Paesanos. What a horrible way to spend my 19th anniversary, Paesanos is so overrated. our food took forever and smelled liked burnt bacon. we spent over $200.00 and got about a $30.00 meal. over crowded and bland food. Please don't waste your time here. I always have had better service and better quality at other fine places around the city.
not so great. I don't understand why this restaurant has such a high rating. I have been here numerous times and on most occasions have found the food to be bland if not downright bad. While the signature shrimp paesano is excellent, the chicken parmesagn tastes like dog food (or how I imagine dog food to taste!) Now, the newest Paesano's on 1604 is wonderful--it's a different menu and is really good!
Bad. This place is a rip-off. Make your own cheap food at home and enjoy it in peace and if you order a wine by the glass, make sure you see it being poured-you'll be surprised to see what you are really paying for!
Despite some menu misses, this spot has wined and dined its way into the hearts of hungry Alamo Heights residents..
The sleek setting for the affluent Alamo Heights clientele includes amber lights and dark wood tables. Large windows and the glass-enclosed patio pull in sunlight for the lunch crowd. The hearty Italian and Mediterranean menu includes the calamari gigantissmo, meaty portions of squid served with a spicy marinara sauce. Or whet your appetite with the vegetable ravioli in a rich pesto cream sauce. House favorite is the shrimp Paesano, pasta and shrimp bathed in lemon and garlic.
Great Food and Service. Paesanos is a must eat at restaurant. The service is great and the food is even better. The shrimp Paesano is to die for. So if your ever in the area check it out.
The only reason to go to Paesano's is because you either live in Alamo Heights or pretend like you do.
There must be something in Alamo Height's water supply that makes otherwise sensible people think that Paesano's sub-par food, atrocious service, and unbearable noise level make for an enjoyable dining experience.
Or maybe I just have an unnatural aversion to paying $20 for shrimp swimming in fake butter sauces, or $6 for soups made from oversalted and processed bases. Both only grudging served by San Antonio's most neglectful waitstaff. Please go somewhere else!
Don't pass them up.. Paesano's is by far the best Italian food in San Antonio. The main one is in the Alamo Quarry and they also have a restaurant downtown on the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk has a limited menu though. Great food!!
Why?. I don't understand the hype about this restaurant. Our experience was terrible at the quarry. The restaurant was not very busy, yet we were given a terrible table. When we asked to move, we were taken to a table on the patio, next to the windows on a very cold night. The heater for the patio was not turned on until we inquired. The seats were metal and very uncomfortable. There were 20+ empty tables inside, so I don't understand why we were seated on the patio. I ordered the tuna special and it was overcooked, tasteless, and drowned in sauce. There are over a dozen restaurants in S.A. of the same caliber, that offer better food and atmosphere - Reggianno's, Piatta, the new Aldino's to name a few. This was definately our first and last visit to the quarry location.
Huh... Paesano's or Chili's?. Sincerely, the difference from one restaurant to the other is mainly the zip code. Bad value for the money at Paesano's, but you'll find a bland who wants to be who of San Antonio. Sad choice for so many who want to be seen.
the first time i ate at Paesano's, i accidentally ordered the "appetizer" - Calamari Gigantissimo (apparently i didn't read the Gigantissimo part...)
imagine my surprise when the plate arrived and was LOADED with huge portions of Calamari (this is not your "french fry" "freeze-dried" restaurant Calamari)
try as i might, i couldn't stop eating the Calamari and "spicy" dipping sauce that came with it.
by the time the veal arrived, i was too stuffed, and had to take my dish home.
so, word to the wise - order the Calamari with 2 or more people (just try not to stab the other person with your fork if you both find it too good to stop eating!)
and as for the rest of the "reviewers" who equate Paesano's scrumptious dishes with Chef-Boy-R-Dee...just how do you remember what Chef-Boy-R-Dee tastes like anyway?
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