Locanda Positano

4.8
637 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 637 people are saying
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mikem
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Mother’s Day Lunch. They were very busy but handled reservations as promptly as possible. We were a party of 4 and it was our first time dining here. The food was outstanding! We each ordered something different and there were no take home boxes. The desserts were equally amazing. Will definitely return .

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danielles
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service for our latest dining experience here was excellent. Mama Carmela's meatballs, eggplant parmesan, fettucine with dungeness crab were all wonderful. The owner and servers are always friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, we had a large party nearby which took away from the ambience of the evening. Nothing could be done about the noise level but it did take away from our enjoyment of the evening.

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vipGary
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Dungeness crab pasta, very well made and lot's of crab. Waiter had a great singing voice for birthday's

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David
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped overnight on a long drive. Wanted a nice dinner and got one!

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RachelP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and relaxed! Exactly what we were looking for! Check was immediate, food was fast, wine was great! And they sing for birthdays! Can’t wait to be back! Thank you Locanda Positano! Bravo!

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ChristopherS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Vito was superb. The food was superb. I’m just sad we didn’t find this place sooner. The cooking is authentic Italian. Minimal ingredients, all fresh and perfectly executed.

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EastBayCathy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Good food but took over an hour to get our food, free appetizer or something to keep us busy while waiting would have been the answer here.

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vipYoda305
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, food is absolutely beautiful and the service is truly one of kind.

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DeeMcB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the food , the service and the ambience. The singing waiter, David , was highly entertaining. We can't wait to go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sister in town, she loved our dinner and service

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vipMiisha
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner and ambiance in the outdoor covered patio. The food was delicious and the “singing waiter” was a fun surprise. We will be back 😊

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MarkD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went here recently 4-23-2021. It frankly was not as good as my last experience here. We ordered the antipasto, pizza with mushrooms and sausage, pasta as one of their special dishes that night with mushrooms/cream sauce.

The antipasto was very good - fresh and flavorful. As for the pizza, the pluses were that pizza crust was cooked perfectly and the sausage was outstanding. The negative was that it had too much cheese. The mushrooms in the pasta sauce and pizza did not have too much flavor. They can do better.

Service was very good. I'll give these folks another chance.

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vipJCohen
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food this side of the tunnel. Loved the food, the Bellini and the Aperol Spritz.

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MikeW
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food in a family like setting. Everyone enjoying the evening and waiter was terrific...Birthday wish singer from the Opera was very entertaining...We will be back soon!

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vipAnnie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a very good friend’s 70th birthday. The wonderful opera singer/server sang to the Birthday girl twice. The entire team were fantastic. They get an A + in service. I love this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night!

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vipGloriaD
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent food and excellent service.

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vipPR19
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Locanda Positano is about as close as you'll get to Italy without boarding a plane. The food is fresh, authentic and DELICIOUS, the decor is beautiful, and the staff is friendly. We've loved everything we've had there - the Gnocchi with Pesto sauce, Lobster ravioli, Piatto alla Contadina and desserts (Limoncello cake and Tiramisu are SO GOOD). Highly recommend!!

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LaurieG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Held a surprise birthday for a girlfriend and waiter sang the best birthday song ever, beautiful voice. Everything from outdoor seating to food was fantastic!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting the restaurant, we were able to book somewhat last minute but when we arrived it was very busy. It took a little while to seat us so the manager gave each of us a glass of champagne. We were then seated in a small room by ourselves which was perfect as we were celebrating for our friend. The food was excellent, the waitstaff so very helpful and friendly, and they had a waiter that sang to us. We had a great night, very fun, and will certainly return.

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ChristianeM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice place! lots of room to sit comfortably and socially distant. there is also a nice outside seating area covered by a tent-like structure with heaters that keep the place comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent room for 6 diners. Waiter Antonio was very helpful and add lots fun for my party. We will return on Thursday for dinner again. Like the Rose di Montalcino wine too. Roberto

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DelF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent lunch in the outside seating with our dog.

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ARob
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night meal was perfect! Sat on the upper outside patio, great service and delicious food. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We ended up sitting at the bar and had Jason (bartender) taking care of us. He was awesome! The food was outstanding as well! I went with my fiancée and we have been to most of the Italian restaurants in the area, this is the best by far.

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vipEatOrBeEaten
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and was pointed to an area to wait for our table to be available. We had reserved an indoor table as the evening temps were falling quickly. After a 15 minute wait we witnessed another couple who had asked to be switched to an indoor table, be seated to the table the hostess had said was being cleared for us. Disappointed, we were resolved that we would end up outside in the tent, under a heat lamp that wasn’t even on. The noise level was horrific as the tent was at full capacity with numerous tables of families, all seemingly enjoying a birthday celebration. Our waiter was soon to our table and took our drink order. The bread and wine arrived quickly, followed by our salads, which were underdressed. Thank god mine had anchovies lest there would have been no flavor at all. Then came the 45 minute wait for the entree. Can you imagine the frustration that develops when you wait with no service and you can only hear about 10% of what your dinner date is saying while only being 2 feet away. During our wait for the entrees we were offered dessert menues! Apparently, even the floor managers had lost track of our experience. The food was good, not 4.8 out of 5 good. I can’t recommend this restaurant at this time. Too manic, too loud, and not well orchestrated. The experience is a 3 out of 5 at best.

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GayleS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding in every way. Food and service is a 10 out of 10. The only area for improvement would be the outdoor seating-the chairs are a cold metal.

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Apbbfhjf
London
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service! My favorite Italian place in the Bay Area!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Lot of fun

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vipSunRamon
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice outdoor seating. Good service.

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vipMikeM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, spectacular. Go there, go there, go there. Wow.

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MikeB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food, friendly waiters, great service and ambience. Reminds me of Italy.

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vipDDR1
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the recommendations from our server.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my birthday dinner here with my family that traveled from out of town and my friends! We had an absolute blast! The ambiance was fun and perfect! The food was also a 10/10! I highly recommend!

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Milly
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional and food was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Going back tonight

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful serenade from our server

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LouiseD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The gnocchi and bread was delicious! Very nice servers and host. Outdoor patio was comfortable and cozy.

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vipPinky
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was very disappointing. My dish of pasta with clams was less than adequate. The pasta was very very over cooked. Could only eat the clams which doesn't make for a good dish.

FAQs

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

Locanda Positano is rated 4.8 stars by 637 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.