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For 2
Date
Mon, 5/21
Time
7:00 PM
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La Lanterna Ristorante

4.4
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • 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 408 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Kathy was the BEST SERVER! She made our whole night!!!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was so bad waited over an hour for our food no one seamed to care

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I highly recommend the Calamari Steak - just like butter, it melts in your mouth. Took my Mother here for Mother's Day and had a great meal and celebration with family and friends. We will return again because everything I've ever tried here is very good, if not GREAT !

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Wonderful friends re-united after a long hiatus. The food was wonderful, the service very attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wonderful food always very great staff, great wine. Love it because it is quiet and not noisy like other restaurants. We have had lunch and dinner there many times. We even recommended it for a party which was in the back if the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I live in Chicago but come to California to visit my daughter. I love
Going to this restaurant and we try to make it there at every visit.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Terrific food and personal service. We went for lunch on a Tuesday. Quiet enough for easy conversation. We liked it enough to recommend to one of our many groups

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Went for business dinner. Everybody enjoyed their food. One person remarked that it may have been the best chicken he ever tasted.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

WE WENT TO THIS RESTAURANT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FEBRUARY AND REALLY ENJOYYED COULD NOT WAIT TO TAKE OUR FRIENDS, THEY SAT US IN WHAT WE CALLED THE BLACK HOLE WE SAT THERE FOR 10 MINUTES NO WAITER CAME BY , SO MY HUSBAND ASKED THE HOSTESS IF WE COULD SIT INTHE MAIN DINING ROOM WHICH WE DID. SERVICE WAS HORRIBLE TOOK 15 MINUTES TO GET A DRINK FOOD WAS OK, THEY NEED MORE STAFF!!!!! WE WON'T BE GOING BACK

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The Salmon and Crab mash potatoes were fabulous and the salmon was the best I've ever had. There was a b'day involved and the waiter put together a nice plate with dessert and wrote Happy B'day on the plate. Will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The food was flavorful and clean tasting. The food was not heavy. The service was attentive and thorough. The items were reasonably priced. We would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Celebration lunch with the girls. Delicious food in a beautiful ambiance.

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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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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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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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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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