Il Palio

4.7
1293 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tiny portions for the money. Service is terrific, though, with very personable waitstaff.

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TriciaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu of grilled octopus, salad, seasonal fresh pasta, grilled halibut and a beautiful dessert. Lemoncello martini was excellent. Service was superb!

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MamaD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience from start to finish. The service was IMPECCABLE. The food, outstanding. Tremendous attention to detail throughout our experience. Wonderful dinner!

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MamaD
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal and service!

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Fitz
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food. We loved it!!

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NormanM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was very excellent and the service was great!

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NancyS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my husband’s birthday.

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TinaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our server was fantastic ! Very attentive , not pushy and knowledgeable .

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Yoshi
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Foods was ok. Pasta was good but the fish was too cooked.
Waitress was kind and served us well but busboy’s language is something!
We felt we were in junk food restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Food and service was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Extremely overpriced for pasta. Quality was fair at best.

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PseudoL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant I ever had in NC! From crostini, oyster to Iberico pluma, every dishes are amazing! Highly recommend their cocktails and pasta. Just speechless! Thanks for giving me an unforgettable wonderful night!

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Jenna
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal, outstanding focaccia to start, arugula salad was tasty but typical. Eggplant entree was cheesy and divine. Service was impeccable. Delightful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal and friendly, professional service - can’t wait to come back

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MaryLynnG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu which was fabulous!

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CHBill
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have searched for great restaurants in Siena, Italy and nothing comes close to Il Palio right here in Chapel Hill. Everything is outstanding even to the selection and volume of the background music. No detail is overlooked. The quality of the food and the presentation is equal to the finest restaurants in Rome. And, it was all pulled together for our evening by outstanding service. Massimo is a pro, meeting and exceeding every expectation. Thank you

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JoshH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and eager to offer suggestions when asked. A nice change of pace to receive great service and for a restaurant to act like they cared you were a patron - would eat here again without hesitation.

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Jmap
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Bruschetta was great as was octopus appetizer.

Both meatless pasta entrees were ok. They were not sauced enough as the strands of fresh pasta stuck together in a big clump

Bread basket was mediocre as was overpowered with olive oil taste. But the bread used for bruschetta was excellent!

Montepulciano wine offering was very good.

Raspberry sorbet and chocolate hazelnut gelato were excellent. Almond cake had good flavor but Was too dense and would have been better with a darker chocolate frosting as milk chocolate was overpowered by the almond.

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vipOTKF
St. Louis
101 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had been to its predecessor at the Sienna many years ago but this was our first time at Il Palio. The service was first rate. Every dish, from the bread, to the salads, to our entrees, to the desserts, were excellent. We live in another state but hope to return to Il Palio sometime soon.

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TerrenceC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an outstanding meal this past evening. The menu selections were memorable and appropriately sized for a multi-course meal. Everything tasted fresh and well prepared. The service was paced as we like it and the room was well spaced for the current conditions. We will be back!

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vipArgenti
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

If I had booked our reservation time earlier I may have had a different experience?? I'm not sure but I made an 8 45 Reservation. The restaurant stopped serving at 9 which I was unaware of when I booked our table but it very much felt like they were at the end of a shift and anxious to leave. I booked the table well in advance and requested a special table as it was our 31st wedding anniversary . We were put in the far back corner in a dimly lit booth right next to a table with a party of 6... Why we wouldn't have been seated in the front of the restaurant or at a table outside where there was some ambiance is a puzzle! So straight away the seating was a big disappointment and the atmosphere overall was nothing special.. The weight staff was pleasant enough but seemed very unconnected to us and in a hurry to get the order. The food was just ok. It was not what at all what I had anticipated and hoped for based on reviews !

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vipNasijarvi
Raleigh
95 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional service and food

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ColinS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam Rose, puts on a great meal. Variety, flavor, and knowing your getting the best are just a few reasons to frequent Il Palio.

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious, and the service was excellent as well.

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vipTeriH
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

First time dining at Il Palio. Great menu, but wish they would have allowed 2/3 of us to order the tasting menu. We dined outside for COVID reasons out of an abundance of caution. Unfortunately, we had several huge flies that hung around & we were constantly waving them away. Early on, one landed in my wine glass. It took me a while to get someone to come over & I asked for a new glass & pointed out the floating fly. The waiter brought the glass, but never took the glass with the fly. More flies continued & another went into my second glass, but since he didn’t land, I kept the glass because he flew away. Finally I had to resort to putting my mask over the glass.
My friend has a problem with his mouth due to some paralysis from facial surgery. He waved down the waiter & asked for a teaspoon so he could eat. The waiter never brought the spoon.
The food was very good, but service was below average.

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KatieB
Greensboro
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal - we asked the server for guidance and we are so glad we tried his recommendations. Everything was delicious and they honored our request for outdoor seating.

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GraziaS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in chapel hill for 20 years I always drove by but never ate there.
Yesterday we tried and loved it.

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Swan53
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our 38th Anniversary celebration there and it was wonderful!! We did the chef's tasting menu with wine. The best, ever! Massimo and his cohort were superb!

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HOOGISAN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice location and atmosphere. Service us good but a bit on the pricey side.

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vipMell
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was attentive and helpful.....Massimo was very professional. All the dishes we had were excellent and well presented. Loved Il Palio's version of carpaccio.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant! We eat here every time we visit our daughter at UNC.

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SGab
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent overall. Good was amazing, we had a vegetarian, a pescatarian and 3 omnivores, everyone left thrilled with the food. Service was great. It’s a restaurant inside a hotel, so not super fancy but very nice ambiance. Overall we loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Italian food I’ve ever had. Fantastic!

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DanE
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We went with are grandson as a celebration for his HS graduation and acceptance to UNCW. I listed that this was a celebration on the online reservation form. The server never mentioned or ask about it. We paid $79 each for the rib eye steaks. My grandson and I both order this and we asked for medium rare. My wife had the rolled egg plant. The steaks came out medium well. The server took them back and we had to wait a very long time for the replacement order to arrive. This time the steaks came out medium. My grandson and I went ahead and ate these steaks, but the $79 dollar steaks were just okay - certainly not $79 caliber. My wife's egg plant was just okay. She had to ask that it be warmed up while our steaks were being redone.

I ordered 2 of their cocktails. The first was very good the second was very poor, they forgot to add the agave. The server was adequate but not up to the standards we would expect at such an expensive restaurant. We were not offered any reduced price for the less than adequate steaks. Actually the best part of the evening was the server's assistant. He was very professional and attentive without being overbearing. Wish he had been the server.

This was our second and last time we will visit the restaurant. The first time I got charged $5.00 for ice in my cocktail. I also mentioned this, but all got was a "sorry". No one seems to care about customers at this place. Never again for us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! The octopus was delicious and cooked perfectly. Orecchiette with sausage was sublime and eggplant was super yummy. Dessert was tiramisu and banana bomboli was sooooo good. Ryan our waiter was fantastic. Highly recommended and will return!!!!

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vipSirena
Raleigh
73 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food and service were excellent.

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viproadman11
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo and Gabriel made our 30th Anniversary very special from the champagne to the dessert wine. Their recommendations were great. The food as always is at another level from restaurants that we go to. Excellent experience!

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GTom
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite, as always. Exceptional and creative renditions of even the more traditional dishes; deeply personable service. A special favorite.

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Carlisa
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good and atmosphere was awesome. Just the wait between our 5course meal was a little slow. I would definitely recommend

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CharlieC
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasty, creative cuisine, but a very limited menu.

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Il Palio is rated 4.7 stars by 1293 OpenTable diners.

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