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Locanda Positano, Lafayette, CA

Locanda Positano

4.7
4.7
1271 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 39 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 1,271 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

1,271 Reviews
  1. AlexanderB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Mother's Day lunch. All the Mom's enjoyed it.

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  2. moragamunchers

    San Francisco

    147 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    147 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mothers Day so very busy. Great table outdoors on patio, wonderful service. My Apperol Spritz was mostly ice and food not up to their standard based on previous visits. Hopefully just due to large crowd. Will try again in future

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  3. CourtneyS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had eaten at the Danville location and really enjoyed it. This was my first time at the Lafayette location and I was underwhelmed. The food was just ok. Not bad. But not worth the excursion. The beet salad was really an arugula salad with a few beets. The calamari in the Fritto Misto was tough. The Strozzapreti lacked depth of flavor. The lasagna was fine. Overall, it was just ok.

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  4. Clay

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Business lunch.... Everyone loved the food.... Ravioli was fantastic.... Linguine with clams.... Gnocchi.... Margherita pizza .... Just great!

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  5. OakFoodie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian Restaurant in Bay Area! Highly recommend.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is in a cute, converted house just off the Main Street. They took our reservation immediately. Marco was our server who was personable, attentive and sweet. Food was great but the prices were high for pasta. Parking was difficult since the brewery in front had lots of patrons, so allow time to park.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nicely dinner with excellent service. I would return for another lovely experience.

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  8. WineGal

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had another great dinner here. Love the beet salad-pepita nuts drizzled over it and the arugula is very fresh. I had the Branzini (fish) for the first time and really liked it. Sits on a bed of al dente veggies so great contrast. Fish fresh and sauce light and not greasy. I will order again. Nice offering of wines by the glass.

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  9. KarenB

    London

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent.Service was too "in your face". Felt rushed, as though they were wanting to turn the tables around ASAP.

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  10. MxMuffin

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a pretty meh experience dining at Locanda Positano over the weekend on our date night. Got off to a pretty lousy start when we let the host know we had a reservation who - after taking our name - said "it'll be just a moment" and then proceeded to seat two other couples that were walk ins who arrived after us for no discernible reason. Why? We were seated in the "patio" which is just a big plastic tent in the parking lot. It was as amazing as it sounds. Perhaps it's cozier in the dark with lighting but we were pretty underwhelmed, which was a theme that carried right on through our dinner...In spite of having a friendly, attentive server, the food and cocktails were all pretty basic and uninspired, which was disappointing at that price point. They charge farm-to-table prices for generic chain restaurant dishes. The one exception was our chocolatey dessert, which was the only part of the meal we actually found flavorful and unexpected. We won't be back.

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  11. HungryBob

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was delightfully surprised by this restaurant. Although it was a little bit hard to find and the parking was very difficult the rest of the night was great. Very cute decor. It was very busy early in the evening. We ate at 6 pm and the restaurant was full. Service was very attentive. We has a server named Julia and even though the restaurant was busy she was very efficient and cordial. Food came quickly but wasn’t rushed. Food was very good. We have put it on our go to list. Thanks all there.

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  12. Sunny

    San Francisco

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food and excellent service! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and our food server who came to the U.S. from Italy made our evening most special. He was knowledgeable, attentive and seemed devoted to making sure our dinner was perfect! We started with a special salad for the evening that came with a large slice of tomato, buffalo cheese, basil and simple vinaigrette. We then split a thin crusted pizza and eggplant Parmesan.

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  13. AricC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Preface this by saying I’ve been going here for about 6 years and this is my first review. Locanda always has a really nice ambiance in my opinion, and the indoor/outdoor feel from the tent was nice. The fritto misto tasted off tonight, like super rubbery and just not fresh tasting. The meatballs however were excellent and the Sunday gravy it was sitting in tasted like grandma made it. I ordered the lobster ravioli which is typically my go to and super consistent, however this time the filling was super mushy and texture was way off. Flavor was good overall but the filling just threw me off. Lava cake with vanilla gelato was really good. Will come back just had to be honest!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding staff - Nicole is the best !!the others who buss your table do it with big smiles . Great weekly experience

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the food was very tasty. I would go again

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  16. CaroleN

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful that there was a nicely decorated outdoor seating. It’s semi-covered and heaters available. They even had blankets for dinners. Love that nice touch. The food was good. They have some gluten free choices which have been great and trendy for customers. Will for sure continue go there.

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  17. smookie

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, ambiance and great food selections!

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  19. emma

    San Francisco

    99 reviews

    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Olyclub1

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. JeanK

    San Francisco

    674 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    674 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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  35. 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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  36. Yellowrose

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 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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  37. MrBeef

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 1271 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 39 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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