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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Palio - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (50)great for outdoor dining (38)special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (26)romantic (20)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (19)great for lunch (11)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Palio
    EatSomethingGood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nestled in a quaint part of Ann Arbor, Palio's atmosphere is great. Very lively, fun and intimate. Service was average. Food was good, though overpriced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not disappoint
    pfhlad0
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've been to Palio quite a few times and it was wonderful, like always. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is authentic and the service was great. Even being homecoming (which we did not know), the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Issues With Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went for Homecoming and mu mom initially made the reservation. She cancelled hers and put it in my name (Kellie) and the restaurant even called and confirmed a couple days ahead. Well, we were told that there was not a reservation in my name. That obviously was not correct. After we sorted through all that, they find the reservation only to find they have already seated people at my table!! Luckily we knew the people and it worked out but that was besides the point. The server, though, was excellent. Just need to get the reservation thing organized better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rigatoni...
    kekbur
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    ...strascicati alla lucchese sono davvero buoni! e il pane di zingermann's è la ciliegina sulla torta... complimenti!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Palio's
    rabbijan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We brought out of town guests to Palio's for dinner and had a wonderful meal. The waiter was attentive but not overbearing and the food was delicious. My only complaint was that I ordered an original daiquiri, not frozen or flavored, and the bartender didn't know what I wanted. When the waiter asked and I said a regular lime daiquiri I was told there was no daiquiri mix! Other than that, though, the evening was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheap quality, foodie prices
    Clay
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Poorly prepared starters, and the industrial grade olive oil spoiled the taste of the food. Also, seating people in the stairwell suggests desperation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, horrible wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was great, but even with our 7:30 pm reservation, we had to wait 40 minutes and weren't seated til 8:10 pm. One of the members of our group was 7 months pregnant and there were no seats in the crowded entry way for her to sit while we waited.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Sat us 1 hour after reservation time. Good was not anything special and it was too loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    Thehotterthebetter
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A little slow with the water and beverage delivery and our waitress never asked if we'd like more bread after we (quite obviously) devoured our first basket. Other than that, everybody thought their meal was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our server was very attentive, helpful, and courteous. She was excellent. Great service Great food. Great chef. My only criticism is, we did not like the wine served in little juice type glasses. Didn't enjoy the good wine as much because of the glasses used. I checked with a relative who just came back from Tuscany and she and her husband never encountered their wine being served in those little glasses anywhere in Italy including Tuscany. Their wine was always served in the appropriate wine glass for the wine being served. Our server told us you serve the wine in those little glasses because that is the way it is served in Tuscany. Even if it is a tradition in Tuscany, I think most Americans prefer wine glasses, I know our family does.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    navylady14
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The only issue I had was with the fruit flies. Unfortunately by the end of the evening we had killed 8 fruit flies at our table. Clean it up Palio.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday dinner
    rkb0929
    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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 85 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 592 reviews are from the Palio - Ann Arbor reviews archive.
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.