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La Lanterna

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Italian
180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
+1 650-341-8877
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average4%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cannelloni” (3 reviews)
“rabbit” (2 reviews)
“free lot” (2 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
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180 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
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Reviews (42)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 27 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 18 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 13 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 29 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
Reviewed 21 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 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....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
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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, Groups, Business meetings, 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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