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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Ranked #4 of 250 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 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 live in St Louis but our favorite nephew and niece live in Chapel Hill...we will... More

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Chicago, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 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 recommended.

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Mendham, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

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

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Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Il Palio is an excellent Italian-inspired restaurant which features fresh local ingredients prepared well. My husband and I have eaten there several times and always been very pleased with the service, ambiance and -- of course -- the food. Great place for a special occasion and fabulous Sunday brunch.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great Service and Great Food! It should be for the prices they charge for the small portions. I like getting small portions, but be realistic on the price. Salads are $12 and most entries are $30+. If you have money to throw away and like nice Restaurants , this is your kind of place. If you're regular folks and want... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
50 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 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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188 reviews 188 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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