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La Lanterna

180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2208
+1 650-341-8877
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average4%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“rabbit” (2 reviews)
“bread” (3 reviews)
“free lot” (2 reviews)
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5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
$$ - $$$
180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2208
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch today. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Found parking right in front on street. Big lot around the corner if no street parking. Will return for sure.

Thank dcs1755
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Had an incredible experience at lunch here! It was like fine dining at dinner...but this was lunch! Outstanding food, superb service...there was nothing NOT to like! Try this place for lunch, they'll treat you right!

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed March 31, 2018

The food was fantastic. My spinach salad was topped with crispy baked prosciutto - AMAZINGLY GREAT. My entree was SPECTACULAR - Penne con Salsiccia e funghi (penne, sausage, roasted tomatoes, white wine garlic tomato sauce). The white wine tomato garlic sauce was among the best...More

Thank Ken D
Reviewed February 9, 2018

The was 6 of us for lunch. The service was very good. Ali took good care of us. All of the food looked and tasted very good. The beet, pear,cheese and nut salad with baby arugula was wonderful. I went home and made it for...More

Thank Judy B
Reviewed February 6, 2018 via mobile

My favorite of all the restaurants on this Restaurant Row in San Mateo. It is unassuming from the outside but varying clean and inviting on the inside. The service by Edwin was exceptional and the food was very very good! They have a wonderful wine...More

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

Found this place online, and the meal was great!! Tasty syrah for $8.50 a glass, and Remarkable truly sublime tortolonni with bacon and garlic cream sauce. Great service, what's not to like?

Thank dvanable
Reviewed November 9, 2017

A friend found this nice place looking for a location near our home to meet for lunch. A Wednesday noon so not many besides us. Reasonable prices and nice selection of Italian items. The service was slow initially to bring menus and come for our...More

Thank Goldig
Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

This was outrageously wonderful!! The fruit de mar was one of the best ever tasted. Other meals were also excellent. Service was excellent; wine list extensive and bread fresh. A definite spot to return next time in the area! The food was excellent and service...More

Thank I8025IKdonnal
Reviewed October 7, 2017

Went for my birthday. Food is still excellent. Service is great. Owner is chef. Normally easy parking but big free lot around the corner.

Thank dcs1755
Reviewed October 5, 2017

Always greeted with a smile and seated quickly. The server, Hector, knows me now and brings me my wine first then asks what I would like. This started only after the second time I was there, over a week apart. Always checks to see if...More

Thank pegasused2014
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2208
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-341-8877
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