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Palio d'Asti

1131 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Business Meals
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 395-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mauricio and Jose Alberto Martinez
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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.
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Cross street
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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.
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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

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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.

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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 1131 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Predswin (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

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

vipGreenbraeois (San Francisco)
5.0  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!!

vipGoreyGirl (San Francisco)
4.0  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!

vipPSJ68 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

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

vipLunchNut (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

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

vipQuindi (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

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

vipLuv2Eat (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2017

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