Palio

4.5
1191 reviews
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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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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Palio with a party of seven. The newly renovated restaurant is well lit and friendly.
The staff was very knowledgeable and well versed in the menu. The food was excellent and brought to the table timely.

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RO
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

We went for Valentine’s Day. The food was good and so was the service. However, the lighting was way too bright. No ambiance. We both ordered martinis and they were truly not drinkable.

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SF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good- nothing was mind blowing, but nothing was bad. Service was attentive and polite, but they kept refilling our sparkling water glasses with still water which was kind of odd? Decor is cool, the remodel was done well, but they seated us in kind of an odd little back room very far from the entrance. Overall, I'd say it was a good experience- I'd go back for a business lunch but not for a very special occasion.

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SR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The menu looks great, but first they need to give you the right one. My colleague’s and I realized quickly we all had different menus and when we selected our entrees the server just told us we had the wrong menu and our option wasn’t available. Nothing else. The arrancini is not REAL arrancini, and the chicken was bland. The server dropped the dessert menu and never came back. Basically, not going back.

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite SF restaurant for 26 years. Keeps getting better

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KM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu online is nothing like their actual menu. We were under the impression based off of the menu on open table they had traditional italian food. We got there to our surprise to find octopus and pumpkin filled ravioli. Now if we had been expecting that okay but no...my husband is not adventurous with food. He ordered the steak and I the short ribs. They were both very good and appetizing but not Italian. Service was good and prices were fair.

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m
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

tres decevant, carte de vin courte et certains non disponibles, l'antiparti sans intérêt avec des pickles, pas tres italien, ravioli media luna excellent, pas de service pour le vin, il y a bien mieux a San Francisco, le Palio qui n'est plus d'Asti a rate sa transition

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Coworkers and I waited 30+ minutes for our second course of the SF Restaurant Week 3-course meal. Most SFRW restaurants operated faster than this, and it wasn’t full capacity, so we are puzzled by the slow service.

The food is simple but good. We had the minestrone soup, pesto gnocchi, and tiramisu. The tiramisu resembled cake too much and did not seem authentic.

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c
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were a large group (11) and felt that they did not have enough servers. Also, a couple of the guests mentioned that their steaks were tough.

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LG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and somewhat unusual menu choices... the Lemon Torta dessert was outstanding. The main salad with dates and goat cheese was delicious, and different.
I appreciated that on the main pasta dishes you could order a half portion. Thank you!

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BT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Been there many times before the remodel, which looks great, and haven't expereienced this slow service.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed the service, food and ambiance. It's a bit pricey, but good value for the money.

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SW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An attractive and long overdue renovation, refreshed menu (thanks for adding a couple of veg options), and some new faces but still the same professionalism displayed by the waitstaff.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great facelift for Palio. Great environment to have a business lunch and be able to hear the people you are eating with. Tables are not so close that you have to be careful what items you are discussing in public. Food and service were wonderful.

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CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This revamp of the old staple is worth a visit. The food is still very good, moderately priced. The octopus appetizer was very good and tender. Service is pretty good, could be a little more attentive for the style of restaurant and service they are trying to portray. Overall, it's still very similar to what it was before - a slow and expensive business lunch. The atmosphere is nice and trendy, good colors and remodel don't overshadow a very average menu and dishes. Portions are decent, but restaurant does not wow me. I would go again, with similar expectations.

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is outstanding. Great service. Great food. And the owner is terrific.

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P
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, we hadn't been to Palio d'Asti for some time, certainly before they remodeled. The remodeled restaurant looks fresh and new, modern, and comfortable. The food was really good before, but this new menu is even better. Service is great, and the owner is almost always there to greet customers and solicit feedback on their meal. It's a good reliable spot for lunch or dinner in the Financial District. The bar is updated too, with lots of room for people to hand out or sit for a drink. Well stocked too.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Everyone from our party of eight was happy with their food.

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martino is the heart and soul of Palio. He makes sure to personally greet and engage with every guest. He successfully makes any group feel welcome and included. The result is an experience much more akin to a dinner party than just another meal out on the town. Additionally, despite the recent renovation, the noise level is actually very reasonable even when busy.

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S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, ambience....made to feel most welcome by the owner, waiter bus staff all.

I had not heard of it and just went on open table for a spot and they recommended this and my guest and I were totally surprised and pleased with such a lovely restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

they serve fantastic italian foods! definitely the best italian restaurant in SF

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D
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy that Palio has reopened. The new space is magnificent and it is wonderful that so many staff have returned. Always great to dine there and made to feel so welcome and special.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martino is a wonderful owner who cares about his customers and provides the best cuisine ! All the waiters are great. It's also my favorite place to have business luncheons and networking events.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our food was delicious. We shared the margherita pizza and crab spaghetti and loved both. We were seated in the older part of the restaurant, the newly added dining room was much nicer. Service was a bit slow on NYE — restaurant was packed and understaffed.

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DS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely NYE dinner. Fantastic food and beautiful interior. A real SF treat .

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. It reminded me of some of the best meals I've had in Italy. The service was also first rate. Our waiter was knowledgable, friendly and attentive.

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PF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, phenomenal cocktails, good service but food was terrible & bread was stale.

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E
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Arrived hoping to get some pizza, specifically excited with gluten free pizza on the menu. However the chef somehow didn’t prepare any gluten free dough, on New Year’s Eve no less. Had the crab deviled eggs which were great. Followed by some gluten free crab pasta which was ok. Main course was not good. Short ribs, while tender, were the most fatty meat I’ve ever been served. More fat than meat. Not good at all. Sitting on top of a bed of broccoli Raab which somehow was leaves and stems and no tops. Not a 1! Strange. Disappointed with the food. Service was fine and the decor was nice.

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MR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My dinner consisted of Insalata Romana (romaine heart, dates, walnuts, shallots, goat cheese, balsamico) ($12), pizza Siciliana (pork fennel sausage, red peppers, red onions, tomato sauce, caciocavallo cheese) ($18), a glass of Super Tuscan red wine ($14) and a decaf cappucino ($5). The salad was great, but a bit expensive. The pizza was good, but not remarkable and, in my opinion, quite expensive. On my trips to Tuscany, I was always very happy with the house red wine in every restaurant I visited. I was disappointed by this "Super Tuscan" wine. The cappucino, on the other hand, was very good and reasonably priced. With tax and tip, the total cost of the meal came to $60. This was not a $60 meal, and although the service was very good, I will not be returning to this restaurant.

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Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff, unique and delicious food. The restaurant is beautiful but a bit bright for dinner. Sound wasn’t bad but as it filled up, it was louder (but nothing out of the ordinary for a place that size). Would definitely come back!

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service very good, caring and nice waiters, taking into consideration that we were a group with toddlers

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w
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Sat at the bar. It was very enjoyable the food is fabulous. We will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Christmas dinner. Food, wine and service were all excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal, the swordfish and eggplant was delicious. Wine was also on point. Definitely going back.

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T
London
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate there on Christmas Eve. Food was sooo yummy. Wait staff #1. Would def eat there again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palio’s, our favorite SF restaurant for the past 15 years, just reopened after an extensive remodel and is even more elegant than before. The menu is Italian and the dishes are so well-conceived they present a truly memorable dining experience. The owner/host, Mario DiGrande, is gregarious and attentive to every table’s needs. Though we dined as a couple, the remodel has created three private spaces to accommodate groups of up to fifty. Finally, the nicest touch of all - the tables are set far enough apart to provide a real sense of private conversation and dining.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in SF, probably the world. Thank you Palio! 💛💛💛

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San Francisco
244 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a really great dinner at Palio. The food is as good as ever and the restaurant is lovely looking following its renovation. For appetizers we tried the meatballs in tomato sauce, the arancini and the prawns wrapped in prosciutto. All were delicious. For entrees we had the pasta with crab and it was outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New decor, incredible meal, great staff as usual.

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s
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty, healthy food. Coconut panna cotta was so much lighter than with cow's milk!Great selection of dishes and wines

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