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!
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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: 8884563463x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Palio - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews
Service wasn't the greatest. Food is pre ...
Service wasn't the greatest. Food is pretty good though. We went at 7:30 and the place was dead. Maybe it picks up a bit later I the evening?
I'm afraid they are either poorly staffe ...
I'm afraid they are either poorly staffed or the staff is poorly trained. We waited a good 15 minutes after we were seated before a server came by and brought us water. It went downhill after that. We (4) dined on the patio upstairs and fortunately it was a beautiful evening, because we spent much more time than we could have expected. They were not particularly busy, but the service was EXTREMELY slow. We didn't order anything out of the ordinary, but SLOW was the word. In fact, it was taking so long to get our dessert that we ended up canceling the dessert order, and walked down to Washtenaw Dairy. Plus, to our surprise, we were charged for a refill on my glass of iced tea. It cost nearly $6 for two glasses of iced tea. I wish the waitress would have told me there would be a charge for the second glass, I would have just had my water, especially since it took so long to get it, I didn't even finish the glass. VERY DISAPPOINTING VISIT =(((
Food and service up to the usual high st ...
Food and service up to the usual high standards. Only disappointment was a newly revised menu, eliminating some of our long standing favorites. Gazpacho still a standout, though.
Always great- love the pasta pomDoro
Always great- love the pasta pomDoro
We were disappointed that the menu had c ...
We were disappointed that the menu had changed and many of our previous favorites were no longer on the menu. Not sure if we will come again. We will definitely check the menu closely before making a reservation.
Service and food was ok except the following: Chicken and pesto not good. The chicken was grisly and inedible. They replaced it but it wasn't much better. Another meal came after the rest of us were done. They made the wrong dinner. They took both meals off, that was good.
When I didn't care for the suggested wine, I was allowed to switch to something else for no extra charge - very much appreciated!
Food was great.... Service was :/
Food was good. Fav. Place to dine in A2, but our service was pretty bad.
Great Place For Birthdays
Palio has a very customer-friendly policy of offering a free meal plus dessert ON your birthday (drivers license or equivalent required for proof). Their food is excellent and the waitstaff is very friendly and attentive. I highly recommend a visit!
We like to go to Palio for special occasions, as was the case this time. Unfortunately our food was not as good as usual. Maybe it was because we went on a Sunday night? Not sure but the salmon was only so-so and other than a pasta dish, no one really was excited this time. Normally this is really good food. Think something was just off this evening. Waiter was great. Noise level was high only because of kids that were part of our party :(
Enjoyed the visit and especially the grilled calamari appetiser recommended by our servers.
My dish was listed with polenta and Brus ...
My dish was listed with polenta and Brussels sprouts. I didn't want polenta and was told I could substitute asparagus. It came with polenta and asparagus. They took away the polenta. I guess they were out of Brussels sprouts but I wasn't told that by the server. I later got broccolini instead, which was awful. We ordered coffee which came in mismatched cups which were very different sizes. I was given a big soup spoon to stir cream in my coffee. All I all, not a pleasant dining experience. I won't return.
More bread please!
We asked for more bread several times but never got any.
Solid A2 restaurant that I always enjoy. ...
Solid A2 restaurant that I always enjoy. Great service.
Enjoyed our birthday treat
We come here frequently for special occasions and birthday, as there is ample space for groups. The food is traditional Italian and dependably good.
A consistent performer disappoints
We typically have had wonderful success at Palio and choose it as a location halfway between ourselves and some dear friends. Th company was outstanding and 2 of 4 meals were good, but the remainder was such a disappointment. A tomato bisque soup that was inedible (curdled). A delightful but slow waitress. Shortchanged on the salad which only had lettuce on it....and mislead with a seafood entree. We will probably choose another spot next time we meet.....so sad
Reliable for great evening
This is our third time to enjoy Palio and I'm now compelled to write solid review about great food and lovely experience. Our reservation time was respected on busy post-game evening. Our orders were taken and delivered in a timely but not rushed fashion. Again, the food was delicious and I'm now confident I'll get a delicious meal at a reasonable price. Service was fine, neither exceptional nor problematic. I'll take that and their cray-cray bruschetta anyday! We'll return with friends and family whenever we can because this is now my go-to when I'm in AA.
Horrible food. Will never eat here again
Noodles were fine, sole was horribly dry, ravioli was not worth it and lasagna was bland. Waiter was gracious. Not his problem. Waste of money and time.
We ordered 2 fish dishes which were ined ...
We ordered 2 fish dishes which were inedible and more like cardboard than fish. They were happy to replace but my replacement salmon was also tasteless. The replacement time totally ruined the cadence of the meal which was in celebration of my son having been awarded university honors earlier in the day . To try to put a happy face on a bad experience I ordered a round of sambuca for all four diners . I was shocked that the manager didn't offer to Comp the sambuca to at least try to have us leave with some good sentiment. As it is none of us are ever going back and we plan to tell all our friends to avoid this establishment. If I had more time I would trash the experience on Yelp but will suffice to just use word of mouth ......
Love the ambience of the restaurant. Has a quaint country like atmosphere. Food is great and plentiful. Service was prompt and curteous. One of my favorite restaurants.
Not what it used to be
Every year we celebrate my husband's birthday at Palio's. This year will be our last! We have always had a positive experience, but this time was different. Our waiter was not at all engaging, did not follow up with us and we had to ask and wait for bar drinks, water, coffee. The restaurant was not busy, so not sure why this was. Food was okay, but nothing spectacular. With the number of great restaurants in Ann Arbor, Palio's should re-evaluate it's offerings and staff to create an experience versus just a mediocre meal. Disappointed!
The food and service were great except o ...
The food and service were great except our waiter. He was rude and not very friendly. The rest of the staff seemed very friendly and pleasant.
Great place for couples
Awesome food. Everything is made from scratch. If there's something that you would like but can't find it on the menu, they will do their best to make it for you.
Palio has always been a top choice for very good Italian food. The extensive menu has something for everyone. Service was timely and courteous.
The food at Palio was wonderful. The sauces on the Italian dishes were so flavorful. They also offer a deal if one of your party is having a birthday.
Excellent server serving excellent food
Had a bottle of the featured wine. Yum! Four different entrees were all wonderful. And room for dessert was the crowning glory.
Very good, not perfect.
Overall very food was good. We both got seafood dishes with 4 different seafoods. The calamari was over cooked on one and the fish was over cooked on the other. The flavored were good and everything else was great and can't expect it to be perfect. The meal with appetizer, salad, entree and desert took 2 hours and 15 minutes. I enjoy a long dinning experience so I had no complaints. Some may think that is slow.
Always delicious food. My wife and I of ...
Always delicious food. My wife and I often celebrate special occasions at Palio. It's my favorite Ann Arbor restaurant.
Great spot in Ann Arbor
I took my daughter and her friends when I visited University of Michigan. We all had pasta. Food was great! A nice treat for college students.
The food and service was exceptional. We had a party of 7 that were celebrating a birthday. Nice discount if it is the actual birthday date. Everyone had a different dish and everyone commented on how delicious the food was.
The food was very good, as usual. We were not able to be seated in our favorite "traditional" area that we had reserved (we had to change the time last minute) but the restaurant host/manager graciously apologized and removed the charge for our appetizers. Very professional and all food very good. We will return for our birthday celebrations at Palio (we have done so for many years).
Excellent food and service by our waiter ...
Excellent food and service by our waiter! Attentive without smothering, and paid nice attention to details of preparing our leftovers to go. The same cannot be said about the floor manager who left us standing for over 5 minutes at the door before he appeared to greet us. Where were you?! No apology offered, either. Still, our waiter and an excellent meal resulted in a nice evening.
Valentines evening dinner
We booked a reservation for valentines day and were able to get right in at our reservation time. Our waiter was friendly, prompt and efficient. I had ordered bruschetta which was soggy, and the flavor of the balsamic vinegar was so strong the dish had no other flavor. I'm not sure if there was extra seating because of the holiday, but we were sat at a booth in the back and shortly after a couple was placed at a table nearest us. The table was so close to us that i had to interrupt the other dinners to ask them to move so i could get out of the booth and there was little space to walk from the back because of the seating situation.
Poor Ambiance, Great Food
Frustrating seating experience. We made reservations for pre-Valentine's Day dinner about a week in advance, and arrived 15 minutes prior to our reservation time. We were still tucked away in the back room at a very small table right next to the extremely loud kitchen, bright lights, and silverware area. Other than the poor ambiance, the food and service was great.
Family, food, and fun!
We visited Palio for our daughter's birthday which was the next day. It was an enjoyable experience! The food was excellent. Even our lower priced wine selection was liked by all in our company. Our waiter gave us great advice and was very attentive. Our water glasses were always refilled and our bread basket continually replenished. It was a wonderful evening!
Great food in a nice relaxing atmosphere ...
Great food in a nice relaxing atmosphere. The service was excellent and prices reasonable. We'll be back.
Not the best experience.
We've been to Palio many times and always loved it. This time. ..not so much. My appetizer was delivered to the wrong table, parmesean cheese at an Italian restaraunt was extra, bread was ice cold and we received one plate of oil for the table to share. When we tried to find the waitress to get more she was no where to be found. Salmon was cold, lasagna was dry, and chicken on my pesto was extremely dry. I think the only phrase the waitress knew was "no worries" which was extremely annoying after the 4th or 5th time hearing it. I usually expect more from Palio!
Palio is a wonderful Italian restaurant ...
Palio is a wonderful Italian restaurant with a cozy welcoming atmosphere. Normally I eat on the rooftop, but I was equally satisfied in the dining area. I made dinner reservations on a Saturday night and we were seated right away. The server was very diligent in refilling drinks throughout the night. I brought in a cake and they were VERY accommodating making sure we had all the candles lit before singing to my friend! They made it a special experience for all of us. It was a great memory!
Loud and slow
Food was lukewarm when served, 3 separate 'crashes' of plates while we dined. It was so jammed someone jokingly said we better look for a door in the event of a fire. To the waitresses credit she said the kitchen was very backed up and encouraged us to order appetizers which we did. Was also very loud, probably a better place to dine in the summer on the roof top. Having the kitchen literally up front by the main entrance was interesting. Servers trying to get food out with a jammed lobby with people waiting was interesting.
Very slow Service
The food was great but we waited about 30 minutes before our order was even taken, then over an hour for food. I know it was a busy Saturday night but we were there a total of 2.5 hours by the time we finally got our checks.
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