Palio d'Asti
Palio d'Asti

Palio d'Asti

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.paliodasti.com/
  • Phone: 4153959800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jose Alberto Martinez and Mauricio Martinez , Co- Chefs de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Considered by many to be one of San Francisco’s best private dining venues, Palio is elegant and timeless, yet approachable and “green”. With a full time, dedicated Event Planning Department, Palio D’Asti offers 3 totally private party rooms and semi- private areas that can easily accommodate for groups of 20 to 300 for breakfast, lunch, all day meetings, cocktail receptions, and dinner; as well as off site catering options.

  • Entertainment: Live music, DJ and dancing are available for private party buyouts. Casino style gambling is available for charity fundraisers.

  • Special Events: Palio offers several special holiday and seasonal events throughout year including an Italian Truffles dinner in the fall, family friendly Thanksgiving and traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes at Christmas and St Joseph's Day Italian Fathers Day) in March.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Montgomery/Kearny
  • Public Transit: By bus on the #1 California Line
    Only one block from the California St. cable car stop at California and Kearny
    5 level blocks (no hills) from Montgomery St. Bart and Muni Station

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 hour free validated parking at 550 Kearny St Garage (enter on Sacramento St) for lunch and dinner - private parties excluded. Limited street parking is available after 7pm.

A word from Palio d'Asti
Voted "2013 Best Italian" by SF Bay Guardian readers, Palio is a favorite of downtown denizens looking for the perfect spot to make a deal, travelers who appreciate Michelin rated comfortable dining, and anyone seeking an exceptional group dining or private party venue. A place where historic techniques blend with a contemporary approach, and Michelin raterd "comfortable" service personally overseen daily by owner Martino Di Grande.

Palio’s menu (including gluten free and heart healthy options) is a veritable culinary tour of Italy; emphasizing the cooking of different regions as the seasons change. Palio’s menu utilizes organic produce from small, local farms as well as sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. The Wine Spectator award winning list has always been exceptional, including a wide range of Italian varietals and California offerings. Full bar.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Palio d'Asti reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (37)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (27)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (14)notable wine list (14)special occasion (13)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food. Enjoyed the entrees and appertizers. There was a little confusion over substitution of a vegetables, which our second waitress had to get approval from management to not charge us extra.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent For Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Was here this past week and a great reminder why I go here with clients for a business lunch. The menu is always outstanding and the prices are reasonable. Service is superior and the ambience lends itself well to a business lunch - able to readily talk.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Italien quality food
    Staaldyret
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A bit slow service, but nice place. Good modern Italian food, no surprises (if you want them go somewhere else). A bit boring if you ask me, but it was definitely a nice place
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great ingredients - poor execution
    YumYum
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The margarite pizza was undercooked so the crust was soggy still. The well conceived calamari, shrimp and veggie appetizer was also undercooked resulting in doughy texture for the breading. And alas the nightly special of fresh swordfish was way overcooked so the fish was dry and tasteless. Good ingredients, good service: poor execution.
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  • Food was AMAZING
    AmyB
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant was empty so we were a little nervous about the food but everything was AMAZING! The risotto was the best I have ever had and the spaghetti and meatballs were OUTSTANDING!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Cristaal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This place was great, very accommodating and the food was delish. Also they are gluten friendly which is a big plus, I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Celebrated my husband's birthday here and thought food and service were great. Especially loved the spaghetti carbonara!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The choice for business lunch
    MsMarlin
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Space between tables, low noise level and attentive, prompt service make this a perfect place for doing business over lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very good food. Service was very friendly, but a bit slow for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere and good food
    Dotsgirl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were one if three tables being served but our waitor was attentive and very detail oriented. Food was excellent. Nice bar area and plenty of seating with a good mix of booths, tables for larger parties and smaller more intimate seating
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    Traveler
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I've taken large groups here for dinner and also just a few friends. This restaurant always delivers. Good fresh food, amiable service, and a comfortable dining room all contribute to a a very comfortable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet spot for dinner
    Knitwitmama
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food at Palio is superb. It is creative, well presented and very tasty. We have always enjoyed our dinners here. The ambiance is quiet and romantic. The service attentive but not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palio Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Palio is the quintessential Financial District restaurant - Food is fabulous and served fast; service is impeccable
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    As always, Palio d'Asti was outstanding! Their service and food were wonderful. They made a special get-together extra special and we always appreciate their attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lexophile
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food was excellent. Mixed drinks were really good. Service was a little slow. Would go there again for a second try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointing
    LVFoodBuff
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I had the veal scallopini and my wife had the crabmeat pasta. We both thought our dishes were not up to our expectations... especially for the San Francisco prices.
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  • First time experience
    Tony
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Came here on a group on deal and glad I took advantage of it. Pizza Siciliana was excellent, lobster deviled was delicious and the spaghetti and meatballs were good also. Our server was Martinez and he was very friendly and helpful with the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    Nick
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great lunch spot and great service. The Swordfish special was fantastic as was the pizza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet space & solid food
    Brose
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Service was slow (perhaps not enough servers). Food was good (our group enjoyed pasta dishes including meatballs and spaghetti and fettuccine with fava beans). Romaine salad was good but could have used more dates and cheese. Assorted cookies and biscotti were ok and presentation was unimaginative. Loved the French press coffee. Space is large so conversation is easy. Owner served some dishes and was very warm and welcoming.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good business lunch spot
    CJP1
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Easy menu and easy to make last minute reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pizza from the wood burning oven
    ninav364
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    we did not plan to order pizza for lunch - but could not help ourselves, b/c the delicious aroma was all over the place. Salads were great too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, As Always!
    janesings
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I have been having business lunches there for years, and it is always great! The food and service are always good. And although the room is lively, you can hear all the people at your table easily.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Wine List
    foodie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The highlight of the evening for us was the discovery of the wine, a Ciligiolo from Mareema in Tuscany. We encountered this wine at a great little gem in Florence, but had never seen this wine on any restaurant's wine list since then.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdated food and venue.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Decor, food and overall atmosphere is outdated and from the late 80-90s. For the prices charged they need a serious update and a general scrub down and cleaning. The place and restrooms are dingy. The china are worn out. If this place was a dive restaurant with cheaper prices then this review would have been so critical.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 763 reviews are from the Palio d'Asti reviews archive.
  • Work Lunch Spot
    LuckyDuck
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was the perfect atmosphere for a business lunch. The noise level was low enough that we could have a reasonable conversation, and we didn't feel pressured to leave once our meal was complete.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Depends on your needs
    fudgefactor
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We had theater tickets with a 7:00pm curtain time so dinner needed to be fairly fast. Ae 5:50, Palio d'Asti is very uncrowded and our waiter was excellent, so getting food fast was not a problem. We shared several antipasti, a salad, a pizza, and a pasta. The pasta was amazing, the salad good, but the rest of the food was very disappointing. The space is lovely with well spaced tables, so that even if crowded would be quieter than normal, and they clearly handle large crowds well - and large parties in their special rooms. It is obviously a great place for large groups. Great for a couple that just orders salad and pasta. Maybe the main dishes are okay, we didn't try one.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Resturant
    Bond
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband and I come to Palio for lunch very time we visit SF. My husband is from Italy. The food he ate reminded him his grandma's cooking. What a treat !
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Recommended by a co-worker, we had a very enjoyable evening - attentive service and superior food - we will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot for business lunch
    CJP1
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Great spot for business lunch. Specials vary daily.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints - The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Never an average meal or service, always top notch. Best Happy hour in town. Always excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best for groups
    Kitkrista
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We were seated at our reservation time and the restaurant immediately and politely accommodated our +1 bringing our group total to 11. There was a group of about 15 sitting next to us and appeared to have arrived just before us. After 30 minutes, we hadn't ordered drinks and the other group was getting refills and their food. We realized that both groups and a few tables were sharing one server. Listening to my entire senior staff grumble was PAINFUL. I asked the manager for better service and he sped things up for a few minutes but overall it was agonizingly slow. I'm still going to look around the Fi-di for some place that can quickly serve a large group.
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  • Dinner before the theater
    allaboutthefun
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My husband and I, while visiting San Francisco, found a play to see at the Eureka Theater in the Financial District. I did an online search of the area to locate a restuarant. It is always a pleasure to discover a new restaurant and enjoy the experience. We ate a light pre-theater dinner of pizza margherita and grilled asparagus; both delicious. Our favorite find was a "seasonal cocktail" called 'scotchtail'; it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HORRIBLE - don't go!
    DineforWork
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    You don't need to eat here --- your money works at any other restaurant that has mediocre Italian food. The service started off pretty good but TANKED. They had (1) server for the entire restaurant. The "owner" apparently has no clue how successful restaurants are managed. To make matters worse, he's got a really bad attitude. There are so many great restaurants in San Francisco - this place doesn't belong here.
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  • go for a happy evening
    susie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    we often go with a group, either family or friends. we always feel very welcomed by the staff and the warm well designed interior. it is a great place to go and share food and try lots of different things. everything is good. we sometimes bring our grandchildren and they are accommodating. if they have a special tasting menu for a holiday or special occasion-do it! it is so delicious and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Italian
    notpicky
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Very slowt Friday night made for a pleasant,quiet evening
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  • A nice neighborhood place in a big
    Bill77
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The small town feel and the great food and service combine to make this a real find in downtown San Francisco. I love it when the owner is involved with every custom to make sure they are satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff is very attentive
    Lori
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a lovely waitress who was very attentive and very friendly. Very pleasant place to have a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    Birdcalls
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We have nothing bad to say about this restaurant other than there are many more in the area that are better in every category - especially at their price level!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Around Great Dining Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The restaurant is spacious, comfortable, and with a moderate noise level. So many restaurants in SF are so cramped and eating right next to another table, that we really appreciated the privacy. The service was impeccable and every we ordered was very satisfying and delicious. We especially liked the pasta which was offered in smaller portions, so we were able to enjoy variety of other dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost but not quite!
    enigma
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Palio has potential, but judging by special offers on discount sites,it is not there yet. This should not dissuade you as the pastas were marvelous,and the service excellent, and the physical setting attractive. The entrees were passable. Unfortunately, the main dining room was off limits due to a bus tour and the other dining room had a large noisy party. Try it and if you hit the right evening and stick with appetizers and pasta, you may have a winner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic