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La Lanterna

180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
+1 650-341-8877
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average4%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cannelloni” (3 reviews)
“rabbit” (2 reviews)
“bread” (3 reviews)
Opens in 3 min
All hours
$$ - $$$
180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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 27 October 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 8 October 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 5 October 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
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is not the iconic cheap pasta place many think an Italian restaurant should be. This place serves high quality food, carefully cooked, in tasty and delicate combinations. An outstanding example is the squid stake, a hard to find dish in the region.

Thank SFCouture
Reviewed 28 July 2017

First, we were seated promptly and given two different menus. After this was corrected, we had our cocktails with no problem, our orders were taken and appetizers delivered. Then, the empty dishes and silverware were collected. We waited. Then we were asked if we wished...More

Thank robert g
Reviewed 19 June 2017

It had been a couple of years since we were at La Lanterna and we had a great meal. We will be back soon. The service was good considering it was a full house and a private party in the back room. The meals were...More

Thank DavenCarol
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Suggest you go when they open as they get very busy. Fresh Italian & owner is the chef. Service always good. Tough parking but big lot around the corner & free

Thank dcs1755
Reviewed 30 March 2017

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,...More

Thank Bart C
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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, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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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