Staff was shorthanded but our server did everything possible to make sure we had a great dining experience. Food was excellent as usual.
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.
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.
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.
The cocktails were watery yet, more important, is that the service is very much improved.
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.
Delightful meal with delicious food and great service! Relaxing ambiance.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Excellent authentic Italian dishes! We already experienced more than 5 dishes.
Thank you, La Lanterna Ristorante!
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.
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.
very solid restaurant with good food and service. Great daily specials. Love the back room dining that is private for a group.
We have been dining at LaLanterna for years and never had a bad meal or poor service.
The best Tortellini I have ever had!!! The sauce was also great. Nice wines & wonderful bread pudding.
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!!
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.
Our favorite place to have a nice meal and to bond with friends.
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.
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.
Had a nice evening with friends. Good service, good food and noise level low enough to have a conversation. Would go again.
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.
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.
This i s a sound restaurant, with good food and service. Liked it.
Very clean and tasty food with attentive service. The cannelloni were delicate and delicious.
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.
Dinner was very good and the service was excellent.
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!
Although the food was delicious, my family and I thought the service was a little slow.
Good as always! Birthday celebration with my daughter. I've been coming here for many years!
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.
The food was excellent along with service that was very good. The price was reasonable. Nice place for Valentine's Day
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.
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.
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
Lovely lunch. Salmon dishes superb. Slow service but it allowed nice time for conversation without being disturbed.
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.
Great specials, the food is really good and true Italian.