About Pranzo Italian Grill
Located in the Sanbusco Market Center on the Western edge of the Historic District, Pranzo has been a local favorite since 1988. We received the Wine Spectator 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011, 2012 and 2013 Awards of Excellence. Broadway vocalists and pianists are featured in the Geist Cabaret Fridays and Saturdays. From Pizza Margherita to Linguine Carbonara, to Prime Colorado Ribeye Steak, Pranzo boasts Santa Fe's favorite Italian American cuisine, most knowledgeable waitstaff, New Mexico's deepest list of great Italian wines and 20 wines by the glass served Normale (6.3 oz.) and Gigante (9 oz.). Chef Steven Lemon greets multiple Northern New Mexico farmers in his kitchen each week to buy the finest and freshest produce available.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9pm, Sunday: 3pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
David Geist is our Broadway pianist, veteran of 600 performances of CATS on Broadway, often with vocalists in the Geist Cabaret. We have brought Tony Award winners to the Cabaret for weekend gigs. Guest stars frequently perform.
We offer private rooms for groups of 20-300. See the website for menu offerings. www.pranzosantafe.com/catering
There is a 500 car parking lot that surrounds Pranzo.
Santa Fe terminus of New Mexico Railrunner Express is only 200 yards from Pranzo.
Private Party Facilities:
4 choices of room for private dining. Groups as small as 25, large as 100. Meal plans from Italian to Mediteranean to Creative Modern American.
Private Party Contact:
Michael O'Reilly: (505) 984-2645
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Every Sunday Every bottle of wine on our list of 120 is half priced!!!
Pranzo Italian Grill Ratings and Reviews
The food at Pranzo was delicious and plentiful enough to take some home for the next days lunch but they were clearly understaffed the night went. It was a special occasion for us and the waitress was very sweet, but she was taking care of so many tables that it took quite a while for us to just get some bread and drinks. We have been there many times in the past but this time it seems the prices have gone up quite substantially. The food was outstanding however.
I put on the Open Table reservation form that it was the day of our 40th wedding anniversary but it was not mentioned or acknowledged in any way.
There were definite service issues that evening: the wine, the salads, the appetizer, AND the entrees were all brought out at the same time.
We sent the entrees back for later because we had hoped to make this a more leisurely, special event.
It wasn't and we were sorry that we had chosen Pranzo for our anniversary.
It's still probably okay for every day meals but Open Table diners should plan special evenings elsewhere.
Pranzo never disappoints. We requested an upstairs table, and were surprised and delighted to find pianist David Geist welcoming us with high quality playing and casual conversation. We ordered fish entrees from the specials menu, and both were generous servings, impeccably prepared and presented. My side salad was large enough for both of us to share. For dessert, we chose the amazing bread pudding - the serving was huge, and we ended up taking part of it home. Our waiter was pleasant and efficient without being intrusive. We definitely recommend Pranzo and will return whenever we are in Santa Fe.
Pranzo is ok but erratic. The last two times I've been, the food has been surprisingly good with about an 80% success rate and only a miss or two. I went this past Friday night and the service was terrible. They brought the wrong appetizer and when we questioned the food runner, he said we were mistaken. Luckily we were able to flag down our waitress, who confirmed that it was indeed NOT what we ordered and brought the correct appetizer (eventually). Unfortunately we spent most of the evening flagging her down, as she was consistently unavailable. They didn't seem to be understaffed - she just seemed new, unpolished, and over-her-head. That said, when we came a few months ago and were seated in a corner upstairs, we were afraid we'd be forgotten and the service was actually wonderful. My other complaint is that while they have a decent wine list, they are almost always out of things. This time it took two tries until we picked a bottle that was in stock; last time it took three tries. So considering the negatives and the steep prices, I definitely won't rush back for anything other than happy hour.
Pranzo is great. Reasonably priced, solid Italian restaurant suitable for a nice dinner out, business meeting, or casual lunch. Upscale atmosphere, but not stuffy. Works with either a suit or jeans. Bar is small, but usually quite busy. Only complaint is menu doesn't have extremely unique dishes...but the Italian fare offered is very good. It's a staple for us.
In general, we have always liked this restaurant. The last couple of times, though, it's been extremely noisy (patrons' fault, not the restaurant), and for us older folks, that makes conversation difficult.
We were disappointed this time that the chef could not accommodate my husband's request to substitute spaghetti with bolognese sauce for the polenta. In order to have his wish, we had to order a whole order of spaghetti bolognese... In fairness, the server DID tell us about this in advance.
Live and learn. Restaurants just aren't as flexible as they used to be.
The menu provided on open table did not in much of any way represent the menu at the restaurant. It was far less unique and current. It was mostly old standbys at the restaurant. The menu was tired. The restaurant itself was kinda tired and dirty. The service was fine. In a town with many great restaurants this one simply doesn't stand up. They do a heck of a business. Likely locals because it's a lot of food at a fare price.
We went on a Sunday which was half-price wine and I must say that we did get what was touted as an excellent bottle of wine but it was OK but not great. Our past experiences have been excellent however. The food is always wonderful and we always look forward to going there. Also, we did not have utensils for the first course or the second course and had to ask for them but the waitress was terrific. The busing service was not so good. This was the only time that we had any glitches and we have been there many times with absolutely terrific meals. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
What a disappointment. Asked for the wine special and wait staff came back to say they were out. Selected a second option and wait staff came back and said they were out. Asked for a third option and the same thing happened. Asked for a taste of the fourth option (unfamiliar with the label) and wait staff came back to say they wouldn't open the bottle unless I agreed to purchase. Needless to say - no wine was had. Service was uneven. Some dishes came timely, others we had to wait for. Food seemed like it was possibly sitting under a heat lamp. Difficult to get wait staff attention. Dinning partner experienced stomach upset immediately after leaving restaurant. We used to really like this rplace - sadly, this is the second time we have had a negative experience. We wont be back.
We arrived at our scheduled time - the inside was extremely "HOT" for the temperature - the first person to great us was VERY RUDE and informed us that someone would be right with us - continued to wait - we were finally seated and remember it was "HOT" inside - while I was looking at the wine list I decided there was NO way I was ordering a bottle of wine with sweat rolling down my forehead - as we were leaving I informed the front staff it was tooooo hot in their restaurant and he insulted me by telling me that I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT...the employee was a real horses a$$ - I took my money elsewhere to NEVER return to this restaurant again...
Celebrating our wedding anniversary so we wanted someplace really good. Picked it right started with an artichoke and mushroom pizza. Meat balls were good but eggplant parm was exceptional. Entertainment was fantastic and kept us for after dinner drinks. David was tinkling the ivories with an array of show tunes and was joined by some amazing local talent who happened to be dining there as well. Definitely recommend
Excellent food, served hot and attractively, although a tad too heavy on garlic for my taste. Did not give overall "excellent" rating because of service. Both hostess and server were not particularly friendly nor welcoming. Rather abrupt in their manner. Food consistently tasty and creative.
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