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Panta Rei - 66 Reviews - 431 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (415) 591-0900

Panta Rei

431 Columbus Ave (at Vallejo St)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 591-0900
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Panta Rei - San Francisco, CA
Panta Rei - San Francisco, CA


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The large variety of recepies, the genuine flavors and the low price gives no doubt. excellent dishes


After my dinner, I came onto this website to see what others thought of the place only to be astounded that it's rated 9.2. There's so much wrong with the place. To begin, the hos...

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/14/2015

This is really a good place to place a meeting. My friends took me here last Week and I started craving for more the minute I got back home. more

excellent dishes 1/27/2011

The large variety of recepies, the genuine flavors and the low price gives no doubt. excellent dishes more

I?ll be back next weekend! 12/13/2010

If you love Italian food you are going to want to try this place! We made a visit to them this weekend and think this is the best Italian food by far! I always order the ravioli but have tried the spaghetti and meatballs and my friend loves the lasagna! Great prices too ? I?ll be back next weekend! more

Great Italian food and service 11/23/2009

Niccolo did an excellent job of letting us just relax and enjoy our dinner. The staff also did a great job of reccommending the best wine. we truly enjoyed our panta rei experience Pros: good staff, great food more

Worst Meal in San Francisco 3/22/2009

This is without doubt one of the worst Italian meals I've ever had. It's clear that this place is meant to draw in tourist that don't know any better. What really stands out for this place is the food, and it is tasteless! Nothing seems homemade-the Caesar salad had a totally canned/jared dressing that was thick and piled on; a pesto pasta dish had absolutely no flavor at all (it was even a bit watery); a bolognese pasta tasted liked it came right from a can of 'Chef-Boy-R-Dee.' Beyond the poor food, the place is pretty dirty, from the stained menus to them wiping the tables down so that all the bread crumbs and other table scraps slip and stay stuck between the cracks of the adjoining tables. Forks are not replaced so prepare to mix and match your starter with your entree. And not once did a waiter come by a table (we watched 5 around us including ours) to check in and see if everything was OK. Most of the staff huddled at the bar area being social, texting rather than paying attention to people eating. It's clear that this is a tourist trap to say the least. I might have expected this is Rome where I've experienced mediocre restaurants located near tourists sites, but here in S.F. It honestly makes The Olive Garden a dream destination. I only wish I read some reviews before going. Nothing personal or against the folks that work there but way too may other places in the city to eat at. Save your money and take your taste buds somewhere else..that is unless you like bland food. Pros: Friendly Staff Cons: Tasteless Food; Mediocre Service; Dirty more

Good Food, Loud 3/16/2009

Had dinner on a Saturday night. The food was good. Very simple italian dishes and the ingredients tasted fresh. My wife and I had a really good meal, reasonably priced. Pros: Good Food, friendly service Cons: Loud more

Panta Rei Cafe 2/14/2009

This restaurant has great Italian food. I really enjoy their raviolis and spaghetti and homemade spaghetti sauce, Servers are very friendly and professional. Prices are pretty good. more

So so? 12/18/2008

The atmosphere was great but food was so so... it could have been better,The atmosphere was great but food was so so... it could have been better. more

Great quality 6/12/2008

Panta Rei Cafe has some of the best italian food around. I went there and got a delicious filling meal for a great price compared to other restaurants in the area. \r \r Upsettingly, the cafe is usually crowded. But if you can wait, its worth it. more

north beach festival 11/26/2007

went there this year and had a good experience. my friend caught they eye of our server and we were well taken care of. we waited for our food for all of 5 minutes, seriously! they food was so good. we all had raviolis and my other friend had a salad. she said it was very good. they brought us a dessert, on the house. made it that much yummier! cheers to the guys at panta rei.. more


Panta Rei has the best representation, presentation, and quality that I have ever experienced. Hands down the best Itallian food and service. I recommend this restuarant to anyone who enjoys high quality food, wine, good music, and over the top service. The Tiramisu is the BEST!! Pros: A Place for Anyone to Enjoy! Cons: I wish there was one in San Diego more

Super authentic!!! 9/30/2007

I can't say enough great things about this restaurant! Very crowded for Saturday dinner, and very lively. I noticed that some people gave negative reviews for that sort of atmosphere, I on the other hand, enjoyed it. Many of the service members are actually Italian, including the cute hostess. It was a little difficult to get in on Saturday night, but definitely worth the wait. Atmosphere was very much like a trendy Italian restaurant on Ostiense or near Ponte Milvio in Rome. Pros: Non-encroaching wait-staff, actual Italians in North Beach, delicious food Cons: Difficult to park. more

A Good Ladies Night Out Spot 6/20/2007

If your looking for a good ladies night out location, this is one for you. I have been there a few times now, and every time, we are always seated promptly even though it may seemed packed from the outside. Once seated, the bruscetta is amazing, try it! All their pasta is homemade and you can definitely taste the difference. Try the salmon ravioli, it seems like a different mixture of flavors, but they end up being incredible! (that's my favorite dish) They have a good wine selection of moderately priced wines, which is nice, so you can enjoy the wine and not worry about breaking the bank. And lastly, the main reason why this is a great destination restaurant for ladies night out, the male servers are pretty nice to look at! more

Best Italian Food, Great Atmosphere 5/18/2007

My friend and I discovered this restaurant about 2 years ago when we were parousing through San Francisco's North Beach area. The gnocci is to die for, the calzones are the size of your head, and just about anything will please even the pickiest eaters appetite.This restaurant has a great ambiance, and the food is outstanding. If you are looking for a romantic, delicious place to eat, I would deffinatley reccomend this restaurant. Cons: Parking is a little hard to find on the street, but there is a parking garage up the street where you can usually find a spot. more

Best Calzone ever! One of my favorite spots 5/11/2007

I'm a Panta Rei regular, addicted to the Calzone. It seriously is the best I've ever had and I travel to New York on a regular basis. I've had a few other dishes on the menu, they were good but for me it's all about the Calzone. Great wine selection, great atmosphere and people watching. Outside seating with heater available (but it is on a busy street, right by the bus stop). Service can be great or lacking depending on who's servicing you. Seems like the waitresses have their act together while the waiters are too busy dancing, singing and goofing off to take their jobs seriously. Pros: Great food, overall great restaurant Cons: Waiters can be slackers more

great wine list, delicious pasta! 5/1/2007

Went here for a casual company dinner with our boss and some coworkers. Had an amazing time in good company, which included our company staff and the entire staff at Panta Rei. Since we all got to share a taste of each other's dinners, I can honestly say that their menu is awesome. The music and ambience was great (yay for house music!), the wine was delicious, and the waitstaff were all so sweet and friendly. Service was quick and efficient but they don't rush you, even at their busiest. Also, best tiramisu I've ever had in my life! I definitely will be coming back here often. more

awesome waitstaff and amazing food! 5/1/2007

I'm really picky about Italian food, especially in tourist-y North Beach, but our boss chose Panta Rei for our monthly dinner/drinks night. Not only was the waitstaff attentive and VERY friendly, but the food was amazing. Every bottle of wine was perfectly paired with our meals and the tiramisu dessert was to die for. Praises also go to Ashley, who single-handedly bartended the entire restaurant with quick and efficient hands, good energy, and a smile. The night was definitely one to remember...despite going through about 5 bottles of wine among 10 people. Pros: friendly & quick waitstaff, delicious food & wine, great music more

Great pizza, mediocre pasta, extremely loud 4/6/2007

After trying a number of other North Beach Italian joints, we finally landed at Panta Rei. Despite being in a far corner of the restaurant next to only one other table, the place was SO LOUD the two of us had to shout to hear each other. (And this was a weekday evening. I can only assume we would've been reduced to smiling and nodding on a Saturday night.) My boyfriend's pizza was great - second only to Tommaso's (and he pretty much orders pizza everywhere we go). My pasta was fine, but only that. Far better than typical Italian chains, but didn't stack up to what I've experienced elsewhere very nearby (e.g. L'Osteria del Forno, Trattoria Pinocchio, Cafe Delucchi). Same story with the tiramisu - decent, but not outstanding. Despite the pizza, we won't be returning here any time soon. That said, if you are looking for more of a bar-type atmosphere and don't care as much about quality, this place may be for you. Pros: pizza Cons: loud! average food otherwise. more

A pleasant suprise! 3/5/2007

I happen to stumble onto this place while have a stroll around north beach. what a pleasant suprise! Not only was the food delicious but the service was great too. Giuseppe, our waiter was very delightful and attentive even though he was very busy. He was very charming to the ladies, but I never felt as if he paid more attention to them. The mussel and clam appetizer was great as well as the daily special of seared sea bass and prawns. The wine was very affordable and quite good as well. I would definately come back to Panta Rei. Pros: Great service Cons: Can get crowded more

VERY Euro - reminding me of Rome 2/3/2007

Loud and very Euro, cute Italian waiters, good reminded me of a Rome restaurant. I had the fetuccine and cinghiale (wild boar), it was delicious; they said they flew the meat in from Italy. Best of all, I was able to practice my Italian with the waiters; a (surprisingly) rare treat in North Beach. Pros: Cute Italian waiters, good food Cons: Loud more
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  • 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.


  • The Scene
    A cajoling employee beckons at the entrance in standard North Beach fashion. Handsome servers, dressed in slim black shirts and faded blue jeans, jet around the red-and-brown...

  • 9/22/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am-11:30pm
  • Payments:

  • Neighborhoods:

    Northeast, North Beach