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la Posta

4.8
4.8
1970 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Select from a menu that features dishes composed of locally sourced ingredients as well as house-made pastas, naturally leavened breads and pizzas from our brick oven.

Because we rely on the bounty of the Santa Cruz farming community, our menu changes frequently and features a wide array of specials. La Posta’s all-Italian wine list includes autochthonous varieties from small producers, by-the-glass and by the bottle.

La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and is a certified City of Santa Cruz Green Business.

We are so thankful for the incredible support from our customers and community.

We will continue to adjust our service based upon best practices for keeping our staff and community safe.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 457-2782

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Rodrigo Serna

  • Private party facilities

    la Posta offers special menus for large parties. The entire restaurant can be reserved for seated parties up to 60. Please contact the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Avila: (831) 457-2782

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Murray Street

  • Parking details

    We have staged a "parking lot takeover", as we have extended our dining room into a lovely outdoor terrace, complete with heaters and umbrellas. Please utilize available on-street parking. We are so gratful for your patience during this time!

  • Entertainment

    Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,970 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Italian

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

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  1. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Exquisite salad and delicious mushroom appetizer. Duck confit that was superlative, possibly the best I've ever eaten, and most delicious lemon tart for dessert. Ample portions and great service.
  2. S

    Siss

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Posta never disappoints!! Fabulous dinner and service!
  3. LE

    Lik2Eat

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and atmosphere. Really enjoyed our meal. Tried a salad, pasta dish, and a lemon tart dessert. Everything was fresh and tasty.
  4. s

    scdiner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love La Posta.
  5. p

    patty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambiance. Knowledgeable information from staff about wines. Chilly evening outside but the heat lamps did the trick.
  6. JW

    JulieW

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service and delicious food.. cozy on a rainy day. we had the duck it was tremendous .. !
  7. G

    Getse

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love going there and sitting up at the Bar. Service and food excellent.
  8. r

    robin

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining is always good at La Posta. I'm so happy that there are indoor and outdoor options available, too. The food, service and vibe is really outstanding, especially as we consider it our go-to neighborhood place: mildly upscale, delicious menu items, great wine list. Sadly, I never have room for dessert!
  9. LA

    LisaA

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently a pleasant local dining experience for us.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Posta is a true Santa Cruz gem! Following in Alice Waters' (of Chez Panisse fame) footsteps, the chef shops early every morning to find the freshest organic ingredients, and the menu changes on what seasonal ingredients are best. The ambiance and service are spectacular, and the food has always been excellent! Took my daughter Megan, her partner Brad, and my wife Tess there last night, and we were not disappointed (even though my wife had her heart set on the delicious porkchop she gad last time). We started by splitting two of their absolutely delicious salads, the Farro Salad, with farro, roast broccoli, olive, feta, red onion & tahini dressing, and the special salad of arugula, crispy pancetta, pears and blue cheese, along with the special thin crust pizza with thinly sliced house-cured salame, mozzarella & marinara, and an order of their delecious Rosemary/Walnut bread. Then Megan had the Agnolotti with butternut squash-ricotta agnolotti, brown butter, fried sage & walnuts; Brad had the Black Cod, which was pan-seared O2T Monterey Bay cod with braised cannellini bean, rapini, & green olive pesto; Tess had the Garganelli alla Norcina, with crumbled pork sausage, onion, cream, & pecorino romano, and I had the Fetttucini Verde, with spice lamb polpette (4 meatballs), spinach, & pecorino sardo. We pared it all with a 2012 Lynch Bages burgundy I brought from home (no corkage!), and we all had Affrogato for dessert. All of the entrees were beautifully presented and absolutely scrumptious, and we were all happy and sated at the end of the meal. An incredible meal for only #228 for a party of four! We are so grateful for La Posta being in walking distance - this is our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz!
  11. VS

    VickyS

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. Great food with a nice variety. I’m a vegetarian and can always find something good to eat. Wonderful wine list and we were there when their wine guy was present and he gave us some suggestions and we enjoyed the one we picked.
  12. SC

    SusanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service here. We love La Posta, the staff, the wine, everything! Thanks for being the best.
  13. s

    swenix

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner together as a family the night before Thanksgiving. It was a delight. We ordered a pasta dish and a pizza, a salad and a grilled vegetables. It was so beautiful flavored. Our wine with commensurate with the meal. The only sad thing is we didn’t have them for dessert. Next time I go, maybe I will start with dessert :-)
  14. s

    scdiner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner before Thanksgiving was lovely. We ate outside and were toasty warm and comfortable. The service and food were great.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best restaurant in Santa Cruz.
  16. J

    Joey

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The fish was overly buttery, very expensive, the gnocchi was the tiniest gnocchi. Pretty chintzy …..
  17. t

    tascerbo

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful local cozy and delicious discovery! We've been looking for local good Italian food, including pasta and pizza, and discovered so much more. Very fine food preparation and service. Definitely going back!
  18. L

    Leshy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is outstanding, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient, the menu is very creative.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely, plenty of heat lamps, very quiet
  20. EB

    EnidB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, delicious and a lovely dining experience overall!
  21. BS

    BobS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Small menu but excellent fare. Highly recommend it.
  22. DP

    DougP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Wine selection while great is overpriced. It would be nice to have more wine selection in the under $50 per bottle range.
  23. FN

    FormerNYEater

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and great food! Good wine list with Italian wines.
  24. A

    Aloha

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food at La Posta is fabulous and consistently fabulous. We have never been disappointed by the food. Service is also wonderful. Attentive staff are always on hand. A small but diverse menu offers something for everyone. Portions are nice, not too big but you will not leave hungry. The only problem I ever have here is deciding what to order with all of the yummy choices. This is a must do for any fan of Italian cuisine. Wine list is also quite good and prices are not unreasonable.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit Santa Cruz on a golf trip, was not sure where to go but knew I wanted Italian. This place was traditional Italian to a T. Check the menu as they change it weekly. Loved it
  26. D

    Dallas

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I could afford to eat here once a week. It was truly a memorable meal.
  27. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic, as always ❣️ truly inspired... The trout was sublime, the lasagnette was amazing, the eggplant was exquisite, and those donuts for dessert...OMG❣️
  28. M

    Momfit

    Yosemite

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first La Posta experience and I was very impressed and pleased with everything. Very friendly staff, excellent food and the wine selection is outstanding. We will be returning!!!
  29. L

    Lovenortherncalifornia

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food, wine and service exemplary as always. Chose to be seated indoors as outside temperature in the 50’s. However, both front and back doors open which made interior quite chilly. When asked server if front door could be closed, was told it was open to accommodate someone there who was immunocompromised. However, did not see any staff or patron wearing a mask(?). However, front door was partially closed but propped open after my request, allowing me to remove my down coat.
  30. SA

    ShockingAmbrose

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We all ordered different things off the menu on a Saturday night and sat inside near the back. We all enjoyed our selections and we would go there again. Having said that, it's a little overpriced. We'd go more often if the value were better.
  31. n

    nancyr

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here a couple times/month. The food is always great. We like to sit outside, and the heaters keep you warm. The inside is nice, but can be noisy.
  32. SC

    SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The antipasti mist plate is always a hit. The cod croquette special was wonderful, as were the squash soup and the chicories salad (which we also enjoyed earlier in the week). The special pasta with pork ragù was indeed special and the secondi of halibut and filet mignon were fabulous. The three of us shared all of the dishes and a couple of bottles of wine and we were quite happy. One of the best things about La Posta is Sascha, who has been our server on many occasions. She is outstanding and always makes the experience even more excellent. We ate early-ish so we didn't get cold on the patio, and there were heaters close by as well in case we did get cold after dark. We love La Posta.
  33. SC

    SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We took advantage of the Restaurant Week fixed-price dinner and we were both happy with our choices. The service was outstanding, especially given the large crowd and the challenges that entailed. The third member of the party had to cancel at the last minute, so we made another reservation for three for this week. We all love La Posta. The only not-perfect thing was that it was cold inside. We were seated not far from the open back door and had to keep our coats on during dinner.
  34. n

    number1faves

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Staff out sick apparently and service fairly slow, but we were in no hurry. If we had been it could have been troublesome. Server forgot some items but very friendly. Still the best cuisine in Santa Cruz.
  35. MW

    MarianneW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dined here for restaurant week and the menu had great choices for appetizers, main course, and dessert. All was delicious. Our Server Sasha was pleasant and efficient.
  36. SD

    SharonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    LaPosta's food is consistently delicious. The setting is simple elegance. The staff is friendly, well informed and professional. We are so fortunate this restaurant calls Santa Cruz home.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A bit of a wait to take our order but the food was great and the ambiance was perfect. Also the music was lovely and not too intrusive
  38. JS

    JeffSCMV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Restaurant Week and everything was spot-on and delicious.
  39. MM

    MollyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Easily the best restaurant in Santa Cruz County. So good. Great place to meet foodie friends. A little loud.
  40. c

    carmencat

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ordered from the "Restaurant Week" menu which was a pretty good deal. The staff and service were outstanding, and the food and presentation were well above average.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

la Posta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 457-2782.

la Posta is rated 4.8 stars by 1970 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for la Posta

538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Murray Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have staged a "parking lot takeover", as we have extended our dining room into a lovely outdoor terrace, complete with heaters and umbrellas. Please utilize available on-street parking. We are so gratful for your patience during this time!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rodrigo Serna

  • Entertainment

    Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 457-2782

  • Private party facilities

    la Posta offers special menus for large parties. The entire restaurant can be reserved for seated parties up to 60. Please contact the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Avila: (831) 457-2782

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