431 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.799088 -122.408733
Neighborhoods: Northeast, North Beach
Welcome to Panta Rei. Offering age-old Italian tradition and timeless recipes that have been passed down through generations, the restaurant successfully combines cuisine and atmosphere to create a dining experience that won't soon be forgotten. Quiet and elegant, Panta Rei is the kind of place that could be your home away from home--smells of spices and homemade cooking fill the air while a friendly and knowledgeable wait staff bends over backwards to cater to your every need.
The menu is vast and impressive showcasing traditional Italian specialties as well as modern adaptations. There is something here sure to tempt every palate even the most discriminating of gourmets. No matter what the occasion calls for or your appetite demands, the friendly staff at Panta Rei promises to make your next dining experience truly unforgettable.
Great food served by yummy waiters – I've been a couple times now and can't wait to go again. The food is delicious and great prices too. This is a VERY North Beach place to go...so go for it! Just prepare for the wait at the door - but it's worth it!
arrogance on stale bread – chef boyardee food, olive garden atmosphere, meets just off the boat insulting italian waiters that hate waiting on americans, and smile why they say that to you in Italian, taking your order.
No thanks prefer stouffers lasagna at the inlaws.
Tourist Trap - mediocre food – It is very touristy but I thought since those on here like it so much it couldn't be bad, plus thought it would be a fun place for us girls to go in North Beach - we were not impressed. The guy at the door was cute and flirty - nice start. Our waiter, though not cute was funny (even doing a shot w/us) but the food was mediocre at best. Pasta was drenched in sauce, pizza was good, ceasar salad was good but I swear they used Gerard's salad dressing, the misto salad was boring. The tables are so small & close together which made talking to our neighbors easy but there wasn't enough room on the tiny table for our food. The feel of the place seemed sorta "themed" if that makes sense. It didn't feel like a real warm, Italian restaurant, but what it is, an Italian restaurant catering to tourists. With all the great dining choices I definitely won't be going back there.
Favorite place in North Beach – I often go to this place! I love the service (some Italian servers have attitude, but that's part of the experience). The food is delicious!... not the best you'll ever have, but very good. The ambience is great, exciting, and they serve late dinners. The location is the best, right in the middle of the action of the neighborhood. It's casual enough to go dressed in jeans, but on big nights, I'd recommend dressing appropriately for nightlife. Have fun!
HOT WAITERS AND HOT FOOD – THe first time I went there I was ushered in by two adorable flirtatious waiters. They were very entertaining and fun and the food was excellent including the pizza and panini. And if you look extra cute they just might give you free desert! Egor is an excellent waiter: very attentive, very friendly, and likes to treat us with a free tarimisu! Which was totally delicious! I highly recommend this place for a good time, especially for a girls night out!!!!! Great food and, as a girl, great service ;-)
This is not Italian Food! – Living in North Beach and being from Italy, I finally decided to check this place out although I always thought it had a bit too much tourist appeal. The food was no were close to what Italian food is supposed to taste. It might be ok for the average passing tourist but I was expecting better cuisine then that. I think the cuisine should be labeled Americanized Italian Fast Food. Anyway, it didn't help that the place was packed, very loud and the wait staff a bit on the arrogant side (which is pretty common for male Italian wait staff, so I am used to that) but also slow because they seemed to be understaffed on that particular night. Never again, thank you.
Good Music, good food, good crowd – This is a good spot among a sea of copy-cat Italian eateries on Columbus avenue in North Beach. On a random Tuesday night, I was drawn in by the fact that there was actually a crowd inside, where most of the other restaurants were emtpy. It also helped that the hostess was one of the most beautiful women that I'd ever seen. She was happy to seat me, even though I was a single. There was hip music playing, albeit fairly loud - that lent to the lively scene. The server was frantic, but took fairly good care of me. The food was really quite good and not over-priced. I might have liked some more selection of wines by the glass, but heck, at least they had the Spainish soccer channel on on a TV in the corner.
Good Stuff – A must in North Beach, great food, great service, i love this place. AAA+++
Great find!!! – A friend and I were recently in S.F. and really wanted some delicious, authentic Italtian food. We were on our way to another restaraunt when we were greeted by a gorgeous young Italian woman and decided to go in and try it. OMG...this place was exactly what we needed! It was soooo good, that we have vowed to drive down (from Sacramento) at least once every other month just to have it again!!! The fresh pasta and yummy appetizers are sure to please any Italian food lover! You will not be disappointed...and of course, the gorgeous waiting staff also helps =)
Anytime is a Good Time at Panta Rei! – My favorite Italian spot in the city. The homemade pasta can't be beat - try the Fettucine All'anatra for an especially delicious dish. The newly remodeled bar means a Negroni is only a couple steps away and the fun, hot Italian staff will keep your whole dinner party entertained. Especially fun with a group of people. Don't forget to listen out for the Italian pop classics on the stereo. Bon appetito!
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