A gem in the heart of San Mateo's 25th Ave District
A nice little locally owned restaurant. Authentically prepared meals, diverse selection of dishes on the menu. Friendly attentive wait staff. A must try. Outside dining on those warm San Mateo nights. Lovely atmosphere.
I came to La Lanterna with a group of girlfriends for a nice dinner out on the town last weekend. We were so impressed with the service and the quality of the food. It seems that so many places are slacking on the small things- not here! I will definately refer my friends and return again. I'm even thinking of taking my father to the fathers day brunch at their other restaurant in San Carlos - Azure.
We heard really great things about La Lanterna on Citysearch so we booked a birthday dinner there. They accommodated our group of 18 in the back room so the privacy was appreciated. However, perhaps because we were out of sight, the service lacked. We ordered, received, and finished eating the appetizer platters and still they had not taken our dinner orders. So we had to wait for them to take our order and wait some more for our meals. We sat down at 7:10 p.m. and were not served...view more our entrees until almost 9 p.m.! To top it off, one guest, ordered a bottle of wine. The waiter came back and said they didn't have that particular vintage. So our guest selected a second offering, again the waiter came back and said it was not available. This went on three more times until finally our guest was exasperated and took whatever bottle was offered. The whole episode was unbelievable. Granted we had a large group, but the restaurant had two weeks notice that we were coming. And I note that the restaurant was not even a third full with patrons. The food was good, but the service certainly was not up to par.view less
I really like La Lanterna. Its comfortable, airy, and friendly. But most importantly they serve great italian food. They always have a good risotto special, and I'm always happy with their pesto sauce. I have been a customer for several years now, and I'm looking forward to more.
I took my Mom here when she was visiting and we both had great meals. It was a weeknight so we were able to get a table fairly easily. The decor is simple and elegant and the waiter was very attentive. We split an appetizer of Calamari and a great bottle of red wine (wish I could remember the name). I had the pork tenderloin and she had the lamb, both were excellent. We didn't have room for desert, but I'll definitely be back.
We have been several times. We love the appetizer and the mangers. They are so nice, seat us promptly and always recommend a great bottle of wine. Customer service is excellent and we have enjoyed our food every time. I've had the risotto special, the veal and various pasta dishes. We have been to this restaurant at least 5 times in the last 3 months.
I don't know if my view is skewed because I dined here on a slow Wednesday night, but I still paid full price so I would expect the best. The minestrone soup was tasteless, it had cabbage in it??? and no beans. I ordered a seafood pasta, oil and lemon based. Well the pasta seemed like it sat around, 3 small shrimp and 5 small oysters in it, again tasteless. Desserts rock. As for the restaurant itself, nice atmostphere but the tables at the booths were too small and it was unco...view moremfortable. I have to admit I'm highly critical of italian food but based on a >$100 bill for 3 I will not recommend or return.view less
We were planning to go to the restaurant across the street and made reservation at this restaurant by mistake. We were at first not sure we've made the right choice when we saw only one waiter for the whole restaurant. We weren't sure until the pasta arrived. Their pasta is very fresh and perfectly prepared (al dente). They were so good we orderd third pasta for two of us. If you're craving for good pasta, this is the place. We'll be back again!
Although not as well known as the popular Italian eatery across the street, La Lanterna offers fabulous homemade pastas and simple, flavorful entrees. The veal was tender and perfect. Portions were ample and appeared to fill even the heartiest eaters. Service was casual, attentive, and respectful. La Lanterna will certainly be visited by my family again and is highly recommended. 9/10. Average pasta $13, entree $18