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About Il Palio

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.

1505 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Dinner: - Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday

Cross Street:
Franklin St. and Estes Dr.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 918-2545

Website:
http://www.ilpalio.com/

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

Parking Details:
Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.

Executive Chef:
Teddy Diggs

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining available to up to 100 guests. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

We invite you to gather with the Siena family for our Thanksgiving feast. Il Palio is offering a four-course Thanksgiving al a carte prix fixe menu $70 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seating’s from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. This year's menu is influenced by Italian and American classics.

Private Dining

The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can set 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.

Il Palio Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for a Date (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

We had perfect evening and dinner at Il Palio. Our party of four ordered four different entrees--all of them were delicious The pasta special with shaved white truffles was exquisite. Chef Teddy Diggs has taken this restaurant to new heights, and we will be back often. Thank you, Il Palio.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had dined previously at Il Palio and had a fabulous meal so we were quite surprised by the quality of service and food on this visit. The server got one of our entree orders entirely wrong (he brought the wrong pasta) and another entree, a ribeye steak for two, was overdone (we had ordered medium-rare, the steak was much, much closer to medium) and was also quite over-salted. Of the three pasta dishes we ordered, only the gnocchi were superlative; both the tonarelli and the paccheri were disappointing (the tonarelli was too rich, the paccheri accompanied by guanciale that tasted more like fried pork rind than guanciale). The restaurant did correct the pasta order and comped the incorrect order, but it did mean that one diner in our party was without her meal while the others were eating. Not what we had in mind for a birthday celebration, and given both the cost and our expectations, a big disappointment.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Some of the items, like the chicken liver mousse and baccala bruschetta, were perfect. Same for the service. Massimo was great! Other items, like the pasta amatricianna, octopus, and dessert, were not. Something has changed. We have gone to this restaurant over the last 20+ years for special occasions and celebrations. Sadly, this will be our last visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic Italian food in an understated but cozy atmosphere. Il Palio nails what Italian cuisine is about: a laser focus on ingredients with elegance and simplicity. This restaurant exceeded my expectations with its food (the raddichio salad and ragu bolognese come to mind) and excellent service (and very lovely red wine list). I look forward to returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Best meal we have had in years! Creative and inspired cuisine by the newish chef made every mouthful amazing. From bread to desert, we were in awe. They have GF option for pasta and even had a vegetarian dish. There was a bit too much cheese on some things so I will ask next time for that on the side. We had eggplant dish and the octopus with squid ink pasta. Polenta side dish and broccoli, then chocolate desert with edible flowers. All was fabulous!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Unfortunately, that was the only good part of the meal. Three entrees were unavailable. Both my husband and I found parts of our meal inedible.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The value for the money was very low. A crostini about three inches in diameter with a few chick peas on top: $3.50. A very lukewarm small portion pasta dish as an entree: $24.00. We will not be back.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Generally disappointing. Il Palio was recommended by our hotel. The menu looked interesting but they were out of two of the items. Those that we had were pedestrian at best. The service was rather hit and miss.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fantastic upscale restaurant. Unique dishes provided with excellent service. A very special place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food and service were great. Plan on going back at some point. Disappointed though that for such a fancy place that the dress code is casual. Also, it was a bit noisy and not as intimate as I was expecting.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food and great service.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Disappointed. Appetizers were outstanding. Wine recommendation was poor. Did not match what we said we liked in terms of dryness vs fruit finish. Two of four pasta entrees were under cooked. Dessert was awful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Massimo was our host and and a great host he was! Helpful, funny, knowledgeable and polite!! Being from Italy added to the credibility of his recommendations!!

Great ambience and lighting. We will be back. We were there to celebrate our 15-Year Anniversary and it was the perfect spot

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We went to this restaurant for an anniversary dinner. They accommodated our gluten issues extremely well, and even had home made GF pasta -- a first for us! The service was great as was the wine. Definitely recommend -- a bit pricey, but lovely for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

When you're ready to splurge a little, you must experience Il Palio.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great experience. The food was amazing and the service was extraordinary.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

It has been nearly 20 years since we last set foot in Il Palio. In those days, it was a truly top notch restaurant, one where you felt that you had to dress up a bit to go. Since then, there have been many new upscale restaurants added to the Triangle scene, so I wasn't so sure we were going to be quite as impressed with Il Palio last night as we were all those years ago. But, yes, indeed, our dinner exceeded even our highest expectations. From the local greens salad with nasturtium vinaigrette to the swordfish that was perfectly seasoned and melt-in-your-mouth tender, everything was outstanding. Both of our desserts: the passionfruit sorbet and the espresso “copetta” (marscapone crema, coffee mouse, espresso crumble) were beyond most we've ever had. We were celebrating both my husband's birthday and our silver anniversary, and the restaurant printed special congratulatory menues for us to keep. Our waitperson was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and generous with his time. I definitely recommend Il Palio for excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Pasta was tough, undercooked. Octopus was tough. Pork chop was overlooked.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very interesting menu with some great Italian wine selections. Really enjoyed some of the original sides. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent! We hadn't been here in a while, but wanted to check out the new chef and changed interior. The food was great and the service excellent! Gone was the stuffy, sometimes snooty feel. It is now welcoming and sort of cozy while still elegant. Our server Massimo was a delight. His assistant Gabriel (first day on the job) was also a cheery addition to the restaurant. Our friends were equally impressed. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Il Palio was exquisite as always. Gnocchi was a special treat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

unfortenately the grouper we both had was not cooked through or so tough that it was not eatable. we should have sent it back. My friend who paid the bill wanted to go back to his Hotel because he had an early flight the next morning. Salad we had was excellent. Il Palio used to be excellent may be 8-10years ago. This was the first dinner in a long time that I was a guest for dinner. Too bad. I live in Chapel Hill for almost 35 years. Quality the good restaurants is high. I am afraid Palio needs a better cook!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 2017

U.K. Palio was fantastic! We went to celebrate my son's Duke White Coat Ceremony and the restaurant went out of their way to make it special - personalized congratulatory menu and decorated dessert plate. Food was outstanding and quiet, elegant atmosphere made the night special.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. Food was amazing and the service was fantastic.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Our waiter, Massimo, was extremely competent and engaging. His service provided an additional element to our dining experience, which we especially appreciated for our special occasion. And of course the food was delicious, particularly the variety of pasta dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were there for a second visit, this time it was our anniversary, they treat you like family, the food was wonderful - fresh, tasty, and just the right portion size. We had four courses, with no dessert, we just wanted to sample everything, and it was all super. They print a new menu every day, based on what is available and ours had "Happy Anniversary" printed on the top - a really nice touch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Rebirth of a legendary Italian restaurant inside the Siena Hotel was so enjoyable. Starting with the crostini samplers, 8-10 varieties, we got the beef loin juice and sea salt one as well as the chick pea one...so yummy to pair with a fine Italian red, a 2008 Barbaresco decanted and served at the proper temperature, a rarity for moist restaurants who store reds at room temperature or higher.
Then, the delightful radicchio salad toppled with fresh parmesan was a nice transition to small plate pasta dishes and then an excellent fish entree and beef tenderloin.
The service was impeccable, however, as each team member chipped in to make sure we were always being pampered. This elevated approach I haven't seen since Nobu in NYC. Very memorable and definitely coming back again soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This place was amazing. I could not be happier with the service and food. I come from our of state, I'm only here for 2 months and to take a girl out for a nice dinner...Il Palio is the move, the place, the winner of any date night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Amazing birthday dinner! Menu is outstanding. Fresh, local ingredients. Wine list to die for. Knowledgeable staff. Ambience is fabulous. Everyone was friendly. Very clean & nicely decorated.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

awesome and the veal chop was the best i ever had. greta services, too.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Il Palio never disappoints. We celebrated our 47th anniversary and the staff contributed to making this a very special night. The food is outstanding. You just feel welcomed at Il Palio.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Yes the good was divine, but the service was outstanding. Massimo and Gabriel were a dynamic duo - witty, on top of our every need, and just charming. Great night!!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 29, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at Il Palio and we were not disappointed. We went on a Thursday when most bottles of wine are 50% off, and splurged on a bottle. Everything was great, on complaints!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 29, 2017

We have been wanting to try Il Palio for quite a while, but our schedule & the availability of reservations were not synching well. Instead of trying for a weekend night, we decided to try a Thursday & were delighted to get a table at 7 PM.
Everything was terrific. The cocktails, food & wine were all wonderful. My papperadelle bolognese was amazing. Just the memory of it makes me smile!
The wait staff were friendly & helpful. The noise level was quiet & the background music had an Italian theme.
All in all, a most wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Absolutely amazing experience. My husband and I went for date night and enjoyed everything from the knowledgable and timely service, to the fresh fish and out of this world Italian. He is gluten free and we had plenty of delicious options. Bravo!

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. The stuffed squash blossom appetizer was a disappointment (portion and temperature), but the calamari-based primi was superb and our main courses were excellent! The ambiance is ordinarily wonderful, but this night, there were two VERY loud guys behind us. We had to lean in to one another to converse.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We were unable to read the menu since it was in Italian with no English explanation. The waitress was very little help, but the real disappointment was that the lamb was overcooked with very little taste. The pasta was very average and the prices were very expensive. I tasted my granddaughter's steak and it was not tender for the price of the meat and the taste was average. Swordfish was good.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Six years ago, this restaurant catered a family members wedding. They did a splendid job. On May 19th, we were able to return to Chapel Hill & had our grandchildren (aged 12 & 16) with us. The Il Palio staff were terrific as they made recommendations. No request fazed them. From the hostess who seated us, to the abundant number of waiters who served us, they were welcoming & helpful. The food was creative & delicious. Over the weekend, we had two dinners and two (amazing!) breakfasts at the Il Palio. In the morning, we would sit on the hotels deck with our dog & the waitstaff would bring him a water bowl. (The chef also prepares homemade dog biscuits.) The Il Palio is not a restaurant - it is an adventure in dining that our family will not forget.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vegan, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We are traveling from Richmond for a swim meet at UNC and my child needs gluten free option, the restaurant has a very rich selection of GF food, from appetizers to entrees, home-made GF bread is delicious, so are their Pici pasta. We will be doing this meet annually and will be back here for sure. Great service and the Siena hotel is super nice too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Our dishes were inventive and delicious. So nice to have a wonderful restaurant located in a terrific hotel. The wait staff was helpful and recommendations were right on. Dinner was so good, we returned for a special breakfast.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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