Palio Ristorante Italiano
Palio Ristorante Italiano

Palio Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.palioofleesburg.com/
  • Phone: (703) 779-0060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch 11:00am-2:30pm Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ian Dieter
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Every Saturday we have Live Jazz Music!!!

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage across the street
A word from Palio Ristorante Italiano
At Palio, we are looking to provide a warm and exciting environment that makes a patron feel welcome and satisfied. We want those who come to the Palio to anticipate a fine dining experience in a comfortable setting. Our Mission is to deliver that experience with professional style and grace through the presentation of unprecedented food quality. The Palio equestrian theme derives from the infamous, centuries-old Palio di Siena horse race which began in the mid-17th century. The restaurant comfortably seats 100 upstairs and boasts a 24-seat full-service lounge at street level. Private parties up to 60 may be booked in a spacious room complete with a full bar upstairs. Most of the menu is seasonal with the spectacular wine list including many local selections. Pasta, breads and charcuterie are each prepared fresh daily in-house.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Palio Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)romantic (36)neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (27)notable wine list (25)good for groups (17)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Blah
    Marylander
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My wife and I both ordered fish specials. Bland and decidedly not special. Not worth the price. Staff was friendly but somewhat in attentive . Too bad, we sure had hoped we found a new dining out option.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed Bill's recommendations!
    KMoo
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Our gracious server, Bill, hit a home run with his outstanding service and recommendations for our meal. We enjoyed everything and plan to return again soon!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • complaint was the noise level.
    mdln
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    complaint was the noise level. There was a table with 2 younger children next to us on a 645 Sunday reservation. When we go to what we believe is an above average restaurant, and have to listen to young children crying, yelling, being loud, it ruins the moment. I have had 2 young children and believed an Applebee's, or Fridays is where I would take them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    shelbo
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Food was incredible. Pasta Nera is a must have! The service was great and really catered to our needs. They also offered gluten-free on the menu. This is my second time at this restaurant and will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service, but...
    foooodVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The single stall ladies room is IN the main dining room. Right. Next. To. A. Table. Awkward!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and ambience
    Foodygirl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My fiancee and I decided to have a post-Valentine romantic dinner on Saturday. Palio's is a gem. The food is delicious, the staff is gracious and the ambience is warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs just a few tweaks
    ashes031
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went to this restaurant for Valentines day. When we were first taken to our table, we were seated next to a table full of balloons and children. It was not the atmosphere we were looking for or expecting at all. This is a $50 a plate place, not Ruby Tuesdays. The hostess was very accommodating and moved us to a quieter room. Don't get me wrong, kids are great, but this type of restaurant is not the place to take kids. After moving, things were fine. Apparently there was a show going on at a nearby theater. Our waiter asked if we needed rushed service and we said no. That may have been a little mistake. Our food took longer than expected. But it was nice to enjoy time with friends and we did tell him not to rush. The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing lunch/brunch
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We weren't expecting brunch only when we arrived for lunch on Saturday. Open table doesn't indicate it when reserving. The kitchen was out of our first choices, roast beef sandwich and waffle. My 2nd choice lasagna was nice, the frittata was...a frittata, fine, nothing to write home about, served with a salad. We asked for more Italian bread but received the mixed basket again, mostly olive bread. The dipping olive spread and oil were excellent. The highlight, really. So we were disappointed. Everything was just off. If we had had a more experienced server I believe they would have been able to finesse a more enjoyable meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is by far our favorite
    FrankS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is by far our favorite Leesburg restaurant and it never disappoints. Only problem we do find once in a while is a shortage of Malbec and that is our favorite wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vday Trickery
    Luvagreatmeal
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Have been here in the past and loved it. This was a different experience. They waited until 5 days prior to Valentines Day (when it was too late to get a reservation anywhere else) to inform people they decided to do a price fixe menu. Reservations booked full, but tables around us were empty all night (staffing issue?). Food was good but service was slow. Offered to box our leftovers (great!) and then forgot to bring them back out to us before we left. Dined with another couple and the check was not split properly. Wasn't horrific, but certainly not as good as prior visits.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentines Day
    Jonathon
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My fiance and I had a reservation for V-day, and so there was a special menu. Both of our entrees were excellent. The server was on-point the entire time, knowing what we wanted right about the time we wanted it. I'm looking forward to going back and trying their full menu. The Italian wine we had was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have had many fine meals at Palio, and this one was no exception. Every aspect of the experience was above outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Valentine dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    My husband and I bought a Groupon for Palio's and decided to use it for a Pre-Valentine dinner. The food was delicious. Our waiter was new to Palio's and was fabulous….. Estuardo. Very competent, friendly and extremely polite. I have been to this restaurant 2 other times and I will keep coming back. It is a gem of a find for Leesburg
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    zanexecVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Service was attentive, without being invasive. Wine list is spot on...had a nice Chianti and a moderately priced excellent Pinot. Will return for more client lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a good meal
    RKOS
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The meal was very pleasant. I very much enjoyed the clam appetizer (well done) and the salad special was "good" (grilled romaine...a little too much cheese but I believe less is better when it comes to that application, which in general is a winner). The bronzini was excellent (such a great piece of fish) and again, I pushed off a little of the sauce as it just doesn't need it (personal preference, did not affect the wonderful piece of fish). The lamb shank was decent with the meat itself being very good (well prepared) but the tomato based sauce was bland. Perhaps concerned about overpowering the polenta? A reasonable concern. Overall a good meal with very good ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • little bit of new york in Leesburg
    LiLKidneys
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    waiters in black outfits ties and aprons. huge glasses of wine. the food was very tasty. I had the ravioli di pere which was stuffed with pears and gorgonzola - absolutely DELICIOUS! they had a three bean soup that day that was also hearty and delicious. the special chicken marsala wasnt so good. chicken was overcooked and a bit dry. prices are mid range. you do pay for the service here, which is outstanding. we were there early and it was relatively quiet. but it did start filling up and then not so much. subdued lighting lends to the romantic and relaxed dining experience. worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A party member asked to substitute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    A party member asked to substitute chicken for fish in a dish as well as my husband asking to substitute his vegetable something else and each request was met. They owner was very accommodating. My husband is more of a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy, so he felt the menu was limited. Loved the ambience of the restaurant. We dined during the cold snap and were quite comfortable temperature wise.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night dinner
    zanexecVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We arrived and were seated in a great table. Our server was very good, attentive but not obsequious. Everyone of our party enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will be going back!
    gatorsjenn
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Excellent food and service! It is so nice having a full menu of fresh homemade food and a knowledgable server!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Brunch - Lovely Building
    ReemaVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Nice selections for brunch including egg Benedict, meat or veggie frittatas, roast beef Panini sandwich, pastas and a couple of other items - we've tried at least half over the course of a few visits, and they were quite delicious. Love the rustic bread. Server was friendly and knowledgeable about both the food and the really lovely historical building in which Palio's resides. Atmosphere is great and has many European, okay really Italian, touches - décor, accessories, etc. Parking is in the public garage (always seems to be free when we go...) which is pretty much across the street from the restaurant. Looking forward to getting there for dinner sometime...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My experience was a good one
    Paolo
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My experience was a good one food was good but what made the place great was our server. The prices are a little high of the wines are little high for some of the wines. The only other issues is that if you are trying to have fine dining place the door should have a more professional staff not teenagers -
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I surprised my girlfriend
    Romantic1
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I surprised my girlfriend with reservations. All I have to say is that the service, the food, the ambiance, was phenomenal. We couldn't stop raving about it after we left and have recommended the resteraunt multiple times since leaving. 5/5.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All about the food
    nick
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Neither of our dishes were prepared well, especially given the prices. We're not going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great new find!
    zanexecVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    First time at the restaurant since it's new beginning and restructuring and it was such a pleasurable experience. The thing that strikes me the most is that this restaurant does not play music at ear splitting decibel levels. It seems many restaurants are ruined as you cannot carry on a decent conversation with the people at your table. The new management have the right idea; great new chef, good service and a pleasurable place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfection and comfort
    FrankS
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Outstanding in atmosphere, food, and service, Palio is a place where, being from the neighborhood, we almost feel at home. The service is outstanding, they treat you like you are part of their family. The food is unbelievable! And the restaurant itself is just a homey and comfortable place to be. I hope it never changes. I will not go anyplace else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a most enjoyable dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We had a most enjoyable dining experience at Palio. The food exceeded our expectations and the attentive staff devliered outstanding service. The room was comfortable, lively but not so noisy that anyone at our table had to elevate their conversational voice. Our waiter made two excellent wine selections and was knowledgable as to dining selections. Again, a most enjoyable dining experience and we'll be recommending Palio to our friends. Reasonably priced but excellent value!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Special
    Ronald
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    In general, we enjoyed the occasion, the service was very good, and the atmosphere was excellent. We ordered the specials, Chicken Parmesan, and the Lobster, both pre-fixe. The meal included steamed clams in a red sauce, chestnut soup (very good); salad, main course followed by espresso/cappuccino (LAZZA very good) and mixed fruit and apple cake desert. In general, the meal was OK, nothing special considering the price, but most disappointing was the fresh made pasta for both meals arrived greatly over cooked and luke warm. Nothing is worse than mushy pasta! We probably will not eat there again unless we hear there are changes to the operation and the food has improved.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Christmas Eve Tradition.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our Christmas Eve Tradition. We found this restaurant on our return trip from the airport. It is now a request from the family to stop at Palio as the first Christmas present.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • experience on 12/23
    mike
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This is probably our fourth visit to the restaurant. The service was exceptional but the food was inconsistent. My pasta dish was excellent but my wife's chicken marsala was way overcooked. I suggested to send it back but she doesn't like to do that. We live in Leesburg and really want to support our local businesses but this is not the first time we have been unhappy with the food or wine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Nosgudfud
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Really enjoyed the octopus appetizer and the fettuccini bolognese (forgot the actual name of the dish). Noodles are made fresh and your palate really appreciates this. Service was very attentive, but not overbearing. Good place to go for a special occasion. Note, it's pricey, but it's a good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little high
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    But food was very good and wine according to my wife was excellent. Red wine?
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Excellent food, excellent staff, nice atmosphere. The 2nd floor overlooking market street is desirable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend getaway
    BBob7713
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My wife and I were enjoying a weekend getaway at Landsdowne Resort and this was to be the capstone romantic evening meal...they did not disappoint!! Food was excellent, service was Five Star, the wine was terrific and the open and spacious setting was nice and afforded privacy so that our conversation was not shared with all of the neighbors! I really enjoyed the setting and decor...almost felt like stepping back into the nobility lifestyle with a very modern and connected waitstaff. My compliments to the waitstaff in particular...I look forward to coming back again!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but pricey
    ditom
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The ambiance at Paolio's was very nice: quiet, good music playing. The service was very good, a little spotty at times. The food was good and we enjoyed it, but I thought the prices were too high for what we actually received. My husband and I shared the appetizer, salad and dessert that came with my fixe prixe meal, and he ordered an entree and one glass of wine. With tip it was over $100. I just thought I might be a little more "wow'd" by the food, but it was just fine
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  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Food was excellent, service was outstanding with several suggestions that were right on. Outstanding wine list. Great location and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surpassed All of Our Expectations!
    Harley
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    We had a perfect dinner on a weekday evening. Both the food and the service were outstanding. Excellent jazz trio playing in the adjoining bar. The ambience was very quiet and romantic. Our first time there but will definitely return for many more. Palio is definitely now on our favorite list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Roman
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Recently celebrated a family event at Palio. The food was good and the service was excellent. The food portions were smaller than you would expect for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    VickifromVAVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Best meal at a fine restaurant in a long time and I eat at fine restaurants several times a week. Glad we took the drive there. It was more than worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Adam
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Palio is certainly pricey, but the quality of the food, service and wine list make it worth the expense. You can tell this kitchen and the chef are talented, as everything was cooked to perfection. And the server provides food as wine recommendations that were not only delicious, but perfectly complimented each other, which just enhanced the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Momo
    momo
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Palio is one of my favorite restaurants in Leesburg. It has a wonderful ambiance, the service is excellent, and the food is always outstanding. My most recent visit was on a Wednesday evening with a group of 4 friends. We arrived at 5:30 and the restaurant was quiet. By the time we left several hours later the "place was hopping". I had the Chicken Marsala that was perfectly cooked and would melt in your mouth; the Marsala Sauce was out of this world. I finished off my meal with the Zabaione con Frutti di Bosco - it was fabulous. I highly recommend Palio
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.