La Lanterna Ristorante
La Lanterna Ristorante

La Lanterna Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lalanternasanmateo.com/#
  • Phone: 6503418877
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ramon Lopez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer 6503418877

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Lanterna Ristorante
Open since 2001, La Lanterna is a family-owned business with Ramon Lopez as Executive Chef and Jennifer Villa-McGuffin service as manager. Prior to opening, Ramon and Jennifer were employed at various fine dining restaurants in the San Francisco Peninsula. With his own signature style, Chef Ramon has received numerous accolades and is honored to serve you at La Lanterna.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
La Lanterna Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (23)good for groups (20)great for lunch (15)fit for foodies (13)romantic (8)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Memorable Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We celebrated my daughter's birthday at La Lanterna. Everything was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our favorite restaurant
    OnoliciousVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant on the Peninsula and go there often. We have only good things to say about all we expect in a restaurant, and they fulfill our every expectation.Our lunch this time was for a group of 8, and everyone enjoyed the food,ambiance, and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    Lamont
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    La Lanterna has been our go to restaurant for a number of years. The food is always very good and it is nice to go to an Italian restaurant that has Italian waiters. We always take friends to La Lanterna when they come to visit. This restaurant is very popular so make reservations if you go on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious and service
    Becky
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Food was delicious and service was outstanding! So glad to have found this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a warm and friendly
    otdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This is a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food. The servers are always helpful. The kitchen can be a little slow at times but we find the food is worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • everything from start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    everything from start to finish was excellent service a tad slow but a wonderful evening Italian style hello
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Lanterna Dinner was wonderful
    TracySF
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had reservations for VDay. It was very busy as anyone would expect. The staff was very friendly and set each party in order of arrival. The Soup that night was a corn chowder with Crab. WOW - it was delicious! Our main meals were tasty and well prepared as well. THe whole experience was TOPS. This is a San Mateo neighborhood GEM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Laura
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It's rare that we get to go out as a couple sans children and we were looking for a quiet and delicious Italian meal to celebrate Valentine's day. This was perfect. Great service, deliciousness authentic food and not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even though it was Valentine's
    BeverleyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Even though it was Valentine's Day, the service was excellent and the food served promptly and nicely done. Of course, the most important thing is the food. Very good! There is a full bar and a very good wine list. The only fault I would mention is the lighting. Otherwise I would give it even a higher rating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite in the area
    OnoliciousVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    WE can always count on La Lanterna to provide excellent food, service and friendliness. Have recommended this restaurant to many, and no one has been disappointed - only kudo's Only complaint (and it's not a fault of the restaurant) too many restaurants on the Avenue and very limited parking, not to mention hardly any parking available for the handicapped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious - second
    JB1234
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The food was delicious - second time I have been there and both times were great - will go again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owner
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Finally met one of the owners after years of dining here. Lovely lady, wife of owner/chef. Dinner was excellent. Will continue dining here. Booth seating is comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday dinner
    CliffVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    This was a great place to celebrate my wife's dinner. We had a nice intimate dinner and just enjoyed everything about our night. We have been to La Lanterna for several occasions and will always consider this a go to for our specials nights.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant!
    ralphie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We're not gourmet people, but have eatent at some nice places in the Napa Valley, SF, and in Europe. La Lanterna was right at the top! Two appetizers- polenta (tasty truffle sauce), calamari (off the boat fresh); Tried 4 different entrees- hangar steak, fruitta di mare, petrale sole and canneloni. All were spectacular. We all split a desert (petit trio), couldn't believe we could fit that in! Great deserts as well. Very friendly service. All for less than $25/person at lunch!!! WOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit = great, second = not
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    My second visit to this restaurant. First time, service and food were excellent. Took a larger group back for my second visit - food was average and the service was extremely slow and unattentive. Hoping they go back to the better mojo.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    milosuny
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I was very disappointed overall. I give some lead way because we went to the restaurant on New year's Eve but all of the food was lack luster. We ordered the Calamari Dorati and Pollo Parmesana, pretty basic dishes. The chicken was so rubbbery and full of cartiledge that I couldn't eat it and had to send it back. It was replaced with pasta bolognese that was very flavorful. The Calamari Dorati was ok, not very flavorful, and the truffle potatoes tasted like they were "box potatoes." The wait staff was exceptional !! The hostess was NOT, we had a reservation and had to wait quite a while when there were over 3 open tables to seat us. I won't return to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and Service
    Rudy
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Loved it - the waiters are Italian as well which really makes it authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy New Year!
    johnnymordoc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a nice dinner to ring in the New Year's Eve.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Way To End The Year!!!
    OnoliciousVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Although it was New Year's Eve and very busy, our dining experience was , as usual, outstanding. The noise level was more energetic than usual, but then, everyone was in a holiday spirit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Italian on 25th!
    wifeisvegan
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We went for Xmas eve and it was super busy (as expected). They were able to seat our table on time. The waiter did an excellent job of meeting my wife's vegan requirements (I called in advance and spoke to Vito who was very helpful!). The place has a lot of authentic italian character. I had the calamari steak which was excellent and finished with an affogato (ice cream with espresso on top). My kids enjoyed the pasta bolognese. The bruschetta was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bon Apetite
    Terr
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We had a lovely experience at your restaurant and can hardly wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a table of 7 and it
    Melanie
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We had a table of 7 and it appeared that all enjoyed food. However, I ordered the salmon salad and the salmon was a little dry. I have ordered this salad before and it wasn't up to previous standards.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I shall return!
    KrumbsfromKovVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Yes, this is a great neighborhood gem, but over the years I have also found it as a place to take friends for a special occasion or casual meeting place. The food is always outstanding with daily worthwhile specials. Our party ordered the special pork chops-- big, thick and tasty; the bisteaka--perfectly cooked and flavorful as well as the veal picata which was savory, light and tender. The salads were all good and the pepper soup--so tasty. We have neglected this restaurant because it is close and we take it for granted but we will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian In Mid Pennisula
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I love this place. Leaves all other faux-Italian restaurants for dead. You won't find pizza or spaghetti with meatballs on the menu but what you discover is a well thought out, creative menu. From the risotto and gnocchi, every dish is prepared with care. Fish dishes are all fresh and artistically plated. This is sophisticated dining in San Mateo. The service is quick and friendly. The best of all, there is no waiting to be seated. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!!!
    LindyVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    We have dined here very, very often and always love the food. You can't go wrong with any of their menu choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Favorite
    profreyes
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We have been coming here for a few years now and it is a family favorite! My daughter and wife always recommend the place for any night out of dining. Great food and great people serving us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OnoliciousVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Never disappointing - which is why we continue to return to this restaurant, especially for special occasions!!!! This time, a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    Foodlover
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    I took a group of 5 to lunch. All meals were well liked. The service was great. Highly recommend this restaurant. Good food choices/selections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant;
    otdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Great neighborhood restaurant; very warm and friendly. The artichoke and mushroom soup was delicious, as were our entrees; the calamari Dorati, the chicken stuffed and wrapped in bacon, and the special lamb chops. Their desserts are always a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had chosen La Lanterna because
    Annalee
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I had chosen La Lanterna because I had looked at the menu online and was really looking forward to the squid-ink spaghetti with seafood. The waiter said, oh yes delicious but we don't have that dish anymore. Big, big bummer because I like to order dishes at a restaurant that I couldn't or wouldn't go to the trouble of cooking at home--that's how rarely my husband and I go out--only for special occasions.
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  • Great Food, Great Service
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Loved it - This truly is a neighborhood gem - we turly enjoy going here - the service is outstanding and food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kitchen needs to slow down
    BurlpersonVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    On a quiet Sunday night we expected a slower dinner so we could savor our meal. Our entree came before we finished our salads. We didn't complain, since it wasn't our waiter's fault. Food was good. When I go back, I will tell the wait staff to make sure to tell the kitchen to serve us more slowly. The place is attractive and offers a good selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was great and the
    SCBG
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Service was great and the food was even better. We both really felt as though we were taken care of. Can't wait to go back and try more items on the menu. Would absolutely recommend to a friend :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening and great food
    PatC
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    My first visit, eating out with a friend. Nice, quiet booth perfect for unwinding and sharing conversation. The house salad was very good and I loved the salmon with lots of greens. Good service and the room is open and spacious. Would be a good place for a large group, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet & food is above average
    SFDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Our table ordered three different types of salads -Ceasar, spinach, and Casa. They are all very good. The entrees were very good but not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice neighborhood restaurant
    snowmanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We like La Lanterna. The staff is friendly and the food is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a great evening out.
    celebrant
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    It was a great evening out. The food was WONDERFUL. Served hot and delicious. The waiter was friendly, and served at a proper pace. We mentioned after our meal that we were celebrating a special anniversary and up came a lovely dessert marked with Happy Anniversary. We will definitely come again and recommend to our friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Lunch!
    Lobie
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Had our group/office Birthday luncheon again w/ the gang. As usual all was great... just have to be very specific w/ how you want your meat cooked... a few of us had it come out incorrect. Desserts were great as usual...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    We have celebrated birthdays, graduations and anniversaries her the last 10 years although food is ok , everything just seems ordinary. Food, service and ambiance. Too many choices abound to et ordinary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was very good. Ambience
    catdog
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    The food was very good. Ambience was quiet and pleasant for a large open room. The overall service was very attentive although we were never presented with a wine list and when I ordered a glass of chardonay, a wine menu was still not offered and so I got what they decided to give me and I had no idea how much it cost. My friend had to ask for a wine menu when she switched to a red with her meal. She then realized that the menu indicated a sparkling wine that she would have much preferred with her appetizer - but, again, she received what they picked for her.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.