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Permanently Closed - Locanda Positano - San Carlos

4.2
698 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. At the heart of Italian cooking is the ability to be spontaneous and flexible with the freshest ingredients available. Locanda Positano strives to source from local farmers and turns their bounty into delicious fare to share. Our artisanal pastas, regional dishes, and signature Neapolitan pizza sing with true Italian simplicity and love. Our intimate dining room transports our customers to coastal Italy with a sleek modern Italian eatery decor with full bar and exhibition style kitchen. Dress up or dress down - we welcome you with open hearts.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm (Brunch and Dinner Saturday and Sunday Only)
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Phone number
(650) 591-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Emanuel Medardo
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Private party facilities
Let Locanda Positano host your next party, meeting, or special occasion. Both of our private rooms, each accommodating 20 and 10, can be booked separately or together. Hosting a larger gathering? Buy-out available seven days a week.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 245-2284
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Catering
We tailored our catering to fit your needs. Please contact us for further details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Carlos Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

My girlfriend and I had to go back one more time before Enzo closed and had our last mean that absolutely delicious and with great service as always

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3.0Dined on August 23, 2017

We were celebrating our sons Bday and came to Positano restaurant. The music they were playing was so loud we couldn't hear each other talking. The food was good but our server was so strange he made us super uncomfortable. I couldn't hear his name but he was from Naples Italy had curly hair. Would never return because of him😩

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Always a great time! The food was delicious and we had GREAT service.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2017

good food and service would go again Good italian food and pleasant surroundings

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

It is a perfect spot for amazing food always. The service is always perfect as well as the food

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The food and service was wonderful. Like most places any more the noise level was off the charts. Go early if you want to hear yourself talk. At twilight I'd avoid the window table by the door. The sun was uncomfortably in my eyes for 20 minutes just when our food arrived.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was tasty and the staff was helpful and friendly. My only complaint is the music volume. It was a little bit loud. But I'd go again.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Love our time at Positano's! Come here regularly for lunch with friends and dinner with hubby.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The food is always good here. Noise level is loud when they are busy.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2017

If I want so unbelievably noisy, I would definitely recommend this restaurant and go back. But we had to scream to be heard.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Best Italian food in San Carlos, very authentic and delicious. Staff are so friendly too

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Everything great, I which the great doe they are using for their pizzas could have been a bit thinner so that it's cooked enough, mine was a bit undercooked.
The mortadella could be better, everything else was great!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Happened upon Locanda Positano on Open Table when originally looking for a pizza place close to our hotel. We were absolutely thrilled! We ended up not ordering pizza but instead shared the charcuterie tray & the gnocchi ( the waiter even split it for us and let us get different sauces) and then we each ordered dessert. Everything we had was absolutely delicious; we will recommend Locanda Positano to anyone traveling to the San Francisco or Redwood City area.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Fantastic outdoor seating environment

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2017

Never disappointed with this restaurant. Wait staff awesome. Food and wine always top notch.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2017

the service was good, the food ok, but there AC was broken on one of the hottest day. they had a big door open to the street.
we ate half the food and left fast as it was not pleasant to stay.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Terrible service, soggy pizza. Weird, not refreshing lemon drop.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2017

We love This restaurant and have supported the brothers since we first met them at their restaurant Aqua Paza in San Mateo. We since moved south and only go out for a special occasion. We are never disappointed with the food and service, though the dishes have changed a bit since we first became patrons.

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Service Was poor

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

I found Locanda Positano when I was on a Biz trip in Redwood City and I was tempted by the pics to go there. I am from Italy and it's very difficult to find such an authentic italian place in US! Food is amazing, done at the italian way of the south (Napoli): worth to try the pizza, scialatielli with clams, zucchini flower with mozzarella and the fried squid! I have repeated the visit twice, to try more food. Well done!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

overall a great italian flare. I love that they offered GF pasta...unfortunately mine was under-cooked . there were about 6 penne noodles i could eat :(

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2017

We loved the food. It was like dining in Naples. Very authentic and delicious. Only drawback was the noise level. They need a quiet room for more enjoyable dining because the food warrants it. Right now it is geared for the noisy noisy bar crowd with loud music.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Wow, I don't know where to start.
In the world of restaurants, I am not too picky.

I suppose it spoke volumes when we arrived before our reservation and were told we'd have to wait until a table for 2 opened up. No time frame. We walked up to the bar . No space. When we did order , the waiter walking by , had to return and ask again for our order. The locals that we sat next to laughed, and said we'd be lucky to get a table at all; even with a reservation. Later , at our table , no one came to take our order. Our drinks were empty. No one noticed. When we did order - the food took forever. Order was mixed up.
Not sure I'll ever return.
I wanted to try this restaurant, because their other restaurant in Danville is top notch. Huuuuge disappointment:(

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

It's the best place within 20 minutes drive from our home and one of our favorite restaurants for any occasion.
The staff are Italians, the manager is super friendly. The food, the drinks, the place, and ambiance are great. Our go to place!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Service was great but pastas were terrible! They had good salads just don't order any ravioli or linguini dishes. Music was so loud we could not carry on a conversation without shouting! Quite disappointed!

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2017

Love this place

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Short ribs with polenta is always great. Gnocchi is another solid dish. Enjoyed the pollo milanese this time around. Great service as always!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The place was hopping. Service and food was great. The absolute best oysters. Calamari was very good, light, tender and crispy. Banzino was delicious. Finished with the Nutella Calzone Great item.
We'll definitely be back

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

This is a fun place. The food is very good Cal-Ital with a very authentic Italian component. The wait staff seem to be mostly Italian, and they are friendly and inviting. It also seems to attract a good number of local Italians - always a good sign. The wine list is also quite good but not extensive, featuring some fine CA and Italian bottles and glasses. I especially enjoyed sitting at an outdoor sidewalk table, watching the world go by on a beautiful evening.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

We moved to the small dining room next door. The service and food were excellent. It was much quieter and friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Lucanda Positano is one of my favorite go-to restaurants, but unfortunately, the food was not up to par last Saturday night. On the recommendation of our waitress, I ordered the short ribs, which came out dry and uninspiring, I forced myself to eat half of it, but couldn't do the rest. I was honest with her when she asked how it was, and after apologizing, she came back to tell us that she had deducted it from our tab. We were totally floored and very impressed. (If I'd sent it back after first bite, I might have hoped for it, but this was beyond what you would normally expect at the end of the meal.). So despite this one misstep in entree, I will still come back again. Next time I'll order a home-made pasta dish, which never disappoints. By the way, this isn't the first time their excellent customer service has impressed, but it's one of the reasons why I'll keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Locanda Positano is now one of my favorite Italian restaurants on the peninsula. Excellent service and authentic Italian dishes. Will be be back.

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Very poor pizza--soggy crust, toppings too salty, poorly baked. Expensive wine.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Delicious salmon pizza and octopus/squid salad. As good as I recall their San Mateo restaurant was. Great waiter (Armando). Took a friend for a special birthday lunch, and it was perfect.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2017

We've been here a few times, but very disappointing experience this night. Very high noise levels, tables close together, hard to have a conversation. Appetizers arrived long before drinks. Meals did not come out together, for us or for tables around us. Food not very good.
Only good thing was a delicious complimentary lemoncello at the end.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

We enjoy Positano both as a great place to go as a family and as a fun place to go for date night.
The food is always great and the service is wonderful - they always remember us and are so friendly and kind to our kids.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2017

Great food and service - always a favorite!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

The food was outstanding and service great. Staff members friendly and made sure to meet any of your needs.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Meatballs were great, (w/ the sauce) Margherita pizza was weak, wine suggested was good, (waiter was knowledgeable) a little too loud for a date, (somewhat) and it was a good experience; over a hundred bucks for 2 was a lot:(

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Unique quality food and services was outstanding! We ordered variety of dishes including appetizers, the meat balls was just perfectly prepared!

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