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About Osteria Panevino
Panevino… Bread and Wine… The essentials of life.Osteria Panevino's prime location in the heart of San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter is just minutes from the Convention Center and most major hotels. Spacious dining room features some of San Diego's most highly acclaimed Italian cuisine and the casual atmosphere of an Tuscan osteria. Complementing Osteria Panevino's cuisine is an award-winning collection of domestic and Italian wines.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation:
Open for Breakfast at 10am - Monday thru Sunday
Lunch 10:00am Daily. Dinner Daily at 4pm
On 5th between F & G
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
On Tuesday, February 28th, Fifth Ave. will be closed to public due to the annual Mardi Gras Parade.Entrance will only be permitted with the purchase of a wristband. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Osteria Panevino Ratings and Reviews
Party of six. The waiter originally did not want to split the check, and when we split it ourselves he took a while to take the cards, then said it will be easier if he just split it himself. It added almost an extra 20 minutes to get out of the restaurant. Also they charged for table bread but didn't say that in the beginning.
Good food, not so good service.
We have visited Osteria Panevino several times and like to take our out-of-town guests there because it is (normally) a great experience. Not this time. Drinks went unfilled. We had to ask twice for bread and three times for butter. As a party of six, we were spending quite a bit, but I felt like we had to beg for attention and the staff only begrudgingly waited on us. None were very friendly like we are used to. The food was great, as expected, but we felt stupid for raving about the place and were embarrassed because adequate service was so lacking. Very disappointed.
WOW. WOW. WOW!!!! Osteria Panevino was amazing! We have been there before and it has always been great, but they went above and beyond this time! We had some family in town and wanted to take them to a very nice (but not super fancy) happy hour and then dinner. Our host/waiter/possibly-the-manager whose name I do not recall was fantastic! So nice and friendly and funny and accommodating and informative and fast and attentive...he went above and beyond! Excellent service. Tasty drinks. Great wine for serious wine people. And did I mention the food...absolutely fabulous! Good vegetarian options. We were there for a couple of hours and never felt rushed. We drank and chatted with our family that we had not seen for a while and they kept the drinks coming and when we ordered food, it arrived straightaway. Every last bit of food was consumed. Our out-of-town guests now have this amazing story to tell and think that San Diego is the best place to visit because they had such a fabulous time! We are definitely going to bring all of our visitors here! I have absolutely totally nothing bad to say at all and think it was just entirely a wonderful experience! Thank you Osteria Panevino!!
We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving meal here! The staff was so attentive (even though there were a lot of guests!). The food was delicious and the wine was perfectly paired. We especially loved the camaraderie between the employees. You can definitely tell they are like family and they were quick to jump in to help each other. We will definitely be back next time we're in San Diego!
We live in Laguna Beach. I brought my wife here for a date the night before she ran a 5K for the Run for The Hungry in San Diego! My wife had their specialty Pappardelle Rague Porcini. She loved it! I ordered the special for the day a Tomahawk Sirloin Steak. It was seasoned and cooked to perfection! We both took home 1/2 of our dinner because the portions were generous. Great service and ambiance.
This restaurant was just OK. The food was a little bland and wasn't particularly special. The service was pretty good, although it was more European style - we had to waive someone down to get the check; our water was not refilled during dinner, even when empty; and at least one item was incorrect. Next time I will look for something in Little Italy instead.
I had the swordfish, which is hard to make authentic Italian but the vegetables felt Italian and made the meal.
Two co-workers ordered lasagna which looked much better. It comes served in its own pan and neither of them could finish.
We sat outside and it was pleasant. While my meal wasn’t amazing, I did want to go back for the lasagna.
Like most of the other reviews the food was very good but the service was the weak link. We were seated promptly our waiter came over shortly thereafter. He started asking about wine and cocktails. We ordered cocktails and he left and we started looking at the menu and the wine list. When he came back with the drinks we asked about the wines. The list is mostly Italian with high priced California wines. He suggested a different wine than the one I had chosen. It was slightly more expensive but not a lot more. He came back apologizing that they were out of that wine but he had chosen a similar wine. He pointed it out on the wine list. Now he had exceeded my budget. I told him no thanks I was just going to stick with cocktails. If you are going to upsell a customer at least be smart enough to have it in stock. His way of doing it made me feel like I was being taken advantage of. I would not return
Came here for lunch during a weekday. We were promptly seated and ordered glasses of white wine. They have a pretty expansive wine list. They had a catch of the day special which was sea bass. So we ordered that and the fish sandwich which was swordfish. Both dishes were excellent. Both fish were perfectly prepared and flaky. Our server was attentive and asked about the meal which I relayed was great. After we were done, I had the double espresso. This made for a very good meal. I would definitely go back as this is a great establishment.
The food, service and overall experience was good, but...
I was hosting a business meal (within financial limits). The waiter did everything he could to aggressively drive up the bill, to the point where I was ready to take it out on his tip if I went over. (fortunately I did not go over; & because of the size of the group, the tip was already included). Aside from this issue, I would recommend the restaurant.
We are fortunate to have been able to book this gem last minute. We sat on the outdoor patio next to the street so we felt like we were on vacation. Our waiter, actually from Rome, was fantastic and always checking on us but never rushed us in any way. The Caesar salad was fantastic as was my sea bass dish over risotto with lobster and sauce, and my friends ravioli with pesto sauce. We have two chocolate desserts that were equally delicious. Nice ambiance, very personable staff and high quality Italian food.
We had dinner here during San Diego Restaurant Week. My wife ordered the sea bass from the special menu but I couldn't pass up the ravioli with lamb in a mushroom sauce. Both dinners were superb, but the highlight was the limoncello cake. Service was excellent, we had an outdoor table, great for people watching.
As I mentioned in my previous reviews I returned to my favorite restaurant in the Gaslamp District and I am glad I did. When I arrived Annalisa their GM greeted me, even though my last vist was last year. I had a nice table for one just inside the front window overlooking the passer-by's as usual.
I was here for the $40 3-course restaurant week dinner special. I started with my usual margarita and wine pairing. The grilled octopus appetizer was hugh and tasted great. It was not rubbery. My short ribs were also tasty, but, too much for me to eat. The lemon cake was also nice. After my meal Annalisa stopped by to say goodbye.
Until next time
Excellent cocktails. The food started out excellent with a shared first course of one of the risotto dishes. The rice was cooked perfectly. After that, the salads were only fair with the mixed greens limp and poorly dressed. The entrees were absolutely enormous and slathered with lobster bisque. I had the fish over risotto and a lobster bisque sauce. My husband had the crab gnocchi. Again, the gnocchi and seafood were over powered by the bisque. Everything tasted good but was gloppy. $42 and $36 respectively.
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