La Lanterna Ristorante

4.7
741 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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mischi
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I hope more people get back to participating in life and stop living in unreasonable fear to enjoy this great restaurant!

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vipSMneighbor
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great neighborhood stop for us. Their calamari steak is very good, highly recommend it.

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Sisukho8
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They were shorted 2 staff on serving in the dining room due to COVID this evening. Although the service might extended in waiting for our meals, the quality of our food were wonderful, worth for the wait. It was packed on the Christmas Eve dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious good and great service

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Flyingdiner
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 5:30 dinner on a Wednesday with visiting friends who were apprehensive about dining out because of the Omicron spread. They were put at ease when they saw that La Lanterna has placed plexiglass between all booths and diners were comfortably spaced out.
My husband enjoyed the squid ink pasta so much on our last visit, he ordered it again, and I did too. It did not disappoint, the al dente pasta with a rich red sauce and a generous serving of prawns and clams was delicious. Our friends had the penne pasta with mushrooms, and loved it.
We ended our meal with a delicious bread pudding topped with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Great service and pacing allowed us to have a very relaxing and enjoyable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. the food was fresh, delicious and the wait staff was right on top of it. I’ll definitely go there again. Easy reservation, romantic setting..7

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JanieO
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve! Our favorite neighborhood restaurant did not disappoint! Dinner was wonderful

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vipOutoftowner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff there is always welcoming and accommodating. We love going there to celebrate special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was just ok. Need to have more clams in the clam chowder. Wanted to have the lamb shank on the daily special. But was told they ran out (at 7:15?). If no item, just don't show me the special menu. Switched to salmon and asked it to be made medium. But they still managed to overcook it. Hope next time the food is better.

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vipFranS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service!

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Woof
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very enjoyable dinner. Food was very good. Noise level is low. Service was excellent.

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viplmichelle
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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ABSs
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice variety of entree choices, good service, and nice booth space for more privacy.

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Yoonie
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall my experience was relatively good. I personally thought my dish was a tad too salty for my taste, but my husband loved his. The appetizer was delicious though!

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DennisM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our original server was rude and in his own world. Didn't pay attention to what we were saying. He was replaced my a more senior person who was wonderful

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zonman
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place and will return. My one complaint is the price of wine. Smith & Hook Cab is a $19 bottle and they charge $42. Others were priced the same way. Feels like a ripoff.

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vipLindy
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE La Lanterna. The service is always excellent - Merrick is our favorite but everyone is great. The food is always excellent as well. We have never had a bad dish here, from appetizers to salads to entrees to desserts. You just can't go wrong!

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CarmenG
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated birthday with a wonderful dinner at our favorite place. Food and service is great. Plus it is quite so we can talk and visit without having to shout. Great place.

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vipFoodsquire
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

La Laterna food quality and service is very high and consistent. The Pollo Florentina was excellent (except for rather overcooked veggies), and the salads are always excellent.

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Eyedoc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the calamari and bruschetta for appetizer. We ordered from the special menu of the day and everyone liked what they ordered. The risotto with salmon, ravioli with portobello mushrooms and the petrale of sole were very good. Service was attentive. Will go again!

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vipRobinM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at the restaurant and will become a favorite.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal last night, yet again at this neighborhood favorite of ours. I started with the burrata appetizer, which was generous and delicious. I'm doing keto and they obliged me with replacing potatoes with sautéed spinach, which was so fresh and good and my salmon was grilled perfectly. My husband started with the polenta, always fabulous with it's cheesy goodness and had the linguini vongole which he prefers in a creamy sauce which they accommodated. Great food, great service and chill atmosphere makes for a delightful evening.

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vipDonC
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Consistently an excellent and enjoyable dining venue. Last nights petrale sole special was outstanding, in presentation and taste. My wife's special risotto was outstanding as well. Nice to see a restaurant busy and doing well in today's challenging Covid environment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been in years. Don’t know why but will go more now for sure. It was wonderful in every way!

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Flyingdiner
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The squid ink pasta with assorted seafood was fantastic, the pasta was perfectly al dente with a generous amount of seafood. It was my husband’s, but it was so good I kept dipping into it. I loved my lamb shank prepared with a lovely light sauce, so tender, I was able to cut it with a fork. My husband also ordered the Caesar salad which was large enough to serve two. Service was outstanding. We’ll be back soon to sample other menu items, but we’ll definitely be having squid ink pasta with seafood again. Kudos to chef Ramon Lopez!

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CarelleK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner of the calamari breaded and in a light wine sauce with garlic mashed potatoes and delightful sauted veggies. Wonderful service, socially distanced indoors. We also shared a caesar salad which was the perfect size.

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vipotdiner
San Francisco
188 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was bustling with 3 large parties. Our service was attentive, as always, and our food arrived hot and delicious. La Lanterna is a neighborhood favorite!

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LarryD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! They were very accommodating about our schedule too. Got us in and out quickly so we could get to the theater on time. Would definitely return.

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AMBP
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Italian restaurant in the peninsula.

Great food, ambiance and great service. Great time out

and yes we will return again

Agu

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vipEmilP
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible. Slow, and we had to ask several times for additional wine glasses, butter, etc. when we( party of 6) we’re through with our main courses, had to ask twice for take home containers, and waited 10 minutes for 1 take home container for dessert. The Risotto was excellent as was the Linguine and clams. It appeared that they were short handed with a private party going on but the waiting times were inexcusable.

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Paul57
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most consistently great dining experiences in San Mateo. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipJonathanK
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Lanterna has been so consistent for many years. A true pleasure able dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent, and the staff was attentive and helpful. Had the calamari appetizer, entrees were snapper and tortolloni, and we enjoyed everything. We shared the apple strudel for dessert. It was a taste of autumn in a wonderful pastry shell. Overall, a great experience.

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IreneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Uniformly fine food, attractively presented. The place is an appealing family run establishment.

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SteveB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly servers, very good food, great service, not rushed at all. All in all a very nice experience.

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PariseD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy! We love this restaurant so much we went back while on a recent road trip and the food, the presentation and the wait staff were everything we remembered from our prior visits. Consistently excellent! It's worth going out of your way for.

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vipbabk
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had soup (lobster bisque) and spaghetti. Ordered cookies and ice cream for dessert (biscotti and spumoni). Everything was delicious. I’m definitely going back.

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vipmike
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Calamari was crisp, squid ink spaghetti was terrific.

FAQs

La Lanterna Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 341-8877.

La Lanterna Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 741 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.