It's Italia

4.6
1358 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.

Support It's Italia during COVID-19

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 1358 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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vipValentin
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience in every way! Our favorite on the coast!

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teresag
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience even in these odd times. I felt comfortable outside and the tents/heaters worked great in a significant rain.

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vipBarbaraHMB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have been here many times. My food wasn't as good as it had been previously. Also, we had a waiter who wasn't great.

I hope my comments won't be published. This is just information that I hope will help the restaurant.

Thank you

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vipelizabethr
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

What an amazing experience. Food perfection, atmosphere charming. It would have been a night to remember except for on thing. As we sat down to share time with friends and celebrate a special occasion we informed we had 90 minutes before we would have to vacate our seats. I understand the need to utilize the small space during these challenging time, but did it have to be the first thing out of waiters mouth. Please, please, please teach your staff to show grace and courtesy when guests are their to experience a night out. Especially when most of us haven’t been out in months. Such a uncomfortable way to spend our time

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vipJoeR
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Always excellent, food and service. Sanitizing effort exceptional.

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KrisA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The patio is warm and cozy. looking forward to visiting agian!

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ScottB
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Pricey, but worth it.

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Tony
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant I always have the best experience. The service and the staff are very professional friendly and helpful. Can’t wait who back.

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claudiab
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience terrific! Glad they are open:-)

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio seating.. good spacing.. heat lamps ok.

Food on queue and served hot.

Service great ... everyone working together.

Definitely on the return list!!!

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Johmb
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt safe. Outdoor ambience was lovely. It was warm on a December evening, as they have heating units. The food was A+, always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great!
My fav in HMB

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant has done a great job keeping the ambiance while adhering to small safety measures and protocols. The food was fantastic- highly recommend the gnocchi.

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Mimicakes
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Italia is a treasure. There is great care to keep diners and staff safe during this time of covid. The food is delicious and the outdoor dining space very attractive.
The best of any establishment is the staff as well as the menu.
It's Italia's staff is professional, welcoming and personable.

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vipBrenda
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food and service.😀

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fannyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite restaurant in Half-moon bay! We liked it so much we went there two nights in a row! The food is to die for, the service is impeccable and everyone's hospitality is over the top.
Can't wait to go back!

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Bella
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! The patio was so cute and such a good vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and warm outdoor dining. Excellent food Ann’s service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place!

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Bill
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff, and ambiance! Love the patio seating / COVID accommodations.

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Tony
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best brunch my mom and my sister and brother-in-law and of course me. Eduardo was the best his service was excellent. It was my moms birthday he treated her like a queen the best experience she has ever had. Thank you Betsy and Eduardo.

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vipMona
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place, they are like family to me, Eduardo is just AWESOME and I always ask for him and he never disappoints! Camille is the Manager there on the weekends and she is super professional, personable, so attentive, and the best personality ever, I really love her energy and she is always so kind to me and I really appreciate her efforts. This place totally follows COVID guidelines so you should feel very safe and the food is Yummy too and not to mention the service is outstanding!

Thanks for another great outing It's Italia Family:-) Love you. Mona

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vipNotHard2Please
San Francisco
161 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

We love It’s Italia, but this experience was subpar. It was the first time we ever had anything other than a fabulous experience. The hostess was not as professional as previous times. We made reservations and while we were waiting in line to check in someone before us was a walk-in. The hostess immediately seated those people and told us to wait and we waited for sometime. When we were seated we were told we could have the table for 90 minutes because we were a party at two and this was a larger table. The walk-in had been seated at a table for two. There was a mixup in an entree order so the kitchen had to re-do a dinner so it took a little longer to receive our meals. Right at 90 minutes the hostess told us that we would have to wrap up and leave. Not a good experience due to the hostess. But the server and the bartender were fabulous, as always.

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JasBoj
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the service impeccable and the covid rules strictly adhered to. I felt extremely comfortable in the courtyard.

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RussM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoy dining here, especially on the patio. The patio has a wonderful vibe that is romantic and casual and charming. Nice wine list. Good variety on the menu featuring local ingredients as much as possible.
They were doing well to observe COVID 19 protocols and it felt very safe and caring to dine here.

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MariaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were A-Mazing! We would recommend to anyone and will definitely be back for more.

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IrinaB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, good wine selection

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TerriM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious meal for my birthday on Halloween! During these weird times of dining everything from the cleanliness, bread, cocktails, dinner and dessert were outstanding!! We will be back! Loved it! Thank you!

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great cocktail, great dessert, great service. Overall lovely experience. Clean and safe and well-spaced.

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NaomiG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ITS ITALIA NEVER DISAPPOINTS
Great wine selection, delicious food, friendly staff and this was my first experience on their patio... no issues at all. Just wish we could have stayed longer than 90 minutes but totally respect the process during COVID.

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HilaryW
Angus
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed dining here! We entered the outdoor patio through the cute “tunnel”. Felt like we were in a secret garden! Intimate, fireplaces, heaters, gorgeous stone work, plants, great ambient lighting, everything socially distanced. Cocktails were interesting and yummy. We just had a couple of apps (calamari and a flatbread pizza). Both excellent. Great server too. Very impressed with It’s Italia!!!

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vipmimicakes
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Italia is a great spot for a delicious meal. The food and service are fantastic. The staff is very careful about maintaining person safety.
You will not be disappointed with any choice you make at It's Italia.

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ElmazA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always enjoyed It's Italia, but this experience (during shelter in place) was superior. The waiter Eduardo was very attentive and made a great wine recommendation. The support staff kept our table clear and water full. My husband had the Seafood Risotto which was excellent and had a perfect combination of seafood and cream. My Ceasar salad with grilled chicken was generous and tasty. Instead of an appetizer, we started with Funghi Flatbread which had a nice grilled bottom.
Warning: desserts are generous. We should have shared my out of the box affogato, or his tiramisu.

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vipDisappointed
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience4

Expect to be told as soon as you sit down that you have 90minutes before they ask you to leave. Then expect to experience 20 minutes slip through the hourglass until you get a wine list and then eventually a bottle. Even if you order all courses up front you are going to run out of time. This place has 25 empty tables inside but refuses to open inside dining because their cost model is better when they do takeout and force turn tables. The hostess had the gall to walk over and ask if we were going to have dessert, rattle off the options and then say she would have to check and see if there was enough time left. One would expect a little customer service for a $400 meal. Our actual waiter from Brazil was fantastic so we tipped him cash in hand. The restaurant management - wow, get it together.

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plp54
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was an intimate, cozy outdoor patio setting. The food was outstanding as well as the wine that the waiter helped us pick out. It was slow getting our food; if we had been held to only staying 90 minutes like they told us upon entering, we would not have been done with our main course through no fault of our own. As it was, we were there 2 1/2 hours for dinner. We didn't mind because we were talking and enjoying the ambiance, but it might have been a problem for others. This is a great place for a special occasion as well. It was my sister's birthday and I had asked ahead of time if they did anything special for birthdays. They surprised her with a dish of ice cream with a special sauce (I think it was raspberry) with whipped cream and a candle (at no charge). She was so excited!! It was a memorable evening - thank you!!

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MarcG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had dinner in the patio for our 24th wedding anniversary. The ambiance an the patio was very cozy and romantic. The good was great. We had the Brussels sprouts appetizers, a flat bread pizza and the chicken mushroom pasta. The cocktails were also very good.

On top of all this the Covid protocols that the restaurant implemented made us feel safe.

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TamHara
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Italia has great, ambiance, service, etc. Very classy restaurant!

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lisap
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food.patio beautiful. Staff was great..

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AlgerC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor patio dining with great food and very pleasant service.

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vipVegasforRod
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Quiet because we were all outside, as it should be. Food was outstanding! I like the 90 minute limit, however, it did take quite a while to get the food. Probably because of the limited staff. The wait staff was quite good.

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 1358 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.