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Il Palio

) #18 of 207 Restaurants in Chapel Hill ₹₹₹₹, Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
+1 919-918-2545
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
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Reviewed yesterday

We decided to celebrate our birthdays at the Palio as we had not tried it yet. Food was excellent and well prepared , though on the overly salty side. Nice selection , not the classical italian. Great selection of wines served at the right temperature....More

Thank willy m
Reviewed yesterday

I've been to Italy four times and this is the most genuine interpretation of Italian cuisine this side of the ocean! Not to be missed. The mussels were amazing, the bolognese the best I've ever had and the wine list is exhaustive and accessible.

Thank Jamie B
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and we had not realized that it was a night for Prix Fixe only. Fortunately, the staff was very accomodating and allowed us to share a single meal, and I am very glad that they did! (The kitchen staff was...More

Thank BusinessSquirrel
Reviewed 4 days ago

After our initial experience where we thoroughly enjoyed, our last experiences, culminating with New Years Eve, have left us saying we will not return. The menu was fixed and choices seemed fine; however, everything had that 'pre cooked-pre plated' feel. Specifically, my wife got the...More

Thank GrappaKing
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food at Il Palio is truly spectacular! My husband ordered the pork and veal "Cassoncelli" and I ordered the sea bass. Both were delicious. We also had the most amazing dessert EVER! It is called the Expresso "Copetta" which the menu says is macrscapone...More

Thank PatSnyder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here several times and with a small toddler, also had room service from the main menu- you are NOT restricted to the in-room dining so get the main menu! Food was good pastas quite good particularly the veal pasta. Fairly priced!

Thank Gkrieger
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Quaint restaurant with a native Italian server made the meal extra special. He was born about 20 miles away from my husband's family and they reminisced about the region's cuisine. The bread was amazing--served in an authentic cloth-like paper bag. We both had a signature...More

Thank 4grandes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

As a fun Valentine celebration, we hoped to enjoy a wonderful meal with our daughter after a day visiting University of North Carolina's beautiful campus. Hostess and servers were kindly and welcoming. There was a set 4 course menu for the romantic holiday, with several...More

Thank JanBeez
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I was so excited to eat here after reading the fab reviews but what a disappointment. Before you think I'm some uninformed person who doesn't know good food, we've eaten at some exceptional restaurants in the U.S., Italy and South Africa. The choose your bruschetta...More

Thank nickpeg
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Been here 3 or 4 times. Love the food, love the service! It's expensive but well worth it for a special occasion.

Thank HBM4
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John M
Can any vegetarians who have eater here comment on whether the non-meat menu items are really vegetarian?
15 December 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Breakfast, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
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.