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Paesanos Italian Restaurant Lincoln Heights
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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555 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209, United States
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555 E Basse Rd San Antonio, TX 78209
555 East Basse RoadUSTexasSan Antonio78209
$$Italian Restaurant, Caterer
Italian Restaurant
Mediterranean Restaurant
Today 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMSaturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMSunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMMonday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMTuesday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMWednesday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMThursday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Paesanos Italian Restaurant in Lincoln Heights heads the family table with dishes that have become local legends - hometown favorite Shrimp Paesano for example.
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Long-running venue for upmarket Italian cuisine, served in spacious digs with an enclosed terrace.- Google
"Classic Italian dishes-- pasta, veal, chicken, fish-- prepared very well."
"The Shrimp Paesano is amazing!"
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Trey Moczygemba
5 months ago
Only place I'll ever leave a restaurant review for. Been going here for 10+ years and will continue to go as long as I'm in SA. Great food, great service, shrimp paesano is among one of the best dishes I've ever had at an Italian restaurant. Stick with Lincoln Heights, though.
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Yasirah Al-Zahra
a year ago
Had a four-course meal, I was so full. I'm glad the waiter explained the dish I was about to order, because it had food allergies in it so I was able to switch to another dish. Main dishes come with both a salad and pasta. The Shrimp Paesano is amazing! I ate the Lemon Chicken with Capers, delicious! Sweet and tart. Comes with two chicken breasts. Service was a little slow, but they were pretty packed so it's understandable.
kay Harter
2 years ago
Nice lunch atmosphere, very good service. HOWEVER, the food--the reason for being there--not so much. The Caesar salad was not good: overdressed with what tasted like heavy bottled dressing, and couldn't find any parmesan on it. The fresh green beans were nearly raw, and flavorless. I splurged on the "local favorite" of Snapper Paesano $28. The sauce was good, but didn't expect heavy breading on the fish. Overall a disappointment. Overpriced. WON'T return.
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Russell Roach
a year ago
Nice ambiance and food presentation. The mahi-mahi was just okay. Tiramisu was quite good.
Phillip Rodriguez
7 months ago
Food is below average in taste and quality, but not average in price. I think the food starts out good and they ruin it with to much dressing, over cooking, over buttering, and unlikely garnish.....Save your money and eat at home.....The bill was far more than the experience. If you want good food but are willing to compromise on the ambiance and fake accents, try Pasha or Simis.
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Caitlyn Yates
a year ago
I really enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food at this restaurant. We had a group of close to 40 people for a dinner and we were placed in a private room with wait staff that only attended to us. The food that I ordered was delicious. I enjoyed my experience and will definitely be back soon.
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Jeff Turpin
2 years ago
Paesanos is overrated and over-priced. It's barely better on most dishes than your run-of-the-mill national chain, which is a shame. I would love to support this place since it's local, but the food just isn't that good. I judge Italian by the Romano Tagliatelle (i.e. Chicken Alfredo) and the Lasagna, paying special attention to the texture of the noodles as well as the richness and purity of the sauces. Additionally, I pay special attention to the bread and any sauces/spices that accompany it. I had the Chicken Alfredo, and it had a distinct edge to it that was not from the cheese and definitely not from the butter and cream. It was a stale taste as if it had been sitting for a few hours (days?). And boy, if you order this dish, expect it to be very plain (white round bowl) with a few strips of chicken for $20. The nice-looking dishes I suppose you have to pay for. I will admit the butter and garlic noodles and the lemon butter garlic noodles are good. The bread was lackluster and mostly didn't fit with what I would expect. A dark wheat bread with nuts, a bread with lives, and a bread with sesame seeds aren't exactly the correct breads for dipping in oil that is sparsely populated with Italian spices (and mainly red pepper flakes, at that). Finally, I was going to order dessert only to learn that most of it is not made in the restaurant, or even in the Paesanos bakery at the opposite end of the shopping center. In short, Paesanos was a place I use to look forward to, and perhaps, even depend on. Nowadays, it's nothing more than a joke. An expensive, unfunny one at that. My Italian top 5: 1) Piccolo's, 2) Tre Trattoria, 3) Sorrento Ristorante e Pizzeria, 4) Osteria Il Sogno, and 5) La Foccacia.
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Michael Hillanbrand
2 years ago
Not Italian and poor ingredients. I ordered Chicken Marsala. What I received was pounded chicken breast with thin sliced mushrooms and what tasted like Hill Country Fair Turkey Gravy. Their was not a hint of wine in the sauce, much less the distinctive marsala flavor. They offered me a replacement and I picked Fettucini Alfredo, reasoning "They can't mess that up." I was wrong. It was so bland and the fettucini was of inferior quality. My wife ordered Primavera which looked like a bag of frozen vegetables dumped over penne pasta. It had no seasoning either and was quite cheaply done. Seriously, we paid $50 and I could have made this at home for under $20 and it would have tasted like authentic italian food. The worst part was this was my wedding anniversary dinner. I reserved seats in the wine room, which we were told was not available. The alternative we were offered was a dark corner. This restaurant does not know authentic italian food. In fact, it's not even good food...period. It was very disappointing. A much better choice if you are looking for italian cuisine is Umberto's on Culebra Rd. Their Chicken Marsala is nothing to write home about, but it was good. The overall ambience is nice and the food is well presented and they are considerably cheaper. Less money, better food. I would have been better served on my anniversary if I had just bought a bottle of wine and made the food myself. Pity really. I wanted the place to be good, I really did. It just wasn't.
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