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La Lanterna

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180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403 (El Camino Real)
+1 650-341-8877
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Today
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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Foster City, California
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283 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As always, excellent food and service. This restaurant has been a San Mateo favorite for decades and it does not disappoint. Service is great, food is great. Some very tasty specials and old standards as well. If you want a very nice Italian dining experience, here it is!

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San Mateo, California
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142 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Returned after a while. Still very good food & service. Parking is tough but free lot close by around the corner

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orcutt, ca
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I was very impressed with the quality of the food--in particular, the rabbit and risotto dishes were excellent. The staff is professional and well trained--there was a large wedding party in the back room that caused an hour wait for our meals to be served. The hostess and wait staff handled the delay, keeping us up to date on their... More 

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San Francisco, California
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We reserved a back-room for a small company holiday party. The restaurant looks terrific and has a great ambiance. Unfortunately for us, service was terribly slow... it took them 30 minutes to ask us for our drink order, another 15 minutes for them to arrive, and another 15 minutes before we could place our dinner orders. When placing our orders,... More 

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San Mateo, California
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142 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Returned again. Amazing excellent restaurant. Food superb & service way above average. Book early when they open for dinner at 5PM. Parking much easier then than waiting until later.

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San Mateo, California
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142 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Had my birthday dinner there last evening. Food is excellent. Service is excellent. Went early when they opened at 5PM & not very busy. Street parking was good. Got a space right in front.

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Thank dcs1755
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155 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I love this restaurant for a few reasons: The food is excellent - authentic and delicious with a wide selection of options. I love the burrata appetizer. And I almost always get the veal cannelloni. I have never liked a cannelloni as much as I like this one. They also have a nice wine selection. The service is great -... More 

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Thank AbsJ
San Mateo, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I love this restaurant! The food is always delicious, beautifully presented and the menu offers a variety of choices. Last night we three senior citizens celebrated my birthday. We were treated with respect and not rushed. The swordfish was divine - moist, delicious. I have also been there with families with small children. The staff is patient and helpful. They... More 

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San Mateo, California
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142 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Have dined there several times, mostly dinner. Service & food is excellent. Get there early for dinner (5PM) & you will get a nice booth. Owner is also the chef..

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Thank dcs1755
Burlingame, California
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

my husband and I, his friends went there last night. It is very nice Italian style decoration. Friendly staffs and food came out right on time. I order Bistecca Grilled New York Steak was very delicious I love it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-341-8877

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?