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La Costanera

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$$$$
Peruvian, South American
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8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037
6507281600
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I would go back for the Pulled Pork Empanada

I love this place. We have been here several times & have shared our experiences with friends, causing them to want to go! The Mac & Cheese was the bomb, but I noticed on our last visit that they have changed the recipe. Its still good - just not AS GOOD as it was before. It would be nice if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
GuidryGrl
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San Jose, California
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  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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San Jose, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I love this place. We have been here several times & have shared our experiences with friends, causing them to want to go! The Mac & Cheese was the bomb, but I noticed on our last visit that they have changed the recipe. Its still good - just not AS GOOD as it was before. It would be nice if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Our friends booked La Costanera for our last night of our trip staying with them in San Francisco. From the moment we walked in there was a great atmosphere ( the queue waiting for the doors to open at 5pm was a giveaway!). The service from the outset was impeccable - great advice on dishes and tips on what to... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great food and views ruined by excessive amounts of unnecessary hot spices. If you are as sensitive as we are with hot condiments, ask the waiter to recommend what's available without. Usually foods that are prepared in advance are very spicy, so stick with fresh fish, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is the best Peruvian restaurant I have ever had in the U.S.... even better than some in Lima... on top of that the location is out of this world... I highly recommend this place to any one who either visits or lives in the Bay Area...

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Sparks, Nevada
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Over 30 years we have been to this restaurant at various times (over a hundred times), all in the past. We hadn't been there since it reopened 4 years ago as a Peruvian cuisine restaurant. We had a wedding reception there over 25 years ago when it was called the CHART HOUSE. It closed some time after 2005. We went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Simply wonderful, authentic Peruvian food! The dish 'Pescado a lo Mucho' was recommended by our server and it was the most delicious meal I've ever had! The patio seating was very cozy and beautiful. Highly recommend for an upscale dinning experience!

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Placerville, California
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We went at a busy time in the evening, but we were served without reservations. The views are lovely, the service good and the food fantastic with something for everyone. You can even adjust to your budget and/or capacity with small plates or main course choices.

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Portola Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I can't speak to the entire dinner menu, because I have heard it is a bit uneven, but I love making the trip out to the coast to La Costanera because if you time it right, it is an excellent experience. I like to come in the afternoon to hang out and let my dogs run around Montara beach, which... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A restaurant with stunning views of the beach and ocean. Excellent Peruvian food and service! There is a open-air bar down stairs with restaurant above. We had all small plates which we shared. Our waitor cleared the plates and cultlery often, so we could appreciate each dish and flavor separately.

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Brandon, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a large group meet for dinner. The food was fine, as was the service. However, there was nothing overly special about either. Stop in and have a meal, but do not expect anything truly memorable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Montara
  • Phone Number: 6507281600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?