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La Lanterna

180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
+1 650-341-8877
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good43%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cannelloni” (3 reviews)
“rabbit” (2 reviews)
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$$ - $$$
180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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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 6 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
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank Meryana
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, 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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