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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
+1 919-918-2545
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
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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
Reviewed 6 December 2014

Located in the Siena hotel. Ample parking. Our servers were helpful, fast, and pleasant, but my wife was so put off by the supercilious attitude of the maitre d'/wine steward that she gave the manager an earful as we left. The three of us split...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 3 December 2014

High-end Italian menu with delicious dishes; ask for wine pairings as sommalier is excellent; some of the best Italian dishes I have had

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 11 November 2014

Nice omelette, but as with all onsite restaurants, it was kind of pricey. Also, I ordered coffee ($3), then later realized it was free in the lobby, so get your cup before you go in!

Thank MelissaMSA
Reviewed 6 November 2014 via mobile

The place in a hotel, not ideal... The location is quickly overcome with an exceptional menu and delicious food... Some of the best Italian in the city

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 6 October 2014

We were staying at the hotel and reserved the package that included dinner. Really enjoyed the drinks and food. I had a whole fish that was easy to eat, asked before ordering. Light and very tasty. I can't recall what my husband ordered, but do...More

Thank Trippic
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Friends and I stayed at the Siena Hotel and ate at Il Palio for dinner one night, and for breakfast one day. The food was excellent (the pumpkin soup was the best I ever had) It was noon when we got there the 2nd day,...More

1  Thank 572travelover67
Reviewed 8 September 2014

This was one of the best meals we've had in the last year...and we've had a lot of great ones. Service was impeccable...food was utterly amazing...ambiance just perfect to celebrate my husband's birthday. We've visited Siena, Italy, and Il Palio serves it's memory well. We...More

2  Thank audrasena
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Starting with one of the best Manhattan's I've had recently, to the veal cheek ossobuco, to the flawless service....Il Palio is worthy of 5-stars in any city. Connected to the lobby of the Siena Hotel, this is one of Chapel Hill's finest restaurants. Very highly...More

1  Thank Hendrix B
Reviewed 4 September 2014

Service was great. Food was creative italian. We also ate their for breakfast and that was great too.

1  Thank Sharon0318
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 - 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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