Osteria Panevino

★★★★☆
  • 722 5th Ave

    San Diego, CA 92101

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  • 619-595-7959

About Osteria Panevino

Hours
Sat-Sun 8am-11:55pm, Mon-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri 10am-11:55pm

Food

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I used to go there a lot, but things have gone downhill. They charge way too much for fair amounts of food. The main thing that caused me not to go back was being there early evening, before the crowd got loud. I could hear the chef continually hacking and coughing while cooking food, with no manager telling him to go home. So we did. Gross.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to go there a lot, but things have gone downhill. They charge way too much for fair amounts of food. The main thing that caused me not to go back was being there early evening, before the crowd got loud. I could hear the chef continually hacking and coughing while cooking food, with no manager telling him to go home. So we did. Gross.

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The portions of the appetizers here are so generous you can literally make a meal out of it. The prices are good and the food is great. Their salads were wonderful too!

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★★★★☆

The portions of the appetizers here are so generous you can literally make a meal out of it. The prices are good and the food is great. Their salads were wonderful too!

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When I first arrived in San Diego, this was one of the places I was told not to miss and I am glad I listened. The food is wonderful. The extensive appetizer list makes this place stand out from the clutter of other Italian places within walking distance. I have never had a bad meal here and love the Veal and Lamb dishes. I always say you can tell a good European Restaurant when you get the bread basket. If there is good bread, you know you have a winner. This place starts you off right with warm, crusty Italian breads. The portions are large and well plated!

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★★★★☆

When I first arrived in San Diego, this was one of the places I was told not to miss and I am glad I listened. The food is wonderful. The extensive appetizer list makes this place stand out from the clutter of other Italian places within walking distance. I have never had a bad meal here and love the Veal and Lamb dishes. I always say you can tell a good European Restaurant when you get the bread basket. If there is good bread, you know you have a winner. This place starts you off right with warm, crusty Italian breads. The portions are large and well plated!

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While on a business trip to San Diego, we were walking around the gaslight district taking a look at the menus at all the restaurants lining the streets. We were walking by Panevinos when I saw a very Italian-looking gentleman eating a large plate of pasta and seafood. All I saw left was some angel hair pasta and the remnants of the lobster, mussels, etc. It looked wonderful, so that's how we happened to stop at this wonderful little gem.

Thankfully there was a table for 2 available al fresco, and we immediately ordered a wonderful Chianti. The Pasta Fagioli was magnificent. The best I've ever tasted, and while I decided not enjoy the angel hair pasta and seafood platter, I did try the Orecchiette pasta with shrimp. That was enough for me to enjoy, and it was delicious. My companion did enjoy the angel hair and seafood and managed to eat the entire meal.

While dessert would have been nice, we were both so full from our meals that we decided to walk off our dinner heading back to our hotel. I did have the opportunity to visit with a couple of Italian gentlemen though who indicated that they often came to this restaurant to get the taste of home. They told me that I couldn't get any better even if I was in Italy.

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★★★★☆

While on a business trip to San Diego, we were walking around the gaslight district taking a look at the menus at all the restaurants lining the streets. We were walking by Panevinos when I saw a very Italian-looking gentleman eating a large plate of pasta and seafood. All I saw left was some angel hair pasta and the remnants of the lobster, mussels, etc. It looked wonderful, so that's how we happened to stop at this wonderful little gem.

Thankfully there was a table for 2 available al fresco, and we immediately ordered a wonderful Chianti. The Pasta Fagioli was magnificent. The best I've ever tasted, and while I decided not enjoy the angel hair pasta and seafood platter, I did try the Orecchiette pasta with shrimp. That was enough for me to enjoy, and it was delicious. My companion did enjoy the angel hair and seafood and managed to eat the entire meal.

While dessert would have been nice, we were both so full from our meals that we decided to walk off our dinner heading back to our hotel. I did have the opportunity to visit with a couple of Italian gentlemen though who indicated that they often came to this restaurant to get the taste of home. They told me that I couldn't get any better even if I was in Italy.

Pros: Delicious pasta and seafood combinations. Outside seating is the best.

Cons: Very busy and small.

More about Osteria Panevino

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.

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The chairs are still as uncomfortable as on the day this Italian bistro opened, but who cares when the cooking is good? Start with something sumptuous from the mozzarella pantry like burrata with asparagus or bruschettas with olive…

 

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