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About Permanently Closed - Panta Rei

This restaurant is permanently closed. Panta Rei has been a favorite neighborhood destination for over 12 years. Located in the heart of North Beach, we combine contemporary and traditional Roman cuisine with an extensive wine list, full bar and specialty cocktails. Surrounded by windows with outside seating on the corner of Columbus and Stockton, the main dining room has a prime view of this bustling Italian neighborhood. Only a few minutes from the Financial District in downtown San Francisco, it’s the perfect location for a lovely dinner or an aperitivo at sunset during our cocktail hour.

431 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Stockton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 591-0900

Website:
http://www.pantareirestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
We have large, flat-screen TVs and often have gathering for the major European Soccer matches.

Parking Details:
Download the ZIRX app to park with ease at Panta Rei. Ask staff to enter promo and your first park is free!

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.

Executive Chef:
Alessandro Iacobelli

Private Party Facilities:
The Saletta is an elegant private dining room, perfect for any occasion, be it a large business meeting, small wedding reception, or company holiday party. Your dinner event will have complete privacy with your own sidewalk entrance, full bar, flat screen TV and projector capabilities.

Private Party Contact:
Esperanza Poletti: (714) 345-3816

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
If you are inquiring about a private event, please email: privatedining@pantareirestaurant.com

Panta Rei - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
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Fit for Foodies (2)
Casual (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We were able to make a reservation over the weekend, and luckily got seated outside which is where we wanted! The atmosphere was great, the amazing weather definitely helped play a part in it. The food was good, portion size was good, and I would definitely come back to this again. We came here to meet a few friends (4 of us total) and the noise level was great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The menu was really limited. Service wasn't consistent and took time when I wanted to order. I ordered the bruschetta, it was good but the mozzarella was just plain sliced on the side. I've had better mozzarella from the supermarket. The involtini was cold when served and tasted bland. I heard the table next to me also comment similarly when thy left have their pasta. The focaccia didn't look like focaccia it was the same as the calzone. Overall pretty average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

This restaurant has my heart. I moved to San Francisco for work from New Zealand as an timid 23-yr-old, who had never dined alone in a restaurant, let alone lived solo in a big city, with not a single local person to call familiar. I landed at noon, checked-in to my AirBnB, and decided to take myself out for dinner in this new town I had to quickly learn to call home. When I walked past Panta Rei, the first thing I noted was it's prime corner location, and clever architecture designed to seize every inch of sunlight the day had to offer. The second thing I noted, was the Maître D' noticing me. He gave me a smile, then asked if he could tell me a bit more about why HE loves the food at Panta Rei! And he continued to do so, mostly in Italian, then translating it in English for me. His passion and authenticity sold me to not just grab a solo-table, but also let him decide my entire order. Considering how friendly the service staff were, I didn't feel like I was dining alone at all!
My absolute favorite was, and still is, their Tiramisu. Don't leave the restaurant without trying it, because I promise, your visit will be worth it :-)

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Delicious! We'd both go back! The service was good.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Likely the worst place to go in North Beach. I can only think the good reviews are from tourists who aren't familiar w the better NB restaurants or people who have no idea what good Italian food tastes like. I had been years ago when I lived in NB and was underwhelmed. Of course I got sucked in this time by the 1,000pt reservation and should've known better. They have this offer to get people in the door bc the food is just not good.

I had the salmon, my husband had the pizza. Holy semolina. Not the kind of pizza you're hoping for in NB. My salmon was overcooked and while it had grill marks, I don't think it was grilled. I don't even want to think about it. Dinner for 2 was $85 after tip which was a complete waste of money. We won't return.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Can never decide which pasta to get, they are all so good!

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Amazing. True Italian. Great authentic ambience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The dishes we ordered were flavorful with fresh ingredients. I had the risotto with white asparagus. My husband had the gnocchi with marinara. We also shared a Caesar salad. We were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would recommend highly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Authentic Italian dishes, very friendly and accommodating staff.
Great location and they offer outside seating as well which is great for eve/nights!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Horrible service. Took forever to waitress to take order. Food finally arrived 40 min later and cold. Then had to remind 2x to get the check which took forever also.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Best lasagna I've ever had and the staff was outstanding! Excellent location and the decor was very original. Loved it!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We had excellent house made pasta dishes and a wonderful waitress from Florence. She corrected our understanding of what pane cotta is. Another time to sample more dishes.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food4
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 30, 2017

This is a very average restaurant. So many great Italian restaurants with fantastic homemade pasta, this one is just OK. There were at least 12 empty tables available and the hostess decided to seat a loud party right next to us. We couldn't even hear one another, so we finished our meal quickly and left to have our dessert elsewhere. We can't think of a reason why we would ever go back again.

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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

A very friendly atmosphere. Food was tasty and well prepared. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Food, service, and price all excellent. Would recommend others to try

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent food and service! Costanza was very knowledgeable and sweet...such a nice bonus when she and others at the restaurant speak Italian!! Makes Panta Rei even more authentic...
Homemade pastas were amazing

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Service was poor at first ... took forever to get a server. But when we got one, he was attentive and since I also speak a little Italian, it seemed helpful.
My friend and I were disappointed in the menu ... what we saw online in their website did not match what they actually served. For example, we were looking for the clams and mussels listed on the appetizers. The pasta we ordered was delicious, though.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Ok wine selection if you order a bottle. By design? Drinking glasses are not spotless. Got eye rolls from the waitress and the bartender when we asked for clean glasses. Forgetful waitress does not do the cooking team justice. Side of marinera sauce was cold. What lured us to this place was the menu posted on the Open Table app... only to learn half of the items were no longer available for selection. Not awesome, only... eh.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Super cool place to have lunch sitting outside in North Beach. The menu was simple, but delicious. The food was reasonably priced, and our server was very attentive. She actually kicked 2 diners from outside to the inside because we had made special reservations for an outside table. That won us over! Actually, everything she did was at the right pace. We had a long leisurely lunch but she checked with us frequently to see if we wanted anything else. We would / will eat here again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Amazing meal for us both. The gnocchi was soft and melted in your mouth and the short rib tortellini was delicious. Also, the tiramasu was the best I've had anywhere. HIGHLY, highly recommended.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Service was a bit slow. We have noticed that each time we go to Panta Rei.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Loved the food! We let them know we were under a time constraint due to having theater tickets and they bright our food in timely fashion. The location was great on the corner so we could people watch. Outdoor seating was beautiful too.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great waiter and service. Enjoyed it.

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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on April 19, 2017

My husband and I love this restaurant especially when you can sit outside and people watch. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and efficient and The prices are fair for the food quality.

The only negative is the happy hour drinks which cost less but they are half the size of a regular priced drink.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

I was born and raised in Italy, therefore I am very picky with Italian restaurants. The dishes we had were excellent and quite authentic. The service was friendly and ambianc pleasant. We went there for Easter lunch. I would recommend and I will go back.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

I used to come here quite often, good drinks and food, nice ambiance. This time it was complete 180. They screwed up on drinks... super salty potatoes, under cooked salmon with frozen spinach. We ordered crab pasta and hey served a few shredded pieces of crab meet that my 4 year old son finished in and asked for more(that's how small portions are) What kind of Italian place is his if you don't serve seafood pasta. No clams no mussels, really?! Sad sad sad...Don't recommend at all :(

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Great food and service. Staff was great- offered recommendations and really handled all of our needs. Food is made in house and very fresh. Atmosphere is good later in the evening for quieter conversation and people watching, but is a little louder during the dinner rush as one would expect.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Such a fun vibe, and VERY delicious. I had the burrata and the ravioli with a nice bottle of wine. Our server was very attentive and helpful!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Wonderful friendly staff, great food. Perfect location for people watching. Outside seats with heaters. Great drink specials $3 balinis, mimosas. Really great spot for a relaxing afternoon or a special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Food was ok, much better places nearby. Service was friendly but slow. Food presentation was poor. Some pastas at our table were overlooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Great for after Beach Blanket Babylon as it is very close.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

It was a surprise. We made a reservation on a whim, just because we have always seen a happy crowd in the place. The surprise was the excellent home-made pasta. We had a fettuccine bolognese and a papparadell with shredded duck in brandy sauce. Both were just great. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 20, 2017

I've been coming to Panta Rei for almost 9 years now. I lived in San Francisco several years and now live in Nashville, but I always make it to Panta Rei. They have friendly servers who are Italian and make great menu recommendations. I'm a big fan of the gnocchi dishes and also the Tre Paste dish which gives you a tasting of 3 pastas. They have a reasonably priced wine list and very delicious tiramisu. It's a great spot in North Beach so give it a try!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Overpriced tourist restaurant, with food and wine that does not reflect SF's tradition of culinary excellence. Don't waste your money.

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·Dined on February 19, 2017

Amazing food!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent! The food was outstanding. The servers/staff....friendly, knowledgeable! Everything about this great little gem is a must-try!!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We booked this place for Valentine's Day and it was just fantastic.

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·Dined on February 14, 2017

Your resturant exemplifies the meaning of what a resturant is supposed to be, and that is very welcoming, and genuine. Me and my wife loved this place, and will be back again soon. We are also referring this fine establishment to the people we know, for a great Italian fine dining experience......Which also has a surprisingly valued price point for this level of quality and flavor. Our server Melissa by the way was the best, a real asset to our experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Seated right on time. Pasta was excellent. Pear tort out of this world. Good drinks. All in all, good date night. Will come back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We like this restaurant a lot. It was a warm evening so we ate outside, everything was perfect.

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