Panta Rei

Panta Rei

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pantareirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4155910900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm (winter months: lunch only served Fri - Sun); Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabrizio Laudati
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We have large, flat-screen TVs and often have gathering for the major European Soccer matches.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stockton
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Two Public Parking Garages are located in close proximity to the restaurant: Vallejo Street Garage 766 Vallejo Street (between Emery Ln & Stockton St) North Beach Parking Garage 735 Vallejo St. (between Emery Ln & Stockton St) There is also limited street parking available.
A word from Panta Rei
Panta Rei has been a favorite neighborhood destination for over 7 years! We are located in the heart of North Beach and offer traditional Roman cuisine and a extensive wine list. A full bar and specialized cocktails are available. Our waitstaff is consistently friendly and knowledgeable and the atmostphere is lively and exciting.
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Panta Rei reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (9)hot spot (8)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)fit for foodies (5)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (4)romantic (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)special occasion (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Loved the osobucco
    AlfieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall it was pretty good. The staff was very friendly and helpful with suggestions. The food was very good!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RaymondVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    OK, So here we go, We have been to Panta Rei a few times, and have always had a very good meal. This time and I hope only this time the Service was very slow, I mean slow. Normally they are attentive, But I think they expanded to the side/rear. We were kinda forgotten about. Not Cool, It ruins the the meal. I think opening up the back the restuarant has lost a little bit of the ambience. Food was still very good.When you are in North Beach. It is all about the experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    Michele
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our waitress was a gem! And we liked the minestrone and the Caesar salad; the squid ink linguine was tasty, but the agnolotti was a bit stiff, not the plump little pillows I was expecting. Too full to order the tiramisu...maybe next time. Nice to see all the tourists from other countries enjoying the Italian neighborhood of SF.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    KWells
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was great, drinks were great, but our waiter was not very friendly and a little impatient. However, in general my experiences here have been outstanding. I will be returning and can recommend without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love This Place!!
    GuenevereVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The staff is fantastic! Homemade pasta!!!! $3 Bellini's and Momosa's on Sundays! And the Taramisu is the best in North BEACH!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, 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.
  • decent but needs improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My raviloli was flavorful but a few minutes under done ( I could only eat the center and not the edges ) my BF has the osso bucco and that was yummy. the asparagus soup was ok and the burrata was delish. the server was probably new as we sat with our finished plates and empty glasses in front of us for at least 20 minutes and couldnt seem to flag him down to get the check until i flung myself in his path after our 4th attempt to wave him down.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reneged Reservation
    BirdcallsVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I made and got confirmation for a 1000 point 4:00 p.m. reservation. When we arrived after seeing Beach Blanket Babylon around the corner we were informed that no seating was available. The place was jammed with World Cup fans. Obviously the restaurant decided at the last minute that it was much more lucrative to host a World Cup bash than to honor prior reservations. The host was polite and apologetic, but the message was "tough ____." How many reservations could they have had on a Sunday afternoon? Not many. Had they chosen to do so they could have made room for us. I have requested that at least we are credited with the 1000 points. (I marked food as 1 above because I could not submit this review unless all squares were marked.)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food! Great service!
    KittyK
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I took my boyfriend there for his birthday recently. In the Open Table reservation comment box I mentioned that it would be his birthday and if they could bring out a dessert with a candle on it. I am not sure if I indicated I would be happy to pay for him, which I would have been happy to. I don't like the idea of trying to score freebies. When I looked at the bill they didn't charge us for the tiramisu! The food was wonderful! The wine was great! I don't know if my boyfriend's soda order was refillable but he had probably 2 more refills. They only charged us for 1 soda order! I was expecting to pay around $100...the bill came up to less than $70: 1 appetizer, 2 pasta entrees, 1 glass of wine, 3 soda refills, and a dessert with a candle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible management and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I made reservations and the reservations were accepted . When I got to the restaurant , the World Cup was on and it was packed . They rudely told us that my reservations meant nothing and "can't I see that it's packed here" and they laughed in my face and told me "no way I cannot let you in "and turned me away. If they were so packed they should have had open table accept my reservation. They should be removed from open Table .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pre-show dining
    whycook
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The waiter was very good throughout the meal. The salads were excellent. We each ordered something different. I had the Cioppino. good--not too spicy. Two of our party had the home made pasta. The sauces were very good. One person had lasagna. She said that the home made noodles made it very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Lacking in Service
    Silverback60
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We were pleasantly welcomed on our arrival. We were there on a week night w/our children. The setting was nice, quiet & uncrowded. The menu is somewhat limited in its selections. What we ordered was very good, flavorful & nicely plated. The service problem arose after we had completed our appetizers, calamari & bruschetta. After sitting patiently for 30+ minutes after the appetizer! I inquired if it normally took this amount of time to get our main course? Thank goodness I asked! The waiter &/or the cook HAD FORGOTTEN TO FIRE THE ORDER !! To this end, there was way to much unprofessional, grab assing amongst the staff, including the apparent owner, & younger local patrons.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Newer Ital. in N.B.
    TopHatCharlie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very good homemade pasta, too loud and busy for my taste, salad was ordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 299 reviews are from the Panta Rei reviews archive.
  • always good
    HUlagirlVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I have never been disappointed at Panta Rei. I really like all of their squid ink dishes - pasta with seafood, risotto. If you go, you have to have their signature cocktail, the Moka Martini.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniejoy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Came for an early dinner. This place had a relax vibe, looked like the owner and family were visiting as well. Let me say Cutest baby girl ever! Take a chance and try the black polenta AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panta REI pre-show Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    6:00 PM pre-show (Beach Blanket Babylon) dinner. Difficulty finding reservations, while not crowded. Friendly, comfortable, neighborhood restaurant. Food OK to Good with reasonable value and good service. Lots of alternatives in North Beach.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Newcomer's rating
    Longoman
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Buffet style with rather tasty food and sufficient parking lot. Seating at table was comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food was good, nothing exceptional. The porcini mushroom bruschetta was tasty, however the mussel and clam appetizer was definitely not worth the price, very small portion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Gnocci in the USA
    Marcos
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Been there for the second time and their gnocchi is the best I had tested in the USA, Highly recommend it if you like gnocchi =)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad, Not Great
    Jamie31
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We got the duck pasta, the fettuccine chicken in a garlic wine sauce, lasagna and calzone. Everything was good, just wasn't great though.... It's the only way I can kind of describe our experience. Nothing really WOWed us... We liked it, but probably won't go back for a second experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Italian restaurant
    Zarrk
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had a great night. Food was fantastic, waiter was excellent. Faultless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Travelers2
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had lunch here which consisted of a Caesar salad , calzone and wine. There was certainly nothing wrong with the food or service but nothing memorable either. There are so many restaurants in the area that I would probably try somewhere else the next time we are in SF.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good spot for dinner.
    Alejandro
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, excellent waiter and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in little italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food wAs all great. Service quite good for a party of 10. Would highly recommend. Especially good for Vegetarians. Noise level was good enough all 10 in our party Could hear each other
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nowhere Near the Best
    Davis
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    There are loads of great Italian restaurants in San Francisco and tons of them in North Beach. I just found the food to be very mediocre and overpriced, and our server had way too many tables. Try somewhere else!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't have been better
    kgourmet
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From the Carpaccio, to the Ciappino, to the Pasta Oso Buco and finally Tiramisu it was fabulous! Couldn't have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roman Cuisine Fit for an Emperor
    Seawil
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    This was our first time to Panta Rei. The food, service, and warmth of the staff is exceptional. It is more of an open space configuration, so if you are looking for something intimate, this is not the place. But it will be a go to place when we visit the city with family. Grazi a tutti!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly Italian!
    DrHowFunVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Authentic Italian food, served by authentic Italian waitstaff. We were looking for someplace to enjoy dinner prior to Beach Blanket Babylon at Club Fugazi and found this gem right around the corner. The food was better than the atmosphere hinted. Osso Bucco was amazing. Francisco, our waiter from Sicily, made the evening. Enjoyed the meal at reasonable rate. Bellissimo!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squid Ink Goodness
    ak4him
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I really enjoyed the squid ink pasta cause of its tastiness. The clams and mussels in it were however small and one of the mussels was bad. However, it was still a very yummy dish. The gnochi, however, was a little soft and sort of just fell apart in the mouth.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group
    Mimi11
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I reserved for 10 of us, they put us in the little dining room in back and no one else was there! Felt like a complete private party. Very warm and friendly greeting all around. The service was excellent, we had several waiters taking very good care of us. The food was also wonderful - everyone in our group was happy from appetizers, to main course to desert. Wine was also good!! I would absolutely go back and recommend it. You always take a chance when you go to a place you are not familiar with and inviting 9 of your friends!! This restaurant did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to grab some good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Fun place to grab some good italian food. did not have the old Italian feel but more of a hip, modern feel. Classic Italian food with a modern spin. Lots of energy, waiters were fun, and their birthday celebrations get everyone hyped!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian
    ReneeK
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Panta Rei serves authentic Italian cuisine in a casual setting. I've been here a few times with different friends and we always find the food delicious, and the large portions more than satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience at Panta Rei
    avatarhands
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We had a great meal at Panta Rei! Very attentive service that allowed us to take our time while never making us feel neglected. Not sure I'd want to be cheek by jowl with other diners on a busy night (the tables are very close together and lend no privacy), but on an early Thursday evening, the atmosphere was great and not too noisy. Divine cream of artichoke/asparagus soup, lovely pastas, and reasonable prices. Recommended!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner/Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Went here with a party of 2 for my lady's birthday. They had our reservation & table ready upon arrival without any delay. Complimentary foccacia bread (yum!) with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Great gnocchi & ravioli. AMAZING tiramisu (best I've ever had, and I normally don't like tiramisu)! Our waiter was very attentive and catered to all our needs without any problems or hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panta Rei never lets me down
    MarcT
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Another great dinner at Panta Rei. My wife had the duck with spinach fettucine (her favorite), I had the chicken and fettucine with cream sauce (very tasty) and our guest had fettucine with Bolognese sauce (said he loved it). Pre-dinner cocktails were very tasty, service was excellent and very attentive, and they gave us a tiramisu dessert on the house! Sweet! Can't wait until I get to come here again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very strange vibe, sort of
    loveitalian
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very strange vibe, sort of a night club, sort of a restaurant. Food was below par, small portions of pasta. Drinks were strong though and the birthday song was great!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Place!
    PDiddy
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I just love this place, great food and ambiance! I always go there for the Osso Bucco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Experience
    JayceeVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Going to Panta Rei in North Beach is like taking a fast trip to Italy in terms of the authentic food and fantastic, friendly wait staff. It was somewhat chilly in the restaurant and the server brought over a small heater and set it up on a chair right next to our table. There was a dish I had the last time we were there which was not on the menu and they willingly prepared this dish for me. Our daughter loved her dish, as did my husband. The flavors in the sauce he had were wonderful. Then, the server brought us a complimentary tiramasu which was delicious. We will look forward to returning to Panta Rei the next time we are in San Francisco in North Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Fun
    hmmmVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Our food was excellent and reasonable. Plus, the service made us laugh and have a great lunch. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    The modern decor and friendly wait staff are the first clue a treat us waiting. A diverse and interesting Italian food menu grabs your attention. The hot focaccia with olive oil & balsamic tide the hunger while the salads and main courses are prepared. People watching soon takes over as neighborhood friends liven the place. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Spot!
    shoelace
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    They have a great birthday celebration tradition, so if you want a place that will make your birthday boy or girl feel especially special, this is it. Food is great (I had tre pasta which is a perfect choice for someone who can't make up their mind). Also ordered the burrata which, while not as creamy as I had hoped for, was still very good. Loved the hostess and server, and the bussers were on it! Will definitely be coming back to this place the next time I'm craving good Italian food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate