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La Lanterna Ristorante

4.4
396 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • 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 June 25, 2017

Staff was shorthanded but our server did everything possible to make sure we had a great dining experience. Food was excellent as usual.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Food is always great. Service in the past was good but not this time. Very long waits to order, to get the food, and for clearing plates.
Probably won't return.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

As usual, we had a wonderful meal at La Lanterna. The staff went out of their way to make sure our dining experience was relaxed and enjoyable. I like the relaxed atmosphere and tasty food at this place. Had a wonderful time and will go back often.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

We were greeted at the door by a very pleasant young man ( Bladimir?). As it turns out not only was he the host , but he was also the only waiter working that night. There were 14 tables occupied, which included some fairly large groups. Our waiter and his assistant were absolutely amazing. They were running around the restaurant doing an unbelievable job for all the patrons. We have eaten at a number of fine restaurants around the world, and we truly believe that Bladimir and his assistant would be highly successful at any restaurant. We hope to be served by these two fine young men on our next visit.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

The cocktails were watery yet, more important, is that the service is very much improved.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food, big menu collection, little nosey, decor is boring, waiters are attentive, feels a bit rushed. Nicer for lunch or early dinner. Full service bar, over all great food but a bit pricy.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Delightful meal with delicious food and great service! Relaxing ambiance.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2017

My friend & I shared the beet, pear salad and our main course was the pork with an excellent gravy accompanied by gnocchi & spinach. By sharing we are able to enjoy desert, which La Lanterna is famous for. This time we had the small 3 bites - Panna Cotta; Tirimusu & Hot fudge cake. We enjoyed a very pleasant evening by not being rushed through our meal. I have never had a bad meal here and have been coming for many years.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2017

Normally dinner at La Lanterna is a pleasure, but last Thursday must have been an off night. The lamb shank I ordered was tough and extremely difficult to cut because it had not been cooked slowly for hours. I have had it several times before at Lanterna when it was cooked to perfection. My dining partner's Calamari steak was not as good as usual either. I did say something to our server in hopes the feedback would get back to the kitchen. Hopefully, this was simply an off-night and not a consistent change because this is a restaurant I have liked a great deal for over a decade.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Hadn't been there in a few years, glad to see it is still doing well. Service was a bit slow, not sure if it was a problem with kitchen help, but the food came out hot and very good - but there was a lapse somewhere. Time between salad and entree was very long. It is was very loud. Not sure there is anything they can do about people talking loudly, but the tile floors and beam ceilings do not help to dampen noise. But, overall, it is still very good food and a nice restaurant for a nondescript neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The steak with whiskey gorgonzola sauce was to die for, and the spinach and potato sides were clearly given as much attention as the main course. Can't always get a good Negroni cocktail, but this one was very good. The wait staff was exceptional. It was a lovely dinner experience!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2017

Excellent authentic Italian dishes! We already experienced more than 5 dishes.
Thank you, La Lanterna Ristorante!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

This was our second time there, first time for lunch. It was excellent in every way. Service was outstanding. Our meals were delicious. Can't say enough good things about this place, especially for special occasions and family events.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Went here for dinner with mom the night before Mothers' Day. Service was prompt and attentive. Linguine alla Vongole was a good choice. Mom commented that her bolognese was a tad on the sweet side and the dish would have benefitted from the addition of capers. She is a picky eater, though. I gave the value rating 4 stars as it was a bit pricey, but on par for the area. Nice setting. Bathroom was clean.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2017

very solid restaurant with good food and service. Great daily specials. Love the back room dining that is private for a group.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

We have been dining at LaLanterna for years and never had a bad meal or poor service.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2017

The best Tortellini I have ever had!!! The sauce was also great. Nice wines & wonderful bread pudding.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Only issue > several of our party ordered Gnocchi and thought it was going to be in Alfredo sauce. It was in a red sauce (menu didn't quite specify) however they ate it all, said it was good! Hubby's chicken was a little dry. Waiter was very nice and friendly, desserts fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

Food was amazing. The entrees were made from very fresh ingredients and tastefully prepared. Our server was personable and very attentive to our needs. Great location and not hard to find a parking spot.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Our favorite place to have a nice meal and to bond with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

La Lanterna never fails to impress. From salad to dessert the good is just delicious and fresh. I brought friends here who had never been and every single person had an outstanding meal.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Love the calamari steak; the sauce is lemon perfection. I've always appreciated the small bowl of olives to enjoy with bread and my martini. The rabbit was awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Had a nice evening with friends. Good service, good food and noise level low enough to have a conversation. Would go again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

We always have enjoyed La Lanterna, but hadn't eaten there for a few months. Their menu expanded menu and specials gave us so many options. Our dinner was excellent; we had caesars and an an arugula salad, and calamari dore, a pork tenderloin, and a special petrale sole for our entrees. We shared biscotti for dessert, but would have enjoyed any of their homemade desserts. They were quite busy, and the service was excellent. We won't wait so long to return.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Great service and food. Best value in San Mateo. My wife and I enjoy great restaurants on Pennisula, SF, and Napa. LA Lanterna is one of our favorites we can always count on every time.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

This i s a sound restaurant, with good food and service. Liked it.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Very clean and tasty food with attentive service. The cannelloni were delicate and delicious.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2017

I loved this restaurant until this last time. The food was cold, the service was slow, my favorite dish- Calamari Steak was small and barely warm.
Not sure if I could recommend it to my friends any longer. Sorry.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Dinner was very good and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

We celebrated my daughter 's birthday and she really enjoyed her time with her friends and family.
The service what excellent, the food was exquisite. It's a place we need to go more often!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Although the food was delicious, my family and I thought the service was a little slow.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Good as always! Birthday celebration with my daughter. I've been coming here for many years!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2017

A big improvement after the last time I was here. The food was hot this time and portions were good size. Good cocktails and desserts. The swordfish special was large and delicious, as was the chicken piccata and carpaccio. The ravioli was tasty as was the shortrib risotto. Although, the same issue exists after being seated, no one approaches the table to welcome you or ask for drink orders for quite a while. The owner who is always there, and watching this, should take it upon herself to come over and engage the customers and make them feel welcome, not neglected. If this issue can be fixed, then I would gladly rate them 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was excellent along with service that was very good. The price was reasonable. Nice place for Valentine's Day

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2017

We have been coming to La Lantern for several years and habe never been disappointed. Food is great, ambiance is comfortable and relaxing. Service is great and always friendly and prompt. We always bring our friends. And it always upsets our daughter, who is away at college, when she finds out we have been having dinner at La Lanterns without her.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

I have been going to this restaurant for years, the food is consistently amazing. On my recent visit, however, the service was negligible. I will go back for the food, and to see if this was a onetime evening or things have changed.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at la lanterna. It was conveniently located and the service was great, attention when we wanted it and not when we didn't Food was very tasty and well presented

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Lovely lunch. Salmon dishes superb. Slow service but it allowed nice time for conversation without being disturbed.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2017

The staff was very attentive and accommodating for our business celebration. Food is always top notch. Love this restaurant for lunch or dinner. Special enough for any celebration but comfortable enough not to be stuffy.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Great specials, the food is really good and true Italian.

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