About 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.

14928 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Kester Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 784-4400

Website:
http://www.giacominodrago.com/panzanella.htm

Catering:
Panzanella offers offsite catering. Please inquire by calling the restaurant.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is $6.00

Executive Chef:
Giacomino & Tanino Drago

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, Birthdays, Showers, Barmitva

Panzanella Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (25)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Romantic (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Business Meals (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
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Hot Spot (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

While the service was quite slow (we waiting over half an hour just to order drinks), the food was amazing! It was a very busy saturday night, so I can understand why things might have been a bit backed up. The food made it all worth it. Very delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Highly recommended and met expectations. Food well prepared and served promptly. Everything was very good but not at the level to satisfy the fact that it took over 45 minutes in heavy traffic to get there. The restaurant was full to the brim during most of our meal and the sound level was high. Cocktails were quite generous, service good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Casual, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Related to Celestino in Pasadena. But, that's where the relationship ends !!! Food average at best, service so-so, very, very noisey. Special occassion, I showed them my referrel card from Celestino.....No acknowledgement. Mngr made rounds of A tables, not even a nod to us. Parking is a big problem. Two plates of pasta two glasses of wine ... tab over $150.00

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent food and great service. A bit noisy if you just wanted to eat and visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I love Panzanella. I've been coming here for years and this was the first time it was a total miss. For me anyway, my friend enjoyed her branzino. I ordered the bresaola, (the description includes artichokes). I've had this several times in the past and has always been spot on. This time, no artichokes and the entire thing was a salt lick. It was inedible. Same for the Involtini de Melanzane, which is my favorite dish on the menu. It was overcooked and ridiculously salty. I know it was a Monday night, and I am sure the winter floods affected the artichoke crop, but please, can someone watch the store more closely there? I do not want this otherwise fantastic restaurant - and IMO, the best Italian in the Valley - to fall down the slippery slope of mediocrity.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding food. Professional and pleasant service.
Noise level is at friendly happy buzz
Always delicious - never disappointing

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I was in LA for a business meeting and found Panzanella through an online review. The waitstaff was cordial and attentive; the wine list was exhaustive and diverse and my meal (eggplant parmesan) was amazing. I would definitely recommend Panzanella to others.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and service are excellent. The prices are high. But I suppose that high prices go with excellence.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

One of our favorite places! Service, food, environment. What more could i ask for.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food is still very good, but they raised prices. Branzino is now $36.95, chicken picatta $28.95, and I think this is a bit high. This is a midrange restaurant with high end pricing. It is also quite noisy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Birthday. Food was great but it was insanely loud. Could barely hear the other side of the table. Desert portions were very small. Food is great so we will be back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great Italian food and superb service. A hidden gem!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very nice place to eat and good food. Atmosphere was friendly and service was excellent. Our server was Maria and she was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Valley. We dine her often and are never disappointed. Fabulous food, great wine list and attentive service. A definite neighborhood gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Aberdeen)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Service was great but food was very disappointing

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is one of our favourite restaurants. The food is fabulous and the service is excellent. Martina and Martin are great. The branzino and eggplant appetizer are delish.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It was hot in the room. They to repair their conditioning & bring the noise level down.
Extremely noisy.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Every Friday dinner

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The best Italian food in the valley....and probably all of L.A.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food, a high-class Italian restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Every Friday dinner with family.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Recently moved into the neighborhood and was eager to try Panzanella, particularly as it is owned by Giacomino Drago, one of the Drago brothers who also owns several other great Italian restaurants, including Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Very nice atmosphere, good, friendly service. The food was very good. The linguine alle vongole clams was excellent. My rib veal chop was good, but I've had more flavorful preparations at other restaurants. My dinner companion had scallopine a piacere and thought it was excellent. I don't recall which chocolate dessert I ordered; I think it was the tartufo special. Whichever one it was, it was incredible. I'll be back very soon. And to think I can walk there!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I surprised my wife with dinner here for her birthday. We have recently moved to Sherman Oaks and so this was our first time here. We started off with the Calamari and it was superb. My wife had a glass of Sauvingon Blanc from New Zealand and was thoroughly impressed. I enjoyed a recommended Pinot Noir. The entrees were absolutely stunning my wife ordered one of the hand-made pasta dishes and she cleaned her plate! I ordered the veal, and licked mine hahaha. The desserts were exquisite and the chef placed a candle, and wrote Happy Birthday on the dessert plate for my wife. Overall the experience was one to remember, we enjoyed this meal with two wonderful friends, and they too were blown away by the entire experience. We are certainly making Panzanella Ristorante our go to special occasion restaurant. Thank you for making our experience so wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great restaurant on Ventura blvd., close to everything. Food and service was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This restaurant was so accommodating. We had a wonderful experience and I would go back again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I love Panzanella Ristorante. The menu items and service are excellent. Each time I have felt like a privileged guest. You are never rushed and hence, I have closed the restaurant on several occasions.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We enjoyed our evening with friends. We chose the restaurant because they have enough "soft" furnishings to absorb sound, so we can actually have a conversation with each other. So: lovely menu and great conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Real authentic Italian food and the servings are really nice sized. And, we love their home made bread. The best!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We have eaten at Panzanella many times in the past. It is our go to restaurant for special occasions and a nice evening out. The food is always delicious and the service is always terrific. We try to eat something new every time we eat at Panzanella, although, we do have some favorites that we enjoy every now and then.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

This is our go to restaurant for special occasions. The food is always wonderful as is the service. We've never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The best Italian in Los Angeles aside from its affiliated BH location Il Pastaio! Pastas are fresh authentic and home made! Entrees are regional and incorporate the best ingredients. The absolute must for dessert is the PANNA COTTA. The best made outside of Italy! AMAZING! Our fav Sherman Oaks restaurant. Never disappoints in food or service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We went to Panzella recently to celebrate our anniversary. My wife is a vegetarian/vegan and she loves Italian cuisine because she can always find something to eat. Well she found wonderful options. I on the other hand am a carnivore and ordered the osso bucco. It was delicious, in fact our entire meal was delicious. The cocktails were great and they brought a lovely dessert. The wait staff was incredible. Very attentive and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this place. Best Italian restaurant in the valley and one of the best in L.A.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Superb food in an attractive decor, but with excessive prices, especially for wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 10, 2017

It is always excellent, and since we live in the area, it is our go to place for fine Italian food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very attentive service and everyone seemed to be enjoying the great food! Highly recommended!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a very good meal at Panzanella. The asparagus soup was delicious, and my salmon was perfectly cooked. My dining companion had penne arrabiata with large shrimp which was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We go almost every week. The food is excellent service is great.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I have been to Panzanella Ristorante many times and have always found the service to be excellent ant the food to be very good. The most recent visit, however, I was quite disappointed in the Branzino. The taste was a bit odd perhaps because of the sauce. The prosciutto app was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We are always excited to go to this restaurant get hopefully we get the best waiter , Kelley. He is the best asset they have. He is always polite and can solve almost any problem. They should make him the acting manager when the regular one is not there. Foe example, the couple next to us got the wrong dish and he quickly made sure she had the correct one as well as a free glass of wine. That is why he is their best asset. He never upsets the customer.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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