Palio

4.5
1327 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1327 people are saying
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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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GoldmanB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian restaurant in downtown San Francisco. Pizza is very authentic and thin crust. They have a wood oven that makes for a great pizza. Tiramisu is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very elegant . I wasn’t dressed up and no judgement while ordering . Just overall it was a great experience.

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vipPeterR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service! Great for a group.

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vipBigPapi
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, cuisine, ambiance, and more importantly appropriately priced (not over-priced). Extensive appetizer menu, pasta expertly made, and don't forget the outstanding pizzas. Bottom Line!!! Best Italian restaurant in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Meal. Old school service done right.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantabulous!!!!

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vipBigPapi
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish Palio's service, food and beverage are outstanding. Ambiance and décor create a fine dining experience.

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on a whim to celebrate my mom’s birthday. The staff was great! The food was amazing and the bill was way lower than we expected for the amount and quality of the delicious food and drinks that we enjoyed! We will definitely be back!!

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vipMariyaP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly staff. We had a great experience from beginning to end!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was amazing! Main course excellent and dessert and espresso ended the meal perfect. Restaurant is tucked in a strip setting. Take the time to find it because it’s totally with it.

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AmeliaR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about my experience at Palio was perfect, as it ALWAYS is--global pandemic or not. Every aspect of my experience was consistent to the perfect experiences my husband and I have had at Palio for now multiple years. The food was delicious! I salivate even thinking about my meal! Martino always makes us feel like we are members of the family when he greets us and always provides impeccable service. If we lived closer to San Francisco, we would 100% eat at Palio every week!

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SinemD
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Service was pretty nice, but we ordered ravioli and pizza, both were not good.

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vipScottB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food and service were generally very good. The black truffle butter for the bread was quite good, as was the Bronzino and the pizza. Solid food, a little pricey for what one gets but still worth it.

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DavidG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always a great location for lunch. The food is good and consistent in it preparation and delivery. Great Italian wine list and friendly service. When business clients are in from out of town this is a "go to" location.

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BernadetteS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My pasta with crab had little crab, didn’t see or taste green peppers nor breadcrumbs so less than expected. My friends salmon salad looked great. Waiter was nice but didn’t check in. Had to ask for bread.

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Harrison
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. The 3-course Fast lunch item was a good value

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vipHughT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was superb. Ambiance was terrific. Soups and pastas were especially good.
Service was a little on that slow side but not bad. Absolutely no rush through dinner.

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JessicaWhelton
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, service was good, great place for business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Dsy

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vipSarahK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Went here for Valentines Day. Felt it was quite overpriced for the quality of the pizza and pasta. Ordered the crab pasta and it was really crunchy with what tasted like crab shells in it.
Ordered the burrata as an app, it was delicious but asked for a side of bread which was ~$15! Kind of crazy for bread. Guess we were supposed to eat the burrata alone.
It wasn’t very crowded and the service was slow for drinks, then charged for an extra drink. Sadly would not go back.

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valeriem
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, good service and affordable🔥 would come again if i ever visit San Francisco again!

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vipRick
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We went to Palio for Valentine’s Day. We were seated in the back room. Not as nice as the main room. We had a shared risotto with mushrooms which was great. Our entree was Branzino and Scallops. Also very good. Then our waiter disappeared for 20 minutes. We never got a dessert menu. I had to stand up and waive both of my arms at our waiter. He said i will be right with you...i said no. Here is my credit card. I want to leave. This really ruined our experience at Palio. I will not go again.

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JLMV
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Have come here for years for pasta and crab dish. Molto bene!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience. Food was good.

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LeeE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at Palio to be told that their pasta machine was broken so there would be no pasta served and also there was no Risotto. Not sure what a broken pasta machine has to do with Risotto but that is what was said. We live in Hawaii and had actually made a special trip to San Francisco for the weekend to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Since she loves Italian food and we had been to Palio in the past, that is where she selected. Needless to say she was very disappointed and it put a real bummer on her evening. We chose not to stay and went elsewhere for dinner.

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TimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arturro was fantastic and really made the occasion special.

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vipReneeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, the di mare salad is a winner. Lovely atmosphere. The perfect place for a business lunch and even though the restaurant was completely full, conversation was possible. Palio is now on my top 3 list for financial district lunches.

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robins
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was horrible.
Fish was completely overcooked

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vipPeterD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Palio in several years since they did the renovation. It was nice to see that they still had the same excellent high standards in their food and service.

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vipDiner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palio consistently provides excellent food, seasonal choices, and an outstanding staff. It continues to be my go to place for business lunches in the Financial District and the renovation is just plain classy!

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viplenardw
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service; wonderful for a business lunch.

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vipjanesings
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a sizable group which needed to come right away. They did a job getting us in quickly.

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vipMDEUK
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Palio is an excellent restaurant that has great ambience and excellent food. We were there to celebrate our New Year’s Eve and has the fixed menu which was both generous and tasty. The service was outstanding and the staff incredibly friendly and we’ll definitely go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

NYE dinner with the family

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vipchadthewick
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They charged me $5 for bread they never brought to the table.

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DavidG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoy the food although it was better the time before when I had dinner.

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MariaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Palio! Everyone is super friendly and attentive. The food is great too. It is my go-to restaurant for business lunches and dinners.

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StaciS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
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.

FAQs

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

Palio is rated 4.5 stars by 1327 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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