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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Casual (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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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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 (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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food4
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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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food5
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wonderful service by Vitto. Awesome authentic Italian food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My family and I were looking for a new Italian restaurant to frequent. Read very nice reviews on both OpenTable and Google. Give them a try, but be sure to look over your bill for correct charges per item. Overall, an abundance of positive reviews but my families' experience was in the minority.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Food was traditional and well prepared. Old school establishment . Friendly waiter.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

A favorite restaurant since its opening. Friendly service and always c onststantly good food. The risotto and fish specials are always a hit. Salads and desserts are always a treat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Consistently great foid

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

as in previous experiences I found everything delightful. staff, service, food (yummy)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Excellent food, great service. Love coming here!!!

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Always a great time. The food is always great, with lots of options.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Everything about this restaurant was outstanding. Excellent selection on the regular menu, and a number of great-looking specials. We asked the server for a glass of Pinot Grigio without specifying which one, and the one he brought was perfect. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food and drink. If only it weren't 3000 miles from home, we'd be going back at least once a month. Almost forgot, be sure to save room for dessert. The trio sampler was out of this world.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The three of us old friends haven't seen each other for a long time, and this is a perfect place to have lunch and catch-up, we had the risotto, petrale sole and crab cakes as main dishes and calamari and burrata of fresh mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomatoes and arugula, we were totally satisfied with the food and service! I hope the store will continue to open for lunch although it has been so quiet each time I visit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Our neighborhood go-to for Italian. Excellent salads (my fav is the burrata), good cocktails and solid pasta dishes. My husband loves the calamari steak entree!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

a little on he pricey side but offset b quality food get a god dark beer eg.
guioness Becks dark

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

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

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

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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