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Il Palio

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1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887 (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
+1 919-918-2545
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 am
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 am
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Phoenix, AZ
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624 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned dinner at Il Palio, based on recs. from the Concierge at Fearrington Inn, but had to change plans (common thread on this trip), but did stop in for a few glasses of wine. Located in the Siena Hotel, the bar/restaurant is very nice, the wine list very good, albeit a bit small, and service was great. One... More 

Thank Bill_Hunt_AZ
Corolla, North Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great ristorante. Massimo took excellent care of us. Food was perfect. Wine list wonderful. Try it if you haven't been there!

Thank torkar23
Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

My fiancee's children and I decided that we were going to make their mother's 50th birthday a night to remember, complete with limo, boutique hotel, a private shopping spree etc. We knew the meal would be the centerpiece of the evening, and looked at a number of restaurants before deciding on Il Palio.. The restaurant manager was the real “selling... More 

Thank GoldenJewell
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159 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We had three breakfasts in a row here. Great ambiance. Comfy seating in high backed banquettes.Small earthen pots with fresh rosemary.The breakfast menu was awesome! They had avocado bruschetta, ricotta cheese pancakes, brioche french toast, and decadent salmon benedict.Service with a smile. Background music featured Frank Sinatra singing classics like Volare. Did not try the bar but it looked great... More 

Thank SheilaKentucky
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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143 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

It's been a few years since we last dined at this restaurant. There has been some renovations in the bar area but the drink selections offered less choices. The main courses of calamari ( great ) and the Sea Bass ( not so great ). Service was friendly but not quite as professional as before. The desserts were outstanding. Would... More 

Thank Stephen F
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115 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

I remember my last visit a few years ago as this elegant white table clothed restaurant that served up first class food in a first class environment. Situated in the Siena Hotel, the restaurant has undergone a trendy renovation and while the food is still spot on, the restaurant has become more casual ( no table cloths) and the service... More 

Thank shane n
Lewisville, North Carolina
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Dined with a friend on 7/2. Lovely, quiet restaurant. Service was outstanding. Our waitress (wish I could recall her name) was very knowledgeable about the menu and and wine and made recommendations. At her suggestion I ordered the grilled swordfish (fresh off the boat from Beaufort NC and very delicious) but I mentioned that the sea bass preparation with capers... More 

Thank NC2Chicago
Raleigh, North Carolina
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64 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Went here for a b-day celebration. Saw the menu online and was inspired by the seemingly authentic preparations. We are Italian property owners and spend a bit of time in Italy and we have to say, in our opinion, this was the most authentic Italian mean we have had in NC in our 8 years here. The restaurant is located... More 

Thank GrappaKing
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

First visit to Chapel Hill, NC, stayed at this hotel, and thoroughly enjoyed a Saturday evening dinner with family and friends. The service, food and wine were excellent - a great representation of Italian food, prepared as they do in Italy. Everything we ordered was delicious, nothing left on anyone's plate. Will definitely return when we visit again in September!

Thank GlenTraveller
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We had not visited Il Palio since the restaurant renovations, so booked it for our anniversary. We liked the 'open kitchen' concept and less formal environment. Service was very attentive, but not over bearing. Our server David was at the table immediatly after we were seated, followed by the restaurant mgr./sommelier. Both had excellent suggestions concerning the menu offerings as... More 

Thank jmmdownhil

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Breakfast, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 am
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?