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Il Palio

4.6
4.6
1364 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 1,364 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Notable Wine List

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Durham

    Notable Wine List

  • Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Special Occasion

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  1. B

    Bettys

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    EJSDiner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    James

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  4. KH

    KentH

    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
  5. GB

    GiorgiaB

    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
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great waiter (James), good food, nice experience.
  8. 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!
  9. TS

    TinaS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Heather is an exceptional waitress.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. b

    barbc

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent!!! Everyone ordered tasted amazing!
  19. s

    seniordiner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure dining at Il Palio. It's our go-to restaurant for special occasions!
  20. D

    Duke

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal and overall experience since moving to Triangle 4 yrs ago. Just great service from Masimo who knew the menu well. Was one of the more expensive meals but worth the money for our 39th wedding anniversary. Ordered beef carpaccio, fried artichokes with oyster mushrooms, truffle pasta, cheese plate w/ vin santo and of course a great Super Tuscan to wash it all down. They gave us champagne and vin santo and dessert on the house ! Everything was excellent.
  21. TM

    ThomasM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out table of four all had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Each course had two or three different plates that we all shared. We had a wonderful carpaccio plate and prosciutto plate for an appetizer, followed by three different cheeses, three pastas in different sauces, a meat course and dessert. The wines were prosecco, rose, pinot nero, montepulciano d'abruzzo, and port. Il Palio does not disappoint in food, wine, service or atmosphere.
  22. GL

    GabrielL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my sister to the restaurant to celebrate her getting her PhD. She had a fantastic time at the restaurant. Food was amazing and flavorful. Definitely will bring her back again.
  23. CH

    ChapelHillVistor

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If you wish to experience fine dining in the Chapel Hill area, il Palio is the place I would look to go with a nice selection for food and wine. Its upscale casual, and a bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.
  24. r

    raync

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We did the chef special menu where they chose dishes and wine pairings. An excellent introduction/overview. This was a great way to sample many dishes. All were excellent. The caprese was the best I've had outside of Tuscany. Homemade pastas we're perfect. Main course of veal cutlet, grilled asparagus, roasted brussel sprouts, garlic potatoes. Four different wines. Wonderful food; excellent service.
  25. GB

    GregB

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, as was the food. Will definitely be back when in the area again!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Il Palio for the second straight year to celebrate my wife’s birthday, and they did not disappoint. Food, service and ambiance were top notch. One of our favorite Triangle restaurants came through again!
  27. m

    marciadi

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    When the food came to the table it needed to be re-heated and the service was only fair.
  28. CH

    ChapHillCouple

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The Chef’s Tasting with wine pairings was excellent. Everything that was served tasted better than I expected and the wines were great.
  29. PD

    PestoDog

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re considering Il Palio as the venue for our kids’ wedding rehearsal dinner. To get a good idea of a large number of the restaurant’s menu we ordered the family meal. We’re huge fans of Italian cuisine, and have experienced some of the best in Tuscany. Everything we tried during our Il Palio meal was as good as or surpassed what we’ve experienced in Italy. We sampled most of the highlights from their summer menu. Amazing. Fresh, fresh ingredients, silky, fresh pasta, wonderful service….. It was one of the most enjoyable 3 hours we could have wished for. Definitely treat yourself to a wonderful meal—family meal or not.
  30. R

    Robert

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great especially the octopus app!
  31. z

    zboni

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After driving 9 hours, we definitely needed a good meal and Il Palio obliged. We sat outside since we had our pup with us and they were very attentive to him as well as us. The 2 pasta dishes we had were cooked perfectly, al dente and the flavors were excellent. Our second course of veal was delicious. Of course we couldn’t pass up the bombolini’s which were fantastic! I highly recommend Il Palio.
  32. RF

    RayF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was absolutely worthy of a 5 star ranking. We were celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary and the staff made sure the evening was exceptionally memorable especially our waiter Massimo. We savored every morsel - the grilled artichoke appetizer, the Pappardelle Bolognese, Eggplant Involtini and the cannoli. The food was outstanding and wait staff superb.
  33. DB

    DonaB

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    The amount of pasta (ordered the half) was actually minuscule! The eggplant main order was enough and tasty. The bruschetta order was tiny as well but good. Perhaps the other main dishes would be larger but also more expensive. I won't find out if they are tasty as I won't be back. Not a good value unless you just don't mind parting with your money.
  34. CH

    ChrisH

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening celebrating our wedding anniversary at the bar at Il Palio. When we arrived it was very quiet and because the bartenders knew it was our anniversary had Proseccos waiting as well as a Happy Anniversary menu. Cocktails were very refreshing and ideal for a hot day followed by scrumptious oysters, Caprese salad and grilled octopus starters. We both had small plate pastas - lobster ravioli for my wife and black truffle tortellini for me. Incredible taste in both. The bar staff was very attentive and when a large, loud group arrived at the bar offered us a move to a quieter place several times. We said no as we enjoyed the atmosphere. A great evening anniversary celebration thanks to Il Palio!
  35. P

    Paul

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinners we have ever had at Il Palio and dinners are always wonderful. The tuna tartare, rigatoni with monkfish and whole roasted bronzini were all amazing. All of this made even better by Massimo, the best waiter in the world!
  36. RP

    RussellP

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    tasting menu is an outstanding value. Highly recommend
  37. r

    ra52

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food, cocktails, and service. We always have an unbelievable time at Il Palio! Extra shout out to Massimo who always takes care of us and Pietro for exceptional recommendations last night. Walk don’t run to Il Palio for your next date night!
  38. SB

    StephenB

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We used to eat at Il Palio often but hadn't been back for a decade. My wife and I had the tasting menu. The first course was prosciutto with fava beans (nice!), and a tomato caprese that was probably the best I've ever had—luscious buffalo mozzarella from Italy and beautiful ripe tomatoes from NC. The second course was lobster with buratta ravioli and a spaghettini alla carrettiera (a simple work of art). The third course was eggplant involtini (superb), fried brussels sprouts and chicken marsala. The sprouts did nothing for me and the chicken was overwhelmed by the heavy, dark sauce, IMO. Dessert was a banana (couldn't taste that) bombaloni with a lovely lemon curd. For us, the meal was one half outstanding and the other half not so much. I would have happily made a meal of the caprese, the pastas (especially the spaghettini) or the eggplant, and walked out of the restaurant raving about the genius of the chef. If all we had were the brussels, the chicken and the dessert, we wouldn't be back. I could see myself ordering any of these dishes on a given day, and being mighty disappointed. Il Palio is a pricey place with a great reputation, and I think all of the dishes should be wonderful They're not.
  39. CH

    ClarkH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    It had been awhile since I'd visited the restaurant at the hotel; usually, I just sit in the bar. But this was a special occasion (anniversary) and since their remodel years ago, I've found the hotel bar to be cold, acoustically overwhelming, and dominated by TVs with sports programming, like any other sports bar in Chapel Hill, but of course with Adam Rose menu designs and pricing. So I reserved a table in the restaurant. What I found there was fine Italian dishes (again, thanks to Adam Rose) and their accompanying priciness, but also extreme coldness. Literally, in that the dining room was freezing & the staff didn't seem to care much about it, instead tried to make a joke of it. But also architecturally: the back room is windowless and dark; the floors are wood plank, the tables are wood plank (no table cloths), the chairs are straight backed and armless (and hard), the booths are like dark caves raised above the rest of the space, like any sports bar you've been in in Chapel Hill. What you get at Il Palio isn't so much a sense of privacy and fine dining and personality as a space built to be indestructible, along with one of the priciest menus in town. The quality of the food is not worth the discomfort of having to sit in that space.
  40. RR

    RyanR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef's tasting menu with wine pairing did not disappoint. The various dishes built to a climax when the main dishes came. Without question I did not leave hungry!

FAQs

Il Palio is rated 4.6 stars by 1364 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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