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About Palio d'Asti

Voted "2013 Best Italian" by SF Bay Guardian readers, Palio is a favorite of downtown denizens looking for the perfect spot to make a deal, travelers who appreciate Michelin rated comfortable dining, and anyone seeking an exceptional group dining or private party venue. A place where historic techniques blend with a contemporary approach, and Michelin raterd "comfortable" service personally overseen daily by owner Martino Di Grande.

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.

640 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Montgomery/Kearny

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 395-9800

Website:
http://www.paliodasti.com/

Entertainment:


Catering:
Considered by many to be one of San Francisco’s best private dining venues, Palio is elegant and timeless, yet approachable and “green”. With a full time, dedicated Event Planning Department, Palio d’Asti offers 3 totally private party rooms and semi- private areas that can easily accommodate for groups of 20 to 300 for breakfast, lunch, all day meetings, cocktail receptions, and dinner; as well as off site catering options.

Parking Details:
Free street parking after 6PM on the South side of Sacramento St. and after 7PM on the North side of Sacramento St. We also have a white passenger loading zone for your convenience.

Public Transit:
By bus on the #1 California Line
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

Executive Chef:
Mauricio and Jose Alberto Martinez , Co- Chefs de Cuisine

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Palio offers several special holiday and seasonal events throughout year including an Italian Truffles dinner in the fall, family friendly Thanksgiving and traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes at Christmas and St Joseph's Day (Italian Fathers Day) in March.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Palio has been proudly sharing the Sicilian traditional "Feast of the Seven Fishes" dinner with our guests on Christmas eve for several years. Join us again this year as we honor this timeless tradition. Prix fixe menu available only. Non-seafood and vegetarian options available.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We're open on Christmas day! Celebrate with our special prix fixe menu featuring our favorite and most popular Palio classics.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 in style! Join us for a special prix fixe menu.

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Private Dining

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.

Palio d'Asti Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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86% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (19)
Good for Groups (15)
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Good for a Date (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Romantic (4)
Healthy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent. Found the place on open table. Very pleased.

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I had the split pea soup, and it was marvelous. Like the pastas and salads Waiters are friendly, place was crowded, lots of energy.

Tags: Business Meals
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely room. Dignified service. Solid standard Italian fare.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant in the financial district of San Francisco. I've been going to Palio's for 17 years. Great food and wonderful staff.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Tapas, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was VERY cold - beef gravy on turkey. Service was slow. Don’t know what their usual Italian food is like but DON’T GO FOR THANKSGIVING - it was a bust !!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Horrible Food.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very slow service on thanksgiving day. Food was just okay. We should of tried Italian food on normal day.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We frequently go here because you will always be happy with the restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great atmosphere and Martino is an amazing host. We had a large group which made it difficult for 1 waiter to manage but great job all round and very good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always a great place to take clients. The food is fantastic and the service is top notch! Palio d'Asti is my go to spot for sure.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Not flashy. Not hip. Rather, a very solid Italian restaurant where the everyone will leave well fed and happy.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Have been enjoying dinner here since 1990. Great Italian food. Wonderful, friendly service. We love Palio.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Has reservations on a Friday at 6:30 and when we arrived, we were the only ones in the dining area. I was pretty worried but we were already there and hungry. The food was fantastic! I had the pertale sole which came with garlic mashed potatoes and thin string beans. My partner got a meat pizza which was also very good. Our server wasn’t outstanding but in his defense, he was new. They bring awesome chewy and crusty bread before your meal but no one told us about the dispenser of oil and balsamic vinegar on the table. The server really should have shown us what it was. We figured it out but the vinegar was inside the bottle and a little tricky. If we had to eat there again I wouldn’t have a problem but there are so many other places to try.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Did not have California cab? Seriously. Just one available for 300 for bottle. Other 2 were sold out.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wood fired pizza, great pasta what’s not to love ?

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is our go-to place for a casual but good-food meal. The service is great, folks are wonderful. Favoloso!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was delicious, not exceptional but reliable as always. Service was off their game--it took 20+ minutes to take our order. Will always return, though!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Pizza, salad and pasta were excellent. Nice wine list and we would return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent Italian food, perfect service, beautiful restaurant. Martino and his staff know the meaning hospitality...!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Best restaurant in Financial district
Great for lunch.
Amazing food
Excellent service

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Always great we are locals and have been here many times. You can never go wrong

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Second time we have been to this restaurant for lunch. Enjoyed our meals on both occasions. A bit pricey, but well worth it. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food, great service. I have been here before and my girlfriend and I wanted to go for a second time. We were greeted by the owner, who sat us immediately. We had an entre that we ordered last time that wasn't on the menu. We asked about the that entre and they said they would make a special request for us. Super nice people, great food, good wine and good overall service. Would comeback again!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The wine list wasn't extensive, but there were some great choices. The lobster ravioli was delicious, and the risotto of the day (scallops) was fantastic! We went here for no particular reason, but it would be a great spot for a special occasion. There was plenty of seating for large groups, also.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were meeting friends later to go to a show, so we had to eat early and this was close to the hotel. Arrived about 5:40 and we were the only ones in the restaurant...kind of sad. Looks like they expect few people so there was only one waiter. Once two other tables were filled, the service got a bit slow. The food was not bad, not great. If you're in the area, it's fine, but there are so many great places in SF, cannot say this is your best option. In retrospect, we should have sat in the bar with the happy hour menu and saved some money. They pizzas did look and smell good, but we had pasta and salad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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food3
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

I love the restaurant, have been a regular there for years. Great food and even better service - one of my favorite places to eat in SF when I'm traveling for business.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and food. Service was prompt and staff attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I try to hit Palio every time I'm in San Francisco. The food is great, the staff is friendly and helpful. You won't regret visiting!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The soup of the day was fantastic. Great place to meet over lunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Decor was tired, food was only so-so, service was good however. To sum it up.. This place is over, I regret taking my guest there.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Another great lunch at Palio. Excellent service, and very easy with my severe food allergies.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

A wonderful place for a relaxed lunch.....we will definitely come back

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The staff is very kind and helpful. Also the food is excellent. I highly recommend Palio.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Super friendly host. Friendly wait staff. Good food - a little overpriced but not too bad. It was quiet on this off night. We were pleased that we went and satisfied with our food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Wonderful, as Always! I had a business lunch there. The food and service were wonderful! I recommend it!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

I have business lunches here all the time and the food, service, and ambiance is always great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I chose Palio because it was close to my hotel and had fairly good reviews on Open Table. I had the halibut special, which was dry. I liked the fennel/orange/radicchio/mint salad, but the large pieces of mint were too much--should have been smaller and more subtle.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Lunch was fabulous, as always. Palio never disappoints.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

I've been twice this week; I don't think it'll become part of my normal lunch rotation. The food was solid and well priced, the restaurant is quiet, and the seating is well suited to business meals. That said, the service was quite slow — sometimes it seemed slow out of deference (like they didn't want to interrupt our conversation) rather than because the kitchen was slammed or some other reason. For lunch, in particular, I hope they'd speed it up.

Will probably try again sometime, and might change this assessment.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Everything was freaking fantastic I will be back!!!

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