la Posta

4.7
1593 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are so thankful for the incredible support from our customers and community during these difficult times.

We will continue to adjust our service based upon best practices for keeping our staff and community safe; our dine-in service is served on compostable tableware until further notice, and we encourage guests to bring their favorite flatware to enhance their experience!

Please note that we serve meals for take out and dine-in.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1593 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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Lulu
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, good. A bit pricey for the portion size. The staff was attentive and the food came quickly, but not too quickly, it was just the right amount of time between the appetizers and the entrees. The servers were paying attention to our beverages but not pushy.

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vipfoodiegirl
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally lovely in every way. I hope you keep the outside seating, at least to some extent, after you're able to seat inside again. Outside dining is really very nice, especially during the summer of course and you would be able to seat more people.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!!

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SantaCruzan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Posta has done a remarkable job, creating a pleasant outdoor dining room in its usual parking lot. I hope they keep the outdoor space indefinitely.

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CharlesX
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor patio was very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal here! The pastas were incredible as was the halibut! It is the kind of neighborhood restaurant you wish you had in your town. We had a lovely time and will be back.

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JoeW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carbonara and pizza ever! The waiter was excellent, the heat lamps were every where and quite warm. A real 5 star experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Posta experience is always a pleasure - healthy, delicious food and outstanding service!

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RobertaM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. La Posta never disappoints!

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vipkarinaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The black cod was amazing.

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vipCaitlin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love La Posta!!! Have been getting take out and eating here for years, never been disappointed. Always delicious! Great staff!

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BethD
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food. Ambience lovely - they have set up a roomy outdoor dining space that feels both safe and romantic at the same time. Outdoor heaters, nice lighting. Service is friendly, attentive and aiming to please. Accommodated all special requests for substitutions etc. I would highly recommend.

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vipCalifornians
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaPostas food is always flavorful, and they have done well creating their outdoor patio.

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SusanP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We told the receptionist AND the hostess that we were celebrating a five year anniversary and they didn't do anything special. I asked them to. If they don't have a system in place for that, they should've said so when I mentioned it.
Otherwise, the service from our waiter was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so wonderful!! We had such amazing time. We loved it, the kids loved it! We will be back!!

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Ruth
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love La Posta, my sweet neighborhood bistro. Delicious food, coming from a foodie. Love the new back patio, hope they keep it open. It is adorable. People are super nice and professional. Glad they survived these hard times.

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EdithM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been avoiding dining out since the pandemic began, but wanted to celebrate a birthday with a couple of friends and have always loved La Posta. They are doing a phenomenal job with safety protocols; tables are well spaced, they are using heat lamps versus any sort of plastic tent (how is sharing air in a tent really different from being indoors? Doesn't feel safe to us), everything felt impeccably clean and well managed. The food was as delicious as ever. Everything we ate (and we ate a LOT) was remarkable. And we were surprised at how reasonable the bill was, given how many dishes we ordered (SEVEN - salad, pizza, pasta, two sides, and two desserts) with a nice bottle of wine. Highly recommend you grab a jacket and go.

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KyleG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outdoors under heaters on a very cold night. We got some blankets from our car to wrap around our legs to keep warm. The food was fantastic. We shared the bisteca and pappadelle , Both delicious. Paired with the Sangiovese. Dessert was a Pana cotta which was superb

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Kerae
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious - the best Italian food I've had since moving from NY months ago. Nicely curated menu - the pizzas are on point!

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JimS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

La Posta has done an excellent job creating a COVID19-friendly outdoor dining experience, with romantic ambiance and heat, in the rear parking lot. As usual, the food and service were very good to excellent. I would prefer they discontinue use of paper plates and plastic wine cups and offer more than two red wines by the "glass". I opted to bring my own bottle and pay corkage. Overall, a lovely experience.

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vipSeanT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food at La Posta has always been good, I think with Covid is just challenging time all around.

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vipEileenS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such deliciousness every time we are able to eat here. Something special. ❤️

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JaneF
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

everything was so delicious!!!
love that you still do neighborhood night.
we appreciate it!
like that we can bring our own dishware

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vipVicki
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Atmosphere impacted by Covid. The restaurant is doing what they can.

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vipLisaA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful as usual! A little chilly but expected.

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vipswenix
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Posta and they’re doing such a wonderful job of creating a safe place for us to eat and delicious food !
Because of the pandemic they’re using plastic cups and bamboo plates and silverware I do recommend that you do what we did and bring your own wine glasses and silverware it makes things nicer. But love love love the experience tonight

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio, good food, excellent service.

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vipJulieW
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It did get chilly may need more heat lamps. - we had a 5 pm reservation. - we know it’s difficult- maybe if they were close to the tables?

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StephanieL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Very disappointed to have food & drink served on paper plates and plastic wine glasses. And to have to walk right by a trash can full of used plates on the way in and out. It was very dark - ambient light level was poor. Also no wine list provided- had to look in the dark at a board at the entrance.
Feel the Restaurant Week menu missed the mark on encouraging us to return for a delicious meal later.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here. I loved the outside ambiance. Wish the by the glass menu was more extensive or there was cocktails. I’ll definitely be back. Food was delish. My guest and I are also gluten free.

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Belle
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have eaten here before and loved it. This time not so much. The outside patio was great! They should keep it. Waiter was not so great. Failed to mention water was bottled only - ok not too expensive. Wine was ridiculously pricey and they use plastic cups. Some how others are managing glass and real plates/ cutlery. Also poor descriptors of dishes. My main dish basically had the same salad as my salad. The others enjoyed the soup. The desserts were fabulous

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AmeliaM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, staff was very friendly and helpful, and COVID-19 safety protocols were spot-on. I felt very safe dining here on the pretty patio. Just remember to bring your own nice silverware and cloth napkin since disposable ones are now being used for sanitary reasons!

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining scene was great and felt very safe, well managed and comfortable. The parking lot setting was nicely done so it really did not feel like a parking lot once seated. We brought our own silverware and napkins - wished we had brought glasses too as they were using plastic glasses for water and wine. Overall a wonderful evening out!

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vipLovenortherncalifornia
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service excellent, as always. We also dined outdoors in Pacific Grove the night before and Monterey the night after, where both restaurants provided glassware, dishes and metal utensils. Although we respect La Posta’s operational decisions during the pandemic, the totally disposable tableware was a disappointment. Flimsy plastic glasses do not do justice to nice Italian wines.

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Mermaid382
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first restaurant experience since covid began, so it's been almost 8 months! We felt entirely comfortable and safe. Servers are masked, tables are spaced more than 6 feet apart in a lovely outdoor setting. Following La Posta's recommendation, we brought our own glassware and cutlery to celebrate my husband's birthday. They served our delicious meal on disposable (compostable) plates. My taglioli housemade pasta with rock shrimp was perfectly cooked, light yet rich and satisfying. My husband's savory cannoli with butternut squash and ricotta and sage was sumptuous. Our prosecco and a recommended Italian red wine (Sanna) were great accompaniments, as were our starters, a generous, perfectly dressed salad of Little Gem lettuce with shaved parmesan, and fantastic arancini. For dessert, I had the refreshing and wonderful housemade coconut stratiatella ice cream, while my husband enjoyed a dark, smooth bittersweet chocolate tart ("best I've ever tasted," he said). We are so happy that La Posta is serving dinners outside. All very good, with heat lamps providing extra comfort.

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mzinfo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Next time I'll bring my own napkin, fork and knife...plastic ones broke in my hand...

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food amazing service. we got there at the end of the night and we were able to score the last two quarters of bread. Best bread in town.

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vipMitch
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best Italian style meal I’ve had in my 4 years visiting Santa Cruz, hands down. A huge step up from what’s available in town and this is a restaurant that should be frequented and supported in COVID.

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vipRitaF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Outstanding saffron fettuccini with lamb.
Perfection! Wonderful chef, thank you!
Loved it so much had to get one to go and had it the next evening at home.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super find! We plan to return. Thank you for a great relaxing night with fresh delicious food.

FAQs

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

la Posta is rated 4.7 stars by 1593 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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