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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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4.1

Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.1

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4.1

value

3.9

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Fun (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Cozy (9)
Romantic (8)
Business Meals (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 20 hours ago

Very good food and servixe

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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

We came for a birthday. Everything was great. Our server was very helpful answering questions about the menu as well as attentive throughout the meal.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Service was great! Food is always good and the restaurant was festive for the holidays.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Another birthday dinner at Palio. We loved it, as usual. Probably our favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. Something for everyone.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

We always have a great meal at Palio's and they are our restaurant of choice when we attend The Ark (which is about 3-4 times a year). I always make reservations requesting a booth. This visit they sat us in the tiny two seater booth right next to the restrooms , kitchen, and server set up station. The minute I saw where we were being seated I asked for another booth or table. I was told "No, sorry this is all we have." We thought "Wow, why make reservations several days in advance to be seated in the worst spot in the house???" The table was extremely small and it was irritating having all the hustle & bustle going on around us. Other than that our meal was great as usual and service was good.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great experience, great food!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Food and Service, as always.

Server Peyton was fantastic.

Worthy of a Visit Monthly, at Least!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was overall an unpleasant experience. It was a busy Friday night so we had made a reservation. We were told they were running a bit behind and waiting for tables to get up. 30 minutes later most of those waiting had cleared out and similar sized groups were walking in and seated ahead of us. No one seemed very apologetic. Finally we got seated and my chair had a dirty puddle of water that I almost sat in. The hostess barely said sorry and moved it to another table (never cleaning it), where another person almost sat in it! We waited another 10 minutes for anyone to help us. When they came we ordered everything at once, drinks and food, since we had plenty of time to review the menu. Then the wait continued. It was 1 hour past my reservation time and we had just received water. No bread, and no sight of wine and a single draft beer we had ordered. All of a sudden someone is trying to deliver entree’s to us but we were confused as we had not received the appetizer or salads we had ordered. The food runner just looked at us confused and went back to check our ticket. It was our food and he proceeded to deliver it. Moments later our salads and then finally our appetizer arrived. We kept everything as we were hungry, frustrated, and just trying to finish our experience. The food all tasted pretty good, it was just such a disaster to get to that point. Nothing was offered for our clearly frustrating and poor experience. Someone needs to better manage their reservations and customer needs, it will be awhile before I go back again.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We took out granddauhghter for her1tth birthday; there were seven of us. Service was a tad slow but that was inderstandable considering it was First Friday Festivities, Midnite Madness, and a home basteball game. All in all, food was great, enjoyed by oldest to youngest. Always loved going to Palio's.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Palio is always a great place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or just for dinner. The food is alwyas great and service excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A bit loud and we didn't get a salad... But good food!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We ate here on a football weekend, so it was more crowded than an average weekend, but they've been doing this for years so they should have it down.
Our table was ready soon after our reservation (but not so for many others who were waiting WITH reservations) but we felt like we were sort of 2nd rate all night. First of all, the other tables had ipad menus...we had an old (dirty) laminated one. Second, we had to ask for our waiter several times. He forgot a salad, didn't refill our waters, etc.. Just felt like something was "off".
The food we ordered (and received) was fine. Nothing special, just basic good Italian food. We usually linger after a meal, but were ready to get up and leave after this one. Probably won't return since there are so many other options to choose from.

Tags: Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We come here every year for my father’s birthday, and this year did not disappoint. Service was great, and the food was superb.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We went there for my birthday and had a great time. Food and service was excellent and you get a discount on all the food items as your birthday treat😊
Love their tiramisu!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my first time going to Palio in about a year and a half. My first experience there was incredibly positive-- fun atmosphere, great service, etc.. I was disappointed this time around however; the food took almost an hour to come out for our party of 5(due to what appeared to be due to an understaffed kitchen), and my meal was either reheated or had been sitting out for an exceptionally long period of time. Interestingly enough, the table next to us had the same issues, if not worse due to their large party of people. That being said, they recognized the poor service, and our lovely waitress was very embarrassed and offered us free dessert. I hope they consider adding to their team in the kitchen in the near future, especially on a busy Saturday night such as that.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our new utensils were quite dirty with dried old cheese on there. The food was good, not great. However, it was loud, and the service was subpar.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food is fresh and delicious!! Just like authentic home cooking! One of my favorite Italian restaurants.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been here before and had a lovely meal. This time the food was disappointing and the service was not good!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Normally we have loved Palio's and they have a good Italian menu, but the Service has gone down considerably our last two visits.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a new waiter who was unassisted and he made several mistakes ... wrong bottle of wine ordered ... SLOW service ... mistake on the bill ...

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Real good food. Despite the waiter's inability to competently open our bottle of wine, we had a very enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was excellent and prices reasonable for the quality. Very tasty and not too heavy like some Italian restaurants.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

After we were seated no one came to our table for about 20 minutes and we were finally given water, then another 15 minutes passed and we finally had to ask someone to serve us and after another 10 minutes someone came and took our order. The service was terrible even though there were tons of servers walking around the whole night

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Certainly not what we expected - bland, unimaginative food trying to be much more than advertised.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The service was just fine, after one glitch -- wrong entre for my wife, but promptly and deliciously corrected. (Mine was great right from the start.)

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Amazing food!! 10/10 recommend. Server was also very friendly!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious and it was the perfect setting for a well deserved date night!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service. Awesome selection of Italian dishes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Good Tuscan food made with quality ingredients
From seafood to pasta, salads, soup, and drinks (decent wine menu and lots of mixed drink options too)- I have eaten here several times and have not had a bad meal or experience yet. Wait staff is responsive and good even during busy times. This time was a pre-concert dinner and the waiter made sure we had everything in plenty of time to make the show without making us feel rushed. Highly recommend dining at Palio whatever the occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 11, 2017

server was ahhh mazing! she really went out of her way to accommodate us. THANK YOU!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We celebrated a 21st birthday, and the staff could not have been more gracious. Our waiter was professional, well mannered and attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious and the atmosphere extremely pleasant, including the music. Birthday meals at any of the Main Street Ventures restaurants are generous, so we knew what to expect. It is a great benefit.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Super busy Saturday game day in Ann Arbor. But our table was ready for us when we came in! Water and drinks and bread right away! Wait staff made helpful suggestions. Food was great. Everyone had something different at our table of 6. We all sampled everyone else’s food. Absolutely no complaints. Planning another trip soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food. Takes reservations on U of M home football Saturdays.

Tags: Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome place, would recommend to anyone. The tablet menus where cool, and the food was excellent

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was good, however, the service was very slow, and the restaurant was not busy.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very friendly staff, dark and great atmosphere. Our was very good and knowledgeable. The food was on point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We went on a weekday at dinner time. We were seated right away (with a reservation), our waiter was very attentive, and our service was very quick. The downsides, there was another party across a divider that were very loud and made it difficult to carry on our own conversation. Also one of the dishes also had dairy, which wasn't included in the menu description. The waiter offered to have it remade but we declined as it was so late in the meal at that point. It's a good, solid choice for dinner in Ann Arbor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Fine evening and will go back, service was very courteous, however: nothing on the website indicated the rooftop dining was closed after labor day, just that it was walk-in, very disappointing, a couple of dirty napkins and some dirty utensils. Management did respond well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

FOOD IS GREAT AND SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING! BEST WAITRESS I HAD IN YEARS!
WE WERE A PARTY OF 5 AS I WAS VISITING MY SON AT U OF M. WE WENT TO THE FOOTBALL GAME EARLIER IN THE DAY AND WE WERE STARVING. WE CAME AN HOUR EARLY FOR MY RESERVATION AND WE WERE SEATED IMMEDIATELY DESPITE THE RESTAURANT APPEARING FULL. WE ALL LOVE EVERY BITE AND WILL DEFINITELY COME BACK BACK...MAYBE FOR GRADUATION WEEKEND?

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Palio's greatest asset is its location. It is a family-friendly Italian-themed restaurant in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. The food is good, but not great. Heavy on the pasta and cream sauces. Not many dishes for health conscious diners. A good spot for large groups after football games.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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