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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 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 or taste, the well informed list includes autochthonous varieties from artisan producers throughout Italy.

La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and is certified in the City of Santa Cruz Green Business Program.

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

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 5pm - 8:00pm

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 handicap 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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Fit for Foodies (34)
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Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Romantic (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Healthy (10)
Organic (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Fun (5)
Live Music (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place with friendly servers and excellent and creative dishes.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

The menu choices are seasonal and creative. We share several small plates so we can experience more of the unique and delicious combinations. The brussel sprouts and persimmons were a highlight this month. Save room for the fresh pasta and light pizzas. To top it all the elegant, yet casual atmosphere is a perfect end to a day In Santa Cruz.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Consistently great pasta dishes

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed the food, wine and beer at this location. Great service and great ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of the best restaurants in town. Food is consistently exceptional: interesting, flavorful, and unique. It's not inexpensive but is well worth it for special occasions or any time you want to treat yourself. Ambiance is lovely.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Tuesday Neighborhood Night...always a treat and walking distance makes it even more fun!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambiance. A real gem. Step inside and you'll feel like you're in an Italian bistro. The food is excellent, on par with the best that San Francisco has to offer. The pasta is cooked to perfection, and the bread is crusty on the outside, moist on the inside... irresistible. Seriously, it's irresistible. So don't go if you're trying to stick to a low carb diet. Do go if you feel like some fantastic dining.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We dine at La Posta once a week and have never been disappointed. Can’t wait to get back in!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

La Posta was OK, but the only food that was above average was the pizza. The wine list had some decent Italian reds, but the Dolcetto we ordered was served too warm, making it taste harsh. The arugula salad had rounds of sweet potato in it, which was not to our taste. The "saffron chitarra" was essentially spaghetti, and the chicken saltimbocca was dry. There was nothing bad about the meal, but nothing particularly good either, with the possible exception of the pizza.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best restaurant in Santa Cruz County! Great service. Delicious, seasonal menu. Great Italian wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Have loved La Posta for years. Great Italian with great pasta always served hot, not warm. Highly recommended, very casual.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was outstanding. No cocktail menu. Wine list was limited, I was visiting from the Midwest and would have liked to enjoy something from California. But with that said, the food made up for the wine and cocktail shortcomings.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of the top three restaurants in this area. In fact, maybe the top. Always innovative, consistently great food and excellent service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I was disappointed in both the food and the service during my most recent visit to La Posta. Having eaten there several weeks earlier, I was surprised at the drop off in the quality of both food and service. The hostess seemed disinterested in seating us. She indicated they had to push two tables together for a party of 6, which they did, but ten minutes later she had not sought us out to seat us, so we seated ourselves. She then chastised us for sitting down before the napkins and utensils had been placed on the table. I guess she preferred we stand outside in the cold while she chatted with someone at the bar. Our waiter also seemed more interested in things other than being our server.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by this bistro in Santa Cruz. Food was fresh and on target. We had a very nice evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and creative delicious food. Appreciated the use of local produce and seasonal choices. We brought out of town family who were very impressed. They had recently been to Italy and it reminded them of their restaurant experience there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always amazing! Innovative, fresh, fabulous food! Great service. My SC favorite!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

An inventive menu, with quality ingredients, served creatively.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We dine here often as it is our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. The food was truly superb tonight-could not recommend it more highly, as was the service. I must complain again about the wine list and recommend that you bring your own. Other than that it was perfect!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This restaurant was a great find. It is a quaint building with that is very inviting. The menu was small but diverse. The delicata squash salad was not only visually appealing but delicious. My husband loved his pork chop and my gnocchi was good. I will put this on my list of favs for Santa Cruz.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Keep going back...been there probably 15 times now,! Love this place...my favorite place in Santa Cruz.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Just meh! Literally nothing to write home about. Unimpressive.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The salads, breads, cocktails and entrees are brilliant! Love the surprise of of new menu items every time i go. On the down side, as a pastry chef i have been disappointed in the desserts each time. Sorry!! Italian desserts are my favorite to make and eat and each time I've tried them here it's left a lot to be desired.
But this is still my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Still our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz for any occasion, never disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Interesting menu, great food experience, Italian wines, excellent service. We loved it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. I'm a pretty good cook, but I've never been able to get halibut crispy on the outside and succulent inside. The preparation was the first time I'd ever experienced this fish living up to the expense. My date (husband) and I shared a salad, pasta dish, and entree, and while it wasn't inexpensive, I've paid far more for meals I could prepare better at home. With desert, we had plenty of food, but bigger appetites should probably order one more dish. Overall it was a relaxing, delicious treat that was well worth our time and money.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

In the past 7 years this has been my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. My family has enjoyed many wonderful meals here... but my last 2 dinners here have been quite mediocre. I wonder if the kitchen staff has changed because the food just isn't as good as before...

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I love eating here - it's always a treat! The food, service - everything is always top-notch. Wish we didn't live in Sacramento and could eat here more often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent and creative food, great service, and warm atmosphere. One of my favorite restaurants in the county of Santa Cruz.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was my husband's birthday - La Posta is one of his favorite restaurants- it delivered !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Overall the food is excellent, especially the bread! We eat a lot of bread. We have halibut, chicken sausage and pasta. Each dish is great! They even run out of halibut. Amazing! We will definitely return sometime soon.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious food as always, original dishes and flavors, excellent wine recommendation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always excellent and Katherine ( the chef) changes the menu frequently which makes us want to dine there often. Fresh and delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We only get to Santa Cruz a few times a year and we eat at La Posta whenever we can. We are never disappointed!! Food is mouth watering good, preparations are creative but refined and ingredients are interesting and fresh.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were on vacation, and this was our last night in the area. We chose this place from reviews I had read. Unfortunately, we were expecting a fine dining, gourmet food Italian restaurant. It is more like a pizza kitchen with a short menu of items with a lot of ingredients that had to be translated. I made reservations in advance through OpenTable. We were seated at a tiny table at the edge of the bar (where waitresses usually go to pick up drinks). The wine glasses were huge, but the pour was small. My husband ordered a dish that had 2 small crepes with some fennel and pulled pork inside, with some cherry tomatoes on top. This was the entire entree. I ordered pizza with no cheese (lactose-intolerant) and it came out a thin crust that was dry, a little burnt, with some balls of Italian sausage, a few sprinkles of red soft peppers, and a few sprigs of greens. I asked for marinara to add to the pizza, and they brought it after it was warmed. Expensive night for food that didn't satisfy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Absolutely delicious. Everything. Can't wait to go back!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

WONDERFUL SUSTAINABLE CUISINE, VERY DELICIOUS, EVERYTHING WAS MADE FRESH AND TOP QUALITY GARDEN FRESH,
PASTA IS HANDMADE, AS IS EVERYTHING THERE, I'M NOT SURE IF THERE IS EVEN A CAN IN THE KITCHEN
WOULD HIGHLY RECCOMEND AND COMMEND

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We've been going here for several years, and the food is uniformly excellent. Order anything with nettles in it; for some reason those dishes always seem to be tee best on the menu. The house wine (especially the red) is an excellent bargain. For us, Italian whites are less satisfactory. Ambient noise, once a problem, seems to have improved with the addition of sound baffles in the ceiling. Still, consider choosing a tasble in the middle of the room to get away from reflected noise. If mint strassiatella is on the menu, order it for dessert. Basically chocolate mint ice cream, but with fresh mint.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Simple neighborhood restaurant with interesting, fresh and delicious cuisine. I always love coming here... my Santa Cruz favorite

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I lke soutern Italian food much better. Their food may be good, but not to my taste

Tags: Great Beer, Spicy, Live Music, Casual, Notable Wine List
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