Palio

4.8
1349 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1349 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and extremely attentive staff.

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vipHughT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service, very friendly, good food and a very nice environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and great service if you like to have a Pizza and Pasta for one. Just like Rome!

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KLEF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, excellent service. Carpaccio was awesome, as was the shrimp with salad and pistachio pesto. Delicious tiramisu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Palio was excellent! The pasta and pizza were fantastic. The service was above and beyond. We will definitely be returning!

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vipMikeB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average food. Needed salt. Some of the ingredients on the salad wasn't quite what was on the menu. I assume the empty restaurant and kidna limited ingredients were the result of COVID. Seemed really expensive for what we paid. Also the wine selection is ridiculously small and surprisingly not that Italian. Also don't serve a $15 bottle of Ruffino Chianti and charge $16 for a glass. There were flies in the dining room, ok for fast casual maybe, not great for white-tablecloth-fine-dining. Had some tummy problems the next day.

My date asked if I would come back, I said "no", mostly because I could make most of the stuff better at home.

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annarbordiner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, service attentive and friendly. Would definitely go back.

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WhoFan
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio with great sculptures. excellent food and friendly staff.

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Hadley
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I met a friend for lunch at Palio and we had a wonderful time. The food was very good and the service was excellent. There were only a few other diners there so it was quiet, slow-paced, and relaxing. It was not an inexpensive meal, but the food was very good quality in the San Francisco Financial District so that was not a surprise. I recommend this restaurant!

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KarenA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the servers were attentive, the white devil cocktail was yummy! Will definitely go again.

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JacinthaC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly and knowledgeable servers. Great food. Nice ambience.

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vip51foodie
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great welcoming service and excellent, well prepared Italian food. The staff was very welcoming and could not have been nicer to our group.

Excellent salads, fish and pasta dishes. The kitchen clearly has excellent staff who creates interesting and tasty dishes.

Everyone enjoyed their meal, including dessert. The best part was the attentive and friendly service. Definitely recommend and we will be back!

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AntonioA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic italian food with a great service with good prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good food and even better service! Great spot for lunch, especially for date or special occasion.

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BarbaraM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in the FiDi! The best of everything! I love taking friends there.

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Kaipuanani
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiters were excellent in making suggestions for pairing wine with food selections. Oven wood pizzas are exquisite. Grilled salmon, deliciously crispy at the ends, moist and delectable everywhere else. Appetizers and desserts are uniquely served and delicious.

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vipJetes
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Group of four were pleased with the service, atmosphere, and fine fare. Shared wood-fired Siciliano pizza and calamari for appetizers, and the chicken parm, Bronzino, salmon, and rigatoni entrees, were excellent. Well-paced dining experience with time to enjoy our cocktails, appetizers, and entrees. We are repeat diners in a city known for its Italian restaurants and we will return.

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vipforeignstudent
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipKarenW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!!

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vipEllie
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Delicious food and the most extraordinary personal service! We felt well taken care of and will definitely return.

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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
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious but smallish portions.

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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!

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BarbaraM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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vipKaySG
San Francisco
10 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
5 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
30 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.

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MeghanC
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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!!

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JanieAnnie
San Francisco
8 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.

FAQs

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

Palio is rated 4.8 stars by 1349 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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