Locanda Positano

4.6
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340 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Enzo Rosano grew up in a town just outside of Naples, Italy. His fondest memories of his childhood are centered around his mother’s cooking and the spirited meals he shared with his eight siblings. Mama Carmela’s amazing cooking kept her children close to home throughout their childhood and young adulthood. Her culinary influence also played a role in Enzo’s decision to enroll in the Scuola Alberghieria Culinary and Hospitality program in Naples. Upon completion of his culinary training, Enzo landed a job as bartender at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Vong’s in London. Next was a stop as bar manager at The Berkeley Knightsbridge, a luxury property also in London. When he came to the Bay Area, his first stop was in Half Moon Bay where he helped open one of the town’s most popular restaurants, Mezza Luna, with family friend, Roberto Giovanni. At Caffe Riace, Enzo joined his brothers and worked alongside them as they made plans to open AquaPazza in San Mateo in 2008.
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W
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food is amazing! Love this place for date night, work dinner and or just having fun with friends!

LH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely Italian place with authentic Southern Italian food. Not just pasta but fresh fish, veal etc. Great service and an excellent value. Was warm and inviting with its fireplace blazing on a cold rainy night. Be aware parking is scarce. Otherwise a treat.

f
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Locanda Positano has become our favorite restaurant . The food is always excellent and the staff are friendly and offer suggestions that are always perfect. We have been there with large parties for special occasions and often with just the two of us and we have never been disappointed. The dishes and the atmosphere is authentic Italian.

A
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this restaurant - food and service is always great. I have a number of food intolerances, which they have previously been great about. This time the kitchen was asleep at the switch, serving me dairy-laden mashed potatoes. Would be nice if they offer fresh fruit for dessert to those who don’t eat gluten, dairy or sugar.

j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A nice addition to the dining scene in Lafayette. We really enjoyed the food and the service was top of the line.

C
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for dinner. Tuesdays are no corkage so we brought a bottle per couple. Mine was a 2009 so they decanted it while we drank from the other, pre-decanted bottle. The charcuterie plate was amazingly beautiful. The other three had chipping and I had Strozzapreti. Excellent service, food, wine and friends.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The ambience is perfect for any occasion.

LS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the table in an “alcove” which was semi private and loved it!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Right out of Napoli !

B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good authentic Italian food. Fun place to go...has a buzz about it with good energy. Food is really good and the service outstanding.

GD
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in every aspect!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and we always enjoy the lively and friendly atmosphere. The mostly Italian wait staff and managers are incredibly gracious and professional. The waiters have been trained well and they far surpass most waiters in local restaurants for the service they offer. The food has been consistently excellent. The pastas are homemade and the sauces are light and very flavorful. My only complaint is the high cost of cocktails.

DC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice round table with a beautiful blue Venetian chandelier overhead. Italian music played in the background and Italian verses decorated the mirrors. The pasta was homemade and delicious. The staff were Italian and chatted amicably with us in Italian. The tiramisu was the best we ever had. The bread and Caesar salad were just okay and could have been a bit elevated given that everything else was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating Birthdays. Great table for 8 in the side room.

TG
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The noise level is so bad you cannot carry on a conversation. You cannot hear the waiter. We had to ask him to repeat himself at least 6 times, at which point we gave up. My companion asked him about a dish and the waiter gave him directions to the restroom. It is too bad, because the food, albeit expensive, is very good. We won't go back. I was exhausted trying to yell above the noise. And it was a Wednesday at 6pm.....not a Friday or Saturday at 8pm.

DD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lasagna.

DW
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Italian food and ex"eptional service. Buon gusto!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and the heat lamps were great. The food came out right away.

MZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great meal at Locanda Positano. The food is amazing as is the service. Truly a great experience.

R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If was our first time visiting this restaurant. We had a delicious meal but the best part was our server Alessio. He suggested everything and we took his recommendations from the wine, appetizer, and entrees. Including the dessert. It was a very fun evening. We will definitely be back.

SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Able to seat us early and didn’t rush us but yet always available when we needed more. Fabulous singing for our friend’s birthday!

D
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was pretty good but was harried. Food was delish.

b
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We are in love with Locanda Positano & have referred a number of friends and business acquaintances here. It's a sweet little spot with charming Italian flair. Servers all appear to be as authentically Italian as Mama Carmella's meatballs. (a lovely appetizer served here) I give 4 stars for my last experience here on a bustling Friday night as there was an obtrusive busser who didn't seem to have a great sense of space/conversation/service yet fancied himself a wine expert. Can't quite put my finger on the issue but it was a "thing" that everyone felt.... just a lil' creepy. = (

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ..... we enjoyed everything about our evening there!

t
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The fried calamari appetizer was nicely done. Linguini and prawns was very good and the salmon was fantastic.

v
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My favorite Italian spot in Lamorinda. Family owned. Authentic. Warm. Food is excellent.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at their sister restaurant in Danville but this was our first time here. For our anniversary. Delicious dinner. The wait staff were all wonderful. Highly recommend.

L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Salads were good. Pumpkin risotto w/prawns good but only 2prawns. Gnocchi were ok...not great. service was good. Restaurant is a bit noisy...maybe outside is quieter.

L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always eat outside where it’s much quieter than inside. The only thing about outside dining is the round tables. It’s not comfortable for 4 people to eat like that as it’s a bit uncomfortable to share plates.

O
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming converted house with outdoor patio. Authentic Italian fare. This visit my tortellini with Parmesan cream sauce was perfect. Decent wine/cocktail list- loved the Aperol spritz with a slice of candied blood orange. We have eaten here & at their sister restaurant Locanda Ravello in Danville several times & never have been disappointed.

KB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Authentic Italian Cuisine. Great for small groups. Lively atmosphere.

B
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a delicious Caesar salad with anchovies followed by the pasta with a Parmesan cream sauce with Italian sausages, mushrooms, and green peas that was great. Easily a repeat.

NB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place. The staff is so welcoming and make you feel special and the food is amazing!

D
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food. Felt like Italy.

p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, attentive service, a bit noisy.

SL
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place for lunch or dinner. Fabulous service and great food. Napoli finest

MY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service. The waiters were all so nice, as was the hostess. We sat inside, which doesn't have as nice of an atmosphere as outside, but that was okay. It's cute, but lighting could be better. That said, the staff and food were fantastic. I had a pasta dish and they were very accommodating about modifying the recipe. It was delicious! My friends had a scallop risotto, which was also very good. Generous portions. The wine list was good with a nice mix of domestic and imports. They surprised us at the end with a lovely dessert and orangecello that was made by one of the waiters. What a treat! Will be back for sure.

b
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Locanda Positano. The service is always welcoming and attentive. The food is solid. Some things are more expertly prepared than others but we're always satisfied here. Menu prices are very reasonable but they'll get you with the cocktails. For those on a budget, avoid cocktails.

It's a joy to walk in and be recognized by the servers...feels like a family you want to be a part of.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was attentive & friendly, and the outdoor seating was perfect for this warm October weather we are having!

CO
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We usually love this restaurant, however, on this night our party of three was sat at two round tables that had been pushed together and it made conversation very difficult and awkward. We were also so close to the table behind us, that we felt squished and pushed up against the tent walls. The service was good but not as friendly as usual and the food was lacking in taste. One of us had the zucchini pasta special and the appearance was very unappetizing (too brown/green and mushy). We would love to come back but are fearful as the prices are high and as we don't eat out as a family that often, we can't afford to have another mediocre experience.