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Panzanella Ristorante
Panzanella Ristorante

Panzanella Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.giacominodrago.com/panzanella.htm
  • Phone: (818) 784-4400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giacomino & Tanino Drago
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Panzanella offers offsite catering. Please inquire by calling the restaurant.
  • Private Party Facilities: Panzella offers private lunch parties with set menus. Please inquire by calling the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: On Site Manager (818) 784-4400
  • Special Events & Promotions: Weddings, Birthdays, Showers, Barmitva

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kester Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $6.00
A word from Panzanella Ristorante
We can accommodate Private Luncheons in our Private Dining Rooms. Please call with your inquiries. Panzanella Ristorante features delicious Italian and Sicilian cuisine of the Drago family in modern, yet elegant setting. At Panzanella, they bring you an extensive choice of fine wines to compliment your palate. The warm, professional and knowledgeable staff invites you to return often for superb dinner experiences. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is where we go for special nights out away from the kids. Always great service and recommendations from the server...amd I always love trying the specials of the day. I have never had a bad meal, and their wine pairing recommendations have always been spot on. End your meal with one of their desserts, with a nice Frangelico after dinner cordial drink. You're welcome. :-)"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "On a whim, I booked a table for my wife and I at our favorite place. We were craving the mushroom risotto and tricolore salad. We arrived at the reservation time of 7:30, were greated warmly by Massimo and Magda, and were seated promptly. Our server was Melissa, whom we have had before. The evening was perfect and the mushroom risotto and tricolore salads were as expected. We will be back again and again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had another fabulous dinner this week. Food is consistently excellent and service attentive."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "There aren't that many truly authentic Italuan restaurants in L. A......aside from the Drago brothers restaurants. We love their Downtown, Beverly Hills and other locations.....but now we found another one of their restaurants in Sherman Oaks, here in the Valley. Same terrific food as the others...but much closer to home. Great service, as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Needed a nice place to eat in Sherman Oaks, but am not a local resident. I chose Panzanella bc of good experiences with its sister restaurant in Bev Hills, Il Pastaio. The food was good, the room was a bit stuff and quite loud... but overall a safe choice for good food and nice decor in the Valley."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As always Panzanella has the best authentic Italian cuisine in town. The food is only topped by the classic service."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. The food is great, the service wonderful and the ambiance is very nice. Great location too. I've always enjoyed the meals here."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "They have the best risotto in town and food is very authentic."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Elegance, great food and great service. This charming restaurant has it all. For a red wine to complement your entree, try the 19 Rows Syrah."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food and service is superb. Restaurant can be very noisy."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! There were four of us, and we tasted each one another's selections, and they were all hits. Our server could have been more friendly and warm. She saw that we would be talking and getting caught up, and she'd keep coming up and asking us if we had made selections, when clearly we hadn't touched our menus. She spilled some of my drink on my menu and made it seem like it was part of her service! Even so, her behavior does not take away from the food. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is exquisite! The Panzanella traditional salad surprised us with the most delicious tomatoes, cucumbers on bread soaked in their secret olive oil/balsamic dressing. They make their own pasta and I got something not on the menu, but served with a smile. Where else can you get a whole truffle shaved onto creamed linguini?? Or tasty checca for the vegetarians.Being a birthday dinner, we topped off with a molten chocolate souffle and cappucino. The service was superb, friendly and prompt! Everyone conversed with us, kept a watchful eye for our possible desires, and never rushed us through any part of the meal. This made us feel special and welcomed! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great job accommodating our large group. Good food and atmosphere. Grazie!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great food, friendly staff. Interesting combinations."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Ordered the linguine pasta with lobster for $24.95. Lobster was overcooked and tasted funny. Had stomach problems the next day :( rest of the dishes were good. arugula salad for $16.95 wasnt good either we ordered buratta appetizer and calamari, arugula salad with artichoke, and gnocchi. The appetizers and gnocchi were good."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "All around lovely dining experience. I will certainly be back."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I had the pleasure of dining at Ristorante Panzanella recently. The food was terrific, well-prepared and beautifully presented. Service was exceptional and the ambience was lovely. We enjoyed a salad with a light and flavorful lemon vinaigrette dressing; a heavenly risotto; exception seafood pasta and chicken marsala. All were well-seasoned, properly cooked and beautifully presented. While the prices are not cheap; as they say, you get what you pay for. I have no hesitation of recommending Panzanella."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service, everything was above expectations. Would highly reccommend to others."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Panzanella is much better than when it first open some years ago. We (3 diners) had an excellent dinner. We ordered everything family style and had it in courses. The Arugala salad was quite good and not over dressed. The Pasta course was delicious, as was the Salmon special. The Salmon was cooked just through, but not over cooked. The Blackberry Torte was excellent and the Apple torte was quite good. We had some bar wine by the glass, and a bottle of red. They have very good wines by the glass and a nice selection of both Italian and California wines by the bottle."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We've eaten at this gem of an Italian before and it was amazing first time around. Second time around, the food didn't disappoint, but we had to wait 30 minutes for our table that we had reserved! When we then sat down finally, it still took our waiter five minutes to offer us bread and take our order even though we'd told the lady who seated us we were ready to order straight away. They should allow a little more time between reservations just in case people run over I guess. Having said that, the food was worth the wait so we will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed the ambiance, the service, the wine and the food. Great for a Sunday night with the family, or just for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was my first time at Panzanella. I liked the elegant atmosphere and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. The waiter was very charming and funny."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "1st time there - mixed experience. Didn't start well. Walked in the door & stood there for ~3 minutes. The hostess was nowhere to be found. Then, a man w/2 kids came in, walked past me & the hostess finally appeared & just took them. The bartender & another worker saw what happened but no one said anything. I'm finally seated & at the table, by myself for quite some time. Finally, the waiter comes around & asks if I'd like something to drink. Meanwhile, it's now 7:43 and I can't believe everyone is that late, so I call my friend and they're all waiting at the hostess desk saying they don't have my name. Huh? Wrong. No one was terribly friendly. The food was all good but I can find 6 other places w/same food nearby, so not sure I'll return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Interesting menu, well prepared and served , a bright spot for dining in Sherman Oaks."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had friends from Australia visiting us and wanted to take them to one of our favorite restaurants so we booked a table for 4 at Panzanella for Saturday night. We arrived early and Magda was able to seat us right away. We got a good recommendation on the wine from our waiter (who's wife happens to be Australian!!) Our guests had a truly enjoyable time because the food was fantastic (as usual) and the waiter took time to talk to them about his experiences in Australia with his wife and they could easily relate. We got a couple of bonuses during the course of the evening courtesy of Massimo and Magda and our waiter. The evening was a big hit and our Australian friends already posted some pics of the evening."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Best Italian restaurant in L.A. Best restaurant in L.A."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Went back a second time and found the food and service to be as excellent as the first time. We I have added this Italian restaurant to our favorites. There are many food choices & specials that make it hard to decide. Most of the pasta is made fresh. The salads with home-made fresh mozzarella are fantastic. The meat Lasagna with béchamel sauce was very delicious (but heavy) and the fresh Pappardelle with beef short rib meat had been cooked for hours (meat not the pasta). The service is your typical kicked-back Italian style but the staff is enjoyable with someone always there for you. A lot of places give you the bums rush so we enjoyed taking our time drinking wine. This place draws a crowd so reservations are probably a good idea."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner as usual on Friday night. Magda is always warm and accommodating and our sserver Enzo was great. It'stl the second time we had Enzo as our server and we will request him from now on when ever we go. The food was delicious as well. I had the Buratta Caprese, which is simply the best, the polenta with the shaved black truffles and the Osso Bucco. All dishes were YUMMY!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was good. Not memborable and a bit overprice. Could not carry on a conversation due to the noise level. This is a result of hard surfaces and pushing tables too close together. What I am most upset is a $7- valet charge. At the prices of the food - parking should be included."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Panzanella is always very good. We've been there on Valentine's Day in the past and found it a little crowded and rushed. This year we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves seated in an area with enough space and a very attentive waiter. When reserving, I had asked for a less crowded area and my request was honored. Thank you, Panzanella. And, there were many specials in addition to the regular menu --- but the restaurant did not have a mandatory prix fixe menu. Food, service and ambiance were all great on such a busy evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Yes it was valentines eve , but no excuse ! The food was as if you were at a hospital cafeteria and waiters constantly bouncing into each other did Not make for a nice dining experience. Sorry just not the Drago family experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Panzanella is a perfect blend of European sophistication and Italian/American warmth. You feel welcome literally the moment the valet takes your keys in the admittedly very narrow driveway outside the entrance. The management and wait-staff are all attentive and friendly without being intrusive and knowledgeable without being the least bit snobbish. The menu, which includes daily specials and ongoing favorites is wide-ranging but not overwhelming and, having dined there a number of times now, we've never had a meal that wasn't delicious. WIne selection is good, as are the whiskies and cognacs ( my own favorites). Prices are quite reasonable for a restaurant at this level. Tables are a little close, but for us it just adds to the fun."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very good Italian food, with mostly Italian servers. Nice for special occasions. My birthday group often chooses to celebrate their birthday here."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "We went on a Sunday night with a reservation. When we arrived the host was completely stressed out and kept telling us to "be patient." Since all we did was check in I'm not sure what we were being impatient about. Also, I should note, that this is after they called me to confirm the reservation earlier in the day so they knew we were coming. We got seated and had a fine table but when the restaurant starts to fill up it is so loud you can't hear the person across the table from you. The food was very good, but everything took way too long. We were watching tables that arrived after us get their food as we were sitting waiting. Our server was blaming the kitchen that they were busy with several big parties. I wont' be returning"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Fantastic. Love the food here so much I always order two entrees"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Our meal was a mixed bag ... some good, some not so good. The prosciutto and mozzarella appetizer was good as was the arancini. The lobster in my pasta entrée was dry and tough but the pasta and sauce were good. My husband said the wine list had no vintages listed. How could they not include the year .. everyone know that quality can vary from year to year! The berry tart for dessert was excellent but the cannoli was only so-so. The staff was very friendly and polite but lacking in a certain level of professionalism. My husband requested his espresso after dessert and the wait person had to be reminded to bring it - after the dessert plates had already been cleared."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Slow service. Server seemed to have too many tables. Food was good not great. Expect better."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I saw my waiter 3 times: once when he took the order, after dessert to see if we were ready for the check, and to take care of the check. wait staff was slow to bring out the three courses and my fish was cold. the reason its good for groups is that it was very loud but seating was very tight."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The restaurant clearly had some staffing issues, as the owner was doing triple duty, but they made up for it with delicious food and a great energy around the restaurant. The spaghetti wrapped eggplant is the best dish I've eaten in an Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "DINED HERE FOR DINE LA. IT WAS WONDERFUL WILL DEFINITELY RETURN!!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014