It's Italia

4.6
1592 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.

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 1592 people are saying
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michellep
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love it here. Great service, love the drinks and the menu has something for everyone. Delicious!

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KMommo
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best aspects of It's Italia is the service. From the hostessed to the bartender to the bussers. All cordial and well trained.

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vipIlovenewyork
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chef, superb service, lovely atmosphere. Please bring back the bruschetta!

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vipOneshtchi
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience3

First, the service was very good and attentive.
My friend ordered a beet salad. She is a vegan. They had little to offer in that arena, even tho it does state they do have vegan choices. Maybe 2 choices. No gluten free pizza crust or pasta, or bread. That too is listed. So, I ordered a hamburger , no bun, medium rare. It was well done. Dry. Had a pomegranate mimosa and blood orange mimosa. sweet, and not much bubbly.
but, the server was very nice.

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CaroK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Drinks were amazing, Salmon fantastic and all the appetizers were wonderful. The lobster ravioli special was a little disappointing. Ravioli texture suggested not made in house, but more like refrigerated ravioli you can buy at the store. Chewy edges and square shape perhaps gave it that feeling? It was the most expensive entree we bought, so that’s why it was a bit anticlimactic! Everything else was ON POINT! Thank you!

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Robin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Say out on patio by fireplace- best seat in the house!

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HeatherP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant on Main Street. Delicious dinner, salad, and cocktail!

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CynthiaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gino was a wonderful server. The young woman at reception squeezed us in to a table earlier than our reservation and inside where my companion preferred. Servers kept the water and bread coming and my companion raved about the petrale sole. Thanks for a perfect evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
We will definitely return to It’s Italia next time we are in town

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jezebel
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Half Moon Bay. It was really busy Christmas Eve but we were not rushed and stayed almost two hours.

A big plus is that it is only two blocks from my house.

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vipMona
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is my favorite restaurant of all in the Bay Area, it is my home away from home, always amazing service, great food, and love the warm and inviting atmosphere! They had it all decorated with Christmas Tree chandeliers, which was way cool, it was so festive and fun! I always get any one of the pasta dishes, as they are my favorites (I love the lasagna)! Camille the manager is the best and Eduardo and Gustavo are the best servers (with the best personalities), I love It’s Italia🌹🌲🎄

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Italian food in HMB. After two years of not seeing family, we met up and took my brother and s.i.l. to It's Italia. As we have been several times, we knew this would be a great option. They have a refined pallette and they thoroughly enjoyed our meal from appetizers to dessert. My brother ordered the bolognese--superb. My s.i.l. ordered the black truffle gnocchi--exquisite. My own family loved our artichoke ravioli, steak and pesto. Service was stellar as well. We make sure that we visit It's Italia any time we are on that side of the county.

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DonnaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a word, everything was 100% on point and perfect
I wouldn’t ask for more or change a thing!

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ScottM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Ok food, so so environment, noise level was on the high side.

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PatrickA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Italian spot. Cozy for the winter.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place with a comfortable outdoor dining area. Minestrone soup was a bit more tomato based than I’m used to, but quite good. Both the seafood risotto and the chicken Marsala were large portions and were very good. While the service slowed down as the restaurant filled up, the waiter never forgot us. This was a first time visit during a weekend getaway, but one I’d recommend and come back to.

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vipJoeR
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken/wild mushroom pasta is delicious!

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vipTony
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food.

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KristinM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Used to love this place, but overall it’s declining in all ways. Service was very slow-our waiter didn’t come back to check on us or remove our empty plates for nearly 20 minutes. We placed an order for appetizers, planning to order entrees afterwards, but the server didn’t come back and take our order so we decided to leave. The lighting was lacking as well-couldn’t see the menu in front of us.

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traceyW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Gustavo, he was very professional, knowledgeable about the food and wine menu and attentive!

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tscottpotter
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive and friendly service. Warm and inviting space inside and out. Wonderfully prepared and creative food and cocktails. Limited vegan options but offer custom dishes to meet dietary needs.

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MarieGia
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Pretty noisy, hard to carry on a conversation.

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MARKP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a very nice meal. All the food was excellent. Two of us shared the halibut and the lasagna. Both were great. Our server, Gino, was excellent. We will be back again.

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vipBarbaraR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dinning was delightful! Server was attentive and not intrusive. Food was outstanding!

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walker
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Disappointing…the menu here used to be fabulous and included wood-fired pizzas, great salads and always some simple fish dishes. Now it is overly rich and the pizzas are not on the menu. The basil besto gnocchi was way too rich and creamy to have more than a few bites. Salad OK. Best part of dinner was the focaccia at the start of the meal. Salmon only OK - another sauce on that and uninspired potatoes and sautéed chard. I love the atmosphere here but not coming back. :-(

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Delicious food!

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KurtF
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The service was excellent, the food was subpar. Our appetizer: one was burnt and dry and seemed like some thing that was reheated or at the end of it’s life. The second one had a taste that was very inconsistent.
The main course, one was under cooked the other was supposed to hacve mashed potatoes and had a consistency of some thing like a couscous, the steak was way too salty and the dessert was their version of creme brûlée and it just ok and the Key Lime pie describes ‘cookie’ crust, it was thick, hard, salty and tasted burnt. Couldn’t finish it.
This was a very disappointing experience. I’m not sure what happened, but we won’t go back to a restaurant just because of the great service.
If the question is, ‘why did they continue eating it?’, we paid for it. What would they have done?
They did comp a desert for the undercooked food, but get better at making it.

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vipREB2001
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Comfortable & safe outdoor seating. Excellent service.

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vipBrandonB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great here. Pablo's service was amazing. Would definitely recommend.

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KristinaV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food, service and ambiance.

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michellep
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food options, excellent service and fantastic bloody Mary’s!
Brunch was excellent!

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laurab
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Hohum. Waiter must have Forgotten to order our salads. Nothing outstanding

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vipMarkM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My food was ok, but my date's food was not cooked properly. She had the calamari steak dinner which was cold and soggy, I hate the artichoke ravioli which was hot but on both of ours the artichoke hearts they added were extremely salty, like they took them out of the car and just put them on the dish. Our server was nice but never came back to check on us after getting our food otherwise would have sent hers back.

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well taken care of by the attentive staff. The brunch was fabulous! Need to do this again and soon!

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Motherof3
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a double date with friends and we all agree the food, ambience, location and staff/ service were all amazing!

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vipvicki
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Only one entree was not great. My gnocchi tasted burnt. It was supposed to be browned but I think it was over done. The rest of the entrees were good and typically the food is always excellent. I will still go back. I think it was a bad day for that dish.

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WendyP
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food. Definitely try this restaurant.

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vipJenSonoma
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

6pm reservations on a Tuesday night early fall. Not busy. A few of us wanted iced tea and were told they were out of iced tea ???. A caprese type
salad listed on the menu posted outside the restaurant that was of interest to one of us was not listed on the menu provided. They were able to accommodate and make it. Service was extremely slow given not too many guests. I suspect they like other restaurants are short staffed. We were hoping to sit outside in rheir charming courtyard but were told they were only serving inside tonight...despite lovely weather. There are other Italian restaurants in HMB worth trying.

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Loveeating
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was great - but service poor. We got there on time for our 6pm reservation; took about 10 minutes before our order was taken; 20+ min before appetizer came; didn’t get main course til about 7:40. Waiter was pleasant but didn’t offer any explanation, even after we asked about it.
We had eaten there a couple of months ago for the first time and service was excellent; waiter (and entire staff) very attentive -and food was great. This time, food really good, but service lacking. I appreciate what a difficult time restaurants are going through lately, so I’m willing to give them another chance.

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 1592 OpenTable diners.

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.