Palio

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

While usually we love this spot, the service on this occasion was sub par. We were only a group of 6 and were not attended to in a timely manner. We ended up having to take our food to go because after 45 minutes were were not served. When we tried to speak to the manager he was rude and did not take care of us in a professional manner. A group of six was seated after us and got their order taken and their food before us and in a very normal, timely manner. Not sure why all this occurred, but left with a very bad taste in our mouth.

L
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent Italian cuisine with a professional staff that can execute a solid service. One way you know you're in a good restaurant is when the menu is small enough to indicate that the kitchen knows exactly what they are doing and, as you return, the specials keep changing in response to what the chefs find fresh at their suppliers each morning. That's Palio---such a solid business lunch place for me.
Happy to be back and will back many more times.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I have eaten here since it reopened after the renovation. This restaurant is great for all occasions or just because you’re in the mood for Italian. Service was excellent from the time we were greeted by the host, Martino , and throughout the dinner. Our waiter, Martin, was attentive, friendly, and careful with dietary restrictions in the food he brought out to our party. We will definitely be back.

L
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb bread, pastas, service. Quiet enough for a good business conversation, stylish remodeled interior, but same excellent chefs and serving staff. The only drawback is the parking lot that used be across the street is gone---but local parking is still within 1.5 blocks. Enjoy having downtown business lunches here and will be back many more times.

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend an I went to Palio on Thanksgiving. Service staff were attentive and kind. Food quality was exceptional.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Palio many times, typically at lunch. It's a great place, the staff and food are great.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had the thanksgiving dinner turkey was dry, gravy and stuffing were insipid. The steak was lackluster as well as dessert

FD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was mostly very tasty, the one exception was that the side dishes were not hot. Good, quiet table, and excellent service. Price a bit high, but overall good experience.

MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant personnel, great service. Food is good, solid, just no wow factor. Overall good for a big company.

BE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great delicious and healthy! Wonderful staff!

D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, piping hot! The staff is very friendly and professional

JV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

One of 4 dishes was very tasty. The others were not. They call a shrimp a prawn and that should tell you about value and execution. The half size pasta serving was very small and the flavor was bland although the pasta itself was expertly made. A shame to put poor sauce on lovely pasta. They have been much better at lunch.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable white truffle dinner!

z
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

I loved the menu of this restaurant. I thought it is one of the farm based sustainable restaurants that crafts their meals, like an artist. I got ravioli with squash. The ravioli dough was hard and chewy, and the amounts of squash was so small that it was basically pasta drenched in oil (for some reason there was a lot of oil at the bottom of the plate). There was occasional brussel sprout in a plate, some parmesan on the top. Meeh. My friend had an ink squid pasta with salmon. She so disliked the purple pasta, that I shared my ravioli with her. The people were super nice, the service and ambient, but if food is not good, what is the point of dining?

NS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first time at this restaurant. The smoked chicken risotto was outstanding and so was the halibut. Our server was attentive and we had a lovely evening.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place so much. The food was amazing and we enjoyed everything we ordered

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love martino

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TJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice as always. Consistently great food and service.

H
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The maître d greeted me with a smile but since I was the first one there for a party of three I waited in the lounge area in front of the bar. Very pleasant.

When everyone arrived he then showed us our table. The staff brought us water and the waiter brought the menus and told us the specials.

The food, staff and ambience was excellent. I will be back.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always good.

MB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a wonderful atmosphere with great service.

PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! The service was so attentive and hospitable! We'll definitely return to Palio!

N
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic northern Italian cuisine plus wood-fired pizza. We come for dinner several times a year and it is always a treat—seasonal favorites, beautifully prepared and served. Excellent wines by the glass and cocktails. I had the eggplant parmesan. My husband had the pasta with wild boar ragu. Both were perfect. Want to enjoy a conversation at dinner? This is the place!

L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like how spacious the seating is by SF standards. The cocktail menu could be larger. The Amalfi Spritz was much better than the Gold Mirror, if you’re drinking gin. Our prosciutto-wrapped shrimp starter was way, way too salty. My pork shank with polenta was delicious. But I wish it came with more polenta. Like four times as much.

JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, highly recommend and the owner is very kind.

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

DF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional and the service superb. It's truly a hidden gem. The restaurant had been here for many years and now has a more modern look.

ZA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is a great choice for a business lunch, which I use it for a lot. They have a nice selection of salads, pasta and great pizza. Its relatively quick and priced reasonably. Service has always been good.

J
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friendly & authentic

EM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

There was a piece of hair in our food. Otherwise was good.

D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food with attentive service. The food was piping hot, which is unusual today!

r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried Palio for the first time since they remodeled. The food is still very high quality. Still have their signature crab pasta, and have added lobster ravioli, which was also very good. Also tried eggplant parmigiano (very tasty) and fritto misto, which is always well done. Portions on the small side. Prices of wine have increased but quality hasn't. Very friendly management and waiter, who provided good service.

KV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had the private room for our group of 24. The food was great. Service was a little slow though. Our entire party had to leave before dessert came out as it was getting late.

Other than that, everyone really enjoyed everything and we had a great night!

LB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, cool interior design, pleasant service and nice atmosphere. Would definitely come again if I lived in San Francisco :)

SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the remodel very modern and appealing. The food has always been good and this time was not exception. Service was great for a party of 7 they were very accommodating. I will come back

CC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Palio (and its predecessor Palio d'Asti) many many times, for special occasions, holidays and just because we like it. Martino is a wonderful host and will choose a nice Italian wine to accompany your dinner if you ask him. He, his wife and all the staff are courteous and helpful as needed. And -- most importantly -- the food is always excellent and the prices are very very reasonable for the quality. Highest recommendation for one of our favorite places.

n
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

we were on our way to the theatre so we did not have time to have dessert or coffee.
very nice

c
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The food is consistently excellent, creative and interesting. It's also great for happy hour -- maybe the best "bar food" in the city.

N
Phoenix
148 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This recently remodeled restaurant in the financial district is now open for dinner on weekends. It has an elegant contemporary decor and a delicious menu. We also enjoyed attentive service. We don’t live near San Francisco, but like to visit so this is on our list.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Ho prenotato in ristorante italiano ma i cuochi e i camerieri sono orientali e la cucina italiana è altro, tuttavia i piatti erano buoni anche se costosi per il mio budget, due tentacoli di polpo e un piatto di salumi, 100 dollari più 15 di mancia, il pane costa 5 usd , pari a 5 fette esatte, il cameriere molto gentile e l’ambiente elegante , in generale discreto, possono fare meglio.

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