Palio

4.8
1363 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Voted "2018 Best Overall Restaurant" 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 rated "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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipInternationalFoodie1
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sophisticated comfortable architecture. The interior reminded me of an expensive restaurant I experienced in Rome. Friendly and super efficient service. We started with pizza; very Italian flavor. I had the shrimp salad, od so good. Pesto dressing that I'll try at home. Delicious, fresh mixture of greens. My husband had rigatoni, which he liked very much. The cocktails were perfectly sized and yummy. We had a great experience and will return.

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Perfect
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants in San Francisco.

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vipJustin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a tough 18 or so months happy to see things picking back up a bit in the FiDi. Always great service, food, and atmosphere. Happy that they made it through!

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MarianneM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious but smallish portions.

JP
JohnP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Since we can't go to Italy now, this is a great substitute!

BM
BarbaraM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service! Going back today with another group of friends!

SB
vipSusanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish scrumptious. Service attentive but not overdone. Very pleased to be back to a SF favorite of mine after many years.

New decor great as well.

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RichardT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with lovely décor. The chef/owner is outstanding and visits the table in traditional "trattoria" fashion to see how the meal was. Excellent.

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KaySG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, delicious food, attentive wait staff -- a great experience!

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Maeve
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed having dinner here! The service was excellent and the food was delicious. It was pretty quiet on a Wednesday night, and a beautiful space.

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viposceola
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and pleasing ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Will definitely be going back.

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vipRMBPHD
Tahoe
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to find that Palio had just reopened. We has very attentive service in this lovely restaurant. My eggplant was wonderful and my wife’s fish (corvina) special was excellent.
But the fritto misto was superior, such fine gloves. Such a great evening meal at this old restaurant with modern appointments.

Glad we found Palio.

MC
MeghanC
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and Arturo was fantastic!! We will be back.

SH
vipSamanthaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the chicken salad for lunch - we all got it and it was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The pizza tasted like frozen pizza!

The crust was terrible.

CB
ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food, drinks, service and staff were all awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, excellent service!!

JA
JanieAnnie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and engaging. We had a fun conversation with the owner about the large wall mural. He stayed at least 5 minutes to chat with us about the Siena Palio and the history of it. Extra points for the server who kept my always-thirsty husband with a full glass of water the entire time!

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Perfect
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been inside, in a restaurant since the pandemic began last year, so we wanted to mark the occasion with going somewhere special. A former boss of mine, who is a gastronome and lived many years in Italy, always loved Palio, so we thought it would be perfect. It was. Beautifully presented, wonderful food, with complex flavors - from antipasto through dessert. The service was impeccable, and the ambience modern and tasteful. I'm so glad this restaurant survived the pandemic. Do yourself a favor and go there as soon as possible.

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant! They have the best pizza we have ever had. I could taste the quality and fresh, handmade ingredients. The service was amazing. Our server was very attentive and professional. It would be a great date spot or for anyone who loves great food.

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RomanticOnes
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife had the beef carpaccio for an appetizer. She loved it. I had the Fritti Misti di Mare, very delicately done calamari, prawns, and very delicately done onions, celery, and carrots.
I also had the Pasta del Giorno, which was fusilli with prosciutto and asparagus.
Martin' was a very good waiter, and took care of us.
We will be back.

JL
JoyceL
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Prices too high on food and drinks, considering they're average on cuisine quality.

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jwwang
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was attentive and really friendly, especially our waiter who was funny and kind. The food was so good and you can smell and see the pizza oven with the wood and it was just a great experience overall. I highly recommend the focaccia to start off your meal!

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Palio
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First indoor restaurant as the SF city restrictions open up & I will say it was lovely. Actually searched for an indoor restaurant vs outdoor, & this popped up. What drew me to Palio was the reviews of it being a family run place with quality food, & I will say it did not disappoint. The services was on point, our waiter was super attentive, my water never went below half a glass throughout our meal & plates were quickly cleared. Working in the service industry for years I notice the small items. We ordered the shrimp salad, a meat appetizer plate (the pate was amazing!) and a pizza. We really wanted to order more, because everything looked & smelled amazing but we were stuffed. The pizza was perfect, thin crust, a tasty sauce and the sausage-go flavorful! We will definitely be back to visit, & I highly recommend this place to check out, they weren't too busy & I consider it now a hidden gem! Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great people

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LoveMeSomeGoodFood
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I took some friends to Palio to celebrate an event, and everything was phenomenal. The food was fresh and amazing from the soup to the entrees to the desserts, the waiter was attentive to everyone, and we left with delicious leftovers. Fortunately, everyone at our table was into sharing, so I tasted 4 dishes: The branzino was my favorite, with the pizza as a close second; the ribeye was fantastic and the salmon was scrumptious. The homemade gelatto was the best possible ending to the meal. The owner, Martino, stopped by our table with a warm welcome, making us feel like we were in Italy, where such intimate hospitality is the norm. We look forward to another visit!

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MaryhelenG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My fettuccine Alfredo was the perfect portion, perfecto with a lovely wine to complement the meal. Delicious!

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Teri
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Great food & exceptional service with a friendly ambiance.

DC
vipDawnC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They staff was outstanding

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RetiredMick
Monterrey
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Branzino and marlin. These were some of the best fish we had in SF. The marlin (daily special) was wrapped around capers, anchovies and onions. The sides (veggies, risotto) were also perfectly prepared.

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Webster
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an undiscovered gem with consistently wonderful food. I had the Halibut perfectly prepared and served with delicate squash blossoms. Also the baked focaccia was crunchy in a spicy olive oil puddle and most unusual.

JM
JeffM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality service and cuisine. Handsome facility. Reasonable price. I highly recommend Palio.

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LucindaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time heading into the city for dinner since the pandemic started. We were not sure what to expect, and we’re completely taken by the food, the service, and the overall experience. Everything was fantastic! We even snagged a parking spot close to the entry which of course is always a bonus. We certainly will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ambiance and fantastic food .
Thank you for making our dining experience always very personal.
Focaccia bread is a must try . Alfredo pasta was amazing too !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

The menu, when viewed on open table, showed an impressive wine list and advertised a happy hour. However, upon arrival, we were told that the happy hour no longer exists. Also the wine list was quite small, consisting of only very expensive bottles. This restaurant I am assuming has been closed for quite some time. During this free time, why have they not updated the website/OpenTable listing to reflect the current menu? What a bait and switch! Food was mediocre. Service was okay.

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MrFoster
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in FiDi. Great Italian food + the owner Martino is jovial; a great experience.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

superb service and quality food all around. one of the best if not the best for authentic italian food in SF!

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vipPamQ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you close your eyes you're in Italy complete with locals laughing, sharing spirits, and eating the homemade pasta, perfect pizza, fresh fish, juicy steaks, and more. Dessert is a must with unique creations of freshly made gelatos and hands down the best tiramisu outside of Italy!

The proprietors, Martino and Valeria, welcome you into their newly remodeled Italian hideaway where they like to push "test kitchen" creations on daring patrons. Some authentic Italian creations and others will leave you happy they throw new world and old world together to create magic. Love, love, love the experience every time!

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You can order delivery directly from Palio using the Order Online button. Palio also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Palio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 395-9800.

Palio is rated 4.8 stars by 1363 OpenTable diners.

Palio does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/palio/giftcards?utm_source=OT&utm_medium=OT_PROMO&utm_campaign=GC_OT&utm_term=OTGC&utm_content=OT.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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