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Locanda Positano - San Carlos
Locanda Positano - San Carlos

Locanda Positano - San Carlos Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.locanda-positano.com
  • Phone: (650) 591-5700
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm (Brunch and Dinner Saturday and Sunday Only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Emanuel Medardo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We tailored our catering to fit your needs. Please contact us for further details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Gusto is an exquisite venue for private dining, with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment built in to the private dining room.

    Our glass-enclosed private rooms provide privacy as well as a sophisticated atmosphere for our corporate clients and special occasion events.
  • Private Party Contact: Ramona (650) 591-5700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Carlos Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Locanda Positano - San Carlos
At the heart of Italian cooking is the ability to be spontaneous and flexible with the freshest ingredients available. Locanda Positano strives to source from local farmers and turns their bounty into delicious fare to share. Our artisanal pastas, regional dishes, and signature Neapolitan pizza sing with true Italian simplicity and love. Our intimate dining room transports our customers to coastal Italy with a sleek modern Italian eatery decor with full bar and exhibition style kitchen. Dress up or dress down - we welcome you with open hearts.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have been to Positano many times, and the food and service are always good. We took our friend and he really like the pasta and salad. Desserts were good as well and they treat us with warm welcoming."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "After shopping at then San Carlos farmers market it was nice to sit down a and enjoy a good bottle of wine, great delicious food, fun environment and a yummy desert to end the night"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Not sure why is the place is packed. There food is less than mediocre. I dined at Gusto the week before and it is great. How can 2 places owned by the same people be so different?"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had 13 guests for a birthday celebration. Filippo was a wonderful server. He explained the menu to everyone, recommended a wonderful Italian wine (Pinot Grigio), and was very patient with all the ladies. Some ordered the sausage pasta, the Marguerita Pizza and the breast of chicken. The portions were large and all the food was tasty. It was a warm day, so the ladies had a choice of Gaspacho cold soup or choice of salads. All the ladies loved their Italian style dishes."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Locanda Positano is in a good location, right on a main downtown street, and finding a place to park is not difficult. It was a bit crowded and noisy, but the service was quite good, very attentive and cheerful. They have a great menu with lots of authentic Italian dishes from all parts of Italy. Their pappardelle pasta with wild boar ragu was fantastic! While I do prefer authentic Italian-style pizza over American versions, I thought their pizza was just so-so. Overall a very good restaurant, and I'll probably go back, but not quite one that I would rave about."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Love this place! The food is incredible and super sweet ambiance."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My husband ordered the Lasagna, which was ridiculously large and OK, per his tastes. I munched on the Margarita pizza which was absolutely delicious. The service was the highlight - very prompt and friendly, without overshadowing the table. I would recommend to try it at least once."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great food, outstanding service, friendly staff . A taste of Italy in San Carlos."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great restaurant with great service. The ambiance and the food were delightful."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Dinner for 3 on a Monday night. Restaurant was active - close to full, though no one sitting at what looked to be a nice bar. Two or three tables were 4-top G'sNO - may be a market niche. Service was quick and attentive. Wine list good, 'market' pricing. 3 of us split 2 salads; peach & arugula salad (good) and a kale salad (excellent). Perfect quantity for the three of us. We had pizza's; all great."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My only negative comment is that a couple with a toddler (and stroller) were seated next to us, in very close proximity, after 9:00 p.m. when we were finishing our meal. This was the first and only child I have seen in the restaurant and it took away from our otherwise great experience. There were toys on the table and one of them went flying under our table. Great restaurant and bar environment that is really not a place for small children."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This place has just about the best service of any restaurant I've been to. So attentive, they make sure you are happy and have everything you need."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Pretty good, but not great. Though perfectly enjoyable, and service was good, it doesn't live up to the marketing. Maybe they can fool the suburbanites, but it wouldn't play in SF. We were seated at next-door sister restaurant, Gusto, ordered from both menus. Look, there's lots to like, and they make a big deal about the chef's CV, but in reality most of the food is just OK with some definite high points. Having been to Gusto before, I was disappointed to learn the two were basically the same, and the unofficial second visit confirmed my original opinion. The chef likes to come out and introduced himself. He asked two elderly ladies next to us how the food was, they gave him bad news. I felt bad for him, but as they said, "He asked""
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I went here with a friend and both our meals were just OK. It was a bit pricey but the service was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend but it wouldn't be my first choice."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was my 4th visit here, and the food was great, and the service excellent."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is our families second meal at Postiano. Service is exceptional. The wine list is amazing. The food is wonderful. I am looking forward To our next visit."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Excellent authentic Italian dishes. Friendly atmosphere and good service!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The server AnnaLisa was not only incredibly "BAD"- we were completely ignored and had to flag her down for every request. She knowingly poured a substitue wine (wine ordered was not in stock) and did not mention it until we questioned the label. She said "oh, that was out of stock" and rolled her eyes. The 4 people in our party spent $150 on our dinner and there is no excuse for RUDE inattentive service when you are spending that kind of money on Pizza, Salad and a couple bottles of wine. As business owners and will not be bringing any of our clients to this establishment! Your server just cost you future business and a BAD reputation!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Owner (or manager) was greeting customers, making sure all were taken care of, service was wonderful - food excellent."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The best authentic italian food from San Francisco to San Jose....there is no better food and no better service.... Spempre fantastico..........grazie Tulio e Enzo, Annalisa, Fabio e Philipo ...tutto la familia. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Tried for the first time for brunch, and we were all very happy with the food. Very friendly staff made the whole experience great. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We went on Saturday night. We have been before and enjoyed it. This time though it was way too noisy. They need a bar above beside energetic. It was just plain loud and so hot. I wondered why they had the black industrial size fan at the bar. After awhile I realized why. Even the younger couple next to us. and she was in a sundress, said it was too hot. I might go back for lunch or try mid week.. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been going there to eat for a while and never get disappointed. Food is consistently good no matter what you order, and service is always excellent. The onwers always welcome us personally. Definately the place to go back over and over again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Locanda Positano - San Carlos never seems to disappoint."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our family went to Locanda Positano for Mother's Day and after being greeted warmly when we arrived, things went downhill from there. Our female server was disinterested from the moment we sat down, and we had to ask multiple times for parmesan cheese or water refills. The food was reminiscent of my bachelor days, with pasta made with little imagination and the taste indicative of limited cooking skills. Our kid's meals were plain pasta with butter sauce. Each meal's presentation was unimaginative with the food not at all memorable. The only menu item we did not try was the pizza, so I cannot attest to whether that was any better. To make matters worse, each meal was over $18. Try nearby Town or Sneakers if you want a better meal. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went with extended family for Moms day brunch and exceeded our expectations ! Menu had many options and was excellent! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "First time visit for this restaurant and it met and exceeded our expectations for good food and service and a very pleasant dining experience. Would return again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Joint birthday outing for my husband, myself, brother and sister-in-law. We enjoyed our evening quite a bit. My brother judges Italian restaurants by their saltimbocca, and he said it was very, very good. My husband and I each enjoyed our entrees. We'd try it again even though we don't live close by. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We always have a great time at Locando Positano. The paperdelle with wild boar ragu and kale salad are outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Last minute decision for dinner took us to Locanda Positano and we were not disappointed. The food was good, the service was excellent and the atmosphere very pleasant. We had been there for lunch and the same can be said for lunch time. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A favorite spot in San Carlos. Owner Enzo knows and greets his regulars. We often bump into San Carlans we know. Everything we've tried on menu is delicious. Wines are reasonably priced. Servers are friendly. Noise and energy levels are high, but enjoyable. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great ambiance! Outdoor seating was a little cramped but still very gorgeous!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We are regulars at Positano and we keep going back because the food is always delicious and the place is so very friendly. We love the pastas the best. I had the strozzepreti (with mushrooms and sausage). My husband had the bolognese lasagna! So yummy. For dessert, we always get the limoncello ice cream. It's in a champagne flute and is vanilla and lemon frozen deliciousness. We are happy to get wine recommendations and this time, tried a Valpolicella from the Veneto region. It was the perfect compliment to our meals. We sat at the bar after dinner for an after-dinner drink which made the evening perfect!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Having lived in Italy, we're happy to find authentic, delicious Italian cuisine close to home."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Been here several times. I think it's getting better. Moscow Mule was amazing. Our waiter was very patient as we didn't order for the longest time."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Always same good service and same great food. I go here on a regular basis, at least every 2 or 3 weeks. lovely place, lovely people and the food is just wonderful. highly recommend it"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Had reservations for party of 4 and still took an hour to be seated. The service was slow and irradic. The food was subpar in taste and quantity. The lobster ravioli barely had a few small pieces in a select few and rest was all dough. The carbonara was cold and bland. There are many other restaurants in town and on the peninsula worth visiting!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Excellent gluten free options, truly yummy. We tried the appetizer sampler (which they tree made for my gluten free needs, tasty!) a Pizza (they make the dough themselves which is excellent and also used for the sampler) and a pasta dish. While I am the one in need of gluten free, we shared all of the meals - tasty! Can't wait to go back. Know that this place is very busy and the staff is pulled into many directions constantly. It may seem a little frenetic at times but be patient as they come through for you."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Initial greeting was great. We were seated by the window (open air). But it was downhill from there. We could never locate our waiter. He would disappear for long Periods of time. The food was okay, but nothing to write home about. Ceasar salad was bland And tasteless with soggy croutons. The sauce on the Margherita pizza was "slurpy". The one exception Was the meatball appetizer, which were very good"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had an early Friday reservation. The staff was friendly and professional, the food excellent. Pastas and wild boar crostini and wine all very good."
    Dined on 3/14/2014