la Posta

4.8
1692 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
*Please note that we serve meals for take out and currently outdoor dining only.

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.

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 1692 people are saying
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vipBelmaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to La Posta for years and it never fails to impress. The food, ambiance and service is consistently excellent. Highly recommend!

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NicholasP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the quality of the food and service are outstanding. Always a special treat to dine at La Posta.

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KateB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times, last night was one of the best. Food was outstanding: peach salad, steak, and ravioli. The outdoor patio is setup beautifully. We will be back soon!

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Victoria
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food at La Pasta and truly appreciate the outdoor dining during Covid. We are hoping the outdoor dining can become a permanent feature!

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vipKathy
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Post and come every time we are in Santa Cruz from SF. The outdoor patio is very comfortable, even as the evenings are cooling. The food is so interesting and delicious! And neighborhood nights on Wednesdays are really special.

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BillL
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely outstanding. Best restaurant in Santa Cruz.

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vipBigTimeFoodie
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d come once before a few years ago and the food was amazing. We took our daughter and a friend last night and it was again, a fantastic experience! Food was amazing, fresh and delicious! The inside is cute but the patio was superb! We’ll be back for sure!

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Nick
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food! Service (waiter) could have been a bit more attentive

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NavaW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious starters and entrees, and fantastic service! A very attentive crew.

JW
vipJulieW
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening food and service. And the new lighting. Comfortable outdoor dining with ambiance that was unique.

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CaitlinM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

la Posta was delicious and used fresh, unique ingredients to create appetizing, yet approachable dishes. The homemade sodas were a perfect match for the gnocchi and pizza we ordered. Friendly and hard working staff!

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BarbaraL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is so well prepared at La Posta and the sommelier is fantastic.

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EricD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was excellent

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Denise
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. I love the outdoor patio they created in the back (due to Covid). It's safe and has a great ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so lucky that such a fabulous restaurant is right in my neighborhood! The menu changes weekly and is always excellent... Inventive, unique, and utterly delicious. It's been my favorite restaurant for years and the gorgeous back patio is a delight. Service is impeccable!!!

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JudyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love walking to this wonderful welcoming neighborhood restaurant. Our food is consistently delicious, beautifully composed and just the right amount.

Will always look forward to our next dinner at La Posta!

JJ
JohnJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting, attentive but not intrusive service, excellent food. Dog friendly too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great waitstaff, great night

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sarahgerard
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I like it even better outside. I always enjoy the meals and service.

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SenorGigante61
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience2

Wine list is ALL Italian. Food is exceptional. Dining outdoors in a parking lot was fine, but had to move away from the heater. Caught a bit of smell from the restroom, but happy they were open and serving.

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Carolina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at La Posta in a few years and every bite was divine. Outside area was very pleasant and safe. Get yourself to La Posta!

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vipClassy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience. They turned a simple green salad into a treat, executed an excellent saltimbocca, and created two outstanding, unusual ice cream flavors. Service was both friendly and capable and Wed night live music was an unexpected pleasure. They’ve made a charming experience out of dining in the parking lot.

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JimC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pasta with beef & pork boulanase was exceptional! And the service was great! However, the allowance of a non-service animal into the dining area wasn't appreciated. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superlative! One of my top three favorite restaurants! A thoroughly enjoyable experience on every level.

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sarahgerard
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I’ve never been disappointed by La Posta, We all enjoyed everything we ordered.

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IsabelleB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at La Posta. The food is excellent, carefully prepared, with wonderful flavors and attractive presentation. The outdoor space is lovely. The staff made us feel very welcome. This is the best meal I have had in my eight months in Santa Cruz. And the bread is fresh out of the oven and absolutely wonderful. Also best bread I have had in Santa Cruz. Great neighborhood gem.

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Gregm
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had to wait more than a half hour for our reserved table, things happen I guess. But then we waited a long time before our sever appeared and then had a very long wait for our food to come. I felt that we could have been served for with a bit more concern and care.
We also bought mains and somehow that didn’t qualify us for the neighborhood special of a glass of wine, especially after our long wait. It would have shown some awareness of our delayed reservation and patient response to the delay.
The food was tremendous of course but my experience will cause we to reconsider my next visit

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Pocket
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Second visit to La Posta during my summer stay in SC. Food overall excellent and changing menu and wine list much appreciated -- a real effort to provide a quality dining experience. Service extremely friendly, but a couple slips when things did not arrive at table in timely manner. Serving of gelato and cookie with cookie too frozen to deal with a minor miss-step. Outdoor dining a feature in times of Covid, but subject to whims of marine fog cycle. Minor quibbles aside this may currently be the best restaurant in Santa Cruz for the quality of food and wine. Dining at La Posta is an experience not to be missed. Great music from local artists.

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kymore
Central Coast
89 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Food was superb! Fun place for 6 to meet up in a casual setting and enjoy great service, excellent food, and fantastic wine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good overall casual dining experience with tasty food and friendly staff. The vibe was just what I needed in a Saturday evening.

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vipSusanM
Sacramento
73 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for our son’s 55th birthday. Everyone in our group loved the food, three were new to LaPosta but they will be back! Every dish was special and delicious. We shared everything. I can speak for the chocolate tart which I chose and everyone loved.

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NancyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, extremely attentive staff, warm outside w/ heaters! our happy neighborhood splurge! We love La Posta!

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StephenM
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food in an intimate backyard patio. Live traditional Italian music played table side throughout. Unassuming, comfortable atmosphere. Excellent Red wine complimented a perfect dining experience. This top flight gourmet food included a light rotolo pasta that melts in your mouth. Fresh ingredients include perfect pasta noodles, heirloom tomatoes, and a homemade walnut bread. You’ll love the experience of this quaint neighborhood, authentic Italian restaurant. We can’t wait to return for another exquisite dining experience.

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MartinaFranca
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding in every way. From appetizers to dessert, each plate was thoughtfully composed, visually appealing and absolutely delicious. A particular standout was the eggplant involtini dish, but really, everything was perfect. Our service was also attentive and gracious, with an especially well-informed server who set the tone for the entire evening. We really cannot recommend La Posta highly enough for a special experience or a once-a-week dinner. We're pretty picky, too, so for all of us to be unanimous in our praise is pretty unusual. Great job to the chef, the kitchen staff and the front of house team. We loved every minute.

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is a very nice spot for dining, and I am grateful that La Posta is still doing outdoor dining. The food is great, the servers friendly and helpful, and it is quiet enough to enjoy conversation.

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kymore
Central Coast
90 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Knowledgeable staff, friendly service, fabulous and creative food! Delicious!!

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vipDolcevita
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and food were excellent! This week’s menu was incredibly inventive and delicious. The beet, fennel, burrata and plum salad was a crazy mix that lit every taste bud. My salmon was perfect. All five of us were once again impressed with the quality of food and friendly service at La Posta. One of our absolute favorites, anywhere.

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SamanthaZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely family birthday celebration for my mom’s 75th. We especially enjoyed the sourdough bread, the shisito peppers, summer beet salad, and the perfectly grilled salmon. Great service as usual!

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BarbaraL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely neighborhood spot with farm to fork cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding local venue for superb Italian fare, with an emphasis on fresh pasta, seafood and organic salads and fruit Dining is al fresco, which adds to the experience. This is an outstanding restaurant in Santa Cruz's vibrant Seabright neighborhood.

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 1692 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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