Palio - Ann Arbor
Palio - Ann Arbor

Palio - Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paliorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7349306156
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party seating available for up to 40 guests, featuring the rustic Palio charm & our special Festa di Vitto menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Andy Jacobs 8884563463

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available next to the restaurant in a paid lot, a parking structure or street meter parking.
A word from Palio - Ann Arbor
Revel in the simple good taste of country Italian cooking in a convivial setting. Enjoy traditional Italian wines in a comfortable atmosphere. The wonderful aromas of this true Italian cooking are something to be savored. click here for information on special events and promotions http://www.paliorestaurant.com The Palio Rooftop is walk-in only!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Palio - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (45)good for groups (41)special occasion (36)neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (24)romantic (23)notable wine list (21)kid-friendly (19)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (6)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I am currently on very restrictive diet for health reasons. Have been I'll for couple months. So it was difficult to decide where to go. I called to see if their pasta sauces are pretty made. No, they are made to order. So I had gluten free pasta with sauce minus garlic and onion. It was amazing!!! So delicious. The whole table was happy with their meals also. Great place for really cooking your food the way you want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had heard such great things about Palio and were disappointed. The service was particularly poor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kudos to Palio
    BarbFVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place knows how to handle a crowd! We went after a football game and they were busy. That being said, they honored our reservation, were exceedingly nice, got every order right and the food was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Although the food was excellent, prices were too high. Bruschetta appetizer was 4 small French bread slices with toppings for $7.95. Main courses , desserts, and sides were equally overpriced. It would have been nice if soup or salad was included.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Date Night
    Dorkmeister
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    5 years ago I took my wife out on a "perfect date night" which included Palio's. It was our first time eating there and we've made it a tradition every year to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Proportions
    foodgoddess
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The amount of food provided did not match the pricing. There should be more food for how expensive the dish was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So sad
    Mesa1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The veal Marsala was so tough I thought it was made from buffalo meat. The Alfredo sauce was extremely eggy. I have had dinner at Palio on a number of occasions and it has its ups and downs. While the food is not always good the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Chef!
    mgp1VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Kudos to the chef, the food here is wonderful. The wine menu is extensive and we enjoy the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DeLynn
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had the worst food ever. The Fettuchini alfredo dish we had was horribly dry and when we asked for addl sauce they brought us out a bowl of sauce that looked like milk with chunks in it. The brushetta had spagetti sauce on it. The ceasar salad had tough bitter lettuce with just a few pieces of parmesan on top with about 3 stale croutons. Overall it was a disaster. I would not recommend this place to anyone
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 star all around
    Ronnie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was great - food, service, price. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual Italian
    A2Brad
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have enjoyed Palio many times. It is a particular pleasure to dine outside. (Note that Palio operates a more or less independent restaurant on the rooftop; that location is fine too but has its own menu). We enjoyed the rigatoni with sausage and cream sauce, and a tortellaci (not sure about spelling!) - a large tortellini stuffed with veal. Both splendid. Service was attentive. Wine list has a number of good, affordable wines. Palio commissions its own house wines which are always good. While we like Palio at any time, their atmosphere is perfect when you can enjoy dinner out on the sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TERRIBLE
    jimssvt
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have been there before and had a great time. However, this time was bad. Party next to us was VERY loud. Had a salad with a BUG in it. Food (and everything else) took a VERY long time to get to us. By the time it did it was over cooked. After this experience I don't know if I want to go back. None of us do and we had a party of 11.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Night
    sjfineguy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The night was lovely so al fresco dining was a wonderful option. My wife was somewhat disappointed with her eggplant parmesan, as she said it seemed like it was primarily zucchini rather than eggplant, at least to her taste. Otherwise the other 4 of us dining had a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre & Disappointing
    Toni
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've had good meals at Palio, but this one was mediocre at best. The sausage and pepper pasta I had from the rooftop menu was lacking in flavor, but was abundantly greasy. I could've made this dish better at home, and wouldn't order it here again. My husband was disappointed he couldn't get a martini on the rooftop since there is a bar up there, after all. Why have a bar if you can't make a classic martini? Also, the appetizer options were severely lacking so we didn't get one. It would make sense to have a strong app. menu on the rooftop; I have to imagine people go up there for wine and small plates. The best part of the experience was being able to dine outside on a nice day in downtown Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to Palio. The food was excellent the service was pretty good considering our waitress was servicing a large group at the same time. We have been to Palios sister restaurants Gratzi and Chios and this was probably rated right below Gratzi and about the same as Chios.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Simoli
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went there with three others with one celebrating a birthday. The food and ambiance were good. The 'birthday child' even got a free desert. Parking was close. The only negative would be that there were vinyl table cloths, not cloth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Palio's on a Summer Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was fantastic. The service was prompt, and the wine was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad
    wally
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Palio used to be one of my favorite restaurants but their menu has changed and is limited now. The noise level is unbelievable- we were a large party seated by the kitchen and there was clashing of metal throughout our meal. There was confusion about a pre-planned birthday celebration, that was very awkward. Very sad that it's not what it used to be!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    gr8food
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I recently went to Palio for a Bachelorette party, and it was a great dining experience. The food was fantastic, the overall wait time for our food to arrive was also decent. We initially had reservations for downstairs, but the staff was quickly able to accommodate our party to a rooftop table during a last minute request. I definitely plan on returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like eating in Italy
    mgp1VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Found this using my opentable Ap...and the food was AMAZING! Had the cavtappi with chicken, bruschetta and grilled calamari...like you would find in ITALY! I will be back. Wine list was top notch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • trevisano
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    excellent lasagna a bit noisy was nice and cool on a humid day
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Usually good but not this time
    DaveJoeyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and atmosphere is usually good. This time they seated our party of two in an area full of large, unbelievably loud people. While experience was nearly unbearable this time but it usually isn't like that. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    Fair
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service was ok, food was decent. The main issue was not owning up to a mistake. My fiance ordered a pizza without tomatoes on it. Right before our meal was delivered they came up to us and let us know they could not make it without the tomatoes and brought it out with them, instead of remaking our order or at least apologizing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodiefromMIchigan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I go to Palio every year for my birthday. I love the food and the atmosphere. It's not just a special occasion spot though because their food is amazing and their prices are very reasonable. It truly is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner during art fair.
    Modgie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant was not at all crowded, but the food was not delivered steaming hot. My Margerita pizza was pretty tasteless and not that pretty to look at. It was described as being a "thin crust" pizza, but wasn't that thin and crispy. I was one of a party of 5 with 2 children, who ordered off the children 's menu. Our waiter failed to point out that children's meals include beverage and dessert. We had to ask for both. Palio used to be my favorite place, though haven 't been there in 2 years. I was disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food great service
    aandrade01
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Bethany are server was very knowledgeable of the menu she was great! The food just flowed the great service with excellent taste! I had a sea food pasta with a Arribbiata sauce recommended by a server on a previous visit. Over all Extremely pleased.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I can't quite recommend
    OTuserVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food at Palio is good and the ambience inviting. But we were unhappy with the service - 4 of us were in a booth and the restaurant was mostly empty, yet our server made us feel pressured to hurry, wanting to clear plates before we were through, seeming impatient if we sat between or after courses just to talk, and bringing us a check while we were still considering dessert. Also, wine is served in small jelly glasses, which is a trademark of this restaurant but I personally do not enjoy that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal
    Andrewski
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I took my wife for her birthday, it was our first time. The service and food was stupendous. Can't wait to try out the patio!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palio - Great as always!
    Q123456T
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    From the food to the server to the ambiance, once again I can give Palio a well deserved 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic italian
    Mangiamo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Palio is one of the few restaurants with the kitchen in prominent view and who serves wine the way the Italians do: in simple juice glasses. The food is prepared authentically in the regional Italian style. Delicioso!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 82 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 588 reviews are from the Palio - Ann Arbor reviews archive.
  • Good restaurant overall
    Wolverine81
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food and service are pretty good here. I'd say service was slightly slow due to being busy over the Memorial Day weekend. I think one confusing issue is the fact they have different menus for their lower floor and up stairs, but it doesn't explain that clearly when you book the reservations online. When we showed up, there seemed to be some confusion over our reservations (we had made them online via this website). We ended up upstairs, and again, it didn't have all the menu items we expected. Also, they seem to have a more limited bar service up there, but will get you drinks from downstairs - which will take longer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent in every way!
    luvA2
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Palio was the perfect place to bring our out-of-town friends we don't get to see often enough. The food was excellent! I can't praise it enough! Our waitress was attentive and helpful, and she kindly let us talk for three hours. I would go back in a heartbeat and highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • chadam
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Outstanding, very quiet, great food, great service....friendly greeters.....outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Bit Disappointed
    cmvt
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was my second time here. It was Mother's Day. Ordered the Chicken Parmesan. The chicken and the pasta needed seasoning. They were quite bland. It really didn't look or taste like a $20 plate. The waitress also initially missed taking my daughter's drink order. The pizza margherita my son ordered looked a bit undercooked. Not the best mother's day meal I was expecting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but too noisy
    CherylG
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food didn't disapoint, but if you want to have a conversation do not eat inside this restaraunt . I will go back again, but only if I sit outside!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a bad place
    mamaynar
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Palio is a great place in terms of outdoor dining, they offer their roof and outside for it, so there is a lot more space to dine outdoors, and in warm weather that is very nice. Their wine menu is good in the fact that they have a range of prices. One thing I didn't like about the wine was it was served in what appeared to be slightly oversized shot glasses. My pork tenderloin was cooked well but the vegetables were definitely flavorless and not fresh. Our calamari appetizer sounded great (grilled calamari) but also lacked any flavor. However my dates veal tortelloni was excellent, so maybe their specialty is pasta.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Definite Miss
    David
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We have enjoyed eating at the various Main Street Restaurants for years (Gratzi, Chop House, Real Seafood Company), but I had never been to Palio before. This was a bad experience. We had told the waiter that we were in a hurry - please rush us in and out. Our orders were for simple items (soup, salads, pastas). The food arrived 45 minutes after ordering and wrong. Perhaps it was a communication issue between us and the waiter, between the waiter and the kitchen, but between the extensive wait (the restaurant was busy but not packed) and the food mistakes I will not be returning any time soon. Next time - Gratzi.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely amazing
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My friends and I barely spoke at dinner because we were too busy eating. And when we did speak, we were talking about how amazing the service was.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    Birthdaygroup
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food and service was outstanding. The only caveat I have is that the noise level is too high. The owner should invest in noise canceling or absorption to abate the unreasonable noise level.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambience
    Minkski21
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Love the old time traditional Italian atmosphere of this restaurant. Food is EXCELLENT! Great place to celebrate family occasions.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.