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Palio’s menu (including gluten free and heart healthy options) is a veritable culinary tour of Italy; emphasizing the cooking of different regions as the seasons change. Palio’s menu utilizes organic produce from small, local farms as well as sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. The Wine Spectator award winning list has always been exceptional, including a wide range of Italian varietals and California offerings. Full bar.
Only one block from the California St. cable car stop at California and Kearny
5 level blocks (no hills) from Montgomery St. Bart and Muni Station
Since 1990, Palio d’Asti has thrived as San Francisco’s favorite downtown Italian Restaurant by offering a seasonally changing menu, professional European service, a Wine Spectator recognized wine list and a premium bar. Private Dining Options for groups of 8-350.View Private Dining Details
Tasty, healthy food. Coconut panna cotta was so much lighter than with cow's milk!Great selection of dishes and wines
Some of the best, if not the best Italian food I ever had!
Surprisingly authentic and delicious Northern Italian food. The grilled octopus was among the best we’ve had. The branzino was perfectly seasoned. The carbonara was good, but we’ve had (and made) better. Service was very good, but could have been more attentive for how slow it was. Overall pleasantly surprised and would definitely go back after the remodel is completed this summer.
Great restaurant to celebrate a very special birthday.
Very good happy hour (we did not get the $1- pizza but got the starter dishes for less than half the regular price) with some excellent cocktails and wine, and dinner was perfect for a special celebration. Very tasty and fresh food; the risotto special was excellent.
Excellent server made this meal extra special with his recommendations and outstanding service
El Risotto estuvo insípido y cocido de más
All 4 of Us enjoyed the food. Really good service and we loved is that it was quiet when we were there!.
It’s a beautiful restaurant and he would be a nice place to celebrate a special occasion.
Service was indifferent. There were only two other tables occupied in the part of the restaurant where we were seated, and the server was inexplicably slow getting around to asking for our orders.
We had an excellent meal at Palio. The menu offered 1/2 portions of pasta which I always enjoy so I can try an appetizer and dessert too! Our waiter (Claudio) was attentive and very well seasoned. I had the crab pasta and my husband had the steak. The appetizer sampler was an appropriate size and dessert (chocolate torte with raspberry coulis and sorbet) was delightful. We will go again.
overall, our experience was very good. Easy to get to and servers were very nice.
Very friendly and helpful hosts, although waiter a little sparse of dialogue. Quiet atmosphere. Beef carpaccio was a little different but good and the grilled branzino excellent. Excellent wine list.
Food was fabulous! Martino, the owner, is attentive and charming. You will love this place!
This is one of my favorite places to eat when I’m In SFO.
The food is excellent. Staff are very engaging and helpful.
They have a very good wine selection.
Went with the whole family including grandkids. Staff were welcoming and patient with kids. The food was fine. The Friti and pea ravioli were outstanding. Looking forward to the next visit.
Good place for big groups. Very attentive. Bread and water were refilled often. Good assortment for vegetarians and they were accommodating with dietary restrictions.
I've enjoyed Palio d'Asti over the years for well-prepared, authentic Italian food, but my last visit was disappointing, as the spaghetti carbonara was over-cooked and anything but al dente. Service was still responsive and friendly and the location attractive, but the kitchen needs some attention.
We were hoping for a romantic Italian dinner. Unfortunately, we were greatly disappointed in this place, with both the food and the wine by the glass selections. If you don’t mind ridiculously small portions of food that tastes like it came out of the freezer or a can (his “large” portion of ravioli was about 8 shriveled squares, and my “large” pasta came in a portion the size of my fist...I actually asked if it was the large portion), or if you don’t mind the clientele wearing baseball caps backwards, or if you don’t mind a restaurant that’s nearly completely empty at 8pm on a Saturday night (which means everyone but you knows you shouldn’t be there), then by all means, enjoy. It’s certainly not a place for foodies, so you’d better REALLY love the company.
Their meat sauce tastes the same as my native Italian grandmother's receipe! Fabulous! The veal meatballs are flavorful & moist. If you want something decadent, try the walnut pesto gnocchi. The gnocchi melts in your mouth.
This is an exceptional dining experience without pretensions. You can conduct business meals and gatherings of friends with both comfort and enjoyment.
Two hour plus service, and we didn’t order dessert- on a Tuesday night. 6:45 reservation and we didn’t get out til after 9.
Food was so-so.
Spuntini platter not particularly worth the price.
Pastas were very good, entrees only meh. Again, all was overpriced.
Wine selection mediocre. Kept trying to up-sell us.
Food was cold. Terrible lobster ravioli and a margarita pizza is a thick cheese pizza.
My boyfriend and I celebrated our Valentine’s dinner at Palio d’Asti and were left immensely satisfied! My boyfriend is a bit on the picky side (all he wanted that night was some good old fashioned spaghetti) and our server was able to deliver EXACTLY what he wanted, without any fusses or restrictions. The ambience was calm, the aesthetics were beautiful, and the service exceeded our expectations. We will definitely keep Palio on our Date Night Restaurant List!
Very mediocre food. I was not particularly impressed by the food.
Do not order vegetarian dish. Bland, unimaginative.
Went here for a business dinner because I remembered this restaurant to be good. I don't know if it's the day or what, but the service was not on par as what it used to be. The food was meh to bad. Our pasta was undercooked. The other entrees ordered was overcooked. The restaurant wasn't packed, but it was near impossible to get service becaue our waiter was MIA. Will not be coming back.
We went because of Sf Restaurant week. They had an amazing three course meal with lots of choices and our waiter was just the best. We shall return!
The service was super slow and the restaurant was not busy. He seemed to be completely uninterested in us. The food was nothing special and frankly bland. I would not recommend nor will I return.
Nice nigh and nice food
Celebrated the New Year with family. The food was excellent, the staff and service was fantastic as well.
I have dined at Palio d´Asti quite a few times in the past. I am disappointed to see that the quality of some plates has declined: very thick pork chop was cooked through without much flavor. The large white beans that accompanied it were, to my taste, uninteresting in both taste and appearance. The kale salad was tasty. The mortadella pizza was the best dish we had. The pannetone bread pudding and its miniature scoop of ice cream was nothing special. I will have to search for a more satisfying restaurant.
Meal for 3 was 500.00!!! Moderately priced wine. Felt like a cafeteria line of food. Had exceptional meals in san Francisco for 1/2 this cost.
Feast Of The Seven Fishes was a delicious and festive Christmas Eve dinner
Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes was amazing!
-Great authentic Italian food
-Good wine and cheese
-Good service, responsive waiters
Only negative: Noisy (though we did not try the more enclosed section)
Stopped by for some pizza and a break from the Christmas shopping. Excellent service, great thin crust pizza and a lovely bottle of Italian red.
Great service ensuring that our twelve people and two babies had a relaxing evening of food and drink. Don't expect michelin stars, but my Branzino was as good and I only heard happy eating sounds from the foodies in the crowd. Plus, I was pleasantly surprised with the bill. Great place for family get togethers in the heart of the financial district.
Food was great. Service good. Much too noisy for me.
Palio d'Asti never disappoints! Good food, great service.
Excellent. Found the place on open table. Very pleased.
Perfect place for a large group party w a beautiful setting. Warm professional and patent staff ... Our group was buzy catching up ... Wait staff was understanding. Food was pretty good as usual. We had 3 holiday parties here becuase ... Capacity, food, ambiance, noise level (mature low key adults ... Rare these days).