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Il Palio

4.7
4.7
1386 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–9:30 am Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 918-2545

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adam Rose

  • 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: (866) 945-4410

  • 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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,386 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Notable Wine List

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Special Occasion

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Notable Wine List

  • Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Special Occasion

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  1. J

    Jeanne

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Pappardelle Ragu Bolognese - excellent! My wife had the Taglietelle al Tartufo also excellent.
  2. ET

    EricaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambience and helpful waiter and staff. Had the cheese board with 5 cheeses. They were delicious. Pasta dishes were amazing and dessert. The vanilla gelato with espresso, chocolate chips and caramel was yummy.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Massimo is the best!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In a world where service, accuracy, and attention to detail are akin to an endangered species it’s a refreshing experience to find all three. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
  5. R

    Running

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Ensconced in a hotel, with an entrance off the lobby (strange for a place of this caliber). Interior is dated -- really needs renovation. But the food took center stage, and was truly outstanding. Delicate, multi-dimensional flavors in the sauces. Fresh fruit and cream in the desserts. Server was warm, friendly, attentive and professional. Overall very good experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Italian food. One of the best in the Triangle.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and amazing food! Spencer, our waiter provided incredible service for us - we were celebrating a milestone birthday and they made us feel very special. The chef came out and talked with us and wished a happy birthday - it was just perfect! It was my first visit and I will absolutely return.
  8. DD

    DavidD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our overall was good. The tuna tartare was good and the octopus appetizer was outstanding. The red table wine was excellent. The only negative was the very high price ($49) for one very ordinary pasta dish. The prices are high overall, but this particular example was way over the top. We would recommend Il Palio as a quiet venue for for special occasions when cost is not an issue.
  9. R

    Roni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Il Palio and had a wonderful experience. Massimo was our server & he was a pro’s pro! Authentic Italian meal— Highly recommend!
  10. SL

    SusanL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We love the food at this restaurant. Often things are very quiet and low key. The service varies in experience and personality, however the staff always try hard to take care of you. ( in the past there were some very long term servers that were extremely knowledgable). We find the food to be consistently excellent!
  11. GT

    GTom

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional, as always. Exceptional food, relaxing ambiance, and attentive, personable service. Always look forward to coming back.
  12. JS

    JohnS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We celebrated our anniversary at Siena hotel and had a great dinner at IL Palio restaurant.the food was excellent and service was great too. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!
  13. AL

    AlanL

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and staff were fantastic. Offered great recommendations and even provided a complimentary appetizer which will become one of our new go to appetizers. Great place!
  14. JW

    JeriW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire team was amazing. From the front desk to Massimo who gave me a perfect dining experience. Food is excellent.
  15. JP

    JanetP

    Greensboro

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter mosimo was delightful. They went above and beyond for us. Personalized menu, special dessert and just overall great service. Wish I lived in Chapel Hill. I would be there every week
  16. l

    louist

    Orlando

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Paluo many many times over the years and continue to live it each and every time! A great chef, fine dining, excellent service, a wonderful atmosphere! Hoping I get many more visits to Il Palio in the years to come!
  17. y

    yags

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wedding anniversary
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lyle was a professional waiter. He was attentive but not too much. He anticipated our needs and kept our anniversary dinner at a perfect pace. The Chianti he chose was perfect. Our room was spacious and clean. All of the staff were wonderful.
  19. M

    Mocha

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and excellent service! A wonderful place for special occasions.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The food is okay, but nowhere near as good as it should be for the price tag. Not worth it.
  21. S

    Stacy

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, but the waiter made the night. He did not even know it was our anniversary but took extra care of us and was incredibly patient as we waited for our daughter to join us. We will definitely go back!
  22. KS

    KS4536

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Veal dish was terrible. (Grey in color, unappealing, and tasted terrible). Pasta dishes were fair, slightly over cooked and overpriced.
  23. B

    Bettys

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome. Great wine. Massimo was the best waiter.
  24. EJ

    EJSDiner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super elegant and delicious. Gluten free options available too. Our server, Massimo, is fantastic.
  25. EL

    EssieLee

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at Il Palio in the most serene environment. The service was great and the food was absolutely amazing. I love that they offer two portion sizes so you can experience more than one of the amazing dinners. .The Haw River mushrooms are a must have and next time I hope to try the Chef's Tasting Menu.
  26. J

    James

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service from the very minute we arrived. The entire staff seemed to be happy we were there. The waiter was especially attentive and made sure we were well taken care of. Our dinner was incredible! I will definitely go back again if I am in the area.
  27. KH

    KentH

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef wine paired dinner is excellent. The wait staff and chef are all very personable
  28. GB

    GiorgiaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. I'm Italian and I can say that my dinner at Il Palio was an explosion of flavors that bring me back to my country. The octopus was exceptional and the truffle tagliatelle too. The wine selection is amazing. Awesome experience, I'll come back for sure. 5 stars
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding best dinner I’ve had in chapel hill and staff was very attentive
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great waiter (James), good food, nice experience.
  31. NA

    NancyA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the family tasting dinner and it was excellent! Absolutely perfect!
  32. TS

    TinaS

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Il Palio was a true experience! The ambiance was beautiful with tea light candles and soft music playing. The customer service was top tier as they were very attentive to our every need. The food was true Italian cuisine at its finest. The pasta was delectable, the drinks were superb, and the desserts were ‘melt in your mouth’ deliciousness. There was not a single bad moment during this dining experience. I would highly recommend for a cozy, intimate, delicious meal.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Heather is an exceptional waitress.
  34. o

    ottsjr

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding service and food. We stay at the hotel twice a year and we always have dinner at Il Palio - and not because it’s in the hotel. If you are traveling to Chapel Hill, having dinner at Il Palio is an absolute must.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A nice dinner. Enjoyable. Value perhaps the only issue.
  36. d

    darcyl

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was good but I do not think it stands up to the hype
  37. BB

    BrieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings is truly a gourmet journey of flavors well executed that make you appreciate the the highlighted item of every course. Loved every moment.
  38. JW

    JamiW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Cool options! Server was able to make great recommendations and they were able to accommodate food allergies.
  39. M

    Marie

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Food was delicious. The portion size was small for the price. The chicken Marsala did not come with any side so for the price it was a bit steep. The spaghetti was very good but again for a pasta dish it was pricey. The market salad was generous and very fresh. Our waiter was very attentive. The ambiance was a little dark but I think they were starting some renovations so many it will get a little facelift. Overall we were pleased and would still recommend this restaurant
  40. a

    aimee123

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fresh pasta food, great bread and oil. Best caprice salad I’ve ever had. Small portions and expensive tho. Good service. We overall enjoyed. Special occasion restaurant.

FAQs

Il Palio is rated 4.7 stars by 1386 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Il Palio

1505 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Franklin St. and Estes Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Chapel Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–9:30 am Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • 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

    Adam Rose

  • 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, 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: (866) 945-4410

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