About Postino

3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA 94549
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Winner of the Best Restaurant Awards from DIABLO MAGAZINE and THE EASTBAY EXPRESS. Postino is located in a historic brick and slate-roofed Carr Jones designed former post office in downtown Lafayette. Inspired by the traditions of Italy with an American inclination, Postino delivers a seasonal menu using the finest local and imported ingredients. We serve the full menu at bar and have walk in tables available in the lounge and patio. Private rooms and banquet spaces seat 6 to 250.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Service Nightly at 5:30PM Lunch Service M - F 11:30AM to 3:00PM Afternoon menu offered between

Cross Street:
Lafayette Circle

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 299-8700

Website:
http://www.postinorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
We have a large on site parking lot.

Public Transit:
The Lafayette Bart station is 2 blocks north of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Stewart Beatty

Private Party Facilities:
With the holidays just around the corner we are pleased to offer five different spaces that provide a unique setting, which can be tailored to meet the needs of your event. All of our rooms are ideal for special celebrations as well as business events. Visit www.postinorestaurant.com for more info.

Private Party Contact:
Paul Crotty: 9252998700

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Postino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

special occasion (115)
fit for foodies (107)
romantic (97)
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neighborhood gem (88)
good for groups (66)
great for outdoor dining (49)
notable wine list (48)
great for lunch (36)
hot spot (20)
great for brunch (13)
late-night find (6)
vibrant bar scene (6)
kid-friendly (5)
scenic view (3)
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It was my first time there. I love the ...

vip
Dined 4 days ago

It was my first time there. I love the decor. It made me feel like I was in Europe. Quaint and elegant. The menu was different which I enjoy. Rabbit was on the menu and my husband who will never ordered that before, was in the mood to try something different and tried it and loved it. I had duck which was also very tasty. Our waiter was charming. Will return for sure.

food4
ambience2
service1
value1

Not a good night for Postino

vip
Dined 4 days ago

It started off bad when I had to return my cocktail for the first time in my life! The lemon drop tasted awful with NO sweet-tarte taste to it at all. Our waitress was very nice, but kept blaming her forgetfulness with the restaurant being so busy (although tables were empty all around us!). Our very nice bottle of red wine appeared after we were almost half-way done with our dinner entrees. (It was the 2nd bottle we ordered right after we finished our Rombauer Chardonnay.) Forgot to bring salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese for the pasta that was ordered...finally flagged down someone else to help us. Never got refills on our water when we desperately wanted and needed it! The service lacked everything that should have been expected when dining at Postino. I'm a 15-year resident of Lamorinda and would not go back, unfortunately. I spent a lot of money on this celebration dinner for 5 people and I left terribly disappointed and remorseful for spending several hundreds of dollars.

food2
ambience2
service1
value1

Nice space, inconsiderate and mindless service.

Dined 7 days ago

Someone build/remodeled a really nice space here, but the management and staff are struggling to fill it with the service of equal quality. A special occasion was never acknowledged in any way and the reservation request was not carried through. Food is ok: not bad, not especially good either. Waiters are of a weird kind, as if on high, or unbalanced: almost rudely interrupting a conversation, making sharp noises and moves, not being able to set up all the dishes on the table - something one would not expect from a $$$ establishment. Overall service from all the staff feels as inconsiderate and mindless. For the money one pays, one doesn't get the desired experience.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food, service, & atmosphere.

Dined on April 25, 2016

I love this restaurant for several reasons. Great food, excellent service, and lovely atmosphere. A unique point about this restaurant is that you can actually hear and speak to one another with no difficulty. So many restaurants think it's fashionable to be noisy. I'm not a fan. Postino has delicious food, albeit a bit pricey. Because of this, I consider this a "special occasion" spot rather than an "any night" spot. I wouldn't hesitate to return.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4

Great food great service great restauran ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

Great food great service great restaurant

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

First Time at Postino

Dined on April 25, 2016

Any thing duck is delicious. The Foie Gras was prepared rare. Pairing it with a Sauterne as recommended was delicious and unexpected. The roasted duck breast had an intriguing fresh berry sauce (Huckleberry?). Skin was crisp. Served over ourzo. This dish reminded me of Peiking Duck somewhat. If I could Sub out the ourzo for steamed buns that would be an interesting twist.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

What a Great Experience!!

Dined on April 24, 2016

From the moment we arrived until the time we left we were attended to with smiles and friendly service. The dishes we were served were magnificent, the wine selection superb, the the ambiance marvelous.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service1
value2

Underwhelming service = disappointing evening

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

You know when you use Opentable and let the restaurant know that you're going for dinner and its your 21st wedding anniversary? Not for any reason other than it may give the staff a talking point and a connection to us and our evening. Well none of that happened. We went in with high hopes (my firm has an offsite event here every year so I was really looking forward to the dinner here with my family for my 21st wedding anniversary) which were rapidly dashed as the lady at reception wouldn't even look at us as she assigned our table - way in the corner in the dark. After that the server was functional at best with no attempt made at conversation or pretty much anything at all. We were given our menus without being asked for drinks and then the whole process seemed to be a little hurry-up-and-slow-down. Just felt off and unnatural, like we weren't wanted. However, the food was good and hot and we enjoyed our evening despite the lack of hospitality. I'll go into this year's company offsite with a different perspective.

food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Dinner Review

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

This dining experience was average. I had the short ribs, which were fine. My wife and son had the chicken breast. The chicken was tough, apparently over cooked. A relatively rookie mistake for a restaurant like this. Also, we asked that an outdoor speaker that was playing music literally at our feet be turned off. The request was totally ignored with a relatively snide remark by the server. All in all, pretty unimpressive experience.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful historic, ambience and not too noisy.

Dined on April 11, 2016

Higher cost dictates that one would choose Postino's for a special occasion. With that in mind, it is worth it. The menu items are imaginative; especially delicious was the French pasta with rabbit.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the very best in the SF East Bay

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Exceptional cuisine, service, and atmosphere is my experience each time I come here. Very creative and tasty specials compliment a wonderful menu. The food is excellent and artfully presented. Postino's has wonderful valet parking staff. The restaurant has charming architecture, set in a lovely garden with intimate dining areas inside and on the terrace next to the garden. If you can reserve one of Caroline's tables you will be beyond pleased with the experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Mixed Emotions

Dined on April 8, 2016

I enjoy Postino for the ambiance. I've been there twice recently for lunch & been underwhelmed with my meal unfortunately. (Arugula Salad + Salmon). The Salmon was uninspired & the salad consisted of that + a pile of Arugula with a tiny (2 inch in diameter) mound of goat cheese with maybe 3 pine nuts. I wouldn't have minded paying 17-$18 . (the Salmon piece was relatively small). I didn't find the meal to be a $22 entrée. The Tiramusu was tasty however.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service1
value1

Enough, I'm through with this place.

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

The food has been mediocre for a while, but generally you feel welcomed, so it is ok. Tonight, service was awful. Our waiter walked by us again and again on the way to another group without a pause. I had to flag someone else down to get a glass of wine. In the past, we often ate at the bar, so perhaps I have been spared this ridiculous treatment. I will not be back, there is absolutely no reason to eat there. Too bad.

food5
ambience5
service5

Love this place

vip
Dined on March 28, 2016

Love this place

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Ever good

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

We don't eat here often but every time we do we are reminded about why this is such a great place -- great service, great food, wonderful atmosphere. On a nice day ask to be seated outside (they have ample heaters should it start to cool off too much in the evening). I especially enjoyed the Norwegian cod and the desserts were great.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5

Memorable service...our waitress was, wi ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

Memorable service...our waitress was, without a doubt, the best!

food5
ambience5
service5

Love Postino. Every time I dine here I r ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Love Postino. Every time I dine here I request a vegan meal and the chef makes this beautiful 4 compartment dish with something different in each section. It's always delicious!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We love Postino!

Dined on March 21, 2016

The atmosphere and service is wonderful and the food is beyond compare. The Chef is outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4

We gave the ambience five stars. With t ...

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

We gave the ambience five stars. With the carpeting, wood beams and heavy draperies between dining room and bar the environment is not only cozy but much quieter than today's other upscale restaurants. We appreciate having conversations where we don't have to elevate our voices.

food5
ambience5
service5

Roasted carrot salad amazing! COD with g ...

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

Roasted carrot salad amazing! COD with golden rice fantastic but the short ribs are perfection. Large portions. Great service!

food3
ambience4
service4
value4

My Review

Dined on March 19, 2016

I always enjoy dining at Postino. I was actually there for lunch as well as dinner on March 18th. It's one of my favorite restaurants & I eat out often in San Francisco.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Charming restaurant with character

Dined on March 19, 2016

My boyfriend & I decided to try this restaurant after reading reviews. Very cozy & romantic, especially if you can get seating by the fireplace. My boyfriend ordered the game hen & I ordered pasta with rabbit & mushrooms. We were in heaven! We traded dishes & loved every bite of each other's dish. Service was excellent, but expected for the price you pay. We will definitely come back!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Went for lunch. Reduce # of sandwich selections.

Dined on March 18, 2016

Service good, food good. A little expensive for the types of entrees offered.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great place and good food.

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

Wonderfull restaurant in Lafayette. Beautiful setting and good is just getting better and better all the time. Great value in the wine list as well.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Service was very good even on a very bus ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

Service was very good even on a very busy evening and an inexperienced waiter. The duck was great as usual. Duck was over cooked on the first try but it was quickly taken care of. Will be going back very soon, we love Postino, it remains on our top 20 list.

food5
ambience5
service5

I have wanted to try Postino for several ...

Dined on March 12, 2016

I have wanted to try Postino for several years but just never made it there. Finally did make and was not disappointed. Nice ambiance- an old post office. Great food and service.👍👍👍

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Group of 10 professionals for lunch

Dined on March 4, 2016

I had a group of 10 health care professionals - including a - MD of Italian descent - she loved it! The back table was perfect for conversation.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Restaurant

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

Have been a steady customer of Postino from the day they opened. One of the best overall restaurants in the Bay Area. Food, service, ambiance both inside and out dining - one can not ask for a finer dining or bar experience. Have also attended special occasion brunches, group dinners and lunches, as well as birthday parties - again, wonderful, satisfying experiences. Perry, Marcus, Paul, Joy, Jason, Noelle, Richard and the rest of the Postino team all make Postino a keeper.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

I recommend the duck dish! Excellent! T ...

Dined on February 26, 2016

I recommend the duck dish! Excellent! The bread pudding not as good as the apple crisp

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the best restaurants in the bar area!

Dined on February 25, 2016

If you haven't been to Postino, you're missing out! One of the best food experiences in the East Bay!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

Worst restuarnt ever!!!

vip
Dined on February 24, 2016

Celebrated my husband's 60th birthday here. The waitress was the pushiest I have ever seen. She rushed us from the beginning. Was asking for appetizer orders before we had a minute to even look at the menu. Food was horrible, we had hen, duck, steak and pasta. The Bolognese pasta with homemade noodles had to have been the worst thing I have ever eaten in my life. Just some ground beef, noodles and liguid. No flavor whatsoever. We had actually considered Postino for a Rehersal Dinner and are so thankful we didn't. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

food5
ambience5
service3
value5

Great Neighborhood Spot!

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Always delicious and delightful with good service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A great dinner celebrating our anniversary.

Dined on February 18, 2016

We started with a yummy caesar salad & a delicious seared foie gras. Then onto yellow fin tuna perfectly seared and a perfectly cooked rib eye, albeit on the thin side. Brian took very good care of us & was a great server. Please send him our thanks. Can't wait to go back for more of the same or try some of the other great sounding items on the menu.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great restaurant

Dined on February 17, 2016

Very good experience in all respects. Only suggestion is to include more pasta choices on lunch menu.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

LOVE Postino!

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

It's our favorite 'go to' place. We've been there for an intimate dinner, dinner with friends and special, occasions like New Years eve. Everyone at Postino is professional, friendly and makes it a joy to dine there. I very highly recommend Postino.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Fav Restaurant

Dined on February 15, 2016

It was a wonderful V-Day evening. Server amazing, food amazing, ambiance amazing. The only issue we had was although we were seated in a very smaller "romantic" room at the time our dinner was served a large loud group came in. We rushed through dinner and had to move to be able to eat our dessert in quiet. We sat at the bar and had to give up a otherwise wonderful, window table. Too bad. I think the room should have been saved for couples and not one large group table added, which in a loud kackling woman who obviously was used to screaming over her children's voice. How rude she was.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

A Great Evening

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

It's been a few years since my husband and I have dined at Postino's and it never disappoints. The menu has a nice and varied selection of dishes and everything we ordered was delicious. The service was excellent and the wine was even better. Next time we won't take so long to return to the restaurant as it definitely stands apart from it's peers.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a great meal!

Dined on February 14, 2016

Always a great meal!

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

great ambience

Dined on February 13, 2016

Great ambience. Great food. This was my first time at Postino's. Ordered the calamari as an appetizer and the ribeye as the main course. Both were cooked to darn near perfection. Absolutely delicious. Also had the chocolate dessert which was another delightful plate. It was pretty noisy inside but that wasn't a problem for me.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

A nice dinner

Dined on February 13, 2016

The game hen was delicious, zucchini and kale sides were fresh. My wifes cod dish was mild/light. Portions were fairly healthy. Our servers were friendly and the food arrived quickly. Our room was a little cramped and noisy at times. My wife complained that the menu was limited - she tends to complain and be moody, something to consider. Place can be difficult to find at night from the car.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion

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