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“A lively atmosphere for dining alone” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paisan Restaurant

Paisan Restaurant
Ranked #96 of 692 Restaurants in Berkeley
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: New restaurant, part of local K2 group (TRex, Lalime, Sea Salt)
Portland
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A lively atmosphere for dining alone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

Occasionally when my partner is out of town and I don't feel like cooking, I find my way to this Italian eatery. The food is not your typical but truly Italian simple fair. Of course, they have their own twists on things. They prepare a killer dish of pickles - mixed veggies- served in the preserving jar. I always take it with a starter of pate or rillettes that they make in house. Main course they have your regular grilled meats or really great pastas. The difficult in this place is making my mind up. BTW siddle up to the bar and exchange pleasantries with other diners.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PeterCalc
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English first
Sacramento, California
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562 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Very nice find in Berkeley.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Recommended by friends who frequent the area, my wife and I stopped in to have dinner before an event at Oracle arena. Not too hard to find, parking on the street but fairly easy. It is in an area on San Pablo Ave with other restaurants, and seed to be VERY popular with the locals. Good beer selection of craft beers. Wine specials were great, very good wine and priced well by the glass. We had the anitpasta platter, and sausage pizza. Two very nice selections, and we had way too much food for the two of us to finish at one sitting, so the remaining pizza found its way home!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank george p
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Portland
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Basic Italian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

By basic I mean no frills Italian just like you get in Italy. This is no Olive Garden or those high price gourmet wanna be Italians. Home made pickles and a duck/rabbit terrine, a fettuccine with butter and Parmesan. Good and simple to get her with a good Tuscan red.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PeterCalc
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Berkeley, California
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“More than just good pizza”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Warning: don't order the fried olives! They are addictive. You'll find yourself wanting to go back again and again just for the olives! Paisan is a totally unpretentious spot with great pizzas and other tasty options. We really like their Caesar Salad to start. They offer a good selection of wines by the glass and a full bar if you need a starter for your libations courses.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bobolinker
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California
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Two Meals in Two Days”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

A pizza place that embraces the gluten intolerant is a rarity. Love the green bean salad, and the Old Cuban cocktail is super yummy.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank UglyDollOX
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