Paesanos - River Walk

4.3
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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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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Birthday and they really made it special!

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vipHillG
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and venue

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vipMikeO
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The review is coming in a little late but since I still remember our dinner clearly I need to say it was great. Our server was on point and we enjoyed everything

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Food was top quality!!!

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vipDebbieW
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Best shrimp we’ve ever had.

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DevonG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant! Would highly recommend if you are looking for a good Italian dinner

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restonk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The food was bad and really over priced. The side salad was the best dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! The food was great and they took extra special care of us for our anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The server seemed disinterested in us after we didn't order any wine. I had to ask 2x for bread and the olive oil for dipping was just ok. Got the house special shrimp... Also just ok. However, the calamari was fantastic.

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Ruffus06
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paesanos is a wonderful restaurant. If dining here, try the Shrimp Paesanos - it is excellent! Other menu options are also good, but the Shrimp Paesanos is the best. Reservations are not 100% required, but very helpful - especially if desiring to sit outside on the patio. Encourage you to try the restaurant when in San Antonio.

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vipSteve
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Outstanding Service sitting by the river. The Shrimp Paesanos were incredible. After dinner you must try the homemade Amaretto!!!

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CPgolf
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Tables were not cleaned very well and chairs were not wiped down at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Birthday dinner. Appetizers were ok. Drinks expensive

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vipKatt
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here for my grandma's 90th birthday dinner and the food and service was wonderful! The Shrimp Paesano was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had. They made the birthday special with a surprise dessert for her birthday. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!

KM
KarenM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! beautiful restaurant, attentive service, and nothing in this world is as good as Shrimp Paesano. love it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Paesanos and it did not disappoint. Food was great. I had the baked ravioli with parmesan crusted chicken and my husband had the 8 oz filet towered over spinach and mashed potatoes. We were both pleased with our choices. But, the service was OUTSTANDING! Our waiter for the night was stealth. From the bread, to the refilling of our kids’ drinks, to the “never spilled a drop” pouring of our wine; he was amazing. We never had to ask for a thing, so ask for Romario.

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PhilS
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and great food.

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Lisa
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, good atmosphere and nice surroundings. I had the chicken parm and it was great. The bread they bring out, was phenomenal.

HJ
vipHungaryJack
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There were a number of large groups and service was slow. Food arrived cold however the tuna was very tasty. Recommendation is giving them the benefit of the doubt because of the number of large groups.

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AmyV
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Server appeared to to be "going through the motions" of service. It would have been what I expected at the Hard Rock next door, but not for an upscale place like Paesanos. We love coming here for the food, the location on the River Walk, and the overall experience. This time was just good instead of the great we are used to. It almost seemed like maybe they were understaffed and he had too many tables? Not sure. Either way, we will absolutely return as it is one of our favorites.

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Stephen
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food was disappointing. This was our second visit and the food quality was not near as good as our first visit. Had Chicken Parmesan that was flavorless and served almost cold.

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vipEddieC
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a school district board and superintendent for lunch and experience was amazing. Thank you for the attentiveness, professionalism and amazing food.

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JoyC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The place was crowded; that's usually a good sign. However, the server seemed under informed about the menu, not overly attentive, and the food was just barely average. The ziti came out cold on the bottom and had to be sent back to the kitchen. There was an hour wait for the food to arrive at the table; that seemed to be the case for all the other tables as well. The bread tasted like they bought at HEB. Not a good experience.

MJ
vipMichaelJ
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Started great, ended poorly

Shrimp appetizer was terrific,
Drinks took a while but were fine
Dinner was good but slow, shrimp was tasty, gluten free pizza was one of the best, they ran out of veal so no veal parm, no Marsala, no scaloppini...bummer
Caesar salad was average at best
Meatballs came out cold
Sang happy birthday with cannoli but didn’t offer the table anything for desert, coffee came out cold, overall mixed results and I have too many go to’s for Italian that just does it better

JT
JasonT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The food took a long time to be prepared and served. My entrée was not hot and did not taste good. I asked the waiter to take it away and did not have time to have another prepared. I will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food and service was good; lovely to sit outside, but the continual too-close-to-our-table people traffic and painfully loud upstairs bar music seriously affected our overall experience.

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LeslieH
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Pecan Crusted Chicken which excellent! My husband ordered the Veal Marsala. He was disappointed when our waitress returned and told him they were out of veal. He ordered the chicken marsala, said it was good, but had his heart set on the Veal.

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ZDMTexas
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was as delicious as always. I was happy to bring a first-timer to the restaurant and they loved it.

DH
vipDanaH
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Paesano’s - the Shrimp Paesano is so wonderful! I think I’ll go back tonight!

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Jazzraz
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and ambience was good. We sat out on the patio people watching and the Ford Lantern Floating parade. I had the frozen strawberry margaritas. It's good, but a little pricey. I had their famous Shrimp Paesano and loved the grilled, lightly fried shrimp, but would've loved some parmesan on it (it was not offered). Husband liked his eggplant parmigiana dish.

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RevSylvia
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The location is lovely! It was not very crowded but our waiter didn’t seem to be very available. The food was good but I have been here several times and I have had better food. My favorite is the shrimp paesanos and usually have it, but this time I ordered the spaghetti with meat sauce to try something different. It was just okay.

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SamuelN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service, right on the Riverwalk lower level. The wine selection, however, is extraordinarily expensive. I am used to wine prices at about double the price in retail stores. Maybe 2.5 times. But, Paesano's sells Santa Margherita Pino Grigio, that can be found anywhere for $15 to $20 a bottle, is priced at $71 plus tip and tax. Our dinner for 5, including 3 bottles of wine, was about $500. So, I recommend, but do your libations before arrival, somewhere else.

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BevH
El Paso
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve been going to Paesanos back when they had their location on McCullough. The food-the shrimp Paesanos especially -has been very consistent. What I was shocked by is what seems like a huge jump in prices. I took my niece for lunch on the Riverwalk and for the two of us it was $80-for lunch portions of shrimp and stuffed shells. By the time you add a decent tip you’re at almost $100 for lunch for two? I’d suggest if you’re looking for a simple Italian lunch try somewhere else because while good I don’t think it’s $100 good.

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vipMeatLover
Orlando
61 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really attentive and friendly service. Husband really enjoyed the Shrimp Paesanos and the lemon sauce on my chicken was outstanding too.

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vipSwankie
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very enjoyable to be cozy and warm on a Jan night on the patio.
We enjoyed our Frutti di Mare special.
The service was indifferent at best.
A good choice on The Riverwalk after taking the boat tour.

JJ
JayJones
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Paesanos on the river walk for culineria week and it was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our food was warm not hot but our waiter accommodated.

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vipExcellent
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and reasonable price. Paesanos scampi terrific. Grandson is very picky and loved the spaghetti. Nice place on River Walk. You’ll like it.

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bswc
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Our food was not good. We thought this would be comparable to the Lincoln heights location and it was NOT. the salads we served on plates approximately 3” in diameter and did not taste anything like the other Paesanos. The margarita pizza was not flavorful and disappointing.

MB
vipMistyBlue
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunches at Paesano's are typically a nice, quieter time to enjoy Shrimp Paesano. My mom loved celebrating her birthday there & NATHAN made it extra special with table settings & a birthday desert. Always a great meal.

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Paesanos - River Walk is rated 4.3 stars by 1185 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.