It's Italia

4.6
1574 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 1574 people are saying
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MarieGia
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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MARKP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
7 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
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.

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vipKtrose
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fave.

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LynnetteV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really excellent and we both felt that the service was good, too. Wait-staff were very attentive.

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor eating. Heaters work well! It was out last dinner before home and it was a good choice to a lovely week.

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vipKathyL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was beyond excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday weekend kickoff

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Polly
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and great food!

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SusanK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
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 on October 17, 2021
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
7 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!!

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 1574 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.