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It's Italia

4.6
4.6
1719 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 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 1,719 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was good. Waiter who took our order was ok but the server who brought our food, cracked pepper, filled our water glasses, brought us to go boxes was awesome & always had a smile. FYI … restaurant automatically adds an 18% gratuity to your bill. I typically pay cash for tips but not this time. This is the first I’ve seen of a check coming with gratuity already added for only 2 ppl. Wow. We just got back from Italy & gratuity isn’t expected smh It was my birthday & they knew it was my birthday when reserving as well as when the host greeted me but they (waiter) did nothing special, like a dessert & a happy birthday 😔
  2. MZ

    MichelleZ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was exceptional. Service was great and food was excellent. We chose this restaurant while staying in Half Moon Bay and had our cousins meet us there from San Francisco. Also my husband loves Osso Bucco and it’s hard to find on an Italian menu. He raved about it. Everyone had good comments about their meals. We’ll definitely come back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food.
  4. SF

    SueF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great outdoor ambience and great service
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific service and food! We will be back soon.
  6. SD

    StephenD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Pasta and risotto were excellent and good value for money. Highly recommend the wild mushroom risotto. Service was pretty good on a busy Saturday. Biggest complaint is the high price of single glasses of wine. Might as well order a bottle at those prices. That seems to be the idea since bottles are reasonably priced, but if you only need one glass each you are out of luck.
  7. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    114 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Calamari steak was fair, not very good. Carbonara ok. Muscles and clams ok, nothing was great. All fair to just ok. Surprised and dissappointed to have an 18% gratuity automatically charged for our party of just 4 people. We added to the tip as the service was good.
  8. NB

    NatalieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    It feels sneaky that the Manager put gratuity on automatically for a party of 2!! We have 6 children that have all been servers at one time or another so we always tip 20-23%. Unfortunately, our server missed out on 5% more of a tip due to the management sneaking on gratuity. We had a new server and she was lovely! She just needed to bring the bread, pepper and drinks without us requesting them. She is learning and we did enjoy her. The food as always was great! I would recommend to friends BUT I will warn them about the newly added automatically 18% on ALL PARTIES.
  9. PM

    PaulM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was outstanding. The servers seemed to be a bit overly busy.
  10. SW

    StephanieW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We have been going to Its Italia for many years (14?) and have generally enjoyed our experiences. Today we were shocked to find out they charge $6 for bread (that use to be free) and automatically put tip on the bill. (Went for a birthday and usually you get a complimentary dessert…. But we did not. (Which generally I am ok with - was a nice touch when you did but it added to this odd experience) It felt like we were a wallet walking in to get dumped. I hate being nickel and dimed on things. The food is good. Service is great. Just know they have new policy changes. It is making me question going there again.
  11. F

    Foodie1234

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite Italian restaurants to go to in the area.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The server didn’t seem friendly and rarely checked in. They sat us next to this table with screaming kids (parents were not helping) and kids standing up looking over our table. That isn’t the restaurants fault but it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
  13. HD

    HappyDadSF

    San Francisco

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant! Excellent beet salad, flatbread and pastas — we had the gnocchi and carbonara!! Fresh and tasty!!! Beautiful outdoor tables and a dog-friendly restaurant! They grilled chicken breasts for our dogs and provided bowls of iced water! Excellent experience on so many levels!! We will be back for sure!!!
  14. S

    Sumner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious seafood. Interesting menu. Very attentive service.
  15. BL

    BethL

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. Staff was excellent. Food was delicious.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. I loved the food, the ambiance, and the service. I will definitely go here again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I love it’s Italia but for some reason we were put in a dark outside corner. I said this might be too cold and there response was with a huff. “Well we can light a heater for you “, walked off. This is the second time the hosts have been less than courteous and since I have been coming for many years I am disappointed Hope their hosts will get more training as the rest of the staff are great
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a lovely space!
  19. MA

    MAWFreehling

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic!!
  20. AC

    AllenC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was wonderful and did everything he could and did to make our anniversary dinner wonderful Thank you
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience and Eduardo is a pleasure!
  22. JW

    JeannineW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant in Half Moon Bay. The beet salad was beautiful and delicious. The chicken Marsala was a bit bland and the mashed potatoes were a bit runny- huge miss on this one. The minestrone soup would have been delicious had it not had so much salt in it- maybe a off night. Extensive wine list. Deserts were wonderful- we had the”submission “ and it was amazing! I will come back again and try there pasta.
  23. SH

    StevenH

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An all time favorite: great food, great atmosphere and outstanding service. Looking forward to our next visit already!!!
  24. J

    Jalea

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The first turn off was you have to book with a credit card and it us a 24 hour cancelation . This is not the French Laundry. Secondly the attitude of the hostess was cocky and confide ding. as soon as we sat down I wanted to leave but we stayed and had an ok mean, good waiter and a nice glass of wine. I don’t think we will go back. It was a better restaurant in its old location, mire down to earth and real instead of trying to be a high end restaurant which it is not.
  25. LW

    LisaW

    Portland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Seats of chairs are uncomfortable. Prices are high. Drink prices are ridiculous. Caesar salad was the best Caesar I’ve ever had in my life. My husband and I both had pasta dishes for the main course. Both of them were too bland - should have had more seasoning. Bread served with the meal was a vey nice and well-seasoned focaccia. Service was excellent.
  26. JP

    JesseP

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Had reservations, was a little early for that by 10 minutes or so, not sure if that affected it but after being seated, we waited 15 minutes before the waiter came. He apologized and we ordered an appetizer, a burger and gnocchi. Appetizer came out quickly, but it took an hour for entrees to come out. I had about 5-10 bites of the gnocchi and then I took a bite that had a bit of plastic foil in it, so I asked for another plate. That probably took 10 minutes to come back out but they didn't comp that dish. I worked in restaurants and would have automatically done so. The food was really good but it appeared that there was only one waiter for the entire patio, so severely understaffed. I also found the staff member going around doling out cold bread really weird, can't just put a basket on the table? My perception was that the vibe was we as customers were a burden and that the owner was more concerned with making money than customer experience. I get that businesses have to make money and it's hard to find staff, but I have had great experiences at all the other places in Half Moon Bay.
  27. D

    Daniel

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great wine, wonderful service, comfortable ambiance!
  28. R

    Rexbo47

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. I highly recommend the Gorgonzola Filet.
  29. CH

    CHRISTOPHERN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Gustavo was EXCELLENT attentive and professional. Great food portions great .
  30. M

    Magy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food and service outstanding. Love the place and service.
  31. J

    Jilly

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Aspargus was woody and tough, stem ends should have been trimmed. Hair was found on the bread Rest of the meal was fine and the servers were outstanding.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. Loved the special of the day, Halibut and the Calamari Steak… both were perfectly prepared!
  33. SG

    SGT1

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. More for a couple rather then with kids. Nice time
  34. FM

    FoodieinMaui

    Hawaii

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful restaurant! We went for one night of our 20th anniversary coast trip and loved this meal! It’s a local favorite, you can tell. And it was excellent food, service, ambiance.
  35. PC

    PatriceC

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our meal at It's Italia. The food was good and everyone enjoyed their meal. My only issue is that my son wanted a pizza and for some reason they do not sell pizza in the restaurant but only as a take out so my son sat there while everyone ate and then took a pizza home and ate there. I don't understand the reasoning behind not serving pizza to in-restaurant diners but preparing it while they are sitting there and making them take it home to eat. It's not like it takes longer to make pizza than any of the other dishes they serve. The logic escapes me.
  36. MS

    MikeS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant indoors & out. Authentic cuisine & food is served soon as its plated (hot). Rated 4 for price as in my opinion, wine is somewhat overpriced. Still wonderful & we’ll definitely return.
  37. TM

    TimM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Italian food with large portions. Service was attentive but not experienced staff. While we were eating salad, brought entree. We had a birthday of our granddaughter and they forgot to bring dessert with candle. We had to remind the server. Overall though it was a good dinner.
  38. AQ

    AngeloQ

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic it was my wife birthday and she had the short ribs they the best she ever had I had the halibut and it was the best I ever had we will coming back soon
  39. NB

    NigelB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The patio was comfortable even on a foggy evening - they have plenty of heaters. The food was delicious - and they have the cleanest, nicest bathroom!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food! Understaffed and entrees took a long time but very good food and kind service

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 1719 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 22 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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