Everything is delicious. Would highly recommend.

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