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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent authentic Italian dishes. Friendly atmosphere and good service!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I absolutely love Locanda Positano. The food is amazing, there isn't one dish I don't crave when I think of this restaurant. My husband and I have been following the owners since they arrived in San Mateo at Aqua Pazza and continue to be HUGE fans of wherever any of them move now and always. The family is wonderful and the food is fantastic and full of real Italian flavor that I have yet to come across anywhere else. I book most of my office meetings here and recommend you come by and try it out at least once so you can be as avid a fan as myself and everyone I bring here!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Having lived in Italy, we're happy to find authentic, delicious Italian cuisine close to home."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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
  • "We really enjoy eating at Locanda Positano - very authentic with authentic recipes. Everything we have had has been delicious. The restaurant has a very lovely, european ambiance. Go and enjoy a nice meal!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Vibrant crowd at lunch. Wait staff friendly, helpful and efficient. Every meal, from appetizer to dessert, was full of flavorful fresh ingredients! Chianti Classico to die for. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Had dinner there on Sunday and really enjoyed the experience. The burrata cheese, which tasted like it was made 5 minutes before it was set on the table was luscious. They sprinkled greens and ladled more fresh burrata on the pizza, which is made in the beehive, (I assume) wood burning oven visible from the bar made the pizza one of the best I've had in San Carlos. The noise level can be a little daunting on weekend evenings, however. And the owners have a tendency to look you up and down, assessing whether you deserve a table or not as well! Fortunately, we've passed inspection the three times we dined there. They are very Italian."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We have been going there for a while, but we have never had any bad experience. Food is constant and very good. The KAte salad with berries and sweet dressing was very good, we were able to order a nice Tuna tartar appetizer from next door Gusto, all pasta was very good. Enzo is a special person always there and welcoming us."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have dined here for lunch as well as dinner..The seating is rather close together,but friendly..The food is good but the noise level is awfull...Much to noise for a small place. In good weather the glass windows are opened and it does make a difference as far as the noise level."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "First time dining here and won't be the last. Very accomodating, well served and great flavors. Homemade Tiramisu was the bomb"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This dinner fell far short of what I was hoping for for my birthday dinner. The waiter was distracted, never introduced himself, or offered suggestions or warmth. I ordered the halibut special, and it frankly tasted like a hotel buffet. Our meals were clearly sitting under a hot lamp while we at the apps, as my fish was overdone and the pasta dishes my family ordered appeared dry. They seemed to enjoy them though. The kids treatment was good - offering a menu for them, micky mouse shaped pizza and coloring page. But it was so loud we could hardly all chat as a group. They provided a bday dessert with candle and song, which was nice. All in all, the food and service were so unimpressive I would not go back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I made a reservation, but it didn't guarantee us a table when we arrived so we still had to wait about half an hour for a table to open up. I got the beet salad, which has this cheesy topping that somehow has a spicy kick to it after ingesting it. The lasagna was a perfect square and very tasty and hot when I got it. Our waiter was nice, but seemed a little frazzled covering a lot of tables. Every time we called him to our table, he already came apologizing like we were complaining about the wait when all we wanted to do was order another drink or food to the table. When things calmed down, that's when he told my friend the origin of her spaghetti carbonara. Guess you'll have to find out from here that carbonara does not mean carbs!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food is well prepared and atmosphere lively. But there must be a lack of wait staff because our waitress was gone for extended periods of time on both my visits. On my first visit, it took more than 30 mins to get a bottle of wine - we were sitting at our table without drinks or food for 30 mins. On my last visit, our waitress was asked to wait on on other tables right after she spent only 5 mins with us. The manager took over the uncorking of the wine, and rushed to uncork our 2nd bottle of wine. Our entrees arrived way too early - they tried to place our entrees next to our salads while we were still eating our salads! Everything felt so rushed. The service is rough on the edges. You have to be prepared for the service to dine here."
    Dined on 2/15/2014