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$25 - $50
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Peruvian, Latin, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived at La Costanera for a late lunch early dinner and although the restaurant was practically empty we were not allowed to sit outside without a reservation. Throughout our meal we saw many empty tables and not many people sitting outside so not sure...why they did that. In addition, with many empty tables, they seated another group right behind us without any distancing. Food was very good and the macaroni and cheese was the best I ever had. But a bit pricey considering we did not have any entrees.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this restaurant simply based on appearance. Although not right on the water, it was only a short walk across the parking lot to get to it, and with it being on a slight hill, it does have great views of the bay. It's...an unusual design - circular and on two levels. And it looked inviting. But overall it was disappointing. There was nothing wrong - we didn't encounter bad service or any rude staff. But the menu was limited and the portions were tiny. And it was pricey. Definitely not worth the money.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 8, 2021

Kudos on the food. But that’s pretty much the only kudos. The place is incredibly noisy. Lunch might be better or a weeknight, but the architecture lends itself to the type of noise where you can’t hear the people sitting across the table from you....Front of house staff was rude and unhelpful. We were celebrating a special occasion. Made the reservation about a month ago requesting a table with a view. Guess what. No table for two next to the window (except overlooking parking lot (again… very strange architecture). What made it worse was that we arrived on time for a reservation, and it was so noisy that the two hostesses had to shout at each other to be heard – which meant we got to hear that one hostess had just given away our table claiming the people had a reservation (as did we!) We were told 5 minutes. 20 minutes later we were seated. Our server was great—which we’ve heard from others was unusual. And the food was outstanding. But we’re unlikely to go back anytime soon. Really unfortunate. (We later found out that evidently the concierge at the Ritz can get a table for guests at any time they want, and with a view. Not a great practice for a restaurant to be bumping patrons who made reservations in advance.)More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

We were here for lunch so a little more low key than dinner time. The food was excellent. We had the ceviche, empanadas and some shrimp coquinas with yucca chips on the side. The Pisco Punch and special G&T were refreshing. The service was attentive...which has been a criticism in other reviews. Expensive? Maybe, but worth the splurge for this exciting cuisine.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 28, 2021

The new digs are just fantastic, views abound. They had been closed about a year, moved and had only been open about two weeks on our visit, Better than ever, food was amazing and service to match, A big shout out to our waiter Francisco...who pampered us to the MAX. Very impressive reopening. I had been going here off and on for years and was worried about move and new location. Better than ever and very professional. We had starved ourselves and went through most of the small plates, each better than the other as we filled up, Best Pisco Sours in the World too!!!! When we go to San Francisco we book here first, and take the drive down for divine dining!!! Planning years to come visits. Class act if you want to impress.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed January 31, 2020 via mobile

This just popped up in my search and I decided to go! What an amazing place! Lots of vegan/vegetarian choices, beautiful view, friendly staff n lots of parking! Both patio n inside seating have beautiful views.I am definitely coming back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 29, 2019

Indeed, there were a couple Peruvian staples on the menu, but the rest of the menu was confused at best. I asked for crispy ca fries, they were as bland as it gets. The ceviche was tiny, the churros were cold, the alfajores cold. Service...was as slow as it gets. Clearly, Altamirano has sold out and is delivering some sort of culinary concoction that just does not hit the mark. To add insult to injury, the Pisco sour was too sweet and lacked... Pisco. All this for a whopping $85 per person. Not going back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 25, 2019

We are always fans of Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay but wanted to try something different so we stopped at La Costanera after a long day of exploring SFO. We were with kids and I didn’t really feel like they had good options...for them. Our food was good, but not for the price charged. Would come back here on date night, but not great for family in my opinion. Gorgeous views and they have some amazing outdoor options.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

Our experience was very disappointing. I waited a day before writing the review to make sure I had a cold head when doing it. I’m a foodie and consider myself a fair reviewer in TripAdvisor, Google, ElTenedor and OpenTable across the world. I made the...reservation in La Costanera with very high expectations based on reviews and after visiting other Peruvian places in CA. But what a disappointment. We got at the restaurant 18 minutes before they opened. Outside was very cold and my kids were shaking so a worker from the restaurant saw us and let us in to wait inside. One minute after the hostess saw us and asked us to leave. I told her that it was freezing outside and someone from the team had let us in and she said: “That person doesn’t have the authority to decide. I do and you have to wait outside. And then she said.. Do you have a car? Wait in the car then.” As I said, I gave this a day to think and compare with previous experiences and this was the rudest and most inappropriate thing I’ve heard with a customer. Even though I understand there are rules they need to follow, there are other ways to communicate and to manage it. Then, the food.. average. We had different things from the menu and unfortunately the best was the Mac n cheese...I thought La Costanera would be comparable to La Mar, but no even close. Sorry Altamirano, but very disappointing.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed July 22, 2019

This is situated a short drive south from San Francisco, the restaurant over looks the ocean. You need to be lucky to get a table right at the window, which we did not, but it really did not matter to us. We are a couple...in our sixties travelling up the coast by car and we went here with our son lives nearby. We loved the selection of food - many of which we had not eaten before. Service was a bit distant at times.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5