la Posta
la Posta

la Posta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lapostarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8314572782
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm - 9:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 9:30pm Sunday: 5pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Katherine Stern
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: la Posta offers special menus for large parties. Please contact the restaurant for parties of more than 12 guests. The entire restaurant can be reserved for seated parties up to 60. Please contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Avila 8314572782
  • Entertainment: Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm
  • Special Events: Tuesday is Neighborhood Night - join us for our pizza and pasta specials, enjoy the live Italian folk music and see all of your neighbors! Thursday is Gault School Night - Eat well by doing good. Every Thursday, a percentage of your dining dollar will be donated to Gault School - the elementary school located just down Seabright Avenue!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Murray
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The parking lot is located directly behind the restaurant via a driveway on the north side of the building, which includes handicap parking. Wheelchair access is also available via the parking entrance.
A word from la Posta
la Posta serves fresh, seasonal meals with authentic Italian style. Join us for dinner and select from our pan-Italian menu which features fresh, house-made pastas, brick-oven breads, pizzas, and salumi. We strive to present meals that are farmed and harvested sustainably. Because we serve local and organic ingredients, depending upon the bounty of Santa Cruz' farming community, our menu changes frequently and features an wide array of specials. La Posta’s all-Italian wine list offers a baker’s dozen of wines by the glass or taste, the well informed list includes autochthonous varieties from artisan producers throughout Italy. La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and is certified in the City of Santa Cruz Green Business Program.
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la Posta reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (70)neighborhood gem (69)special occasion (34)notable wine list (31)romantic (28)hot spot (12)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Tuesday Night deals are great
    ShockingAmbrose
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We've gone to La Posta several times recently on Tuesday evenings for the neighborhood special deal - for 15 bucks you get to choose any pasta dish or pizza, and they give you a glass of wine. The pastas and pizzas here are always good and interesting so its a terrific deal. And they have some live music too on Tuesdays too. Nothing fancy - just a couple of acoustic players- but it adds to the atmosphere. Lots of energy on these nights which makes it loud, sometimes too loud. When they opened years ago it was terribly loud - too many hard surfaces - but they added some padding to the ceiling which helps. Still it can be a challenge sometimes to hear what your companions are saying. Nevertheless, we keep going back for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    michael
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It's all about the food. Great use of the pizza oven. Menu changes very often. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian with a flair
    MBrodyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have dined here a number of times. Seems to get better every time. Every dish was spectacular. Service was exemplary. The pizzas are thin and crispy with special ingredients. The fig, ricotta pizza was yummy. Their roasted squid casserole with beans and nuts in a smoked paprika sauce was amazing. Excellent wine selections too. The other diners at our table all loved their dishes too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying too hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I ordered the squid and it came stewed in some type of red sauce, which wasn't apparent from the description. It was too spicy and salty, paprika being the main culprit. The salad was very good, with some good crunchy nuts and fresh ingredients. I did tell the waitperson that I didn't enjoy the entree and she brought a dessert on the house which was a nice gesture. But having an entree that really wasn't very good put a damper on the whole meal, sorry. Each entree was something very unusual, almost hard to identify, and in this case "different" is not "better."
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • #1 in Santa Cruz County
    Clare
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Yes, I think La Posta is the #1 restaurant in Santa Cruz County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was excellent! Not that big of place. Probably not good for groups larger than 6 - 8 people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • farm fresh
    visitor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Lots of nettles. Everything was a little on the spicy side for kids but yummy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Foodin Santa Cruz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    On of the Santa Cruz gems. Excellent food in a very nice setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Right in Our Own Neighborhood !
    Afficianado
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Katherine Stern's incredible and changing menus at La Posta, a Seabright Avenue gem, are unsurpassed in Santa Cruz. Wonderful, helpful staff, a superb wine list and live music with The Rhythm Ranglers (playing toe tapping Medeterrean string music) on Tuesday nights make this a "must go" destination...and its affordable ! Don't miss the dessert offerings. With confidence, I know you'll enjoy this great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sometimes spotty, this time great
    celesteVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have had some disappointing meals here and some very good ones. The most recent was excellent - all 3 courses! Nice service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always...different
    Locavore
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been to la Posta several times. Each time the limited menu is different. I mean that in two ways. The menu changes and the dishes are, well, not what we consider traditional. They use both standard and unusual ingredients in unusual recipes. If someone goes here and is expecting a traditional upscale Italian dining experience, they may be disappointed. They usually do have some neat specials, but if you go late on a weekend nite, be prepared for the good specials to be sold out. All in all, recommended but be prepared for an unusual menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • la Posta consistently delviers
    mjabbett
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always, dinner at la Posta restaurant in the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz, near the yacht harbor, was a wonderful experience. Catherine's cuisine is interesting, varied, and always very well prepared and presented. Jennifer manages the floor with grace, flexibility (we suddenly had a 5th member of our group and she found a way to accommodate us without inconveniencing other diners), and aplomb. The wait staff are well trained, helpful, and pleasant, which always adds to the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    WineFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    2nd visit with consistent results. Food, service, and short but brilliantly curated wine list - all fabulous. Special mention - their bread, which is baked in their wood fired oven, is heavenly. Love what they're doing here. Perfect approach to high end dining in a Santa Cruz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service still needs help
    bettymento
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I continue to wonder why the servers and hostess staff have such an attitude. This is a really good little restaurant but it's not a 5 star michelin establishment. A little humility would go a long way with these folks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • greatfood77
    greatfood77
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Tasty food and the bread is great too! Friendly service and nice atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service Top-Notch
    gqtwineVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dinner at La Posta is always memorable with seemingly simple dishes constructed in imaginative and delicious ways. Great service (this visit it was Lindsey) adds to the great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great staff, welcoming atmosphere, nuanced interesting menu, and the food was delicious. We will recommend La Posta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty and Tasty
    CateVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was a lovely meal. Our pastas were fresh and attactive and delicious. The wine was reasonably priced. The service was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return on our next Santa Cruz visit. The only two negatives were: the salad (a special) was a bit overdressed (vinagrette), and there was no bar. I love a martini on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A culinary treat
    PapaYogiVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We are regular diners at La Posta and have never been disappointed. The homemade bread is so good you could make a meal out of it. Their daily specials are not to be missed and the homemade pasta is out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy and fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is healthy and fresh and you can tell they scour the local produce for good finds. I had the lasagnetta and it was very good, but not fantastic. The grilled little gem salad, however, was fantastic. That was a home run. The wine list is Italian and pretty extensive.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Lobos1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We came up from the other end of the bay and were glad we did. Everything was outstanding - appetizers, entrees, service, ...We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambience, Food Hit or Miss
    Fructophile
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful old-world ambience. The service is unfailingly pleasant and friendly. The wine list is difficult to decipher unless one is an expert on Italian wines, but the servers are very familiar with the wines and are always able to make an appropriate recommendation. We have found the food to be inventive, and on most visits, quite wonderfully prepared, but recently, the execution has been spotty: at our last visit, a house-cured salmon appetizer was far too salty for all three of us at the table, and the chicken saltimboca was almost too dry to eat. Perhaps an off night for the chef.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Perfect Evening Out
    GitDown
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My dear cousin and I just enjoyed another fabulous Neighborhood Night at La Posta. Upon entering, we were instantly transported to an Italy of yore by the romantic musical stylings of guitar-and-mandolin duo The Rhythm Rangellers, who roved around the restaurant serenade-style as we ate. My cousin and I each ordered a pasta dish and glass of house wine (the $15 Neighborhood Night special) and we swooned over the savory breadcrumbs, locally caught shrimp, and buttery leeks gracing our scrumptious meal. For dessert we shared an affogato, which fueled our subsequent dance floor mania at 7 Come 11 at the Crepe Place. I'd recommend this evening to anyone--and it happens every Tuesday in Santa Cruz! How much better can it get?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday Nite
    Food4me
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Brought guests from Phoenix for your special Neighbors nite. We were not disappointed! Pizza, salad and wine were delicious, as ususal. Great place to bring vistors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Yum831
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I love the house made bread, pizza is excellent, recently had a great pea risotto. They use best ingredients. It's always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KikiVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Is pretty good consider in a small town like Santa Cruz
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner at la posta
    local1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Another great meal at la posta. Certainly one of, if not THE best restaurant in town. Service was pleasant- attentive but not overbearing. The food was delightful, and the space is comfortable. Always a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had wanted to eat here for years as this is in my neighborhood. While I would suggest a few minor changes overall, it was a memorable dining experience. The establishment is very welcoming and they go to great lengths to have fresh, homemade, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woodburning oven makes it the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I love the wood oven-baked bread, the menu, and the waitstaff that is friendly and help with decision regarding wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such good food!
    foodiefreak
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The ambiance was great, the waitstaff was professional and friendly and the food was FANTASTIC! I would recommend this hidden Santa Cruz gem to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The service was great. Wonderful staff, including (in order encountered) hostess, bartender and waiter. The two musicians added a lot to the wonderful ambiance. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nonameVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Another great dinner at la Posta. Enjoyed the special beet salad, the pasta with summer squash and green beans and the snap peas and spinach with pancetta. Wonderful desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • la Posta for a surprise
    Tatiana
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had we not been recommended to try la Posta, we wouldn't have gone there based on the simple exterior. But, fortunately a friend said to go, and to make reservations. The menu items were really different and each one had something that was interesting. I had a pizza with nettle pesto, ricotta, capers and some nice heat from chile peppers. It was gorgeous and burst with flavor. My husband had the roast pork which was tender, moist and topped with cherries. My daughter had the fig and prosciuotto pizza which was a little too rich and sweet for me, but she loved it. Our assistant waiter was wonderfully fun and professional. The vibe was lively and it seemed that many people were familiar to the staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great taste!
    lovefood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and i came to La Posta for the first time June14, 2014. Friends recommended it. The food was really wonderful. I had the chicken and it was superb and my husband said his pork tenderloin was the best he ever had. The only critical thing we have to say is that both of the dishes we had were heavier on the salt than we like. My husband salts everything but his dish had too much salt. Chef maybe consider lessening the salting.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Food in Santa Cruz
    Banducci
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We have eaten at La Posta at least five times, and have never been disappointed by the food. The dishes are both imaginative and delicious. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    themusiclady
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I loved this restaurant. Everything was so good!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable neighbourhood place
    place7
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    la Posta is my favourite place for dinner in Santa Cruz. The food is very good, the service is professional. The wine list (and glassware) is one of the best in Santa Cruz. The focus of the wine list is Italian wines and they are well curated. The food is California/fresh/modern with a rustic element.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    sanj
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We've been to La Posta a few times and always had a good meal. We have now had the same server the last 2 times (coincidence) and both times been underwhelmed by his wine selections / suggestions. He always recommends only the most expensive wines on the menu. Both times we have gotten someone else (bartender the first time and hostess the second time) to give us ideas - which were all great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SCBears
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Tried LaPosta for the very first time. Great food, nice neighborhood, however, service was fine, but bland. Restaurant could have been a bit more upbeat with nice music, instead, rather quite and lacked personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great meal
    Clover88VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We arrived late because of a traffic jam (we called to say we'd be 15-30 minutes late) and it was no problem. My spouse had the fish stew for the second time in the last 10 days because he enjoyed it so much last time. I had the special pizza and the farm salad. While I like many of the menu choices, I think you will always enjoy the specials: fresh, inventive dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate