About La Costanera

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...

8150 Cabrillo Highway
Montara, CA 94037
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Peruvian, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday; Sunday : 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Bar and Lounge opens at 5:00pm
Bar and Lounge Happy Hour: Tuesday (all day); Wednesday - Friday (5:00 to 7:00)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 728-1600

Website:
http://www.lacostanerarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
New Events Coming Soon.... Please Check Back

Catering:
Please contact Eric Canupp for more details.

Parking Details:
We offer 55 Free Parking Spaces.

Executive Chef:
Carlos Altamirano

Private Party Facilities:
Our staff a La Costanera will work with you to coordinate all of the important details for your private event and will make sure that you and your guests enjoy the celebration of a lifetime. Our menus are designed by Executive Chef-Owner Carlos Altamiran and represent contemporary Peruvian flavors.

Private Party Contact:
Eric: (877) 293-5254

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Eric Canupp for more details.

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

La Costanera Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (54)
Waterfront (45)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
See All
Romantic (36)
Worth the Drive (35)
Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Authentic (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Tapas (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Groups (20)
Fun (18)
Casual (16)
Local Ingredients (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Spicy (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
2218 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (東京)·Dined 2 days ago

The food is fresh and very well presented. I would say it's good to very good, but too spicy for my taste, but that's me. While the views are outstanding, the early nights of the season are taking that away and you are left with a noisy, big room full of chatter, almost like a cafeteria due to poor lighting and cheap chairs. I would definitely give it another try between May and July when the views are there for the whole meal. The Quinoa flan was absolutely delicious.
Our waitress was friendly, but none of the 3 ladies working at the reception desk said goodbye to us or the people ahead of us as we left. They were busy talking together. Little detail, but this is not a fast food restaurant.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined 3 days ago

A bit overpriced for the portions you receive. This was featured on tv so went to check it out. Seafood and rice were undercooked , not going to return.

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service4
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Celebrating my son’ s med school completion

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service1
value3

 
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was vibrant, fun and the flavors were exceptional. Great for getting small plates and sharing the unusual flavors. The brandy sour drink was excellent. Great vegetarian options and lots for the adventurous eaters as well. Excellent service. We went two nights in a row and enjoyed the left overs on day three. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 13, 2017

Fantastic restaurant . Food quality is excellent. Flavor is wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Spicy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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

Great cocktail selections and interesting. I had the Pisco Sour and my wife had the Green Lantern. Both were delicious. For appetizers we had the ceviche trio and all were fantastic with just the right amount of citrus and heat. The Lomo Saltado and Seafood Paella were tasty and perfectly cooked. Our server was knowledgeable about Peruvian food and made great suggestions. We finished with alfajores that were the best I've ever had. Parking was the only challenge but worth the effort.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was even better than anticipated and the service was great -- attentive but not overbearing. I don't eat dairy and was able to find outstanding options on the menu for the small plates and entrees. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD.
WE HAD BEEN A NUMBER OF TIMES FOR DINNER, PRIOR TO SATURDAY'S DINNER. THIS TIME SERVICE WAS VERY LACKING AND FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT, GROSSLY UNDERSTAFFED. WE HAD TO REQUEST WATER GLASSES FOR 2 OF OUR GUESTS, AND THEN HAD TO REQUEST WATER DURING THE MEAL. AND I HAD TO KEEP FLAGGING DOWN OUR WAITER.

VERY DISAPPOINTED AND I DON'T CARE TO RETURN ANY TIME SOON CONSIDERING THE COST OF THE MEAL.

THERE ARE OTHER GOOD PERUVIAN RESTAURANTS NEARBY.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value2

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

I booked the table 1x month ahead, asking for a window seat. but didn't get it eventually. after my neighbor table complained to the waitress same thing, then I know that the reservation desk seems never read the notes. I bet everyone is asking for window seat only, that's why they don't read those notes.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was great from being seated right by the window to the tapas. Excellent service. Will definitely return!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing food! We absolutely loved every dish! It's pricey, but absolutely worth it. Service was great. My ahi tuna was a perfection! And we were stealing Mac n cheese from our kids plate, it was that good! Absolutely will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Love this place! View is gorgeous. Too bad the Patio is unusable. Shame on the government officials who shut it down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Key West)·Dined on October 25, 2017

One of the best all-around dining experiences we’ve had. Possibly no finer a combination of ocean view (stunning sunset)
and quality cuisine. Peruvian (seafood, especially) specialties were outstanding.
What really stood out: the ahi tuna tartare, the purple Peruvian mashed potato’s, the perfectly cooked salmon entree with Tomato-onion cooked in vinegar sauce, the spinach mushroom empanada and the traditional piscina sours. The sunset was so spectacular that it seemed like half the staff took a moment to step out on the terrace a snap a few photos. Tremendous evening out.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 23, 2017

Hostesses were worthless boneheads. Waitress was rude, and needs to be educated on how to serve people, unless the attitude is the issue, in which case manager needs to get rid of her and the worthless hostess boneheads. They didn’t honor my special request when I made a reservation a week in advance for my anniversary. I made a simple request for a table by the windows but instead, they put us in the middle at a shaky table, despite the fact that there was still one table available by the windows. We did not even bother staying for food, because we were disgusted with how dirty and smelly the place was, and such poor service. Place was dirty and poorly managed. For such a unique location, this place was a complete disappointment.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always a wonderful experience when we eat at La Costanera. From the delicious food and drinks, to the wonderful staff to the breathtaking views.. always a 10/10..

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great location and food. Parking was a pain as the lots are smaller than capacity.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was overpriced. Also, there were few vegan or vegetarian options other than sides or vegetables. Nothing with legumes or tofu.

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have enjoyed eating at this restaurant many times and are never disappointed. We brought friends from the Netherlands and they thought that this was one of the best restaurants EVER. They wanted to return the next night!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very noisy and parking is difficult. We had to park across the highway.
Food was good and portions generous.
Restaurant could use some renovation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

My favorite restaurant ever! All the food is incredible. Every single dish (Pescado a lo Macho is my favorite). If you haven't been, you're missing out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service and food were both very good. Only negative was use of BBQ sauce. I would recommend asking for it to be light or on the side so you can appreciate the food's other characteristics. If dining at night the reflection on glass makes it difficult to see the water, therefore if going for waterfront view I would recommend visiting during daylight hours.

Tags: Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a great meal at La Costanera. If you are in the mood for panoramic ocean views, delicious Peruvian food, and a lively atmosphere -- this is your spot. We were thrilled by the selection and taste of the menu, the quality of the cocktails, and the kitchen's attention to detail. Lots of unique and delicious flavors made for a wonderful meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My wife and I have been there 3 times in the last month! We go there every time for the ceviche and the Pescado a Lo macho (my fav). Everything is great there. We will continue to go!

Tags: Organic, Spicy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food/ambiance/service! Make sure to get a reservation. This was my third attempt to eat here (finally made a reservation), first two attempts the restaurant was closed for private parties. Can't blame them, I would have a private party there as well if I could, great spot!

Tags: Tapas, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our Sisters Reunion dinner at La Costanera. Definitely worth the short drive from Half Moon Bay!

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I received a gift card for dinner. We had a great time, loved the food, service and view of the ocean and a beautiful sunset.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

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

Love the view and location by Pacifica coast line. Some dishes are really good but some are just average. Tuna cheviche was good and drinks are pretty good too!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love this place, but they had a super loud wedding Sat night. We literally could not hear each other across the table from each other. They should notify people when you make a reservation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had planned to try before but couldn't fit in schedule. Very pleasant experience and food and service were excellent. Were seated on main floor closest to overhang over ground floor which provided a beautiful view of the ocean and sunset. A little noisy due to Wedding guests below but was a distraction. Cabernet wine by the glass was average. Look forward to our next visit and hope we can have the same table again. Thanks for a fun evening.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food but disappointed that the patio is no longer available to watch the sunset ( we were actually admonished for taking our drinks there).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Romantic, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love this place! The food is so delicious with so many different choices, we loved everything. We've been here many times and are never disappointed. The noise level was louder than usual due to a wedding party but it wasn't too bad (and the party was beautiful!).
We'll definitely return.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Paella was amazing along with the spectacular view. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, People Watching, Scenic View, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love this place. It is not authentic Peruvian cuisine, but it is an excellent fusion. Excellent service, food is delicious, and the sunsets are amazing

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food, ambiance, and service were excellent along with the sunset over the ocean. The maître de service took care of all of our needs both in terms of special requests from my young daughter to making sure our wine glasses were always full. It made for the right touch on an excellent evening. I literally can not wait to go back

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 2, 2017

OMG so good! Highly recommend it! Everything tastes fresh and they give you a lot of food. Definitely coming back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was SO loud we couldn’t hear each other. It was our anniversary and we had celebrated our anniversary here a few years ago and had a romantic, delicious dinner. This year, the cool downstairs lounge was closed for a private party (I think a wedding reception). Service was extremely slow this time and once the DJ started, it was terrible - laughable even! - they were blasting the theme to Jaws!!! The prices are too expensive for that kind of ambiance!

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience1
service3
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Outstanding, fresh, inventive, pleasing, seaview is magnificent and service is so pleasant. I had the lamb shank, wife had vegan salad with mushrooms from the veg menu. It's noisy there and the table and chairs while comfortable and appropriate could use an upgrade. I get a bit of the Half Moon Bay seaside funkiness there which detracts a touch for me but plenty will find right. Handcrafted drinks are special. We brought our own wine and that worked well at $25 corkage and nice big glasses they supplied. Not our first time and not our last. We stayed at the Beach House which is 9 minutes by car. Psrking was full, so we parked across the highway. A+++

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My favorite place on planet earth. Could eat the pescado a lo macho every day until I die.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Creative menu at this beautiful restaurant. There is modern decor on the inside, where the environment is lively. The view of the ocean, beach and cliffs outside spans wall to wall and is spectacular. The food is a good value for the ambiance that you get.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 29, 2017

Out-of-this-world good! We were sold on the appetizers and cocktails and couldn't imagine how it could get any better with the main course, but it did!! The Bolitas de Yucca are a must, as is the Pisco de Agave cocktail--refreshing with the right amount of heat!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.