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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
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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.

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La Costanera Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (36)
Scenic View (34)
Good for a Date (29)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Special Occasion (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Authentic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Romantic (16)
Fun (16)
Tapas (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Casual (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Spicy (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 9 hours ago

The food, as usual, was wonderful! Had (as usual) a seafood paella. A bit disappointed that they are no longer incorporating squid ink into the rice, but - that aside- the meal was up to its usual great standards!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Great experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated our third anniversary with a trip to Half Moon Bay. I wanted to find just the right place for a special meal and La Costanera delivered. The view was spectacular, the service warm and attentive but not hovering, and the food, culinary art. La Costanera was offering a prixe fix menu that evening with several choices for the first two courses, a amuse to start, cava, and a trio of desserts. I had cebiche and osso bucho. My husband had lamb. The meat was so tender and flavorful. Everything was wonderfully seasoned and beautifully presented. (We took pictures of each course.)

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Have eaten here several times, and always delicious! Beautiful views with the sunset.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Seating not comfortable. Chairs uncomfortable, lighting too bright. Felt cramped.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We truly enjoy coming here. The food is wonderful and reminds us of our visits to Peru. The Pisco Sour is tasty and fun. Get there early enough to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset over the ocean - the view is spectacular!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Dinner was fantastic. The food, the service, the atmosphere - everything was great. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was delicious - it was not easy to pick a favorite. I will definitely be coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great birthday dinner!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was my second time at La Costanara. The food was very good with, for me, the right level of heat. However, our reservation was for 6:15 and it was almost 7:00 before we were seated. The staff was apologetic and gave us champagne to sip while we waited. We were there with some friends and because I made the reservations, illogically, I felt responsible for them having to wait. Jerry Seinfeld's episode about the purpose of a reservation kept popping into my mind throughout the wait.

The staffs' reason for our wait was that nobody was leaving as they should. I could buy that for a couple of tables, but literally only one couple left the first 40 minutes we waited. Obviously, the entire restaurant full of guests did not decide to sit extra long over dessert and coffee -- they planned poorly that evening.

Bottom line, the food is very good, worth the drive but don't expect to be seated on time.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

I love the location and amazing views. Unfortunately the food fell a bit short of our expectations. I will give it another chance in the future but at this point I would highly recommend it for a drink but not a meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great for first date.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was extremely creative, fun and delicious. There were small plates to try out for the table in addition to entrees. The cookies are so yummy! There are 'hard surfaces' all around so the noise level is a bit high. But good if you like a high energy place. Recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful Peruvian food. Pleasant, informed, unhurried service. Gorgeous view.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Wonderful food, beautiful setting, responsive staff.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food, good choices, grilled octopus was a little chewy this time, yucca balls are the bomb!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

La Costanera is outstanding in every way - the setting, the service, the food and the ambiance. The Peruvian cuisine allows you to explore unfamiliar flavor combinations, all of which are delicious. The food is beautifully presented and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful in making suggestions. Try to go on a clear day for the sunset which adds to the experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was different for me Had a great time, service was excellent, food was fantastic

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Everything was fine, except that in the parking lot there are no signs and when I was trying to find a place at the bottom, the terrain was uneven and I hit the car

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Beautiful setting and great food. The Scallops Carlitos and the lamb shank were both phenomenal. Carne Empanada tasted great but was only lukewarm. Seafood Paella was pretty good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best ceviche, paella spectacular, Pisces drinks superb. Fresh of fresh and flavor of flavor! Dining room is romantic and comfortable. Explore Peruvian cuisine and drink in a relaxing atmosphere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This restaurant is beyond awesome. Favorite of all time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I was surprised that there was a special New Year’s Eve menu. Last year when I searched for a restaurant for New Years the app warned me about a special menu. Tonight’s dinner was a lot more expensive than I planned.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I don’t write too many reviews, but just want to give it a go this time. I came out to La Constanera for a New Year’s Eve dinner and first thing I noticed was parking there is pretty hard to come by, I don’t know is it because it was New Year’s Eve but the parking lot was full and there was a line of cars waiting for parking. When I walked inside, I was greeted and taken to my table without a wait thumbs up for that! The plates and utensils I noticed were clean (just wanted to make a note of that) our server was awesome, the food was good. One of the best ceviches I’ve had in my life and I eat a lot of ceviche.

There was only one small thing that bothered me when I was paying the bill, I got the bill and I noticed that they overcharged me for the taxes. $188 bill and they charged me $20.30 for taxes which is right around 11%. Taxes in Montara CA is 8.75%. Maybe it can be an additional health code tax or something but the receipt did not specify.

Overall I would say La Constanera is a good restaurant to try if you love small plates (appetizers) very tasty.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

La Costanera never disappoints. I've been here the times in the last 6 weeks, and I'm not easy to impress. Hands down one of the best dining experiences of my life.!

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Beautiful views! Excellent food and service! Love this place!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fun and tasty. Our second time here — service was way better last time, but it didn’t negatively impact our experience. We particularly enjoyed the red snapper ceviche and the lobster Mac and cheese.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was merely okay

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Expensive but worth every penny.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love the view from this place and the food. We took our 1 year old, who spent most of the time walking around the emptier sections of the restaurant (with Mum or Dad), and the staff were very nice about it, which is always nice!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I love this place! I recommend ordering a bunch of small plates and sharing. The ceviches, churrones, and taqueños are some of our favorites.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great location! The food was wonderful! Ordered a few appetizers, some drinks, entrees and dessert. The meal as a whole did not disappoint. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable when we asked for suggestions.

Unfortunately dinner was too late so we missed the sunset view. Very open space, not too loud or quiet, great for any kind of get together, plenty of parking. We ate on the upper level but checked out the downstairs which would be a great space for a private event.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our meal at La Costanera was very good. The two of us shared everything. As appetizers, we chose the Tuna Tartare (great presentation, fresh tuna flavor, overall wonderful), the Causas (unusual and delicious potato presentation), and the Pulpo de Parilla (great flavor from the grill, served with Peruvian purple potatoes and another sauce). For entrees we shared the Churrasco and the seasonal gnocchi with lobster. The steak was a perfectly cooked medium rare, with a great sear. The gnocchi were tender, with a delicious sauce and a wonderful, fresh lobster flavor. For dessert, we chose the Coconut Panna Cotta and the Churros. The Panna Cotta was flavorful, but not as smooth texture-wise as I would hope. The Churros also had a good flavor, but were a little greasy and lacked the nice, crisp exterior. The desserts were the only (slight) misstep of the evening, and why the food gets 4 instead of 5 stars.

The service was warm and inviting, and we were made to feel welcome and at home. Also, it's worth mentioning that the dishes generally came with a side of fresh plantain or potato chips, which added to the meal.

I definitely recommend La Costanera for special occasions or any evening you'd like something a little different.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

While the ambiance is nothing to get excited about, the food is absolutely amazing! The flavors and the sauces are out of this world. Who knew that pisco and inca cola could be used in such creative ways? Fabulous taste bud titillation! And while I rated the noise level as quiet, that is only because there were very few people in the restaurant the night we were there. When the restaurant has a lot more guests, I suspect the acoustics might be questionable. But looking past all of that, the food is worth it!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Prices are a bit high, but the food is great! Well worth it for a special occasion.

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

Everything was great! We got there at 5pm and the crowds gathered quickly and the restaurant was packed. Totally understandable: the food was outstanding we had empanadas and lomo saltado, a great glass of wine and of course a Pisces sour to start our meal.
The noise level is high, but the lounge had a special occasion and they added to the overpowering din of the place.
Still we highly recommend the place if you like authentic Peruvian food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Restaurant has a scenic view. Sadly
hardly any vegetarian options though.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

All the food tasted delicious but my mom who ate the swordfish and suspiro limeño, became sick in the middle of the night... not much else to say but she was better afterwards. Also, put a note to be sat against the balcony, nearest the window, and that we were celebrating a birthday, yet they did not save us a table nearest the window and when I asked to be sat at an open table in that area they said it was reserved for another party... so I wonder how they were able to secure a table there.

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

Great views and food. The mussels were the best I've ever had. Need to return to try more cebiche. The only real negative is the dense placing of the tables, which just exacerbates the very high noise level.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server, Alex, was wonderful. He explained the menu to great detail and was so attentive. We went in the evening, so we didn’t see the sunset, but I could imagine it would look fantastic. Overall a wonderful dining experience. Would highly recommend going there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

great food. good views. parking is a bit of a challenge - bring the suv. when there's a crowd, it's loud and tough (table spacing) to get from the table to the bathroom. lots of people go there for great food and a wonderful sunset. but I found the later you wait after sunset, the better the ambiance. regardless, we will return.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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