Il Palio

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$31 to $50
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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.

Please Note: Saturday Night, May 11th and Sunday Brunch, May 12th, we will be serving special prix fixe menus for Graduation and Mother's Day. Please view our Mother's Day promotions on Open Table, our website, ilpalio,com, or call 919-918-2545 for more information.
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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

4 Course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Lunch to be offered from 11:30am - 5:30pm. $75/person; $35/child (6-12 years old).

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Amended dining room hours on Christmas Eve: 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Our regular Il Palio dinner menu will be available.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

4 Course Prix Fixe Christmas Day menu available from 1:00pm - 7:00pm. $84/person; $42/child (6-12 years old).

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Il Palio! Grand 5 Course Prix Fixe Menu to be offered from 5:00pm - 10:00pm. $98/person; $49/child (6-12 years old). Start the night off right with a special 3 Course "Early Comer" menu for $55/person (available from 5:00pm - 5:45pm only).

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1061 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place ever. Love eating here while staying at the Siena. Great for dinner lunch or breakfast.

A
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came in for a date night and were very happy with our choice. We really enjoyed the octopus and the butternut squash ravioli. Our server recommended a bottle of wine that was excellent. We loved the scenery and will definitely plan another visit in the future.

A
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. Service was very good too, but they did forget our appetizer. I would definitely go back.

CB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Asked for a chef’s tasting menu, and was obliged. The server was a bit too much. He was taking “care” of all the tables in our dining area. Meaning..he didn’t have time to talk about the food or wine as much as we would have preferred. Some dishes were good, others absolutely perfect, but our entree was not good at all. Lamb chop (over cooked, under seasoned) with grey green sauce; roasted (greasy) fingerling potatoes..no seasoning. And greasy black Brussels sprouts. Perfect butternut squash ravioli and even better than perfect cippolini, as well as healthy pours of really good wine saved the experience.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely service, special night. We got the best seat in the house for our anniversary.

H
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! Massimo and Lyle delivered superior customer service and were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. The food was delicious and Massimo handmade our cappuccinos.

Il Palio is now one of our fav restaurants and we look forward to going back soon.

DD
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Just wish portions were more generous. My college son ordered a dinner portion of pasta that literally was only 4 bites! He was still hungry after 3 courses!

M
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service started good, but was almost non-existent by the end of the meal. One of the entrees that we ordered was missing a major component (no halibut in a dish in which it was a major ingredient) but our server never checked back in with us. And the restaurant was not busy. We flagged down the bread person and she helped a little bit. Major disappointment for a meal that started out so promising. I could never recommend Il Palio based on that.

IG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anazing food and service. Gem in Chapel Hill. Do not miss!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner in the triangle I have had!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would definitely return when in Chapel Hill again

CS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and great food. Massimo is fantastic!

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food wasn't quite up to previous meals and the noise level where we were sitting was too loud. The service was excellent.

b
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful! Great food, great prices and good variety. The service was excellent! We will most definitely return!

M
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great. Food great. Overall had a great time. Definitely going to be going again

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food.

G
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every one’s really enjoyed their choices of entree. The eggplant, in particular, was subject to superlative comments.
As usual, service was friendly yet impecable.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The place was nice and the waiter was good. For the price the food was lacking. The steak was over peppered. The patrons are the bar could be easily heard in the dining room. The benches were spaced to far away from table. Not worth cost ruth chris better food for price.

PL
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Host was entertaining and enjoyable. The food was incredible and satisfying. The ambiance was romantic and peaceful. It was a Wonderful experience.

HO
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and our server Massimo was amazing! Best Italian in the triangle!!

FN
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Palio was a delightful surprise. It was my first visit, though I’ve lived on the area for many years. The food (caprese salad, halibut, Brussels sprouts) was beautifully prepared and exceptionally delicious. The atmosphere was conducive to relaxed dining and conversation. We will be back.

D
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were the only ones in the restaurant. Waiter was great but food was mediocre at best. The best thing we had was the meatball appetizer. Pasta sauces were just bland and plain.
Will try again on a weekend since it was a Tuesday night. Hopefully it will be better.

D
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance is exceptional. The renovations really give the bar and restaurant a fresh, clean and modern vibe. Comfortable setting where you can dress up if you like, or just go smart casual. Our food was served timely, though my pasta dish was room temperature, and, horrors! , actually needed a bit of salt. Delicious nonetheless. Outstanding service, professional, easygoing, but, not too chatty.

PH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server on Saturday was great and all his suggestions were amazing

O
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at Il Palio several times over several years, usually for a special occasion with an overnight stay at the Sienna Hotel. We've also traveled widely in Italy, and the hotel/ restaurant combo do a good job of Americanizing the experience. Read that last comment as approval. The food is great, the head waiter Massimo (from near Naples) is knowledgeable and great fun, and the wine list is extensive. Prices are high, but this is a restaurant in a boutique hotel. Be prepared for a great experience!

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food & service & excellent wine. Arguably the best tagliatelle I've ever had, even in Italy.
Expensive, but worth it.

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and wine and very nice staff. Good wine too! Check in with the bar first for a tasting of wines.

NM
Raleigh
48 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is situated in the Siena Hotel so you enter through the lobby, which is very elegant. We had 7:45pm reservations, the restaurant was not crowded and we were seated immediately. Massimo our waited could not have been nicer. He handed us our menus and they were with “Happy Birthday” for my wife’s birthday. Massimo went over the menu and took our drink order, we ordered the Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad and it was very good. The mozzarella was probably the best I’ve had since moving from NY two years ago. We also had the Veal and Ricotta meatballs, definitely a MUST have. At that point my wife and I could have had the salad and meatballs, a couple of glasses of wine and we would have been good BUT we still had dinner coming. My wife had the Linguini shrimp Fra-diavolo and I had the Pappardelle Bolognese both dishes were amazing. We also had a small side of roasted broccoli (which we could have done with out but it was still very good). Dessert was a large slice of Tiramisu, a glass of Sambuca and a white port wine. We loved the place, the food and the service – oh and they had the menu wrapped up in a nice red bow and handed it to my wife when we left – we will definitely be coming back.

PD
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always pleased with the excellent service, relaxed atmosphere, and creative and delicious food. Mossimo has a way of making this great restaurant a warm welcoming favorite for date night!!

V
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since I have given the restaurant all five stars I will write the one recommendation. The wine menu was a bit bland. Good variety, but the wines were not the outstanding type of wines a restaurant like Il Palio demands.

L
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo is the best! Anticipated our needs before we said anything. Food was great too.

D
Raleigh
202 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have always counted on this restaurant for its excellent more complex and sophisticated Italian food, as opposed to Americanized bland spaghetti or lasagna. We have never been disappointed in the times, including this time, when we have come for delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, can't say enough about how great the wood grilled Iberico pork is.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Electricity was out; small menus available but good!

AM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though the electricity was out because of the storm this week, we kept our reservation for a birthday celebration. Highly recommend the Bistecca alla Fiorentina for Two. The 40 oz wood grilled porterhouse was out of this world. And the olive oil & rosemary infused mashed potatoes were to die for.

LK
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always fabulous but the bar was really slow that night. Took too long to get drinks and wine.

RG
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special place with terrific food and decor. The service was very professional and we enjoyed the our entrees! Parking is so easy; something not always the case in Chapel Hill & Durham!

L
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and the service from Massimo, et al was awesome.

GA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting, service, and food were all excellent. Highly recommend.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Our initial server, Lyle, was amazing but then he left. Next server didn’t speak. Food was fine, not memorable and definitely not worth the money. Will not be returning.

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