The Tasting Room at Palio

4.2
374 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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At The Tasting Room, we are looking to provide a warm and exciting environment that makes a patron feel welcome and satisfied. We want those who come to the The Tasting Room to anticipate a great dining experience in a comfortable setting. Our Mission is to deliver that experience with professional style and grace through the presentation of unprecedented food quality. The restaurant comfortably seats 100 upstairs and boasts a 24-seat full-service lounge at street level. Private parties up to 60 may be booked in a spacious room complete with a full bar upstairs. Most of the menu is seasonal with the spectacular wine list including many local selections. Pastas are prepared fresh daily in-house.
We have a wine list with over a 100 different labels from all over around the world, also all of our wine is sale almost at retail price
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Modern European, American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday thru Sunday 4pm - 10pm
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(703) 779-0060
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Carlos Leon
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Parking Garage across the street
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Entertainment
Piano Bar on Friday
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Join our email list for our upcoming Wine & Beer Dinners
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant is closed and we were never notified, so obviously I would not recommend it!

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FS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I am a frequenter of this restaurant. Everything was excellent! Only problem was the temperature in the restaurant. Many diners had their coats on and my fiancee was freezing throughout the dinner.

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SA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We booked this reservation for New Years Eve in expectation of having a nice meal at an out of the way quality restaurant. The bulk of the open table reviews were positive but there were enough negative ones to make me question making the reservation but I elected to proceed. Big mistake. The service is untrained, unsure and generally in a state of confusion. The food is mediocre at best with no attempt at presentation or even a hint of pride by the chef in what he is allowing out of his kitchen. The complimentary bread is old and stale. My steak was served over cooked, over salted with ice cold green beans and what appeared to be box quality mash potatoes. My wife's entrée, name escapes me, was a heavily sauced dish consisting of three pieces of shrimp...My dinner was so inedible I had the server just take it away with a recommendation to ensure the chef was aware. One point of credit to the restaurant, they did not charge me for my uneaten entre but there was never any dialogue between myself and restaurant leadership. We left without dessert. As an aside, another table next to ours also left after their appetizer (Cheese & Charcuterie Platter) was delivered frozen to their table (twice). Somehow the bar managed to screw up the making of an Old Fashioned. The drink consisted mostly of soda water and ice. Finally, we overheard one server telling another this was the last night under current ownership as the restaurant was being sold. Given the state of play under current ownership they can only go up from here. Bottom Line: Stay away. Stay away. Stay away.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant for any occasion

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JM
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Paleo's food was excellent. Our table had the caesar salad, Cheese & Meat Charcuterie Plate for appetizers. Then for entrees we had the Pan Seared Salmon, the Filet Mignon , Pasta Bolognese and the Chicken Parmigiana and they all were delicious. The dessert were very good as well.

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KL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palio has expanded downstairs to create Tasting room at Palio, which is a great idea. A Very creative menu, great bar-like ambiance, very nice but not "stuffy". Live music when we were there, not too loud, creates a nice background. Good mix of classic Italian dishes with newer creative dishes.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent service. Local ingredients and made in house desserts. We had a variety of items. Perfectly cooked seafood and steak. Prix fix is a good value. The entire staff is friendly and professional. The lobster ravioli, ribeye steak, and seafood platter are all wonderful.

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A
Washington DC
184 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared the daily special appetizer of spicy fried shrimp--delicious! I had the seafood platter--grilled lobster, shrimp, and scallops, plus mashed potatoes--it was divine. My wife had the salmon, and substituted the pesto linguine for the gnocchi--she loved it. We also had a California chardonnay by the glass--quite nice. All in all, it was an excellent meal. We brought home the chocolate cheesecake dessert and had it the next day at home--it was wonderful. I hope the restaurant is successful, it was empty when we got there, and only one other group of four when we left. The food is outstanding.

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LP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although the food was good, it took forever for the courses to arrive. We had a table of six, but 3 and a half hours for our meal from start to finish was extreme. Thank goodness we weren’t in a hurry.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only negative thing I could say was the sauce on my wife's steak was salty and when she mentioned it the critic was not well received and I doubt it ever got back to the chef.

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JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. I would recommend this restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, anh occasion.

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FF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable - Thanks Randy! The waiter was attentive without being interfering. The food was delicious. Loved the special appetizer of fried brie in panko bread crumbs with the two beautiful sauces. The steak was tender and good perectly. The Bolognese was incredible. We will be back!!!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were pleased by our experience at Palio. It was a very quiet Sunday night in August - in fact our group was the only one in the restaurant. We received excellent service and enjoyed the very good and attractively presented dinner. A repeat performance is in the cards.

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CW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

the pictures on line do not match the current menu. Mostly seafood and not Italian or small plates. Also not very clean.

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d
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience at Palio. Calamari appetizer and filet main course were delish. Our server, Eric - was top notch and could answer our gazillion questions & recommended a perfect wine for our meal. Atmosphere was cozy/darkish and intimate and live music was great! We will be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Palio has always been one of our favorite places for a delicious Italian meal. This was NOT Palio. This has to be new ownership, and they should not be allowed to desecrate the Palio name.
There was one man waiting tables, and everyone there (and there weren't that many) had the same dumbfounded expression on their face. I ordered Sancerre; he brought me Sangria. We ordered the mussels for an appetizer; he brought us (without telling us first) fries and fried calamari. He said the mussels were bad, so they brought us that as a substitute and wouldn't charge for it. For my entree, I ordered paella. It was soupy Minute Rice with mussels and calamari all over it! I did not eat it. My husband played it safe, and ordered a burger, medium rare, and it came over cooked and he didn't eat it.
We felt like we were on a hidden camera TV show. This place is horrendous, and we want the original Palio back.

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NA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My date and I had a nice dinner but I am not certain we will return. We ordered a delicious amber beer which was on tap but after one beer the keg was empty with no replacement keg. We did not care for the other draft beers offered. We had to change to bottled beer which was a disappointment to us as we do not care for bottled beer. The beef and fondue appetizer was good but the beef was over-cooked and the fondue was cold. I ordered a medium size plate of foie gras but the portion was so tiny, it should have been designated an appetizer, small plate or tapas, NOT a medium plate. The slice of foie gras was so tiny, it was laughable. We typically do not order desert but we had to because we were still hungry. We both ordered home-made ice cream which was delicious but each scoop was miniature -- little more than an inch in diameter. I didn't know they made such tiny scoops. I was still hungry when we left and the bill for 2 was approx. $170 with tip. I wouldn't recommend unless you have already eaten and just want to taste a few bites of food.

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PA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant I've been to outside of D.C. The chef is superb. The appetizers and entrees were delicious and the presentations were beautiful. The wine list is excellent and you have the option of BYOB for a very reasonable corkage fee. This is a must try restaurant. You will be very satisfied.

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D
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. It took a while to get our main course but it was worth the wait. The management of the restaurant acknowledges that they need to increase kitchen staff to speed up delivery of the meal.

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We swore to never go to Palio again after going twice and getting poor service a couple years ago. They now have a new Chef and branding as a Tapas tasting restaurant so we gave them another shot. We were thrilled. Great service, a limited number of very good wines, and food that would satisfy those with discriminating taste and don't mind spending a little more for it. We will return!

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C
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new incarnation of Palio is absolutely superb! You want find a restaurant like this anywhere around here. Food is innovative, beautifully prepared and served, and varied enough to have something for even the most picky eaters served tapis style. You have to call this international cuisine, and it will stand up, although different, to very fine food places like Mokomandy, Rasika, & La Chaumier except no white tablecloths and the staff are all in Columbia style shirts. Very good wine list, attentive service and piano music Friday nights. I could eat there every night for a couple of weeks straight and never be bored with the food. Chef is just fantastic!

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J
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new meal format at Palio is very different than the restaurant once had, but the food is excellent. The meal cost is very reasonable, though the meal portions are somewhat limited.

Sadly, it seems as if not many have discovered the new incarnation of the restaurant. The crowd was very small for a Saturday evening, at least compared to the number of people who once were there during the restaurant's Italian format.

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VR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I wanted to take my dad out to dinner to a restaurant we'd never tried before, and we were all in the mood for a steak. We actually found Palio via a google search of steak houses in Leesburg, but the restaurant website included an outdated menu. It turned out that our visit to the restaurant coincided with its recent "rebirth" as a tasting room with a more cosmopolitan menu that the old one featured online... We were a little apprehensive because dining out is such an expensive proposition, and we are so often disappointed when we try new places. Well, we needn't have worried! Palio was absolutely outstanding from the first bite to the last. Truly first-rate food AND service. Our only complaint was the noise level, which was a bit excessive, particularly given that the dining room was fairly small and intimate. Otherwise, though, all three of us gave Palio two big, satisfied thumbs up. Highly recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing for the "casual menu". Excellent presentation and delicious!

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m
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for small plates and gathering of friends and family

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were not sure what to expect, as the restaurant's web site and Open Table displayed 2 very different menus. Open Table's was the correct one. They need to make an investment in the menu itself, something more professional than menus on copy paper.

The food was very good though, we'd return for that, which made it a success.

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b
Richmond
65 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried something new to us with this restaurant and were so glad we did. We were seated upstairs and received very attentive service. It's now a "tasting room" and I think the menu is evolving that direction. I saw small plates and medium plates on the menu, but a lot of the excellent food (all the food is excellent) wasn't geared towards sharing. The complaints start and end there. And you can use a knife to divide stuff up, so no problem. I recommend the whole menu and we tried a good portion of it! There is a filet fondue in the small plate section that should be eaten every visit. Wine prices are not expensive and they have a nice selection. The chef is to be commended, as is our waiter. We can pick him out of a lineup, but it has been a couple of weeks so cannot remember his name .. but thank you!

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The menu was nothing like what OpenTable had posted. My husband and I got up and left once we looked at the menus and I saw nothing I would eat. . I told one of the gentlemen that their menu was not what their website or OpenTable had on them. They said they would look into it, and for a Friday night (@7:00 pm) the place had 3 tables full, I've eaten there once before and knew in advance that they had changed things up (hence my checking of menus). Highly disappointing and was over priced for the items on their legal size paper menu. They seem to be trying someplace they are not.

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DJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was not good. Food was not good. Found out towards end of meal that the day we were there was their last day before closing for four weeks or so according to the not so friendly waiter. They were turning people away even though there were plenty of tables available. It was Mother Day so it was supposed to be a nice brunch but they weren't even offering brunch or even lunch. Don't recommend this place.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was simply delicious. Every course was so fantastic.

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l
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointing- salad & fish dish good, veal not tender & accompanied by pasta in too heavy sauce. Overpriced, nothing special. Ambience strange- Trying to be upscale Italian- theme but background music was hits of the 70's music throughout meal...(Dust in the Wind, Stayin Alive etc) out of place. wine list way overpriced. Go elsewhere.

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SP
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was exceptional! He was the only one there that evening, seating and serving the entire small restaurant. The food was delicious and drinks were great.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little spot with a good menu, great service, and good ambiance. Light live music on weekends that adds a nice touch.

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M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time dining at Palio and generally we enjoyed the meal but mis-steps marred each course. We were left feeling unimpressed given the expense.
Foremost, the excessive wine list mark-up was a turn-off (nearly 4X on retail is stunning). Savvy restaurateurs know better than to gouge the patron on the wine mark-up! This does not foster a lasting relationship.
Our hostess was a charming lady and offered us a choice of seating options. The upstairs dining room was nearly empty when arriving for an 8PM Saturday reservation.
Live music was performing in the bar area. The music could be heard in the dining room; this was quite nice. Our waiter was attentive and had some good recommendations to share. A chiabatta style bread was served warm and accompanied by a trio of dipping oils/tapenade.
The ample mussels appetizer was spiked with chorizo. The flavor was quite good but the seafood flavor was wholly overwhelmed by the spice.
Spinach salad was a nice rendition though a meager portion given the price, $14.
Rack of lamb was prepared precisely to medium rare and was nicely seasoned; I really liked it. I'm told the risotto was delicious but the serving looked small. The plated green vegetables were delicious, but again, the portions were quite scant (4 thin asparagus spears for my wife; a dozen or so small hericot verts on my plate).
In sum, I suspect I will recommend Palio to friends but with a caveat to resist the wine list and don't arrive too hungry.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and servive was excellent. Little quiet, but we were there at 645 on a Wednesday so certainly not the most vibrant time of the week. Highly recommended

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TF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! We had an awesome experienced waiter named Randy who seemed to know exactly what we would enjoy! We will definitely return on our next visit to Leesburg.

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RK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I had eaten here before and it was very good. This might not so much. We ordered the beef carpaccio and when it arrived it was literally frozen. I appreciate keeping it cold but this was delivered freezer to table. We sent it back. Next up was the seafood and pasta for me and the scallops for my wife. While the seafood and pasta had good flavor the seafood was over cooked. It included clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops and calamari. Scallops, calamari and shrimp were so tough I couldn't eat them.

Wife's scallops were good but a little over seasoned.

Service was excellent and we had a nice bottle of wine but not an experience that would call me back. Maybe just a bad night.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the upstairs dining room and it was A nice quiet place to dine. The food was great...pork chops and filet were cooked perfectly and mighty tasty.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a 5pm reservation. Website and open table said they opened at 5 for dinner. Brought my 9 year old daughter for a fancy dinner on her birthday. They were not open. Walked around the corner and had a great dinner at lightfoot.

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RV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was slow; food was very good. Staff seemed overwhelmed/too few waiters for the number of diners/tables.

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