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la Posta

4.8
4.8
1916 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 18 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 1,916 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and terrific waitstaff. This is a place to put on repeat.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a perfect evening at La Posta! The lamb chops and Petrale Sole were amazing ! The pear almond cake was a perfect ending ! Can’t wait to come back ❤️
  3. OM

    OneMoreReviewer

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite food and exceptional service, as always. The crostini with house-cured anchovies, beet salad, chitarra with clams and pancetta, gnocchi with oxtail ragu were all perfectly executed. The most mind-blowing bite was the cantaloupe sorbetto, though. Phenomenal meal. Can’t wait to go back. Thank you to wonderful Iona for taking care of us. Thank you to the chef and team for an amazing meal.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Outdoor dining area is in a former parking lot, yet it’s quiet and very pleasant. A bit pricey.
  5. BP

    BonnieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh local ingredients. Best pasta I’ve had in the US. Deserves 6/5 stars.
  6. SL

    SusanL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food Love the Wednesday night music (Paul and Emily played my traditional European and American tunes on fiddle, mandolin and guitar)
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect way to spend a Wednesday night.
  8. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Posta is superlative! Truly, not just one of the best restaurants in town but one of the best ever, anywhere. Sometimes I have eaten here three times in one week because it is that good!!!
  9. D

    David

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I've been going there for the past 5 years. Our dinner was good but nothing to rave about. Their prices have gone up since Covid so not as good of a value for the portions and quality. I'm not saying it's not worth checking it out...it is! But their last chef impressed me more!
  10. DB

    DebbieB

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! Food was outstanding! We started with the chopped salad which had an incredible collection of delicious veggies and a great dressing. Followed with the sausage pizza and then had the prosciutto wrapped chicken, which was absolutely awesome! And of course we had a couple of orders of the bread. We can’t wait to come back!
  11. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was excellent!
  12. AC

    AlexC

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been here since pre-pandemic and we surely have been missing out. So glad to be back. First and foremost, hands off to our server Misty. She was so nice, very attentive, very knowledgeable about the items being offered as she was so helpful in helping us make some decisions. There are just too many delicious options on the drink and food menu that it was hard to decide. When we asked her questions about some of the items we were thinking about ordering, she would give us a little info and background, to help ease our decision making. She is by far one of the best waitresses we have ever had in our dining lives. Now, the food…..OMG. Can you say authentic Italian? We started with the Affettati Misti which is kinda like a charcuterie platter. There were two cheeses, lots of pickled veggies, walnuts, fruit and a mix of cured meats. We were hungry so we ate it all and fast, but this can easily serve 3-4. No free bread so we purchased the walnut and rosemary bread. Very well worth the $3. The pasta is DEFINITELY freshly made and soooo tasty. I had the Chitarra which consists of fresh pasta noodles that look like spaghetti, mixed with a light tomato sauce adorned with squid. The hubby had the Amatriciana pizza which was also delish. For dessert, we each had a scoop of the gelato and for drinks we went light bc we had post dinner drink plans. I had a glass of the Rinaldini Lambrusco which Misty kindly allowed me to taste first. I highly recommend it. Kind threw me off bc I was a RED sparking. I had never seen such a thing; it tasted delish. The man had a Vermouth Torino; his was good but very much on the LIGHT side. Parking was easy to find even though they are on a busy street. For indoor dining, you must show proof of vaccination, which I really appreciate bc the hubby and I are fully vaccinated and boosted. There’s plenty of outdoor dining seats with heat lamps. Overall, this was one of the best dinner experiences we’ve had in a long time. We'll be back!
  13. PT

    PatrickT

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality, beautiful and creative dishes, comfortable environment. Every experience at La Posta is an excellent experience.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not eaten here in many years and was impressed by the quality of the food.
  15. D

    Davidio

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing local seafood with very creative preparation
  16. LS

    LisaS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my book club's new favorite restaurant! We go on Wednesdays, Neighborhood Night, and the food is terrific, the music perfect, and the ambiance beautiful
  17. MA

    MarkA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    LaPosta has been one of our favorites in Santa Cruz for years. It’s good for date night or dinners with friends and family. Good atmosphere, friendly staff , seasonal menu and a great wine list make this a special place.
  18. PA

    PAfamily2

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I really enjoyed our meal in the outdoor dining area, which feels unfussy, friendly, and cozy, with nice lighting and heaters (when needed). All of our meals were very good, from eggplant pasta to halibut to the special pizza of the day with figs, walnuts, and fontina. Service was great. I'd happily return on my next trip to Santa Cruz.
  19. E

    Ebauer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La posta was the perfect experience. Excellent food, wonderful service that was attentive but not in your face, and the perfect place to come with family and friends for my moms birthday! The outdoor patio is a nice, casual yet rustic setting with romantic lighting and heat lamps to provide warmth in the evening. Along with a perfect pairing of Italian wine, I can’t wait to go back and dine again.
  20. F

    Foodgloriousfood

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La Posta never disappoints, from the salads to the pastas, pizzas, entrees and desserts it’s fresh, seasonal and always delicious. La Posta is a fail me never restaurant that is made even better by the great service. Always a treat!
  21. AL

    AmandaL

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My first time here I was blown away by their food. Like if I were on death row, this is what I’d want to eat as my last meal. But the next two times coming here, the quality has progressively declined. The ravioli was not consistently cooked and had some that were very undercooked. The service and overall ambiance is always great though!
  22. N

    Nora

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and ambience here is always superb! I had a seasonal appetizer, the peach Burrata and it was wonderful. The wine selection is manageably sized and diverse. I tried an Italian rosé at the recommendation of our waiter and it was just as she described. The food here is reliably consistent, and this is why we return again and again.
  23. FM

    FredM

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, wine, service; very loud inside. Outside seating better. Well chosen Italian wine list.
  24. s

    swenix

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, we had a wonderful experience and Laposta. We had the fabulous green salad and a Salumi plate. With the bread. So delicious and good wine. The music was, as usual, transporting. We love I will call la Posta.
  25. LY

    LoveYourHomeRealtor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Posta is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. The menu changes with the season and is always fresh and creative. Servers are versed in the wine offerings, dishes, and pairing wine with their food. The welcome and service are always friendly and warm. Whatever I have for dinner, I always order their house-made bread service, olives, and farm salad, and I end every meal with a decaf cappuccino and an almond cookie!
  26. G

    Getse

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place. Love the service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Jewel of Santa Cruz! At at La Posta for the 1st time since Covid. Thank god this restaurant survived! We started with the Chopped Salad with Heirloom Freddy tomatoes, avacado & radishes (one salad per couple), and one serving of the special appetizer, the wild mushroom (Trumpets, Oysters, & Chantrelles) crostini with fontina cheese, garlic & basil. DELISH! And one $3 order of their scrumptious bread, a mix of chewy sourdough (homemade) and walnut bread, equally chewy and delicious. My brother Jonathan and his wife Kathie spmit the Wild Halibut with beans & escarole and the Creamy Fried Polenta, which the loved. My wife Tess devoured her Seared Pork Chop (perfectly cooked), accompanied by roasted cheesy tomato and roast peppers. I had the special entre, the Papparadelle with Lamb & Pork Bolognesse, which was absolutely delicious! I had a glass of the 2017 Nebbiolo, which was terrific - my brother paired two glasses of the Ligurian white with the halibut & polenta, which he loved! For dessert J & K split two scoops of Canteloupe sorbet with two pots of mint tea, and an almond biscotti. Tess had the decadent chocolate torta (with some almond essence) & Caramel Gelato. I had my dessert & coffee in the form of an Affrogato with an orange zest biscotti. Toss in 4 bottles of sparkling water, and the entire tab for this excellent dinner for 4 (including service charge) was $253, which was SO WORTH IT! Erica was a delightful server, the heaters kept us toasty outside, and La Posta remains our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz!
  28. j

    johnnys

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food here just keeps getting better… Our Halibut was awesome, and the chocolate dessert was amazing.
  29. k

    kymore

    Central Coast

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, creative food every time! Knowledgeable staff. Great wine list. It’s a favorite!
  30. AW

    AndreaW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The halibut on escarole with beans was the best I’ve ever tasted. Tender, fresh, flaked away with a delicious buttery flavor. My husband really liked the pillow chicken ravioli and polenta. Dessert was incredible: a dense chocolate torte with a scoop of almond gelato. The ambience was ok, for an outdoor Covid setting. Roses & fruit trees, cafe tables & chairs well-distanced, umbrellas. The service was phenomenal- cheerful, descriptive, attentive server. Would definitely recommend this place and come here again.
  31. BW

    BingsonW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress Sasha outstanding, knowledgeable and friendly. Music great.
  32. F

    Foodgloriousfood

    Central Coast

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La Posta is always a treat. Great selections, fresh ingredients and good service. Consistently good, an easy choice as a go to restaurant.
  33. C

    Chowhound

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Grilled peaches were fabulous. Short rib ravioli was delicious; I could have ordered a second plate. So relieved that there is real, good food in Santa Cruz! Great by any standards but especially so close to the junk near the boardwalk.
  34. C

    Clover88

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Thankful we were able to grab a last minute reservation. Too many enticing choices, anchovies, pork chop and ravioli were excellent. Wine recommendation was on point. One comm glitch: bread never arrived and when we later asked, someone went to check but never returned. Sold out, we think. We’ll be back again.
  35. LN

    LesleyN

    Portland

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exquisite from first bite to last. The service was also top notch… attentive and friendly. We highly recommend La Posta.
  36. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was phenomenal, as usual. My friend and I shared a peach appetizer, a delightful eggplant and tomato pasta, and an absolutely fabulous and salami Pizza that I could barely stop eating. Everything was so good that we had no room for dessert except we had to have a cookie each. Mine was an almond cookie which was simply spectacular. La Posta remains my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz! Great service, delightful outside ambience, unbelievably fabulous food. I admit I'm usually here at least once a week. A true La Posta addict.
  37. PF

    PatF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent waiter. The food was yummy although I wish I'd ordered what my husband had; it was a lighter meal. Pleasant surroundings, neat and clean.
  38. CC

    ChaCha

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  39. PT

    PatrickT

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious locally sourced ingredients and carefully prepared dishes. It was the perfect evening and their outdoor patio in the summer is relaxing and romantic.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food!

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 1916 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 18 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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