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It's Italia

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401 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1749 (Mill Street)
+1 650-726-4444
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is my favorite Italian restaurant on the Peninsula! The ambience is fantastic, the outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a nice afternoon, and the food is DELICIOUS! All the servers are pleasant and attentive. Love, love, love this place!!

Thank tetonswyo
Berkeley, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charming decor, excellent service . . . and the food! Only problem was way too many delectable-sounding choices on the menu - it was difficult to choose. We will be back (all the way from Berkeley).

Thank Marmeladova
San Francisco
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

I shared a deliciously tender Prime Rib dinner with my 92 year-old Dad. My Dad has trouble walking and can move a little slow. I was so thankful of how gracious the entire staff was with the careful treatment they gave us. I will definitely come back.

Thank syriapoet
Eugene, Oregon
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185 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

There are a couple of highly rated Italian restaurants in Half Moon Bay and since we were staying in the Half Moon Bay Inn in a room right above this restaurant it was inevitable that we would check it out. We arrived on a Monday and noted that the restaurant was packed, a good sign. Without reservations, we went in... More 

Thank oregonpoppa
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

What a great place to come too. Everything was great the wait staff is excellent and the food is perfect. We were treated like family and it was really appreciated. I feel like the waiter was doing everything they could to make our dinner extra special. This was my daughters 30th birthday and it was made even better by the... More 

Thank Beemerjockey
Edmond, Oklahoma
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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I shared the grilled pear salad and a small Half Moon Bay pizza (Italian sausage, artichoke, carmelized onions, mushrooms). Both were excellent and generous portions for lunch. She had lavender lemonade, which she said was great and I ha style Super Tuscan red wine. All spectacular. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere and nice patio dining out back. I... More 

Thank John H
Half Moon Bay
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Favorite spot for dinner in Half Moon Bay. Casually elegant! Food never disappoints. Their bread with oil and vinegar is delicious. Their pasta dishes are usually big enough to share. I wish they would split it for you in the kitchen, even if they charge a few dollars for the split.. Plenty of beer and wine to choose from, so... More 

San Ramon, California
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107 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

I went with a friend for lunch while taking a drive along the coast. I am often disappointed in restaurants that are in main tourist areas as they are pricey and many not so good. No so with It's Italia. We had bread to start and I could have made a meal of that alone it was so good. Then... More 

Thank Voyageur5510
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Super stylish, great ambiance and delicious food. We went for lunch, a party of 4. One had Maverick's Pizza (ham and pineapple - big enough for 3), carbonara (super garlicky), seafood risotto (more seafood than rice) and the chef's special that day, a deconstructed meatball sandwich with polenta. Enjoyed every bite and every minute. There is a lovely enclosed patio... More 

Thank Peg H
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This place is often busy but if you make a reservation in advance, you should be fine. Food is very tasty with a decent wine list - you can bring wine as well. Service is very good. Would recommend this for Italian food in Half Moon Bay.

Thank MAC_LA1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1749
    (Mill Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 650-726-4444
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, and a wine list of 10-12 varietals.
Ten years later, our menu has expanded to include steak and seafood grilled specialties, artful antipasti, and a decadent array of housemade desserts from our pastry chef. Over 120 bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
As always, we have remained faithful to a local coastal California Italian cuisine, with its cosmopolitan nature, bringing produce and cheeses from local farms, meats and poultry from quality and organic growers, and seafood from a variety of waters.
Most importantly, we are a little local community restaurant that serves locals. Lots of locals! Our advertising is mostly word of mouth. Our energy is inviting, positive, and friendly, and when you come in, you are invited to be part of our family.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?