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It's Italia

4.6
4.6
1670 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

8:30 PM


Booked 16 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 1,670 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. LG

    LisaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    gourmay

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  5. A

    Ankeko

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  6. s

    susans

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. S

    Sharlyn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 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.
  11. 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  13. 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.
  14. RK

    RobinK

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

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

    rayc

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 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 &amp; 2 fireplaces!). spacious &amp; tables are far apart. (2) menu w/ many choices. (3) clam &amp; mussel, house made gnocchi w/ truffle sauce, halibut special -- all italia style &amp; outstanding tastes. (4) drinks &amp; capuccino are flawless. (5) service is courteous &amp; helpful. staff all wear masks! what a wonderful &amp; enjoyable night. we walked by the indoor section. beautiful, authentic tuscany decor. little italy in HMB, bravo!
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. LG

    LoveGreatFood

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 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.
  19. Y

    debbieY

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pasta was delicious! Wine by the glass was expensive and not a great selection!
  20. JB

    JeanneB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service excellent. Food was good. Calamari steak cooked nicely but a bit too much lemon for our taste. Artichoke ravioli sumptuous.
  21. SC

    SouthcityCA

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Italian restaurant and food in downtown Half Moon Bay! Lots of street parking. Large menu and wine selections. You will not go wrong, and both your stomach and you will be very happy!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The strawberry scones were amazing.
  23. TD

    TerriD

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. We had the lasagne and the Calamari Steak and shared the salad with cranberries and goat cheese. Everything was delicious!
  24. b

    bc1111

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love It’s Italia- all things! Ambiance, service, food!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food we've ever had, period. We'd come back to the SF area just to eat here!
  26. S

    Sunshine

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our food. The halibut and pasta carbonara were delicious. We were seated on the patio which is beautiful. Unfortunately there was a child running around tables, screaming and coughing which ruined our dinner. The music was nice, but a little loud. I definitely would return, but make reservations for inside next time.
  27. HM

    HMBResident

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food (taste, preparation and quality) were superb. The extra birthday desert was "icing on the cake."
  28. KS

    KateS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I’d twice previously enjoyed dinner with friends at It’s Italia. A friend/ neighbor & I wanted to take another friend/neighbor out to celebrate her 95th birthday. With slightly warmer, sunny weather & the current Covid situation, I made reservations for us for a late brunch on It’s Italia’s outdoor patio. It was lovely, the food was very good, as was the service. Except for the fact that, although I had indicated we were celebrating a birthday, we weren’t offered a dessert menu. The table was cleared & we were brought the check. A disappointment. But not significant enough to prevent future enjoyment of It’s Italia.
  29. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great discovery in Half Moon Bay. We had an amazing brunch yesterday...the salmon Niçoise was perfect ( I ordered mine medium) and all of the accountments were first rate. The bloody Mary was marvelous as was the ambiance on the lovely patio. Our waiter was also super. When we requested a table out of the sun, he quickly moved us to a more pleasant location for a non-sun lover. We found everything about the restaurant to be perfect and plan to return on a Sunday soon just for the delightful Sunday brunch.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite food and ambiance. The portions could be a little bigger but the food was so good that we didn't care.
  31. T

    T42queen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner for my birthday, excellent food and service. I like their choice of background music.
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 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!
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 1670 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 16 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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