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La Posta Restaurant

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538 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3421 (Murray)
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Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
La Posta Italian on Seabright near the beach

I've eaten here many times over the past few years. Great salads. Ever evolving list of entrees using local ingredients. good wine list

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Romance
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Vilnius, Lithuania
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

We visited La Posta during our visit to Santa Cruz - as we traveled along the California coastline. Our friend recommended this restaurant to us. It was within walking distance of where we were staying, near the harbor. The restaurant interior reminded us of Italian restaurants which we had visited in Italy. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We live a few blocks from La Posta, and used to go there every two weeks or so. We loved the Local's Night and the service was very good. I liked it so much that I gave my brother and sister $75 gift certificates for Christmas. Unfortunately, my brother misplaced his GC probably due to too much holiday cheer. When... More 

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Santa Cruz
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I've been consistently going to La Posta since it opened in Seabright years ago. As a local, I was excited about a top-notch restaurant in walking distance but I shortly realized La Posta is most likely the best restaurant in town. Everything is crafted with absolute excellence: from the carefully selected and uber fresh ingredients from local sources - the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I've eaten here many times over the past few years. Great salads. Ever evolving list of entrees using local ingredients. good wine list

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San Mateo, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The 2014 Zagat Guide ranks this as the best restaurant in Santa Cruz, and I agree. Given the quality of the food, it's also an excellent bargain, although the serving sizes are not large. As a result, it seems to be underrated byTrip Advisor members, who seem to favor quantity over quality. If quantity is your thing, try the Seabright... More 

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

The food was fresh and light. That is the best I can say. The remaining adjectives would be bland, small, expensive and uneventful. The servers were very nice but they kept on changing and no one asked how it was when we paid the very expensive bill. High brow for Santa Cruz. Weak for anywhere else.

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New York
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103 reviews 103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Took a chance on this place despite mixed reviews and loved it. Very good Italian--somewhat adventurous twists on traditional fare made with very fresh local ingredients accompanied by very nice wine list. Think you could order anything on the menu and enjoy it. Very good service also--waiters are trained in wine as well as food so very good at recommending... More 

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Soquel, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Just thoroughly enjoyed another spectacular meal at La Posta. Warm olives, house cured meats, radicchio citrus salad, crab ravioli, ox tails...then the grand finale buttermilk gelato w/rhubarb! The menu is a changing array of great, fun & delicious ideas incorporating local & fresh ingredients. The staff are friendly & helpful. We sat at the bar & learned much about Italian... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Wanted to take advantage of the deals offerred by restaurant week in Santa Cruz. Even though, La Posta is a short walk from my house, I hadn't been to La Posta in a year or more and wanted to revisit it. The appetizer salad, pizzeta, and broccolini w/ garbano beans were great. My friend and I ordered the Rock Fish... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I would highly recommend a meal at La Posta! It looks very unassuming from the outside, but the food was delicious and the service was excellent. I got the "farm lettuces" salad and the pasta special and my husband got the tomato salad with eggplant puree and Pizza Margherita. Everything was terrific!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 538 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3421
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-457-2782

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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