La Costanera

4.5
2531 reviews
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Peruvian
Experience the culinary richness of Peru at La Costanera, a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant opened its doors October 2, 2009. The scenic California coast in Montara, overlooks the Pacific, just a short, beautiful drive from San Francisco (21 miles). The space is grand, with floor to ceiling windows, three stories, and 10,000 square feet of oceanfront space, beach views and sea breeze every dinner is garanteed an ocean view.


We also offer a full bar, domestic and imported Peruvian beers and a hand selected wine list. Come try our Pisco Sour – a classic Peruvian cocktail – and experience all that La Costanera has to offer...

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us this Valentine's Day! We will be offering a prefix menu for $120 per person. The menu consists of five appetizer options, five entree options and three dessert options. Included in the prefix menu is three cocktails per person. We hope to have you join us on this special day!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and our server was the nicest. Super attentive and knew her wines. We had a great time.

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AV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another wonderful meal at La Costanera. The food and service were first rate. It's a privilege to have such a wonderful restaurant so close to our home. The menu is varied with many Peruvian specialties. We would give it our highest recommendation.

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GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We are the regular customers.
The food and services were definitely out of touch this time. We probably will not return for a while.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top quality food and very good service!

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was good but tables are in top of each other your only about six inches away from other people they need more options on menu

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had New Years Eve dinner at La Coastanera for the second year in a row. The food was phenomenal! In addition to being delicious, it was also a form of art. We started with the Crema de Zapallo - creamy kabocha sqush soup, shrimp and Peruvian corn - super yummy! I had the Salmon Bandido - grilled wild caught salmon, mashed purple potatoes and Peruvian escabeche. Probably the best salmon dish I have ever had. My husband had the New Years Eve special - Lobster Paella, Peruvian style. It was equally delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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y
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious but small portions

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AL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A tasty and early new year's eve dinner. Watching the final sunset of 2018 with delicious tapas, pisco cocktails, and warming main courses was just the ticket to the start of a new year. Beef heart, scallops, and tequenos cheese appetizers were particularly good. Enjoy the pisco punch the best of the pisco drinks we tasted. Nice wine list, including our favorite, Trilogy by Flora Springs.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our beautiful NY Eve Sunset table was just perfect. Loved the cocktails, and our waitress was terrific. The salad was one of the best ever- such a great mix of fruits and veggies, and the passion fruit vinaigrette was delicious. Loved the scallops, calamari, tacoqueños and rocoto main dish. My only complaint was that the veggies surrounding the rocoto fish were raw. I’m used to a warm fish with a yummy, rich sauce being served with cooked veggies. The raw Brussels sprouts were really bitter and inedible. The raw carrot and mushroom were just incongruous with the rest of the hot entree. A light sauté on those veggies would have made all the difference, as they would have tasted great with the sauce

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered Lomo saltado and Chicken paella. They were both suberb but the Lomo is the best we have ever had at any Peruvian restaurant

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place for foodies to go

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pretty good, just a pretty pricy for a regular date out!!

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HH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The setting is beautiful... but the experience was ruined when I looked at my credit card statement. I had put the $100 bill on my card since I was treating my friend. She asked to take care of the tip and put down $25 cash. When I saw the statement, someone on the staff had written in a tip for me and it was $130 total! After enjoying the beautiful spot and seeing my friend's generous tip, it was a huge slap in the face. I'm taking care of it through my credit card company but thought I should warn others. If you tip in cash, do not leave the tip line blank!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Delicious food and awesome service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service , clean and amazing food with a beautiful view.

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P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic Peruvian restaurant, with a great view and menu. The service felt a bit rushed for a Wednesday night, but we still enjoyed ourselves. The pulpo a la parrilla, crema de zapallo, pollo saltado were well done. The churrasco was also nicely done, but overpriced. The pescado a lo macho was good. The suspiro a la limeña was tasty, but feel short of authentic for the two Peruvians in our party. Overall, fun dining experience with a well rounded and authentic Peruvian menu.

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The food is so delicious and well-prepared. The flavors are superb, never overpowering or too salty/creamy. Highly recommend the scallops and lomo saltado. The staff is friendly and helpful. Our friends were so impressed, they may reach out to the restaurant for their wedding! The rustic/nautical decor is fun, cozy, and comfortable.

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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

we have been to the restaurant several times and the food and service is amazing but frankly I dont think we will be back. You are eating in a restaurant with a wonderful view yet the inside noise level is horrible. They have to figure a way to soften the noise levels

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KP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I wish they would lower the lighting. The ambiance is too stark.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything is great. Nice wine list. Best to reserve 30 minutes before sunset for the stunning views.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been wanting to experience La Costanera for years. The wait was so worth it. The front desk staff were friendly and accommodating. Our server Alex was spot on friendly while also giving us space. The ambiance was extraordinary! It was dark so we couldn’t see the ocean yet the interior of the restaurant was marvelous. I had the sea bass and my friend had the short ribs. Both were excellent. I’m excited to come back again and again. Thank you!! Gracias por una cena estupenda.

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d
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great New Experience of Peruvian food. Alex was very enthusiastic waiter..

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T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Typical coastside restaurant - the food's not bad, but it's seriously overpriced and the service stinks.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tastes amazing amd delicious up to the last bite. Service was fast and efficient and the staff are very friendly and courteous. Love it!! Would love to come bacK again.

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding. It’s a bit on the pricey side but excellent quality and presentation. There were not very many people in the restaurant when we went. If the restaurant was full because of all the hard surfaces I would expect the noise level would be fairly high.

Definitely worth the drive and price.

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J
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with anything here!

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edgar is a great server. Very attentive!

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HA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes. Lots of small plates to explore different tastes.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, parking is always a problem, having to park across the street and cross Highway 1 is dangerous!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, we will be back!

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible. Couldn’t get anyone’s attention when they served us the wrong order, then preceded to charge us for the soup after the mishap and missing our wrong order and being unavailable to us. They were over staffed, as it was a Friday night, and we couldn’t get a single person’s attention. The scallops were admittedly cooked properly, but considering the three dishes (shrimp), (squash soup), and (scallops) were bland and mediocre, it didn’t help much. The sauce in the shrimp was incredibly watered-down, the soup was bland and blech with stale nuts in it and there seemed to be no difference in the ingredients in any of the three dishes. It was like they poured the bland soup over the shrimp and scallops. What a shame. I’ll stick to the Peruvian restaurants scattered throughout LA that are much more affordable and much more appealing. The dishes were tiny, three shrimp for $22? And they weren’t even good? What a bummer.

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T
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Date night dinner, it was great as usual. My girl had the Lamb shank and it never disappoints. I had the Pork shoulder Adobo, meat is so tender w/ scalloped potatoes Yum! I washed the meal down with a couple of Sangrias, can’t wait to do it again!

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MY
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Waitress was rude

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VS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointed in the quality of food. We ordered a lamb stew dish, chicken skewers, and sweet potatoes fries. Every dish was served cold and the taste was mediocre. Nothing unusual for the high price we paid. I do not recommend this place.

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VK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doesn’t look like much from the outside, but don’t let it fool you. The experience begins as you walk through the front doors. Excellent service throughout. Perfect place for a date.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This place has delicious food and drinks, and our server, Janna, was fantastic! The view is superb. Our only complaint, as usual, is that this restaurant is so LOUD. If they would just carpet the place, it would cut way down on the noise, and I would then give it five stars.

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AG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Lucas A. was awesome! He understands dietary restrictions VERY well. My daughter who's highly allergic to dairy/lactose, Lucas was able to recommend dishes that didn't have any type of milk product in it and gave my daughter a specialized/itemized menu, where each item my daughter wanted was listed under a vegetarian, vegan, or other category, making it easy for her to select menus items with confidence and not having to have her server run over to the chefs/cooks to ask what's in each item :/. Great food and a great time!

Thank you again! I've always liked going to La Costanera and will always go back. :)

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning location! But be careful about the parking lot, we as well as many cars bottomed out at the transition to the dirt lot. I think some incurred significant damage!!!

After the distraught of thinking you ruined your car, you forget your worries with a gorgeous view, fantastic cocktails, and great food!

I will be back - but will be parking elsewhere!!

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CT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, nice staff and delicious food. Excellent experience:-)

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