Locanda Positano

4.6
214 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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treated me and my girlfriend like royalty for our anniversary. It is a night we will never forget thanks to how above and beyond everyone went who serviced us.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is impeccable!! Love the eggplant but, everything we’ve tried has been amazing!

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B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to this restaurant. We were so pleased with everything. Service best in a very long time. Food was great. Will be returning for sure. Probably will become our go to restaurant. We live in Alamo and will also be trying their other restaurant in Danville soon

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not on the same level as the sister restaurant in Danville. Our service was sub-par, food ehh and a Smokey smell permeated the outdoor patio. Locondo Ravello is far better than this Lafayette spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Service unparalleled. Food was delicious, even leftovers the next day!
Amazing attention to detail with anniversary treats.
10/10 recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and really good food. The best Fritto Misto I’ve had! Our waiter was attentive and charming... we will return!

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JQ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really happy to find this great restaurant; food and service were excellent

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JN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, relaxed, great food, wine, and service

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T
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The special was a peach salad-peaches were not ripe-crunchy and not sweet. I had the vegetarian pizza. The crust was burnt at the edges and raw everywhere else.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time. Thank you guys for treating us right!

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JB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner with friends.Friend was going to bring wine but the corkage fee is $30.00 RIdiculous.
Food was OK but too expensive. Seems like the menu was very heavy on pizza and had a few entrees. The restaurant has had several incarnations but we like the interior very much. Our waiter Ali was attentive. They brought me a lovely birthday dessert.
$122.00 for two with one glass of champagne which was actually prosecco.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been there 3 times. 1st time excellent—best carbonara I have ever had (even in Italy. ). 2nd visit I had to send it back because it was sooo salty. Came back less salty but still too salty to enjoy. Last visit I stayed away from pasta and had a wonderful watermelon salad. But my friend had the lasagna and again very salty. I like salt but this was way over the top. I hope they get the salt issue fixed because their other food is good and I love the atmosphere and the drinks. Service is good, but very slow last two visits. It will probably be awhile before we return, and I hope it’s better

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Three of our five meals were under cooked. The waiter never came back to check on us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This family owned business is a local favorite. Authentic Italian ambiance, service, food and drinks! Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my best friend since childhood. Best eggplant parmesan ever - Mama's original recipe!

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J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with lovely food and lovely people!

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A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food is inconsistent

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Father’s Day meal!! We are all very content!! Thank you!

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MZ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic! Great for lunch with a friend or a special occasion

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FM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We made a reservation on Open Table. Upon our arrival, there seemed to be an awkward waiting time with no good place to stand. However, once we were seated, things were great. Our group of five each ordered something different. Everything was really good and nobody left hungry. I would definitely recommend this place!

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EH
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is authentic Italian. The service is also outstanding and classic Italian.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice trattoria feel outside if a tad loud. VERY happy w all dishes

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raphael was outstanding. He made the evening a wonderful experience. His love for his work and his knowledge about the menu and the wine pairing made the evening a memorable one.

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LD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening

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C
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Way too noisy. Food not the best Italian in the east bay.

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Locanda Positano In Lafayette is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. The food is delicioso, the waitstaff and management are warm, gracious and fun!! It’s a real gem!!

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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service were authentic -- I felt like I was in Italy!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very festive and yummy for post graduation celebration with the out of towners.

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TT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was well prepared. Portions were ample, but not overdone. Service was friendly and attentive. Noise level permitted quiet conversation with friends. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eggplant Parmesan one of my favorites! All staff so very nice each time we go. They all take the time to stop and say hello when you walk in. Made you feel like you were part of their family.

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UZ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for our bday celebration.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have been here several time and usually eat inside. This time outside which was a nice change. It does get very cool in Lafayette in the evenings so be prepared. The food here is genuine and very good. The service is always great. We'll be back!

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O
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Raphael was the server and was great.

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CS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my daughter’s birthday, Rafael treated her special! The food was amazing! We had the sea bass , eggplant parmigiana, chicken and gnocchi. Would definitely come back!

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

My friend and I were looking forward to dining here because of all the wonderful reviews, however it was a disappointment because of a couple of things. We ordered the veal piccata and the boneless chicken with a nice sauce. The veal was tough & over cooked while the chicken dish was quite good. The mixed vegetables that were served with each dish were fresh tasting and delicious. The ambiance was very nice, as well.

Our problem was the waiter. I’m not sure if he was new, which I would have understood and been patient with. However, he was beyond obnoxious by interrupting us with questions every few minutes. After our initial seating we informed our waiter that we’d need some time to look over the menu. We ordered 2 glasses of wine. Since I didn’t have my glasses with me, I asked him for a reasonable good wine. His suggestion resulted in the most expensive pinot noir they offered when we received the bill and I didn’t enjoy it. Overall, my guest & myself couldn’t finish a conversation due to his constant checking. It looked as if other diners enjoyed themselves but for me it was a disappointment.

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AP
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was dead nice, probably my favorite meal in a while. I had carbonara, my buddy had one of the pizzas. Both of us killed the meals. Our server (don’t remember his name) was sweet, always keeping our waters filled and always at attention. Never had to wait for anything, tipping under 20% would’ve felt rude, it was really that good. Hostess was nice, prompt and all that. They had the Finals playing on a small TV that I could watch, but never felt like that was the focus of anyone in the restaurant. Noise level was super low, never struggled to hear the server or my friend. Once again, meal was tight, would 100% go again or recommend to anyone. Super awesome.

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GP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Service never felt rushed, so we had time to talk, but seemed that they needed more servers for the number of diners. Ambiance was casual but comfortable, not fussy. Noise level inside was loud, but could have been due to a couple of large parties that were celebrating joyfully. Would definitely go back. Good value.

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DO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, excellent service and ambiance. Highly recommend.

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AI
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Locanda Positano was busy on the Saturday night we visited. St. Mary's College held its graduation activities that day, and there were lots of people in town. We had to wait a few minutes before we sat down, and it was worth the wait!

Everything we ordered was magnificent. We ordered some appetizers, salad, and a couple specials of the day, and the salmon and mushroom raviolis were outstanding. The waiter recommended a delicious bottle of wine. Such a nice dinner.

Five stars all around.

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ED
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food and good service here. I had the special mushroom ravioli and it was great. Cream sauce was not too heavy and the portion size was good. BF had lasagna and said it was great. Tiramisu also very good. Nice service and good wines by the glass. Reservations a must. This is a very popular spot.

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