Palio - Grand Rapids

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Palio is an Italian restaurant and bar featuring authentic chef-inspired Tuscan dishes that include large pizzas made from a top of the line stone pizza oven, fettucine, bolognese, carbonara, lasagna, spaghetti and many other re-invented classics prepared with freshly cut herbs from Palio's own in-house herb garden.
Palio is named for the famous horse race that runs through Siena, Italy twice each year. The original Palio Ristorante in Ann Arbor, Michigan, founded in 1991, includes a record of the race's winners on a mural along the back dining room wall. However, Palio is certainly not a chain-restaurant. As a Mainstreet Ventures' distinctive eatery, each Palio brand retains similarities, however, each restaurant is unique in the menu, style, ambiance, food and décor. Palio in Grand Rapids is designed with an intensity that is as wild and colorful as the horse race itself!
Palio is open for both lunch and dinner, and features a happy hour with food and drinks specials.
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JO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like this place. The food is noticeably fresh and high quality. The servers are always very friendly and knowledgeable in the menu. I'm undecided if I love the menus on tablets, but it hasn't really caused any problems. I do appreciate the pictures on the menus

AL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Egg plant Parmesan was fried and dry. Spaghetti bolanase was tasteless. Meatballs only passable. Salads were fine

GJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate the flexibility of the chef to provide dairy free options that weren’t on the menu.

ES
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food—far better than its sister location in Ann Arbor.

BF
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Over priced food for what you get. Our server wasn’t good at all as she just sat on her phone the whole time. We came in and waited 10 minutes to get waited on, mind you, it wasn’t packed. The food was just meh, nothing to go back for. Portions were small for what you would expect. For the same price, your meal would be twice as big at Olive Garden.

DC
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. We had a group of 7 and service was perfect.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was the best server!!! So many dishes I want to try- will be back!

JG
Grand Rapids
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Another great experience at Palio!! We will be back again very soon!

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a large group for dinner this past weekend and had a great experience at Palio. Great food, they accepted our reservation and table was ready when we arrived, and our server was very friendly and helpful. We will certainly return!

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We celebrated our son’s birthday here the other evening and couldn’t have been treated any better. I had booked on OpenTable and requested a birthday dessert which they presented at the end of our dinner. It was pretty, shareable and delicious. The appetizers and entrees were good too and the service was exemplary! We had Allen, and he couldn’t have been more charming and accommodating. The manager also came over and checked on us. Very nice experience. We will return.

L
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Ben was an incredible server. He was super knowledgeable, patient, and the order came out perfectly! Good food.

SN
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently very good!

B
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Changes have been made in the kitchen since spring. Recipes have changed not for the better I think. Cost-cutting evident. Previous deep rich sauces and food redolent with herbs and spices have become Bland. Meatballs have gone from tender and fluffy with herbs and deep rich flavored sauce to chewy and Bland with a chopped fresh tomato sauce. Salmon has changed to the typical Atlantic farm-raised. Pasta with a little chicken was very creamy but bland. Mezzaluna with a short rib sauce needed herbs and some acid in the sauce like wine to counteract the richness and oiliness. Very good server and very good coffee and dessert. However, we miss the previous recipes and quality. Pizzas apparently good as they were ordered a lot in the room. Hope they are not giving the pizzas priority. We used to endure the cacophonous atmosphere because the food was so expertly prepared. Will try again.

OT
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent experience, very good food. Definitely would come back.

s
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my parents and 10 month old for a later dinner and drinks. Everyone loved their food and we had a blast! Highly recommend!

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Food!
Service perfect!
Best Italian food~

F
Grand Rapids
40 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun night with friends in a calm and quiet atmosphere.
Service was excellent and menu choices plentiful.
Very casual.

GB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner, terrific service. Not right on the downtown "strip" but close enough. Very reasonable prices. Definitely recommend.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect anniversary dinner!

OT
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at Palio. There were 6 in our party and we had a wonderful time! They have a fettuccine Alfredo dish that they bring a wheel of Parmesan cheese tableside and swirl the pasta in it. We ordered that as an appetizer so everyone could try it. It was so rich and creamy. For dinner, I had the mezzaluna - beef short ribs with ravioli- and it was amazing!! Like, crazy good! I will be going back again!

GV
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The only thing that I had gotten feedback from my group on was that parking was a bit challenging

L
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding!! I had the carbonara, which is served tableside, and it was one of the best I’ve ever had!! We sat outside and the weather was beautiful, as was the atmosphere!! We’ll be eating there again!!

F
Grand Rapids
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Varied and innovative menu. A treat for the tastebuds.
Have been here three times and never disappointed.
Professional wait staff.

KP
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal here or bad service. The staff always seems happy to have you and the food is always delicious.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was OK but thought the food was lacking flavor EXCEPT the caesar salad was GREAT!

Portions were decent sized too:)

ZM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Celebrating my birthday and Food was amazing, not really set up for large groups but we made it work . Will def go back for the pollo Marsal!!!!

LW
Grand Rapids
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Palio! It needs more credit! I have never heard of it before searching for something new. My husband had the carbonara and I had a chicken dish stuffed with goat cheese and topped with figs and pancetta. Mouth watering! We will be back!

OT
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around fantastic experience at Palio! The service was very good, the atmosphere and vibe was very authentic and sincere, and the food was truly incredible. Definitely would highly recommend to anyone looking for a night out at a inviting restaurant with exceptional food. Palio has never disappointed yet!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was great and I will definitely be going back!

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We like the place

The food was average

Pizza is pretty good

Spaghetti was not good and bland with no taste

KT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick did a great job with his service and menu recommendations. The whole team was friendly and made our party of 7 feel right at home.

R
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Great food and

J
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place - great food - the atmosphere was pleasant and quaint

LK
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very Good Food. Excellent service. Alex is a very knowledgeable and customer focused server.

JG
Grand Rapids
28 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great but I never got credit for my Open table visit on my account. Not happy!

B
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Only the food brings you back. From the moment you walk in to the time you leave, the cacophony only gets worse. By the time we left, we had given up trying to hold a conversation. Delicious, creative dishes. D a u n t i n g atmosphere. Maybe take out next time.

OT
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The hostess was nice, our waitress was very attentive, and the food was pretty good.

PH
Northern MI
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner. Mikaela was excellent! We will be back!

AT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Makayla was our waitress and she was amazing, my son (4 year old) was a little smitten with her. Overall everything was wonderful!!

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