Il Palio
Il Palio

Il Palio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sienahotel.com/IlPalio.aspx
  • Phone: 9199182545x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Brunch Sunday: 11:30 - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Teddy Diggs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Private dining and meeting sapce available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com
  • Entertainment: Live music Friday & Saturday Nights 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Special Events: Private dining available to up to 100 guests. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
A word from Il Palio
Il Palio is a farm-to-fork restaurant dedicated to providing tantilizing dishes using only the freshest ingredients. Know for its Italian influence, Il Palio takes pride in creating tastes from the old country while offering new, interesting flavors. With over 400 wines to choose from, there is a perfect compliment to any meal. Il Palio has consistently been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award and is acclaimed by Condé Nast.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Il Palio reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (20)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (16)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)great for brunch (5)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Amazing food, great atmosphere and very attentive staff.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have dined at Il Palio perhaps a half dozen times now. The service staff here always performs at a high level. They consistently (1) anticipate needs, (2) adjust their service pattern to diner needs/desires, and (3) make diners feel perfectly comfortable during the entire meal. This level and reliability of service makes dining at Il Palio a real pleasure, especially since the food also delivers on taste and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Italian
    Spydurm
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service: We asked for and received a quiet table away from traffic. We were greeted with wishes related to the occasion noted in the reservation and the service remained exceptional throughout our evening. The food: The sopressata appetizer was great. My braised see scallops with local shrooms entree was an incredible taste combination that just made me crave the next bite. My wife's beef entree was also delicious. The Bombolino dessert, freshly fried lightly sugared doughnut-hole like pastries - served with a lemon-curd whipped cream, were a wonderful conclusion to the meal. The wine list is notable for the quality of the offerings and the sommelier was attentive and helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    Drmom63
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I really wanted to like this restaurant. The setting was lovely. The food was ok, but not great. My mussels were good, but their take on Eggplant Parmesan was unbreaded and essentially mush. My son liked the Pasta Nero with shrimp, but my husband thought the lasagna was nothing special. Wine was marked up considerably. Hardly a bottle less than $70. All in all, I found it disappointing. With so many wonderful restaurants in Chapel Hill, I doubt I will go back again.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for date night
    THMD27516
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent wine list with impeccable service and atmosphere. Great for a dinner out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    AstuteObserverVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Is what we had at lunch two days ago. Truly Italian inspired good. Well served in a a pleasant environment. Can't comment on other restaurants in this area but if seeking good Italian food I would not hesitate choosing Il Palio.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    GCfoodluvr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service at Il Palio never disappoint, both are outstanding. We dine at the restaurant each time we visit our son at college and the area (4-5 times a year), we would be there more often but live in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuck
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went there for our wedding anniversary. Everything was splendid, as it has always been.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Delicious food and excellant service! Will return!
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  • Inventive Italian Dishes
    dmlehman6
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was my 2nd trip to Il Palio - this time on purpose. The first instance we wandered in by chance as we were staying at the hotel. This time round, to celebrate my birthday on a return trip. Foccacia made onsite, steeped in olive oil - great start! Linguine with clams - small portion, just right on the pasta. 4 clams - maybe a little stingy. Sauce fantastic. Others ate lasagna and enjoyed it. The bombolone dessert doughnuts are the best. There are more menu choices than some reviewers here have suggested. Starters, pastas, mains. It's a bit on the pricey side, but thoroughly enjoyable and they have wonderful service. Recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic package
    Steak2diefor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Just recently stayed at the hotel and the restaurant was part of the romantic package, don't usually have high hopes for hotel restaurants, but the food was awesome..great Italian..good service and great wine.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our meal was superb. The service outstanding and a quite atmosphere to allow conversation. I had veal and pork meatballs with a pomodoro sauce and I am still thinking about them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, ambience, food
    pgallVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at Il Palio - it was a quiet night in the restaurant and we enjoyed lingering over our meal. We enjoyed the prosciutto with melon appetizer, and two pasta dishes. Bombolini dessert with lemon curd was wonderful. Wine by the quartino is the best deal. Prices were within line for the excellent service except the overpriced bottle of sparkling water. All in all, a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vickie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    After the reviews we read on Trip Advisor, we were very disappointed by the food. That being said, the service was extraordinary, and the restaurant itself was lovely.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Il Palio on Saturday, July 5th. There were two other tables (other than ours) with seated dinner patrons. You could hear a pin drop! The menu was bleak, with only 4 entrees. My wife ordered a sea bass fillet, which was dry and tasteless, and appeared to be more of a snapper than sea bass. I ordered a lobster pasta, which contained lots of pasta and very little lobster pieces. The salad and dessert were excellent, the entrees not so much. Service was very good. Very disappointed to see this once-heralded restaurant slip like this.
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  • New Chef Hits His Stride at Palio
    JMLinPNS
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Wow! We loved it. We ate in the bar the first night and had room service the others. The food was uniformly wonderful...I love the kale caesar , and the pastas were perfect al dente and sauced to perfection. If you order the whole fish or the roast baby chicken, ask them to bone the fish and disjoint the chicken...it'll be a lot easier to eat, and they will do that...arranging everything beautifully on a new plate. Chris at the bar is loads of fun and picks good wines when asked for his opinion. We're definitely happy with the experience and will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The menu is limited but that is because it changes frequently and every dish is presented like an artwork and the tast is amazing! There was a piano player that played ambient music live! The decorations are good but boring/plain compared to overseas. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable and very good at anticipating needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Father's Day Brunch
    Rebkop21
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had awesome service & wonderful food! They offer brunch every Sunday. We definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but limited lunch options
    Sunny
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant with excellent service. The lunch menu, however, is limited. There is a need for more small items which are not so pricey. Many people in our culture do not wish a big meal at the noon hour. I would suggest a variety of salads, with and without seafood or chicken, a choice of two to three seasonal soups, and a variety of sandwiches or light items. Our group of five women all chose the same item from the menu, simply because it was one of the lighter, less expensive options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 566 reviews are from the Il Palio reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Jessie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Noticeable decline in both food quality and atmosphere since our last visit. The place was half-empty yet we were shown to a table that was clearly brought in from the patio. The food was okay, but nothing special. Really not what we were expecting after making a reservation months in advance for Mother's Day weekend. The only bright spot was the attentive service.
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  • Wonderful Mothers Day Brunch
    birdie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a delicious three course prix fixe brunch at It Palio. The food was wonderful and the service couldn't have been better. Mothers Day weekend in Chapel Hill is always challenging for both diners and restaurants because it is graduation weekend for both UNC and Duke. Il Palio handled it perfectly. You wouldn't have even known that it was a busier than usual weekend. What a treat for mothers and grads!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chapel Hill gem at the Siena Hotel.
    WineB4Dine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had dinner celebrating son's graduation. Very relaxed atmosphere--did not feel rushed. Sommelier on site made excellent sparkling wine suggestions. Food was fantastic (though pricey) with VERY attentive, friendly service. Breakfast was reasonably priced. Special occasion restaurant--would dine there again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time at Il Palio
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We enjoyed our second visit to Il Palio with friends. Have met the new manager through a wine class he is teaching. Thought the food was excellent and atmosphere pleasant and relaxing. I am not a fan of hotel restaurants, but this one is very good.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Chef Teddy Diggs Does It Again!
    MangiaBeneVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Wow! I write a lot of reviews for this restaurant because I frequent at least once a week now...it's that good! I am always amazed at Chef Teddy Diggs creativity and this past weeks dinner blew me away! I saw on the menu right away a soup titled Stinging Nettles soup. I'm familiar with Stinging Nettles but never dreamed you could eat them let alone make a soup out of them so of course I had to order a bowl and boy am I glad I did! It was delicious and served with a perfectly poached egg which you break and mix up into the soup...what a great presentation! His menu changes practically daily so I don't know if this will be offered again but if you see it on there I encourage you to give it a try...you'll be glad you did!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • coopsterVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    good hotel restaurant. good service, friendly ambience. convenient off of hotel lobby.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Palio Misses Again
    Muzza
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Probably giving up on this spot. Asked for a quiet table for 5 and was given a large table for 8 at which we couldn't hear one another. Asked for another table. Were placed in front of the kitchen entrance and the activity and hovering staff made the experience feel chaaotic and quite noisy. Limited menu and servings were miniscule but good. Waiter was very inexperienced but tried to do a good job. We were all disappointed on this birthday occasion for two members of the party. with each changing chef, we've come back but finally would not recommend this restaurant again.
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  • unhappy
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Il Palio is back to its former elegant self! We loved everything--imaginative, delicious food, great service, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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  • A home run!
    Frances
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    This chef, new to Il Palio but notorious where he cooked before, is exceptional! His dishes are fresh, interesting, creative but not overdone. Every item on the menu is a home run! We are so fortunate to have him in the triangle area!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef, same great Italian food
    GDubVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    There have been some concerns about the changing of executive Chefs recently, but allow me to put those concerns to rest. While Chef Teddy Diggs has added a new flare to the cuisine while keeping it consistent with what you have grown to expect from this rustic, upscale Italian landmark. The homemade rustic pastas are offered in small and large portions, with the lamb ragu being especially bold and balanced. They also offer entrees for two and an extended tasting option. The direction adds more depth to the menu than previous iterations. The wine list continues to boast the fine selection of Italian wines in addition to a variety of other countries' offerings. Finish off the meal with the lemon curd bomboloni, you'll thank me later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    LWRC
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    What a delight! Wonderful menu, fresh and seasonal. PERFECTLY prepared and presented. The portion size was correct; the colors and combination of seasoning texture etc. was excellent. The house focaccia was excellent. The wine quarto for the same price that others charge for a glass is brilliant. ALL the wait staff, maitre'de, wine steward, etc., were kind, attentive, well mannered, conversive, and made the entire experience a joy. It was very busy that night, and we were told very politely, that our waiter would be with us momentarily; even though he and all the staff were very busy, we were made to feel like we were the only ones they were waiting on. Can't wait to come there again. Changes by the new Executive Chef are wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Food Ever
    RDFoodie
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We consider ourselves foodies and have eaten all over the world, including Italy. We have never had a nicer meal. My husband's Osso Bucco was particularly outstanding. My buccatini was excellent as well. And the focaccia bread! It had no need of olive oil nor butter and it was nicely different. My husband splurged and had the chocolate torta for dessert. Wow! It came with the most fabulous bing cherries ever. (I stole two) My only comment was that since it was so very rich, the portion size could have been smaller. It could probably be enough for two. THe staff was also knowledgable about their wines--a real plus.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foccacia for the soul
    Love2eat
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    For foodies going the gluten free route, you may want to make an exception here. The bread was an out of this world experience. Olive oil from Umbria has been infused into the dough, along with the weaving in of Rosemary and sea salt. The baking preparation creates a robust crusty exterior while allowing for a soft texture within. Having picked the 4 course menu, I wanted to limit my bread consumption but found my willpower to weak to stop. The menu was not overwhelming in choices but provided enough variety to satisfy the curiosity of both timid and adventurous diners. A wonderful find in Chapel Hill.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great meal and service the second time just like the first. Worth the drive from Elon.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    LeeK
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I love elegant lunches, and Il Palio delivers better than any place I know in Chapel Hill or Durham. The service was outstanding, the waiter extremely knowledgeable, and the ambiance was conducive to quiet conversation. The food itself was excellent -- interesting selections, beautifully prepared, and what I really appreciated was a dessert menu that showed some real thought and creativity. I've been eating at Il Palio for over twenty years and it really has taken itself to a very high level of food and dining excellence. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Ravioli and Gnocci
    lunchproVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    They had run out of the Monkfish by the time we got to order so we ordered 2 pastas and 2 Sea Bass, which were served whole,way too salty, oily and not at all to my liking. Gabriel kindly took those fish dishes away and replaced them with the most delicious gnocci and ravioli dishes! It made my night! The service was fantastic and so was the entire experience. Bravo for handling it so well!!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • A Saturday Night Out
    coja
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The staff at Il Palio was gracious and attentive, the food excellent, and everything but the delivery of the check (and its calculation) handled in a timely fashion. The only problem we had was with the final disposition of the check. The waiter had a problem breaking the larger check into smaller, separate ones and returned after attempting to do this with the wrong configuration of checks. Only one group of our party of 7 received the check they asked for. The larger check was also not delivered in a timely manner after we completed our dessert. I'm not at all sure our waiter was to blame; rather, it may not be the policy of Il Palio to routinely break larger group checks into smaller ones. I would suggest this be allowed in the future.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been here a number
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We have been here a number of times and always find food and service to be exceptional. Unfortunately, my main course was served very cool and when I asked for it to be heated, it was returned seriously over cooked .
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining writ small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Having a gift certificate, we were interested in a restaurant we'd heard had excellent food. True. The flavors were very nice, imaginative and well done. However, our party consisted of hungry people. It was a long time between drinks, and ordering, and service of the food (tepid) and the requested bread never arrived until into the meal. The portions were tiny. My husband, a former pro football player, looked strange seated before what I can only describe as a lasagna cupcake for his entree. The prices did not reflect the paucity of the servings. Not a great value, and as good as the food was (gnocchi with lamb ragu was great--but only 4 gnocchi?) there are other places in the Triangle with excellent execution.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went there Sat night after V-day. Learned a new chef was making headlines. Turns out that "new" chef isn't there anymore. It's almost like we should know when chefs leave as we do corporate executives. At any rate, my wife's lasagna was cold and my steak was more grizzle than meat. Only highlight was chocolate torte which went well with the excellent wine (we brought).
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  • Nothing special for valentines day
    Foodiegolf
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our experience was very nice but frankly not at the top of our list and the cost was a bit high for what you got or did't ger. Service was a great improvement over previous ownership. Food was nice but what was served did not seem to follow what was specified on the menu. For. Valentines day there was nothing special provided, I.e. Flower or an amuse bouch as there always has been at most other places. At $79 without wine it was a bit steep. Stil not crazy about the dining room being basically in the hotel lobby.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate