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
212 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (190)special occasion (139)fit for foodies (136)great for outdoor dining (115)romantic (105)good for groups (71)hot spot (58)vibrant bar scene (50)neighborhood gem (44)notable wine list (31)great for lunch (17)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (15)late-night find (9)Show More
  • as our waiter Alex said:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    ... I HIGHLY recommend this. Everything was terrific - interesting and delicious food, gorgeous sunset, fantastic pisco. We tried many new things and enjoyed all, without exception.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience!!
    June
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The service, food and especially the view was a wonderful experience. i can hardly wait to return and try other delicious foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend crowd sacrificed quality.
    Amazoncruisers
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We enjoyed it but the claim of Peruvian food was below expectation. Food came out cold that may be due to Sunday crowd. Traffic was bad and parking lot was full of beach goers, not restaurant guests. The waiter was very friendly and helpful but too busy but Nick is only there as temp. Perhaps the restaurant should consider permanent and professional staff for such a nice property.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place keeps getting better!
    DeetheBeeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We live in Montara, so we frequent La Costenara a lot. This time, we were there for my husband's birthday. We had a fabulous server - Jonathan. What a cutie! He was super attentive and understanding given we had our 14 month old at the table as well. The food was amazing as always, and I strongly recommend the cebiche sampler (yummy) and the Lomo Saltado with egg. My husband was so happy when we got to sing happy birthday and he got to blow out his birthday candle. Thanks to La Costenara for another successful dinner! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Montara
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Way too noisy from the party downstairs- hard to talk, very distracting! Great food and service- just hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Costanera
    Weekendfoodies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambiance was wonderful. Salad and appetizer were good but our main courses was not. I order the salmon special, it was mushy and had a burnt flavor. I did not finish my meal. The husband had paella. The dish was soupy, shrimp over-cooked but the calamari was excellent. We were disappointed as this was not our first experience at a La Costanera and past experiences were excellent. Not sure what happened this time. Next time I would go for cocktails and appetizers and skip the main course. It is truly a beautiful place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor value
    jerry
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I found the dishes pricey for what i got. The ceviche was costly. In many restaurants I can have an entry for the same cost. 2nd dish was un-eventful, I do not remember what is was.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous
    Wildmare
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Every bite was unique and a "yum", and the presentation is beautiful. Had a great time celebrating a friend's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • view
    ernie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    great view of ocean , wall facing ocean all windows
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PJ150
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We truly enjoyed our experience. Our waiter, Nick, was delightful and very helpful. The service was excellent. The food was unusual as many fusion foods are, but we found it to be delicious. We will definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Place in Town!
    Clare
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Truly, Costanera is the only restaurant in a twenty-mile zone worth going to. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wont be going back
    MichVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were really wanting to try this place being foodies. The food wasn't good. I ordered lobster paella and it was soupy and the lobster tasted like it came out of a can. Our service was horrendous!! My husband actually complained to the manager. If you go at sunset time it is really bright and the sun is right in your eyes. Also it is very very loud. You have to almost yell across the table. Without the location I don't think this place would make it. I have been to Peru and this food wasn't good Peruvian food at all. The only good thing was the pisco sour.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Hostess, Mediocre food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    No priority given to those who are celebrating a special occasion. We were denied a prime location request for our anniversary and witnessed them give it to another couple who checked in shortly after us. Judging from their very casual attire of jeans and t-shirts, they were not there to celebrate a special occasion. It was painful to watch that couple enjoy the beautiful sunset while we dined in the back of the restaurant just steps from the hostess table and bathrooms. We had hoped the food would make up for it, but that was a major disappointment too. Now we know why they lost their Michelin star. Complimentary champagne and a card was given wishing us a happy anniversary. That just added insult to injury. Will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ocean View, Great Food
    Alleyn
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fabulous ocean view. If you can, go early to secure a table by the railing (closest to the ocean) for the best ocean views. Because you are situated above ocean level, you can still see the ocean from other tables, but the rail tables are far superior. It took me several trips before I found the right dishes for me. I only returned because I had friends that loved the place. I finally found the salad-Ensalada Nuovo Andina, Main course-Chaufa Negra, and killer dessert-Churros. Now it is my favorite place to eat! Pricey, but worth it, and hands down the best place to eat on the coast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great view with great food
    saucey
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Took my mom here for her birthday it was great. beautiful view great table great food definitely will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    chervil
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went to La Coasanera excited because we have heard good things about it. It really is a beautiful setting and we enjoyed the view. However we felt like the service wasn't that great because It seemed like they wanted to hurry us out of there. My husband ordered a second glass of wine, and when it came it was only half as full as the first. The size of the portions were very small for the very high cost, even the large plates. I'd recommend it to a friend only because of the amazing view, The only time we'll go back is if we have people from out of town that we want to show the view. And we won't go for dinner but rather just for the small plates on the patio
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent for a special occation
    Luv2ski
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Brought my parents for their 65th wedding anniversary. Atmosphere was great, service very good. Food was a little unusual but very good. Had live music that night so it was a little noisy but we could still carry on a conversation across the table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Half Moon Bay Dining
    bonitag
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Found this when I Googled fine restaurants in the Half Moon Bay area. We are familiar with Peruvian food and found that this was authentic and delicious!! Our server was very nice and friendly, however the service was slow between courses. We found ourselves waiting a little too long between drinks, appetizers, entrée's and desert. If the restaurant was busy, that would have been understandable, but it was not overly busy on the night we went. Overall a great experience and we will both recommend and revisit on our next trip out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and view
    Pyl007VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We've been here several times and have always enjoyed their unique food, Pisco Sours, and great service. The only problem is that we never get past the selection of small plates because there are such a variety of different dishes. Great place to experiment with new tastes and cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelieviable Place
    John
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife a I got married here last year. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is very energized. Everybody (Diners) was having fun and enjoying themselves. The food is like nothing you've eaten before. Chief Carlos is amazing. Eric is the most gracious event organizer you will ever meet. He organized our wedding, and it was the most pefect venue imaginable. We will dine here forever. Thanks to all the staff for a most pleasent dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very, very good food, decor, ambiance. Service was good not outstanding. Not a lot of vegetarian choices on the menu but I'm certain they would accommodate when asked. Parking is terrible, I didn't rate the restaurant based on this. Arrive early so as you can wait for a spot or walk to the restaurant from plenty of spots along the highway or nearby neighborhoods. The walk isn't far but it will be in dirt and gravel. Dogs allowed on the patio which is nice if your a dog owner and at the beach. Patio is a first come first serve with no hostess whatsoever, so unfortunately you have to hover when its busy and I don't like hovering near other guests(also did not rate the restaurant based on this matter)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Costanera outstanding
    kittymom
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The whole dining experience was wonderful. Our server,Nick, was so attentive and knew the menu well. The food was interesting and served so beautifully. of course the view was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good eats on the beach
    lovetotrynewthings
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Decided to try a different cuisine, so Peruvian was it. There was a very large menu and it was so difficult to decide what to try first, so we went with the tapas and was going to expand from there. The tapas was more than enough. A little bite here and a little bite there-we were able to taste and enjoy various dishes. I had a mango margarita-I think this is my new "go to" drink. It was so good. Overall we had a nice time-good food, nice atmosphere, good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peruvian Treasure
    Foodiebeme
    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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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  • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food to match the view
    AndrewVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet