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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.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Italian music every Tuesday from 7pm until 9pm
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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