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“Friendly and welcoming with good food”
Review of Osteria Panevino

Osteria Panevino
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Ranked #201 of 5,560 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 30 - USD 35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: On 5th between F & G
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Friendly service and happy to help us share their super-sized portion of Caesar Salad and Pizza. Well recommended.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JeremyS588
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Had dinner with a friend on the porch last week while visiting for a conference. Service was exquisite. They allow you to order off the menu. Basically any pasta you want. Pasta was fresh and homemade and phenomenal. Nice wine list. Definitely worth a stop

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank chrisdente
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Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Our group was approximately 30 people; overwhelming for most restaurants but not Osteria Panevino! Wisely working from a price fix 3 course dinner menu with at least 2 choices in each course, plus a large assortment of ‘starters’ served ‘family style’, the staff didn’t miss a beat! All selections proved very popular with all who dined. All side dishes were platter sized and served family style-great way to simplify for such a large group.

The wine kept appearing in my glass without asking; nice touch ;)

Must Try: Lemoncello cake ..... nuf said.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank brucew266
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

My spouse and I dined at Osteria Panevino for dinner on a Friday evening in early July 2018. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm (with extended closing hours until 11:30 on weekends). You can make a reservation using the online Open Table system.

Osteria Panevino (which means “Bread and Wine Tavern” in Italian) is located on bustling Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp District. The restaurant offers seating indoors at either tables or its attractive bar, or outside on the sidewalk beneath a canopy. Decor features exposed brick walls, wooden barrel ceilings, framed black-and-white photographs, interesting lighting, wine bottles and barrels, and unique decorative objects perched on floating shelves.

The restaurant offers an expansive menu of authentic Tuscan cuisine; its Sicilian-born chef/owner has worked in the restaurant industry for over 25 years. As we perused the menu, we snacked on house-made bread with olive oil. As an appetizer, we shared one of the daily features, a unique buffalo salad with prosciutto and olives. As our entrees, we ordered two home-made pasta dishes (one Bolognese, one carbonara). Although we were pleased with the quality of our main dishes, we each asked for half of our hearty portions to be wrapped to take home. In that way, we planned to save room for dessert; however, that was not to be. As we waited for dessert menus, we saw our server taking off her apron at the hostess stand and departing the restaurant. (We aren’t sure whether she quit, was fired, or just had some sort of emergency.) No one seemed to pick up our table, and we were unable to order dessert or another round of drinks as we had anticipated. In fact, we had to request our check from someone managerial-looking after it was clear that it wasn’t going to be delivered.

Although we enjoyed the food at Osteria Panevino, the way our service ended left us with tarnished memories of the restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank fluffnfold
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

My wife and I met up with a friend for dinner on a Thursday night. We didn't really know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. The staff were knowledgeable about the menu, had a great sense of timing and were appropriately attentive. The bruscetta was outstanding, we each were happy with our entrees, and the lava cake was a great way to end the meal. We definitely would go again!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank Jeff C
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