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It's Italia

4.6
4.6
1757 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 1,757 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MA

    ManiA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great Bruschetta was not so great Bread was wonderful Wedge salad was great, finished it all Steak was perfectly cooked
  2. C

    Chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    There was 4 of us and 3 were very happy with the food. One person is vegan and found very little options for them to choose from.
  3. NA

    NANCYC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to have brunch here. Never disappoints!
  4. SR

    SusanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional cocktails and food. Excellent service. Seated close to entrance so noise level was loud at times and chilly. Perfect New Years Eve dining.
  5. MM

    MargueriteM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Dinner, Service outstanding, food delicious
  6. MG

    MikeG

    St. Louis

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent Italian food at a reasonable price. Almost everything we tried was very tasty including the prawn and mushroom appetizers and the 92 flatbread (this was truly delicious). The salads entrees were all excellent. Only one item was disappointing. The octopus was a bit chewy and without any sauce or noticeable flavor.
  7. b

    birthdaygirl

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Christmas Eve Dinner on outside porch. Delicious and Fresh food.
  8. d

    denise

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful and warm surroundings food was delicious . It was the perfect evening for our Christmas Eve dinner with loved one!
  9. MR

    MattR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we got a recommendation to try this restaurant on a date night and it did not disappoint. Food was delicious, drink was good and the ambiance was nice. Maybe a tad louder than i would prefer, But i still had a nice time
  10. M

    Minigolfer

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Way too noisy
  11. M

    Montaran

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As usual it was a great experience. My ricotta omelette was a little bland so we got hot sauce to spice it up. One and only complaint is the table by the window. We’ve sat there twice recently and it’s sticky. Needs to be stripped and refinished. So if you stay away from that you’ll love eating there!
  12. a

    alicias

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful. The food was delicious! The restaurant was decorated beautifully for the holidays. Overall it was a wonderful evening!
  13. WF

    WayneF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, and the drinks were outstanding. The bread was a real winner as well. The service could not have been better.
  14. K

    Kristike

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love It’s Italia. Everything is excellent: drinks, food, ambiance, and service.
  15. EP

    EllenP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the awesome choc lava cake. This was my daughter's FAVORITE and it was very special to have this dessert arranged in advance to surprise her for her birthday brunch dessert. many thanks for making it happen w/o having to be reminded.
  16. LH

    LouH

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite dinners at Its Italia. I had the halibut special. It was prepared perfectly. My husband and I split the wedge salad which is always a favorite. We chose to sit outside, ended up a bit chilly. Our waiter was so great, he provided one more heater… A cold breeze was blowing through the iron gate. It was quiet strong. All of our feet were freezing. A suggestion, that maybe putting some kind of removable board or plastic might eliminate that strong breeze on cooler nights. Just a thought…. We were sitting at a longer table along the back wall. The tables in the center don’t seem to have the same problem. We all loved our meals !! And our server was terrific.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family owned (multi-generation), beautiful setting, friendly service and excellent food. Highly recommend.
  18. MA

    MaryA

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The restaurant was freezing. Both front and patio doors were open all evening and most people had to keep their jackets on. I was chilled until I got home to Redwood City. My gnocci came cold. Probably because of the overall temp. Also, the music was very loud. So loud that we asked for it to be turned down cause we couldn’t hear each other. Finally, there was an 18 % gratuity added to a table of four but Boone told us. We nearly tipped 38%. We caught it last minute. That is not right. Waiter should mention that.
  19. CP

    ClaudiaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate outside so it was quite, inside seemed noisy
  20. PG

    PatG

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I like this restaurant. the acoustic are hard . this time it was especially noisy because There was a loud party next to us.
  21. w

    winedineme

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fabulous….
  22. FL

    Foodie4Life

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Too cold near the back door - we wore our coats throughout dinner. Ribeye was a bit too salty/overspiced. Carbonara, salads, and key lime pie were delicious
  23. CV

    CaliforniaVisitor

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! We loved it.
  24. TD

    TerriD

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great meal and great service
  25. SJ

    SJSandra

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good experience with knowledgeable and friendly wait staff and excellent food. We ate outside by one of the fireplaces and it was lovely.
  26. KT

    KatT

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner!
  27. MR

    MichaelR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Greeted pleasantly for sure. Waiter didn’t know about wine. No prob, he asked someone who did know to make a recommendation. Thanks. Waiter was personable. Definitely would have appreciated waiter refilling wine glasses and bubbly water glasses. That’s called service. Busser was on it- at the table more than waiter! Osso Buco was very good. Hand rolled gnocchi was not. Bland and swimming in sauce that should have been flavorful given that it was a truffle sauce, but nope, not. Didn’t even eat it, and waiter didn’t even notice. Dessert was good. It was a nice evening, as we are good company. I am wondering tho: why so much oil?? Overdressed arugula with mushrooms saturated in oil, Brussels spouts saturated in oil, a Caesar (not really) salad tossed with too much oil. Your Restaurant has so much potential why not go the extra mile with the service and the food? The ‘bones’ are there, take it up a notch!
  28. A

    Addy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would give our server Gustav 10000 points. He was amazing! I ordered the butternut ravioli and my husband ordered the fillet mignonand the apple pie!- we both licked the plates clean! We sat outdoors and there were fire places and stand up heaters and the ambience was just perfect!
  29. T

    Thyrn

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Had a reservation and was told they would be ready in a few minutes. Fifteen minutes passed and hostess asked me if she could help me. I reminder her she said our table was not ready. She sat us immediately. We waited several minutes for a server who was excellent. Area we sat was drafty and cold. With all said great atmosphere and food. I will be back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Service was very slow though the restaurant was not crowded. Chicken in wild mushroom pasta was dry. Disappointing experience at a frequentlybosotrd restaurant
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Horrible service. Sat at the bar while waiting for our table. Took 20 min to get first drink. Then sat at our table and a crazy man came running in and we thought he was going to shoot up the place. Nobody did anything or called the police until I forced their hand to take action. Very scary and a very poorly run restaurant.
  32. F

    Fine

    Dallas

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. We ate on the patio, and they did run out of propane for their space heaters, but they had one close to our table that kept us pretty warm.
  33. MK

    MonaK

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely outdoor patio. Our server Amanda was excellent. Food was very good but salmon was pricey ($36). Two employees immediately acknowledged our anniversary and offered complimentary desert. We would definitely go back.
  34. AC

    AnneC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always fresh, tasty and presented well with great service.
  35. B

    Bewe1212

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going at 5 pm is best, to get seated where you would like, as it fills up fast. The hostess was accommodating, as well as the waitress to answer our questions. We started with focaccia served right away, if you want more it is extra. We wanted more, but decided to save our appetites for the main dish, additionally we wanted to save room for dessert which is our favorite, the Affogato, which we believe is the best ever! I ordered the salmon that was hot and absolutely delicious. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed greens. My husband ordered the chicken Cesar salad, with crisp, fresh greens, and thin slices of Parmesan cheese. He is always pleased. We have ordered the flatbread pizza that we get with pepperoni, artichoke and olives. Excellent as well. This is the only place we go for dinner in Half Moon Bay!
  36. DV

    DerekV

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love the patio at It’s Italia. Dog friendly and much quieter than indoors. Food was good and staff was very attentive.
  37. P

    Pumpkin

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Food. Carbonara and calamari are excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Service was excellent Food absolutely delicious Dessert too delicious.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the patio, next to a fireplace. It was so lovely and warm. The food was delicious! Our server was great too 😊
  40. L

    Lita

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I have always liked It's Italia but the noise makes conversation impossible.

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 1757 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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