The Pastaria

4.4
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203 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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The Pastaria has been serving fresh Italian food in the Los Gatos area since 1995. It's a family-owned restaurant where sauces and pastas of all kinds are handmade every day. You will feel right at home when you sit in the bright, active dining room. Whether you're there on a date, with your family or with friends you can expect to have a delicious, authentic Italian meal in a comfortable place.



Cuisine served at The Pastaria includes freshly made tiramisu, fantastic meatballs, classic fettuccine alfredo, gnocchi, seafood and meat dishes. Stuffed pasta dishes like the cheese ravioli and tri-colored tortellini are popular at The Pastaria. If you have dietary restrictions, many meals can be customized to fit your needs. Gluten-free pastas are available and there are a variety of vegetarian and vegan meals on the menu.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Su 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 399-3477
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Devon Coen
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Cross street
Church Street
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Parking details
Behind the restaurant.
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this restaurant! Cozy, intimate, amazing food, and great service. The host working (Ruey) was very accommodating.

LS
London
53 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time dining here although I had heard good things about it. There were five of us and we all loved the choices we made. The salads were good sized and the appetizers were very good. You will not leave here hungry. Our server helped with recommendations and(I think his name was Ian) was very welcoming which helped make for a great dining experience. We will definitely be back.

MJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is very small and inviting. Definitely need to make reservations. Food was delicious and service was outstanding. Recommend it highly!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Pastaria was an excellent venue for a date night. It is a very small restaurant, and I would not recommend it for families with small children but perfect for a date. The service was just perfect and the food excellent. The small size of the restaurant and the many tables take away from the romance factor, but it was a good choice for a date none the less.

OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to down to earth pasta restaurant. Love the food. The bread is great, the artichoke dip delicious! Must make a reservation if you plan to get a table as this is a small place.

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Pasteria for many years now and we love it. For the quality that you get, it is exceptionally well priced. It's our go to place for 'special occasions' and even 'not-so-special' occasions. The wine list, though not voluminous, has selections that I like, especially some very good local wines. I am not going to say what they are because I want them to have those in stock when I come in.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, young man , do not remember his name , was excellent !

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting Italian.
Small dining room, make reservations early.
Great local wine list. Ask your server for advice.

t
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pastaria continues to be one of our favorite local places. We cannot get here enough. The food is always outstanding and the service makes you feel like family. We go with and without our kids as the atmosphere is appropriate for both. If you have not been, don't hesitate as you will not be disappointed.

t
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great! We have never had a bad meal...

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous, fresh food.
Great service.
Very accommodating with food allergies and preferences.

A
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Make reservations. Excellent place for couples or small groups of six or less.

RR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Who hasn't been to a gazillion Italian restaurants already? Italian food is good. But the restaurants are a dime-a-dozen. Pastaria really stands out because the quality of the food is so obviously exceptional and way ahead of what most of us are used to. Handmade, homemade pastas and gnocchi, rich sauces, delicious sausages...the list goes on. Two of us in our party of four asked for something slightly off menu - add a little spice/kick to this, add some prawns to that, and they delivered nicely with what we were after.

The service is a bit on the slow side - bad if you're in a hurry I suppose or great if you prefer to savor a meal without them trying to move you along and turn your table. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the specials, and the kitchen's capabilities - somewhat of a rarity these days. Highly recommended. A cozy family place with great service and delicious food. This is what a restaurant should be.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

So good. Pasta is a amazing always for get just how good there food is.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a memorable evening celebrating my husband's birthday with my parents and our young children. Donna treated us like part of their family. So attentive and sweet. Excellent wine and food. An evening not to be forgotten.

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

So I go there alone for great, fresh and simple pasta dishes and send the wife to Pici Cafe. Love the pesto, but many dishes are delightful. If you're really into vino, BYO and share with the chef.

DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Been going there since they opened, but yesterday visit was disappointing. We love this place, so went there with my kids and wife for our anniversary dinner. Everything started great, and was enjoying our visit. We ordered our meals with appetizers and wine without any delay, so once again, enjoying ourself. So, after getting our appetizers and wine, followed shortly by the kids meals ; everything was going fine. Now, here is the problem ... they forgot about us and didn't bring out our adult dishes. We were being nice and waited and waited and waited. But, after the busy boy tried to clear our table, we decided it was long enough. I flag down a waitress and she contacted our waitress and the food quickly arrived. By that time, our kids were already asleep on us laps. We grabbed a few yummy bites of our hot food and decided to go home. So, my final review... it was a very disappointing experiences.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and myself have eaten here on many occasions. We eat here every Sunday, every special I have ordered has been amazing every time. I LOVE THIS PLACE. Amazing crew in and out of the kitchen. I have never had 1 issue at this restaurant.

J
Montana
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For its size I assumed it to be a modest italian food with, at best, 4 star food. It turned out to be the best italian food I've had, ever. It beats outs thany restaurants I've visited in Italy itself as well as any "americanized" italian food. They shamelessly serve the food as it was intended, rich in fat and carbs. I had the mushroom black truffle pasta and literally went into a haze from the pleasure of the food. They also keep their menu breif as to imoly they perfect each dish. I can easily say that this restaurant had unforgettable food with excellent service and excellent, precisely small, wine list.

OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ever since the first time coming here, I have decided to love this place. It is a small restaurant and I really feel you get to know the people. There is a very wonderful man who fills your drink glass and my favorite server is Weston. He is super friendly. Don't try to go without a reservation. I think there are about 15 tables total so be safe instead of sorry. The food is basic in a good way. Its simple no fuss delicious food. The warm artichoke dip is a great starting place! The bread is just delicious too.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only comment is that they are a little understaffed, but it was a Monday night so it made sense that they didn't have too many people.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We heard reviews about this place through family, friends and the internet and had to try it out for ourselves. We tried to just walk up to get a table one Sunday evening and there was a wait for almost two hours for a table, which is a great sign for a restaurant to be that busy on a Sunday night. So we learned from our mistake and made a reservation for our next visit. We had a great server named, James. He provided excellent service and the food... WOW!!! Starting from the complimentary bread, it was all delicious. The pasta, Seafood Linguine and Chicken & Mushroom truffle pasta was to die for. We had such a great experience that we went back a couple of days later to try out more of their menu. We had Kim as our server the next time and she recommended their special, it was once again simply amazing. The other server, Weston was also great and provided great service. We love this place and will definitely be back!

d
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We requested a quiee table and were called beforehand to say that one of quietest tables by window wouldn't be available until 7:15 versus our 7pm reservation so we agree to change, good service.

The table in corner by window was certainly quietest which we appreciated but still difficult to hold a conversation 2 feet apart, so loud.

Service was reasonable but we had to keep requesting water. Food was Ok in general although lasagne was incredibly salty and having high cholesterol a nightmare and totally unnecessary.

Despite our better instincts we had a second bottle to dull the pain, should have gone elsewhere.

So no won't be back here when in Los Gatos again, shame so many basically false reviews.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never had a dish at Pastaria I didn't enjoy but the black truffle pasta dish is my #1. The Brie appetizer is awesome. The owners is so nice and friendly as well as the staff. We love this little restaurant!

RE
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Friendly waitpeople, good food and wine selection. Small restaurant and you will need reservations! Service was very friendly and great but slow. Look beyond that and you have a very pleasant enening.

WT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was amazing! Everyone loved their fresh homemade pasta. The special watermelon soup was delicious, as were their salads. We also shared a roasted garlic & Brie appetizer which was tasty.

The only downside was that it was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant.

j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as usual. We had the special "angry pasta" and it was really tasty. Only problem is in the summer it can get a bit hot in the dining area, but the food is excellent. The service is always first class and our server was terrific.

D
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to The Pastaria several times and have always had a great meal. The place is small so make a reservation first. They have a nice selection of salads and entrees, and we have liked all of our choices. I would recommend the kale salad and the butternut squash ravioli, though the cream sauce can be heavy. We will be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Though not spectacular, our family of four (two adults and two teenagers) all enjoyed our meals.

The service was also pretty good, however my daughter was served the incorrect order. She liked it anyway, so did not make a fuss about it.

The overall atmosphere was inviting, but we happened to have been seated under a vent blowing cool air. I believe the majority of the patrons were comfortable; we kept our coats on though.

The prices seemed on the higher side of moderate, which is to be expected in Los Gatos. Wine corkage is $20, even for a half bottle size. I'm not sure if that is typical, so can't really complain.

Overall, the good qualities outweighed the not-so-good qualities, but not enough to make us feel as though we really need to go back and try other items from the menu.

H
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered the Truffle Paparadelli, one of my usuals, and did not really taste any truffle flavor at all.
Also, unfortunately the service was a bit spotty as well, which is not highly uncommon.
We wish they'd just tidy-up a little (e.g. remove the un-lit neon "Lunch" sign in the window, as they haven't served lunch in over a decade?) and put in just little extra clean ambience and consiststency.
It really could be great.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, large portions and great service. Highly recommended.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed our date night along with our 10 month old daughter. Great menu, perfect ambiance and overall a wonderful dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! One of my favorite places for a date night with my husband.

D
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorites, outstanding food and friendly laid-back service. The dining room is small, so make a reservation.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I went there with my wife. Loved the food. I got the pasta arrabiatta and the sauce was delicious, if you like a little bit of kick and spice in your food. The place was kind of small and perhaps a bit too cozy for a warm summer evening. For whatever reason, they chose not to have air-conditioning. That probably works fine (and in fact sounds great) on a nice spring day, but not in July. The outside tables looked very inviting. Unfortunately there were only 2 of them and we couldn't score one.

b
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Its tiny, crowded and hot in the summer but in a good way - like you have been transported to Italy on a hot summer night. The door is open to let any bit of cool breeze in, the wine is flowing, and the tables are full of people laughing and talking as they enjoy dishes like the warm Mediterranean olives appetizer and arugula and peach salad truly a bit of summer in a bowl. At other tables plates overflow with tender fresh pasta dishes. The mushroom and black truffle sauce, butternut squash ravioli, gnocchi salsiccia, house made meatballs with Sunday gravy are local favorites - but get there early before they run out! Reservations are a must - rarely have we been able to just walk in and get a table, even on a week night.

B
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem. It only has a dozen tables so reservations are a must. Excellent homemade pasta, generous serving sizes and reasonable prices.. Service was attentive and menu had a variety of items to fit everyone's taste. Would definitely come back,

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and fresh! Always make a reservation otherwise it is hard to get a table. The Pastaria is fun place for taking someone special for a quaint evening full of great food, wine, and service.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place, one of our families fav'es, the food is very good, the pasta is made fresh there at the restaurant and is so good, we go here at least once a month,

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