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1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
+1 919-918-2545
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6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Il Palio is an intimate restaurant located in the Siena Hotel. We strive...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 107
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Superb

We visited Siena several years ago and came with no expectation that this restaurant would bring back such wonderful memories of our trip to Italy. The menu was filled with interesting choices. I mentioned that I saw they served scrambled eggs with truffles for their Sunday brunch and the chef... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Elaineaus
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cary
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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St Michaels
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We dined here before while traveling & really liked (& still do!) the Siena Hotel itself. However this time Il Palio was such a disappointment. Limited menu choices, delayed service in welcome & taking order. One Entree was served barely warm (fish dish was not appealing when served lukewarm). Request for other fish entree to be de-boned was refused (waitress... More 

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Morris Plains, New Jersey, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

There is nothing bad to write about this great restaurant in the Siena hotel. Do not be dissuaded by the fact that it is a hotel restaurant, as it does not carry any bad connotations for this restaurant. The Italian food was superbly presented and delicious. Plenty of choices and some offerings can be ordered in the small plate size.... More 

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cary
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We visited Siena several years ago and came with no expectation that this restaurant would bring back such wonderful memories of our trip to Italy. The menu was filled with interesting choices. I mentioned that I saw they served scrambled eggs with truffles for their Sunday brunch and the chef happily made them for me on a Friday night. The... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a restaurant for a special occasion. The hotel is also very nice; the location requires a drive to downtown to the UNC campus

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The food was superb for all the courses. Imaginatively presented with fine portion sizes and delicious. This is a high end restaurant tied in with a classic hotel. A memorable place to stay and eat while visiting Chapel Hill and UNC.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Where do I start? I was staying in the hotel and only chose this because of the positive ratings. I guess my visit was an outlier, but I can honestly say, the service was abysmal. I was seated in a nearly empty restaurant (with a reservation), outside table, and waited over 20minutes before being recognized--yes, recognized by the waiter who... More 

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The amount of food was not sufficient for a group 50 people. Breakfast collection is too small. No varieties almost.

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Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Three nights in row and were looking at going back for a forth. It did help that we were guest in the hotel but there are many other places to eat in chapel hill. The food is great especially the appetizer truffle Parmesan fries. Everything is made fresh and prepared in the northern Italy style. Great red sauce and a... More 

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Orange Co, NC
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We had not been to Il Palio for a while but decided to try it for a birthday dinner. We expected very good - we got excellent. The service was attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. When we expressed regret that they did not have the Osso Bucco on the menu that night, the waiter went off and found that... More 

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chapel hill, nc
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro area (and maybe even the Triangle) has long suffered from the lack of a quality Italian restaurant. Il Palio goes a long way toward remedying that problem. Il Palio, located in the Siena Hotel, is as Italian as we've found in the area and it is quite good. The food is creative and very good, with a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-918-2545

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?