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About Palio - Ann Arbor

Revel in the simple good taste of country Italian cooking in a convivial setting. Enjoy traditional Italian wines in a comfortable atmosphere. The wonderful aromas of this true Italian cooking are something to be savored. click here for information on special events and promotions http://www.paliorestaurant.com
Ask about our Birthday Meal Deal!

Palio del Sole (Palio rooftop) is walk-in only!

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 930-6100

Website:
http://www.paliorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available next to the restaurant in a paid lot, a parking structure or street meter parking.

Private Party Facilities:
Private party seating available for up to 40 guests, featuring the rustic Palio charm & our special Festa di Vitto menu.

Private Party Contact:
Andy Jacobs: (888) 456-3463

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Palio - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.1

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Pre/post-theatre (15)
Neighbourhood Gem (13)
Cozy (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Fun (11)
Group Bookings (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Romance (9)
Business Meals (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Paleo-Friendly (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Child-Friendly (5)
Late-Night Find (5)
Outdoor Eating (4)
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Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Restaurant Week. Food was just not very good. Two entrees heavy with oil, soup one thin and one thick, no sides but it was a bargain dinner experience. Generally it all felt heavy. Sorry.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
Food5
Ambience2
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was outstanding! We ordered from the restaurant week menu. Server was attentive and friendly.
Kitchen (dish room?) noise was disconcertingly loud where we were in the back seating area. Also the music was not very “background” and hard to talk over or hear the other person’s words. Happily, when we asked to have the volume turned down, they did so immediately :)

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Best Restaurant Week deal going. Food was delicious and very well priced for a “dinner for two”.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent authentic Italian food. We tried several different main dishes as well as an appetizer.
Bread from Zingermann's. Dishes were excellent and service was great! We will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our server was awesome! Friendly and funny. Always made sure we were doing ok and great on water/drink refills.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

All of us ordered different dishes and all of them were good. Next time I am in Ann Arbor, I’ll eat there!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fantastic service and cuisine. Our entrees were perfect, our waiter was friendly and personable. We can't say enough about how much we love this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve was great here. Waiter was able to be attentive even though it was busy. The pasta dishes were excellent.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food came out so quick, the staff was professional and accommodating. Plus you cant beat the cute atmosphere! Love it and their sangria :D

Tags: Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I’ve been to Palio several times, and have always had a good experience. I was not happy with the service tonight. I don’t know if the server was new or had too many tables. The food was good as always.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

good service and nice hot food. No waiting to be seated!

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on December 28, 2017

Delicious reasonably priced Italian food. Great service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on December 22, 2017

Pasta dishes are fantastic, and the desserts are very good. I had the amaretto chocolate mousse and it was wonderful. Only issue we had was the table was obviously a square one that had leaves to lift up to make it round, but the leaves were unstable and the plates were teetering on an incline down into several guests laps. No disasters but it was uncomfortable. Overall, this is one of our favorite spots for the kids' birthdays and we had a great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays
Food1
Ambience3
Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was not a good visit to Palio for my Birthday. My food was cold and my Mom's food was also cold. I am disappointed they no longer have polenta. I will not be dining there again.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The wonderful service and tasteful meal was overshadowed by chips broken glass in my water glass. Waiter nor the manger seemed concerned. Only offered a dessert to make the situation of chips of broken glass in water seem normal

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great service with a very friendly demeanor! Food id very fresh and flavorful. Great Italian cuisine without an overpriced menu plus they serve nice portions! Wine list is a little limited!

Tags: Worth the Drive
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The lasagna Verdure entrees that we ordered were excellent. However, the chicken soup that we ordered could have been hotter. We were disappointed that Palio's no longer offers a free dessert as part of the "birthday offer."

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Enjoyable experience, as always. Danielle is a wonderful server. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cozy place. Great service. Great food. Nice atmosphere. Extensive menu. Great cocktails. Extensive wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
Food1
Ambience2
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on December 14, 2017

We visited Palio, on December 14th, 2017. It was my daughter’s favorite Restaurant to go to in Ann Arbor. It was her birthday. She herself, did some research for birthday deals, we spent most of the day, enjoying her birthday. The festivities would end with dinner at Palio. We had two reservations, acccoring to the manger, when I made the a reservation online, I needed a table for 12, I asked why. The manager replied with, “it wouldn’t let you make the reservation, because we don’t have a table that big available. We will do the best we can to accommodate your party.”
Which was great! I thanked him and all was well. When we arrived, our table was set together, thank you for that. The restaurant itself was mostly empty when we arrived. Service was slow. Food was very greasy, our server was patient. We have a loud family, we enjoy birthdays, we sing to each other, as we sang at Palio. When asked the manger for my daughter’s birthday discount, he asked for a birth certificate. I don’t walk around with birth certificates in my wallet, it’s an important document, in which, I’m sure your company may know, what a pain it would be to have it replaced in case it becomes lost or stolen. So we don’t carry it. But honestly, WHO DOES?
I was told by your manager: “We can’t give your discount. It’s policy that we verify the birthday with a birth certificate. I won’t be able to discount your bill.” I replied with: “My daughter is turning 12 Today, I’m
Sorry I didn’t realize we need a birth certificate to show you, this is her favorite place in town”
Manger: “Mam’ we Can not discount your bill.”
Our total bill must have been close to 300dollars and your manager refused to discount a mere $8. Our server was tipped very well. According to our bill. It boggles my mind, that, A manager, A person representing Main Street Vendors, would treat us that way, and refuse a small discount. I’m writing because of the upset it was caused that night, and how Unwelcome we felt, by Manager

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very good food and servixe

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We came for a birthday. Everything was great. Our server was very helpful answering questions about the menu as well as attentive throughout the meal.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 12, 2017

I am not a "foodie" so take this with a grain of salt 😉 It seems to be very authentic Italian. In fact, that may be my only issue. Because I don't speak, read and can not pronounce Italian, making a pick is a little difficult. The new electronic menus (with pictures) does help, but still, (my problem) I have to spend some time paging to find what I'd like. I had Pasta Di Vino Con Salsiccia which was billed as "spicy" but I found it to be pretty mild. My wife had her usual favorite Penne Arrabiatta and loved it! I asked the waiter to bring me whatever wine he'd recommend for my dish. What he brought was really good. I loved it.

So It's a great restaurant (probably lost on me) but I think it'd awesome it you know what your doing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was great! Food is always good and the restaurant was festive for the holidays.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Another birthday dinner at Palio. We loved it, as usual. Probably our favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. Something for everyone.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience1
Service4
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We always have a great meal at Palio's and they are our restaurant of choice when we attend The Ark (which is about 3-4 times a year). I always make reservations requesting a booth. This visit they sat us in the tiny two seater booth right next to the restrooms , kitchen, and server set up station. The minute I saw where we were being seated I asked for another booth or table. I was told "No, sorry this is all we have." We thought "Wow, why make reservations several days in advance to be seated in the worst spot in the house???" The table was extremely small and it was irritating having all the hustle & bustle going on around us. Other than that our meal was great as usual and service was good.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great experience, great food!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Food and Service, as always.

Server Peyton was fantastic.

Worthy of a Visit Monthly, at Least!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
Food3
Ambience1
Service1
Value2

vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was overall an unpleasant experience. It was a busy Friday night so we had made a reservation. We were told they were running a bit behind and waiting for tables to get up. 30 minutes later most of those waiting had cleared out and similar sized groups were walking in and seated ahead of us. No one seemed very apologetic. Finally we got seated and my chair had a dirty puddle of water that I almost sat in. The hostess barely said sorry and moved it to another table (never cleaning it), where another person almost sat in it! We waited another 10 minutes for anyone to help us. When they came we ordered everything at once, drinks and food, since we had plenty of time to review the menu. Then the wait continued. It was 1 hour past my reservation time and we had just received water. No bread, and no sight of wine and a single draft beer we had ordered. All of a sudden someone is trying to deliver entree’s to us but we were confused as we had not received the appetizer or salads we had ordered. The food runner just looked at us confused and went back to check our ticket. It was our food and he proceeded to deliver it. Moments later our salads and then finally our appetizer arrived. We kept everything as we were hungry, frustrated, and just trying to finish our experience. The food all tasted pretty good, it was just such a disaster to get to that point. Nothing was offered for our clearly frustrating and poor experience. Someone needs to better manage their reservations and customer needs, it will be awhile before I go back again.

Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We took out granddauhghter for her1tth birthday; there were seven of us. Service was a tad slow but that was inderstandable considering it was First Friday Festivities, Midnite Madness, and a home basteball game. All in all, food was great, enjoyed by oldest to youngest. Always loved going to Palio's.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Palio is always a great place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or just for dinner. The food is alwyas great and service excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
Food5
Ambience3
Service4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A bit loud and we didn't get a salad... But good food!

Food3
Ambience2
Service2
Value2

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We ate here on a football weekend, so it was more crowded than an average weekend, but they've been doing this for years so they should have it down.
Our table was ready soon after our reservation (but not so for many others who were waiting WITH reservations) but we felt like we were sort of 2nd rate all night. First of all, the other tables had ipad menus...we had an old (dirty) laminated one. Second, we had to ask for our waiter several times. He forgot a salad, didn't refill our waters, etc.. Just felt like something was "off".
The food we ordered (and received) was fine. Nothing special, just basic good Italian food. We usually linger after a meal, but were ready to get up and leave after this one. Probably won't return since there are so many other options to choose from.

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We come here every year for my father’s birthday, and this year did not disappoint. Service was great, and the food was superb.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We went there for my birthday and had a great time. Food and service was excellent and you get a discount on all the food items as your birthday treat😊
Love their tiramisu!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value4

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my first time going to Palio in about a year and a half. My first experience there was incredibly positive-- fun atmosphere, great service, etc.. I was disappointed this time around however; the food took almost an hour to come out for our party of 5(due to what appeared to be due to an understaffed kitchen), and my meal was either reheated or had been sitting out for an exceptionally long period of time. Interestingly enough, the table next to us had the same issues, if not worse due to their large party of people. That being said, they recognized the poor service, and our lovely waitress was very embarrassed and offered us free dessert. I hope they consider adding to their team in the kitchen in the near future, especially on a busy Saturday night such as that.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun
Food3
Ambience2
Service2
Value2

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our new utensils were quite dirty with dried old cheese on there. The food was good, not great. However, it was loud, and the service was subpar.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food is fresh and delicious!! Just like authentic home cooking! One of my favorite Italian restaurants.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been here before and had a lovely meal. This time the food was disappointing and the service was not good!

Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

Normally we have loved Palio's and they have a good Italian menu, but the Service has gone down considerably our last two visits.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food

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