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la Posta

4.6
1188 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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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
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Murray
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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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Entertainment
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!
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Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was quite tasty, but the service wasn't terrific. The waitstaff was distracted and didn't bring us parts of our meal, and didn't bring wine until we were finished with our entrees. The portions were small.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great service, quiet table

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

this is one our very, all time, favorites in santa cruz!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I’ve been wanting to come here for some time and it certainly didn’t disappoint. My friend and I were impressed with the menu which is modern, fresh and delicious. The waiter couldn’t have been more attentive. We drank the house wine, and it was pretty good. I’ll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

we love La Posta , Great Italian food , but not heavy tomatoey , great pasta, pizza, fresh salads
a good mix on the menu of choices .

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I love la posta. It is my neighborhood ' hang'and the lovely italian music on Tuesdays is very special!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Always delicious

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everyone at the table said they thought it was one of the best dinner meals in their life.
Can't wait to get back and try it again!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It's across town for us, so we don't often go as there are other great choices near us. However, it is the only restaurant that pulls us to the Eastside of Santa Cruz. It'a very nice place with great ambience and stellar food. The pizza I had was just marvelous, but so were all the other dishes. The house wine was good and inexpensive, which made me very happy. I wish all restaurants would have a house wine like this.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Absolutely fabulous as always. The black cod was amazing, with a myriad of subtle flavors, as was the kale and the burrata salad with fresh anchovies. Too full for dessert because, even though I shared with my friend, portions are generous and we were both too full, even though the desserts, too, are exquisite here. Best restaurant in town, without question.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I usually love this restaurant, but this time, though our waiter was an extremely nice guy, he was obviously stretched way too thin. We barely saw him, either at our table or at any of the neighboring tables, who seemed to be sharing our frustration with the service. We were given four pieces of bread for our party of 4 while we waited more than 40 minutes for our entrees. We never received our appetizer and were never offered beverages or checked on to see how we were doing with our meals. We assumed they were short staffed, but no one apologized or explained what was going on, or made any indication that things were abnormal. Our bus boy was excellent though, unobtrusively keeping our water glasses full.

The food was great (as usual), but we'd really wanted the asparagus appetizer to add some vegetables to the meal. We ended up leaving without having dessert because the service was so slow and we didn't want to spend another 40 minutes waiting around. Also, always before, my vegetarian daughter has been able to find good meal choices. It seemed much more limited this time.

We live in South County, so La Posta is a drive. Usually it's more than worth it, but this time, it definitely wasn't. Maybe this was due to the influx of tourists for Spring Break? We'll try again, but with less surety of a great dining experience.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Neighborhood Night continues to be a steal, especially when you can partake of amazing housemade pastas like the agnolotti with pork and the nettle pasta with pork and beef ragu. My mom raved about the Bearss lime sorbetto, while I loved the lemon-gingersnap and mint stracciatella gelati.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fantastic food and service as always. One of our favorite places for date night and certainly one of the best spots in town.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Told them ahead of time, because they asked, that it was a birthday celebration and they didn't do anything special. No big deal.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We've been to La Posta many times and the food and service are always consistently great. The atmosphere is casual, inviting and conversation-friendly (meaning I don't have to shout at the person across from me). The hardest part is having to choose from so many interesting options. This last visit I especially enjoyed the shaved brussels sprout salad with celery root, almonds, pecorino and lemon. Paired with a glass of wine (another hard choice) and the house-baked walnut bread, it could have easily been my dinner, but I had the Fogline Chicken as well. My husband had the Halibut in agrodolce with dandelion, chickpeas and olive aioli. So good!
Oh, and the house-made gelatos are very good! I would suggest sharing two different flavors, chocolate being one of them.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always great. So tasty and special. Always look forward to dining here.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Four of us enjoyed a delicious dinner celebrating my wife’s birthday. We have dined at la Posta a number of times and we always enjoy the experience!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Arugula salad was simple and delicious, one of best I’ve ever had. Nice thin crust pizza was delicious. Others had papardelle with meat sauce and although the portion was small for a pasta dish, it also was delish. Service was friendly. Manager was pleasant and paying attention! We would go back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We live over 30 miles away, but have been coming to La Posta for years. It is consistently a great experience. Superb, creative, authentic Italian fare, and great wines. Wish it was closer to home!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great, fantastic bread and interesting specials

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The brisket ravioli’s were amazing. The dessert crepes tasted fresh with citrus glaze . A nice end to a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

It's always an experience to look forward to. And that bread........

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I never write negative reviews, usually I just decide never to return to the restaurant. But I think that La Posta wants to be a good restaurant. They certainly have a lot of business but I want then to know why they won't have ours again. It's essentially because the server was inattentive and patronizing.
I took my mother here for a special night out. The service at first was attentive but frustrating: the server kept correcting my pronunciation on the menu items. We were one of the first tables sat but after the restaurant got busy I had to actually physically grab our waiter to get his attention as he sprinted by our table (once to order another glass of wine, once to ask for the dessert menu and yet again to ask for our check.) And, now that I think of it, he was smiling but again patronizing when I asked him to pack up our food to go. "I'll go find the busboy, he is the one to do that."
I never like being patronized, but especially dislike it when I am the patron.
Regarding the food: we ordered the chicken sausage, the chitarra (it was three attempts before I pronounced that correctly enough for the waiter's satisfaction), the chickpeas, the greens and the crespelle (another linguistic landmine.) The sausage was very good but served atop sauerkraut that was stone cold so it leached the warmth from the sausage. The chitarra was good. The greens and the chickpeas were undercooked. And the crespelle was stone cold, nit in a pleasant way.
All in all, the food wasn't good enough to want to again tolerate the aloof treatment of the staff.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The quality and execution of the food was excellent and service was commensurate.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food is as good as you can get anywhere in Santa Cruz County.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Wedding Anniversary

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Having eaten there several times, we were astounded by the uncharacteristic lapse in service and quality. The dinner was unduly delayed without good explanation. My wife loves their thin crust pizza and when hers finally came it was cold. The top was quite warm, but the bottom was cold as ice. I have no idea how that was accomplished, unless it was waiting on an ice cold platter. My pasta was excellent, but my wife had a lousy evening. She lost her appetite, but at least we did not pay for the pizza. I'm sure this is a very unusual occurrence.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Outstanding as usual

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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