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Wood grilled octopus - Il Palio, Chapel Hill, NC

Il Palio

4.7
4.7
1683 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Il Palio is an intimate restaurant in the Siena Hotel. We strive to emulate the best of the great Italian tradition of hospitality and quality at the table and in the glass. Our vision is simple – use the best local and Italian ingredients as purely as possible and serve them with comfort and pride. We cook as an Italian might in North Carolina.


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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 918-2545
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Robert Compton
  • Catering
    Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com
  • Private party facilities
    The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can seat up to 100 and receptions up to 150. It can also be split into two smaller rooms. The Terrace Room off of Il Palio is also available for events of up to 36 people.
  • Private party contact
    Michelle Castro: (919) 918-2539
  • Neighborhood
    Chapel Hill
  • Cross street
    Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
  • Parking details
    Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,683 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Great for fine wines

  • Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Good for special occasions

1,683 Reviews
  1. Paul

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous. Massimo makes everything so much better!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, we sat next to some rather tipsy ladies who were loud and crude. The food was outstanding. The service staff was nice, but avoided our area because of the loud table. It is an exquisite experience, just don’t sit near noisy people.

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  3. BullCityDiners

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service. Strong appetizers and desserts.

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  4. LilyO

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice presentation, tasty food, attentive service. Wonderful thank you.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated graduation with a prix fixe dinner. Everything was delicious. We particularly enjoyed the Bolognese and Lobster ravioli. Our server was excellent and the wine list was very good. I would return again without hesitation.

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  6. DonaldB

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I was disappointed with the chef’s menu compared to the portions around our table

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  7. ebd4662

    New York City

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is excellent, even if it’s a pit pricey. Creative varied menu expertly prepared. The Service is also very good. It’s in a hotel so bar area can be a bit loud if there is a group in there and the noise easily bleeds into the dining room. If you’re in the mood for a fine dining experience in CH then this is the place.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a wonderful meal here!! Food was terrific and very nice atmosphere

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  9. HeatherW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our second visit to Il Palio. Both experiences have been wonderful. The food and service are absolutely wonderful! The first time was just my husband and I. We liked it so much that we brought our friends visiting from Texas the second time. We will be back again and again!

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  10. JulissaR

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great people! Definitely I recommend this place to spend a nice time with friends and family

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the taster menu with matching wine flight. The food was ok nothing really blew me away. The wine was ok. The server was attentive possibly a little too which at times interrupted the flow of of conversation. Nice ambiance in the restaurant but the it was very noisy perhaps due to the acoustics or it was full house but it was difficult to hear our server describe the food or wine because of this. However on the whole it was a pleasant evening but not wowed by the food. I will give it another chance but will try the main menu next time.

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  12. Peter

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous service, delicious food, good wine list, and elegant atmosphere.

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  13. szy13

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my husband's birthday with the Tasting Menu with wine pairings. While the food was selected from the regular menu, it was tastefully put together with excellent wines for a delightful meal. Chef Bob (who was new to us) came to the table for a nice chat and was so very kind and down-to-earth. We really enjoyed hearing his philosophies and thoughts about food (which is always our favorite subject!). The service was wonderfully attentive and we had a marvelous time. We also love to go there and eat a casual meal at their bar - great cocktails and fun food. Their cheeseburgers are incredible!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food , staff and Chef are top notch. I just wish they had a more robust wine selection from other countries than just Italy.

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  15. BuddyW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was moderate for the price. Our meals were brought out 10 minutes apart. We didn’t complain and the wait staff camp’s one drink. We were kinda disappointed…maybe just an off night.

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  16. Carlos

    Wilmington

    85 reviews

    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and good, albeit over priced, brunch

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  17. Michelle

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second Chef’s Tasting Menu experience at Il Palio. They hit it out of the park providing a gluten-free option. Delicious flavors. Generous portions for a tasting menu. I like how many of the tasting options changed between my visits but excited to get the Iberico Pork tasting again! If you don’t go for the Chef’s Tasting Menu, I highly recommend ordering the Iberico Pork Pluma as an entree.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mosimo was an excellent server and took great care of us. The food was outstanding!! Highly recommend.

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  19. MaryT

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal. Homemade pasta. Tagliatelle was wonderful as was the bruschetta. Lyle was a wonderful waiter! End with the blood orange sorbet!

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  20. jl2014

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a wonderful experience. Loved the tasting menu and meeting the chef. Highly recommend.

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  21. JimW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four-star, four-diamond, authentic, homemade Italian. Great service and great food. Not what one would think of when talking about hotel restaurant. 100% fantastic. Highly recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. BonnieD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service. Can’t wait to go back

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  23. Yummy

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent value for money.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service on point! Executed chef visited our table when we arrived and actually brought out our appetizer of raw oysters which was perfect ! We had the pork entree which tasted like a filet mignon. Dessert we chose was an affogato gelato sundae that was amazing!

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  25. CharlesL

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Il Palio would be great in NYC or anywhere. In the Triangle it’s unsurpassed.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food helpful staff exceeded expectations in all aspects

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  27. Nasi

    Raleigh

    129 reviews

    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Massimo and crew are superb (always). The food changes a bit with what is available. Pleasant place to dine.

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  28. Marine

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, but too noisy. Acoustics were not good!

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  29. JohnS

    Miami

    300 reviews

    5.0

    300 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way. Good menu, service, wine list ... and outstanding food! Fantastic pasta + more

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  30. PaulW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    was on a business dinner with out of town guest. We both had the pork dish - mine was OK but hers was very rare and fatty and I had to give her some of mine. I suggested we send it back but she did not want to... said she wasn't very hungry. Don't think i will be coming back.

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  31. Ashley

    County Durham

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is always great Wine is overpriced for Italian wines Hotel is beautiful, lighting was a little bright in the dining room with the recess lighting, but the server kindly dimmed the lighting for us. All in all a wonderful experience and great food!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Massimo was the best server ever. He really made our 20th year Anniversary wonderful. Exec. Chef Robert Compton personally came to our table multiple times to check on us and took pictures with us. I had the most intimate service friendly chef’s dinner I have had in many years. 5 star food and service hands down.

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  33. DanaM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak was under cooked (ordered medium rare) but the service was phenomenal and so were the wine choices.

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  34. Sglaymon

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to enjoy a meal here with my wife when we’re in Chapel Hill. The menu evolves over time so I’m always treated to new entrees. The seafood stew was exceptional! Just the right amount of spice. Service always excellent!

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  35. Globalgourmand

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had four exquisite dishes across a range of categories, then two delicious desserts. Massimo, our server, was charming and another server went to the trouble to find out from the chef what the creamy stuff on one of our desserts was (zabiglione).

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  36. NikkiN

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There seem to be some sort of issue at the hostess stand. When I arrived since I was dying alone, it seemed to confuse all the staff. Although I had a reservation, there seem to be confusion as to where to sit me I requested a certain table and was told oh no that’s reserved, only to be later sat at the table I requested. The food was just average. There was nothing extraordinary about this restaurant other than the amazing server who was very knowledgeable about the city and the restaurant. Overall, it was a decent dining experience, but it was simply average to me.

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  37. WillieL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was authentic Italian and extremely good. Mossimo our server was a gracious host and quite professional - request him when you go there. We ordered small portions highlighted by the grilled octopus, braised lamb and an incredible chocolate and ice cream dessert. We will return, soon.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, made from scratch Italian. Definitely the most authentic Italian restaurant in the area. The service is phenomenal.

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  39. MichaelJ

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will honestly attest that Il Palio is one of my all-time favorite restaurants!! We will always come back whenever we are in the Chapel Hill area. There are so many reasons why this restaurant is a true hidden gem… just know that here you will be treated to a truly polished dining experience. First and foremost staff go above and beyond. I cannot say enough how kind, gracious and skilled everyone we have interacted with has been. Of course, our server, Massimo is simply a legend and has warmly taken care of my family on multiple visits! The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely: both special and comfortable… and is perfectly enhanced with Massimo’s curated playlist. The hand crafted cocktails and uniquely on-pointe wine list are stellar. Last… but certainly not least… the food at Il Palio is simply incredible!! Locally grown produce, fresh ingredients and hand-made pasta are the stars that are beautifully directed by the talented chef and kitchen staff. Honestly, there has not been one dish we have not loved. So,… go, enjoy… and absolutely don’t miss the affogato!!

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  40. causey15

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. Louis makes the best limoncello martini!!! Love the restaurant and hotel.

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FAQs

Il Palio is rated 4.7 stars by 1683 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Il Palio

1505 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
  • Neighborhood
    Chapel Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Robert Compton
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 918-2545
  • Catering
    Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com
  • Private party facilities
    The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can seat up to 100 and receptions up to 150. It can also be split into two smaller rooms. The Terrace Room off of Il Palio is also available for events of up to 36 people.
  • Private party contact
    Michelle Castro: (919) 918-2539
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