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La Lanterna Ristorante

4.4
396 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: M-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 341-8877
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ramon Lopez
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Private party contact
Jennifer: (650) 341-8877
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Camino Real
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 396 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food wonderful wine and we could talk

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We stayed at a Airbnb close to the restaurant and was recommended. We walked in the rain to get there and loved every minute. Everyone was so friendly and our waiter was great! We were the last to come in at 845 even though they closed at 10p. Everyone treated us with respect and hospitality. Definitely will return and would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was delicious. I would have liked my birthday and friend's anniversary acknowledged. Does open table pass on to the restaurant the special occasion listed when making a reservation?

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Wish it was more crowded at lunch because food and service are very good.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Horrible food!! Calamari was b

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Excellent food. Authentic Italian cuisine. Everything fresh and tasty. Excellent desserts.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Outstanding meal once again. Dine there about once a month for dinner. Food comes out hot.
Usually order one of the specials. Had petrale and red snapper dishes

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great family, friend crowd. Solid food; fresh with good flavours.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was generally good but could not make up for the poor service. We were seated immediately and within seconds a waiter appeared , did not introduce himself and asked if we were ready to order. No inquiry about drinks etc. we felt rushed to make a decision . Ultimately we did order and tasted and selected the daly wine special. The waiter brought the wrong wine even though it was the advertised special. The wrong wine turned out to be good but it still was evidence of a lack of interest on the waiter’s part. As a neighborhood place I would think that return customers are an important part of your business. This level of service makes that difficult for us. We can easily spend our 250.00 at another place in town and get reasonable service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Wonderful authentic Italian food. Even though the restaurant was full, the service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very good dinner, we arrived 15 minutes early to have a drink at the bar, and were told they don’t actually have a bar to sit at but it is a full service bar, went down the street for a drink, that was a little disappointing

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice place for a date with wife. We enjoyed the pasta white and red sauce clams/seafood. The espresso with gelato we shared at end was the best

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Another great dinner and Valentine celebration, too! Meal selections are very good.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This local Italian restaurant always satisfies. Attentive maitre d' and exceptional service. Food is delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

A very enjoyable evening and we so enjoyed our entrees.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful evening. Staff was great

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

we dine at least once a month at La Lanterna---Always very good

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Has been a consistent favorite for many years. Always great food. Have used the private dining room several times for parties. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Edwin was superb! Great service!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Exceptional food, awesome service. Thank you

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service were good however the noise level was too loud for a comfortable dining experience.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had excellent food, including desserts. Service was a little slow at times, but the restaurant was packed, including some very large parties.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

was the night of the State of the Union Address, so not many people there. The entrees (3) we had were all delicious, well rounded menu. Our first visit but we will be back!! Definitely will recommend it

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Celebrated my friend’s 93rd Birthday! The Caesar salad and calamari steak were delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I was very satisfied dining at La Laterna. The atmosphere was inviting and warm. The service and the food were excellent. Overall great experience. We'll definitely go back. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was great but the service was lacking. Very busy night and only 2 waiters and main dish took almost an hour to come out with absolutely no explanation. I would go back to see if this was just an off night.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was good enough, there was a mix up with our order and the waitstaff basically said too bad.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The menu is good, service was good, somewhat pricey.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Best waiter in town! Great food and service. Would go back in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

La Laterna is definitely a neighborhood gem. Tucked away on 25th Avenue in San Mateo. Decorated with lights and a cozy feeling walking in. This restaurant also has cute booths for a more romantic dinner atmosphere. The food is fabulous. The bread is terrible. They really do need to upgrade their bread. Everything was great. The service is good especially for a very busy New Years Eve. Definitely a recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve dinner. Awesome. Visit many times during the year for a great dinner out

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Pork entree was excellent. I ordered wine by glass - suggest waiter bring bottle and glass and allow customer see label - and pour wine at table rather than bring wine already poured.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We have dined here many times. This visit the food was good as always, but service was not as usual. We arrived for a Friday 7:30 reservation and were seated on time. The tables were all taken so they were very busy, but service was very slow. After waiting about twenty minutes to order every course arrived slowly. We had to ask for the first bread basket and never got water refills. We will come back, but will arrive before 6:00.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Delightful Italian graciousness, and excellent food. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

La Lanterna is a true neighborhood gem. The servers a friendly and welcoming, and the food is always a delight.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

very nice neighborhood restaurant. good value. excellent service by Vito our waiter. ran into friends entering and exiting so very comfortable feel. will return.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

One of our consistent favorites! Pasta is always an excellent choice as are any of the entree ‘s. The wait staff was great and we had a great dinning experience. Our mom is very very picky and even she was happy!

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We have visited this restaurant for about 30 and it remains as good as ever. It is rare to find a place like this that you can always depend on to provide a quality experience.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

This restaurant exceeds expectations all around. The food is fabulous. I'm normally a small eater and I cleaned my plate. The bread was hot, crusty French bread. The menu changed from last time we dined there and their specials are over the top!!! I've dined in Paris and New York. You won't be disappointed!!!!

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