Palio

4.6
1231 reviews
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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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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.

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NY
San Francisco
32 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.

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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.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
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!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
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.

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

Classy environment, excellent modern Italian food and great service!

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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.

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

Fantastic restaurant. Get the Risotto.

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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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BW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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PS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great homemade pasta and veal chops! Great service. Excellent overall

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JS
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The newly remodeled Palio D Asti has a great atmosphere. The food and service and has always been excellent. I had the special of Ling Cod and it was wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant. The big plus for me is that you can DINE instead of just eating, and HEAR the other person(s) talking, instead of shouting to be heard.

Palio
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you! Please visit us again soon!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great drinks and desserts - pizza could be better

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EP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. Service was excellent. Drinks were good. Ambience excellent. Chairs were very comfortable. A little pricey but not out of line with this kind of dining in San Francisco. I would go back again.

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L
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The revamped and redecorated Palio is all new and fortunately, all the same. The pastas are still excellent, the fish fresh, the service smooth and attentive.
Quiet enough to talk for a business lunch; enough noise to allow you to be discreet.

Palio
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you! We hope you visit us again soon!

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DG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good service. It is a go to restaurant for lunch and dinner. The owner is attentive and great to talk. Love the wine list.

Palio
Responded on May 17, 2019

Thank you! Please visit us again soon!

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SS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely modern restaurant near our Omni hotel. The happy hour, service, and food were all very good. I would’ve liked to have seen more vegetables on the menu. Especially for side dishes. I would return especially for the happy hour.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palio's updated environs offer a comfortable, classy but casual setting for any occasion -- from an intimate gathering to large parties. The food is outstanding and the service is excellent.

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OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding!!!!!!!!

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B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Palio is back with awesome remodeled space and the food is polished yet tasty.
Arturo was the best server we ever had.

Frank Chan

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martini is the best server!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good pizza and tiramisu

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

People should be thronging to Palio. Everything was exquisitely delicious and full flavored and fresh. The service was terrific. It’s spacious and quiet for good conversation. I had a spicy farfalle and lobster bisque. My husband raves about the ravioli with lamb. Start to finish it’s some of the best Italian anywhere.

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G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner meeting

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E
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really recommend Palio. The food was wonderful and service fantastic. Plus for a lunch meeting it works well as they serve the meal in good time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Only gripe is the double charge for tea and sodas. I think there should just be one charge even if two sodas are ordered.

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SC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palio provided an outstanding dining experience. The food was delicious, the services was impeccable, and the atmosphere was perfect for a successful business lunch.

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JH
South Korea
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

really nice place and so kind for us . I visited with our team. good place for dinner and nice wine

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MW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time since the re-model. Attentive, yet non-intrusive service; high quality food, well prepared. Perfect ambiance for a long lunch with a lot of conversation.

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L
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and elegant Italian food in a setting where I can hear and talk with my lunch companions; this is superb. Part of my delight is that the renovation doesn't appear to have led to any changes in the already excellent kitchen or professional service. Always dangerous to my waistline have this excellent restaurant so nearby to my office lol.

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K
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The ossobuco and sardine fettuccine were excellent. The server was very helpful and friendly. Prices are reasonable, considering it's in an expensive city. Parking a little tough though.

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OT
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was better than ever. Great new ambience.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was spectacular!

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EM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The remodel looks fantastic the service is always top notch and the food is delicious!

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g
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Palio was a favorite of mine before the remodel. Kudos to Martino for an inspired job well done in that regard. While I previously lunched there on a fairly regular basis, I had not been back since the remodel was completed in December. The food on this visit (lunch for two of us) was, for lack of a better term, "bland." And quite pricey - $26 for 1/2 chicken w/charred radicchio and $35 for Branzino (sea bass) - neither came close to satisfying the palate for either of us. I had a scoop of gelato and my dining partner had a coffee, and with tax and tip our bill came to $90.00. Understanding that pricing is probably not THAT divergent from similar restaurants, what I expect is outstanding food in exchange. I'll return and give them another chance, but even if the food on the next visit is outstanding, I won't be dining at Palio quite as often as in the past.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for either business or personal dining. Terrific spot for group celebrations.

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. The staff provided the table I need for 8 people in the back of the restaurant as requested. The staff remained attentive as the tables around us started to fill up. Prices were in line with any other restaurant of that category I experienced during my short stay in SF.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fantastic service. A truly wonderful experience

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely new space
Same great food

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire city. The food is beautifully prepared and delicious, the service is excellent, and the entire experience is a great value.

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