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Palio Overhead Creditkristenloken - Palio, San Francisco, CA

Palio

4.7
4.7
1354 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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Booked 6 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 395-9800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mauricio Martinez

  • Catering

    Considered by many to be one of San Francisco’s best private dining venues, Palio is elegant and timeless, yet approachable and “green”. With a full time, dedicated Event Planning Department, Palio d’Asti offers 3 totally private party rooms and semi-private areas that can easily accommodate for groups of 20 to 300 for breakfast, lunch, all day meetings, cocktail receptions, and dinner.

  • Private party facilities

    Since 1990, Palio has thrived as San Francisco’s favorite downtown Italian Restaurant by offering a seasonally changing menu, professional European service, a Wine Spectator recognized wine list and a premium full bar. Private Dining Options for groups of 8-250.

  • Private party contact

    Valeria DiGrande: (888) 480-9029

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Montgomery/Sacramento

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 6PM on the South side of Sacramento St. and after 7PM on the north side of Sacramento St. Free street parking on Saturday evenings.

  • Public transit

    By bus on the #1 California Line <br />Only one block from the California St. cable car stop at California and Kearny <br />5 level blocks (no hills) from Montgomery St. Bart and Muni Station <br /><br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,354 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Good for Groups

  • San Francisco

    Good for Groups

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  1. o

    otdiner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Classy &amp; delicious, so glad to be back...mix calamari appetizer, excellent salmon, huge 'entree' size salad...and superb chardonnay by the glass.

  2. MO

    MinervaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My team had a fantastic lunch. Food was amazing and we will book this restaurant again. thank you!

  3. SF

    SFOGalPal

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Attractive, clubby atmosphere and attentive, cordial service. Portion size of the $25 pasta carbonara was miniscule...more like a chef's tasting and certainly not a fulfilling entrée. Accompaniments with Branzino @ $38 were marginal....overly roasted Brussel sprouts. Disappointing meal for the tab size.

  4. LC

    LeslieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just a great environment with delicious food and excellent service

  5. CD

    CorrinaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Serving portions were tiny. It is a bit overpriced for what you get. The place is beautiful but the food was mediocre.

  6. PG

    PinotGrigioandPups

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service and apps were outstanding. Atmosphere started off very quiet but eventually the place filled up. Pasta dishes weren’t as good as drinks and apps but still far better than many places at this price, and portions were large. I’d go back.

  7. O

    Oaklander

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food was good. Only complaint was I had indicated in my reservation and told the host at the counter that we were celebrating my father-in-law's 91st birthday and they did not even acknowledge it. Thought they might at least give him a piece of cake or ice cream with a candle in it.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a lovely meal

  9. N

    Nemo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Open and appealing interior with nice spacing between tables and an attentive wait- staff who appear when needed. Plentiful mix of food options -- our group of 12 selected a range of appetizers and entrees from pizza, to pasta to fish -- and all were well prepared and presented. A friendly, comfortable atmosphere and the owner stopped by our table to say welcome. We'll go back.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful and elegant setting. The food was divine and the staff was very attentive.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant. Quiet enough to carry on conversation but not so quiet that you felt like people could overhear your conversations. Food was very good and a nice variety.

  12. S

    Stevenk

    Atlanta

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very nice Restaurant. Our first visit. Start with a small Pizza appetizer . Pastas are good. Enjoy

  13. AC

    AnthonyC

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Excellent authentic Italian cooking. Lovely ambiance. Welcoming friendly host and waiters.

  14. TD

    TonyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great ambiance had a successful meeting and a great meal

  15. RA

    ReneA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service! So easy to change the reservation and served a group of 14 with ease. Will come back!

  16. AM

    AlanM

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect. Waiter was excellent. Knew when to stay back and when to approach. Made great recommendations. Food was excellent.

  17. LB

    LaurieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a party of 16. The restaurant had several large parties, but you would have never known it. The food was excellent and service outstanding in an elegant setting.

  18. LS

    LynnS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I really appreciated their flexibility when my reservation headcount changed twice last minute. The food and service were fantastic.

  19. R

    Rosie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and cocktails! Service was excellent. Definitely try the cannolis too with some coffee!

  20. S

    Santino

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Without a doubt this is the place to go to for the BEST italian food in SF. The staff are all in incredible especially Valeria. She is so nice and so incredibly beautiful. Her husband is the luckiest man in the world to have her. Did I mention how pretty she is?

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had not been to Palio in a while due to Covid and was excited to see the outcome of the renovation. I wasn’t disappointed. Beyond the look however was the food which exceeded my expectations. I didn’t think it could be any better but they outdid themselves. I will be back very very soon

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience start to finish. We usually get GF pizza, always fresh with great ingredients. My husband gets Gf pasta, I usually splurge and get the crab pasta. It’s so flavorful. Service was prompt without being overbearing. It seems to be a true family business. Those are hard to come by in the city.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just fantastic from start to finish

  24. SB

    SteveB

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was great. Nice selections and variety. Had one entree that was late coming out so I ended up getting my food after my 11 colleagues.

  25. B

    Bree

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just exceptional! The food was divine. The service was incredibly friendly and welcoming. We will be back for sure. It’s the perfect spot for a celebration or just a fantastic meal.

  26. RJ

    RosemaryJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Oily food, bumbling service, and flies in food. It’s a shadow of its former self.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Inattentive service; hostess was too busy chatting to help the poor server who seemed like he was on his own for the night, with restaurant tables and a party. Took 2 hours to get through basic dinner.

  28. A

    Arizona

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Restaurant week started last night, I was so excited when I had seen the menu for this restaurant. I wanted to try out their menu but once we were sat, the menu wasn’t the same and it was altered. I was a bit upset but Martino, great guy by the way, had explained to us what has happened and the rest was history! I will definitely come back for their service and food! It was an amazing experience!

  29. CC

    CeeCee

    New England

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Food was okay, but nothing I'd need to go back and try again. There was one waiter for the entire restaurant which meant service was understandably slow. They're doing the best they can with incredibly limited staff, but I think that's just hurting them.

  30. g

    grandpa284

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What makes Palio special is the staff. Arturo is a true gem. For us he selects the food we enjoy, and provides stories as well. A special treat!

  31. MB

    MBB12

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food Service personnel were attentive Good place for lunch meetings - not too loud

  32. HT

    HughT

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect! Terrific post Pandemic dining.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was very attentive and provided excellent service. The food was served very quickly. Would definitely come back again.

  34. T

    Twirlgirl

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Palio is still quiet as are most downtown restaurants but we still had delicious food & great service. My lunch companion had not been there before & was impressed. He is even considering using one of the private dining spaces for a business meeting. I highly recommend Palio!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Snuck in for a late anniversary dinner —- service, food, atmosphere were exceptional. Pizza and Pasta are solid choice for classic Italian. Our waiter and support staff were spot on and entertaining.

  37. AE

    AEFord

    Manitoba

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Palio was everything and more. The service was outstanding as well as the recommendations. The food was so good I nearly licked my plate, but obviously it is a nice establishment so I refrained. If I come back to San Fran again, I will most definitely come back.

  38. m

    marcoxxx25

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent lunch

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Best carbonara this side of the Atlantic.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a beautiful time at Palio for Valentine's day. Thank you, Martino, and our waiters for the warm welcome, great food, and accommodation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 1354 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Palio

640 Sacramento Street San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Montgomery/Sacramento

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 6PM on the South side of Sacramento St. and after 7PM on the north side of Sacramento St. Free street parking on Saturday evenings.

  • Public transit

    By bus on the #1 California Line Only one block from the California St. cable car stop at California and Kearny 5 level blocks (no hills) from Montgomery St. Bart and Muni Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mauricio Martinez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 395-9800

  • Catering

    Considered by many to be one of San Francisco’s best private dining venues, Palio is elegant and timeless, yet approachable and “green”. With a full time, dedicated Event Planning Department, Palio d’Asti offers 3 totally private party rooms and semi-private areas that can easily accommodate for groups of 20 to 300 for breakfast, lunch, all day meetings, cocktail receptions, and dinner.

  • Private party facilities

    Since 1990, Palio has thrived as San Francisco’s favorite downtown Italian Restaurant by offering a seasonally changing menu, professional European service, a Wine Spectator recognized wine list and a premium full bar. Private Dining Options for groups of 8-250.

  • Private party contact

    Valeria DiGrande: (888) 480-9029

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