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About La Lanterna Ristorante

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.

180 W. 25th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: M-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 341-8877

Website:
http://www.lalanternasanmateo.com/#

Executive Chef:
Ramon Lopez

Private Party Contact:
Jennifer: (650) 341-8877

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Lanterna Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

5
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (11)
Business Meals (11)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (8)
Casual (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 30, 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 12, 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!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Neighborhood gem indeed! Took my out of town parents and they loved it. Everything was delicious, rack of lamb exquisite. Pollo florentina supermoist! Desserts were also a highlight! Nice spot for quiet conversation and delicious Italian cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

La Lanterna is on of our favorite restaurants. The service is friendly and helpful, and willing to make accommodations to the menu. Their risotto is one of my favorites, and the calamari dorati is my husband's. The specials are always a treat, as are their desserts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Have been meaning to stop in for some time now, so glad we finally did! We brought my 92yo uncle here for a post Thanksgiving lunch. The food was fresh, flavorful, and plentiful. We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The calamari was amazing, not dry or chewy. The limoncello margarita was good and strong!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner - too busy. Waiter was running like crazy. We will try the restaurant someday when it is not a holiday.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner - two of us got the traditional turkey dinner which had all the fixings you’d expect - and it all tasted so good. Delicious bread pudding for dessert. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Insalata mista and Pinot Grigio were very good and my entree of calamari dorati was great! Worth the drive from San Jose to Santa Rosa.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and had a wonderful dinner. Service and food are never a disappointment.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The ambiance was really nice and since the reviews had been very favorable we were excited. Much to our disappointment the food was underwhelming. The calamari fritti were over cooked and salty, the main course, the veal piccata for me and the pollo florentine for my boyfriend, tasted just ok. The service was also suprisingly lame. The waiter, however sweet, did not write down any of our orders and had to come back to the table to ask me again what I had ordered. To sum it all up, the dining experience was not bad but we won't be coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Slow service. Food took forever. I was finished with my main course before the last person in the party was served. Orders were mixed up few times. Had to ask for the dessert menu three different times.
Food tasted good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Recommended that we try it; all of us were from out of town. Thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals! The fruit de mar was the best I have ever eatten; Mista salad wonderfully well prepared. And more than enough for the two of us to share. Other meals by friends equally well enjoyed and more than plentiful. Menu is varied with excellent choices for everyone. We will return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

I had high expectations from this restaurant based on the online reviews from this site. Very disappointed. Service on a Sunday early evening was extremely slow. It took more than 30 minutes for our appetizers to be served, and HOUR for our entrees. Not sure if I will recommend, or if we are coming back.

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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Over the top service from Vito! He dealt well with our family party of 12 including six children.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We always have great meal, and the service is attentive and friendly. I always look forward to the specials; I had the swordfish and it was delicious. Salads are fresh, and the desserts are a treat. Truly, a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place the best

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Even had gluten free pasta.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

As usual every thing was perfect. Service - food was hot and very tasty - we shared the beet and pare salad = entree was sirloin of Lamb with a delicious gravy - and of course the trip petite desert. Sunday evening and the tables were full by the time we left, so be sure and make reservations when you go.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We love La Lanterna! We dine there regularly for both a delish dinner and for special occasions. Their food is amazing and we love the team there, expect a warm welcome and fabulous service, always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was prepared perfectly and portions just enough. Ordered calamari dorati and seafood linguine with white & red sauce. Would definitely come back and need to make reservations to ensure a space.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Unfortunately, after reading other reviews, my experience did not match up.
I will say that my high-quality Italian food experiences have been in Chicago and New York City and I realize the cuisine from the East Coast might be different from the West Coast; with that being said the fresh mozzarella in the salad was more the texture of ricotta, my pork medallions tasted of fish and the ice tea was very weak. I was given a dessert because I was dissatisfied with my pork but it to was under par.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was wonderful very fresh. The raviolIs were to die for! Our waiter Vito was great! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We learned about this restaurant from an Italian that has been coming to this restaurant for yers at my salon. We decided to give it a try for my husband's birthday. Food (especially the home made pastas and specials) was delicious, service was delightful and accommodating. There wasn't much not to like. I would definitely come back here for a date night with my husband and sit outside.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was not my first choice but everyone in the party enjoyed the food. It was a birthday celebration and although I had indicated this in my Open Table reservation, I needed to ask several times - they kept asking us if we wanted dessert and did not seem to know it was a birthday even though I told the hostess earlier. Food was good! I am not sure I will return anytime soon. The restaurant was busy and quite crowded so that is probably why the service was not great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The rabbit was delicious!! This one of the best meals we have ever had here. It was a great evening. Our waiter was unobtrusive and knew when we wanted something else.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Every time I go to La Lanturna the food is always tasty and plentiful. Cocktails are made just right the first time; don't have to send them back for further adjustments. The wait staff and bus staff are efficient and friendly. You are able to have an intimate conversation with your table guests. Meal presentation is enticing and pleasing to the eye. Over all, a most enjoyable experience.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Many meals here and all were very good! Good value too. You can hold a conversation, which is really nice. Decor is sort of mix of old and deco. Comfortable. Some outdoor seating.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I started the Caprese which was fantastic, then the Chicken Parm. I am typically hard to please but was very happy with both. The only downside was that the bread was "meh". Since that's something everyone has, I would have thought it would have been better; it wasn't real crusty, and the inside crumb was like Wonderbread.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The restaurant was welcoming and not too big. The food and service were good, but I was disappointed that they did not wish us a "Happy Anniversary". It was on our reservation. Also, we were seated in a booth that's lighting was such that I couldn't see my husband. He was back-lit by the outside light making him a dark shadow.

Tags: Special Occasion
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