Palio - Ann Arbor

4.4
1288 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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!
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DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great experience at Palio, but found some new favorite entrees during Ann Arbor Restaurant Week. Of the three offered entrees, I chose the encrusted whitefish and-oh wow- I was blown away! The waitstaff is knowledgeable and personable, and from the moment we walk in, we are made to feel like part of the family.

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FP
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and perfect location.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best restaurant week deal ever. Food was excellent and a great value!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Although the food was good the portion sizes were tiny. We went for restaurant week and I guess that’s why. It wasn’t a good deal at all. We won’t be back

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JF
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We went for dinner during Restaurant, so the special menu was limited to a few options. However, all of the entrees were great. Portions were small, but we aren't big eaters. The place was packed, but this didn't affect the good service we had. We will certainly try this place again and order off the carte menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Service was great and fast and food was delicious!

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JJ
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. There was a situation with our order that required it to be redone. The manager came to the table and explained / apologized and made things right. Food was really good nonetheless. We were appreciative of 5he communication and effort to make sure our dinners were perfect. Will definitely be back.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came in on Saturday night around 7:30, it was fairly busy. I can't remember my servers name, Amanda i think???? She was very sweet and answered any questions we had due to it being our first time there. We also enjoyed Daniel who knows his wine and helped up pick on that best suited our likes, food was fantastic. Nothing to complain over here! Keep up the great work you two!

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MS
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We went for national spaghetti day and ordered their beef meatball spaghetti. We had a reservation at 7 but arrived at about 6:55pm. We we're told to wait since we were early. We then sat and waited until 7:15, watching a number of people come in and get seated ahead of us. Finally I went to the host and asked about our table. She seemed surprised that we weren't seated yet and finally walked us back. I had requested a booth on our reservation but she took us to a table. There was an open booth nearby so I asked if we could be sat there instead. She said that should be fine, they just need to grab silverware. We sat and waited for 25 minutes before a waiter came. Finally he came and was shocked to see that we had no silverware. He left and came back several minutes later with silverware, water, and menus. We waited another long stretch of time before he took our drink order, which took another 15 minutes! Our menus turned off by the time he came back. So we needed help getting the iPads to turn back on so we could see the menu. When our dinners arrived, around 8:30, one of my meatballs was rock hard like it had been under the heat lamp for a long time. They graciously took it back and brought a new one. They also gave us dessert on the house for the bad meatball. The pasta was actually very good and the bread and oil was also good. The ambiance was nice. It honestly felt like they were having a bad night. I like slow dining when I have Italian, but usually the wait includes bread and wine. It also felt super long because the couple seated at our original table who came in after us, ordered appetizers, salads, entrees, desert, and had bread and wine, and they left before our entrees arrived. I am coming back for a work event in a few weeks and hope my experience is different. We are new to Ann Arbor and I have been wanting to try this place for such a long time. It was disappointing but I really am hoping they were just having an off night.

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K
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience; Sarah was great! Easy walk to the Ark for a show.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year Eve

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TJ
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Say for a while before served, forgot our salads and tried to serve them at same time as entre.

Was New Year’s Eve and they were busy and under staffed

Pasta was excellent

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was EXCELLENT .
We had a truly enjoyable New Year’s Eve dinner. Thanks for accommodating us! (Grandmother with a walker, baby with a car seat)

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CN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I reserved a table for a group of 10 on new years eve. the restaurant was very accommodating of us and our waitress, Alex, was so kind and helpful to us out of towners. The food was fresh and enticing. As it was new years eve, my friends and I dressed up to go out. We neither felt over dressed, nor under dressed in our suits and ties and dresses. My group left with high spirits and happy stomachs.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

From Chicago, visiting relatives, stopped on Christmas Eve. Read reviews and gave it a go. Ann Arbor should know better. This place plies you with overpriced watered down drinks, overpriced bland food and smiley uninformed service.
Ordered a vodka on the rocks, tasted a tinge of vodka rest was water, My son ordered a Stella draft, you would think pint, 10 oz glass at pint price.
Appetizer was 4 medium sized shrimp cooked in spiced olive oil for $12. Menus are iPads with photos. Photos showed jumbo shrimp. My Entree was angel hair pasta in pesto, one pine nut a little pesto. Ordered salmon in combination for extra $6. Salmon was on top of pasta, a 1" by 2" piece. Kid you not. I won't go into the entrees for the rest of the family.
The worst was the tiramisu. We ordered two to share. Server brought out two small triangles that was the butt end of the pan. Tiramisu at reputable restaurants always serve somewhat large rectangles. What was obvious is they took one small piece and split it in two and charged us for two. And to to top it off, some of the worst tiramisu we have ever tasted.
By now, I'm livid, but promised my wife I would not make a scene on Christmas Eve.

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R
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We dined Christmas eve and it was busy. I have a feeling due to that, a few things were forgotten (such as bringing us a bread basket--had to ask for it; and after dinner, when served cappuchino no spoon with which to savor the crema). Otherwise our food was fabulous as usual.

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MM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was awesome but despite my specific request for a standard table, six of us were crammed into a booth. We were offered a high top but that didn't work for one of us with back issues. The booths there are very uncomfortable...
So service was slow because the restaurant was very busy but we didn't mind except I felt like I had been sitting in an airplane seat for several hours.
Food never disappoints here, just really really good!

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SY
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. We had the salmon and chicken penne with Alfredo sauce. Somewhat slow service (not the server's fault-she checked in regularly with us). It was ~30 minutes after we ordered before our entrees arrived. It wasn't crowded when we were seated.

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S
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is great but the wine list is lacking. Cheap wines at twice the price!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice. Was cold due to the door staying open my entire meal, food was decent not great, but service was very good!

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VA
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday. Had a great time! Food and service were great! Would do that again!

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating a very special birthday and everything contributed to making this a memorable evening except the pizza on one order that arrived with a burned crust.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Palio for nice wine and great pasta. We had a great table!

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DG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian food. Would definitely dine here again.

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a large group and the wait staff was great! Food is good: standard fare of family Italian food.
Great for a friends group getting together, a date or simply a “i don’t feel like cooking night”.

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D
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Great service and enjoyed the wine. Angel hair pasta over cooked but other dishes were very tasty.

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J
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Manager was unresponsive to complaint about drink.

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EP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Palio was very good, as always. I’d love to see an update to the menu. Some healthier options would be great!

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JL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Enjoyed the bread and vegetarian lasagna. Please consider adding calamari to the appetizer selections.

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d
Detroit
70 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With their authentic and creative recipes Palio sets a high standard for Italian dining. From their simple but tasty Caesar salad to their excellent pasta dishes they understand the art of good cooking. Our server was also amazing, attentive & knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

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m
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dessert menu was incredible, and the pasta was prepared excellently. Ever since the new Chef took over, the food has become among the best of ann arbor, with his standards never falling below Devine. My guest, having dined at all of New Yorks finest, and along the Amalfi coast, said the food, while different, is on par with the dishes they had overseas. Bravo Chef, and I will be back to taste this menu ay every opportunity, and cannot wait until you roll out another.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Maybe it was an off night for the staff. We waited forever for our food. The food was quite bland. Very disappointing. This used to be a high caliber restaurant. We were first customers there for evening when they opened. Bread is fresh, but cold? Just an overall odd blah experience. I am by no means picky but neither my husband or I were impressed.

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SS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We had a nice experience but we didn't love the food. Since we visit only a few times a year, there are too many other restaurants to try out.

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JT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here after the PSU game. They honored our reservation right away which was greatly appreciated. All food was excellent, although would have preferred if the chicken parm was pounded thin. Love the sangria, caesar salad, garlic bread with cheese. Service was very friendly and responsive.

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MW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious entrees made better by outstanding service! We dined on an exceptionally busy, post-game evening. The entire staff was very friendly, attentive, and accommodating despite the heavy patron load; including the host who graciously us earlier than our reserved time, to our server Heather, who maintained her focus and poise while providing top notch service. Positive teamwork was palpable throughout the entire establishment. A wonderful experience which we'll look forward to experiencing again and again with our repeat business. Thank you!

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KG
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is very good, but menu seems a bit limited. Bar needs to offer some specialty cocktails

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KS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid Italian food, nice and warm on a chilly night in Ann Arbor. Waiter was outstanding, great suggestions on food and drink and helped make for a really enjoyable night out with family. We’re coming back!

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GS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Palio never disappoints. We like walking in the door and seeing the cooking crew in action, and dishes going out. The wine list is great, and we actually love the small tumbler-like wine glasses--very 'old country cafe'-like. We have tried multiple items on the menu, but most frequently come back to the few favorites we associate with the place; after all, they're part of the reason we come! The color and overall decoration scheme is very attractive, and the servers are typically outstanding (this visit was no exception).

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TD
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We got seated right away. Server was fine (although clearly new). Appetizers, salads and entree were served way too close to one another. I was still finishing up my salad when my entree came out. Food was just okay. Nothing special.

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