la Posta

4.8
1570 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 1570 people are saying
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vipVicki
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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

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LisaA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful as usual! A little chilly but expected.

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vipswenix
San Francisco
33 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
45 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
15 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
3 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.

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LisaA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, food and wine were fantastic. Outdoor seating was very comfortable. Only dissatisfaction was the paper and plastic, we did not expect that as we have been dining out quite a bit and have not been served without silver and glassware except for take out.

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ElliseM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here! Food was wonderful as always. They were also very vigilant about spacing everyone out so no one sat beside another party, which was good considering the virus.

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vipClover88
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came in to give my business to a valued local restaurant. Seating for most of the evening was a careful 6ft distance to support social distancing. Service was attentive, warm, and grateful for the business. The raviolini in walnut sauce was excellent and the suggested wine pairings were perfect.

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vipMarkM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great local getaway. Good wines and good food.

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viplmrh
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant has always been a favorite and we brought friends here that night who have never been, they'll be back as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, fresh seasonal dishes. Excellent service. A Santa Cruz favorite.

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LNeil
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious every time. Wonderful for a small celebration.

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vipSamK
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff. Food was interesting and innovative but taste levels were a bit subdued. Definitely would try it again

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JohnO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great music on Tuesday nights. Excellent Italian dishes.

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Nidansha
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I like that La Posta has stayed close to modern Italian style on the menu. And their Bolognese is almost as good as fine.

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kiwijames
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants whenever in town. Food is always spectacular with excellent wine list even if small. Order take home bread Friday’s and Saturday’s.

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vipHimAndHer
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here very frequently. It’s our favorite place in Santa Cruz. The food is consistently and I mean consistently a 10 on a scale of 1-10. If you only had one place you could go when in Santa Cruz this should be your pick.

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MarzenForever
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very much enjoyed a Prix Fixe Valentine dinner with the wife.

Various items including the Pork pate, Octopus, Ganache, and the desserts were over the top. I couldn't
have been more happy with the item, the service, and the presentation.

Decided to walk on the wild side and forgo my usually monster red and instead went with the Wine Pairing. What a delightful and enlightening experience. I found myself drinking both whites and roses,
and when properly paired, were excellent.

I recommend without hesitation La Posta.

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JaimeR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Valentines Day menu, food was amazing, wine list was great, service was on point, atmosphere was excellent.

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CraigM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their special Valentines dinner was excellent - my wife and I got two of the three purchase fixed options for each course and everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual, great food!

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vipJanetK
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, fantastic food, especially the bread!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat for spouse.

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vipFrequentDiner
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I love La Posta, but Saturday's dinner was not good. The short ribs were tough and overly salted. They compensated us for it, but it ruined the meal and time together. The pasta was also not up to La Posta's usual standards. Don't know what happened, as I have had dozens of terrific meals there.

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vipKathy
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Posta! They never fail to please us. The salad was so very fresh !!

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HenryR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In an acceleratingly faster world, La Posta demonstrates, without apparently breaking a sweat, why classic cuisine is almost always a step ahead of the next best thing. Salute'

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vipFoodgloriousfood
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently good food and service. A good restaurant in PG.

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 1570 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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