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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
+1 919-918-2545
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
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Reviewed 23 February 2015

I have eaten at many restaurants claiming to be "gluten-free"-- but this was superb. The waiter went over the menu with me, and helped me select what would work for my gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, raw-free medical diet. This chef is superb. I was served a...More

1  Thank Marilyn M
Reviewed 22 February 2015

This is in the Siena Hotel... Parking is easy. Venue is small, probably 50 people max, so quiet enough to converse. We had a business dinner. calamari was split for appetizers, sea bass, veal and pork ravioli, and the potato gnocchi were our choices... All...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 19 February 2015

If you want to be treated like royalty and you like excellent food, this is the place to be. Il Palio is the most romantic restaurant you will find. We go here for every special occasion. I love the food and the service.....but most of...More

Thank 391barbarar
Reviewed 19 February 2015

We ate here for Valentines Day. Each course was delicious and the staff was attentive and well trained. I could ask nothing more from a staff or a chef.

Thank DanTColeman
Reviewed 19 February 2015

For an expensive and intimate restaurant Il Palio left us a bit cold. They are very pretentious and seem to be acting and pricing the food more upscale then it warrants. Overall we thought the food was at best above average and in no way...More

1  Thank billmac2014
Reviewed 16 February 2015

We went for a date night to Il Palio and had a four course meal. The food was good and the service was fantastic, especially Gabriel. But for the price, I was expecting a few of the plates we tried to be a bit more...More

Thank BSV1823
Reviewed 12 February 2015 via mobile

Truly wonderful experience. We dined here last night. I had the turnip soup, the fazzoletti, and the beef filet. Chocolate torte for dessert. Hands down the best tasting, most perfectly prepared food I have ever had. And the service was outstanding. Every flavor was so...More

1  Thank Amber B
Reviewed 2 February 2015

Located in the Siena Hotel, this is truly a great little (46 seats) restaurant. The service was superb. The food was incredible: meat stuffed ravioli and a "40 layer" lasagna that melted in your mouth. Wine was wonderful, with an extensive selection. Did not stay...More

Thank 155Geoff
Reviewed 31 December 2014

Food and service...already in my very recent review of the Siena Hotel. Il Palio is located in the Siena hotel.

1  Thank pollydick
Reviewed 15 December 2014

The menu and offerings are truly Northern Italian; the wine list offers many interesting Italian wines and the wait staff knowledgeable and helpful. For starters, I had a wonderful roasted chestnut soup with grappa cream--my wife had an excellent and interesting salt-roasted beet salad with...More

1  Thank RShereff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
    (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-918-2545
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Il Palio is an intimate restaurant located 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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