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la Posta

4.8
4.8
1832 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 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 1,832 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

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    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Neighborhood Gem

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    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

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    Special Occasion

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JG

    JimG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic dishes thoughtfully prepared from excellent ingredients. Each item was that way. Great wine choices, though expensive. Think of it as subsidizing good food and service.
  2. PS

    PhilipS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We've been to LaPosta several times over the years. We love their food and return for special occasions. They are very careful with their dish options and have excellent mixtures of foods that serve for scrumptious dishes. We DO feel the place is often overpriced, but our desire for the unique dishes makes it still an occasional favorite of ours. We've recommended LaPosta to many friends, but we always include our personal thoughts about their steep prices.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Overall is good. Food serving is slow.
  4. L

    Laurac

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal with fantastic service and lovely ambience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have enjoyed La Posta for many years. Food is always excellent. Likewise the service. Menu is very creative. The Farm Salad, which is simply organic lettuce with an exceptional vinaigrette dressing, is always our go to starter.
  6. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly fabulous. My favorite dish tonight was the scallop appetizer. All I can say is wow!
  7. RD

    RicardoD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent high quality food & service, top restaurant in the area.
  8. M

    Maribeth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening meal on La Posta's outdoor patio. The staff proved friendly and casual, though attentive. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful with explanations and recommendations. Their list of Italian wines was impressive and spanned a range of prices. The food was top-notch with quality local ingredients and creative taste combinations. Our one suggestion would be to include a few more vegetarian options, especially as the kitchen has such a command of bringing out ingredients' flavors. It was a splurge for us but totally worth it for the overall dining experience.
  9. PD

    PattiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I treated our daughter and her two wonderful friends to dinner at LaPosta Saturday night. It was our first time there. It was amazing. The service, the ambiance, the food, just exceptional. I can not wait to go back
  10. SC

    SantaCruz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Salads were and main meals were good (not great). I realize costs of ingredients and service have gone up, but the meal felt expensive for the quality of what we got.
  11. DE

    DianeE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food, service, and atmosphere.
  12. TJ

    TJCallchi

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding experience and service provided by highly knowledgeable servers and sommeliers. The patio is ok; really just tables and umbrellas plopped in a parking lot. The food was very good. I particularly liked that the server warned us off the porchetta, his experience being that many people who ordered Porchetta didn't like it as the did not know what porchetta is. Well, I do know what porchetta is and enjoyed it very much. If I find myself in Santa Cruz again (unlikely) would happily return to La Posta.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always impeccable with a sense of humor and the food excellent!
  14. SC

    SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My halibut was wonderful and my husband really enjoyed his lamb stew pasta, the evening's special. In addition to tasting really good, the famous La Posta bread is terrific at gathering every last drop of sauce from one's plate or bowl. We always get an extra loaf to take home, and it makes excellent "french" toast, too. Each of the antipasti salads was exquisite: the Little Gems and the fabulous Scallops. Both of our servers were outstanding. We love the place.
  15. BP

    BridgitP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    Extremely small portions and very limited menu.
  16. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superlative! Fabulous and fresh, creative dishes and exemplary service! My favorite restaurant without question.
  17. l

    luv2trynewplaces

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, staff and restaurant. Went for my daughters graduation. Made a mistake about the number of people and they were so accommodating. Food was so fresh and delicious. Everyone at the table loved what they got from the salads, bread, to pastas amd pizza. It all tasted like it was made with farm fresh ingredients. And everyone at restaurant was above and beyond friendly. It made the special occasion simply perfect.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I had a romantic and delicious dinner at my favorite Santa Cruz restaurant. The food and service were outstanding.
  19. ES

    EllenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our credit card was overcharged and then corrected but is now looking like it got charged 4 times We will check our statement when it comes to be sure
  20. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was spectacular as always. Their dining area is also quite lovely and enjoyable. The best restaurant in town as far as I'm concerned.
  21. SR

    StephanieR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful, attentive and friendly service. The food was outstanding— colorful, fresh, flavorful. Lots of choices for different diets/preferences so everyone in our party was happy. The only issue was the music was a bit invasive— we were having a hard time hearing our conversation over the violin. Otherwise, a perfect evening.
  22. m

    maryr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Santa Cruz. You can be inside or out. Delicious food and especially good wait staff.
  23. LL

    LucindaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the service and the food. We went on Wednesday, so there was free wine with our pasta and a folklore duo playing. The lettuce salad had a vibrant zing, the ravioli was luscious, the cake and ice cream incredible. The outdoor tables could use some decorations to make it a more inviting experience.
  24. DL

    DianeL

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful spring dinner outside at La Posta with a friend. We loved what they did out back for al fresco dining! My spritz, my ravioli and the desserts were delicious! And we enjoyed the entertainment. We will be back soon!
  25. F

    Foodgloriousfood

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    After a Covid break finally went back to our favorite restaurant and boy we missed it! Food, service and environment was great. We shared 5 courses and 2 sides and all were delicious. We be back soon!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Food. Amazing Atmosphere. Great date spot!
  27. VF

    ValleyFoodie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was less attentive than what we’ve previously experienced. Bus service was fantastic.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant outdoor seating. Relaxed atmosphere. Good service. Food is wonderful- fresh, good quality Ingredients skillfully prepared, creative, innovative flavors. Enjoyed everything about our meal.
  29. LC

    LarkinCrothers

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We have been coming to La Posta for about 7 years, but had not been during the pandemic (we don't live close to Santa Cruz). It was one of our favorites in the Bay Area, but we found dinner last night disappointing. The first courses were great, but the rest of the meal felt rushed. Even though we asked for the salmon to be really rare, it was cooked to well-done. The pizza was okay, but nothing special. Same with the pasta. I understand that there is a new chef, so that might explain it. Also seemed like lots of transition with the wait staff as well. We'll try again, but disappointed for the first time.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Iona was exceptional server. Had the salmon, which was good, but not as tasty as last time I had. Had sugar peas, and suggest you leave off the Parmesan. Bread is beyond delicious. Seemed very expensive, but isn’t everything these days.
  31. DB

    DonnaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music was an added plus to a very delicious dinner!
  32. LS

    LarindaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmon tartar appetizer is delicious. The Verdicchio by the glass is very food friendly. The little gems salad and the duck leg ragu pasta are super yummy. The atmosphere is relaxed and soothing. The timing of the meal is leisurely. No hurry. One of my favorite places.
  33. b

    budbud

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous as always. Thinking about driving once a month from Redwood City for dinner. Nothing match the quality/price of this restaurant where I live.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh salmon cooked perfectly. Snap peas and asparagus also delicious. Bread is exceptional. Service very friendly and efficient.
  35. LS

    LisaS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a neighborhood treasure La Posta is! My friends and I were there on a Wednesday, Neighborhood Night, and we got a glass of wine with each of our four pizzas (everything was delicious). They had live music, and it was a festive atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  36. JL

    JessLovestoDineOut

    San Francisco

    169 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, wow, wow!!! La Posta never disappoints. This meal was fabulous, as was the service. The food is actually Michelin star level but at a reasonable price. Well done to everyone at La Posta!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Posta’s food and service are consistently excellent! Try the farm salad, bread, and any of their pasta dishes.
  38. JC

    JenniferC

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Santa Cruz - understated setting, casual and friendly service coupled with high quality food with the freshest local ingredients and an excellent wine list (great italian reds!) makes la Posta the "go-to" restaurant for a great meal. Celebrated my birthday - shared a pizza and a salad as appetizers (amazing) - only small criticism - pizza could have used 30 more seconds in oven. Gem salad - fresh and delicious. I got the tagliatelle (noodles for long life) - would order, again and again. Rest of table ordered the cavatelli and the chicken. Everyone enjoyed their dish. Would come back again (and again).
  39. SS

    StephanieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Dinner took forever. No one came to check on us after it was served. My salmon was almost entirely raw and cold and I had to send it back. We had intended to order wine with dinner but we’re not given the opportunity. We’ve been there many times, and it was so disappointing.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites. Great food, menu changes regularly, always new choices.

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 1832 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 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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