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La Costanera, Half Moon Bay, CA

La Costanera

4.6
4.6
3756 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Experience the culinary richness of Peru at La Costanera, a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant opened its doors October 2, 2009. The scenic California coast in Half Moon Bay, overlooks the Pillar Point Harbor with sweeping views of the beach and ocean. Just a short, beautiful drive from San Francisco (25 miles). The space is grand, with 180 degree windows, two stories, and a large outdoor terrace.


We offer a full bar, domestic and imported Peruvian beers and a hand selected wine list. Come try our Pisco Sour – a classic Peruvian cocktail – and experience all that La Costanera has to offer...

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2 people

20:00


Booked 22 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 11:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Sun 16:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (650) 728-1600
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Carlos Altamirano
  • Catering
    Please contact Pamela Machado at (650) 728-1600 for more details or visit our website https://lacostanerarestaurant.com/ to fill out the contact information and we will get back to you shortly.
  • Private party facilities
    Our staff at La Costanera will work with you to coordinate all of the important details for your private event and will make sure that you and your guests enjoy the celebration of a lifetime. Our menus are designed by Executive Chef-Owner Carlos Altamirano.Please email us at events@lacostanerarestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (650) 728-1600
  • Area
    Half Moon Bay
  • Cross Street
    Pillar point harbor Blvd
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Entertainment
    New Events Coming Soon.... Please Check Back
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,756 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Great for scenic views

3,756 Reviews
  1. DKST

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic choices and great service. Definitely recommend

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  2. MichaelH

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was amazing. The price was a little high, but you get what you pay for. Server never made us feel rushed. My date and I sat and talked for nearly 4 hours and nobody from the staff made us feel awkward about it. Would definitely recommend

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  3. Joshg

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time here. Service was outstanding, and the food was delicious. Recommend going for tapas...we didn't even bother with an entree. There were a lot of birthday and anniversary tables aside from ours, they do make it a special occassion with great waitstaff, good drinks, and great food. Don't miss the yucca croquettes or the tequeños de camarones.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always our dinner was delicious. The service by Omar was amazing! He made sure to notice my cousin’s birthday and was very nice. Highly recommend this place the great food and excellent service.

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  5. bestdiner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant is like a cafe where we had lunch. They have very few booths, uncomfortable tables and kitchen chairs. No upstairs seating….no views. Enjoyed the food for the most part. Very engaging server!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been in this restaurant many times, even back when they were at the old location. The food and service here is always impeccable so I thought why not reserve a nice dinner spot for Valentine’s Day for the first time. I looked at their menu for that day and they had it advertised as a fixed menu for $135/person, which is a bit pricey but looking at what’s being serve for that day, and factoring my experience with them in the past, I gave it a go and made a reservation few weeks in advance for 7:45 PM. Fast forward to our dinner, we just barely started on our appetizers when we heard the waitress talking to our two next table neighbors that they had ran out of Lucuma Cheesecake and Dragon Fruit Tres Leches, which is the two exact desserts that we have ordered. At first I thought, maybe they just ran out at the moment, and they will magically have some more when it’s our turn to have our desserts. Nope, I was wrong! Here comes the same waitress telling us that the only dessert option is the Chocolate Carlitos (flourless chocolate cake), and another ricotta type of dessert that’s not part of the special event menu but from their usual daily menu since it’s available, I guess. My problem here is: 1. how do you ran out of desserts by 8:PM from a $135/person fixed menu that should’ve been accounted for from all the x numbers of reservations you have for that day. 2. Anything less than what was promised on the advertised fixed menu is unacceptable because we as customers know exactly what we have signed up for (in advance) and therefore we expect you to deliver. And 3. I gave La Costanera the opportunity to “hopefully” correct their misfortune by offering us free drinks with our meals or perhaps some hot espresso to go with our Chocolate Carlitos & Ricotta desserts which left us with no other choice by the way- but they didn’t do anything on their part. And that to me left a really bad taste in my mouth just like the two desserts that we both had and didn’t care for.

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  7. SusanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ashley our server was sweet and pretty attentive. The reason for not giving consistently high marks was: you ran out of one of the dessert choices, the short rib was tough and not served with a steak knife (if was FAR from fork tender), service getting the food to our table (not Ashley's fault) was so fast it almost felt rushed and offers to clear were made way too fast. The chocolate dessert was just a fudgey brownie with another name. On the positive side, the raviolis were excellent, the crudo was also very good, probably the best parts of the meal. Still, we appreciate the effort made to provide a nice Valentine's Day dinner for so many. Would I recommend it to a friend? Maybe on not such a busy occasion.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, great ambience and good food! Love going here.

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  9. JichuP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very good food! would definitely come again and recommend to friends

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  10. MelissaK

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. I’m never disappointed and never had a bad meal here. Drinks are tasty but a bit strong for me. We ordered the prawns, octopus, and vegetarian paella. All tasted amazing. For desserts, we had the panne cotta and caramel pudding. SO delicious. Highly recommend.

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  11. HertaS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went with a group of 5 and had a variety of items from steak to chicken, shrimp, salad, appetizers, you name it. All delicious including the heart-shaped Alfajores. Mimosas were delicious and the pisco sour potent and tasty. Our waiter was outstanding, patient, friendly, knowledgeable. The only downside was the location. We didn’t know they moved. The original location was much more scenic.

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  12. TamekaK

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing flavors, attentive service and great ambiance. Unexpectedly ambitious and delicious upscale Peruvian food.

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  13. Alibaba

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrible service. Too bad because great food server was terrible

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  14. khmer65

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unexpected special find in Half moon bay. Upscale modern take on Peruvian food with at times Asian influences. Highly recommended.

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  15. pm43

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are local and it is one of our favorite restaurants. The view, the staff, the food. Delightful and delicious. There has always been something for everyone on the menu.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a birthday here and the experience was lovely. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. Will definitely be coming back here!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    La Costanera truly won me over with its stunning interior and the picturesque view outside. The ambiance alone is worth the visit. As for the food, it's a culinary delight. My absolute favorite is the ceviche tasting, and the churros dip in suspiro la limena took me by surprise – an unexpected and delicious twist! This place is a perfect blend of great atmosphere, delectable cuisine, and innovative dishes that make every bite memorable.

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  18. SUSANR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best waitress EVER! She was so knowledgeable and helpful...we decided she must be part OWNER of the place. We will be back SOON!

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  19. anonymous

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely eve Thank you

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  20. DwayneS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent! The food was tasty and fresh! The ambience was great!

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  21. PamelaH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this resturant, especially for a special night out. The food is unique and of excellent quality. I had the adobo which was tender and flavorful. Staff were friendly and efficient.

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  22. MossBeachMama

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I came here to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! It was my 5th time dining here. La Costanera is my absolute favorite restaurant on the Coast! This was my husband's first time eating here! He is very picky and he doesn't like to eat out very often! He loved it! Our waitress was so sweet and knowledgeable about the menu! The food was delicious! The ambiance was amazing! They gave us complimentary glasses of champagne and a sweet sign wishing us Happy Anniversary! It was a perfect anniversary dinner! I am happy to report that my husband will be dining here again! Thank you so much La Costanera!

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  23. YeseniaA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner, this place never disappoints!

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  24. DonT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! My wife and I shared the Cebiche Tasting, Pulpo a la Parilla and Pescado a lo Macho. And even had the Churros for dessert. Couldn't have enjoyed it more. Everything was outstanding. One of the top dining experiences we have ever had.

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  25. Wic7410

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. I loved the Cebiche and the small plates. The Adobo was standout for us. Excellent service as well.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a family dinner celebrating our sons birthday. The appetizers were amazing the calamari and octopus were outstanding. Our mains were good but I think the paella needed a little more flavor 😅. Our server Cesar was very friendly and helpful. He was very patient with us because it was our first time and help to make our night amazing. We would definitely come back and try the desserts!

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  27. francophile

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ...sunshine...music...boats in the harbor...exquisite food...delightfully friendly and efficient servers....what could be more perfect for a birthday celebration with friends?

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  28. Phibcb2

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great meal, service was excellent for a special occasion. The food was prepared excellent and in nice quantities. Super place and we will be back.

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  29. susans

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for lunch. Big space looks nice lots of space between tables. I had very good octopus dish. Husband had ahi salad. Lots of ahi not so much salad but all really good. Also coffee strong and really good. A little expensive but good quality.

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  30. MarissaF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED EVERYTHING IN HERE! we ordered chicharrones, macho and lomo saltado.. everything outstanding! MANAGEMENT IS AQESOME. Definetly will come back

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  31. ChloeM

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love this place! The Cebeche trio is pricey, but delicious. I could drink 10 Pisco Sours, they're incredible. Food is always amazing. Our server stole the show though. I wish I got her name, because she was genuinely one of the best servers I've had in a long time. Super knowledgeable about the menu, great with our kids, attentive but not overbearing. Everyone at the table commented throughout the meal about how much they loved her!

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  32. James

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great setting. The parking is abundant and right nearby. I am sure the view is excellent (we went at night). The service was very quick, attentive and effective. Food was very, very good. We will return! That may become a standard place for us in Half Moon Bay.

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  33. PeterB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. The ceviches were fresh and delicious, as was everything else we ordered.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    love going there with my girlfriends! Food is delicious!!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant. Great food and service. Salmon was cooked to perfection.

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  36. SteveS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been dining here from before they moved to El Granada. The food here is a serious treat for the taste buds - there is no dish I would not recommend. Absolutely wonderful. The wait-staff are friendly and attentive and a joy, I could not recommend a Coast-side eatery more than this one.

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  37. jessicat

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to love this place. Staff was great, Drinks were amazing, food blah! Get drinks and apps skip dinner!

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  38. Dean

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were outstanding! Never disappointed.

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  39. kenatcman

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked this only because it was all that was left on the day we went but wow am I glad we did. The Peruvian theme made me worry but the food was amazing. A lot like Mexican but better with more flavor. The fish options were plentiful which was a bonus since we are Pescatarians. Appetizers were super tasty. I had the avocado with a yellow sauce and potatoes that were to die for. Service was prompt, friendly, and competent. We will be coming back.

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  40. JERS

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was excellent! Dessert(3 shortbread cookies with Dulche de Leche) was ok but not worth $15. Was bummed that even though I made a reservation weeks in advance, mentioned that it was our anniversary and asked for a table at a window for view that our view was the the neon sign of the shopping mall and the RV park rather than the harbor and water. Pretty ugly view.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Costanera using the Order Online button. La Costanera also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 728-1600.

La Costanera is rated 4.6 stars by 3756 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Costanera

260 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Pillar point harbor Blvd
  • Area
    Half Moon Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 11:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Sun 16:00–21:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Carlos Altamirano
  • Entertainment
    New Events Coming Soon.... Please Check Back
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 728-1600
  • Catering
    Please contact Pamela Machado at (650) 728-1600 for more details or visit our website https://lacostanerarestaurant.com/ to fill out the contact information and we will get back to you shortly.
  • Private party facilities
    Our staff at La Costanera will work with you to coordinate all of the important details for your private event and will make sure that you and your guests enjoy the celebration of a lifetime. Our menus are designed by Executive Chef-Owner Carlos Altamirano.Please email us at events@lacostanerarestaurant.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (650) 728-1600
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