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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-918-2545
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Ranked #4 of 249 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
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Price range: $31 - $40
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Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
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Marietta, Georgia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was my 2nd trip to Il Palio - this time on purpose. The first instance we wandered in by chance as we were staying at the hotel. This time round, to celebrate my birthday on a return trip. Foccacia made onsite, steeped in olive oil - great start! Linguine with clams - small portion, just right on the pasta.... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We enjoyed a two hour meal at Il Palio - the staff allowed us to take our time, ordering one course at a time. Attentive staff and very good food.

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CliftonPark, NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was here for my granddaughter's christening celebration. The restaurant is beautifully appointed and the food was outstanding. We had melon wrapped in amazing prosciutto for appetizers as well as tomato goat cheese crostini that were so delicious. Meatballs, eggplant and monkfish were our main courses and one was better than another. The dessert were these wonderful lemon ricotta bombolini,... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I went here for Valentine's day with my girlfriend. We were both very pleased and the staff were extremely attentive. It was expensive, but I knew this going into the establishment. One of the only things I would change would be the portion size, they are on the small size. With that stated it is perfect for dinner, just don't... More

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Greenville, NC
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185 reviews 185 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went to the Siena Hotel to celebrate our aniversary and had another wonderful meal and experience. We started off with cocktails in the bar with an appetizer. Chris was absolutely fantastic and made us feel like very special guests. Dinner in the main dining room was also perfect. Our server was Mark and he remembered us from a visit... More

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Chapel Hill NC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We have been business customers of the Sienna Hotel and its restaurant, Il Palio for over ten years and I hate to complain but some service and kitchen issues need to be straightened out. We invited some very important out of state business guests to stay at the Sienna and join us for a dinner at Il Palio. Of six... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Located inside the Siena Hotel this is an outstanding establishment for food and service albeit a bit pricy. Service provided by Mark and Ally was top notch. We tried the lasagna, Ravioli, veal osso bucco and chocolate torte for dessert. Dining room is nice but not too special. Highly recommended for a special dinner.

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Greenville, NC
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185 reviews 185 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This restaurant has always been one of my favorites and our meal last night was absolutely wonderful. The décor has been redone and they have a new Chef that has changed the menu and offers outstanding dishes. For years, I have told folks that this is the best Italian restaurant in NC and somehow they have improved! The service is... More

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NC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This may be the first 5 stars I have given to a restaurant but this sophisticated restaurant earned it. While it is a quiet restaurant , tables are spaced a nice distance apart so your conversation will not be the talk of your neighbor's table. The wine list including wine by the glass is first class. Table service is professional... More

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wilmington, nc
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

There are few, if any, venues that serve Italian cuisine that rank has high as Il Palio' for authentic Tuscan fare. Named after the great Italian Horse race (The Palio) held in the town square every year, this venue has great lunches, Dinners and Sunday brunch is the best anywhere in the state that I have dined. I strongly recommend... More

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