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About la Posta

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.

538 Seabright Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

Cross Street:
Murray

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 457-2782

Website:
http://www.lapostarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm

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.

Executive Chef:
Katherine Stern

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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!

la Posta Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (11)
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People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding as usual

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Santa Cruz dining. Homemade pasta, bread, desserts ... innovative menu, great service and a vegan option to boot.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Just GREAT! It is always nice to find you like something new savor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was very salty, it was very expensive and not worth it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a thoroughly enjoyable family meal. Food was creative, some local ingredients were used (interesting citrus, chanterelles, fresh walnuts, step ladder cheese, etc., etc.). Kudos to the kitchen. Our previous trip to Santa Cruz we'd unfortunely dined at the companion restaurant Soif Wine Bar which left much to be desired...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always fabulous in every way. If you haven't tried La Posta, you are missing something special!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of the best dining experiences in Santa Cruz, really good food, exceptional service and friendly warm place. Unique food choices with daily specials. Great wine list, parking in back, what more could you want...

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Creative seasonal menu with top quality ingredients. I have eaten at La Posta since second year it opened and have never been disappointed. The salads are an inspiration. Last visit I ate trout which was delicious. Pastas are sensational. Pizza crusts crisp with original toppings. Lovely French wines. Staff is knowledgeable about food because they try dishes beginning of night. Bread is also sold and superb.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Have been to La Posta many times, the Tuesday Neighborhood Night offers inconsistent food quality. This time both my husband`s and my dish were very salty and I am the one who likes salt! My husband had ravioli dish with chanterelles, the mushrooms served on top of the ravioli were not sautéed but charred, one could not tell what one was eating, very disappointing. Made the staff aware of our complaints, no remedy nor offer of remedy was offered. If we do go back, it will not be on Tuesday night. Also, the live music is way, way too loud!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Lovely dining experience; food was excellent, wonderful wine selection and their almond cake with orange curd was the most delicious dessert we've enjoyed in a long time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Love it! Staples of Santa Cruz

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Nice . But server was not attentive . I wish he went over the menu. Also when being served water the busser touched lip of pitcher to each glass, very unsanitary .

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Very nice. I do wish the chairs were upholstered., rickety wooden school chairs rather than comfortable grown up dining chairs

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Kate is a great server. The food is predictably interesting and excellent. Another nice evening at La Posta!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Ambiance and service was great. Food just was not.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Each dish was delicious, satisfying and beautifully plated. One of our top 3 restaurants for all of 2017. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The heater or Generator or something was very loud. Otherwise wonderful experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our experience was nice, I did have a small issue with the appetizer (oyster) there was a bit to much shell fragments for me. Otherwise the meal was fantastic, and our server was attentive and helpful (very knowledgeable on wine pairings for our meal). So all in all I would recommend La Posta for a great meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

La Posta is our go to date night. Never disappointed - we check the menu which is posted daily and split dishes from each offering. Locally sourced produce, authentic seasonal dishes, wonderful pasta, house made cheese and gelato to die for...neighborhood restaurant, service attentive but not intrusive. Reasonable wine list including house. This is a local gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always an interesting, in a good way, dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great local restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nice relaxed atmosphere and great food, we were happy to find it and will definitely go back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food, lovely service always! Seasonal delights, really good wine made for another memorable dining experience! Thank you for such great attention to detail. The fabulous bread is a bonus.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Never have been disappointed.. Always creative and delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Organic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Consistently great food and service, good wine list and desserts.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

La Posta never disappoints! My very favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. Exceptional food, service, wine, ambiance, EVERYTHING!
THANK YOU LA POSTA ! Keep up the incredible work. :)

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Active fun atmosphere and truly delicious food. We were there on a Tuesday evening. The music was fun and the place was full. The air was brisk outside and the atmosphere inside was warm, fragrant, and full of flavors.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was our second visit to La Posta and we were not disappointed. We shared the special beef cheeks terrine, fennel and arugula salad and lamb tagliatelle. they did not disappoint. The cheese course was a bit weird (no bread or crackers) but very tasty, and the buckwheat dessert was also yummy.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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