Osteria Panevino

4.4
1070 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 1070 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional Italian restaurant. Food was delicious starting with the home baked crusty bread to pizza to entrees. Would definitely recommend!

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vipRexM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and helpful service with many flavors to choose from on the menu. Three different entree's during our visit and all were fresh and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The host was rude. The food was sub-par and overpriced. Our waitress was lovely! She was the best part of the entire experience.

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friday4
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay. Service was good. Won’t go back.

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MarisaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food. Everyone hands down enjoyed their meal and are already talking about our next visit.

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Joseph
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and friendly atmosphere. Tasty dishes and great drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, creative menu, a bit noisy on a Friday night.

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JoshF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service and pleasant staff. Drinks were good. Osso bucco was cooked and seasoned nicely, the risotto side was lackluster and too loose. Pollo Toscana was slightly dry, sauce was bitter, and potato mash texture almost seemed boxed 😬 Tiramisu was well constructed with nice flavor. Lots of potential, just poor execution on the night we were there

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Gabe
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little hidden gem in downtown San Diego. Was there on business and my colleague wanted Italian so we randomly chose this place. It did not disappoint. The service we impeccable and it was delightful to watch families dine on family-style portions. Satisfying, nice moderate portions that tasted authentically Italian. I would definitely recommend this place if you are in the area visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in San Diego, no contest. Always an incredible experience.

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Surf
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. A very quaint older building with lots of outdoor seating. Exactly what you hope for in an upscale restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place to celebrate a birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service even better! Great ambiance, good for all kinds of occasions. The shrimp pasta with pistachio sauce is worth a return visit!

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VirginiaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely time, but the waitress refused to split our bill. A few members of my party had previously worked in restaurants and felt that there was no reason they shouldn’t have been able to split it at the time, which caused stress on our side in splitting the bill.

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vipdiascund
Richmond
58 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service friendly and spot on. Food was fantastic. The Tonno I had was magnificent.

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LenaA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and customer service even on a very busy night. Hospitality was incredible.

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SunnyM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely amazing. Thank you

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RobertZ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly service, was blown away by this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was wonderful, our food was delicious. I was not happy with my bistecka and the waiter asked me to let him make it right. I replaced it with amazing gnocchi

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LynnM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. I would recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is always amazing and the pasta is soooo tasty!!!

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GinaK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - we are foodies and LOVED the food. Appetizers we loved: burrata, eggplant, bruschetta! Great pasta - homemade - focaccia was delicious. Our server Carlo was fantastic! There were 8 of us to celebrate my daughters college graduation and we can't wait to back!

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Jflem05
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College graduation

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Lynda
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 10 for dinner. They were very accommodating! They allowed us to decorate the table and bring our own cake which they cut and served for us. We were not rushed either!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. The food, the service, the ambiance all excellent. We went for early (5 pm) dinner on Saturday night. Crab cake appetizer, Caesar salad, Osso Buco, truffle fries, clam linguini. I can’t decide which was best. We loved all of it.

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JasmineN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there. I decided to try with my family for my Birthday, from the beginning to end the staff was so kind. I had Maria who helped me with the reservation and they called the day of the reservation to confirm which I love. Also the hostess I did not catch her name was so welcoming and kind. We were running about 5 minutes late due to traffic and parking and I apologize and she said you're not that lady and kept checking on our table. I really loved the atmosphere and service.

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Foodie248
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I appreciated the overall look of the restaurant, but the value for what I received was subpar. The food took quite awhile to receive, often did not have water refilled. The food was good, but I feel as though I paid for the location as to quality of what I ate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy bien, el osobuco de concurso

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MomDiner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Would definitely eat there again.

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vipWayneH
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
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 on May 15, 2021
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!

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 4.4 stars by 1070 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.