La Pastaia
La Pastaia

La Pastaia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lapastaia.com/
  • Phone: 4082868686
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Enoteca open daily.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Juan Zaragoza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: La Pastaia is a full service caterer for events from 2 to 150 located in the Art Deco Hotel De Anza. For weddings, corporate meetings and special events, contact: 408-286-1000
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms range from the intimate and self-contained to the beautiful Mediteranean style Palm Court Terrace. Private dining can be arranged for parties of 2 to 50 in the restaurant. The outdoor terrace is also available for private parties during lunch.
  • Private Party Contact: Cara Martin 4082868686
  • Entertainment: Live music is featured in the lounge Thursday - Saturday and the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.

    La Pastaia's Enoteca is open daily to enjoy flights of Italian wines, espresso and an array of small plates. The Enoteca is also available for private tastings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Notre Dame
  • Public Transit: Santa Clara St. Light Rail
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking, hotel valet service and a private parking lots.
A word from La Pastaia
The four star rated, La Pastaia Restaurant continually delights Bay Area diners with it's Contemporary Italian cuisine and metropolitan ambience.

Located in the breathtaking, art deco, boutiuqe Hotel De Anza, La Pastaia is just minutes away from the San Jose International Airport, and walking distance to the Arena, Center for Performing Arts, the Tech Museum and the Convention Center.
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La Pastaia reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (12)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (7)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • no the best service not food.
    juan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Waiting time really bad, bdw was way early in the morning. Food too basic and expensive. I will definitely never recommend this place.
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  • CPAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It was a quiet place Too bad. The food is better than adequate
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Made reservations prior to a concert. We left plenty of time so we didn't need to rush however since the place was completely booked, we were worried. The staff was overloaded and overworked. After waiting 15 minutes for someone to drop by our poor waiter breathlessly ran to our table to take our drink orders, since we knew it would be a long time before we saw him again we slipped in our entree orders. The food was decent but given the frantic environment it felt like we were in a cafeteria. I do not hold the the staff responsible, it is clearly management that sets up this situation. I would not go out of way to eat here but it is very close to the arena.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huge Disappointment
    DJandDJ
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Evening began with our 5:45p.m. reservations for two getting us seated by the kitchen traffic path. After requesting a quieter table (there were still many) our waiter took our drink order and returned 10 minutes later with drinks. We finished our drinks and sat for +/- 15 minutes with empty glasses and had to flag him down to get refills. Upon delivery of the refills we ordered our meals which were brought out timely and were pretty standard for the price, but after finishing we sat for 20 minutes with empty plates in front of us to the point that my wife went to the manager and asked to have them removed. The manager himself came and cleared the dishes and brought us another round of drinks (which we were charged for). We skipped desert.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always dependable
    Twinee
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great place to go before an event at SAP Center nearby. Beautiful bar off lobby to start with a cocktail, followed by dinner at La Pastaia. My only couple of complaints are that we had a reservation through Open Table and they tried to seat us in a terrible location next to the kitchen. Surprising as there were many other better tables and we insisted on one of those instead. Also, my pasta dish of chicken could have had less pasta and more chicken in it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service makes a big difference
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Have been to La Pastia many times. They serve good food and it is very convenient to SAP. We were there on a concert night but our waiter was a disappointment. Food arrived at all different times, we had to wait for silverware and it took an excessive time to pay the bill. We will likely go back but under the assumption they were just having a bad night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • smiley
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    excellent restaurant. a great fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe an off night, but not good
    WickedVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    As the title implies, this could have been an off night but I can't believe with the service and food being all so bad that it was. This was my first and last time dining here. Service was amature at best, I've seen better waiters at your chain restaurants. The food was not good either - roasted beet appetizer we couldn't even finish. Lamb ragu, chicken, and other pastas we ordered were horrible - dry, not warm, etc. I definitely had better hopes for this place.
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  • lunch for a group
    DebraVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It is much quieter on Saturday which was really helpful for catching up with friends. The pastas were just the right size and the salads were also lunch portions. Parking is easy as well on a Saturday. everyone was happy with their choices and we were able to linger and catch up. The waiter was attentive but not smothering. Great quality ingredients in each dish and wonderful Italian foccacia.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downtown SJ
    Selina918
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great menu with many choices to please all! Great wine list from moderate to expensive to cover all palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    Sandra
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Appetizers, bread, salad and clans linguine were very good. The red snapper special left a lot to be desired. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and attentive service even when the restaurant is full pre-SAP center event! Always appreciate that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommended
    xmdpx
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wait staff was especially helpful, friendly, and attentive. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time
    d123VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a delicious meal with wonderful service. It was very quiet and nice evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • teamtanno
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    When no waiter greeted us after being seated for 15 minutes, the manager took over and made our experience exceptional. The food from start to finish was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 624 reviews are from the La Pastaia reviews archive.
  • Less than stellar
    akAlum
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The place got good reviews and was deemed romantic so I took my wife there for our wedding anniversary. The wait staff was good, but slammed. The place was packed with groups and so was very noisy. The food was just ok. I asked for an ingrediant to be removed and instead it was covered in it. The waiter did not charge me for my meal (by his own doing, I said nothing, and that was nice), but it was ruined by the abundance of salt. Wine list was good. Cocktails looked fun but we did not order any. Getting a cab after took 20 mins when they said 5-10.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    anandVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Now that we have discovered this gem, we'll be coming here on a regular basis and bringing friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, so so food
    Sjsm
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We had a group of 7 and needed a special set up. The staff was over the top in getting a set up that worked well. After a lengthy pre dinner talk, dinner was ordered. During this whole time the staff was fabulous. Couldn't give them higher praise. Our first course came. Great Caesar salads and house salads. Fresh and flavorful. Then came the main course. Most of us had pasta. The pasta had been cooked nicely, al dente. When it hit the table it was luke-warm at best and had a film on the pasta indicative of sitting for a long time and heat lamps being the major source of warmth. No Parmesan cheese was offered. The one person who ordered the fish stated it was excellent and well prepared and HOT. This was on a quiet Monday night.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Ravioli was very good but slightly over cooked and the prosciutto pizza was overly saltyz but the crust was amazing. Nice location but if the food were better it would be 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JenSFVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here and a drink in the hotel bar beforehand. The management and wait staff were so helpful and friendly from the valet to our server. Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Group
    Newyei57
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I give a 5 star to this place. Thumbs up! They truly considered the amount of Guests I have and arrange the table properly for me. I love it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale and yummy
    Tdaszko
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went here for Mother's Day dinner it was conveniently located the good was tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    librarylyon
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We came for a Mothers' Day dinner. 2 of us had the swordfish special, which was not great, but OK. 2 ordered burgers medium rare, and the came out burned and dry. The appetizers all came with the same "aioli", which was pale orange, and only tasted of mayonnaise. Pomodoro pasta was overcooked and mushy. The only one truly happy with his meal was the one with the pepperoni pizza, (which at $17 should be good!) The kids were very gracious, and said that the restaurant must have used up all of their good food and service during brunch.
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  • Mother's Day Dinner
    yelpuser
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    La Pastaia on Mother's Day was flawless. Reservation through OpenTable was very simple to book so checking in the restaurant was a very easy transition. Food was above average but environment, staff and location of the restaurant made the evening. I hate being stressed when making dinner reservations so this was very smooth. Weighing on food, staff, location, environment and customer service, I would ABSOLUTELY come back again.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food with some service flaws
    DiningDocsVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We went to La Pastaia around 9pm on a weekend night and the place was almost empty. The ambiance has the potential to be good as the restaurant has a quiet elegance about it on first glance. Unfortunately their service could use some more training or attention -- they only had one server on and he was not really able to attend to the three tables in the restaurant effectively. Pasta is quite good; the salad had some brown leaves in it but aside from that was ok; bread is good; dessert was good. Flaws can be summarized as: stemless wine glasses (!) and inattentive service. These can readily be fixed and La Pastaia could be a go-to place for a pizza and a glass of wine OR for an elegant evening. But some improvements are needed to get there.
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  • Not what it used to be
    chrisocupertino
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We've eaten here many times and unfortunately within the last few years the food quality has gone down hill. At this point because of the food we'll never go back. This used to be are goto place for Special Occasions, Not anymore
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    special occasion
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  • La Pastaia is a favorite
    JudithlhVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We really like La Pastaia. It's in the Hotel DeAnza and I could be wrong about this, but during the week it tends to be low-key unless there's an event at the arena. So for those of us who actually live in downtown San Jose, it's a gem: the food is reliably very good, the service is excellent, and on a weekday night it can be wonderfully peaceful. My husband took me there last Wednesday for my birthday. I had to work and I wanted to go out, but wanted to stay close to home and at the end of a long day I wanted someplace quiet. La Pastaia was perfect. Birthday or not, the tiramisu is not to be missed!
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  • Fantastic food and great service!
    Stacy
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Fantastic food and great service! We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Good Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Unfortunately for the wait staff, the food was not well prepared. The chicken parmesan was had the consistency of cardboard and the flavor was not much better. The fresh salmon was overcooked, dry and tasteless. Overall, the meal was disappointing. However, our waiter was courteous and efficient, as were the servers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wrong pizza
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Even though we got the wrong pizza, it was really delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good date night
    NYCFoodLover
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    La Pastaia has been in downtown SJ for years and we decided to give it a try for a date night on a night when the sharks were not playing. We had a lovely time. The service was excellent from start to finish - server, bus/service staff, manager etc....really noticeable. Food was very good, not great but a nice ambiance and great service made it a really great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have gone here for many dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Have gone here for many dinners on nights that there are Sharks games, ever since they moved to San Jose. This was absolutely the SLOWEST SERVICE I have ever experienced. Every night I've been there on a Shark's game night it's been busy but they have handled it very well. Lame excuse how lamb chops take longer. My guest was a chef and he said that they take 5 minutes to do rare which he had ordered.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right
    Eddie
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Very nice evening, we went after hockey crowd had departed for game, leaving restaurant open and quiet. Felt like we had our own private dinner club. Server was good knowledgable and didn't hover.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    melodyVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Came here to celebrate my friend's birthday, and was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to find any vegan offerings. I ended up having broccoli rabe, chard and green beans, all three of which were delicious. My husband had the sausage pizza, and the birthday girl had the fish special. The food was delicious, including the pine nut marzipan treat that was delivered with a candle. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner before a show
    Aareol
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We were a group up of 10. The waitress was attentive and very good at keeping the table happy. The ambiance was nice and the table was set up so we could converse as a group. The food was good and filling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This was our first time to La Pastaia and we enjoyed the decor, the service from our waiter was excellent - he made recommendations on the wine and also on the entrees (I was considering the ravioli, but he honestly told me that it was frozen and didn't recommend it since all the other pastas are made at the restaurant). Also, the food was very good, and we will definitely be back. Was on the louder side, so not really a romantic setting. But we went to the Hedley Club after dinner which was also very nice - live jazz band.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for party of 12
    LovelyLizVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Had a family get together of 12 -- parents, bother/sister and families... Got a nice table. Great service. All the food was great, including some moderately priced Italian wine that wowed the crowd. Very nice/comfortable decor too. They did a great job overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phoning it in...
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Dined twice recently before performances at SAP Center. On both occasions, it seemed that most of the early dinner crowd were also on their way to a rock n roll show. The restaurant was noisy, which goes along with being busy. But the service was poor; poorly timed delivery. One of my guests received her glass of wine, while another had to wait for the server's next pass by... Spaghetti and meatballs dish was tepid, and had clearly spent time under the warming lights. Risotto was glue-y. Steak was well prepared, but nothing special. I will be looking for a new place for dinner before the shows.
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  • Not terrible
    Clinthic
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    went on a Sunday night, we stopped in the bar first and had a really great Bloody Mary. The bar is beautiful and very quiet since it was early. The server bordered on rude and didn't seem interested in offering much in the way of information. The starter salad was excellent, lamb chops were good, but the side of couscous was bland and nearly cold. asparagus was hard and not particularly tasty but since it's not in season yet I don't hold that against them. Except why not offer a seasonal vegetable? the marzipan tart was nearly inedible, but the lemon sorbet was very good. The swordfish special was fine, but the accompanying rice was bland. we each had a glass of good enough Pinot noir, but one of them had quite a bit of sediment.
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  • What a great surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Awesome meal, awesome service! What a great surprise in a town with very few great restaurants to be excited about. I will be back!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.