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12 rue des Porcelet, 13200, Arles, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Palao specialises in simple but well cooked pasta dishes. Located in a small pedestrian street linking Place Antonelle and Place Paul Doumer the area is full of restaurants and bars. Try and get an outside table and watch the world go by. Very friendly and all reasonably priced.

Thank W41
Napa, California
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32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Had read such good reviews about this restaurant, and then our hotel recommended it so we looked forward to a good dinner. We had a warm welcome and a nice glass of wine, however, we found the food to be very bland. Bread was not offered. It was just an expensive dish of very mediocre food.

Thank rachele482
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We thought so much of this little Italian restaurant that we ate there both nights of our stay in Arles. The furnishing is fairly basic, and the menu is short, but everything on it is beautifully prepared and presented; good vegetarian options too. The staff are very friendly and attentive, and the prices good value. There seemed to be a... More 

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Killarney, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

We found this restaurant the evening we got engaged which already made it special but the food was truly outstanding. I got the Penne Ragu which was the nicest I've ever had. It was so good we went back the next 4 nights we were there! The two ladies that served us couldn't have been nicer and any request wasn't... More 

Thank SarahG89
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to eat (alone) somewhere relaxed and casual, and found it. The hostess was Italian (from Parma). The food was Italian in name but modified; the ragu had cream in it, and no bread was offered before or with the pasta. I didn't mind though. My penne with ragu was delicious & my cheese plate (served with bread) was... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We initially went to Le Monde du Sophie, but we needed a glass of wine and they very kindly directed us to this lovely restuarant which was packed. They found a place for us and served delicious pasta. I have lived in Italy and have high standards. The menu is short and everything is fresh. The desserts sounded wonderful (including... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Fresh home made pasta is served with simple ingredients to make for delectable plats. The waitress is charming and friendly. Definitely worth checking out.

Thank Urjit
Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Palao was recommended by our B&B host. We've been to Italy. We've eaten our fair share of pasta. Palao is simple, but good. The Ragu is tasty. Nothing outstanding, but pretty good Italian outside of Italy. Service is excellent.

Thank eyeonadventuresk
Marin County, California
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Trattoria with a small menu but the dishes we chose were well-prepared and tasty - we came to Provence after three weeks in Italy so were able to compare Italian cuisine in Arles vs in Italy, and the food at Palao compared well. Service was attentive and friendly.

Thank LaChinois
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82 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Having been in Italy a few times, we were expecting genuine Italian pasta from what we read on Tripadvisor. Ordering ragu pasta and receiving a plate with mostly cheese and a few bits of meat was a great deception. As the restaurant got crowded, service drastically slowed down and the waiting time became unbareable. We would not recommend this place..

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
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  • Address: 12 rue des Porcelet, 13200, Arles, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence  >  Bouches-du-Rhone  >  Arles
  • Phone Number: 0490936132

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?