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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Postino reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (146)great for outdoor dining (121)romantic (121)neighborhood gem (111)fit for foodies (98)notable wine list (65)good for groups (56)great for lunch (32)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (15)great for brunch (13)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Yummm!
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Chef Stewart made a Salmon salad as the special that was so delicious! We celebrated a birthday, had great service, wonderful food and a fun time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty, but limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Decor and ambiance are lovely, but menu choices at lunch were limited for someone looking for a low carb lunch. Service was quite slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day dinner par excellence!
    Aye8great
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Delightful restaurant for a special occasion. Lovely antipasti, wine list, entrée, and service. Not cheap but worth for the right time. Can be noisy at times.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Be Back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food is very good. Wine list is not large, but reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite
    mkrinca
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Postinos has been my favorite restaurant since moving to East Bay. It has charming ambiance, great food, good value and service. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Postino's comes through again
    Jake
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had not eaten at Postino's for some time but decided it would be a good place for Mother's day brunch. We showed up a bit early but were immediately seated. The service was very attentive. My daughter wanted an off the menu dish which was provided without the slightest hesitation. Our brunch plates were very well prepared (I have the duck breast sausage which was outstanding). I need to remember this place more often as a place to land. With the number of choices of excellent places to eat in the Central Contra Costa area, this one should stay near the top of the list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre- Mom's Day dinner
    New2OT
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Service was great, food was very good but a little too noisy. We were seated off the main dining room, under the low ceiling. Nice and romantic, but hard to hear the conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slipping
    Mari
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Postino's is slipping. Very sad. My last two dinners there were "okay" and "bad." My friend had your signature short ribs dish, and it was pretty dry, and the peas were overcooked. My husband's salmon was just okay. My pizzetta was AWFUL. The crust was clearly some pre-manufactured thing that came out of the freezer. I couldn't even cut it, it was so doughy and undercooked. Romaine used in Caesar salad was floppy and dark green, not pure romaine hearts, like you used to do it. I don't know what is going on, but I hope this can be turned around, because I have always loved this place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grotto
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I took some friends out to dinner for a goodbye dinner as they are moving to Seattle so I wanted a special evening. Our waitress was excellent and she added to the enjoyment of the evening. The food was delicious from the ceasar salad, the excellent duckling, all the way to the Key Lime Pie. It is a charming restaurant with 5 star service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Lunch
    RastaWittay
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We met as for our last company lunch to review the past and discuss the pending sale of our company. Postino was a great place for great food and a professional atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Italian comfort food with some flair. Great for groups/sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence Continued
    Olyclub1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Postino continues to produce great meals in a dining friendly environment. Service and food were fantastic and the Ahi Tuna was one of the best. Heather was our server and she was engaging and made the experience a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Lousy Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Diverse menu, excellently prepare and presented food, but service was slow. We waited for our appetizers over 45min after our wine was poured. It was busy but either they needed an additional server or we got stuck with one who could not manage multiple tables. Perhaps Sat evening is not the time to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    TooFoods
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Dined on a Saturday night, party of 7. Requested a round table for better conversation and the request was honored. Some of us waited in the bar & had great mixed drinks prior to the rest arriving. Staff consistently gracious and very professional. Portions large and DELICIOUS. My picky friend said the duck breast is the best she's ever had anywhere. Salads, appetizers and desserts were well-prepared. LARGE dessert portions: we tasted several and I would especially recommend the chocolate cheesecake w/homemade marshmallow cream, the key lime pie and the raspberry sorbet. My friends complimented me on choice of restaurant. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Postino is Slipping
    orindadiner
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Postino used to be among our favorite places. We had rehearsal dinner in 2001 and have been returning to celebrate since. I noted our celebration but they did nothing. Our food was ok, no longer anything special. Salads and ahi were ok, eggplant was awful over cooked beading. Our side of polenta was tasty, but did not arrive until we were on our last bites of dinner, with no apologies. The dessert was awful! The lime pie was gelatinous goo made soggy by downing in sauce. Our server was scattered at best-rushed us to order, rushed questions, and tossed our check on table. It will be a while before we give Postino another chance. With wine and tip, our dinner was well over $150 and was just plain meh! We need to find someplace else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place in our Town
    RiceQueen
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Good Food. They service was very good as well. It does get a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Away Dinner
    missbianca50
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I hosted a going away dinner for a colleague, her husband and other co-workers. It was a great choice! I love the atmosphere of Postino's and the smells from the kitchen grab you as soon as you walk in! The service was excellent and I enjoyed our server - I wish I could remember her name! Definitely a choice spot to eat and drink -- yummy!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Surprise
    luvnapa
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Been to Postino twice and very pleased both times. The place has a nice feel, well-prepared and interesting dishes, and both times our waitperson was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Luperella
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Excellent food and service. But , we waited awhile to get our drinks at the bar.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Postino-good food, lovely setting
    LadyM
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    BUT . . . very, very noisy. Service fine once we got to our table. Upon entering, we were virtually ignored by the hostess. When I finally pushed myself forward to get her attention, she told us our table was ready but that she did not have menus, then went back to talking to other staff. While she was doing so a waitress brought up two menus (there were 3 in our party) and the hostess appeared not to notice. After waiting for several more minutes, I told her we would be willing to share the two menus between the three of us. Another waitress brought up an armful of menus at that point and she grabbed three of them and led us to our table . . . really did not get what was supposed to be a special evening off to a good start.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a place that has always
    beentheredonethat
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a place that has always done what I've asked. If I want some quiet time with my date, I get it. If I need service, it's always there. Always great food, comfortable surroundings and super patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fabulous Establishment
    JMackVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal here last Friday night. The service was attentive without hovering and the food was perfect. I also would add the venue is well-suited for a date/birthday/anniversary/or casual night out as there are several different dining areas, each with varying levels of noise/ambiance. This was my second visit, and I highly recommend reservations for the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    savedimage
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    This is a frequent choice for my clients in the Lamorinda area. Great food, service and not too noisy for business.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    FifiVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Menu changes with season and is interesting Outdoor dining area very cozy Addition of fire pit area for casual hang out Is fun and relaxing Service always friendly and accommodation, Especially tuned into needs of children in an adult setting A "never miss" for foo excellence Miss the lamb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our second time and
    DanvilledinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was our second time and the food quality was not very good. The steak was very fatty and the chicken was overlooked and rubbery. Our server was good. The desserts were stale especially the key Lime pie.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a Pleasure
    JimmySix
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Service: attentive, quick, polite yet engaging and fun. Food: probably excellent overall. I ordered a dish I wasn't familiar with (duck breast) and found it a little rare, thus the 4 stars. Had I ordered something else, it might have been 5 stars. My guests were very pleased with their dishes. Wine List: pages and pages of California and Italian wines. Ambience: beautiful surroundings in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve's Birthday Party
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Steve wanted to go back to Postino for this birthday to have the short ribs. We finally made it 3 months after his actual birthday. We started with cocktails, then had a wonderfully fresh green salad. We ordered the fabulous short ribs, veal scallopini, and salmon. Everything was perfect! Special thanks for adjusting our reservation, since we were running a little late!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for ambience and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great spot for ambience and good food. Enjoy a special evening or Birthday/Anniversary celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner with friends
    Catludu
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We made an early reservation, 5:30. There was on site parking at that time, plus free valet available. We were greeted warmly, and service was lovely and attentive throughout our meal. We shared the Burrata, then each selected a different entree intending to share with each other. We all agreed the short ribs with polenta was the best. Beautiful space, great food, great service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Delicious
    TheStarLadyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Postino is a favorite restaurant in the East Bay and they continue to surprise and delight. While we waited for our fireside table to be ready, we enjoyed a glass of chardonnay by the fire pit, a very lovely way to begin the evening. I love white table cloth dining for those special dates and Postino delivers on class and service. The beet salad with citrus, although beautiful, was heavy on the orange slices with only a few bites of red beets. The duck breast over spaetzle was divine and the fish choices excellent. A dessert was split four ways ending a lovely meal celebration. This is a 4-5 Star establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most enjoyable meal around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our food was delicious! It's the best restaurant around! We're so tired of paying good money for mediocre food, but Postino did not fall into this category. We had the short ribs, veal and fried chicken and all were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic As Usual
    Desert1
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The best bottle of Zin and Rib Eye I have had in recent memory. Great outdoor fire pit drinks, attentive, but not obtrusive service... Simply one of the best dining experiences in the East Bay. $1,000 later for our party and we all left very very satisfied. A perfect 5 star evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Postino's has the whole package
    bite3
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food and ambience is wonderful. The short ribs are a must have and listening to the guitarist while dining out is great. Either dining with friends or that special someone, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere and food.
    Margie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This is a lovely spot in Lafayette. The food is good but not great. You have to go through the tunnel for that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    cristinegn
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great food, great service. It's a fail-safe choice for special occasions and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot to take a friend
    CRDiRVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My friend and I spent 4 hours catching up and sharing travel photos over a wonderful lunch at Postino's. The food was delicious, beautifully presented, and the wine list interesting. The service was prompt, but we never felt hurried.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love the ambience of Postinos
    Lillietwo
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I love the ambience of Postinos and the servers are always friendly, efficient and song seem hurried. I have to admit, I always have to have the short ribs!! They melt in your mouth and the flavor is delicious. Postinos is one of my favorite..special occasion or not. Jacqueline Clark
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Feed back on Short Ribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Short Ribs served contained a large amount of fat. While the fat had been melted well, it was not appealing. Also the favor was weak. Otherwise everything else was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It was difficult to hold a conversation as the evening went on--it was quiet early but very noisy by 7:00. Not a place to go if you want to have a quiet conversation with a friend unless you go very early.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for lunch too
    recommendVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    First time to Postino for lunch. It was a great place to sit and talk and have a leisurely meal in a wonderful, quiet atmosphere. Will definitely do this again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.