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La Posta Restaurant

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538 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3421 (Murray)
831-457-2782
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
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: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Spend a Great Evening at La Posta

Having been satisfied with our previous visits here many times and finding our last visit disappointing, we tried La Posta again to make sure our last visit was an off-night. Two of us are vegetarians, and two of us are meat eaters and all of us were very happy with our meals and the service. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
dcschorr
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Northern CA
Good for:
  • Romantic
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67 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Cruz, CA
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great food and atmosphere... We went soon after returning from Italy, and it was like going back. The chef trained in italy. Great wines. Upscale for Santa Cruz, so we only go when having a fancy night out.

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Santa Cruz
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This place has very nice ambiance which is why I guess they feel they can charge as much as they do for their food. $25 for maybe 6 ounces of steak with some cooked veggies, while tasty, I felt was $7 over priced.

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Northern CA
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Having been satisfied with our previous visits here many times and finding our last visit disappointing, we tried La Posta again to make sure our last visit was an off-night. Two of us are vegetarians, and two of us are meat eaters and all of us were very happy with our meals and the service. The waiter was very helpful... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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
43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 538 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3421
    (Murray)
  • 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: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?