La Lanterna Ristorante

4.7
726 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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vipLindy
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
44 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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vipRobinMurdoch
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at the restaurant and will become a favorite.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
94 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
41 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
25 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

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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
16 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
47 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Calamari was crisp, squid ink spaghetti was terrific.

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CherylG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in San Mateo! I highly recommend you visit this restaurant.

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Sophia
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

It started out with a not so-welcoming-reception upon arrival from the hostess.

The Head Waiter gave me attitude when I inquired how long had it been since the new owner has taken over La Lanterna.

My pasta dish was very salty, the service was extremely slow, it was also very cold inside the restaurant that you needed heaters; and it was so noisy in the dining area I could hardly hear my friend's conversation. However, the Tiramisu was great!

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vipFulkie
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spinach salad was delicious my sister had the cannelloni I had veal it was delightful! Great service!

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MKVdV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Discovered this through a FB group and found it pleasing. Cocktails weren’t the greatest, but okay. Will definitely go back!

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vipbabk
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and moderately priced. The pasta was bomemade!

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vipZipp
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love LaLanterna! The food, the people, the fact we can have a special evening out without having to go far! It’s our favorite place to celebrate special occasions or bring friends from out of town.

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SanMateoMom
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came here on a Saturday night for a birthday dinner. Restaurant was fairly full but everyone was well spaced out and very comfortable. They do a great job of distancing the tables! We were seated immediately for our 7pm reservation. We ordered a lovely bottle of wine which was very reasonably priced and so good! The bread is delicious and fresh. We also got the crab cake app to share. It was just fabulous! I ordered the linguine with clams which was light and fresh-perfect for a warm summer evening. My husband ordered a fish special which he said did not have a lot of flavor. He helped me with my dish which he highly preferred. Since it was a birthday dinner, we ordered the lemon tart which was also quite delicious. Overall, I highly, highly recommend La Lanterna to absolutely anyone for lunch or dinner! I would go back in a heart beat!

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vipLynieR
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Lanterna has been open for 20 years. It was always one of our go to restaurants for many years. Not sure why we gravitated away but we hadn’t been there in several years. The food was great (entrees always served hot), the service was friendly and efficient, and nice ambience. There were 4 of us and we all ordered different meals. We were all very pleased with the overall experience, and plan to return soon!

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vipRobert
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our family had caesar salads, squid ink pasta with seafood, and chicken parmesan.

All dishes were excellent.

For dessert, we had homemade spumoni ice cream and bread pudding. Both were ok, but too sweet for our taste.

Service was outstanding.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependable experience every time!

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vipBeth
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Neighborhood gem

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GregC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always very good food and service! Highly recommend.

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Grvk
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love La Lanterna. It is our favorite special occasion restaurant and sometimes our special treat place. The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly.

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joaanne
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely dining but not too fussy - highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slower than expected. Likely they are experiencing labor issues like everyone else.

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vipCarolT
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious the service is great. Wonderful people that work there.

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 726 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.