Panzanella Ristorante
Panzanella Ristorante

Panzanella Ristorante

  • 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 8187844400
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Panzanella Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (61)special occasion (51)romantic (44)notable wine list (35)good for groups (27)hot spot (9)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Nice night, great food
    BKStevens
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    A thoroughly enjoyable meal in a grown up room. The food was first rate. They made us feel welcome andwe were left to dine leisurely. Linguini and Lobster in a slightly spicy red sauce ,veal chop,( real) Dover Sole and (real) Cesar Salad all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll try again
    Foodiemom
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The restaurant was lovely and the service was great. I went with a friend who had a special she loved. I think it was sea bass. I ordered the whole branzino and was disappointed. I expected it to be served a whole fish. After the server boned it, she scooped the fish out of the skin and served it that way. It was plain white fish that was moist and tasteless. The salmoriglio sauce, which I asked to have on the side, tasted like room temperature olive oil. I'll try this restaurant again, but won't order the branzino. We didn't have dessert, but they looked beautiful going by.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect meal
    Flash
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    coming into Panzanella is like coming home - they provide a welcoming environment and wonderful food -- what could be better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Classic Italian restaurant
    Jillian
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I love this restaurant! It's a classic. The decor, the service, the food, the atmosphere. It certainly is a neighborhood gem!!! I hope it will stay in business for a long time to come. What a plus to have this wonderful Italian restaurant in the Valley! There are so many sushi places. Sometimes we want delicious housemade pasta! The food is SO good!!! Everyone is very courteous, friendly, with a hint of humor and a wink in their eye. What a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excelente
    aarlove
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Comida muito boa, de excelente qualidade. Serviço respeitável. Recomendo
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant
    Lv2eat
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant with good food but....it has a small dining room that can be intimate if there could be some way to reduce the noise level. My friend and I weren't able to have a normal conversation without yelling at each other. Quite frustrating since we just met and wanted to get to know one another. I may try to go there again just to see if it was particularly loud night because it was so bad we almost left. The service was good and friendly. I had linguine and clams which had very few clams and my friend had a steak which he loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Excellent
    sas75VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love Panzanella. This place is always excellent. I especially love the energetic vibe in the restaurant. The food and service are always excellent. I have been here a dozen times (always bringing new friends) and everyone always loves it and the food is always excellent. Whatever they are doing - they are doing it right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding every time!
    LovetoEatWell
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I have dined here many times and the food is always great! Wide variety of dishes so you never get bored. Great place for a special dinner. Try the white truffle dishes while they are in season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • October Dinner
    abracadebra
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of the best burratas I've ever had. Nice pasta dish. Could have used more garlic but the pasta itself was good. This restaurant features truffle dishes at this time of year so if you are a fan I would recommend a dinner here. Service was excellent. I had requested a quiet table when making the reservation but we were seated in the middle of the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Touch of Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Stick to items on the menu. The warm bread and authentic breadsticks are a fantastic opener. You feel that tasty olive oil in their spread. Main dinning room was loud but good energy. Our waitress was fantastic and super attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Julie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everyone at the restaurant was quite helpful. Our hostess Julie and waitress Martina were lovely. My only complaint was that valet parking was a bit pricey. Next time, I will look for street parking. Other than that, I look forward to dining here again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service but very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My husband and I dined here to celebrate our anniversary. The food was good, but it didn't blow me away. The service, however, was impeccable. Our server was outstanding. He was polite, attentive, funny, warm and very friendly. I would come back just to see him again!! The noise level was a bit off putting. We had to almost yell to each other across the table in order to hear each other! Not very romantic! LOL This was on a Wednesday night, too so I am not sure why it was so loud. We would return because of the service. It really was incredible.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have been coming to Panzanella for over 10 years. It is ALWAYS consistant, they are always so welcoming and it is one of our favorite restaurants! We are known by name and have had many special occasion dinners, romantic dinners and New Years Eve dinners at this fabulous place. You can't go wrong with any item on the menu. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Expect an expensive valet parking charge. Guess we as patrons need to deduct this charge against the tip. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Italian in Valley
    WineLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Panzanella is a comfortable fairly elegant restaurant with the best Italian food in the valley. We normally split each course. If we split a salad, pasta, main course and a dessert, we have quite a bit to take home. Last night we had 3 courses: the artichoke salad, a rib eye steak, and panacotta. We had more than we could eat. Everything was good, though we were sorry that we had the rib eye steak rather than something more characteristicly Italian. The wine list is good with average prices. We had an Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino for $60. Dress is fairly casual but a suit is not inappropriate. We were coming from a matinee at the opera and didn't feel overdressed. Most men had a sport coat, but no tie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OdedVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great dinner, great service by Norberto. We love Magda.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good...
    FoodForThoughtVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    ...so we always return. Went for our 20th wedding anniversary. They moved us to a more private table after another couple finished. Not necessary but very nice. Great food. Had a relaxing 2.5 hour dinner and never felt rushed. Brought us a beautiful desert with best wishes. Only problem this time was they waited too long to clear plates after each course, despite wait staff standing around. Still, we will return as this is one of our favorite Valley food spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit was a Success
    VinceM
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a large family dinner here last week and were very impressed. The food and service were excellent, and the decor was fresh and inviting. We liked it so much we made reservations to return the next weekend with another couple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SHOEGAL1
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    As usual, dinner was amazing. The food and service were perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    AwinrmVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    When in L.A., we always try to visit all of the Drago brothers restaurants, including Panzanella. Always great AUTHENTIC Italiam food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great evening
    bokportVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated my mom's 81st birthday here on a Saturday night. We were a party of six and were seated at a round table in a back room which was perfect. The server and his attendant were fabulous. Food was delicious and they brought my mom a beautiful dessert with her name written in chocolate on the plate. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I love and adore everything, literally about your restaurant!!!!!!!!! Always amazing!!!!!!!!!! A+++++++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    BossAZ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    is an accurate description. Restaurant was fairly busy but a lot of regulars, which is always a good sign. Savory and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanoVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My favorite places to dine in the Valley. Many celebs can be found here too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go to Neighborhood Restaurant
    FussyEaters
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We shared the Tricolore Salad and ordered the special Veal Chop and the special homemade pappardelle pasta with pheasant ragu/sauce. The food and service was excellent. We typically dine early at 6:30 when the restaurant is normally quiet. We really appreciate the effort staff makes to seat us at our preferred table and to inquire about our wine and food. We always feel like special guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MsVirg
    MsVirg
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A very good menu. The pasta dishes good for sharing for two. Good bread and bread sticks. The best Italian restaurant in the SF Valley. Service is good and the staff is friendly. The entries are plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freshly Made for your taste buds
    GemFinder
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our server was so warm and attentive to our table. Felt like he was inviting friends over to his house. The food was savory, ingredients freshly prepared. You can taste the various flavors in each bite. A local gem that I rave about to my friends and family, and rave about it again every time I go here. Love to come here for special occasions as well. Only draw back is if the restaurant is packed, the noise level can sometimes make it hard to hear the people you are dining with. Other than that, this place is wonderful for special occasions, or just a fun dinner with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bravissimo!
    GaryC
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great food and service (best butternut squash I've ever tasted, and the Panna Cotta dessert was lovely!). Valet parking a bit steep, though, at $7.00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good restaurant!
    luvdogs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Panzanella is always a great choice for dining. The food and service are wonderful. It is one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    FussyEaters
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We in the Valley are lucky to have a restaurant as good as Panzanella. In our opinion, it is the best Italian restaurant in all of the Valley. We like the large varied menu, wine list and with the nightly specials we never get bored eating there. The staff is knowledgeable, very friendly and eager to please. As a business owner, I enjoy watching how well it is run. So, regardless of location, it is our go-to place for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-day dinner
    Tracey
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Brought my girlfriend for dinner and everything was fabulous. Amazing service, phenomenal food, and a piece of flourless chocolate cake with a candle to top off a wonderful meal. We will be returning for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobsterlover
    lobsterlover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A major disappointment - Let's begin with the tables. Perhaps half the size of a standard table in the attempt to squeeze in as many diners as possible. My party of four were juggling plates and glasses throughout the meal. And the proximity! One on top of the other which didn't really matter. You could not overhear the conversation at the next table because the overall noise level was so high. Our main courses were the ravioli spinaci, bronzino, pasta with truffles, and the seafood linguini. With the single exception of the linguini the other dishes were at best, mediocre. The ravioli smothered in tomato sauce and overcooked, the bronzino tasteless, and the truffles well over the hill. This is one Drago Restaurant we'll pass on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine Italian Eating
    Lovetoeatgoodfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We go to panzanella about once a month. You should make a reservation. The food is outstanding! The service is great! I would highly recommend Panzanella Ristorante
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but pricy
    BigNorm
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Not the best of Drago's restaurants, though it is conveniently in Sherman Oaks, Pnazanella had very good service byt food that is not unusual in Italian-restaurant-flooded Los Angeles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Homemade pasta!
    kelly
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Coming back from our Italy trip this year we had a hard time with 'regular' Italian restaurants in the area, they just wouldn't live up to our expectations any more. Panzanella finally could satisfy our craving for real and tasty Italian food. The homemade pasta is outstanding, the appetizers and the desserts were delicious as well! We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant!
    Words4bethVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Have dined here many times and NEVER had a bad meal - food is always exceptional and service the same - yes it's noisy but no worse then most and worth the noise for the superb food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food Wonderful Service
    greatdining47
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had birthday dinner with my wife and daughter. Just a wonderful experience. Food and wine were terrific and attentiveness of all wait staff personnel was outstanding. I highly recommend Panzarella Ristorante.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • swaiamanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've eaten here multiple times and the food is always outstanding as it was last night. This was the only time that I had less than optimal service from a waiter who bordered on being rude. When I told him I knew the wine list since I ate frequently at the restaurant he responded: "so do I". He left before taking our drinks order, was slow in taking our food order and even slower on getting me the check. The food did come out promptly and was great as usual. Maybe he was having a bad day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came here during the dine - LA week. As always it was good eating. I started with the calamari fritti, which was well - prepared. The sauce was a spicy marinara which was pretty ordinary but good. A nice sweet & sour sauce would have probably been better but you would find that more at an Asian fusion restaurant but it was still good. The main course W's an expertly prepared striped bass with charred skin that was delicious as we're the garlic mas potatoes & the grilled zucchini. The dessert a pana cotta garnished with strawberries were equally delicious. The ambience was beautiful but quite noisy & the tables, as usual were too close to each other but expected in LA. All in all, a great dining experience. I would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find good Italian in LA
    RichardR
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Panzanella salad with tomatoes and bread is always good, the spaghetti wrapped in eggplant is amazing, and the fish special was mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 520 reviews are from the Panzanella Ristorante reviews archive.