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Locanda Positano, Lafayette, CA

Locanda Positano

4.7
4.7
1254 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (925) 310-4337
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Beautiful spaces, delicious food and incredible hospitality make our private events the best! With a variety of spaces we have the ability to accommodate intimate corporate dinners to large family celebrations and everything in between.
  • Private party contact
    Locanda Events Team: (925) 553-4625
  • Neighborhood
    Lafayette
  • Parking details
    There is a parking lot behind the restaurant
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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What 1,254 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,254 Reviews
  1. smookie

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Three of us and we all had the Branzino - it was delicious and perfectly prepared. Finished our meal with a slice of the Limoncello cake - light and refreshing and the perfect ending to a lovely meal.

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  2. emma

    San Francisco

    95 reviews

    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a great time at Locanda- we particularly enjoy the inside but the outside patio is always full and lovely. The bartenders are personable and excellent at their craft, Gio and Danny are the best. The waitstaff always very on point and Renato welcomes you with a big smile like your family. The food selections are excellent and they always have great specials. Their pastas and veal picatta (when on the menu) are amazing. Their wine selections work perfectly with their entrees and don’t forget to order dessert- many to choose from. Great neighborhood gem.

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  3. Clarkb

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice Italian restaurant, but you definitely want to avoid the outside tent eating space.

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  4. Wink

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. Everything was perfect Setting beautiful

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Usually LOVE this place. Hopefully they were just having an off night. They did not have a soup of the day. Didn’t run out either as it was 6 pm. The base on the stereo system was absolutely out of whack and sounded like a night club. Food was mediocre. Service was fantastic though.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food and service. The nicest people one can imagine. Like family. Our favorite restaurant.

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  7. Redheart

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been here a few times and have not been disappointed. Fritto Misto is crispy and not greasy. Lasagna is always a hit with my husband. Enzo’s Branzino (sea bass) cooked to perfection. Good selection of wines. Marco was great — friendly and assisted with our choices.

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  8. Olyclub1

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good meal at Locanda Positano. Staff is always very welcoming and friendly. Nicole as usual was a great server.

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  9. Paintbox

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've never had a bad meal at Locanda. Everything we ate was excellent, service was great and we had a very nice time overall.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great experience. I like this restaurant a lot, and I have been going there a lot. The food is good, the atmosphere is great, and I had a great time with my friends.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is outstanding, friendly and attentive! Love Gio’s cosmos! The lasagna and gnocchi are delicious!!

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  12. PatsyW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and ambiance were great! I highly recommend it!

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  13. James

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vito has been our server in the past and was again. Great food and service.

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  14. BlancheB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We had a fantastic evening.

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  15. Desperado

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service but food underwhelming. I would not recommend for great food.

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  16. PenniT

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love our dinner when we visit..can’t wait to go back

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  17. JeanK

    San Francisco

    673 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    673 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy that Locanda Positano has restarted lunch with its full menu. We love this restaurant and although it's a drive through the Caldecott for us, we come here whenever we can for the luscious food and excellent service. One of the best Italian restaurants in the Greater East Bay!

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  18. MikeA

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner, wonder service, this is our #1 choice when eating out

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  19. Yellowrose

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, great friendly service and very good food.

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  20. MrBeef

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went back to Locanda after not visiting for a while, The service was excellent and ambiance great, We ordered the Eggplant Parmesan and Fettuccine Carbonara. Both were excellent and there were not any leftovers. The tiramissu was one of best we've ever tasted.

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  21. MicheleJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was terrific and added to our very pleasant experience.

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  22. MichaelO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are regulars and we love everything about the Locanda.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always fresh, ambiance always great, service all ways top notch.

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  24. peterc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place. Every time. Food is always delicious. Service is always top notch. Thank you Locanda Positano!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food paired with top notch service made for an incredible evening! So thankful to the staff for making it a special one.

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  26. GloriaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the casual but chic atmosphere, warm and personable service, and delicious food.

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  27. Galonthego

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants. Delicious food and stellar service.

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  28. Calex

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was poor. Entrance was not clearly marked. Once we found it we stood at the outside hostess stand for almost 5 min and no one ever showed up despite us arriving exactly at our reservation time. When we finally decided to go looking for someone we were spotted by a kitchen employee who came over and led us to a table. Our waitress (who I suspect was some kind of manager) was not very expressive or proactive. She took a long time to come around and get our orders despite there only being maybe 2 other tables in the whole place. She was spending all her time at the bar chatting up coworkers. Meanwhile we had to stand up and walk over to get helped multiple times throughout the meal. Due to the lack of service we decided not to tip her, but instead give our tip to a busser/runner who was doing a much better job at attending to us. Once we left the restaurant I received a call from the restaurant from someone who sounded like my server asking why I didn’t leave a tip. I took the time to explain why but that has to be one of the most unprofessional and ridiculous things I’ve ever experienced from a restaurant. The food was well prepared and ingredients seemed to be good quality, but unfortunately our entrees were bland. Both my wife and I’s needed salt and I’m not super picky (probably only the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve ever needed salt at a restaurant). The indoor seating is not very comfortable. Despite being young (in our 20s) both of our butts were hurting from the chairs before we even got our appetizers.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Too cold be sitting outside - even with heaters. I feel like that should be disclosed to you. We would not have elected to eat here with that knowledge Pushing two round tables together to accommodate 4 people also not stellar maneuver for the $200+ price tag

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  30. MarcoT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not much authentic Italian here, except for the server Marco, an affable "Napoletano verace". The pizza was served 5 minutes after ordering and it did taste as hastily reheated to me. The amatriciana was served at the same time (that is, too fast) and tasted quite bland, although I could appreciate the guanciale. The dishes appeared prepared by someone who didn't grow up with them or was just focused on turning the table fast. In any case, we will not return, at least not for Italian food.

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  31. tutu

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great evening ~ wonderful food, very nice server and overall a very nice experience

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  32. Mark

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    There are 2 areas to dine. One much more pleasant than the other.

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  33. Talley

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were so impressed with the impeccable service from the moment we entered. The food was great and so was dessert and coffee. Can’t wait to return.

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  34. MariL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We went expecting a brunch menu for the Sunday but they only had their regular menu and no brunch items. It is also too expensive for other than dinner.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best, and only real, Italian around. This, from someone who has spent many summers in Tuscany

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was awesome!! Never a bad experience!! This place is the best.

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  37. food4us

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the food and lively atmosphere

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were great, food was outstanding, served hot and very tasty. We sat outside, which was well heated and were able to carry on a conversation and hear each other well. Such a great restaurant. Thank you for coming to Lafayette.

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  39. johnG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to the restaurant. The food, the service and the ambiance made for a great experience.

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  40. Bella

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed our starters and dinners on Friday night. The meatballs, egg plant and pizza were brought out to us piping hot. Everything was delicious!

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FAQs

Locanda Positano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 310-4337.

Locanda Positano is rated 4.7 stars by 1254 OpenTable diners.

Locanda Positano does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Locanda Positano

1005 BROWN AVE, Lafayette, CA 94549

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lafayette
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There is a parking lot behind the restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (925) 310-4337
  • Private party facilities
    Beautiful spaces, delicious food and incredible hospitality make our private events the best! With a variety of spaces we have the ability to accommodate intimate corporate dinners to large family celebrations and everything in between.
  • Private party contact
    Locanda Events Team: (925) 553-4625
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