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La Lanterna

180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
+1 650-341-8877
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good41%
  • Average5%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cannelloni” (3 reviews)
“rabbit” (2 reviews)
“last night” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 14:00All hours
$$ - $$$
180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
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1 - 10 of 38 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bartc83
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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

1  Thank dcs1755
Reviewed 30 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....More

Thank cbo49r
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,...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 22 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.

Thank dcs1755
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.

Thank dcs1755
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank AbsJ
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
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
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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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