Tapas, like books, cars, and husbands, are designed to be shared with those closest to you. Indulge in the best of Latin-style sharing with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Peruvian fare and drinks at La Costanera in Montara Beach.
Within La Costanera's open, airy confines, master Peruvian chef Carlos Altamirano whips up fresh, contemporary Latin American fare. Explore a sumptuous menu of scoopable starters, such as crema de zapallo, a creamy pumpkin soup dotted with shrimp, corn, and queso fresco ($10), or a bevy of marinated ceviches, including the spicy matón, a Poseidon-approved army of calamari, octopus, mussels, clams, and prawns in a spicy aji rocoto leche sauce ($15). Afterward, savory sea-centric entrees such as sashimi-style ahi tuna ($16) and seafood paella with Arborio rice ($26) steady a flagging stomach sail, and tapas such as the grilled pork spare rib glazed with homemade barbecue sauce ($13) and mac 'n' cheese with bacon and huancaina sauce ($12) are ideal for sharing with friends or a masked superhero support group. An extensive wine list and specialty cocktails complement both epicurean eats and breathtaking ocean views seen al fresco or through soaring floor-to-ceiling windows.
At La Costanera, Peruvian-born Chef Carlos Altamirano adds contemporary twists to traditional South American dishes that earned the restaurant a 2012 Michelin Star. A variety of ceviches whet appetites amidst a dining room that the San Francisco Chronicle called "breathtaking by day and almost mystical at night," filled with the soft sound of the surf. Free-range chicken and slow-cooked pork shoulder thrive beneath what a reviewer for the Pacifica Tribune applauds as "dramatic presentation.” Imported Peruvian beers and pisco cocktails clink to toast potatoes reclaiming exoticness by arriving in shades of purple and green, and even simple favorites take on the gleeful elegance of a solid-teak waterslide with the aid of truffle oil or saffron. La Costanera’s 10,000-square-foot space opens onto an open-air patio and glass-enclosed rooms. Windowpanes soaring from floor to ceiling arch high overhead, admitting cascades of sunlight as diners gaze out and give each rolling wave a name and backstory.