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About 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
Ask about our Birthday Meal Deal!

Palio del Sole (Palio rooftop) is walk-in only!

347 S. Main
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 930-6100

Website:
http://www.paliorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available next to the restaurant in a paid lot, a parking structure or street meter parking.

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: (888) 456-3463

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Palio - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Special Occasion (22)
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Casual (22)
Authentic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Romantic (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome date night. Pat Gavitt was the sexiest waiter I’ve ever seen. Great food comes with great looks.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious. Slightly pricey and noisy. It is kuch better than the other restaurants on Main Street.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed the Valentines Day specials. The food and service were superb. We also like Palios because they are open late and we can enjoy a nice dinner after the game or a concert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing experience. Food was wonderful, the server was kind and smart (even taught us a little pronunciation). Would reccomend to anyone craving authentic Italian.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

DISAPPOINTED W/THE SEATING. ALL THE WAY IN THE BACK NEXT TO KITCHEN AREA. VERY. VERY LOUD. ASKED TO BE SEATED AWAY FROM, WHEN RESERVATIONS WERE MADE A MONTH EARLIER. THE 2 TOP WAS CRAMPED.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Not authentic Italian food like in Italy. Small pasta portions for the price. Amazing service.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Very good food I come here to eat

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Bring back calamari!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 3, 2018

First visit on a recommendation and I could not have been happier. The service was top notch and very informative. I will be back and highly recommend t for authentic Italian.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Very nice evening. My only complaint was ordering lasagna. I found out at ordering that lasagna was vegetarian. As I was changing my order, server offer a meat sauce over it. Bad choice. They fry hamburger and put a layer of it on and cover with vegetarian sauce. Meat was not seasoned or flavors blended. Not good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is good. Service was good but not great.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Jon was a great server. He was able to accommodate an order change, which made up for the wine being late to the table. Great food and not overly expensive for the quality and location.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Pat, our waiter was great. Reasonable prices, good food, and quiet. Palio's is becoming our "go-to" special place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing as always :) food is always great:) enjoy the atmosphere

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Every time I go here it somehow is worse. The first time I was blown away by the food and service. The second time was good but the food wasn’t anything exceptional. The last time was awful. The waitress stared at me and my date from three feet away for the entire meal. Our table was also half into the kitchen so we had a hard time talking over the noise. We went for restaurant week and were only there a half hour after opening for dinner and the food was luke warm at best when we got it. The whole dinner, from the moment we sat down untill we left, only took 40 minutes so it felt incredibly rushed. I don’t think I will be going back for a while.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We visited Palio during restaurant week so the value was very good.
The restaurant was packed, the food was good, but it's just not our "style".
My husband and I both ordered the stuffed chicken. It was very good, but the accompanying potatoes and veggies -- mostly yellow and red peppers had too much of an oily coating. The same was true for the side of spinach we selected. It wasn't a strong buttery flavor, so I'm not sure what the component was.
However, when a restaurant offers wine by the bottle, the servers need to be trained on opening the bottle properly. It isn't hard, requires a training session or two and a good corkscrew.
We had a LOVELY young lady as our server, but with the wine bottle sitting on the table it
literally took her a minute or more just to get the foil off the top. I gently offered
to help, which she thanked me for but declined. While I appreciated her willingness to keep
trying, for guests who are accustomed to opening wine it becomes very uncomfortable to sit and watch this!
After another two minutes or so to get the cork out, we had our first pour.
Sadly, Palio chooses to use cylindrical juice-glass type glasses for their wine. I really don't care for that...unless perhaps I'm in a quick pizza place ordering wine by the glass.
The staff is friendly, the place was packed and there was a line at the door (fortunately we had early reservations.) The folks waiting all seemed to be in the under-30 crowd, tho I did notice some folks seated who were older.
May not be a top choice for me, but it is definitely a well-loved Ann Arbor institution.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We went for restaurant week and had a very nice meal. It was a great value but they seemed to need to turn tables over. It was rushed and we had a three course meal with a cocktail and wine in under 45 minutes.

The food was very good and the place was fairly quiet. It is someplace we go to rarely and will continue to be

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great ambiance, excellent food and service. Highly recommended restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Very good service and a wide selection for a "restaurant week" menu. The food was very tasty and well presented. We have enjoyed our experiences at Paleo's over the many years we have lived in Ann Arbor.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Restaurant Week. Food was just not very good. Two entrees heavy with oil, soup one thin and one thick, no sides but it was a bargain dinner experience. Generally it all felt heavy. Sorry.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was outstanding! We ordered from the restaurant week menu. Server was attentive and friendly.
Kitchen (dish room?) noise was disconcertingly loud where we were in the back seating area. Also the music was not very “background” and hard to talk over or hear the other person’s words. Happily, when we asked to have the volume turned down, they did so immediately :)

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Best Restaurant Week deal going. Food was delicious and very well priced for a “dinner for two”.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent authentic Italian food. We tried several different main dishes as well as an appetizer.
Bread from Zingermann's. Dishes were excellent and service was great! We will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our server was awesome! Friendly and funny. Always made sure we were doing ok and great on water/drink refills.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

All of us ordered different dishes and all of them were good. Next time I am in Ann Arbor, I’ll eat there!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fantastic service and cuisine. Our entrees were perfect, our waiter was friendly and personable. We can't say enough about how much we love this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve was great here. Waiter was able to be attentive even though it was busy. The pasta dishes were excellent.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food came out so quick, the staff was professional and accommodating. Plus you cant beat the cute atmosphere! Love it and their sangria :D

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I’ve been to Palio several times, and have always had a good experience. I was not happy with the service tonight. I don’t know if the server was new or had too many tables. The food was good as always.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

good service and nice hot food. No waiting to be seated!

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Delicious reasonably priced Italian food. Great service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Pasta dishes are fantastic, and the desserts are very good. I had the amaretto chocolate mousse and it was wonderful. Only issue we had was the table was obviously a square one that had leaves to lift up to make it round, but the leaves were unstable and the plates were teetering on an incline down into several guests laps. No disasters but it was uncomfortable. Overall, this is one of our favorite spots for the kids' birthdays and we had a great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was not a good visit to Palio for my Birthday. My food was cold and my Mom's food was also cold. I am disappointed they no longer have polenta. I will not be dining there again.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The wonderful service and tasteful meal was overshadowed by chips broken glass in my water glass. Waiter nor the manger seemed concerned. Only offered a dessert to make the situation of chips of broken glass in water seem normal

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great service with a very friendly demeanor! Food id very fresh and flavorful. Great Italian cuisine without an overpriced menu plus they serve nice portions! Wine list is a little limited!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The lasagna Verdure entrees that we ordered were excellent. However, the chicken soup that we ordered could have been hotter. We were disappointed that Palio's no longer offers a free dessert as part of the "birthday offer."

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Enjoyable experience, as always. Danielle is a wonderful server. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cozy place. Great service. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Extensive menu. Great cocktails. Extensive wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We visited Palio, on December 14th, 2017. It was my daughter’s favorite Restaurant to go to in Ann Arbor. It was her birthday. She herself, did some research for birthday deals, we spent most of the day, enjoying her birthday. The festivities would end with dinner at Palio. We had two reservations, acccoring to the manger, when I made the a reservation online, I needed a table for 12, I asked why. The manager replied with, “it wouldn’t let you make the reservation, because we don’t have a table that big available. We will do the best we can to accommodate your party.”
Which was great! I thanked him and all was well. When we arrived, our table was set together, thank you for that. The restaurant itself was mostly empty when we arrived. Service was slow. Food was very greasy, our server was patient. We have a loud family, we enjoy birthdays, we sing to each other, as we sang at Palio. When asked the manger for my daughter’s birthday discount, he asked for a birth certificate. I don’t walk around with birth certificates in my wallet, it’s an important document, in which, I’m sure your company may know, what a pain it would be to have it replaced in case it becomes lost or stolen. So we don’t carry it. But honestly, WHO DOES?
I was told by your manager: “We can’t give your discount. It’s policy that we verify the birthday with a birth certificate. I won’t be able to discount your bill.” I replied with: “My daughter is turning 12 Today, I’m
Sorry I didn’t realize we need a birth certificate to show you, this is her favorite place in town”
Manger: “Mam’ we Can not discount your bill.”
Our total bill must have been close to 300dollars and your manager refused to discount a mere $8. Our server was tipped very well. According to our bill. It boggles my mind, that, A manager, A person representing Main Street Vendors, would treat us that way, and refuse a small discount. I’m writing because of the upset it was caused that night, and how Unwelcome we felt, by Manager

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very good food and servixe

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