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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DF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly & authentic

EM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

r
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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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CM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overall, the food is overpriced based on its quality, display and temperature. The service was not attentive.

H
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were treated quickly and then seated. Staff was friendly and welcoming. Service was very good and the staff was attentive!

LT
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience overall!

Y
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Saturday night which proved to be quiet, since the restaurant is in the Financial District. Everything was excellent--salads, appetizers, pastas, fish, desserts, and service. The owner said their tiramisu was the best, and we thought he was right!

EZ
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Aun excelente plante to have dinner, very Godinez food and excelente service...

MR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soo good. Great food, great service. Already made a reservation for next week!

SH
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice restaurant. Our waiter, Saul, was just outstanding. He gave a great wine recommendation and provided very attentive service.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

PS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martino has taken this restaurant to a higher level with great innovative menu with an old world touch . Excellent pasta, exceptional Naplesese pizza, and the perfect veal. Great drinks!!

j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was attentive and sweet. Our meals were delicious: margarita, rucola and rustica pizzas were excellent and a good deal. Pesto gnocchi was light and flavorful.

c
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant! Authentic Italian food with a Sicilian flavor. The classics are great, but also always something a little different.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service as always.

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

so so food - nothing special at all and thus way over-priced. my guess is you pay for the decor, which is nice

BB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Host who learns your name and remember’s you is always a plus! Must have Octopus!!!! OMG!!!

LC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a great Italian restaurant within walking distance from Union Square...found it!

JW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and delicious soup pizza and desserts. Great waiters and owner is on site

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martino could not be more welcoming. And the food is great!

PW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palio was simply delightful in every aspect. The bartender Kevin made us the finest drinks we have had in San Francisco during our stay. He was great conversationalist and he is the reason we returned for dinner. The food was equally fabulous. The restaurant is quiet and very nicely decorated. I highly recommend Palio for its food and drinks.

NY
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent, and pasta was delicious. Seafood salad was very good except that the dressing was a bit too heavy and oily.

GM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance in their newly designed space. Even the new restrooms are impressive. Great job and as always, the food is consistently good.

TM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The PIZZA was Amazing. I staff was professional and caring. I would go back in a heartbeat!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were first to arrive and nearly last to leave for lunch. Service was slow for our group of 11.

CB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy environment, excellent modern Italian food and great service!

JS
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Consistent good food, service, ambience and low noise level.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Get the Risotto.

NS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great pizza. Wish they opened on sundays.

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