It's Italia

4.6
1552 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1552 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday weekend kickoff

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Polly
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and great food!

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SusanK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding! Authentic Italian cuisine, excellent sourcing of ingredients, wonderful service. We will be back every time we visit Half Moon Bay.

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Angela
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love It’s Italia! We go every year for the Pumpkin Festival!

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RobertB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant, great food!
Sauces are tasty and pasta is crisp.

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vipkato
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a BD party for my husband here and it was wonderful! The service, ambiance and food were perfect although it did get a bit cold on the patio at the end, but it was 9 pm in mid October. Betsy, the owner, was so accommodating and helpful I was totally pleased with the whole event.

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Sue72
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Its Italia on a Wednesday evening. We were seated in the courtyard patio in front of a fireplace. The service was excellent and the food was great! We started with a shared cranberry, walnut, feta cheese salad. For entrees I had the Baked Penne Alla Vodka and dear husband had the salmon. We also received a complimentary dessert as it was a special occasion. We would definitely return when in Half Moon Bay again.

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Sailor
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent modern Italian food in a lovely venue, with both indoor and outdoor seating.

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PeggyS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall, a good experience but I didn't particularly like my choice of entree. It lacked proper seasoning. However, I will be returning as most of my choices off the menu have been great. I believe it is one of the better restaurants on Main St., Half Moon Bay.

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely warm ambiance on the patio. Busy but didn’t feel crowded. Friendly staff and delicious food. Will definitely return and recommend

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MichelleL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food as always was delicious! We love the decor & setting. Our waiter was excellent.
However, the noise level was horrible! So loud with people having to yell to communicate. We’ve eaten here fir years & never remember it being so loud! Asked to move tables, but they said all tables were reserved. Due to Covid, once seated they don’t want to have to re-sterilize table, so no moving allowed☹️

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and staff were warm and friendly

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vipLuigi
Central Coast
56 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding as usual. The cocktails were well prepared and wine I ordered was excellent. It appeared that they may have been a bit short-staffed in the server department, so service was just a touch slow. Our server was very personable and engaging. Also, the noise level was higher than I have experienced. Overall we had a great time and a fantastic meal, and we will be back.

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MichaelN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was excellent and service was also very good.

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Mary
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was excellent and the service very helpful. We liked the outdoor tent; it was a cozier experience than some outdoor dining. The prices, while high, were not exorbitant like some other Half Moon Bay restaurants. We will definitely return if we visit again.

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Sharron
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On patio so noise level was low. Food and service were excellent. Celebrating a birthday and they brought a sundae with vanilla ice cream, raspberries, whipped cream and mint sprig dusted with powered sugar. Plenty so the three of us could share the dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must Go place!!!

It was my birthday and they made it really special. Kudo to Gino who was our server and he has been really great, thank you so much for your services and we really enjoyed!!

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Walty
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a while since we came on a visit to California. It was nice to return to a favorite restaurant. Food and ambiance still great. Service was outstanding. I forgot my credit card at the restaurant and they telephoned me! Card was waiting for me when I returned.

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vipAnnie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it again! The food is just so good - cannot resist :)

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Localfolk
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

It's Italia has a great (the best) outdoor dining situation. We found the food to be just ok, but we didn't order Pizza, which we used to love. It's been a few years since our last visit and we know that they and all restaurants have been through the wringer with the pandemic and all of the new constraints and concerns. We would have enjoyed our meals more had they been served piping hot. We'll definitely go back to give them a second or third chance to show us what they can do.

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ElinaF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Yesterday was my third time dining at It's Italia and I am not going back. The best I can describe the food is hit and miss. We had good meals there, but also meals that are impossible to eat. Yesterday dining as a group of 5, only 2 people liked their dishes. The service was sooooo slow. I don't recommend if you like consistent solid dining experience.
PS. The ambience on their outdoor patio was very pleasant and somewhat saved the day (our daughter's birthday celebration).

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EatieGourmet
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything went well…except for the noise level. Every surface was hard enough to cut diamonds, and the ability to carry on conversations in a normal tone of voice was… compromised. Call me ver sensitive (or call me Ishmael; I don’t care), but nothing interferes with digestion more than noise.

The food was fabulous, the service was attentive, but the ambiance requires an ambulance.

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OTDiner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful date with my grandson at Its Italia. The restaurant was very understanding when I had to call when we were running a bit late & the waiter didn’t flinch when my grandson asked for plain buttered pasta with cheese on the side. I couldn’t love their grilled octopus with fennel salad more. I didn’t order this time but I am also a huge fan of their delicious Half Moon Bay pizza. I’m just never disappointed.

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WillM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely worth the effort: Get a reservation.

Enjoy the wait staff - personable without being overly friendly (i.e. professional!).

Enjoy the meal. We had Chicken Marsala and Penne a Vodka. Stuffed faccacia balls for antipasto. Wines by the glass were appropriately priced - the cabernet was delicious. Too full to order dessert.

Enjoy!

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Pegsley
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, ambiance. Definitely would go again. The best of everything.

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JudyG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious ,fresh and locally sourced from the land and the ocean !
The service is wonderful. The servers are friendly, knowledgeable ,attentive and accommodating . All the folks there were friendly and helpful . Clean place. Covid safety intact. The restroom was always clean and well stocked. Ambiance was fine and music good! I highly recommend It’s Italia
to everyone!!

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karap
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing - however it took over 30 mins for our appetizer to come out and over an hour to get our main dish.

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vipVivsf
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for a 12 year old. It was great!!

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Familyof5
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good wine list and grilled octopus. Patio is nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

This place discriminates against Asians. If you are Asian, expect to be seated at the worst tables even if nicer tables are available. They are busy enough that they don’t care if you eat there or not. The hostesses were so rude and disrespectful, I am shocked that they are busy!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed weekend event. Enjoyed venue, food, and friendly service. Attentive to our requests.

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Aradwms
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Definitely would have returned the following night but for prior arrangements. I will mark this down as one of my very favorites.

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vipsdds
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We had a 12:45 reservation. The food took over an hour plus to receive, and the poached eggs were hard (yolk) and stone cold. Huevos were also cold. Although we are reluctant to do so, we asked for the food to be redone. Another hour passed before the food came. Poached eggs still hard but the food was warmer. They comped us one on the two poached egg dishes, you really should have comped the drinks and even two of the dishes given how slow the service was (our poor server, who was v nice). I would like a call from the manager, please 659/520-6206.

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vipService
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Had the Halibut special. If available…have the Pie! Soooo good!

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JeanetteC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are often returning customers to It's Italia -- because we always have a positive experience. First the people -- good service, kind people, know how to work in our challenging environments. Secondly, the food -- we are vegetarians and one pescatarian, nevertheless, all of the food we have had is delicious and consistently so. I have been loving the negroni cocktails -- one of the best, and the wonderful salads (beet, caesar) and my fave, the mushroom risotto entree -- have to force myself to try anything else. The ambiance can be transporting -- very comfortable, never loud, even the time limit on tables due to pandemic are reasonable. I highly recommend this restaurant and we will be returning.

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Ryno
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was just ok. I was expecting and hoping for something better.

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PamelaC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on the patio for dinner. It was a cool night, but our table was next to the wall fireplace and there was a heater on the other side of the table. Very comfortable and cozy. Delicious dinner starting with the crecenza stuffed foccacia balls and the mushroom plate, then we each had pasta for our main course. Service attentive and friendly. Will definitely be back!

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Bill
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great place to eat a meal or just stop for a drink and appetizer. Outdoor seating in the courtyard is a special treat. Our 'go to' place in Half Moon Bay.

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CodyB07
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Super cute restaurant with the perfect atmosphere. Especially the outback seating. Loved it.

They also were super accommodating to our reservation due to a minor timing set back on our end.

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viptjt1
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There are several good italian restaurants in HMB. This is one of the best. A little different experience now than pre covid in terms of atmosphere. Still nice. Very good food. Not a lot of great dessert options, does not seem to be their focus.

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 1552 OpenTable diners.

It's Italia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.itsitaliarestaurant.com/giftcard.html.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.