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Palio - Ann Arbor

4.3
1130 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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!
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 1130 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is one of the best Italian restaurants we've been to a long time. The food is exceptional. Love the menu variety and the great service. My only complaint is they were out of Perone draft that night. We plan to return to Palio very soon. Make reservations, they are busy.

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mutt (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great time and excellent food with great ambiance for a celebration.

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bigstevek 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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Rosiest100 (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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Oneofourfavorites (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Very good food I come here to eat

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OpenTable Diner (Toledo)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Bring back calamari!

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JohnnyD (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is good. Service was good but not great.

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vipChrisT (Detroit)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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Elizabeth (Detroit)
1.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  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.

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BobMac (Detroit)
3.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  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.

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Sooze (Detroit)
3.0  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.

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natalie (Detroit)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

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Michael50 (Detroit)
5.0  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.

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goodeating (Detroit)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  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

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