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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Postino reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (149)romantic (124)great for outdoor dining (123)neighborhood gem (112)fit for foodies (100)notable wine list (67)good for groups (56)great for lunch (33)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (15)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Lovely and Delcious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Superb short ribs and lovely ambiance. My favorite restaurant in Lafayette. Worth the drive if your not lucky enough to live near by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still good with some concerns.
    NewAlbionOmnivore
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were seated in a very noisy area. Had to shout to be heard over the next table. Next time we will ask for a quieter table. Food was good but waiter may have had an off day. Overall experience was still very good with reservations noted.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoors delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was a warm but very pleasant evening in Lafayette. Our friends brought their puppy dog and we ate out on the patio. Nice music was playing, food was very good and the service was casual but appropriate. All and all, up to the (high)standards we have grown to expect from Postino. If you go, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was good and it was nice to be someplace where we could carry on a conversation without raising our voices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    local
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great place for a special celebration. Wonderful server, quite booth, high enjoyment of food and environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful setting
    ayefly
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Postino is easy to get to and they offer free valet parking. The restaurant setting is great and the dining room is very nice with a wonderful ambiance. For a starter we ordered a "insalata cesare" and the "soup of the day". Both were EXCELLENT. For the main I ordered the braised short ribs - one of the specialties of the house - and they were very good. I would order them again. They came on a bed of mashed potatoes and I substituted green beans for the "English peas" with no problem. Both sides were good. However, my wife ordered the grilled half chicken. She loved all the sides but was NOT a fan of the chicken. It was "tough and chewy" Would we go back again? YES, but we would not order the chicken...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and sustainable italian
    wchinook
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The building and ambiance are great - cozy brick and wood, warm lighting. We enjoyed our meals - rich and creamy meat and starch dishes (duck w/ orzo, pasta w/rabbit). A little heavy on the salt, as such dishes tend to be in restaurants. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, particularly about the wine. It was fantastic that the server suggested I order a half pasta dish after my appetizer, unless I wanted to take some home. Downsides - service was slow, considering it was 6pm and it wasn't packed - we didn't see the server for 5-10 minutes after sitting down, and then didn't see the wine list (which we were underwhelmed by) until a bit after that. Also, no "drinks" menu other than the wine list, they said they're working on that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Cosette
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As always...ambience, food, servce, fabulous table...all were divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELISH
    FJLPVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything was delicious!! We especially LOVED the pasta with the rabbit. The rabbit was so tender. EXCELLENT dish!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner
    foodie16
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Charming setting with excellent food and service. Calamari was oust yet crisp outside. Caesar salad was very good. Duck entree was perfectly cooked. Garganelli with rabbit always is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dining Experience
    VineanddineVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to Postino and rate it outstanding in all areas. The service was fantastic. Our water glasses never got below 2 sips from the top. The waiter was very knowledgeable and guided us through the menu. I had the heirloom tomato salad and duck breast for entree both dishes were excellent. My wife enjoyed the caesar salad and clams. Both of her dishes were outstanding. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff treat you as if you were royalty. We will be back and this might become one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely gathering place
    Vallartachic
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have been to Postinos on several occasions to reconnect with friends who we haven't seen in a while. The food is fabulous and the staff is always pacient while we chat, catch up, and delay ordering because we are too busy talking!! The menu is varied and staff knowledgeable. And the wine list is great as well! Always a nice welcoming place to dinbe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bad all way around
    Bigman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was terrible, unfocused , food was terrible from soup to nuts. Pizzete had giant chunks of uncooked figs, margarita was given to my 15 year old son. Wife's rizzoto had frozen rock hard chicken breast, my short ribs were not tender, dessert was average oh well $300 down the drain!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    thoughto
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been to Postino about a dozen times and have had a great experience every time (date night, rehearsal dinner, etc). The menu changes seasonally which forces us to try new things each time and we have yet to try something that wasn't spectacular. The wait staff is friendly, knowledgable and professional. The ambiance is romantic, yet still comfortable. Postino is a great place for foodies that don't want to make the trek to the ctiy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Junior varsity team server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Server forgot one entree for person ordering 2 of them after long conversation about it during ordering. Server accidentally poured sparkling water into mixed drink and brought back new cocktail from bar promptly but only half full. Seriously? And after all that only took off the bill the cost of one salad. Do yourself a favor walk across the street to Rustic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aftern theatre dinner
    1lemonlvr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. I felt they where too egger to get our salads to us. We had just gotten our cocktail when the salad arrived. My entrée was disappointing. It sounded interesting. Ahi with a warm potato salad with bacon. The Ahi had little flavor and was cold and on top of the heated potato salad took over the dish. My friend ordered the Pork Rib. It was tasty. The dessert to seemed to try too hard. A blackberry Crème Brulee with a thyme cookie. The flavors just didn't work. I would go back, but definitely would order something else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Lafayette
    JohnBarb
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Postino has been a staple for sometime now in Lafayette. It has consistently been our favorite. Food, service and ambiance...it has it all. The food was exceptional this last visit. We had the pork chop, special fish and the lasagna. All dishes very tasty to the palate. Great service and the wine list has all you need to compliment you meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had a "caprese" salad but the cheese was not fresh. the bread was good and the main dish==a special of baked cod was very good. Service was "ok" overall not bad, and outdoors dining looked nice but we were inside/
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very busy night, but outside dining was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have lived in the area 14 years but never tried Postino based on mixed reviews we had heard and read. Decided to try it anyway at last. For the price, a very good selection. Very good meat lasagna, excellent clam dish, excellent cod. Excellent deserts, very accommodating service. We sat inside; had the feel of a French country estate. The three of us left full, fully satisfied, and with a few leftovers for $170 plus tip. Compared to places we have been recently paying more or much more, this compared very favorably. We wlll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Inside
    Albq
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a nice lunch
    KhatonVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was beautiful out and we sat in the courtyard. We just had a small lunch which was the Caprese. It was very good except it could have had more dressing and basil. Some of the tomatoes were so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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.
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    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
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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
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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!
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    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
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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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    • 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
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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
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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.