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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-918-2545
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Ranked #5 of 249 restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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180 reviews 180 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Reviewer
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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116 reviews 116 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

As longtime Chapel Hill residents, we are blessed with a lot of choices when it comes to dining out. We like to choose Il Palio when we want to celebrate a special occasion, and it has never failed to meet or exceed our expectations. The service is attentive and caring but not intrusive, and the food is always delicious and... More

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If you haven't been to Il Palio in 2014 then you don't know what you're missing! Don't even bother reading any of the reviews written prior to Chef Teddy's arrival in early January of 2014 as the entire restaurant has changed. They've updated the decor, they've hired a new manager and lots of new wait staff and most importantly they... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I had two breakfasts and two dinners here. All were excellent. The best dinner was the first I had there: the black pasta with crab and a kale salad. I had the white Barolo with this which they have by the glass --interestingly, no one from the waiter to the restaurant manager seemed to know what it was when I... More

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