Paesanos - Lincoln Heights

4.5
1221 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Paesanos is a landmark Italian restaurant bringing the best of the Mediterranean direct to San Antonio. As a local fixture that has been offering irresistible Italian dishes and an extensive wine list since 1969, we are proud to be San Antonio’s choice for Italian dining. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking to enjoy one of our specials with all the flavors of the old country amongst friends, come in and explore the Italian food that has made us famous for nearly half a century. Our signature dish, Shrimp Paesano, is almost as famous as the Alamo.
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I made the reservation for my Dad’s 80th birthday over a month ago. We arrived early for our 6:30 reservation and waited for 25 minutes past our scheduled time to be seated. The manager was curt and defensive in her reaction when I voiced my displeasure. I was even told that “reservations aren’t guaranteed but a place holder”. I was hoping to be seated at a more private table, yet we were placed adjacent to the kitchen. The manager, at my urging, gave us a round of appetizers. The food was OK, not great. Not sure I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During lunch rush- had a fantastic time for a baby shower for 8. Attentive waiter and staff and timely service. We were there a while and never rushed.

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GregH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outside dining right on the river. Great food and presentation.

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Isabella
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp Paesano was outstanding and the best tiramisu we ever ate. The restaurant was full so that it was hard to talk to my husband, however the waiter was awesome and so busy he was actually running to keep up. I know restaurants are short staffed these days but our meal was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was confused when I was told that I did not have a reservation but that I was on the “call ahead list”. They shouldn’t be on Open Table if they do not consider it to be a reservation.

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vipJohnDQ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling from SF & PHX for a family wedding, Paesano's was relaxing. Full bar and meatballs were much appreciated!

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Mahuicho
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Le falta mantenimiento al mobiliario

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was extremely bland. We’ve eaten here before, and this was really bad. We ended up not really touching our food and getting fast food on way home.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family favorite for over 30 years!

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jimj
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We had a reservation for the outer room with nice ambiance at 5 pm. When we arrived at 5 o’clock we were sat in the middle of the most crowded room next to the kitchen and restrooms. We asked the hostess why we weren’t being seated in the room we had reserved and she said we don’t take reservations here!! How can there be no reservations when I clearly made a reservation on open table? I followed up my reservation with a phone call and was told they would save a nice table for us in the outer room as it is my daughter‘s birthday.
The place was very loud and very busy and we were seated at a very small table for four next to the kitchen and restroom and we’re pretty much ignored most of the evening. We asked our server for blue cheese on the side, extra bread, and asked for a side salad, And the reason I mentioning these items is because we did not receive any of them.
The mushroom pizza was delicious, but the shrimp Paisano was not very fresh and the shrimp were a bit tough.
We were trying to celebrate a birthday and our server did not even offer a coffee or dessert. She seemed very hurried and the entire experience was a disappointment at a high price.

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annV
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience2

It is sad when everyone at the table has to keep adding salt and pepper to every dish just to get a little flavor.
Lots of food with not taste at all.
Reservations made, never checked, put us practically in the kitchen with a lovely view of the dish pit.

A resturant living on its past laurels.
Patty, did a very nice job of serving tasteless food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For the price of the food the flavor was just okay. Not that great. However everyone enjoyed their food. Just a few complaints. Tasteless shrimp in the Alfredo. Another seafood plate also said the same. The seafood itself had no flavor no seasoning. Our server was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband and I anniversary. We had a fantastic time. Wonderful food and the wait staff was spectacular! Great job everyone highly recommend listening to the servers recommendation

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite is now the lobster & endive appetizer and early bird shrimp paesano!

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CharleenR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a bit loud and hard to hear my eating companions and very dark. The menu was printed too light and small to read, the waitress didn't ask if we wanted anything for starters, but the food was great

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VerO
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The ravioli tastes like Chef Boyarde, tables are too small for the huge plates. Portion size was moderate. Overall we won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were there to celebrate my Birthday. The waitress seemed on a rush with just the 3 of us. The bread was fabulous as I had remembered as well as everything we ate.
I was disappointed that there were no tablecloths. At least for dinner there should be!
The noise level was not good. It became difficult to hear one another.

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vipGMan
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was excellent, except that the reservation system is nonexistent.

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vipJJinAH
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary is consistently a great server. Lobster fettuccine is my #1 favorite dish anywhere on earth.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our server was Mary, and she was wonderful. The restaurant was my 7 year olds choice, and it was a great choice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I like to try new places and see new things. So we though we would give paesanos a try. The food was good, the pricing was amazing for the amount of food you Got, the service was fantastic. The only thing I could think that could have been bester was the table we ate at was very small and kinda just shoved into a corner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

It was nice. My only complaint is it was too dark.

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GarrettF
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Complete let down, would really like a refund. Service was mediocre and food was average. Disappointed that they charge up scale dining prices and didn’t deliver at all. Don’t have dress code recommendations on your website if you’re not going to enforce it either.

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TracyV
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken picata is breaded and has capers. My meal was sauteed chicken breasts and no capers. Service was great though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good! Service felt rushed. Server seemed like she just wanted to get us out as quickly as possible. Love the food but will probably only do take out in the future.

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DavieS
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice meal celebrating my friend’s birthday. We ordered from the early bird menu and were very pleased with our Shrimp Paesanos with pasta, green beans,and salad. I recommend asking for the specials.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s birthday

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great night........................................

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AlfredF
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Our waiter was busy with the other tables, but he was very courteous. All the dishes were outstanding however avoid the cheese ravioli. It tasted like it came from a can.

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vipADNIL
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food. The Calamari is the best and I have found none like Paesanos anywhere!

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vipRCaustin
Austin
67 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t look at the menu!! Just order the Shrimp Paisano!!! (The asparagus salad is good accompaniment)

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tomE
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked the sauces.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wanted to get out and grab some Italian food with some friends. I have no complaints! The food was great, I had the mushroom ravioli with a creamy pesto sauce that was delicious! Service was great and pleasant!

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RoxaneS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not too pleased

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vipjudy
San Antonio
38 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good food. good atmosphere. good for friends. very busy

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DavieS
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us celebrate June birthdays, so Paesanos is the perfect place to celebrate them. Mary, our waitperson was great and most accommodating. The food was excellent.

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SusanB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Had a reservation at 7pm for a business dinner for 4. Still asking to be seated at 7:45 but met with very surly hostesses. When my boss intervened they seated us at a very small table for 4 next to the bar which was reserved for a very loud party, yelling and clapping. Could not hear our conversation. The table was so small that we could barely have water glasses and wine glasses. One of our guests knocked over his wine an the whole table had to be cleared (by us) and we flagged down a waiter for more napkins. There was no room for the bread tray once our meals came so it teetered on a corner. Menus were on copy paper but they told us we could only have 2. I suppose that was a blessing be because they were to large to fit on the table!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Thank You - we shall return

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AudreeLee
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Before making a reservation here know that the Open Table reservation only holds your place in line starting at the time of your reservation, so if the restaurant has a wait, expect to wait for a table. In our case, we waited for more than 25 minutes for our table. The restaurant is greatly understaffed, so tables remained dirty around us, there were a bunch of flies and gnats and while the staff worked hard to provide service, it was really slow. The food was good, but mine was not warm. Overall, it was a subpar experience and not one that we’ve been accustomed to having at this establishment. I hope that they get the help that they need because it was a disappointment.

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You can order delivery directly from Paesanos - Lincoln Heights using the Order Online button. Paesanos - Lincoln Heights also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 828-5191.

Paesanos - Lincoln Heights is rated 4.5 stars by 1221 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.

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