We love this place, a true
We love this place, a true trattoria atmosphere in the original Italian concept. Have come back several times, whenever we are in town with family business. The food is high quality and quite close to ingredient combinations such as we have experienced on our extensive travels in Italy. Staff is friendly and professional. The place is always busy so reservations are a must for dinner hours. It is also noisy but in a good way. We have also had lunch here several times and loved it just as much.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great with my kids
I decided I wanted to go somewhere different with my 14 month and 6 year old on a Friday night when my husband was out of town. When we arrived the restaurant was quiet but it very quickly got very busy. The food from the kids menu worked very well for both my kids. I had a pizza which was great but because of dealing with the kids was not very hot by the time I was able to eat it. No fault of the restaurant, just what I have become used to with a baby to deal with. All the food was great! The space between the tables is a little tight and when it came time to leave I struggled to get between the tables while carrying a baby, change bag and pizza box without hitting other diners or tables.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is authentic italian,
The food is authentic italian, wonderful and fresh. The service is wonderful also, my glass was never empty.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. We
The food was excellent. We were seated in a semi private room that was fitting for the occasion. Great place to dine. Will definitely be back.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure going here
Always a pleasure going here because you always get treat so well from the minute you walk in to the last step out the door. Teh food as always was delicious, services superb and fun.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a special occasion
We had a special occasion lunch here for our department. The food was fabulous, service was excellent. We love Enzo and his crew. Thank you!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
San Carlos Surprise
I met a friend for dinner and used my Open Table App. to find a place in San Carlos. and up popped Locanda Positano. I was so surprised at the overall decor which was quite chic; mostly it was the food that was so delicious. We had a Kale apple and strawberry salade and a decicious pizza with Burata cheese, greens and artichoke hearts. I woul drecommend this restaurant to anyone.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Italian in San Carlos
So goo!. First time here and the first thing I noticed was the decor: stylish and modem, yet very inviting. Next, very friendly and genuine service. The menu was tough. Not overwhelming but still hard to decide. We had the arugula buratta salad and the kale salad and they were both amazing. I waffled between the short ribs and the pasta with clams and decided to order the latter. Now this is my all time favorite dish. Being from NY, I have had it at the best, authentic Italian places ever. But this was by far the very best I ever tasted. The fresh pasta so perfectly cooked, the clams so fresh and tender, and the sauce a perfect consistency and balance of flavors. I am going to crave this dish. The eggplant was wonderful also. Will be back!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the attentive service and the quality of the meal was outstanding. I ordered the seafood salad and split it with my dining pal. It was divided into two generous portions, and was made with very fresh ingredients. We also ordered the Sophia Loren pizza and it was excellent. This is their signature pizza and I understand why. Thin slices of prosciutto drape the top of the pizza which is served with arugula leaves in the center and a large dollop of burrata cheese, a very creamy mild white cheese similar to a ricotta cheese, but smoother. It is dotted with artichoke hearts,, eggplant and zucchini as well. The pizza crust was delicious. I enjoyed our meal and look forward to visiting there again.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites
We love Locanda Positano and having dinner and drinks at the bar. I adore the gnocchi and we love experimenting with the new appetizers. However, we're not a fan of the new blond bartender. She is not very friendly and seems to constantly interrupt our conversation and dining. It's also a bit loud.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
very enjoyable good food, accommodating and good food
7/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
8 month anniversary dinner
Thank you for providing a great place to have dinner for my girlfriend and I's 8 month anniversary.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was too noisy in the original
It was too noisy in the original reservation at Laconda so we elected to go next door where it was nice and quiet and had the same menu. It was a great experience and the food was also very good. We will definitely go back and elect to go next door.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service.
Excellent restaurant with amazing authentic Italian food. Great wine selection and the staff is always friendly. Very busy so be sure to make a reservation.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Locanda is one awesome place
Locanda is one awesome place all around. I've been there 3 times, never had anything short of an outstanding experience.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very tasty. A little loud
Very tasty. A little loud inside, but outside is lovely.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
It reminds me of an Italian
It reminds me of an Italian Bistro. Very charming and attentive staff. Every item was perfectly prepared and attractively presented. Very nice for visiting while leisurely dining with friends. Especially thoughtful of elderly diners and those with a hearing problem.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
SOUTH BEACH IN SF
Love the food, vibe and decor in this neighborhood gem. Authentic modern Italian with young, hip owners and staff.
Extremely friendly service and great menu.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun, authentic italian restaurant
We had a great time at this restaurant. Service was excellent, with several interesting wine choices/recommendations. Menu is somewhat limited but authentic/enjoyable. We will definitely be back.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my family to Locanda Positano and we had a wonderful time. The food we ordered was delicious, and this comment is coming from a traditional Italian family. I would never hesitate to recommend this establishment because of the quality of the food and the excellent service by the staff and the Rosano family. Buon appetito!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real Italian experience
Going to Locanda Positano is like a trip to Italy. The food is authentic and prepared very well. The service on this visit was outstanding. We love food and our server appreciated that. If you're going just to get a pizza and leave, you're missing the point of having an Italian meal. Explore the menu and enjoy.
9/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We found a little of everything italian here. Pizza, fish, pasta, and meats... the peach and arugula salad was fantastic and my kids liked the meatballs and gnocchi. Great service, high energy and lots of attention to round it out.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back
Positano was good. Very few people when we arrived and had a drink and calamari at the bar. We were seated for dinner and by the time we left there was a line. Had bean soup, peach salad, sausage pizza, and veal short ribs. There was enough food leftover for us to have lunch the next day. It was our first time at Positano and we'll be back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consisttent quality food
We have been to Positano since it opened, though we like restaurant in SF city. It is close to our house and The owners Enzo and his brother were always there to welcome us. Food is very good. Except the ragu was like a gravy.. They changed it to bolonase for my duaghter. The dessert Nutela is our favorite.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Italian for Lunch!
Great lunch spot to relax and take the pressure off the day with a great meal.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was outstanding. All the staff is very nice and accommodating!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great and friendly service!
Really good food, but I want to talk about the service. We made a reservation for 9 a half hour before we arrived and they didn't blink an eye. From the moment we walked in, they made us feel like we were the only guests there! They were attentive, friendly and even if the food wasn't as good as it was, I'd still go back!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had dinner outside on a nice night in San Carlos. Good food and charming proprietor
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favorite lunch spot
I have been here a few times and have always enjoyed the food. Wonderful quality, preparation, and presentation. If you're lucky enough to go at lunch when the salmon salad is the special, it is a MUST ORDER!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and server were excellent.
Service and server were excellent. We mentioned that one of us was celebrating a birthday. A nice dessert was delivered at the end of the meal with birthday wishes. The food was very good, lively restaurant and overall a good experience.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Phillipe was a most gracious
Phillipe was a most gracious waiter. He tended to our needs and even our special requests without waver. When a small accident occured with our wine at our table, he was very quick to unselfishly respond. He made our evening...oh, and by the way, the food and wine were great!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but crowded and noisy
An interesting if somewhat restricted menu. The mahi-mahi special was cooked just right, but the the Siciliana sauce was way over salted. Unless you like it crowded and noisy, consider going to the "Limone" next door which has the same menu.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful staff-very friendly
Wonderful staff-very friendly and accommodating.
Pizza's are delicious.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful as always
One of my favorite restaurants. It's like a trip to Italy without the flight. Definitely check out the antipasto plate -- a good variety of meats with fresh mozzarella.
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
The whole family was whisked
The whole family was whisked off to the pizza counter. Not the best for conversation for mom and dad but it changed the whole evening as the kids were entertained making their personal pizzas and having every need taken care of. The risotto was good, kale salad and white bean soup were delicious. Best of all the whole family can enjoy a 'nice' meal at Positano.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good meal
Had to write a good review - had been critical in the past of service & food (cold). It is a busy place so they have to have it together & on this trip they did. Food was on time & very good as was the service. Will go back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Charm in San Carlos
Being that the owners and 95% of the staff are family and or Italian explains the charm and familia(r) atmosphere along with the family recipes. If you don't get to have a conversation with the owners or his family, you miss out on part of the closeness of this place. If you want authentic Italian fare, look no further. Make reservations otherwise, squeeze in at the counter, have a beverage and get to know the place while you wait. I had 7pm Friday reservations and we waited no more than 5 minutes. We had a bottle of wine, took our time and never made to feel like we should rush. We left art 10 and the place was still busy.
Bravo for Locanda Positano. If interested, ask them what the name means. That will surely start a conversation.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday night relaxing dinner
Our friends from San Francisco thoroughly enjoyed their dinner. It was their first time at this restaurant. We all had a good time selecting from the varied menu. It was very personable for both owners to visit our table and assist as needed. We were not disappointed with our delicious Italian dinner selections, which were served quite warm on such a cool evening.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is incredible, the service outstanding and beautiful ambiance. I always take me family and friends here.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious fresh pasta dishes
Delicious fresh pasta dishes The boar ragu was excellent. The salads are yummy. Service is friendly neighborhood. Highly recommend!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and vibrant atmosphere
We go here often and love the food and the fun atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the service is great. The food is authentic and the drinks are an awesome compliment to the food. The bar is just the right size and you can always meet some great people there. I love the kale salad and any of the pastas and the specials are really yummy.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is outstanding!
The food is delicious! Haven't had a bad meal. They let you relax and eat and visit European style, which is nice, but doesn't work if you are on your lunch hour. The service is good, great people own and run it.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We chose Locanda Positano for our holiday lunch, based on its location and other reviews. We were more than impressed. When we arrived, the main restaurant was very busy and a bit noisy. We were taken to a "special" table in a private room in the back - very elegant and quiet. The service was efficient; waiters were knowledgeable and friendly; the wine was superb; antipasto, entrees and dessert (tiramisu and nutellino) were all delicious. Three of us had the lobster ravioli with tiger prawns, served in a creamy vodka sauce, and we all raved about it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. One note - the entree sized pizza is actually large enough for two or three people.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a lovely restaurant in downtown San Carlos w/ fresh and authentic Italian food - the owners are actually from Italy. I have eaten here several times, for lunch and dinner, and have always enjoyed what we ordered. Anything that comes from a recipe from "Mama Carmela" is off the charts; Mama still lives in Italy and comes here a few times a year to help with the cooking and menu! I highly recommend Mama's meatballs and if you like gnocci, then you will adore the gnocci dish here.
Their pizzas are wood fired and delicious (love the Sophia Loren); truly you can't get a bad dish at this charming restaurant. It's wonderful that you can sit outside and enjoy vibrant downtown San Carlos which has really grown up in the past few years.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solid Dining Experience
What warm, welcoming service! The staff is wonderful and this restaurant could have easily been in Positano Italy. The food is very authentic, homey and satisfying. Highly recommend.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We usually end up going to the other Italian places on Laurel St. Until I found this place on yelp
The Calamari is great I had the risotto with mushroom
Delicious will go back to try other dishes
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent dining experience
We received a warm welcome and it just went up from there! Warm and friendly service and wonderful and tasty food. Home made pastas, unique combinations and a variety of choices for everyone's taste. We truly enjoyed our meal!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Due to the cold weather, the
Due to the cold weather, the restaurant was really cold so it took away from the dining experience. Other than that, it was very good.
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for dinner with work
Went for dinner with work colleagues from out of town. Service was friendly and attentive. Wine list was good and the out of townies thought food was awesome. Good food, good atmosphere, good value. Would recommend.
12/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like sitting along the Amalfi
Like sitting along the Amalfi Coast, Positano brings authentic Italy to your table--excellent fresh foods, Italian wait staff, and the ambiance of an upscale taverna. Charming and excellent!!
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM