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la Posta

1161 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies (29)
  • Neighborhood Gem (29)
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La Posta serves fresh, seasonal meals with authentic Italian style. Join us for dinner and select from our pan-Italian menu which features fresh, house-made pastas, brick-oven breads, pizzas, and salumi.

We strive to present meals that are sustainably farmed and harvested. Because we serve local and organic ingredients, depending upon 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 offers a baker’s dozen of wines by the glass. The well informed list includes autochthonous varieties from artisan producers throughout Italy.

La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and is a certified City of Santa Cruz Green Business.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(831) 457-2782
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Katherine Stern
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Cross street
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Parking details
The parking lot is located directly behind the restaurant via a driveway on the north side of the building, which includes diasabled parking. Wheelchair access is also available via the parking entrance.
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Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm
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Special events & promotions
Tuesday is Neighborhood Night - join us for our pizza and pasta specials, enjoy the live Italian folk music and see all of your neighbors!

Thursday is Gault School Night - Eat well by doing good. Every Thursday, a percentage of your dining dollar will be donated to Gault School - the elementary school located just down Seabright Avenue!
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Lexe (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Really nice place to get dinner. Food and service are good. I like to try out their specials and was never disappointed

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

A Santa Cruz gem. The pizzas are authentically Italian and every dish is thoughtfully prepared and well executed, even the bread basket. The roasted pork loin I had was succulent with deep flavors and the perfectly braised celery root it came with was an great pairing. It seems they have a standard that the vegetables must be perfect coming into the kitchen before they’re ever considered for your plate. Bravo!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Outstanding as usual

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

La Posta is one of the best restaurants in the Monterey Bay area and over the hill too! A delight to visit. Aaron, our waiter is always friendly and personable, and he's very attentive. Everyone there is actually. And the food is soo amazing. It's light, delicate flavors, complex, and balanced. I do recommend La Posta to my friends and others all the time.

Angie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a wonderful Valentines Day dinner at La Posta and they never disappoint! The food was so fresh, extremely creative and the service was on point. I loved every bit of the experience. Always a special place to dine.

Rassa (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Food presentation and taste was off the Charts.
We will definitely be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day pris fixe menu, 3 choices/3 courses. Food well prepared, interesting combinations of several ingredients in each course.

vipWwadlow (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great as always! la Posta is a neighborhood restaurant for us so we’re able to enjoy dinners there several times each year. la Posta is consistently very good. From bread (and it’s incredibly good bread— they do their own from long term starter) to dessert, they know how to prepare and serve an excellent meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved it. Subtle but special. Bread was amazing. Really a lovely surprise!!

LaurelV (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Ingredients were beautifully sourced- all very fresh and high quality, and everything we had tasted great

Gemquality48 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

This was our second time here and the noise level this time was appalling!! You could hardly hear the musicians in the background. It did improve a bit later in the evening, however. The food, though, was as fantastic as before and we weren’t disappointed!! My partner’s smoked cod appetizer was fabulous and we also recommend the brussel sprout pizza . The pizza may sound weird, but it also has light Italian bacon and onion on it and it is really, really good. And I don’t like brussel sprouts and I’m saying this!!! The waiter hovered over us a little too much, like he was trying too hard, and we basically just told him to go away for awhile. Then everything was just fine. Everything was served in a timely manner, and at the right temperature. Also, on Open Table, we requested a widow seat and this wasn’t honored. I know they were busy, but they made no effort that I could tell to hold a table for us when people that had just gotten there were seated at the window. They did say the musicians would be standing there, but it doesn’t account for the 2 ladies who had obviously just been seated. Maybe that’s their policy. It is a neighborhood style restaurant and quite relaxed about things. But, overall, we had a good time and we recommend this place for loud relaxation!! We’ll undoubtedly be back because things change.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Four local friends: much enjoyed Tues "neighborhood night" with generous portions of well composed salad, interesting pizza (prosciutto!), pasta (porcini!), nice wines by the glass. A real bargain of quality food and attentive service at 18 bucks per person. Live instrumental music, tho the background ambience was on the noisy side. We'll definitely keep returning.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Only two servers for entire restaurant creating extremely long waits between coarses in addition to empty water glasses along with other service issues.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

While the portions were small compared to the price of the dish, the food was quite delicious. I had a pickled herring appetizer with beets which was truly divine, but cost $14 for 2 herring, 3 slices of beets and a sparse garnish of greens. The brisket entree with horseradish gremolata was rich and luscious but there were two small slices served over a small amount of sautéed greens for $28. Ultimately, while I enjoyed every bite, I left hungry. Combined with a mixed bag of staff friendliness, hard seating, and a very loud atmosphere that was not particularly warm nor welcoming, I will likely choose to explore other local restaurants that offer a better overall value than this one. Happy I tried it though!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I LOVE La Posta. It's my number one favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz.