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Panico's
Panico's

Panico's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.panicosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (732) 545-6100
  • 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
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We celebrated graduation at Panico's. The staff was great and the food was very good."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a great dinner experience. Food was delicious; waiters were very knowledgeable about food items. Very personable. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Food was good, nice atmosphere but service was a little slow."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The best Branzino around, perfectly cooked, as were the pastas"
    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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Some food was very good, some was just fair - pasta dishes disappointed. Service was a bit uneven but good overall."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Nice prixe fixe menu for lunch. Everything tasted great. Will be back when traveling in the area again!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "..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 !!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "we had arctic chard and grouper. both flaky, well prepared."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "Before going to the State Theater we dined at Panico's. The lovely, quiet interior enhanced the delicious meal. Splitting the succulent calamari was a meal in itself. We liked how it was served on two plates with the sauce separately. One diner chose the special lemon sole dinner and the other veal marsala over farfalle. Both were delicious and made enough for a take-home meal. We split a cannoli for dessert and were surprised when two appeared on the plate. They were rich and sweet. The service is excellent."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "The host as well as the entire waitstaff performed exceptional and accommodating service. All of the food was everything imagined and more... fresh ingredients and well-prepared dishes. Don't forget to save room for homemade desserts and cappuccino! If you enjoy authentic italian cuisine, you've got to try Panico's! Also, delicious pizza at Panico's Brick Oven Pizza across the street!"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "we were seated right away. the service was attentive but not rushed. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "The food was good as usual. Service was disappointing and amateurish. "Who ordered the pasta special" is a question that should not need to be asked, and several people were served the wrong dishes but we swapped among ourselves. After dinner the waiter asked if we wanted coffee and the answer was no. He then began collecting the dessert menus until we stopped him and explained that we did want dessert, just not coffee. They need to have more training."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Dined on a Wednesday night. Restaurant not crowded. Food was good but not extraordinary. Ceasar salad average - grated cheese not shaved. Tomato/mozzarella appetizer was very good. Dinners arrived and they were warm not hot. The spinach on my plate had cool/warm spots. Good food, not exceptional for the $$$$. Three people, 4 drinks (1 wine, 2 mixed and 1 soda), 2 appetizers and 3 entrees = $160+. Would recommend with these caveats: average food and expensive."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "The food was overall good the calamari was great and they had a great wine list. My family and I enjoyed the margaritas that the bar served. Experiencing dining in New York City the service was a little bit slow from what I am used to but other than that the wait staff was very helpful."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "Friendly, and accomadating .. great atmosphere and best of all low noise volume ...OH YES food was Delicious with a capital D"
    Dined on 7/18/2013