Il Palio

4.7
937 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(919) 918-2545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Teddy Diggs
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
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Parking details
Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
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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
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

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.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This was our 2nd time at Il Palio and we have found both time to be a very enjoyable experience as well as a memorable one. Highly recommend this restaurant for it's authentic Italian cuisine it's wonderful atmosphere and great friendly service.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Limited menu, average food, average service. I recommend somewhere else!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We had not visited Il Palio since the recent renovations. We were delighted to find that it was even better than before. An excellent experience on our 50th wedding anniversary.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We always get the homemade pasta because it is so good and fresh. Always a new, creative sauce to try. The service could not be any better.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great food and wonderful service! Can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great atmosphere, food was excellent, dessert not so much. Service was excellent, will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This is our favorite Chapel Hill restaurant! We can always count on it to be pleasant, fabulous food, and impeccable service. Can't go wrong!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We decided last minute to go out on our 43rd anniversary and brought our son (who is a professional cook) with us. We like Il Palio but hadn't been there for dinner in over a year; it won't be so long next time!

From the first moment, when we were presented with a special aperitif to help celebrate, the night became memorable. Then, finding out that on Thursday nights ALL bottles of wine were half-price made my husband incredibly happy (we chose a white and a red and took the extra home). But the star was really the food from start to finish. We shared the radicchio salad (it's huge) and a chef's selection of crostini to start; they were all fabulous. Next my son and husband had their pasta course: pappardelle with a bolognese ragu and tagliatelle with mushrooms. I had my pasta, a paccheri with spicy amatriciana sauce and crunchy bits of pork cheek later, as the others both devoured their whole grilled seabass with capers and olives.

We finished with a chocolate torta, lemon sorbet and cappucino. Delightful. Now here's the real review: EVERYTHING was wonderful. Everything. We are seasoned diners and really care about our food; in our vast dining experience, it is seldom that the whole meal is successful, but Il Palio was the exception. Wonderful service throughout by Massimo capped an evening that was incredibly enjoyable. We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

What a delightful experience we had celebrating a graduation dinner with our graduate. The service was outstanding and the food was superb.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent meal and 50% off bottle of wines. A+

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Super swordfish steak, aa always.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Il Palio was a very nice Italian Restaurant. The bar was very good and the meal was excellent. We had the swordfish with a gnocchi side. Both were tremendous. Service was great and the wine list extensive. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We decided to celebrate our 11th Anniversary at Il Palio in Chapel Hill. The hostess and floor manager were very gracious and had our table ready even-though we were 25 minutes early. The server and wait staff were wonderful. They were happy to answer all our questions about the menu. The restaurant had a delightful ambiance and delicious food. My husband ordered the Bone-in beef rib-eye and it was AMAZING. The flavor, cut, tenderness and juiciness of the meat was just outstanding. I ordered the spaghetti di Gragnano which was light, with a hint of butter flavor (very tasty dish). This was our first visit and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Awesome! From the doorman's welcome to our waiter, Massismo, offering us a complimentary dessert, the experience was first rate all the way. Thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food is fantastic and service just as terrific. Strong menu of authentic Italian dishes with a very good wine selection focused on Italian regional wines. Great desserts and appertifs. Experienced and mature wait staff. Whole team at restaurant worked together seamlessly to provide a terrific experience. Not only do they have great food, but this is an extremely well-operated and professionally managed restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This place is truly amazing. Some of the best Italian food I have ever had..........the steak was awesome! the appetizers are incredible. Dessert is awesome. Just everything about this place is great! A must try in Chapel Hill. In a beautiful setting

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Lovely service. Interesting and delicious food

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It is the only Italian restaurant in the triangle that gets the seal of approval from my Italian husband. That's all I have to say.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We love dining at Il Palio for many reasons. The food is outstanding and the staff is exceptionally focused on the dining experience. Martinis are the best!

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The food here was just okay, not great. Crostini was burned. Cacio y Pepe had WAY too much cheese. Entrees were average and were pricey. Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We went for my husband's birthday and luckily it was a Thurs. when all the wine bottles are half price! The wine steward recommended a Sicilian wine and it was great. We had a 6 pm reservation, which was early, and because of that we had excellent service. My husband absolutely hates making a fuss on his birthday, so I requested it be low key . They printed "Happy Birthday" at the top of the menu - perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is a great place to enjoy a special meal where there is attention to every detail. We had the chicken with the browned butter and crispy sage sauce this time and it was fabulous! Massimo is a a true European style waiter who takes his job seriously and is so much fun! Another great meal at Il Palio!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Pleasant eve
Out. Chestnut soup fantastic. Overall great experience

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!!

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2.0Dined 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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