Osteria Panevino
Osteria Panevino

Osteria Panevino

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteriapanevino.com/
  • Phone: (619) 595-7959
  • 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
37 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)special occasion (18)great for outdoor dining (17)neighborhood gem (16)romantic (15)good for groups (14)notable wine list (9)great for lunch (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful meal
    Joel
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It was so good that we wished we had more time to eat there again!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Fantastic experience. Great food, service and ambiance. Everything about our dinner was great! Thanks! We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic gourmet Italian
    Impressive
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My boss and I went here to celebrate a successful meeting before week caught our flights and the nearby airport. We were surprised by the excellent wine and dinner menus and had an outstanding meal. Appetizers were quite good and the sides we ordered were fantastic - the garlic and broccoli was the best I've ever had. Our entrees (one was a special and one was off the regular menu) featured homemade pasta and excellent sauces. Portions were huge; I took my leftovers with me for the redeye flight home. Service was attentive and helpful in discussing options (and getting us a cab!) We ate early on a friday night so I cant vouch for how service is later at night but it looked like they were fully staffed. I've lived in NY City and Napa Valley and this was as good as any of the top Italians I've eaten at in either place. Next time I'm is san Diego, I'm coming here. Also important:they offer gluten free pasta, so my wife with celiac can enjoy this restaurant as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Not terrible but just ok. Expensive for the food. Veal was tough and hard to cut and at nearly $40 a mistake to order. Same with the Ossa Buco, also nearly $40. Service was fine. Nice ambiance. Just keep your expectations for the food in check. Kind of like most Gaslamp places in that respect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing time!
    SpecialK
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had such a wonderful time at Osteria Panevino! The service was beyond and the food was outstanding. Will for sure be back and will always recommend when someone asks where they should go to dinner in Downtown San Diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Osteria Pannevino
    Dtses
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    With each trip to San Diego area (we were staying in Carlsbad this time), we always make an effort to enjoy this restaurant.....this trip included connecting with an old friend who lives in San Diego.......love the street scene in the Gas Lamp District where this restaurant is located! Food, wine, service are all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Better in Gaslamp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice place, but part of the GasLamp quarter which means crowded and rushed and geared toward getting people in off the streets. Food was good and our waiter was very good, but still had what felt like a machine-driven evening (quick in and out).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We all left full and happy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We dined at Panevino before the McCartney concert, so the restaurant was packed, even at 5pm. Regardless, the service was excellent, and all the food was just delicious. The main courses were very generous (leftovers all around) and all were perfectly prepared. Two of us ordered the scallpo and fettucine special, which was gi-normous, another had chicken parmesan, and the fourth, mahi mahi with spinach risotta which was out of this world. And to end the meal, the limoncello cake was absolutely devine! So light and flavorful and just right. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Dined on 9/25 with group of 8. It was fantastic. Service was prompt and courteous. Food was special. I had the seafood dish with lobster, calamari, shrimp, mussels and clams. Very special. My wife had sea bass. Said it was perhaps best she has ever had. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Italian Flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was a birthday celebration and this restaurant was a perfect place to spend our evening. We chose the San Diego Restaurant Week menu and were not disappointed. The mushroom appetizer was delicious and generous in portion. The salmon dinner had wonderful spices and was cooked perfectly and the ravioli with lobster filling was very rich and tender. The bread is authentic Italian style and brought back many memories of Italy. The Italian white wine was very good. The only critique was the dessert of Tiramisu wasn't as good as we have had before. We enjoyed the whole evening, the ambiance, the food and service. We recommend it and will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very good Italian place
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a very good Italian place in the Gaslamp district. It is very good in all respects. We went for San Diego Restaurant week, but we will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    pghgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was fantastic, very authentic. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 138 reviews are from the Osteria Panevino reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great choice & experience!
    RockitliveVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    love it here... we always enjoy the food and great for a group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
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    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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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  • Heather
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Fantastic food and great service. Small dining area though, felt a little cramped.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    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
    • Food
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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.
  • 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
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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
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    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.