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.
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.
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 :-)
Delicious! We'd both go back! The service was good.
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.
Can never decide which pasta to get, they are all so good!
Amazing. True Italian. Great authentic ambience
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.
Authentic Italian dishes, very friendly and accommodating staff.
Great location and they offer outside seating as well which is great for eve/nights!
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.