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It's Italia

4.6
4.6
1644 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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Booked 4 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,644 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exquisite food and ambiance. The portions could be a little bigger but the food was so good that we didn't care.

  2. T

    T42queen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely dinner for my birthday, excellent food and service. I like their choice of background music.

  3. BS

    BrigidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a terrific time celebrating my husbands 30th! Thank you!

  4. AH

    AndreaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Bar service very poor. Husband ordered Irish whiskey and got Rye. I ordered Hendrick's and tonic w Cucumber garnish and got a lime, served w explanation that they didn't have cucumber. I ordered a second martini, but on the rocks. I was brought a glass of vodka neat, with a separate glass of ice.

  5. SH

    ShannonH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite places to dine in HMB! We had great service and great food.

  6. SS

    ScottS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    We have eaten on many special occasions at It's Italia and it never disappoints. The food on this Mother's Day was outstanding!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Had Mothers Day brunch on the back patio next to the fireplace. Very beautiful setting. Service was friendly and attentive. The French toast was fluffy and delicious. The Ricotta omelette was fresh and tasty. Side of bacon was a perfect addition to the meal. Really enjoyed our experience!

  8. SD

    SeasonedDiner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to dine at It's Italia. They have managed to provide dining continuity through the pandemic, whether outdoors or take-out, and have opened the dining room for people who feel comfortable there. The staff is still masked, which I really appreciate.

  9. TD

    TimothyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Excellent food, decent service but could stand to be a little more attentive to water and drink service. It’s a very loud room but nicely appointed. You won’t be disappointed unless you are looking for an intimate setting.

  10. HS

    HopeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was outstanding. It was some of the best food we have had on our trip. However, we got there at 3 PM and had to wait almost 50 minutes for the food. The music was quite loud and the server seemed occupied with something.

  11. e

    eatworkplayread

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wait staff were attentive and kept our water topped up and checked on us frequently. I’m a big water drinker so that’s a big deal for me. Our food was great: paella, Salmon and short ribs . The seafood tasted fresh and delicious, the sort ribs on polenta were “very nice” according to my husband.

  12. B

    Bubbles

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We love It’s Italia! Very warm, inviting, excellent service and great food. We were warmly greeted, our server, Gustave(sp?) was very attentive but not pushy. We had a wonderful evening!

  13. MR

    MicheleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our experience at It's Italia Restaurant in Half Moon Bay. We made reservations via OpenTable. The site asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and since it was our anniversary, I checked that we were. When we arrived, the hostess wished us a Happy Anniversary which was very nice. After we were seated at our table, our server presented us with a complimentary bottle of champagne to celebrate. We were beyond thankful and ecstatic for the wonderful service we were provided. As for our dinner, it was perfect. We will definitely come back next time we are in town.

  14. PS

    PamS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2

    Have eaten here many times and the food, ambience and service are always top notch. This time however, we were seated in the courtyard. We were halfway through our meal, when a large party of 20 people were seated in the area. They were incredibly loud, so much so, that one by one every other table asked to be seated inside. We were the last small party to leave, and if we weren't already halfway through our meal, we would've left much earlier. They pretty much ruined the last part of our e experience. There should be a policy of requiring large parties over, say 8 or 10, to book a private room.

  15. A

    Algebravic

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've eaten at It's Italia for the second time. The food (especially the superfresh Petrale Sole) is really top notch. This time we ate in the outdoor seating. The cocktails (the Frida Kahlo) and wine (lovely Italian white) were outstanding

  16. MS

    MsSal2u

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful Easter dinner... It's Italia is becoming a "go to" destination for us, and we enjoyed excellent service and very good meals. Started with the mushroom appetizer; it was the only disappointment in an otherwise mouth-watering meal. It tasted fine, but wasn't as inspired as starters weve had on other visits. For dinner, we ordered the short ribs and the filet mignon. Both were beautifully prepared and delicious. We had ordered prosecco and it was a excellent complement to both our meals.

  17. JG

    JeffreyG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, Service was great. Will definitely be back again.

  18. PO

    PamelaO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Easter brunch

  19. MM

    MarciaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter Brunch

  20. S

    Scott

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    I was very disappointed in the seafood risotto. It was not good and overpriced. The risotto was not like it should be, which is creamy, and the sea food was over cooked. The shrimp were rubbery. Don’t think I will be eating there again.

  21. h

    heydeanie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very homey and pleasant atmosphere. Food is outstanding.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food for two people took way too long. Plus, they require a credit card to hold the reservation and seated us 15 minutes late.

  23. TT

    TimothyT

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We had a half hour wait to be seated for our reserved time. I don't think this is typical.

  24. f

    foodvic

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Best Italian food we've had in a long time. Fresh ingredients, good portions, tasty cocktails. The servers are prompt, thoughtful and attentive.

  25. SR

    StephanieR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious! I ate a lasagna and I fully recommend it!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday Good table and service would definitely go back again.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    We have been dining here for years. We ordered the filet, over $50 and requested no cheese sauce. The steak came out with the sauce. As we didn’t have time to wait for another one to be prepared we ate as is. The waiter barely acknowledged the mistake and did not offer to make it right in any way. This was disappointing.

  28. K

    Kricky4

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Our food was underwhelming the price. My husband and I found our food to be nice, but some what bland. Our son ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and loved it. Dessert was lovely, as were the cocktails. Next time we may opt for happy hour vs a full meal. The patio was cute and charming, as is the interior. Our server was superb.

  29. a

    alsp

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    The cocktails and appetizers were interesting and good. The service was good. But the main dishes including pasta and risotto selections that we had were a disappointment. With so many good Italian restaurants in the Bay Area, I would not recommend this restaurant.

  30. MM

    MichelleM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently great drinks, food, service and atmosphere.

  31. WS

    WernerS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    When we entered, they were trying to seat us in the worst place across from the bar table. When we asked for an empty table at a window, we were told they were taken and they seated clease to the entrance. I did take a picture of the two tables next to the window an hour later and they had never been used.

  32. T

    Tamara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambiance, food and drinks were all amazing. The experience exceeded our expectations. We would definitely recommend.

  33. o

    oldthing

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1

    Bread was the best part of the meal, however we were given just one piece, not a basket. The waiter didn't point out that my hamburger came with a salad when I ordered a salad extra! That resulted in a wasted salad on the plate with the hamburger. The potatoes that accompanied the hamburger were inappropriate. The caeser salad had the same lettuce as the tossed greens I had, not Romaine as is usual, and the dressings were tasteless. The lasagna was a sloppy mess, no structure as it should have. And they had no iced tea.

  34. SB

    SimoneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my very favorite places to eat. The food, service and drinks are always wonderful.

  35. B

    Blowfish

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and experience for a birthday celebration. Best steak & eggs I’ve had in a long time!

  36. B

    Bugaboo

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had a great meal there. The food and drinks were great and so was the service. It gets a bit loud in there but everything was delicious especially their Raspberry Italia dessert, large enough to share at the table!

  37. B

    Bewe1212

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s Italia is consistently great all around and we have been going there whenever we’re in Half Moon Bay. If we need to leave quickly for an evening event, our server will make sure our meals are delivered promptly. Very enjoyable.

  38. K

    Kristike

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful everything. We love It’s Italia!

  39. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First, our server was outstanding. Truly professional and delightful. Made the entire evening completely wonderful. (Tall, thin younger guy with stylish black hair...should have asked for his name!) The food was delicious. My husband had roasted mushrooms and mushroom risotto - a fungi fest if you will. All delicious - mushrooms were fantastic with a good variety and very savory and well seasoned but also honoring the mushroom. The risotto was packed with flavor. I had the walnut/goat cheese salad, lightly dressed and very well done. Lots of the goodies - cheese, cranberries and well done walnuts. I had the gnocchi which I asked for without cream and olive oil instead - no problem. They were super accommodating and it was also wonderful. The gnocchi were pillowy and well done; and the blistered tomatoes were flavorful and plentiful. I asked can we add a veggie and the waiter suggested spinach, which was perfect in the pasta. He also helped us pick drinks to start and good wines throughout. We were sad they ran out of the chocolate dessert we were planning to try, but that's reason to go back! (HMB is an early town - so go early!) Overall we love this place and this dinner was no exception. This place it terrific for date night, special occasion, or just a lovely (albeit not cheap) dinner out. The noise level is pretty high (all stone surfaces) so if it's not too cold and you can, sit outside in their lovely sequestered courtyard.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience! My favorite place on the coast!

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 1644 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 4 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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