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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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be offering a fixed price menu at $60 per person. The menu will be posted on our website once it is complete. Please note that there may be changes based on availability. Happy Valentine’s Day!

la Posta Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Seasonal (15)
Authentic (13)
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Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Healthy (11)
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Bar Seating (10)
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Fun (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
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Quiet Conversation (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

Love it! Staples of Santa Cruz

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 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 8, 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 7, 2018

Ambiance and service was great. Food just was not.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 30, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great local restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 16, 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 14, 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 13, 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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·Dined on December 11, 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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·Dined on December 6, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

La Posta is one of my favorites! It's got a nice local, neighborhood feel, but the food and service is that of a world class Michelin star restaurant. Honestly, you should try it. Worth the dive across town (or the bay). You'll be sold as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Organic, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Probably the best pizza I have ever had!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love La Posta, but it’s hard to justify the costs.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I've been to La Posta a few times over the years and it is always a solid restaurant. This time around, we had some great food but also ran into some issues. Perhaps we just experienced an off night. The break-down:

Nettle pizza: Delicious, 5 stars
Warm olives: Amazing, 5 stars
Bread: Fantastic, 5 stars
Braised pork rotolo pasta dish with chanterelles: This was my entree, and it was unfortunately much too salty. I had to give half of it to my boyfriend as I couldn't finish it. 2.5 stars.
Clam pasta with pancetta: My mom ordered this. Very good, simple dish, though she felt it was a bit too salty as well. 4 stars.
Panna cotta: Very tasty, though a bit sweet and a pretty small portion. 3.5 stars.
My boyfriend and dad had the special pasta and I can't remember what was in it. It was good, but lacked a bit in flavor/sauce. 4 stars.

Our server was friendly and recommended a fantastic wine, though I can't remember the name. We did encounter an issue with the service though, which was that the wait time in between our appetizers and entrees was abnormally long. I'd estimate that it took about 40 minutes. We aren't the types to hassle our waiters but were on the verge of saying something when we saw our food on the way. Maybe this is petty, but it irks me when something like that happens and the staff doesn't offer an apology or at least acknowledge that you've been waiting so long.

Overall, we had a good experience and I would go again with the hope that we wouldn't encounter the same problems again next time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Creative menu, many nightly specials, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, quiet and relaxed atmosphere, and good for special occasions.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place with friendly servers and excellent and creative dishes.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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