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“Tough location, but doing a good job” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palio of Leesburg

Palio of Leesburg
2 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176
+1 703-779-0060
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Ranked #36 of 170 Restaurants in Leesburg
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The award winning Palio Ristorante Italiano is a combination of three of the premier historic buildings in downtown Leesburg, Virginia. Palio provides Leesburg's newest venue for dining, entertaining, and banquet facilities. Palio has designed and built an establishment like no other in the Washington area, utilizing unique combinations of cherry wood, onyx, and antique mirrors and chandeliers. The design has been meticulously configured into the existing space in these historic buildings. The theme of the Palio derives from the ancient horse race -beautiful and bold, risky and exciting, a feast for the eyes as well as the senses. Good music, a fine wine selection, house made pasta and bread prepared on site, and sourcing from local producers, can only be described as a beautiful experience- all presented in an historic setting that would be as comfortable in Italy as it is in Loudoun County.
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39 reviews 39 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Tough location, but doing a good job”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

This corner of historic downtown Leesburg has other high end restaurants,so Palio has its work cut out to compete. The food was prepared with care, but a little short of memorable. The upstairs dining room is a little hard to access if you are having a dinner for your older friends or relatives, but quiet for Sunday or weekday dinners.

Take care not to park in the lot next to the restaurant..This lot is reserved for Lightfoot diners and you will be towed. The city garage across the street is a safer place to park.

Visited June 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Northern Virginia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Better than in year's past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We have been coming to Palio's since it first opened. The food then was fine, but we noticed it starting to decline. Had our Christmas party here, would come for ladies lunches... We hadn't returned in several years as the food and service was not what it once was. When we heard that Chef Ian Dieter from Goodstone and L' Auberge was now the head chef, we thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. Many changes in the two years we were absent. They expanded the space taking over the next building and added live music (Saturday evening, at least). Prix fixe was the what we decided. We were able to have an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert all for prices ranging from $35-55. Dinner was very good and large portions. Had a hard time eating it all. Service was good, not overly attentive but always available. Jazz music was nice, but as we were on the main level and next to it, very loud. Dinner for four, all prix fixe (and satisfied) and two bottles of reasonably priced white wine came to $200 including tip each couple. ($400). Folks were dressed nicely in business casual.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Detroit, Michigan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Had a wonderful meal at Palio this weekend.

Prix fixe is a good way to go even if you take just 3 of the 4 courses unless you are having entree only. Generous portions with price to match. Extensive wine list. Knowledgeable waiter (Bill) with a sense of humor. The 4 people in our party had scallops/risotto, lamb chops, tagliatelle Bolognese and beef filet - none of us finished our plate (and two were hearty eaters). The complimenting vegetables were very nicely prepared. Beef carpaccio was excellent (also generous). Very good desserts.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leesburg, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Regrettably a fast decline”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Il Palio Ristorante Italiano was a good restaurant for which I submitted favorable reviews in the past. Few months ago all has changed with the deparyure of Chef Antonio ..... Now it is no longer a "ristorante italiano" and frankly I find challenging to define what it has become Our last visit was disappointing and not on critical dishes but simply on how they prepared a simple dish of pasta. Overcooked, smashed together and lumpy. All what it should not be. The service also seems declining and regrettable is a restaurant I would place on the "go at risk." Expensive for not reason!

Visited May 2014
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Montross, Virginia
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Price shock”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Took five people to lunch yesterday. Charming waiter, but the food cost was off the wall. Paid about $25 for each LUNCH (total $210 with tip). The small portions were lunch size with a dinner menue price. They wisely do not put their menue and prices on their website, nor is the menue shown on tripadvisor. The food was good, but you leave with an empty stomach and wallet. We will not return.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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