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
We had checked Yelp on the walk over. Mixed reviews. We were very happy to note that the negative comments had been addressed more than amply prior to our visit. No concerns for those reading review, regarding the attentiveness or service in general - it was excellent. Ordering was painless with lots of valuable tips/hints that proved to satisfy our concerns and desire for an outstanding meal. Would return again !! Must add for those reading the Yelp reviews, we came with a coupon/discount.
There was a table 15" away with 4 kids - they were attended too as well... no bother to us - family resturant.
All of this happened at 6:30-8 P.M.
after a long while of not dining at palio, i felt it was time to return. so glad i did! invited a friend who also had been out of the loop and he too was pleasantly surprised. very good food with moderate prices makes for a great change. service was amazing!
Especially notable was the food, of course. The menu provided an attractive range of appetizers, insalata, pastas, seafood, and meats. Our table of four shared dishes from all groups, except the pizzas, and none of us was disappointed. It was a pleasant touch to be greeted by the Chef as we entered and to be able to view the cooks at work in the glassed in kitchens as we were shown to our table. We were seated beside a very noisy party of six. Could have moved; there were empty tables; but decided to gut it out, and that was the only damper on an otherwise lovely dining experience. We will return!
very disappointing--food was mediocre, service was rushed and slow
bread was stale, in contrast to previous years, desserts were horrible
we are very reluctant to go back and feel bad because this restaurant has been very enjoyable in the past; we have dined with them on numerous occasions
we are very glad are freiends were not able to join us as we would have been embarrassed to have recommended this restaurant to them for Thanksgiving
I liked this restaurant a lot, however it was much too expensive. We ate the night of Thanksgiving, so maybe that's why it was so costly, but I was shocked. It was $59 an adult; with me, my brother, my mother and father, the total came to about $240 for a Thanksgiving dinner we could've spent at home. It's a great restaurant, but be prepared to spend some money!
We had the $59 Thanksgiving dinner which was fine, but not memorable. The desserts tasted stale, like our of a box.
We enjoyed the Prix Fixe menu for Thanksgiving Dinner with our family.
The Wild Mushroom Ragout and Italian Sausage Stuffing were fantastic.
Each of the entrée options were very good, though only lukewarm.
Wine corkage was only $15, even though we brought 2 bottles of wine with us.
We will definitely be back for a non- holiday dinner.
Dining at a restaurant on Thanksgiving is not a true test of their cuisine. It was the perfect place in that it was quiet, pleasant and friendly. The waiters are super attentive. The food was good, but not great for the price. There were various offerings for the main dish, including turkey of course. I ordered a combination of dark and light meat. While the light meet was tender, the dark meat was only a portion of a wing with somewhat fatty skin. The side dishes were served family style on one plate. The green beans, and the squash puree were really good, the stuffing nothing to write home about, and the mashed potatoes fair. The deserts were nice. It was a good experience but I would reserve judgment until I sample the regular menu.
Outstanding in every area. A real Bargin!
Great food! Great service! Just loved it!
Chef Dan Scherotter was in the kitchen as usual. When I first arrived, looking through the window, watching him shaving the truffles to the diners dishes, I got butterflies in my stomach! I was that excited and the truffles menu was right on every dish!
The service was great. Everyone was their for this special din din was nice folks. I got to chat with some veterans to Vietnam War, some foodies, and all of them are retired, how cool is that? The food was on point across the dishes, the amount of truffles chef Dan Scherotter was generously shaved for me, I didn't want him to stop!!!
This was 1 of the most valuable Piemontese truffle dinners I've ever experienced, it was an absolutely STEAL meal!
We had a small party of 12 eat at 6pm...Early.. but we had to get to a show by 7:30. Even with a large party, they were able to serve us with style and not make us feel like we were rushing. Their food was good. I didn't have their truffle menu, but they let us take some of the choices off that menu and people loved it. There were not many people there at 6pm so I really couldn't rate how vibrant it can become, but for us it worked out well, the people were super nice and the food was good!
We usually look for a new trendy restuarant to try, but I saw the advertisement for Palio d'Asti's celebration of truffles and I couldn't resist! The whole meal was very good, the brief list of Italian wines was perfect with the menu, and the tagliolini with shaved white truffles was heavenly.
We dined early before a show, and think the atmosphere may be warmer with more activity in the dining room - definitely and old-scholl decor - but warma dn inviting.
This is a place where you make a reservation, be greeted promptly by the host, eat great food, then leave the place and the host shakes your hand and remembers your name. That's awesome. Will definitely come back here.
We were surprised how good it was for how big the restaurant is. The truffle menu could have contained more truffle.
We felt bad canceling the night before due to a scheduling conflict, but my fiancée and I were not disappointed when we made it the following night. The food was delicious and the service was awesome. The worst part about the 4 course meal was that it was over. Although we were stuffed, we managed to fit in dessert, and it was delicious as well. We will definitely make trips back to this restaurant.
We had a wonderful time here. We were made to feel welcome from the first moment to the last and I can't say enough about the service and people. They were very gracious and pleasant. The food was wonderful. I really liked the menu set-up of choosing courses and there was plenty of great variety to choose from. The pasta was very good, the soup was excellent, and pizza was fantastic. I will return.
Exciting Fall menu with delicious food. Attentive service and excellent recommendation on the wine.
I come here often for lunch as it is near my office. Love the food - anything from a great pizza to a lovely fish of the day and pastas and lovely salads in between. Don't come often for dinner, but it is usually fairly quiet in the back, more lively in the front space where there is a popular happy hour. The most recent night I went however happened to be the night that the Giants won the world series. In addition to the crowd watching at the bar, the front room was filled with fans. Even though we couldn't talk very much, it was a great scene. And the food was up to it's usual high standard.
Great food great service. go giants.
Everything was exceptional in terms of food, the most important ingredient. The service was professional and at times friendly. However, courses piled up on each other and there was a nasty dispute about over-charging. It was handled poorly by the restaurant who eventually accepted that the computer isn't always accurate. Charging $9.00 for something stated on the menu as $3.00 is shameful, compounding it is the 15 minutes to rectify it!
I took a friend their to celebrate her birthday. The restaurant atmosphere is warm and cozy. We had dinner at the bar to watch the Giants play and had a great time! The drinks were generous and made by Daniel the bartender. The food was yummy. The pastas were made from scratch and you can order a full or half entre.
Really deserves 3.5 stars. Would be 4 but the main courses were not nearly as good as the soups, appetisers or first courses.
I love this restaurant. Chef Dan and his staff are the best in the business...!
We had a great dinner at Palio d' Asti. For appetizers we tried the crab federlini pasta and the butternut squash ravioli and both were excellent. For entrees we tried the roast chicken with spinach and sundried tomato and it was also very good. Don't miss the chocolate truffles for dessert -- they come in interesting flavors and are fabulous.
We've eaten here several times. The food is always delicious. The service is always very good and the value is outstanding.
Was pleasantly surprised by the dishes served. The food was quite enjoyable at very reasonable prices.
The restaurant was understaffed. Took forever to get served but was not crowded.
The price for their dinner specials was very resonable. The major downside for the night was the extremely slow service.
We went there for our 4th year wedding anniversary. The maitre d'hôte was very warm in greeting and congratulating us but the server was not the friendliest and definitely didn't make us feel welcome. The food was good but the service needs improvement.
$25 lunch is not a bad deal. Chocolates are very good and you can't beat the bread. The small angelhair with with crab is very good, but the seafood risotto is mediocre at best. But a great alternative to the overcrowded Perbacco and Barbacco.
Great service and menu. Good atmosphere for a large group. The specials for the day were quite good. Interesting Italian dishes that you would not find at a traditional Italian Restaraunt. The wine selections paired well with the food.
The food was outstanding, but it was a wait till it was served at the table...just alittle too long!
Good Food but confusing menu. You could only order by the course with a minimum of 2 courses. The menu had some very interesting choices but limited the selection with the course requirement. The wine selection was excellent. The wait staff was professional and made us quite comfortable.
Great menu options with 2, 3 and 4 course prix fixe. The pizza, which is wonderful, counts as an appetizer, not an entree. Although clearly more directed at the foodie crowd and not really for families with children, the maitre'd and staff went out of their way to interact with my 2-year old. The guy working the pizza oven even encouraged us to pull up a bar stool so she could watch him work. Solid Italian fare.
Food was good, service indifferent.
The entree offerings were interesting and well prepared. The appetizers and deserts were delightful and won high marks for taste, presentation and creativity. service was super efficient and inobtrusive. The evening was a delight.
will go back~~!!!!!!!
What a wonderful gem.Just as you would find in Northern Italy.Service was on the spot.Gave us a box of Italian Chocolates on departure.Very good value.We will return and have already passed the word on to others.
We dined at Palio while visiting San Francisco on vacation. The menu consists of only fixed price dinners of 2, 3 or 4 courses. We each ambitiously decided to get four courses. We started with tuna carpacio and prosciutto with melon, which were both very good. Things started going wrong when our waiter inexplicably began ignoring us. He kept walking by our table without so much as a glance in our direction, which was especially irritating since we had drank all of our wine and the water was running low. The saving grace was the water boy, Paul, who had a great personality and tried his best to make up for our waiter's rudeness. The rest of the dinner was only so-so and the service never improved. My husband's fourth course never came at all