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La Costanera

Certificate of Excellence
Peruvian, Spanish, South American
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8150 Cabrillo Highway, Montara, CA 94037
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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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, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Creative, enticing food

This is one of the highest quality Peruvian food purveyors in the area. A large menu with delicious choices, including plenty to eat without actually ordering an entree. We were so taken with the choices of tapas, and appetizers, and side dishes, that we ate heartily by ordering just that and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco
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San Francisco
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227 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the highest quality Peruvian food purveyors in the area. A large menu with delicious choices, including plenty to eat without actually ordering an entree. We were so taken with the choices of tapas, and appetizers, and side dishes, that we ate heartily by ordering just that and skipping the entree (but not the delicious dessert. Mmmmmm).... More 

Thank OmarKhayyam
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family had dinner at this seaside restaurant over the Christmas holiday. We ordered multiples of tapa offerings and enjoyed the feasting with an array of empanadas with luscious fillings, cerviche, fried calamari and salads. The small plates satisfied appetites making entree orders unnecessary. I would avoid the Tres Leches dessert choice (unless you're wild about butterscotch pudding) while the... More 

Redwood City, CA
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location. Too bad they can't be open for lunch. Sunset views are splendid. Very creative menu a take on Peruvian, but better. Can't miss on this one. Just don't order the Caesar salad. Just about anything else is worth a try.

Thank 1ajf
Sarasota, Florida
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231 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw La Costanera, a restaurant in Montara, just south of San Francisco. It was on the same side of the road, looked nice from the outside and there were cars there so it seemed a reasonable place to stop. Hey we were hungry, almost anything would be reasonable at that hour! It turned out to be an upscale Peruvian... More 

Thank Kelleygirl2
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Locals will love to celebrate special events here. If you're from out of town, this is a great place to watch the sunset (drink responsibly and drive safe when you get back on the road). It's a safe and decent place to try out Peruvian food for the first time. I came with a large party — the food and... More 

Thank Andrew J
Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I wanting to try Peruvian food and my friends took me to this place. We ordered 3 different dishes to share and all of them was lovely. Excellent restaurant with nice view over the beach and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank neonxxx78
Half Moon Bay, Ca.
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It's a treat to sit out on their patio, they have heaters, blankets, but the best is the fire pits...keep you warm on a cool coast night. Love their small plates and happy hour!

Thank yvonnebutterfly
San Bruno, California
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Been here several times and just love it. Parking lot is always full because of beach goers and surfers but you can always park in the neighborhood across the street.

Thank Raymond H
Los Altos, California
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161 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Make reservations and ask for a view of the ocean. Or show up early and go downstairs for beverages and a wide selection of food. Upstairs is the dining room downstairs is more casual dining. Downstairs you can snuggle up with a loved one while you watch the waves crash on the beach. Food was ok. Too spicy for me... More 

Thank Carol S
Berkley, Michigan
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Expansive views of the ocean, mountains and sky make this a reason to visit this location. Add in the unique Peruvian cuisine and you have a recipe for a fabulous evening. Each dish is not overly expensive, but it's important to know that most dishes come primarily in small plates making it somewhat of an expensive meal. We were celebrating... More 

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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, Spanish, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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