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Palio d'Asti

4.4
1140 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
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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Cuisines
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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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.
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Cross street
Montgomery/Sacramento
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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, Non-Smoking, 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 1140 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 17 hours ago

Food was fabulous! Martino, the owner, is attentive and charming. You will love this place!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Good place for big groups. Very attentive. Bread and water were refilled often. Good assortment for vegetarians and they were accommodating with dietary restrictions.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

This is an exceptional dining experience without pretensions. You can conduct business meals and gatherings of friends with both comfort and enjoyment.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Food was cold. Terrible lobster ravioli and a margarita pizza is a thick cheese pizza.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very mediocre food. I was not particularly impressed by the food.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Do not order vegetarian dish. Bland, unimaginative.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice nigh and nice food

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Celebrated the New Year with family. The food was excellent, the staff and service was fantastic as well.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Feast Of The Seven Fishes was a delicious and festive Christmas Eve dinner

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes was amazing!

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Positives:
-Great authentic Italian food
-Good wine and cheese
-Good service, responsive waiters

Only negative: Noisy (though we did not try the more enclosed section)

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was great. Service good. Much too noisy for me.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Palio d'Asti never disappoints! Good food, great service.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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).

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Lovely room. Dignified service. Solid standard Italian fare.

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on November 23, 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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1.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Horrible Food.

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1.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 8, 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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