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About The Tasting Room at Palio
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
Leesburg, VA 20176
Contemporary American, Modern European, American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Sunday 4pm - 10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano Bar on Friday
Parking Garage across the street
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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The Tasting Room at Palio Ratings and Reviews
Many of the reviewers said it was overpriced for the area and for what you got. I should have taken that advice.
The food is good but not great or even close to the prices (more like a large city). The wine list was uninspired and lacked many reasonably priced Italian wines. Our wine was very good but more four times what I could buy it for at a store.
We ordered coffee (more on this) and it failed to come with our dessert. Our waiter blamed it on the person he gave the order to! No offer to give it us for free-three regular coffees on top of a $230 bill
Really nice interior, ruined by loud “soft rock” music blaring
But the kicker-we ask for espressos and were told they do not have an expresso machine. McDonalds can make you an expresso in Iowa and they cannot?
Not going back
My husband and I shared an appetizer and a salad which was plenty for us to begin our meal. This was really perfect as the escargot were very filling for one. He had the spaghetti bolognese and I had the scallops with wild mushroom risotto. We were both very happy with our entrees. We shared a tiramisu for dessert and it was excellent.
As expected, the Easter Brunch was excellent. Most are treated like family here, with just the right amount of attention from the servers. This is easily the best managed restaurant in Leesburg, featuring a very skilled and innovative kitchen, and a highly professional service staff that would be right at home in any fine dining venue. They never miss an opportunity to enhance the dining experience. First class fine dining by any standard.
We live near Leesburg and used to go to Palio frequently ever since it opened. Always great meals. We knew it was expensive, especially for Pasta dishes with prices generally even higher than DC for equivalent food. But the atmosphere and good cooking made it worth it to us.
Then around last Summer we had a very poor experience. It seemed like Palio was having an Identity Crisis and trying to change it's format and become a "Steak and Seafood" restaurant, much like all of the only half-decent chains around here. Pasta selections were very sparse and execution was poor. We panned it in a Review. They even advertised the Restaurant as "Palio Steak and Seafood."
But we decided to give it another try last weekend and were very pleasantly surprised. Seems like they are back on track in most areas. We loved it. Food was great and well executed. Menu selections were good. Pasta is still way overpriced, but......, and they had Risotto again! I had to ask for it, since it wasn't on the Menu, but they gladly made it.
Main area for improvement seems to be the Wine List. They're around the corner from the excellent Wine Kitchen where very good bottles are available from as low as $25.00 and up with dozens priced between $20 and $30, At Palio, the List is rather sparse, especially for an upscale Italian restaurant, with no bottles of Red Wine under $48.00. And up in price from there. Way too high for those choices. No reasonable Dolcettos, Montalpecianos, Tuscan blends, Puglia area wines, etc. Not even a decent Barbera, Chianti or Sangiovese.
But make no mistake. We'll be back as soon as we can.
First time there, but it definitely will not be our last! We had a fabulous Valentine's Day lunch. Our 12 year old ate like (and felt like) a queen. We enjoyed everything aspect of this meal from appetizers to dessert, atmosphere, staff, etc. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.
This was a very quiet night, in part because many patrons were likely home watching the Redskins playoff game. Among the marks of a great restaurant is how well the kitchen and the service staff perform on a very slow night. At Palio, everyone is at the top of their game every night. The kitchen served up perfectly prepared and presented courses, and the always exceptional service team was simply perfect in every way. It is impossible not to feel special at Palio, where you are always treated like you are family. Nothing comes close to Palio anywhere in the area, leaving other venues to compete for "#2".
The food was great and the portions reasonable; not too big but not too small. The wine list was comprehensive and the prices reasonable. Our waiter was very attentive, polite, and knowledgeable. On the downside, it took a long time for us to receive our main course. Our waiter apologized and explained that a "large party" upstairs had swamped the kitchen staff. Ok... but they should have planned for this, and at any rate other guests should not get the short end of the stick. In other visits we have received quick service so my guess is this was a one-off for them.
We were greeted warmly by each employee we encountered as we made our way to the table.
The whole group seemed happy to have us there & the attentive attitude lasted thru the evening. There were a few groups eating there - we were the only couple at that time - but the staff never seemed harried & made us feel special.
The food is very well done. My husband had lasagna & it was so flavorful - meaty & cheesy.
I had a mixed green salad - they do it like in Italy; no Iceberg in sight - just a nice mix of greens with grape tomatoes & a champagne vinaigrette that was perfectly sweet-savory. I also had the butternut squash soup - with fresh pepper sprinkled on top, it was a wonderful light supper.
We highly recommend the venue for food, service & ambiance.
Palio's is a nice restaurant, well decorated, etc., but the service was less than acceptable for a dinner bill of nearly $150 for two. I had to request lemons for my water three times. We ordered an appetizer to be followed by our salads and entrees. The server put the appetizer in front of me and the salad in front of my husband, and did not apparently write down my salad order or just plain forgot. Wasn't clear. He was polite and professional, but inattentive to the details. The food was very good, but I'm not sure I would go back anytime soon unless the service details improve. Oh, and the bread was laughable. White, anemic and the size of croutons in a paper napkin-lined basket ten times the size of the bread.
I started with the calamari appetizer which was done to perfection and had a light peppery taste which was new and refreshing. Moved on to the pan seared rib-eye steak. The steak was done as ordered, I would recommend it. The wine list was a little steep for the limited selection but what wines they have on hand are well chosen. I would definitely return to this restaurant.
I've wanted to try this restaurant for some time being that it's on the way to a favorite leisure spot. Sadly I was disappointed. My chicken was dry, my pasta over cooked and although the staff was lovely, they lacked knowledge. Price point is high for what they offer and the offerings for dinner are limited. Overall fair but not fair enough to return.
Getting together with old friends to catch up and wanted a place to relax, chat over a good meal. Selected Palio's as our timing was last minute and many other places were booked. There was plenty of availability at Palio's. I attribute that to cost. The food and ambiance are wonderful but so are other places at a fraction of the cost. A glass of chardonnay was $12. Lasagna nearly $20, scallops upper $30s. Our tab was well close $300 for 4 & one person in our party had soup & salad as their entree. That said, the mussels are delicious as an appetizer, as is the calamari. My husband & I discussed on the way home, probably the best bet would be to go sit at the bar and order a drink and some apps and still enjoy the restaurant but not spend a fortune. Our server was excellent and attentive. Just be prepared to spend some serious money.
some of the portions like the pasta with clams is too small- but the Bolgnese is the best I have ever had. The restaurant was REALLY loud and we had to move our table just so we could hear each other- and the lights kept dimming which was really annoying- if they fix these problems this will be an outstanding place because the food id so good
Tried Palio finally after it had been open a few years. Not sure why it took so long and after eating there I wish it would have been sooner. Since then our family has eaten there a couple more times and while it is a bit pricey the food is consistent and very enjoyable. The waiters we have had also were fantastic and chatty, but not overly so. Not typical Italian food you would find at any chain and that is the best part. Definitely recommend others give it a try and don't wait so long like we did!
We were celebrating my husband's birthday on a Sunday evening. We both had the Jambalaya (made with penne pasta rather than rice), house salads and a glass of wine. Everything was delicious! Randy and Conor served us, and they could not have been more polite, friendly and attentive. Our food was served promptly, but we did not feel at all rushed. A very positive experience!
The food was delicious and the staff was very accommodating to us. We celebrated my wife's birthday, and the food and wine did not disappoint. The were able to do a diablo with red sauce at my wife's request with her seafood pasta, and it was wonderful. A super way to celebrate!
We were a little apprehensive due to the number of criticisms in reviews, but are so glad we decided to give it a try. The service was both very efficient and very friendly. The food was excellent. We enjoyed the lasagne, filet, farm-to-fork pork with corn and black bean salsa, and the chef's lobster pomodoro custom made on request; all were outstanding. We shared desserts of raspberry cobbler and chocolate lava cake that were wonderful. The 2010 Sancerre made a great aperitif. The only complaint we could register is that a side dish was forgotten and not served until we were almost done with the meal, but the quality of the food turned this into a minor complaint. We will definitely go back.
My husband and I chose Palio to celebrate 30 years as a couple. We'd dined there before and love the atmosphere and we know the food is excellent. There special was a Farm to Fork and wine pairing which we absolutely loved! Randy, our server, was charming and knowledgable. Since ordered appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert and also paired each with wine, our bill was pretty big. Since it was an anniversary celebration, we were okay with that!
We always loved Palio and had great meals. Good menu selection. A bit pricey, but worth it.....until now. Something happened. Menu is not the same at all. Much more limited and fewer good Italian selections. No more Gnocchi, Risotto, Unusual Raviolis, etc. Menu looks like a standard Clydes or Chain restaurant with steaks, pork chops etc. Worse, food was not good at all. Sloppy execution, globs of too much sauce, etc. Menu lists a different Chef. Real shame.
Among the real tests for a great restaurant is finding out what happens when the primary Chef is not in the house. Chef Dieter had been away for a few days, but unless somebody told me that, I would never have known. The food was perfect as always, and the service remains flawless. Nothing is missed here. Palio continues to evolve, in the sense that management continues to find new ways to make fine dining exciting in Leesburg. There are other good restaurants in Leesburg and the surrounding area, but nothing that approaches being a peer to this extraordinary venue.
The waiter was great, did magic tricks for the kids....but the food took FOREVER. We had a 2 year old, so time was very limited. The food was good-but way too pricey. We were there for Mother's Day lunch-so our options were limited by the time I made reservations. Not sure I will go back, base mainly on the price of the food. I think there are better places I would rather go to if I am going to spend that kind of money.
The Pickled beet salad with goat cheese was noteworthy. My wife had the had the Fruti De Mare. It was outstanding. Great atmosphere, and they really make you feel at home. I highly recommend this restaurant, and plan to go back there whenever I am in Leesburg again.
After reading many mixed reviews on both food and service, I was hesitant about suggesting Palio's for our special occasion. But, my entire group enjoyed fabulous meals on Mother's Day. We ordered from the dinner menu and everything from the Veal to the Salmon to the Crab Cakes were delicious. The freshest vegetables I've ever eaten, all plated beautifully. Their crab stuffed mushrooms were also great. Salads were huge, definitely big enough for a meal.
It is a bit pricey, but I think it is on par with Lightfoot and Tuskies, both the caliber of food and cost. We never felt rushed as we sometimes do at Lightfoot.
There were at least 5 other entrees I can't wait to try. I'm going back soon.
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