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“Excellent food in loud crowded setting”
Review of Mezza Luna

Mezza Luna
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Capistrano
Transit: Samtrans
Description: Mezzaluna Restaurant is located in the historic Princeton Landing building (which was built in 1908). The harbor town of Princeton By The Sea is located 20 miles south of San Francisco. In this scenic area of Half Moon Bay, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, you can experience breathtaking coastal views and marvel at the giants waves of Mavericks surf spot. We provide nothing but the highest quality of meat, fish, produce, pasta and local fresh ingredients. Mezzaluna is continually awarded as Best Restaurant on the Coast and Best Customer Service. In 2012, Mezza Luna was awarded "Favorite Italian Restaurant" and in 2013 awarded "Favorite Overall Restaurant" and "Favorite Italian Restaurant" by the coastside community and the readers of the Half Moon Bay Review. In 2014 Mezza Luna was awarded by Open Table the "Dinners Choice Award". But it doesn't take an award to prove the quality and consistency of the great food, service and wine... You must experience it for yourself.
Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were happy to get a reservation for a Saturday night in June graduation season, but when we were shown to a table surrounded by large parties ( a group of 18 on one side, 8 on another) in the center of a large, crowded, and loud dining room, we had second thoughts coming here. Fortunately, we were able to be seated on the stage of that room, where other thee tables were for two to four diners.

After our server brought my husband the wrong cocktail, then told us that our appetizer of mussels had been sent to another table, our doubts grew; as the food arrived, however, we were pleasantly surprised by how well-prepared and delicious it was: baked mussels in marvelous sauce, snapper grilled perfectly, fresh green beans , also cooked just right. The only disappointment were the prawns, which: large and in a flavorful sauce were also overcooked and tough,

Food was definitely worth a return visit, perhaps on a weeknight. Request a table in the smaller dining room or near the edge of the large dining room if you would like to have a conversation without raising your voice. If you have a big group looking for a convivial place to eat, this may fit the bill just right.

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Thank MartsoSwan
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Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

The food is always fabulous! My husband is Italian so it is always fun to hear him speak Italian with the employees. He was a bit disappointed when they took rabbit off the menu

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Reviewed May 27, 2014

There was 5 of us. We started out with a sausage and mushroom pizza. It was tasty. 3 of us had Calamari Piccata. It was wonderful. 1 had pasta with vodka cream sauce, she loved it. 1 had Gorgonzola gnocchi, outstanding. We really didn't have room for dessert but they brought us ice cream because it was Nancy's birthday. The service was very good. We would all go back again.

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Thank Judy B
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Not so attractive inside. The salad station is open for the customer to see and it was an eyesore. For those prices I expect the decor to match.
Food and service was fine. If I go there again I'll make sure to be seated somewhere other than close to the kitchen.

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Thank tippitendren
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner and the salads were awesome there. The bread they serve was good, loved the foccacia bread, but needs to be softer, less tough. Prices are ok.. It's Half Moon Bay and everyone demands prices that seem more than anywhere else, but we don't do it very often so didn't worry about it this time. Wil go back...easy walking from many hotels locally.

Thank LoveToTravelFun
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