Osteria Panevino
Osteria Panevino

Osteria Panevino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteriapanevino.com/
  • Phone: 6195957959x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for Breakfast at 8am - Monday - Friday. Sat & Sun at 8:30am.
    Lunch 11:00am Daily. Dinner Daily at 4pm until 11pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On 5th between F & G
  • Parking: No
A word from Osteria Panevino
Panevino… Bread and Wine… The essentials of life.Osteria Panevino's prime location in the heart of San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter is just minutes from the Convention Center and most major hotels. Spacious dining room features some of San Diego's most highly acclaimed Italian cuisine and the casual atmosphere of an Tuscan osteria. Complementing Osteria Panevino's cuisine is an award-winning collection of domestic and Italian wines.
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Osteria Panevino reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (24)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (20)romantic (16)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)hot spot (9)great for brunch (7)late-night find (7)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • great food
    pghgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was fantastic, very authentic. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the line!
    dpkraftVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My wife and I went for pizza and wine before the ball game and it was excellent....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bit of Palermo in Gaslamp District
    Mellowfellowuk
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    In heaving Fifth Avenue, in San Diego's Gaslamp District, is a slice of Sicily which I recommend. Outdoor tables behind glass partitions, keep the bustling tourists away from bumping your table. Osteria Panevino manages to exude an aura of genuine Sicilian charm, starting with Giuseppe from Palermo and his excellent menu suggestions. We shared an insalata tropica, baby spinach and hearts of palm, avocado and mozzarella with a light vinaigrette. My girlfriend had crusted seared ahi tuna with sesame and peppers over lobster mashed potatoes and spinach, and I had fettuccine with good-sized scallops and generous portions of crab meat under fresh parmesan. Both were delicious. A real find that Panevino can flourish in such bedlam as Gaslamp.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Lose Your Italian Heritage
    Italy4Heart
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I find the dishes at Osteria to be extremely tasty and always make me long to be back in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular find!
    Twooldsters
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Looking for some place to eat before the theater and did not disappoint. All your reviews were great and the menus were authentic Italiano! They even special order a pasta not on the menu. Very quaint and private - great for singles couples and families alike. We will be back! The service was extraordinary - better than most 5 star rated restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We visited Osteria Panevino iN San Diego's gaslight district because of an offer from Restaurant.com. What a gem of a restaurant. We had 2 Osso Bucco dinners and 2 fish specials of the day. The atmosphere was wonderful, small and cozy Italian restaurant, the service was excellent, but the food was beyond our expectations. This is certainly a restaurant not to be missed if you enjoy Italian. In an area of a multitude of places to choose from, Osteria Panevino stands out as a terrific and highly enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We chose to sit on the patio as it was the weekend of Comic Con. What a show we got as we had some wonderful food and service. I always love having dinner on the patio in the Gaslamp district. It is fun and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go here
    Taste
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Always...The best. Never fail...best wait staff in all of Gaslamp
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find Osteria Panvino
    KarlasKreations
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a fabulous meal and the wait staff was terrific. We enjoyed SeaBass over a bed of fennel risotto and a pomegranate reduction. Yum. Will def return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    tsickmeyer
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I took my parents here when they visited from Illinois, and Panevino didn't disappoint. The staff is great as making intelligent recommendations and my parents were blown away with their first taste of true Italian food (they're used to the big chain variety). Great spot to come and enjoy a nice relaxing meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    seanc623VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food and service here were very good. I would definitely come back for the boneless rib eye steak with roasted potatoes.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Service Experience Ever!
    bripad24VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful experience at Osteria Panevino! The food was great (the spinach ravioli is a must) the restaurant is quant and lively for a small place and the service was TOTALLY on point and made the entire experience a 10+. Giuseppe was our waiter and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for over the top good service... He may not be for those people who want to just be left alone, but he made our entire evening perfect! I could spend another 1000 characters but I'll just let you experience it for yourself. Our best dining experience in the Gas Lamp district by far. We will be back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very average Italian
    Clareese
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food was pretty terrible. The chicken was overly salty (I wouldn't have been able to eat it), the asparagus hugely oily, and the lasagna pasta really overcooked and sloppy. The waiter, while very attentive, had terrible breath! An expensive night out with very average food.
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  • Great Lunch Spot!
    tsickmeyer
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My wife and I took an international client in for lunch and we couldn't have been happier. We had a nice, quiet lunch that allowed us to cover everything we needed to, and the food was delicious. Panevino's friendly service and authentic Italian atmosphere definitely made us look like knowledgeable hosts!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Panevino
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had a great time dining here for dinner. My seafood linguine pasta dish was really fresh and my boyfriends boneless rib-eye was cooked perfect! Great restaurant. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Really Average
    seafordinerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    In the NY metro area, OsteriA Panevino would not survive. It's really average food at prices that are high by even NY standards. I can get a better chicken parm at my local pizzeria. I guess in San Diego, they think it's great. First sign of trouble was the hostess soliciting customers off the street. Nothing cries desperation more. Second sign of trouble was the bread, pane literally means bread. Italian bread is normally amazing, not here. Ordered the cheese plate, which in California usually means artisan type. Not here, looked like perfect sliced wedges you find at Costco. No explanation of them either. Lastly the main course- chicken parm, just ok. Another Gaslamp dud.
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  • Just OK
    ServiceSnob
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food was pretty pricey here for the dishes being mediocre. (Totellinni Alla Panna & Linguine With Seafood). Only the clams & sauce tasted good. The Meat Tortellini was bland. They gave you large portions but we didnt care to finish. Nice and comfortable outdoor seating. The service was good but I would not return.
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  • Favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food is excellent and the service, which features staff from Italy, knowledgeable and attentive. Will come here every visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuisine of Days Gone
    biju2
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Although dishes are rendered fairly ok, the recipes are so old world. Lots of cream, thin tomato sauces,and a lack of distinction in things we ordered.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heather
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Fantastic food and great service. Small dining area though, felt a little cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heaven in a plate!
    JamonfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    In town for the marathon and looking for pasta. Found this amazing place on OpenTable. It is small and crowded but definitely worth trying. The service was attentive but not overbearing and the food was spectacular. We had the stuffed eggplant, Toscana salad, side of asparagus, lasagna and pappardelle. Everything was delicious. The housemade pasta is to die for but the asparagus is out of this world. Wish we were in town another day so we could come back and sample more items off the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Experience
    TylerS
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and I love this place! It's by far one of our favorite places to go for the food and service. Annalisa and Giuseppe were attentive and extremely friendly. They know just what to suggest as far as entrees go and their Italian background make the experience even more authentic. My wife had the lasagna bolognese and I enjoyed the ribeye. Both were presented well and came to the table piping hot, bursting with flavor. Be sure to try some of their delicious Italian wines as they complete the Panevino experience. Panevino is definitely a place to try if you're ever in the Gaslamp Quarter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and Good
    ESS2013
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    It is right in the middle of downtown SD so you have a lot of people watching and noise from the outside. The food was fairly good but nothing amazing. The service was excellent. It wasn't anything over the top special for us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • downtown and a gastronomic delight!
    SVjbVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The cioppino was incredible! Enough food for 3 meals and half a lobster included in the calamari, clams, mussels, octopus and fish. Super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 119 reviews are from the Osteria Panevino reviews archive.
  • Fantastic & Delicious
    Steve
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Can't say enough about Osteria Panevino. Had a magnificant dinner on Mother's Day & were also celebrating my birthday. We took our server's (Giuseppe's) suggestions. We had the special Bocconcini as our primi mozzerella covered with prosciutto & served on a bed of spinich; great. For main course, my wife had the special spaghetti mediterranian (think frutti di mari) & I had the Halibut special. Wow! Can't say enough about the food or the service. Nice wine list too whether by the glass or the bottle. Not rushed. Take your time enjoy. Speaking in Italiano was an added bonus. The best Tiramisu we've had anywhere. We'll be back here whenever we're in San Diego ... just wish we lived here so we could go all the time. Its that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    Dana
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The service and food was exceptional. Intimate dinning. Loved it will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • metcalfe
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Friendly and helpful service. Good recoimmwndations on food and drink. Veal is a huge plate. Beware! Generous portions. Starter we had also large. We shared. Good food and drink at reasonable price
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They go the extra mile
    FoodforFun
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The waiter was the greatest. Ask for Giuseppe. The wine was well priced and food like home made.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta
    Britt
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Had a wonderful meal at Panevino, before a concert. My husband and I both ordered pasta dishes and we were both very satisfied with our dishes. The service was outstanding and staff very helpful in selection of food and wine. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Before Play Restaurant
    kareninsd
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Since we see plays in the Horton Plaza are we are always looking for great places within walking distance. This one is just a couple blocks away and is well worth the walk. We shared a ceasar salad, which was made the "old fashioned way", anchovies, egg, etc. and then shared the papardelle pasta with a ragu of beef and veal. It was hot and savory, very flavorful and was more that the two of us could eat. We ended with pistachio ice cream with amaretto soaked cherries and whipped cream and it was dreamy creamy. The combination of flavors were perfect and we cleaned the dish. The service is very attentive and if want something off the menu they will happily comply. We have been here several times and will be coming back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We enjoyed our meal - the spinach/ricotta ravioli was delicious, as was the bruschetta and seafood linguine. Skip the tropical salad...flavors were a bit strange together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater-goers Gem
    Kathy
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    If you happen to have tickets for a show at Symphony Hall, this is the place to dine. You can come early, park on 8th and B, then take a short 10 minute walk to the restaurant. At 6:00 pm, with a reservation, we comfortably and leisurely dined, then walked back to our 8:00 performance. A truly delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Tuscan food!
    Beanie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Osteria Panevino on Saturday night. We were given a window table in the corner so that we could people-watch to our hearts content. We started with a highly recommended appetizer, the burrata that was stuffed with mascarpone cheese, along with San Daniele prosciutto, some fresh basil and kalamata olives.....absolutely sublime! Couldn't get enough of it! I ordered the lamb ravioli that had a light porcini mushroom sauce.....simply wonderful. My partner ordered the Chilean Sea Bass with butter sauce, alongside a lobster risotto....he loved it. The fish was perfectly cooked, flaky and glistening. This restaurant is a gem, the food is very, very authentic and the staff are hospitable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had to wait about 20 minutes
    kathyVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We had to wait about 20 minutes to be served even though we had reservations. When I complained, I was informed that they were short staff: only 2 men to serve the entire restaurant. Once we ordered, the beleaguered waiter was attentive and efficient. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not at all worth the price
    Kclark
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I read the reviews on Yelp and I was expecting great food, this was not the case at all. I had the chicken parm. The chicken was rubbery and the sauce was nothing special at all. I would not recommend this place.
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  • One of the highlights of a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    One of the highlights of a recent trip and eating fest in the gas lamp district. Excellent variety. Would go again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    my family and went there the night before the SD half marathon race. we had a large group that kept fluctuating in numbers, but the staff their worked with us as some folks came later and much later. never did they get frustrated they continued to make adjustments and room for my guests. food was great. the caprese salad was pushed by the waiter so went ahead a ordered two to only find out they were ~$19/plate for few slices of tomatoes and mozzarella. the rest of the food was great. large portions, so consider sharing if you don't like taking food home. i would go back and recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always our go to!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Always our go to. Giovanni and staff always make or visit special, second only to the cuisine and service. Thanks so much for such a great Birthday Celebration! Again, we can't wait for our next visit!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Gastronomic delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Outstanding Osso Buco. Baked eggplant appetizer a must. Can't wait to return & explore the menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We took a group of 8 to this
    SSRTeam
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We took a group of 8 to this restaurant and from the moment they seated us till we were done it was a gret experience. The service and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate