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The Pastaria, Los Gatos, CA

The Pastaria

4.5
4.5
266 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Pastaria & Market was opened in 1995 as a retail pasta shop and deli. Donna grew up within a family of Italian immigrants, and she began her culinary path inspired by her food-obsessed family and her chef grandfather. After some extended classes at the San Francisco Culinary Academy, she gained the confidence to open The Pastaria & Market on Main St in Los Gatos, a retail pasta shop specializing in fresh Italian food. After several months of strong support from the greater community, Donna could sense that changes would become. Her customers challenged her to prepare meals for takeout, asking her to put tables in so they could eat there After 10 months, she relented and a beer and wine license was added, and the fresh pasta shop was transformed into a full-service restaurant. Over the next 2 decades, The Pastaria & Market established itself as a family-run, neighbourhood-focused, family-friendly business, with a strong commitment to the Los Gatos community.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 399-3477

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Devon Coen

  • Private party contact

    Donna Novi: (408) 202-3960

  • Neighborhood

    Los Gatos

  • Parking details

    public parking lot behind the restaurant and some street parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 266 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server….the first time in a very long time when the server was time conscientious and spaced out the meal/ordering. We enjoyed the entire experience. Glad to see the chicken parmigiana made it over from the original location.
  2. D

    Debbie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! We had a lovely experience. The food is always outstanding. This is the first time we went since they moved to the larger location. Their other place was quite small, and we used to walk there, always loved it. Hoping they bring lasagna back to the menu, soon. It was my boyfriends favorite at the other location, and he couldn't have it last night. It was OK though, because the food we had was outstanding!
  3. N

    Nicole

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always so yummy. Our waiter was fantastic as well. Love this restaurant. Authentic Italian pasta dishes.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Pastaria! Always a great place to go for good food in the neighborhood. They are friendly and the ambience relaxed but still sophisticated . I have been here many times and have yet to be disappointed. The food is always great!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp Linguine and mushroo
  6. I

    Island2016

    Los Angeles

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They were very accommodating for our party of 8 with my 93 yo father, moving us indoors as it was 90 degrees outside. Great service. Delicious fresh pastas (a seafood pasta, a bolognese, primavera and primadonna). The 2 salads were also so fresh (Kale and the mixed greens). The best starter were the lamb lollipops with a bit of a spicy kick. Wine selection was fine with 2 nice roses and the F-rozes was refreshing. A really nice find in Los Gatos on a charming street.
  7. FD

    FoodDiva

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We will be back soon!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal - love the frose
  9. LG

    LosGatosDad

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Mediocre food (over-salted). Staff better suited to a mall gig or perhaps amusement park summer job. New location feels more like a sports bar than a restaurant. Sorry to say that after many years of enjoying the previous location, it's the end of an era.
  10. F

    Foodie56

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great, inspite of being out of what I initially wanted to order. It took a while to be served after ordering but they were very busy. Portions are huge and I took half of mine home. Pasta is fresh and cooked perfectly.
  11. K

    Kate

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were both fabulous. Will definitely be back again soon!
  12. SS

    SheriS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Outdoor dining was great, service was very good, food was very good however, our table was directly across a walkway with metal plates for underground access of sorts? so every single time anyone walked by(very frequent ) a Big Bang noise would startle us. 😂 We were desensitized by the end of the meal. I would definitely would recommend Pastaria restaurant but ask to be away from the loud metal plates on sidewalk.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Great ambience, location, COVID safe. The food was good!! The pastas were excellent, just a bit too much sauce for my liking. The beef tips were amazing and service was outstanding!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service were phenomenal!
  15. W

    Walt

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time here in more than a year. Food was very good and service very attentive. All in all, just as good as before covid.
  16. d

    davidf

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Sat outside but the steel plates on the sidewalk made an upsetting noise as people walked by. But the food was great. Very good ingredients and great prep.
  17. S

    Superb

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Pastaria is our favorite Italian restaurant. The food is excellent with large portions, the service is exceptional, and the owner is ever present and very involved with every aspect of the business. We are always so welcomed when we come. The restaurant has beautiful decor, but with a homey feel. Highly recommend….
  18. D

    Dawnie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kelly did and amazing job, they had our table ready when we arrived. Make sure you get the burrata, everything is amazing!!!
  19. NP

    NicoleP

    Jackson Hole

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Covid restrictions have seriously impacted the experience here. I love a good outdoor patio, but we were seated in a parklet a half-block away from the restaurant, even with a reservation. There was a complete disconnect between the actual restaurant and the (hopefully) temporary parklets. It had all the charm of a food court. We're all for supporting restaurants who have been unfairly targeted with the restrictions, but I resent paying the same price as the indoor experience for a borderline picnic. We'll be back, when we can move inside.
  20. DD

    DennisD

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved Sophia as our waitress ❣️
  21. CW

    CraigW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pasteria has all fresh pasta. Our group includes vegetarians and meat eaters. All were happy with the food and the service was excellent. We dined outside so there was a moderate amount of noise otherwise and excellent experience.
  22. SR

    SRSFood

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Solid food, appetizers especially noteworthy. Decent winelist. Service can be a bit slow.
  23. AC

    AngelaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated outside due to Covid - very nice waitress and great food. They had a nice firepit and they quickly turned off the music when we didn't care for it. They really make an effort to make your experience a good one. Will definitely go back. The garlic bread was especially great.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time out since COVID. The service was slow and the server was delightful and made up for it. Everything is harder now due to the pandemic and we chalked it up to that. The wait staff worked very hard. The food was delicious, so well worth the wait! Compliments to the team in the kitchen.
  25. CJ

    CJeatsWell

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Always consistently good food. Had the Brie and roasted garlic appetizer followed by kale and fennel salad. For our entrees I had the grilled pork chop and my husband choose pasta with a yummy sauce. Nice wine list too. Server was very attentive and prompt. We’ve been here many times and will always come back.
  26. Z

    Zallen

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food is delicious. The service is great. Hate outside dining on Santa Cruz Ave., way too noisy & exhaust fumes-yuk. Some people still drive gas powered vehicles.
  27. TH

    TranH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I went to dinner with my best friends and their son, our food was delicious, we had the melted garlic & Brie, seafood linguine, the o
  28. BL

    BillL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants in the Bay Area. The food is superb, the service is attentive and fun, and the ambience is delightful.
  29. MD

    MattD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great place, awesome ambiance! Our server Emma is always amazing, attentive and has an amazing bubbly smile!
  30. C

    Caresbears

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Usually, our favorite dish is delicious! This time the sauce was too salty & not as flavorful. Unusual. Meatballs & kale & fennel salad were delicious! U have to pay for bread now & it’s not the same as at the former location. Wait staff is super friendly & helpful. But the wait staff & hostess are literally running back & forth from kitchen to the outdoor patios. That is a bit stressful vs relaxing, but they are trying to get the food out while hot.
  31. R

    Reuel

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, wine and service. +25 years and stronger than ever.
  32. T

    Truckeelover

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have been dining at The Pastaria for years. The food is always very good and the service was outstanding! You can’t go wrong eating there.
  33. E

    Eatswell

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pastaria is consistently outstanding. Love their food and the service is excellent.
  34. LS

    LaurenS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!
  35. K

    Kiwis

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and wonderful staff. Must get is the garlic bread and Brie with garlic!
  36. c

    carolm

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  37. k

    kristinq

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Food is delicious and the staff is great.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed dining here. Good atmosphere - great menus choices. Ordered the gnocchi and it was the most delicious meal I've had in a long time. Would highly recommend
  39. JJ

    JudiJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Service was friendly and very helpful. Setting on the street is not the best as cars are close as they drive by. Food was good but too salty. Overall, a good experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is fabulous!! A little noisy for old people

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Pastaria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 399-3477.

The Pastaria is rated 4.5 stars by 266 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Los Gatos

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    public parking lot behind the restaurant and some street parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Devon Coen

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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