Postino
Postino

Postino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.postinorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9252998700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Service Nightly at 5:30PM Lunch Service M - F 11:30AM to 3:00PM Afternoon menu offered between
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Stewart Beatty
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With the holidays just around the corner we are pleased to offer five different spaces that provide a unique setting, which can be tailored to meet the needs of your event. All of our rooms are ideal for special celebrations as well as business events. Visit www.postinorestaurant.com for more info.
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Crotty 9252998700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette Circle
  • Public Transit: The Lafayette Bart station is 2 blocks north of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a large on site parking lot.
A word from Postino
Winner of the Best Restaurant Awards from DIABLO MAGAZINE and THE EASTBAY EXPRESS. Postino is located in a historic brick and slate-roofed Carr Jones designed former post office in downtown Lafayette. Inspired by the traditions of Italy with an American inclination, Postino delivers a seasonal menu using the finest local and imported ingredients. We serve the full menu at bar and have walk in tables available in the lounge and patio. Private rooms and banquet spaces seat 6 to 250.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Postino reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (145)romantic (123)great for outdoor dining (118)neighborhood gem (103)fit for foodies (96)notable wine list (67)good for groups (55)great for lunch (37)great for brunch (18)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (12)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have found in northern CA. Don't miss this place from first course to dessert it was amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    While I have visited Postino before, we attended 3 private functions and had cocktails outside, it was my first dining experience inside for dinner!! We loved the atmosphere and the food was very good. I had the tuna and it was just wonderful, the Burrata was shared & awesome, other dishes were eggplant, chicken and Garganelli (rabbit, sausage, mushrooms & pasta). All the dishes were wonderful!! Will look forward to returning as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corvettetony
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Postino was consistent as usual. The food doesn't knock your socks off but is very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charm in Lafayette
    KathysVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Seven of us had an excellent birthday celebration dinner at Postino. The rabbit gargenelli and the eggplant parmesan were particularly good. It was a little difficult to make conversation across the table as the room we were in was quite noisy. One of the side rooms might be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot for Anniversary
    TA43
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary at Postino. We had a nice, intimate table. We ordered and served our drinks quickly. Food was great. We tried lasagna and braised short ribs. Both were really well crafted. Service was efficient but not overbearing. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner with friends
    Fernem
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We took some out of town, Brooklyn, houseguests to Postino and had a really good meal. Our waiter, Brian Cooley, was fantastic. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the food and made a great Russian River wine recommendation for us as well. The restaurant is very pretty and the service in general was attentive without being over the top. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum- Excellent Service
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had never been here, but were told it was excellent. It was. In addition, because we have a hearing impaired friend, they sat us at a quieter table. Very good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Anniversary Dinner!
    wineanddine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Postino is already one of our favorite restaurants and our anniversary dinner was as expected - great service, ambiance and food. Highly recommend for couples and/or groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Evening
    Mollyb
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We celebrated a birthday at Postino this week. The service was excellent, attentive but not hovering. The cake I ordered was as requested. We had calamari which was a special. It was the best I have had in ages. If you don't want a traditional dinner, there are many options for lighter dining. Postino is great for special occasions. However we aren't waiting for an event. We will be back next week.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ummmmmm
    Toto
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have eaten at Postino before several times, but always for dinner. Dinners were very good, and the setting is lovely. But the lunch menu is not enticing. The three salads offered the addition of a grilled chicken breast or bit of salmon. I had the chicken breast, which I suspect was frozen, then thawed with gentle boiling, then seared for flavor, as it had a rubbery texture. It also had a good deal of skin, which meant the fat was lurking in those skin folds, and the nubbin of a wing left in place made it look large, but in fact, reduced the size. The special salad was soft shell crab, an eastern crab, that is not in season right now. Obviously, I declined that.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Romantic Dinner
    LovebirdsVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a very pleasant experience at this romantic restaurant. Perfect table, excellent service, great food. Just the best of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent dinner and service. I will recommend your restaurant to others
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another solid meal
    billsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took my family out with my father and his wife. They are retired and in their 80's and we drove down to pick them up at their home in Lafayette. There are a number of good to very good options in Lafayettte and Postino is one of the very good options. We started with Calamari and bruschetta for the table. Very good choices, well constructed and presented .. Dinner choices ranged from the salmon to chicken to short ribs, to risotto to me with the delicious ribeye. A nice bottle of Miner Chardonnay and a Seghesio Zin by the glass for my steak. Excellent dessert for our son and coffees and Cappuchino's completed a great meal. Loved the valet parking which helped with the older members of our party who don't get around as well. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best In Walnut Creek/Lafayette
    wooly1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is the best restaurant in Walnut Creek/Lafayette. I've been coming here for almost 15 years...for reference, I've also eaten at high-end all over CA, USA, and Europe. 5-star for Diablo Valley; 3-1/2 world-wide. Raw food quality is excellent; preparation is always excellent; service is excellent. If you like the menu, you will like the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gazpacho
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have been to Postino many times. My niece and a friend from Venezuela were visiting me in Orinda. We had a great time and a very goo meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winner!
    QuietVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My wife and I chose Postino to celebrated a special event because, when we had gone in the past, we found it a perfect setting for a quiet -and delicious- dinner. Nothing has changed except, perhaps, that the service is even BETTER than it was in the past. We each had salads (fresh, ample and tasty) and shared a rib-eye steak that was cooked to perfection -steak knives not needed. We tasted and then chose a moderately priced wine that perfectly rounded things off. Even after a group of "conversationalists" were seated nearby, Postino is quiet enough to enjoy a fine meal and each others company.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing X 3
    Zman
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Amazing food, amazing ambiance, and amazing (truly) service! Nothing more to be said...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Real -- not pretentious. Delicious, innovative food & attentive service in a relaxing environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Postino showed us a very nice table for a b'day dinner for 8 adults. Especially enjoyed the short ribs and salmon. Liked the energy of the restaurant and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    Mole
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The ambiance is wonderful . . . the food delicious . . . the service friendly and fast . . . what more could you ask from a neighborhood gem like Postino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • evening
    hannah
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent evening with great service and good food. Will definitely come back again
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a warm atmosphere.
    KandK
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Postino is a beautiful restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. I eat gluten-free and they were very accommodating. Looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, Great Service
    LynnB
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I came in here for his birthday dinner. We came on the recommendation from a friend and he was right. Great food, great service. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Postino Confused
    CalWineAsscVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The restaurant was about 25% occupied we were seated and given our menus the menu is very unclear at to what style of food.Between Italian,Asian or American it's kind of a mish-mash of what ever they see fit.And the poor customers not knowledgeable about quality,portion or proper cooking of a duck breast having un-shirred breast skin and extra well done.Raviolis witch are stated hand made on menu "NOT" served with sweet taste-less sauce Unorganized servers with nothing to do talking to each other while we waited and adding insult to injury the prices there are higher than San Francisco.Should I say more what a rip-off!! and wine list sucks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Hoodie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Postino had been recommended to us by friends in the neighborhood who have eaten there many times. We expected so much more! The wine list was the only exception to mediocrity on all levels. The food was passable at best. We shall not be returning anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A special favorite spot.
    Copwife
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We Don't come here often.... It's a special occasion place for us. But food is amazing and service is good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hats off for getting it right!
    Onthego
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is a rare restaurant where you can find good food, wonderful service, good atmosphere and moderate noise where you can enjoy casual conversation. Hat's off to Postino!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First of.all, I have not been to Postino in years since there are.so.many restaurants.in the area but after that awsome duck we wil be back. Everyone.enjoyed their meal. Fantistic food. Beautiful windows. Wonderful company.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family dinner
    Carol
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Everything is done to perfection at the charming Postino We were seated immediately, the staff was attentive without being helicopters and the food was excellent. The duck and hand made gnocchi were especial brilliant. This was one of our best dinners in the Bay Area! Carol
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Country Italian
    Postinosplus
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food, very good service, nice atmosphere! The price for quality and flavor is right on point. This is a must go to place if you want to experience a taste of country Italy. From the excellent appetizers to the main dishes. And Duck, you have not had great duck until you've eaten here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very special place . . .
    lovesams
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We truly enjoyed our dinning experience at Postino. Our waitress was a delight! The food is always outstanding. We celebrated my husbands birthday and it was perfect. Thank You Postino!! Linda & Jon Mahler
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful variety of choice
    kwoodsVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant multiple times and am impressed that every choice I've made have been excellent. Just enjoyed the Eggplant Parmesan-one of best I'm ever had. Also, the desserts are yummy-loved the S'more treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nomad
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Postino restaurant has been one of my favorite restaurants since I first went there, I believe in 2005. It offers many food choices and the quality of the food is fantastic! While there are a lot of tables, the noise level is held to a minimum so it's easy to have conversations while dining. My favorite dish is the eggplant parmesan and I order that most of the time. The restaurant has a beautiful atmosphere and the outdoor dining is very romantic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Postino has never let me down!
    Mandy4me
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I have been going to Postino for years. Always great food and wonderful service. I recently had an old friend from out of town visiting, who travels all over the world on business, and is a total food and restaurant snob. When it came time to select a spot to have dinner, I considered the many "hot spots" that people talk about. But knowing Postino always has fabulous food and friendly, efficient service, I chose to take him there. We started with carpaccio and cocktails, then he had the halibut special of the day, and I had the salmon. Both excellent! A bottle of incredible Italian wine a treat as well! We then split a blueberry and peach galette which was divine! My friend raved about Postino! Quite a compliment coming from him!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobvizz46
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I took a couple of out-of-state friends for dinner. They were very impressed with food, service, and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal with friends
    Fernem
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time at Postino but not the last. Four of us sat in a very pretty side room with an open door to the patio that gave us nice light and a charming view. The waiter was attentive and everyone liked their food. Two had the chef's special halibut and loved it, one had duck and was equally pleased and the chef made me a plate of wild rice and sauteed vegetables that was beautiful and tasty and much appreciated. We shared a fabulous galette for dessert and had a Russian River Pinot Grigio that the waiter helped us choose and was just as described. All in all, a really nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bobthecritic
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is a restaurant that you can count on to to serve excellent food, provide a welcoming atmosphere and leave you with a satisfied smile on your face!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just expensive
    Shef
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My friend & I met for lunch, had 2 Asian chicken salads (modest portions) & 2 iced teas--$50 before tip!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dinner
    historywoman
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very good dinner. Great service. Good place for a special dinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fan But Really Disappointed.
    SalitosReviewVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I eat at this restaurant all the time but this was the worst service experience I have ever had. Our waitress disappeared for long stretches when we needed more water, more bread, just service. They forgot our side vegetable and I had to chase her down to pay the bill after she ignored me frequently. I was very bummed because my usual experience is fantastic. I hope things get better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic