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  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://laPostaRestaurant.com
  • Phone: (831) 457-2782
  • 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 (831) 457-2782
  • Entertainment: Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "It's all about the food. Great use of the pizza oven. Menu changes very often. Great food."
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "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."
    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.""
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Yes, I think La Posta is the #1 restaurant in Santa Cruz County."
    Dined on 9/9/2014
  • "Food was excellent! Not that big of place. Probably not good for groups larger than 6 - 8 people."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Lots of nettles. Everything was a little on the spicy side for kids but yummy."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "On of the Santa Cruz gems. Excellent food in a very nice setting"
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "Have had some disappointing meals here and some very good ones. The most recent was excellent - all 3 courses! Nice service too."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Tasty food and the bread is great too! Friendly service and nice atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great staff, welcoming atmosphere, nuanced interesting menu, and the food was delicious. We will recommend La Posta."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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?"
    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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I love the house made bread, pizza is excellent, recently had a great pea risotto. They use best ingredients. It's always good."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Is pretty good consider in a small town like Santa Cruz"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I love the wood oven-baked bread, the menu, and the waitstaff that is friendly and help with decision regarding wine."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I loved this restaurant. Everything was so good!!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
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