Palio

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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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vipScottB
San Francisco
16 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
3 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
6 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
56 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.

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vipLovestotalk
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipLovestotalk
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.

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Birdie
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.

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DennisM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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FineDinnerfor7
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.

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MilaD
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.

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BENNIEB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great delicious and healthy! Wonderful staff!

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

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

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JosephV
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.

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vipMich
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable white truffle dinner!

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zvukm826
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?

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vipNSingh
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.

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Palio does offer 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 1313 OpenTable diners.

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