La Costanera
La Costanera

La Costanera

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lacostanerarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6507281600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: Open at 5:00pm
    Bar and Lounge Happy Hour (no reservations) Tuesday-Friday 5-7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Altamirano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Eric Canupp for more details.
  • Entertainment: New Events Coming Soon.... Please Check Back
  • Special Events: Please contact Eric Canupp for more details.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer 55 Free Parking Spaces.
A word from La Costanera
Experience the culinary richness of Peru at La Costanera, a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant opened its doors October 2, 2009. The scenic California coast in Montara, overlooks the Pacific, just a short, beautiful drive from San Francisco (21 miles). The space is grand, with floor to ceiling windows, three stories, and 10,000 square feet of oceanfront space, beach views and sea breeze every dinner is garanteed an ocean view.


We also offer a full bar, domestic and imported Peruvian beers and a hand selected wine list. Come try our Pisco Sour – a classic Peruvian cocktail – and experience all that La Costanera has to offer...
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPeruvian
La Costanera reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (204)special occasion (143)fit for foodies (137)great for outdoor dining (125)romantic (116)good for groups (75)hot spot (54)vibrant bar scene (48)neighborhood gem (46)notable wine list (35)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (19)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Peruvian Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent food with a very different mix of ingredients and spices. Scallops cooked perfectly. Thin slices of steak fillet on a skewer with red and green sauces was fabulous. Elegant presentation. Views are spectacular. Service good, but can be spotty when busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    Shawn
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Came in around 8 on a Sunday and they were pretty full. We were seated immediately and given cocktail options right away. They have a very interesting appetizer menu and we tried all sorts of things that were very good. For the entree she had the scallops which were incredible. I had the ono and it was a tad overdone. The exterior is old school but the interior reminds me of those jazz fusion restaurants that were popular in the early 90's. Traditionalists might find the ambience a little jarring. My only complaint about the space is the noise. Even with the restaurant half full it is almost impossible to have a conversation and this was a bit of a pain. I like being able to quietly chat over dinner without a lot of extraneous noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Have been to this restaurant several times, always have great experience, service was little iffy this time though, will definitely ask for one of their male servers next time. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super fun place but really loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Positives: I had a good time. Beautiful place. Great View. Excellent entrée's. Great service. Cool outside fire pits and bar down stairs. Perfect for group night out with a gang of friends. Negative: Extremely Loud. I did not find it romantic because I could not hear my spouse at all. While we enjoyed the dinner it was a frustrating conversation in a loud restaurant. From the beginning we couldn't hear each other and then the starter was another downer. The Ceviche starter was disappointing. It Had lots of tasty sauce left over almost like a soup to die for but little to eat it with. There were 4 small tables in the rafters looking down only for private parties? Perfect spot for our romantic dinner but I got a no when I asked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Lithil
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love this place. The food is very good, especially Peruvian specialties such as Cebiche, Causa Bar, Lomo Saltado. Great atmosphere, stunning view of the ocean and sunset. Our waiter, Alex, was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take a vacation at La Costanera
    happycustomer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is not a restaurant, but a destination. I got the inspiration from "check please" on KQED and I made a reservation for my wife's 50th birthday on a Friday night. Traffic out of Silicon Valley was heavy and despite us being 30 minutes late, the restaurant honored our reservation. Parking can be difficult, but it is much easier than somewhere down-town. The food is incredible. If you never had Peruvian food, this should be the first place you start exploring. We sampled a few ceviche dishes, more appetizers and finally a large plate of the main dish. Everything was done exceptionally well and in each bite there was a moment of surprise. I strongly recommend to take your time, save some appetite and explore the cuisine of South America.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dining experience
    Topgun77
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Came on a weekday for friend's birthday. Off the beaten track but great views of the ocean, best Peruvian food in town, romantic ambience. Ceviche and beef dish were great. Seafood Paella a little bland and not much rice. Really a gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    Socroatsea
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We loved the tapas and the dessert Churros. The large plate meals were nothing special. The beautiful "fish special Ono" was ruined by over cooking. The service was very good. The spectacular view can be the only reason for it's popularity. Since we live just a few blocks away we don't need to go there again except for tapas and dessert.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Renata
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great Peruvian dishes! Will be back soon! great wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All excellent ~
    HarveyClanVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Starting with our waiter ~ who was knowledgeable about everything on the wine list and menu ~ our dinner at La Costanera was excellent. He made recommendations based on our tastes and they were all spot on. We'll definitely go back and we recommend it to others, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food with a view
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous sunset views over the ocean. Best location in Bay Area! Beautiful food. Great tastes. Hard to beat this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative
    DickVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Tuna tartare appetizer was excellent. the Lamb shank was liked by my friends (one thought it the best he'd had), but I thought it was too earthy. My lamb chop was overcooked but I failed to ask for it to be rare or medium rare. It did have decent flavors. Service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great View, enjoy the small plates
    joy2din
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The view out the large glass windows towards the ocean is beautiful! The bartender was great. We ordered only one small plate with our drinks. Our salad was delicious, however our main courses could have been better. We shall return and only order the salad and many of the small plates.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underdog
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The seating was a little cramped but when we started talking our space was private enough since the place was busy and the noise level moderate....just enough for private conversation. Service was excellent...waiter was educated about all of the items and made good recommendations. The Macaroni and cheese with lobster was absolutely off the charts best ever The other dishes (grilled fish w a curry like sauce, ceviche + a veggie dish were good) I will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food to match the view
    Andrew
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Better Peruvian food than I had in Peru! Stellar ceviches, fried chicken, whole anchovy, and causa. The view is incredible too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food But........
    Neigh
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Felt like we were in a terrarium so hot and humid. Place was booked and hopping which doesn't excuse the service from our polite and very nice waiter. Waited 45 minutes for our before dinner cocktails at the table after asking over and over. One of our party asked for a second drink never arrived. Asked for salad first but came with other food. Wine came with second course not with the beginning of our dinner. Dessert came with coffee arriving way later. We were relaxed with friends but if had been the two of us it would have ruined our dinner. After dinner cocktails on the patio was wonderful with perfect service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flawless
    DonnaRick
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We are city dwellers that have a horse at Ember Ridge and sought a great restaurant on the way home. We had seen La Costanera on our way south. We were hoping for a Good place, instead found a GREAT place (and we are picky, since I'm a pretty good cook. La Costanera not only serves fabulous food, the staff really cares about diners. The variety of entrees and starters is huge and each is prepared to perfection. There is also a large selection of tapas-type items, so you can enjoy tastes without having to deal with a large meal. Just above the beach with breath-taking views, outdoor seating with windscreens and heaters. Almost makes me wish I could move in. We will be back (often). Donna and Rick
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant is a wonderful dining experience. Excellent service, delicious food, and wonderful views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like a Vacation
    GourmetGalVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Montara seems like another world and further removed from the rest of the Bay Area than it really is. Costanera helps you feel that you are on a mini vacation. The beach setting is stunning and the food is unusual and delicious. Best to order small plates to sample a variety. Everything is good except our calamari was very tough and chewy. Beware of waiters trying to up sell at every opportunity but otherwise service is excellent. We also noticed that drinks and wine pours were much bigger in the bar than in the restaurant. There was music the night we were there. The outdoor seating is really great with fire pits and plenty of heaters along with a fantastic view and the sound of the ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • creative menu, variable execution
    RADman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The location is great, overlooking the ocean in Montara. Service is attentive and helpful. The menu is creative; many items you don't see in other places, which makes selection difficult: which of the things you've never had should you choose? Some things you try because you never have and find they aren't to your liking (yucca) because the base ingredient is odd flavor or texture. That's just experimentation. Other times, it's the execution: quinoa coated shrimp in sauce atop some vegetable puree. Just not well done. Other items, the ubiquitous calamari, are as expected, and the ribs are good. Overall variable. We will likely return and try other items on the menu. A solid B experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our food and service were great!
    Saraboo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I had a shrimp appetizer that came with a spicy aioli, excellent. For mains we had the Adobo pork and the tuna. Both were so tasty that we ate really slowly to enjoy them longer. I also had a Passionfruit Pisco sour, super yummy. The wines recommended by Ivonne were all lovely. To top it off we shared the Dulce de Leche stuffed Churros, which were served with a cup of hot chocolate. Good thing they were on the small side! So rich and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • namaVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We really enjoyed the experience while dining there for our 47th . The food anniversary . The foods were very tasty and good presentation. Our waiter Alex was very attentive and good recommendations. Although we did not see the sunset due to heavy fog but we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big menu with a lot of choices
    OpentableDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We tried to sample a dish from each section on the menu but got too full and have to skip the big plates. We like the beef empanada the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical
    trizia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the creatively curated food served with love and sophistication. Devoured this meticulously delicious food along with the breathtaking view. A perfect place to feel inspired.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Romantic Dinner Spot
    CoastsideDutch
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I live near by. We love the ambiance, unique food options, energy and service. The views of Montara State Beach are incredible. La Costanera is a must! Go tonight! Go this weekend! Make that reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful view and different food
    LisaS
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The small plates are a lot of fun, different and very tasty. Right over the beach in Montara. There is a lovely patio but we chose to sit inside. We watched the surfers while we enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shirley
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A fine addition to the Bay Area dining scene. Interesting food not readily available elsewhere. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great evening
    Beachwalker
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Brought a friend from Germany to enjoy the amazing food and views of la Costanera. The Pisco sours are our favorite drink and the food is always outstanding. Service was attentive and not at all rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional find!
    malakesf
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I definitely will be going back - I love this place! We took our daughter for a special night out before she left for school - excellent dinner - excellent drinks - beautiful location - not overly fancy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    2much2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I want to love it. The view is outstanding. The building is beautiful. Then you have the food. You want it to be great; to go along with the feeling you get of being on the coast of Lima when you look into the ocean view. The anticuchos corazon ... it was covered in basic bbq sauce, the macaroni and cheese was soupy, and the bruschetta with short ribs was full of bones and I almost cracked my tooth. All of the small plates we ordered (about fifteen) fell short/ It just didn't meet the expectations you have of a michelin star restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Clergyflea
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went for the beach setting but will return for the food and service. Restaurant is really neat (ambiance and decorations) and is terrific to take out-of-town guests. Food surprisingly terrific but a little pricey. Will return for sure!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • all around amazing place!
    flash442
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We got there at 8pm just as the sun was setting and they gave use a table near the window to view the sun setting. Alex was very helpful and great with recommendations. The food was great we both had paella, one seafood and one verde. The seafood was cooked to perfection. The sangria was great, we ordered a pitcher and it was perfect for both of us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Peruvian cuisine in bay area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    On our way home from work, we stopped over for dinner. Loved every item we ordered (though, the flan we ordered didn't scale heights compared to the rest of the dishes). Loved the service (Ricardo). Had a great table on the entry level looking at the sunset. Wish this place was closer to the city (Ocean Beach?).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Peruvian Restaurant
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    La Costenara is a great find. Yes, it is out of the way, but the setting next to the ocean, the wonderful Peruvian food, and the very good service makes this a very special place to visit. We dined here for our anniversary, and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine by the fire pit
    Eddie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a formal reservation, but noticed (due to the colder weather) that the outside fire pit(s) were unoccupied. With the flames, the environment was warm with no jacket required. It was a wonderful way to have dinner and watch the sunset. Great food, fun staff. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Spot
    realfoodpeople
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I took my wife for our 10 year, we had been once before. We we're seated promptly at the best table. I had asked for a nice table in my reservation because of our anniversary and hoped for the best. Once seated, two glasses of complimentary champagne came out with congrats on our special occasion. The Ahi tuna Ceviche' was the best thing we had that night. The grilled skewer of fillet's were a bit small for the price, but had good flavor. I wasn't happy with the Calamari Chile Relleno, it was a bit on the chewy side. Otherwise, fantastic view, great service and very good food. Two glasses of wine, six small plate dishes, $125 with the tip. Not horrible, but a little to expensive for a weekly place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    Laurel
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful - the location stunning - - I saw it on "Check Please Bay Area" so my expectations were high with all the photos of the food and beautiful presentations..... Some of the small plates were nothing like presented on the show - and I felt they were overpriced. The restaurant is very noisy - touristy. I would suggest going down stairs to the "lounge" area - with the great outdoors and fire pits. I will definitely return and go to the lounge.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great mixing of flavors. Every dish was fantastically composed.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went here for my birthday
    MarHeWannaEat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I had to come here, because I wanted to see what changes had occurred since it was the Chart House... On the reservations, I mentioned that it was my birthday, and at the end of dinner I received a printed card from the staff, wishing me a happy birthday! VERY sweet... Now the food...many of us enjoyed the flavors, but noticed an overall lack of seasoning (read "SALT"), and the portions were more modest than we had expected for the price point. Clearly, this is quite the date spot, as well as special occasion destination, but this wasn't the place for Chifa Peruano, despite the presence of some Chinese ingredients...
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spot On
    PeterM
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Been here 3 times now, every time it's spot on. Beautiful view, great food, very accommodating. Even got parking this time in lot because of early start.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate