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It's Italia

4.6
4.6
1692 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
It’s Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor.Thirteen years later, having moved into the beautiful Half Moon Bay Inn on Main Street Half Moon Bay, our menu has expanded to include seafood and meat selections from our rotisserie and mesquite grill, artful pastas and award winning pizza, creative salads and antipasti, and an array of house desserts. A Tuscan style courtyard patio with fireplaces and a fountain is ideal for large parties and receptions. Our full bar and locally famous bartenders create a lively social ambience nightly. Over one hundred fifty bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 726-4444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Isaias Toxzon

  • Catering

    We offer our entire menu To Go daily. We can custom create a menu for catered events up to 150 people in quantities and tastes to accommodate your group or event. Whether your needs call for a basic large pick up order, or complete catered party, (including serving staff, party rentals, etc.) It's Italia can provide service, menu, and flexible pricing to fit your needs. Please call our restaurant and ask to be referred to our Special Event and Catering manager for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    It's Italia can "privatize" specific areas in our restaurant to accommodate larger parties of 20 or more people. We have an outside "Fireplace Patio" that will accommodate private parties of up to 50 people, our "Wine Barrel" room that will accommodate up to 30 people, or a combination of these two rooms for parties of up to 80 people.Full restaurant buy outs are also available. Custom created menus to fit your needs and tastes can be developed for these occasions. Please inquire with our Special Events Manager for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Adriana Guzman: (650) 726-4444

  • Neighborhood

    Half Moon Bay

  • Cross street

    Mill Street

  • Parking details

    There is Street parking for It's Italia on all surrounding streets (Main Street, Mill Street, and Johnston Street). As well, there are two large public parking lots across the street from the restaurant off of Mill Street<br />(these areas are not paved, but it is fine to park there.)

  • Public transit

    Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.

  • Entertainment

    It's Italia is currently composing it's musical entertainment program. We forecast being able to offer live music in the genres of acoustic guitar stylings, hot, light, and standard jazz, and intimate classical ensembles.We envision bringing in artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as from our immediate local community.We also hope to be a venue for young, up and coming artists, including children's choirs, soloists, ensembles and bands who show talent, energy, and promise.Keep tuned into our musical offerings. We will be updating them here and on our website as well.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,692 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. Loved the special of the day, Halibut and the Calamari Steak… both were perfectly prepared!
  2. SG

    SGT1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. More for a couple rather then with kids. Nice time
  3. FM

    FoodieinMaui

    Hawaii

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant! We went for one night of our 20th anniversary coast trip and loved this meal! It’s a local favorite, you can tell. And it was excellent food, service, ambiance.
  4. MS

    MikeS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant indoors & out. Authentic cuisine & food is served soon as its plated (hot). Rated 4 for price as in my opinion, wine is somewhat overpriced. Still wonderful & we’ll definitely return.
  5. TM

    TimM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Italian food with large portions. Service was attentive but not experienced staff. While we were eating salad, brought entree. We had a birthday of our granddaughter and they forgot to bring dessert with candle. We had to remind the server. Overall though it was a good dinner.
  6. AQ

    AngeloQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic it was my wife birthday and she had the short ribs they the best she ever had I had the halibut and it was the best I ever had we will coming back soon
  7. NB

    NigelB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The patio was comfortable even on a foggy evening - they have plenty of heaters. The food was delicious - and they have the cleanest, nicest bathroom!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food! Understaffed and entrees took a long time but very good food and kind service
  9. WS

    WernerS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was only so so prepared. The waiter was slow as molasses. We came into the restaurant at 12:45 and left more than two hours later.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy the outdoor patio seating at It’s Italia. Cozy and pup friendly. The cocktails are delicious and we always bring our own bottle of wine ($30 corkage fee). The focaccia bread (free) is big plus. This time the husbands ordered the specials: paella and halibut. Both dishes were delicious and ample. The wives ordered the penne pasta which was flavorful and the portion huge. For dessert, the affigatto (so?) and key lime pie were too good for hubbies to share and their waistlines prove it. It’s Italia never disappoints. And, the service is excellent.
  11. JP

    JudyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Our big objection was the condition of the table---the finish is worn and sticky from repeated cleaning. We would not place our silverware upon it. I would urge them to at least use a paper on top of the table---at a restaurant of this level, the table was unacceptable. We had to ask for silverware to be replaced. We said we were sharing a salad---they did not divide it, nor was a second plate brought--we had to ask for one. It was lovely to be able to sit inside again.
  12. L

    Lucy

    Orlando

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious! Starting with the memorable homemade focaccia bread! The shrimp appetizer had incredible flavor. The pesto pasta dish was executed perfectly with added grilled juicy chicken! We just loved it!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had an excellent time. Food was better than I remember, service was quick without feeling rushed. Fairly good wine by the glass selection as well. Can’t wait to come back
  14. G

    Glebich

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food and the amazing service. Nice atmosphere outdoor and lovely cocktails.
  15. c

    cailach

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We Always have a lovely meal at Its Italia. It’s our Coastside favorite. We usually sit at the bar as the ambiance is great there, the bar staff are friendly and we get to meet Neighbours! This time we were a larger group and booked a table. Everyone loved their meal. My salmon was perfect - not at all dry but not underdone, flavorful without a gloppy sauce, great sides.
  16. P

    Phanny33

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had our first meal at It’s Italia and ordered the special which was halibut and the seafood risotto on the menu. The halibut was perfectly prepared and excellent. The risotto was disappointing: it was served as a heap of risotto with all the seafood buried underneath consisting of tiny scallops, three jumbo prawns, half dozen clams (one unopened!). There was a lot of crunchy sand too. Our server was very attentive and courteous, as were others on the staff, which was a big plus! We’d give this place another try because of the excellent service. And, no, I won’t order the risotto again.
  17. k

    kato

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We frequent It’s Italia because it beautiful and has excellent food. Often we will bring out of towers here for dinner. My only negative comment is that they don’t serve Iced Tea?? What’s with that?
  18. j

    jen1

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great date night on the patio. The mushroom and goat cheese appetizer was amazing, as were the Calamari Steak and the Ribeye. Service was awesome at attentive.
  19. PD

    PandD

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wish they’d bring back the old Pizza offerings — used to be so delicious! Kids do not like the new flatbread options.
  20. ML

    MikeL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place to eat. Great ambiance and service. Had to send back the bacon on my burger because it was completely burnt black. Other than that, that’s the only issue I’ve had dining here for years. BRING BACK PIZZA TO THE DINNER MENU!!!!
  21. K

    Kirsten

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    It took an hour for us to receive our drinks and some bread. Food came quickly but then we were handed the dessert menu while still finishing our entree. The service was completely off for us.
  22. LG

    LisaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious including our cocktails. Highly recommend
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great experience however the pesto sauce was very bland like it was completely missing an ingredient. Lavender lemon drop was fabulous. Server was very pleasant and timely. Gorgeous decor on patio.
  24. B

    Bruce

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's Italia is doing a really good job coming out of Covid....we had not been there for awhile, doing just take out. We had a really good time, Gino was our waiter and did a fantastic job, food was great and atmosphere was awesome!!! Really happy to be going back for a wonderful sit down dinner!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our anniversary and did the justice. Beautiful ambiance! Food was delish!
  26. g

    gourmay

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was outstanding. We had the pasta, which was very tasty, served with a light sauce. One of the best Italian meals I have had in a very long time. The service was disappointing; waited for a long time to be served our wine while the waiter paid more attention to a six top that arrived after we did (serving multiple rounds of cocktails while we waited). The service continued to be disappointing--we could not get our waiter's attention to be offered ground pepper until half way through the meal (we ultimately had to get up and walk inside from the courtyard where we were seated to ask for it). Waiter seemed to do his best to avoid eye contact throughout the meal, which was frustrating. Overall an excellent meal and nice environment, which was let down only by the indifferent service.
  27. A

    Ankeko

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We go to this restaurant like once or twice a year. Not very often, but for many years now. Usually, we are really happy with the food. But this time the menu had become much smaller and we were not really happy with the options. One pasta we ordered was very greasy - too much cheese. Another one - Ravioli with artichokes - had only a few Raviolios and too many artichokes. The taste was OKish, too much oil though. The flatbread Margherita didn't have cheese but a cheese sauce instead. My daughter didn't like it so I tasted it, too. It tasted of nothing. We returned half of the flatbread in the end. Steaks are very expensive and the menu is pretty restrictive. I hope they add more choices there soon. I like the restaurant because of its nice Italian ambiance and the nice staff. Hope the food will be better next time.
  28. s

    susans

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We often go here for celebratory brunch as we can sit on the lovely outside patio with our dog. I had excellent french toast, just the way I like it very creamy on inside. Husband had an omelet and son had the heuvos - they were both very happy with their meals. I also had a bloody mary - also very good. Very pretty patio for outdoor dining, and nice attentive staff.
  29. JG

    JoseG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we arrived 20 before our reservation, we were seated immediately no wait. Water was served almost as soon as were seated along with some delicious crispy garlic bread. Our drinks and food arrived in a timely manner. Food was amazing I ordered there nights special, and it did not disappoint. My date's dinner was also amazing. Overall, a great experience and will defiantly make reservations there again.
  30. MC

    MattC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! We loved all of it. The bartender knew how to make drinks too. Great atmosphere and food was delicious. Would highly recommend.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We reserved an outside patio table for Father’s Day. What a beautiful garden atmosphere, and I love the space heaters. We had a great time, and loved the food.
  32. S

    Sharlyn

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great spot in Half Moon Bay, in the middle of Main Street, for a Father's Day brunch! Food just OK from the lunch time menu, potatoes and sausages tasted rewarmed not freshly made, also out of certain lagers which was disappointing. Service was very good though.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family run Italian restaurant with the best location and setting in town especially for special occasions. Service is friendly, the food is very good and consistent. Highly recommend.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  35. e

    ejhpth

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, beautifully presented food, great service and a very lovely evening eating in the outdoor courtyard. We definitely would return.
  36. RK

    RobinK

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, expert service & well-priced! We totally enjoyed our dining experience....
  37. r

    rayc

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    it's italia is excellent, it's a keeper! (1) outdoor seating fantastic! atrium surrounded by bldg walls + tent tops = HMB wind/chill protection (+ heat lamps & 2 fireplaces!). spacious & tables are far apart. (2) menu w/ many choices. (3) clam & mussel, house made gnocchi w/ truffle sauce, halibut special -- all italia style & outstanding tastes. (4) drinks & capuccino are flawless. (5) service is courteous & helpful. staff all wear masks! what a wonderful & enjoyable night. we walked by the indoor section. beautiful, authentic tuscany decor. little italy in HMB, bravo!
  38. B

    Beachwalker

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always gracious and excellent service. Food is authentic and delicious.
  39. MR

    MegR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Delicious food but too expensive and music bad and too loud - sticky table
  40. LG

    LoveGreatFood

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Disappointing! Huevos rancheros were terrible… too many overcooked peppers served on a hard pancake like tortilla that was impossible to cut.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

It's Italia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 726-4444.

It's Italia is rated 4.6 stars by 1692 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 19 times today
Google Map for It's Italia

401 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mill Street

  • Neighborhood

    Half Moon Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is Street parking for It's Italia on all surrounding streets (Main Street, Mill Street, and Johnston Street). As well, there are two large public parking lots across the street from the restaurant off of Mill Street<br />(these areas are not paved, but it is fine to park there.)

  • Public transit

    Samtrans bus stop is located one block away from It's Italia, on the corner of Main and Kelly Streets, right in front of our City Hall.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Isaias Toxzon

  • Entertainment

    It's Italia is currently composing it's musical entertainment program. We forecast being able to offer live music in the genres of acoustic guitar stylings, hot, light, and standard jazz, and intimate classical ensembles.We envision bringing in artists from throughout the Bay Area, as well as from our immediate local community.We also hope to be a venue for young, up and coming artists, including children's choirs, soloists, ensembles and bands who show talent, energy, and promise.Keep tuned into our musical offerings. We will be updating them here and on our website as well.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 726-4444

  • Catering

    We offer our entire menu To Go daily. We can custom create a menu for catered events up to 150 people in quantities and tastes to accommodate your group or event. Whether your needs call for a basic large pick up order, or complete catered party, (including serving staff, party rentals, etc.) It's Italia can provide service, menu, and flexible pricing to fit your needs. Please call our restaurant and ask to be referred to our Special Event and Catering manager for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    It's Italia can "privatize" specific areas in our restaurant to accommodate larger parties of 20 or more people. We have an outside "Fireplace Patio" that will accommodate private parties of up to 50 people, our "Wine Barrel" room that will accommodate up to 30 people, or a combination of these two rooms for parties of up to 80 people.Full restaurant buy outs are also available. Custom created menus to fit your needs and tastes can be developed for these occasions. Please inquire with our Special Events Manager for more details.

  • Private party contact

    Adriana Guzman: (650) 726-4444

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