Palio - Ann Arbor

4.2
1209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
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Palio del Sole (Palio rooftop) is walk-in only!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(734) 930-6100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Private party seating available for up to 40 guests, featuring the rustic Palio charm & our special Festa di Vitto menu.
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Private party contact
Andy Jacobs: (888) 456-3463
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking available next to the restaurant in a paid lot, a parking structure or street meter parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1209 People Are Saying
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food
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service
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We often come for a couple of the Palio's signature dishes. I decided to change it up this time and get something else, and was a bit disappointed: the Bolognese seemed a little lackluster, and the accompanying pasta seemed a tiny bit overdone. My wife had one of our regular standbys, and it was superb (we have both had several entrees in the past apart from our typical choices, and they have been very good). Our service this night was rather slow, but this is a major departure from every past visit to the Palio...the great staff have always been a part of the experience. We love this place, and will continue to come for the general ambiance and atmosphere, the lovely wines, the (usually) great staff, and the great food. But we will stick a little more to those specialties that we know.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Bosses going away dinner

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Ate at Palo’s after soccer game.

Food was good and server was really pleasant

Unfortunately it took the restaurant approx 1 hour and 15 minutes to prepare dinner after we ordered. A table next was seated 45 minutes after we arrived and their food was delivered a minute after ours.

Better turnaround from kitchens at Gratzi’s and other sister restaurants

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Everyone enjoyed the food and wine. Our server was prompt and polite. The pasta was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Impressive food and beautiful interior. Friends dinner and we all loved it.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Did not have the first drink we asked for. Did not have ideal salad dressing choices. Had dirty plates, glassware and silverware. Long wait for everything. Not the usual Palio experience.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Everything I have eaten at Palio's has been amazing. I highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always love going here when we visit Ann Arbor. Wonderful food and excellent service. There were tons of flies today though so that was gross and annoying. We’ll still be going back next time we’re in town but hoping the fly situation has been resolved by then.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Everything was delicious. Our wait person was excellent. Sam.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We were disappointed in the slow service. It took 25 minutes for a drink order and another 15 before we received said drinks and bread. Meals were slow coming out as well. Food was tasty, and atmosphere good.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Cocktail arrived after a long time (server apologized) lukewarm and was sent back to be chilled. Pasta dish was inedible....cold and congealed with 2 shrimp for added cost of $6. Returned to kitchen where they 're-tossed' it and changed order to meatballs. Meatballs were hard and tough but I was overtaken with hunger and ate them. My partner's meal (salad) was fine but he didn't have a cocktail.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Waiter did not give bread

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

My sweetheart and I wanted a light dinner so I decided to try Palio We shared the veggie thin crust pizza and the grilled shrimp salad It was perfect and our waitress served it homestyle So sharing was easy We’ll definitely return for great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We are longtime patrons of Palio and it was a no-brainer to bring a beloved out-of-town friend for a great meal. The old-fashioned touches--like taking an unfinished portion away from the table and boxing it for us rather than handing us a styrofoam container and the attentiveness of the server to our needs--make Palio a favorite.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Absolutely loved the food, the ambiance and patio.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Upscale Italian. Great for dinner. Service can get a little slow when it is busy, but it is on the main street in Ann Arbor, with lots of activity both indoors and out. The food is traditional Italian with a lot of fresh ingredients/vegetables and a large variety to choose from including fish, veal and beef.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Awesome as always!!!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Was a little disappointed on this trip to Palio. We love this place and will go back but the evening we went just did NOT come together. First we were seated in the very back when several tables were open on our way. Then the restaurant was extremely HOT. Yes, the weather was hot but we were early diners so I can only image it got much worse throughout the night.

Our meals came out within two minutes of being served our salad which was a little disappointing. Our server was very polite and professional. So not blaming her. Like I said it was just an off night.

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I used to eat here once a month when I lived in Ann Arbor. Either my standards have changed significantly or Palio has really changed. The wait service was poor; clearly a bunch of ill trained college students that cared little about delivering great service. The Tortelinni was no better than the frozen variety you can buy at Costco. When we arrived the kitchen staff was exchanging foul jokes right in front of waiting patrons. Overall disappointment; won’t be dining any longer at Palio when in Ann Arbor.

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was done long before it was served. We had a party of 10 so gratuity was included felt like our server could care less. Person who was supposed to be her trainee paid us a little more attention but not much. Pasta was literally stuck together and lukewarm when it was served, and we could see it sitting on the shelf forever after it was cooked. Asked for rooftop seating told there was none available even though we could clearly see enough seating if tables were rearranged. Roof was super busy but lower level was fairly empty. We have eaten here for so many years and on so many occasions, wanted to show off the restaurant and the roof to our guests from out of town and it was a huge disappointment for all. Can’t tell you the next time we will be back, even though this is usually our go-to.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Was good for casual dining. Some of the meals were okay, but not to the level of great dining. Atmosphere was very nice on the rooftop and service was very good. Prices were reasonable for the quality provided.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner here on Saturday evening (6/16/2018.) Food was delicious without being overly pretentious. We enjoyed some favorites (asiago al forno, rigatoni lucchese) and especially loved the tortellacci alla palio (that veal filling along with the demi-glace is memorable.)

Service was great as well... polite, friendly, and efficient without the overbearing fake best-buddy mannerisms you find at cheap places.

The discount for it being our anniversary was substantial and very much appreciated. :)

The only reason it wasn't a complete 5-star experience is that we were seated near the back of the house. Being close to the kitchen entrance (and back door exit with staff coming and going) is never fun. However, to Palio's credit, neither the kitchen nor the staff using the back door exit were ever too loud or distracting.

Altogether and enjoyable evening dinner and one we will repeat. :)

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was so disappointed with Palio!!! I made a reservation a month early for 8 to celebrate my daughter's graduation. The waitress seemed bothered that we even came. She seated all 8 of us at a small round table right by the kitchen. I asked to move again she seemed bothered by us. It was extremely cold inside. She gave us minimal amounts of bread and spoke in a very low voice. We could barely hear her talk. She would come to the table to get 1 persons drink order than walk away when 4 of us wanted another drink. Never asked how the meal was and never checked on us unless we got her attention. The food was ok, nothing great. Our bill was very expensive. I wish I would have never picked this restaurant for my daughter's special occasion. We were treated very poor.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We were disappointed in the meals. This has been a go to spot for our group for a long time. Entrees were dry and chicken was chewy. One entree cam after everyone had finished. Won’t be going again soon.

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Food was definitely not up to the standards I've come to expect from a Main Street Ventures restaurant. Mediocre and not hot. Service was excellent however.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

One of our favorite Ann Arbor restaurants. This time, we took close friends, our daughter, and her friend out to dinner to celebrate our daughter's graduation. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food was great as always. They are very accommodating for all of my food allergies/restrictions

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Charming waitress in training gave outstanding service, as did her trainer. Really tasty food, generous servings, nice ambiance (but I must admit we were there before the restaurant got crowded.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful Italian dinning. A perfect restaurant to enjoy a celebration.

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Really missed the mark. Food was mediocre and incorrect. My husband ordered capellini alfredo with chicken. Got fettucini alfredo without chicken. He sent it back and they brought him plain capellini with a sad piece of chicken. When we pointed it out to the waitress she said she would bring us a bowl of alfredo sauce. Really? Take it back and make it right!! That didnt even happen though. She came back 10 min later and says “were going to comp your meal.” Um ok. Thanks, but did you run out of alfredo sauce??? We were really disappointed. This used to be one of fav spots, but it will be a long time before we go back...

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My friend and I sat on the back patio on a Friday night. Do be warned that your reservation won’t count for patio seating so you may have to wait longer for that. It was a hot night but it was pleasant on the patio with the fans going. The waiter was nice and attentive. Food was reasonably priced for Main Street. Great sangria.

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1.0Dined on May 24, 2018

So disappointed and we have visited this establishment many times. Service was awful and food came cold and poorly made; this is pasta too! Wrecked a birthday celebration. Awful.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

It was our first time and won’t be our last! Our family loved it.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The grilled seafood and red sangria were terrific, in addition to sitting outside.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I went to Palio with my daughter on Mother’s Day. Our waiter was excellent. (I think he was the best waiter at Palio as far as I can remember). But for some reasons the food was not as tasty as before. Maybe different chefs were working on Mother’s Day?

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

One of my go-to restaurants in Ann Arbor. Fresh pasta made in-house.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food quality mixed. Some great and others notably lacking. Several items arrived late and dishes no longer hot when served. Drinks arrived late. Not offered a second round on beverages nor were water glasses refilled until after the meal. Overall disappointment and not worth the price by far.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Dinner was delicious and service was fine.
We did come back later though for dessert and drinks and the bar service was terrible. We had to wait way too long for simple cocktails and wine.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our dining area was a little tight when it filled up. The asiago appetizer was dry & hard. Otherwise, everyone at our table enjoyed their meal.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

If your looking for good italian this is the place. You can't go wrong with and entree.

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