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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

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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (18)
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Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Seasonal (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The service was very good. The waiters and waitress were friendly. I had certain food issues and the chef was able to give me what I wanted. The pasta was very good and I was able to get it gluten, dairy, and sugar free including the sauce. Very expressive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been here frequently and always have a wonderful experience. My wife has a gluten allergy and they are always accommodating to her needs, while still maintaining a wonderful quality to the food. Service is fantastic and the atmosphere is fantastic. A wonderful place for a romantic dinner!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Highly disappointing and very overpriced. Jimmy at the bar was the best. All other service lacked. Food seemed like it had been sitting out. I give this a 5/10 overall and wouldn't recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

I love the food. I went with my wife for Valentine’s dinner . They had a great four course meal options. We totally loved it . The waiter made sure I got the perfect wine with the food . Totally worth the money.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

We were disappointed with the inconsistency in the Valentine Day prix fixe menu as our prior dining experiences at Il Palio have been excellent. For the first course, our waitress recommended the beef carpaccio, which was excellent, but the roasted garlic-anchovy dressing lacked flavor and simply overwhelmed the castelfranco radicchio. The second course gnocchi and spaghetti di gragnano with littleneck clams were excellent dishes. For the third course, the smoked ribeye with horseradish gremolata was a bit overcooked but tasty. The pork chop was replaced with a wood grilled lamb chop, which was not a quality cut as there was more fat on the bone than meat; this was the case even when I received a second lamb chop. The chocolate and espresso copetta was very good but the baba rhum was forgettable. We deferred to our waitress for wine selections and her recommendations for white and red wines by the glass were "spot on". Although we will dine again at Il Palio, our Valentine Day dining experience did not live up to the restaurant's AAA Four Diamond rating.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing! The real deal- best service at both the fabulous bar and in the restaurant. Everyone was from Italy just like you find in the North End in Boston and Chicago!
We had grilled ciabatta bread with a sundried tomato topping and whipped ricotta - best we have ever had with honey in a honey comb on the side. Then an incredible radicchio salad- then pasta with bacon and a creamy tomato sauce - worth going for just this dish - i think its worth the trip from Cary just for that dish! Then grilled swordfish that melted in your mouth- a cheese plate and the best panna cotta over a grilled pear with homemade ice cream and biscotti..,, the best service and recommendations - ask for the recommendations! Wine was very pricey- I’m looking into
The corking fee for next time!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The most delicious Italian food in the Triangle, hands-down. Innovative dishes and brilliant execution makes this one our go-to places. Ambiance could be livelier, but at least it is quiet so you can hear yourself speak!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in years. Absolutely perfect.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Pleasant eve
Out. Chestnut soup fantastic. Overall great experience

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Outstanding birthday dinner. Massimo was phenomenal and made the experience even more special with souvenir menus and recommendations. The crostini were especially memorable; get the beef steak drippings, you won’t regret it.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a lovely table. The waiter was very attentive but discreet. This was a special occasion for us and the experience made it even more so. The food was delightful and there was no rush we were left to eat and take our time. I enjoy dinning out and enjoy the experience. I do not want to be rushed and this was not
Thank you for a lovely evening.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Massimo was the server. He was a real Italian man. He told us what wine paired well with beef. Service was fast. They gave me a gelato with a candle for my birthday. I would go back. Don’t know why I waited so long to eat here after living in Chapel Hill for so many years.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and the menus had Happy Birthday printed at the top. The wait staff was excellent and very helpful. One member of our group had a family emergency and arrived late and they accommodated her and made sure that her meal arrived timely with the other meals. The food was very good and the menu appealed to many levels of appetite.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Il Palio will surprise you. Although in a hotel, it offers superb Italian food and fantastic service. A top recommendation. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve 3-course special was perfect for us - delicious and beautiful prepared and presented.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Absolutely, the best gluten free pasta I've had in 14 years since being diagnosed with celiac disease. With our Italian server, Massimo, my wife and felt we were back visiting Florence. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance, and save room for the homemade gelato!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very disappointed altogether. Too much cheese in all the options, even salad. Pasta not cooked enough. Servers were not coordinated.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was delicious! Loved the quality of food and the excellent service. We wished that the dinner serving of octopus larger, as it was small like an appetizer! Will definitely go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Each item we tasted was a unique flavor. We greatly enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

All the food is fabulous but we love the fresh pastas with all the variety of interesting sauces.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Quiet enough, and tables far enough from one another, that we could talk easily and hear what everyone at our table was saying. Looking forward to returning in the near future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wouldn’t go back. Food fair.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a great thanksgiving meal- the food was outstanding. We went back in February and the results were not as good. The waiter was inattentive, the swordfish wasn’t cooked and the service was rushed. For $150 for 2 before tip I won’t be back

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our visit was for Thanksgiving. We have eaten here before for Thanksgiving and were pleased. This year, the food was fair, which was disappointing since the cost of meal was $70 per person. The salad which I asked to have the dressing on the side was overly dressed in a creamy dressing, the short rib (which is a fatty cut of meat) was overly fatty sitting in a creamy polenta. I was disappointed. We don't mind paying for a good meal but thought this was not a good value for the price.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I took my adult son, who is gluten intolerant, here for Thanksgiving. Our waiter was very personable and helpful. His food and wine recommendations were right on target, and the chefs outdid themselves. Wonderful experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner- the set menu of various items per 4 courses was excellent as we do not like to go to buffets for special days like Thanksgiving. Our waiter was exceptional and service overall was terrific.

Great food, great service, great restaurant.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was pitiful. It was like the staff was doing us a favor and often got things wrong because they were in such a rush. Why rush, the restaurant was half empty.

Way over priced for over seasoned small portions.

There will be no second chance.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful as always. The chocolate budino for dessert is incredible.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 10, 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 20, 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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 (New York Area)·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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