Paesanos - River Walk

4.2
889 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
An iconic San Antonio River Walk restaurant, Paesanos is where locals and visitors come to enjoy an Italian meal in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting. Located on the beautiful River Walk dine al fresco on our spacious riverside patio and let the cares of the day slip away.
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20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Waiter rushed us to order everything at the same time. Our fault for complying. Everything came out almost simultaneously within minutes, wine, appetizers, bread, salads, entrees. There was not enough room on the table for all that and we felt extremely rushed. Of course that’s what they wanted - to herd people through like cattle and turn tables. Bus boy spilled water on the people behind us as he rushed to clear tables. I was afraid to order their big entrees (that it would cost a lot and be disappointing)- so i got an individual pizza instead- it was undercooked and had a strange sauce (peppery) for my taste. Worst dinner we had on the RiverWalk. I think this place can be good - just wasn’t for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was only ok and the server seemed bothered to be there. We were in town with our family of 5 and thought we would try it and were very disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

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d
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Shrimp Paesano is what you should order ! Nice wine list and great service

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LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Picked Paesanos for my moms 60th birthday because they can accommodate gluten free. When my mom asked the waiter for a gluten free menu or to at least point out the gluten free options, the waiter rudely told her to google it and pull it up on her phone and then walked off. Then, I asked for a margarita on the rocks and asked if they made homemade margaritas and the waiter laughed and said its "definitely a mix". The shrimp paesano was mediocre but the service was the most disappointing part, especially when we booked the reservation for a special occasion. Will never return to that location.

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ND
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall them food was good and the portions were large.
The wait staff was above average.
The only draw back was they had tables everywhere to the point that they overlapped in some places making it difficulty to maneuver around. Yes it was crowded but having more tables to accommodate the crowd hampered the overall ambience of a fine Italian dinner.

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RQ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!!!! Great service and great food. Party of 5 and was seated on friday night 5 mins early. we all ordered different entrees and each was as good as the others. Server was attentive and made excellent recommendations. Definately a MUST when visiting the Riverwalk or San Antonio period!!

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RM
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Spring break at the Riverwalk. The food was great and the Paesano Shimp are to die for, don’t forget to order them atleast as an app or make a meal out of it with some spaghetti. One of my favorite places ever!!

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LV
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paesanos rocks!!!! Great food, great scene by the Riverwalk... Our waiter was excellent

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JH
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best meal in San Antonio...hands down. The inside of the restaurant has a great ambiance. The staff was not trying to rush us to flip a table, even on a busy Spring Break night. Amazing food and great service.

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We chose it because it is vegetarian friendly. We got there early and were seated at a table that was so close to a bunch strollers. Yes, it’s right by riverside, that’s probably the reason it makes it pricey. Pizza was good. Pasta was not spectacular, which we can probably find it half the price somewhere else. Requested to have another set of utensils with napkin but it was never brought to us. We would not go back nor recommend to others.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a nice place to eat by the water. Food was fine but not outstanding,same can be said about the service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

It took more than 45 minutes to get our food after we ordered. Food quality went downhill since the last time I ate there.

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RT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

During on Monday evening, restaurant was very crowded and very loud. Aside from not being able to have a decent conversation with my family, due to noise levels, the food was good, service was good.

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GC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very easy reservation. Good waiter. Shrimp Paesano is amazing! It's so good and different than any other shrimp dish I've ever had. Lots of different complex flavors and cooked just perfectly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was sub par, it was cold, the server had too many tables, noisy, crowded restaurant.

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H
32 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent food was very average

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BI
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Only okay, not terrible but definitely not worth what we paid and not memorable.

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JD
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our grandson getting engaged to his lovely fiance. Malcom, was outstanding. We have been lots of places, and his attention to our dinner was really special, so, please pass this along to him.

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BA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The River Walk was unbelievably crowded on the day we went. I wisely dropped my party off close by and started looking for a parking space. 40 minutes later I joined my party at an outdoor table. Our waiter had kept my plate warm and the Shrimp Paesano was all that I’ve come to expect. The food, service, river side dining, and the short walk to The Majestic make it one of our favorite places to eat before attending a show.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

My wife and i ate here a year or so ago and we enjoyed it. This time i had a group of 8 and the experience was not good. They were very busy, but you should expect that being on the Riverwalk. 20 min to get a drink, 45 min to order. Main course came out in 30 min, but they forgot our appetizers. Food was over cooked and dry.

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. A business meeting with the perfect ambience and wait staff.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Calamari fingers - meh, were chewy and lacked flavor
Mussels - meh, grew up on the East Coast and this mussel presentation could never compare
Shrimp Paesano - i didn’t order it, but two people at the table did and said it was delicious.
Ribeye - someone said it was worth every penny, could cut it with a butter knife
Crab Stuffed Salmon - i had this dish, it was delicious. i never eat a full pasta dish, but i ate every bite

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LS
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was cold and over cooked when brought out by waiter after waiting almost an hour for it. Had to send it back and it was burnt and still not right. Asked to speak to manager and they never came around. Very disappointed overall.

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GL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was lukewarm and my wife got sick later that evening. She had shrimp paesano as that is one of their specialties. Will not go back again

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful view of the river walk, the food was amazing, and atmosphere was second to none. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great experience in San Antonio!

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d
83 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slightly higher priced Italian than the norm, entrees on the pricey side and don't include a salad. Shrimp Paesano was good but rich. Have had this dish in the past, but didn't recall it sitting in a pool of rich sauce....hesitant to order again or request lightly sauced.

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TI
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The linguine with shrimp scampi was amazing! Loved our meal. I would highly recommend.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First, I would like to state that the service we received from Veronica was great; she was very friendly and outgoing.

There are, however, a few improvements that would go a long way to improve the overall experience. First and foremost, fresh cracked pepper and grated parmesan cheese should be offered with every salad course and entree. Secondly, I believe the best way to make Paesanos stand out to tourist who walk or ride the water taxis of the river walk is to ensure each table along the sidewalk and water are skirted. This makes Paesanos out from all of the other rag tag dining venues. After all, you want tourists to stop to see what makes you so special.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dining at this restaurant. Will defiygo again.

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AN
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food service was terrible waited more than 45 minutes for our food after ordering and no ever refilled our water.

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great experience. They were able to get us on river over an hour before our reservation. Excellent!!

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service near the river walk during the evening during the lantern show very pretty

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Waiter was somewhat inattentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent. Oso Buco and Shrimp meals were both really good. Great location on the Riverwalk with both indoor and outdoor seating.

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TH
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We are locals and had company in from out of town. We had made a reservation. There were four of us on a Sunday night. There were plenty of tables available outside. It was a slow night. The hostess vehemently refused to let us sit outside because all she had were six tops open. She had several of them… Instead, they put us in a cramped table inside.
The food and service were outstanding, but I will not be going back.

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ZE
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was amazing, could not have asked for a better dinner on the Riverwalk

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love their signature dish- Shrimp Paesano. And as usual- did not disappoint.
4 star due to noise, seating (felt like sardines, and waitress being very busy. Sh dis. Good job- but not th usual attentive servic we hav had in the past.

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