111 W Crockett St, San Antonio, TX | Directions 7820529.425241 -98.489094
Neighborhoods: Central San Antonio, Downtown
I have been to this river-walk location many many times, and each time I am always pleased with the food. My boyfriend gets a chicken dish with the most moist and delicious chicken I've ever tasted, and I get a gnocchi dish in alfredo sauce that is so perfectly cooked it's one of my favorite Italian dishes I've ever had. It's a very cute, romantic restaurant on the river-walk, my only complaint would be the service. The waiters and waitresses aren't usually the nicest or friendliest, but I don't go there for the service I go there for the food. And every single time, the food has blown me away. I highly recommend going here if you are going to be on the river-walk and craving a delicious Italian dinner!
Go to Basse or 1604 for a real Paesano's Experience – I went to the river walk location with my husband for our anniversary and was extremely disappointment. The best part about the meal was my crown and seven and the breaded artichoke hearts. The bread was terrible and we were told that they have different chefs and the chef's take their own liberties. If I'm going to spend the money at Paesano's I expect that I will get the same meal regardless of which one I go to. If the shrimp Paesano's wasn't as good. I recommend that if you want a real Paesano's experience, go to Basse or 1604.
A new experience & new favorite! – This was our first time & we loved it! Lobster bisque was awesome, if a bit salty. My shrimp Alfredo was delicious & hot from the oven/stove. My husband fell in love with his Penne Gorgonzola! Word of advice: share a dish unless you like doggie bags. The bread loaves were yummy & plentiful. Very nice staff. Sister in law was enticed by the dessert menu but forgot to ask the price :$11. But she ate all the Key lime cheesecake , smothered with Apple Strudle , a la mode. Weird combo, but she ate all, complained about the taste, & got the dessert free. Patient waiter deserves a medal.
almost didn't make it in – We attempted to get in this restaurant on Xmas Eve and whoever the manager was taking names seemed extremely frazzled and said he was hoping not to take anybody after 9:00 - would be too late,,,,blah, blah, blah... Very confusing.
So the next afternoon (Xmas), we put our name down for a "wait" time - we were told no reservations and we left. When we showed up the same man as the night before told us 45 min to an hour and never looked at our name. We stepped to the side and another manager (who seemed to be more in charge and was very helpful and was helping all over the front of the restaurant) called our name 15 min. later and said he didn't know we were there, he just took a chance calling the name. We had a lovely seat and a wonderful meal. Linguine with creamy clam sauce (I've had all over Italian restaurants in Chicago) was excellent, pasta with gorgonzola sauce was Delicious!. Plain old spaghetti was almost like homemade, bread and olive oil were wonderful. Two other pasta dishes were great. The drinks were very good.
The downside was this man who was handling the front seatings. We saw him tell at least 10 parties how long a wait they would have (even though there were some empty tables) and they left.
Get someone else for that job and let everyone have a chance to taste that great food. Make sure you get a second person to help with seatings if you don't get in right away. It's worth the push.
Visit the other locations – The service was good, but the food was bland and overcooked. We love the food at the other Paesano's locations, but this one is mediocre at best.
Great food & service – When I walked in to the restaurant, the wait staff was very nice that he gave me a table away from a big group so I was sitted in a more quit area. They started me with bread with olive oil with pepper and salt. The waiter gave me very good recommendation on what to choose from the menu. Finally I chose 'Tuna stead with reduced balsamic sauce on top of veggie with lemon butter sauce. It was very delicious!! The food cost ~ $30 with tips. The waiter kept checking on me to make sure I have everything I want. I would go back again if I am in the neighbourhood.
BEST ITALIAN ON RIVERWALK – I LIVE IN CANADA AND HAVE EATEN AT MANY LITTLE ITALIA'S. THE FOOD AT THIS PLACE WAS GREAT. I HAD A ZITI WITH SPINACH IN CREME AND TOMATO SAUCE. WOW. GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Terrible lazy waiter – I thought food was ok. My wife had the signature Paesano shrimp dish which she did not enjoy. It was
tasteless. Robert our waiter needs to learn some manners. Robert on numerous occasions would come to our table with his hands full and ask if we could grab our own plates from him, instead of dropping them off himself. We had wine that he never poured for us. As far as I am concerned I will never visit this establishment again. If the restaurant had any sense, Robert should be fired on the spot.
Good service, good food, great atomsphere – Good service in a very cool Italian restaurant on the Riverwalk. Atmosphere is low-lit, romantic, bustling. Their house salad is outstanding. I ordered their baked meat ravioli which I found to be flavorful with a nice basil-tomato sauce. Excellent wine selection. Good service---attentive but not overbearing.
Doesnt Compare... – Go to the Basse location if you want good food. This place charges you $5 for a salad while it is included in the meal at the Basse location. The bread they give you is of cheap quality and they don't serve you olives the way they do at the original location. The Chicken Parmesan lacks flavor and the cheese is of poor taste compared to the original location. Service doesn't compare. Atmosphere doesn't compare. And they don't even carry Basse's signature dessert which is the glazed caramel apple slices. My girlfriend had the shrimp with the signature sauce and said it wasn't as good as the original place. This place is next to the Hard Rock Cafe, and with the food not being that good, deserves to be there. Avoid this tourist trap.
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