La Pastaia

3.4
932 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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The four star rated, La Pastaia Restaurant continually delights Bay Area diners with it's Contemporary Italian cuisine and metropolitan ambience.

Located in the breathtaking, art deco, boutiuqe Hotel De Anza, La Pastaia is just minutes away from the San Jose International Airport, and walking distance to the Arena, Center for Performing Arts, the Tech Museum and the Convention Center.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(408) 286-8686
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Abraham Torre
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Private party facilities
Private rooms range from the intimate and self-contained to the beautiful Mediteranean style Palm Court Terrace. Private dining can be arranged for parties of 2 to 50 in the restaurant. The outdoor terrace is also available for private parties during lunch.
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Private party contact
Cara Martin: (408) 286-8686
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Catering
La Pastaia is a full service caterer for events from 2 to 150 located in the Art Deco Hotel De Anza. For weddings, corporate meetings and special events, contact: 408-286-1000
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Notre Dame
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Parking details
There is ample street parking, hotel valet service and a private parking lots.
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Public transit
Santa Clara St. Light Rail
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Entertainment
Live music is featured in the lounge Thursday - Saturday and the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.

La Pastaia's Enoteca is open daily to enjoy flights of Italian wines, espresso and an array of small plates. The Enoteca is also available for private tastings.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 932 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

I valet parked and was not told that a validation stamp at the restaurant would have saved me about $31. Otherwise it is a good nicer place for lunch.

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RM
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Appetizers just so-so, meal just didn’t meet previous experiences there. Service was good, he did a good job.

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KM
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

I was so disappointed by our recent meal. La Pastaia used to be one of my favorite restaurants. The service was so incredibly slow. It took 2 hours to have dinner, we kept having to ask for service. The kitchen was very backed up, there was a concert at SAP and the restaurant was busy (as to be expected on a show night next door to SAP), but they were utterly unprepared for the crowds. The food was mediocre, service terrible and the menu was limited. Very disappointed.

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T
Central Coast
1.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Our meal & service was awful. It is the worse upscale restaurant I have been in. The bread was stale, the appetizer was tasteless, the meal was a kit & simply microwaved. Certainly not the quality for the price.
The staff was not attentive & perhaps not adequate for the full dining room.
I would not recommend it at all & will not return.

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OT
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Awful experience. Waited 25 minutes for service that never came so we ended up leaving

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LG
1.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Absolutely AWFUL experience with Mother's Day brunch. Sub-par food, non-existent service, terribly expensive for what it was. The patio was lovely but we will never go back. If a negative star rating were possible, La Pastaia would certainly have earned it!

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SL
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

In making our reservation, we did not realize that we would be stuck with a buffet brunch. We selected this restaurant in the Art Deco De Anza Hotel because it is within walking distance of the SAP Center. Our reservation was for 2 PM. Several of the stations, such as the one for omelettes, we’re no longer manned. There were no plates at any of the stations. ( A waiter eventually brought out a stack of plates, many of which were still wet.)

Some of the food looked dried out and was very unappealing—crusted over guacamole/avacado mounded on a slice of bread. However, the prime rib was tasty as were the green beans and the green salad. There was also a nice selection of fruit.

Unfortunately, the dessert table left a lot to be desired as it consisted primarily of cupcakes and pies of a quality consistent with Safeway’s bakery. Again, no plates were available. We took saucers away from cups on empty tables to put our food on. Service was friendly but slow. Empty tables and chairs were being disassembled, stacked and removed from the room while we were eating.

I was given a complimentary glass of wine and wished a happy Mother’s Day. The coffee was excellent. The price excluding tip was $125 which we felt was considerably overpriced.

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OT
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Went to a Mother’s Day brunch my daughter arranged for me

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SB
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

Service was slow, but we were there for a quick dinner before a concert at SAP center. Nothing remarkable about the place or the food but the location was good for what we needed.

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PB
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

Had the salmon not been so dry, the meal would have been perfect.

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OT
Montreal
2.0
Dined on May 8, 2018

Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Restaurant was under staffed. Food was a bit off. Wine selection for by the glass could be improved.

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W
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on May 8, 2018

We dined here before the U2 concert, and unfortunately barely made it to the show on time. For this loyal patron of over the 15+ years , Pastaia has been a dependable, tasty option for lunch downtown. The servers are attentive and get to know their familiar 'regulars.' Not so for this dinner.
The service was disappointing for so many reasons. We arrived at 6 pm, and were not served our meal until 7.10. After the initial serving of beverages, we were ignored until I asked the hostess to check on our meal (30-40 after seating). 10 min later the server stopped by to apologize for the delay. The "ticket" that prints out to the kitchen with the order apparently never got there. Another 15 min. The diners seated next to us experienced a similar, but not quite as long of a wait. It is a mystery why the server didn't take it upon herself to check on our meal as she presented bills to at least 2-3 other tables who had arrived after us. She appeared harried, stressed and clearly did not have enough help. The kitchen was backed up to, as our neighbors were told by our server. It's a concert night! They had a full house. How can management not staff for it??
We had ordered the cheese stick appetizer. 4 tiny sticks for $12. Really? When the food arrived, my salmon salad was fine, as expected. My husband's 1/2 'n 1/2 spaghetti and ravioli was subpar, unattractively served in 2 big bowls making it awkward to eat. We brought our own wine, and ordered a single glass while we waited and waited. The corkage was $20. Further SJ has the 5% surcharge that some (not all) restaurants are charging for the increase in minimum wage. Again, Really? After such a lousy experience, the least the server could have done was waive corkage, the appetizer or some such. Nothing. I walked to hostess and requested an adjustment to the bill, perhaps waiving the corkage. This was done. Bad taste in my mouth. I'll dine here for lunch, but dinner will be a long time in coming.

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m
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

We sat down ordered drinks and then 25 minutes later left. Drinks never showed up and no one took our food order.

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J
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

The best thing about the restaurant is that it is close to the SAP center. Food was average at best. The booth seats were ripped and the restaurant is very tired and is in need of a facelift very badly. We won’t be going back

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M
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

Went before a concert at SAP center-beautiful and delicious. Will go back again at every eve t at SAP. Loved it!

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OT
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Great service if you arrive early enough before a show at the SAP center (don't wait until just an hour before). The food was very fresh, filling and just as described. We will definitely return.

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DD
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

Worse dining experience I've ever had. Party of 4, we ordered drinks, 2 were not good so we sent them back and ordered 2 more. We didn't get our drinks for over an hour even with numerous discussions with our server. His response was "the bar's backed up". I can understand that for 15, maybe 20 mins, but over an hour? We asked for bread several time, were told "it's coming"...it never came until the end. The pizza came out cold, the pasta was one lumpy mess so we didn't eat it and sent it back. I get the place was busy as it was before a JT concert, but don't lie and say something is coming when it's not. We would have been more understanding with just the truth. The manager apologized and said they were having staffing issues and needed to retrain everyone, which can't come fast enough for them.

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EC
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on April 24, 2018

Went for lunch with 2 guests...Made reservations... Used valet parking...
Cheerful hostess sat us immediately...All was well !!!...Took 10-15 minutes for waiter to show up...Order beverages and meal...Beverages serves 5 minutes later... In the interim waiter seems to have disappeared...Waited another 20 minutes for food (simple order..sandwich, salad, appetizer)... Finally different waiter noticed we had not been served...found our waiter and both brought food for two of us... Additional waiter noticed disturbed look on my face and asked if he could help...He found the missing third meal and brought it...In the interim hostess walked by with bread tray and asked if we had ordered bread (laughable at this point)...No one ever asked if we needed anything else (tea or water refill)... Food quality was average to below average...Finally caught a waiters eye and asked for the bill...That came immediately !!! Next had valet parking ticket validated by server and took it to desk in order to retrieve auto...Clerk says "Who signed this ticket"...as if I would know his name...told her my waiter...Her response...well I'm going to charge you anyway...Not a lot of money...At this point just wanted to get out... took ticket for car to valet for auto retrieval...Valet was nicest person in the hotel...Handed me my keys...opened the car door...Stopped traffic so I could pull out...He needs to be running the hotel !!! Hotel/restaurant needs new management and server staff...Also could upgrade kitchen staff as they seems confused and terribly disorganized...Hotel DeAnza at one time was a "go to" place for good food and service...Currently avoid if you are eating in city center. Much better places can be found...

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KG
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

Food, as ever, was very good. Service was excellent - attentive but not hovering.

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C
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

Absolutely an embarrassment to the food and beverage industry. We had 545 dinner reservations in order to make the 730 play which we advise them. It took three trips to the hostess to find someone there. There was only 1 other table occupied. The food was again an embarrassment. It looked like it had been sitting Which I’m sure it was as we waited almost 35 minutes for our meal. Obviously we had to box most of it in order to make 730 appointment. They comped my meal which really wasn’t necessary but they will never see me or many of my other friends that I will tell about this experience in the restaurant ever again

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OT
2.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

Our dinner entre's all came at different times and my wife's never came! Staff seemed oblivious to the poor service even after we told them 3 times that my wife's dinner hadn't been served. A major disappointment.

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GM
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 16, 2018

We enjoyed lunch at The Hedley Club in the DeAnza Hotel. The food is from La Pastaia’s kitchen. Jack, the waiter and bartender, is great! He is a terrific guy with a great sense of humor. I highly recommend having lunch there!!

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DS
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

The serve was very slow including taking the waiter over 20 minutes to greet us at our table. Food was very good and a good value though they offered a limited menu

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RP
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

We waited 15 minutes with no service, asked to move to an area where the server was not as busy, and then waited almost 15 minutes again without service. I used to like this restaurant before events at SAP center, but I will not be back again......no reason to go there to just sit.

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SO
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Worst experience ever. Waitress took drink orders and food orders from guests who arrived after us. She kept serving and waiting on other tables but wouldn’t wait on us, even though she knew and acknowledged we had been waiting. Took 30 minutes to get our drink order and appetizers. Took another 30 for appetizers to arrive. Our pizza with proscuitto and pears was worse than a frozen pizza. The meat was dried out and did not taste fresh. Way too much cheese. My date’s wine had turned (Lichen Pinot), but we were afraid to say anything. Bill came with a desser item charged on it. We gave 1.5 hours for a meal and ended up late for our event. Worst dining experience.

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GT
5.0
Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent food. Professional service. Quiet and relaxing. Great for dinner before a Sharks game then short walk to Shark Tank.
Exceptional Ravioli Bolognese and
specialty pizza.

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PG
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

The food and ambiance were great.

They added a $5.00 surcharge because they gave the staff raises and they didn't want to raise the prices of the food. I think that is dishonest and wasn't too pleased about it. We were already paying $50.00 for brunch.

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GM
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 29, 2018

We ate at the Hedley Club, in the DeAnza Hotel, served by La Pastaia Restaurant. We enjoyed it very much.

Ask for Jack. He’s a great waiter.

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n
Central Coast
2.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

The lunch we scheduled through Open Table never happened because when we arrived we were told that they don't serve lunch on Saturday's only the breakfast buffet was available (and was very picked over).
We had scheduled for a 11:15a lunch and received a confirmation from Open Table.
Also, there was a protest march taking place during that time and it was almost impossible to get close to the restaurant. We walked 5 blocks to get to the restaurant.
Do recommend from past experiences.

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OT
4.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Client Development

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DL
New Mexico
3.0
Dined on March 18, 2018

Not enough waiters or cooks. Disorganized. Staff did their best. Food was tasty.

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DI
Chicago
4.0
Dined on March 10, 2018

Our dinner was good but the menu selection was somewhat limited. The mint gelato we had had a "grainy" texture rather than being smooth. We went early so it wasn't too noisy so we were able to visit.

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OT
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on March 6, 2018

The food was quite good, although the service was slow. It seems they need to hire more wait staff on busy nights.

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SB
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on March 6, 2018

Pasta and salad dishes were very good. The focaccia and olive oil that they charge for was very disappointing. The bread was hard as a rock. Otherwise a very nice evening!

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V
San Francisco
1.0
Dined on February 25, 2018

It was a very disappointing meal. A double date with friends we haven't gone out with in quite a while. Service was so slow and it was not busy at all. We were there for 45 minutes and had barely managed to get a bottle of wine open for us and two appetizers served. We decided to ditch the rest of our meal after that and head to another location to finish our evening. The only thing going for it is that it was inside the amazing DeAnza hotel. Next time we will just stay in the bar and have drinks. The appetizers we did have were only so-so and nothing very exciting. It was the calamari which was Bland. And the meatballs which were okay.

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W
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 13, 2018

We had salmon which was very tasty. I liked the way the chef made it "crusty" like a very light seared glaze. My companions ordered an off-menu change to the lunch; ie: the fish but only with brussel sprouts. But instead the dish came accompanied by mounds of colorful zucchini squash which was not their favorite. The servers are super friendly and try really hard to take care of the diners. They have some new décor which is more trendy and appealing. We finished off with cappuccinos which were strong and well made with firm foam.

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b
Tahoe
4.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Closest classy place to the Shark Tank for hockey.
Good food, fairly quiet, clean and bright
Menu is quite limited, but on hockey night you usually are looking to get in and out, so not a problem.
Probably the best bet for a hockey fan that wants something a little upscale from the noisy joints down the street.

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M
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Very limited menu, out of every wine we asked for. Good we brought our own. This place has really changed for the worse. I would not go back. To bad use to be pretty good especially before a SHARKS game. Nothing stays the same. The server was very good.

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DP
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 6, 2018

In 25 years, I've never had a disappointing experience here. I enjoy La Pastaia for its dependably fine food and professional, unobtrusive service. Recently met my dad for a birthday lunch on a Tuesday noon, and was frankly surprised at how quiet it was at that time of day, which was nice. We shared the poached pear salad and the Genovese pizza—while not wildly out of the ordinary, both dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious. The space is classically elegant, and also warm, relaxed, and inviting. Recommended for fancy business lunch, dates, and special occasions.

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T
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on January 5, 2018

This is a solid restaurant with a very nice menu. Service is always great.

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