Panico's
Panico's

Panico's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.panicosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7325456100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:30pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm friday and saturday open til 2 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nestor Ramos
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Special packages from A - Z.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate a private party up to 150 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa (732)545-6100 x
  • Entertainment: lounge open all night 50% off drinks after 10 at night $14.99 lunch specials daily offering a salad, entree dessert and coffee mondat thru fri 11am til 5 pm and all day sundays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nielson Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Church Street public parking garage located across the street.
A word from Panico's
Situated on Church Street steps way from the Hyatt Hotel and a mere three blocks from New Brunswick's Theater District, stands Panico's. Since 1987 Panico's has been impressing lovers of fine food and impeccable service in a warm and elegant atmosphere.

Panico's is known for fine wines and classic and innovative Italian cuisine. The artistically presented dishes are splendid examples of Italian Cuisine at its finest. panicos a family owned business is the only restaurant in New brunswick that makes everything from our fresh breads to desserts everyday in our wood fired oven at our sister place across the street Panicos Brick oven pizzeria which carries a large selection of pizza with an extensive menu that is much more than pizza. we carry a full bar at both locations.. So if the occassion is for an elegant meal at panicos restaurant or a more casual dinner at the Brick oven bar and grill we offer everything to make your meal complete to satisfy your palate.
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Panico's reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (12)romantic (11)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)fit for foodies (4)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Perfect!
    retiredbaton
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I took my friend to Panico's for her birthday before going to the theater. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, service and ambiance. And to top off our lunch, our waiter brought a piece of the house lemon cheesecake, complete with a lit candle. We softly sang Happy Birthday to my friend as to not embarrass her or disturb the other guests. And our waiter took a photo of us; now we can remember this special celebration. I will definitely return to Panico's with my husband for cocktails and dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice enjoyable evening
    FleaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Panico's offered big portions and the food was delicious. Service was very good. Loved the live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and great service
    SeymourVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is always good, we have eaten there many times, and sometimes truly outstanding. What makes us come back is the outstanding service and extremely quiet atmosphere. It has a very warm feel to it and the service is as good as it gets. Attentive without being in your face. That's an art in my opinion. Our go to restaurant in New Brunswick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Italian Dining
    Jb34677
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was really good but the superior lighting is memorable. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, high price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food here was good, but not good enough to justify the prices. The restaurant was EMPTY. There was a Private party in the back, but couldn't hear them in the main dining room which was nice. I would return ONLY for the wine list..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We are always made to feel like valued customers when we arrive! Dinner Sunday was no exception..we shared a Caesar salad. Dinners were the veal parm and a soecisl pork chop with peppers and onions in a balsamic glaze.. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice find
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Being new to New Brunswick I depended on the reviews to guide me for a special occasion. It was perfect. The food was very good and the pricing was reasonable. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Diane
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The ambiance is beautiful, the food is excellent and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Torn
    tfrnj
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I can remember many enjoyable special dinners here. Times have changed. The atmospere is wonderful. The food was very good. The service was unattentive. We waited 20 minutes for water. Was told that bread was 'on the way'. I guess it walked from a bakery because that was another wait. We ordered a bottle of good white wine. It was served a little above room temp. We struck up a conversation with another waiter i recognized from the past. He took over and redeemed the meal. As a side comment, years ago a coworker arrived to eat dinner with a group of us. He wore a sweater and not a jacket. We had to move to the lounge area. Could not sit in dinning area. We understood. This time we were seated next to a man in shorts and flip flops.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service!
    Sparky
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I purchased a Groupon and was looking forward to my visit. The restaurant has a very nice décor and ambience. Our waitstaff was absolutely wonderful! The food, on the other hand was not... It had a lot more Spanish influence than Italian. Our appetizers were very good, but our entrees were quite disappointing. My companions veal marsala was pedestrian at best, and my overpriced pasta with broccoli rabe and chicken was awful! the chicken was dry and it had barely any pasta, or broccoli rabe! it had more hot cherry peppers than anything... The waiter was very apologetic and the manager came over and offered to make me something else. I ended-up with a crème brulee and a Baileys! I won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent
    PNLDVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Tried this place for the first time. The food was passable--had a chicken dish and thought the chicken was over cooked. I also thought this place was a little over priced and considering most of the dishes can be had at any Italian restaurant (including pizzarias for far less). I also thought the $3.50 per soft drink glass was high. You can make fresh brewed tea with a 10-cent tea bag and tap water, which they give you for free, so to charge that much because you're adding tea from a tea bag and then charge for refills on top of it was tacky.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Panico's reviews archive.
  • sunday early dinner
    MPMedford58
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were dining at your restaurant for a birthday celebration for my Mom. We wee the only table besides a loud party in the front of the restaurant. Our service was horrible. we aired 15 minutes to get a drink order. It then took another 15 minutes to get the drink. We placed our order and were ignored once the food came. The pasta my Mom ordered was undercooked and had no sauce . The brochetta was overdone and burned on the outside. The bronzing fish I ordered was small and overpriced. It was 35.00 for a tiny piece. Overall service and food were terrible. I would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Food was excellent. Restaurant was quiet and we were able to converse easily. Waiter was friendly and service was prompt. They were out of a vintage of wine listed on the wine menu but the waiter offered to give us an earlier year at the same price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant!
    dfritzin
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We went to Panico's for our wedding anniversary, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was excellent, and the service outstanding. We enjoyed everything we ate. One slight complaint: the wine list is quite expensive, with a few exceptions. We were able to get a good merlot from their house wine list, but that was the cheapest wine on the list. All in all, an excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Service
    Timothy
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We celebrated graduation at Panico's. The staff was great and the food was very good.
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  • Wonderful ambience
    robanenjoyed
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a great dinner experience. Food was delicious; waiters were very knowledgeable about food items. Very personable.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Service with decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Last minute Easter afternoon scramble and Open Table was there to help. Party of five, we were seated immediately and wait staff was quick to take drink orders. Staff was predominantly Spanish and some of the items on the menu leaned towards that theme as the menu mentions the head chefs name . Anyway, they were excellent, very professional and willing to deviate from menu descriptions upon request. Ordered varied items, chicken dish, filet of sole, francese and penne with vodka sauce and Easter special ham.Also had calamari app. All we're cooked perfectly. Deserts varied and were delicious. Wines at about nine bucks per glass. All in all a good experience . Just not sure if this isn't more Spanish than Italian.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little slow
    sandmanVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We had a table of 6 and the restaurant was empty. The food was good but the service was VERY slow. I have not been to the restaurant in quite some time, I had business associates in from out of town and it made for a very long evening that should not have been. I'll chalk it up to an off night and give them a pass. It was a Tuesday evening.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, nice atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was good, nice atmosphere but service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No place is as welcoming as
    neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    No place is as welcoming as this. We are made to feel so special when dining here. We shared a Caesar salad to start and both chose veal, par, and Frances's, with pasta. Ate everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    bob1
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Had a great time, food was very good, the prices were fair, waiters helpful. I really could not ask for more, I been to many restaurants in the area and this one is the best. I will definitely be back. Too bad I took so long to find this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • pre theater neighborhood gem
    MaRKVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed a satisfying dinner with excellent service before attending the George Street Playhouse without feeling rushed. Everything was very good. The menu was varied with a Bronzino that was delicious and filleted perfectly tableside that was delicious and expertly served.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful first experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I took my SO to Panico's for a late Valentine's dinner. The service there was fantastic. We were seated straight away and our waiter was very professional and attentive. He was knowledgeable about all the dishes on the menu and was able to recommend something for each of our tastes. The food came out in a timely fashion and was very good. It is a bit on the pricey side, but what you'd expect for a restaurant that provides the service and ambiance that Panico's does.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday well evening dinner.
    Eurogirl
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We were a party of five on an early Sunday evening. Perhaps two more tabes were occupied, clearly not too busy, yet, we had to wait almost an hr, before our food arrived. Actually, first I had to Inquire how soon to expect our dishes. After all the wait, side dishes were substituted without informing us, and one dish on the menu wasn't even available. The food was mediocre, (3) OK, one, my fish (3 ordered one available) was burned to a crisp. The wait staff wasn't attentive at all, and I would not return or recommend this restaurant.
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  • Maybe I caught them on a bad night
    JjgnVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    It was theatre night, but I never heard of asking a group if they were down. The waiter kept sticking his rear end in my face as he served the adjacent table. The food was not great, my salmon was ok but the rice and vegetables were cold. The waiter saw i did not eat my entree so he comped my dinner which i must say was unexpected.
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  • late for show
    Tommy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had dinner reservations for 6PM, thought 2 hr would be enough time not to be late for a show starting at 8.We told the waitress at the begining of the meal. Her answer was s is everyone else here. Our meal came at 7:45. Te filet mignon was so raw I couldn't eat it and no time to end it back. We would suggest another restaurant to an one with show tickets, or allow 3 hours.
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  • It's my go-to place...
    MarkW
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I've been going to Panico's for a long time. My wife and I love it. The waiters remember us and are always friendly. The food is excellent. And New Brunswick is great place to be at night. If you're looking for a special place, definitely give Panico's a shot. Yout won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food
    NJdiner
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The best Branzino around, perfectly cooked, as were the pastas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food was good but for the price I don't think we will be returning. Ordered the stuffed mushroom for an appetizer and received one stuffed mushroom that wasn't that good for $12.00. Gnocchi was good as well as the filet mignon. Food should have been exceptional for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    notaexpert
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We went out on wife wife birthday to the place she picked it it was a great choice. The waiter and his assistant were great from the start. He reciting of the specials were done very well and he included all the ingredients to help us make the right choices. We all shared some Calamari the each of us had 3 different salads before our main courses. The night was finished of with a apple tart and some capachinos . Price was expensive but I saw the menu before hand and knew that going there. Plus it was once a year dinner celebration. We did not make a big deal of my wife b-day because she did not want that.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite N.B restaurants
    davak
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We always enjoy dinner at Panico's. The ambience is cozy and inviting, and the staff is VERY attentive. It's our go-to restaurant to meet friends, enjoy New Year's Eve, or host a small party. Very friendly and accommodating!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Traditional NYC-type Dining
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Like finding a great Italian restaurant in NYC, but near Rutgers campus. Menu had slight twists from the traditional--the calimari with chorizo sausage was terrific, but then standards like veal francese offered classic tastes and no surprises. Waiters and service was top-of-the-line professional without being pretentious. Live guitarist was noticeable, but not overbearing. All-in-all, just a wonderful old-fashioned dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and menu. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Great food and menu. Great daily special. Service was very attentive but not over the top. Only downside is that their wine by the glass selection is very limited. If they had some more choices by the glass the meal would have been perfect.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money!
    Knowsgoodfood
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Food was ok. Started w/ tuna appetizer, it was bland. Husband ordered linguini w/seafood, said it was ok. Again, bland. I ordered lemon sole. It was served breaded & fried. I would never ordered it knowing it'd be prepared that way...should have asked being it wasn't stated. My mistake! Would have made a better sandwich w/tartar at a fast food restaurant. Came with risotto. Again, bland! Couple we dined with seemed ok w/ their meals. Veal and steak special. At least they didn't say anything, perhaps to avoid insulting or poor choice. The peanut butter dessert was good. Service...simply was terrible. Friendly waiters but we had to ask for drinks, never checked on us, left dishes for a long time, not what you'd expect when dishing out $200
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Haven't been disappointed yet
    Molae
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Nice setting, great wait staff and good food. Always a good mixture. The staff is attentive, the service great and they don't push you out, allowing you to enjoy a comfortably paced meal and not feel rushed. Always enjoy going there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some food was very good, some
    JayJVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Some food was very good, some was just fair - pasta dishes disappointed. Service was a bit uneven but good overall.
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  • Great food and service!
    FrogpizazzVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Nice prixe fixe menu for lunch. Everything tasted great. Will be back when traveling in the area again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • not one empty table this evening.
    neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    not one empty table this evening. kitchen was on the money. we shared a field greens salad with prosciutto, apples, nuts and blue cheese. dinners were veal parm and the menu salmon. each plate was cleaned! excellent coffee and complimentary biscotti. they have such a knack of making you feel like a treasured customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sat evening dinner
    joanranger
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    service was spotty, we seemed to have been forgotten after arrival even though there not too many parties there at the time. Lobster bisque did not taste or resemble lobster bisque at all, it was very fishy and watery. Food was ok but too expensive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ..New Brunswick is our meeting
    GodfatherVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    ..New Brunswick is our meeting area for several years. Dined at many local restaurants. Overpriced, poor service at times, & mediocre food. We finally found a "gem". Great service & food !!! The service gent brought the check & pointed out the tip was included. Left with an impression of complete joy & satisfaction !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.