Osteria Panevino

4.5
1041 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The oldest restaurant in all of the Gaslamp, established in 1992. Experience the true essence of Italy in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter at the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Gold Winner of the Best Family Restaurant Award and Best Italian Cuisine Award. Italian food and homemade pasta speaks for itself! Executive chef being raised in Sicily, the authentic aromas of Italy will be brought right to your plate. Enjoy the rustic interior, or sit on the patio to enjoy the beauty of downtown San Diego. Panevino is the perfect place to have a romantic date, family gathering, private dinner, convention center event, or corporate dinner.Best Italian -featuring a wide variety of authentic Italian dishes, including Ossobuco and the best pasta in San Diego. Osteria Panevino also features a full-service bar, patio, and private dining areas for catered events. Osteria Panevino has long been considered one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Now serving lunch daily from 11:30 am-3 pm!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1041 people are saying
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vipWayneH
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Maria took care of us very nicely. The only lroblem we had was the deafening music coming from Whiskey Girl next door when we were sitting outside. We were moved inside and the rest of our meal was very enjoyable. Food was delicious.

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vipfunfood
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Homemade pasta is excellent i had fettuccine with pesto zucchini mushrooms. My dining partner had the steak which was a bit grizzly and the only reason for a 4. Overall good experience our waitress was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience4

Our first time here, and while the ambiance and service was great we encountered something that really put an end to the experience.
While going to the back to use the restrooms you can see into the kitchen; there one person was working without facemask, while one waiter walked in, removed his mask, dipped his hand into a plate of salad (assumingly ready to go to a table) and ate, then moved onto picking some ingredients out from the prep area table and eating those. We were really put off by this. Pandemic and all.

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stephenm
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a year of being locked down do to COVID, it was a great experience to be able to enjoy Panevino with our family. The Food and service were excellent! We very much enjoyed our night out.

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TatumD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and our waitress was so sweet! Definitely recommend the Pizza San Daniele and the Pappardelle al ragú. We will definitely be back!

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Whitneyf
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Expensive prices for smaller portions of not great food. Got recommended a wine that wasn’t good and felt rushed into choosing it. Service felt genuine and was good, sweet touches. Sat outside and was busy with homeless people always walking by and loud music from neighboring bars.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Waitress Maria took care of us superbly. Food and wine was out of this world good!!! A must try.

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2WorldTicos
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. The Charcuterie Board is a must. Wonderful friendly service.

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CarmenL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good and our waitress was amazing but the pasta was over cooked and the muscles as well.

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vipJeanH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this restaurant in the Gaslamp District ten years ago on a trip to San Diego, and remembered it being so good that we had to try it again. We were pleased to find they had resumed fairly normal operation last night, and the food was even better than our memories! We had a pre-dinner glass of wine at the bar, and then moved on to our table on the patio. We started with a half-order of Cacio Y Pepe Gnocchi - a twist on the classic Roman dish - that was creamy, with perfect little pillows of gnocchi, and evoked memories of our last pre-COVID trip to Italy. The complimentary bread was hot and crusty on the outside, very tasty. I had the Osso Buco and my husband had lasagna - both were fantastic! The bartender was also our server, and when the wine we ordered wasn't available, she recommended a Napa red blend that was fairly priced and delicious! Hearing her chat with another employee in Italian was a nice plus too. We will be back the next time we are in San Francisco!

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vipElizabeth
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with a diverse menu to meet a variety of tastes. Seated inside at corner booth-quiet and perfect location. Outstanding service. Recommend highly.

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Kirst
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very accommodating, great Sea Bass, and a well laid out wine list. Not the most interesting wines, but still fun. I think our servers name is Emillio? He did a fabulous job and made the experience delightful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Fantastic bread and good drinks. Pasta was a bit bland but calamari was fantastic

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InnaD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly service and great food. well spending time

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Likestoeat
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was very good. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We were not rushed and enjoyed our outdoor table.
We dined next door 2 nights later and wished we had gone back to Osteria Panevino instead.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The server was rushing with our table and messed up two orders completely—she completely misheard or misunderstood the orders and brought out two completely wrong items. She then was combative saying that we were in the wrong... it was very awkward for the whole table.

She brought back out the menus and we repointed to our original orders and she did get it right the second time. I wish she had gotten her manager to speak to us or had down something special for the table.

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vipmichelleK
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oldest Italian restaurant in the Gaslamp. Traditional, well prepared food and affordable. Quaint trattoria atmosphere. Good for families. Very busy on a Saturday night so service was friendly and hurried. Bread is delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing. The staff also provided great service. The tables are a bit close together and can get noisy next to other parties, but the food and service make it worth it. The osso bucco was perfect. I will definitely come back to this place.

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CaliChik
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. They were not shy with the cheese on the pizza. The service was superb.

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vipLarryinSD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Panevino has become fave spot for us in gaslamp. They will customize their typical pizzas, we had burrata tomato and some sausage ... fabulous!
The pappardelle ragu was rich, thick and perfect for the tasty noodles.
Our server was from Sicily and gave us some great travel tips, a nice extra. I notice that even when they are busy, the servers are keeping their eye on their tables. You know the places where the waiters seem to intentionally not look at you ... this is NOT that!
We also has the lasagna and can also recommend this hearty and creamy loveliness.
Great food, great service, right on a main drag for fabulous people watching.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious, but the servers took a very long time to come take our orders, then to put our orders and bring the food to the table. The food could have been warmer

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GDM321
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, incredible service. We loved every bit of it. A little pricey that usual Italian, however there’s nothing “usual” about this lovely exceptional restaurant!! Memorable meal

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and excellent food!

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KellyM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it!! The food was great and a good portion size as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The risotto was raw the fish and shrimp were old in their special and the gnocchi was raw worst food I have ever tasted and cost us 300$

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh and delicious food!! Excellent service!!

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DanaK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food from an old family restaurant. We had to eat outdoors because of Covid. However, we had a nice table with heaters, very comfortable.

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EllenB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband's meal (lasagna) was excellent, but mine (vongole) was average. The owner or the manager lady who takes care of the restaurant is simply fantastic, I would go back for the atmosphere, the quality of the service and her!

Thank you
Helene

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vipThanksgiving
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner was a big success.. Great food, weather was fantastic. We will be back!

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KathyT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were wonderful. You made a birthday celebration very memorable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. I was actually looking forward to coming back to Panevino for a long time. The only “down” to this review, and it has nothing to do with the restaurant, staff or food, was the loud music played 2-3 places down...

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DanG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good Italian food! Good value, and nice wine list.

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vipCMgirl
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cute Italian restaurant in the bustling couple blocks of covid-transformed 5th Ave. This is a nice place struggling to keep the upscale ambiance while serving outdoors on the street, like so many other restaurants these days. Food was good overall (we did not care for the pizza however) and service was attentive. Only complaint was sitting next to the street with strange characters wandering past the table (not the restaurant's fault of course.)

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vipLiluna
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible customer service. The waitress looked the other way each time we needed something. After they heard us they took forever to bring whatever we requested, and our food got cold waiting. I order from the menu and asked the waitress if the dish was gluten free. She said yes. When I saw the fish floured and grilled and explained to her that it was not gluten-free. She said that it was not breaded, and good for what I requested.
I ended just ordering a coffee (which was also not worthy)
The rest of my group left almost all the food in their plates.
I will not return or recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food was so bad I couldn’t even order anything on menu a lot of people came looked at menu and left as well. I ended ordered just a salad and it came out like they just pour water as dressing tasteless! They didn’t have any decorations for valentines zero. They used cheap glasses for wines and cocktails. This restaurant ruined my Valentine’s Day. Would never come back don’t know how they have such good ratings. Do not come here!

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ScottM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a different atmosphere eating on the streets of Gaslamp for dinner. Early sunday dinner but the food was great! First time here and we'll likely be back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal on Valentines Day. Felt good to be in a restaurant again. The device was impeccable. The entire staff was moving fast and doing a great job of getting everyone served. The food was really good, just a tad overpriced. But I guess that was the location premium. Overall, a great dining experience with exceptional staff.

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff members were busting their butts when we were there. They were kind & attentive. The atmosphere was great. I had the chicken Parmigiano which was no better, if not worse than Olive Garden. My husband had the lamb ravioli which he loved. The wine was also great.

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DanK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not very impressed with the food and the wine is ridiculously priced. Not sure How they can get away selling a $50 bottle of wine for $420, but hey good for them. I know that there are so many other great Italian places that I would probably not go again.

FAQs

Osteria Panevino does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Osteria Panevino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 595-7959.

Osteria Panevino is rated 4.5 stars by 1041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.