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Postino

4.3
1535 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner Service Nightly at 5:30PM Lunch Service M - F 11:30AM to 3:00PM Afternoon menu offered between
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Phone number
(925) 299-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Stewart Beatty
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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.
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Private party contact
Paul Crotty: (925) 299-8700
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lafayette Circle
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Parking details
We have a large on site parking lot.
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Public transit
The Lafayette Bart station is 2 blocks north of the restaurant.
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
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Joyce (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2017

Great service, good food, very nice eating environment.

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GHayden (Vancouver)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

Awesome! Can't wait to go back

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vipMBBB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

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

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vipMangiata (San Francisco)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2017

Always great consistent food and Service was exceptional

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

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

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Great (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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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vipgoodeatingfortwo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!!

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Gina (Central Coast)
2.0  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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vipAngel14 (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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vipLafayetteFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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CAllie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

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

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viplovesfood (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2017

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

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Respect (San Francisco)
3.0  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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bravohdear (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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LALA2 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

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

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BettyBoop (San Francisco)
5.0  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 - - -

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vipbayhammer (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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Nomad (Tahoe)
4.0  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.

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vipNapadoc (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

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

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