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  3. Distance: 4.35mi
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  2. Distance: 1.86mi
  3. Distance: 4.35mi
  4. Distance: 4.48mi

About Postino

Winner of the Best Restaurant Awards from DIABLO MAGAZINE and THE EASTBAY EXPRESS. Postino is located in a historic brick and slate-roofed Carr Jones designed former post office in downtown Lafayette. Inspired by the traditions of Italy with an American inclination, Postino delivers a seasonal menu using the finest local and imported ingredients. We serve the full menu at bar and have walk in tables available in the lounge and patio. Private rooms and banquet spaces seat 6 to 250.

3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Service Nightly at 5:30PM Lunch Service M - F 11:30AM to 3:00PM Afternoon menu offered between

Cross Street:
Lafayette Circle

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 299-8700

Website:
http://www.postinorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We have a large on site parking lot.

Public Transit:
The Lafayette Bart station is 2 blocks north of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Stewart Beatty

Private Party Facilities:
With the holidays just around the corner we are pleased to offer five different spaces that provide a unique setting, which can be tailored to meet the needs of your event. All of our rooms are ideal for special celebrations as well as business events. Visit www.postinorestaurant.com for more info.

Private Party Contact:
Paul Crotty: (925) 299-8700

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Postino Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (1316)
Notable Wine List (1312)
Great for Lunch (610)
Hot Spot (387)
Vibrant Bar Scene (325)
Great for Brunch (187)
Kid-friendly (139)
Late-night Find (128)
Scenic View (74)
Good for a Date (74)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
Cozy (43)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Worth the Drive (36)
Business Meals (24)
Comfort Food (19)
Casual (18)
Fun (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Seasonal (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Authentic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Live Music (8)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Organic (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Great service, good food, very nice eating environment.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Not only is the food always good, we think that it is the very best bang for your buck! Great ambiance and cozy environment. We have have always been very fortunate to have great servers when go there.

It is the easiest of recommendations and can be made without any hesitation.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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service5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Awesome! Can't wait to go back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Always very good across the board. Excellent & reasonable Poderi Grifola. Service attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2017

My aunt and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch of an arugula salad with prawns and crab wraps.
We will be back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Always great consistent food and Service was exceptional

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Always impressed by the creativity of the kitchen. Service is attentive, but not oppressive. Definitely one of our favorites.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I think Postino is the best restaurant on this side of the tunnel. Food always great: inventive without being weird. Always top notch ingredients and perfect execution. Friendly, attentive, professional wait staff. Good wines and bar. Pricey but always worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great Dinner, We had Duck, Sole and Seafood Stew, all were wonderful, service was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Had a wonderful lunch with friends. My only small complaint is that we were seated in a room with a table already set for 10; a large group that arrived about 15 minutes after we had been seated. I had asked for a quiet table.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Been a regular here for years. One of the few places where you could get a substantial "non sandwich" lunch. Now they've gone over to the dark side at lunch with more sandwich and burger fare and much less great pasta dishes and more unique lunch offerings. I'm betting it will turn out to be a mistake.

I'll have to look elsewhere now for a really high end lunch.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Great for a nice dinner, ambience very good and a good place to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Postinos is one of our favorite restaurants. Alsways good food and excellent service. My husband had the foe gra and it was suburb! The steak and the duck were wonderful! I think our only negative was the cost of the martinis, 13.00 and really on the small size.
Otherwise, a very enjoyable evening!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Overall experience was terrible. Table for two was the size of a nightstand or side table. Extensive wine list but no cocktail menu. Food was lacking- I ordered Petrale Sole which came with risotto. The sole was rolled up in a ball & set in the middle of the risotto which was over-filled with golden raisins & almonds. It was like eating trail mix & creamy rice. Fish was ok but wouldn't order it again. The whole dish was weird & just didn't go together. My companion ordered Veal Schnitzel & that came with Polenta. The veal was way overbreaded, deep fried & greasy- couldn't taste the meat at all, only the breading- definitely did not do the veal any justice. Polenta was creamy & delicious. Needless to say, we did not stay for desert.

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

Friday night was busy. From the Valet to getting our car at the end it was excellent. Checked in, went to bar - full. A waitress took our order and gave us a table that could be used for dinner. Warm and welcoming. Hostess found us before our reservation and seated us. Waiter was attentive throughout. Menu interesting and food delicious. We never felt rushed. It was a warm and very pleasant evening. We have been goinging to this restaurant for years. It never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Birthday dinner

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Just love this place! Live 350 miles away but every time (3 to 6 times a year) I am in the Lafayette area, we go to Postinos!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2017

The food, wine and service were exceptional!
The noise level was very high. Hard to have a nice conversation without talking very loud. But, the food was exceptional. The service, from hostess, server, wait staff and even the manager who can by was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Still good after all these years. Been coming here since the beginning and the ambience, service, and food continues to excel. It has become a little more pricey, but the food and experience is really nice. Fish stew, short ribs with polenta, and crab salad - fabulous! Good all year round, but especially nice in the winter with the fireplace.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Our dinner was excellent and our waiter superb. We will be back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Have been going to Postino since it was Turelles. Long time. Unfortunately our recent visit was disappointing. My husband ordered one of the specials, "Lamb Cobbler". It was not lamb but beef. I do not like lamb so I tasted it and definitely agreed that it was not lamb. It tasted like pieces of short rib.

I ordered the duck breast, and although it tasted good there was more fat under the skin than usual. The last time we went, we were not impressed by the meal either, so we probably won't be going again any time soon.

Such a shame. You used to be able to rely on the quality of the food there.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner and our server Heather went out of her way to let us have the perfect table. Really great spot and service. Food and champagne was delicious too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Great tasting dishes. Outstanding atmosphere. Thoughtful, courteous service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Oily nuts, oily calamari (but calamari itself was good), oily deep fried duck (but again quality was good), nice duck breast should have been sliced thinner or not at all, served with orzo pasta that was tasty but didn't really go with duck. Seated in quiet room away from music and fireplace which even after hostess heard us complaining that it was far from music, she still sat us there. Better food elsewhere. Good waiter and busboy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

We loved the cozy feel. It seemed like there were quite a few people, but we could still have a conversation. Excellent food. Outstanding service. I'd like to go back once a season (or more :)) to see how the menu changes, to sit outside, to check out the bar, etc. I very much recommend it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2016

We had a delightful lunch to celebrate my mom's 88th birthday.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Another Fabulous Dinner at Postino!!! Friends & I went to Postino after attending a Christmas concert in Oakland. Unfortunately the concert started late & ran longer than we were told; I called Postino to let them know what had happened & they graciously extended our reservation time. Upon arrival, one of my friends & I ordered the 2012 Attune Pinot Noir (my favorite); it's a bold Pinot. My friend's husband ordered a Chardonnay; he tasted the Pinot & thought it too bold for his palate. My friends split a Caesar salad & both had grilled salmon w/a warm baby spinach salad w/bacon lentil vinaigrette. I ordered a mixed green salad w/champagne vinaigrette and the short ribs w/polenta & English peas - great comfort food for a chilly evening. We all enjoyed our meals. Our waitress was Heather. She was very knowledgeable about items on the menu & the specials and had a great sense of humor. Service was attentive but not intrusive. She did an awesome job. Can't wait to go back - - -

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Another lovely meal with very nice service. I continue to be intrigued by the less than friendly hostesses here. As the first impression when entering the front door they are, for the most part, lovely in appearance...but so far entirely unappealing socially. I have yet to be smiled at or feel welcomed by any of the hostesses. This is an unfortunate first impression of an otherwise lovely and well established restaurant. Overall experience and service ratings directly attributable to the ladies at the front of the house.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Always generally good. A few of the servers see bored at times, or rude. Heather is great.
Excellent calamari, short ribs, flat breads.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Wow, we were just overwhelmed by the excellent food and great waiter staff.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Beautiful food, beverage and service in a mostly lovely environment. Our only negative comment would be the awkward, tiny table we were seated at near the entrance to the bathrooms with uneven floors and mismatched chairs. Very unexpected for our 6PM reservation in an otherwise nearly empty restaurant. The only thing more unexpected was upon requesting to move to a table which my legs were not wedged under was to be told to have my date sit in my seat instead of me (no thank you, neither of us should be uncomfortable at Postino and he's a 6'1" man and I'm 5'4"...certainly he wont fit there either) and that the restaurant was "booked" so moving would not be possible. I persisted stating that I'd rather sit in the bar to enjoy our much anticipated celebration dinner so was ushered to a table directly adjacent to the kitchen entrance. A VAST improvement from the bathroom table but still insulting as we left and realized that while the wonderful restaurant was bustling, it was far from booked. As people with a history restaurant/hospitality work, we know how this works. Our waiter was wonderful and he recommended a delicious and appropriate bottle of wine, and our food amazing so we'll be back. However, we will specify a table the next time we visit.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Wish the lunch time prices were lower. Paid $105 with no wine and shared dessert.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Postino is always a reliable treat for everyone at the table. The food and service are always topnotch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 13, 2016

been going to Postino for years; seems to be getting a little "tired"; service very average

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Superb service and a yummy menu. Really good wine list and tasty dessert options. It's still a little noisy but a nice atmosphere overall. Reservations are suggested and a few minute wait at the bar isn't bad. Short ribs are perfect and you shouldn't leave without a smile. Nicely done as usual.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Good food and fun atmosphere. Very nice decor. Outside fire pit to sit and relax.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

A truly out of the park experience ! A little noisy but I think it was about a lot of people together and really enjoying themselves. DC

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We were out for a quick but special anniversary dinner before heading to a party. The waiter was very attentive, helpful, and not at all snooty about the fact that we were going to have a more simple meal. Seared Fois Gras starter was obviously amazing. Good Brussel spouts appetizer but not as good as the one at Sasa in WC for those of us that don't care for those vile weeds at all. Enjoyed the Vongole appetizer as an entrée and loved it. Excellent quantity of clams and really nice broth for dipping (with depth of flavor). My husband had Fish Stew and also loved it. Ambiance is always great even next to the loud open kitchen. The brick/wood against the white table cloth/wine glasses etc make it a comfortable but elegant dining experience. Live jazz guitarist topped it off. We didn't love it about 8-10 years ago for some reason (liked but not loved) but starting 3-4 years ago... we now love it!! Not sure what happened but maybe it is what you order etc? Rabbit pasta is amazing. Burrata appetizer -- delish!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

This was our first visit and we came based on the recommendations from Check Please Bay Area. We came about an hour early planning to have drinks at the bar. That was a very confusing part, and the only reason anything was checked above for less than 5 stars. It really wasn't clear if the tables in the bar area were for people, such as us, that only wanted drinks while waiting for their reservation time, it didn't look like there was service outdoors by the firepit, and the bar itself was full with lots of wait-staff moving through, etc. So it was not easy getting served and deciding where to sit. Then, when it came close to our reservation time, we weren't sure anyone knew where our group was. But we enjoyed our drinks by the firepit (immensely) and once we were seated for dinner literally everything was outstanding. It was well worth the drive and the event (a birthday) was extraordinary.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Really incredible service!!! Took awesome care of us on a special night for us!!! Food was awesome

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