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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
+1 919-918-2545
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Overview
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (29 reviews)
“crostini” (8 reviews)
Closed Now
06:30 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
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1 - 10 of 242 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I've both enjoyed and found disappointing the food and service at Il Palio. Indeed, often it was the other diners that bothered me - young men in flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts. Sorry for being stuffy, but come on . . . make some minimal effort...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really really wanted to like this restaurant. Unfortunately, it was probably one of the most terrible meals Ive had in a long time. The chick pea appetizer was so salty I sent it back. (and was charged anyway!). Then came gluten free noodles -...More

Thank Gwen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived moments before closing but warmly welcomed by staff. Our server, Trent, was extremely attractive and full of recommendations. On his advice we ordered the Summer Tomato and Truffle Risotto. Amazing dish with bold flavors. After Trent explained the dessert menu we were upset that...More

1  Thank potterguy2017
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of dining at Il Palio after a 3 year hiatus. It was still the wonderful restaurant we remembered. We enjoyed the prosciutto, lamb meatballs and shared the pici before the main course, branzino. Every dish was outstanding and well prepared. We...More

1  Thank JSH247
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is a nice bar in the lobby of the Siena Hotel. We stopped here after dinner to relax. Brian the bartender was fabulous- remembering exactly what we had ordered the night before. The only problem with the space is that there is marble covering...More

Thank BML111
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Have been here many times but disappointed this time. It was Sunday and a limited menu. That was okay but our server mixed up our order and nothing came when expected. Also the salad was limp and antipasti did not come as advertised. I would...More

Thank 141Dini
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Traveled up to Chapel Hill from Southern Pines for an anniversary dinner. Been here before and enjoyed it. Tonight was a real disappointment. First clue that a rip-off was coming was a cocktail . One shot of a non-premium gin. $20. Second rip-off. Bottle of...More

2  Thank janeinpinehurst
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We decided to celebrate our birthdays at the Palio as we had not tried it yet. Food was excellent and well prepared , though on the overly salty side. Nice selection , not the classical italian. Great selection of wines served at the right temperature....More

Thank willy m
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I've been to Italy four times and this is the most genuine interpretation of Italian cuisine this side of the ocean! Not to be missed. The mussels were amazing, the bolognese the best I've ever had and the wine list is exhaustive and accessible.

Thank Jamie B
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and we had not realized that it was a night for Prix Fixe only. Fortunately, the staff was very accomodating and allowed us to share a single meal, and I am very glad that they did! (The kitchen staff was...More

Thank BusinessSquirrel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
06:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
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
  • E-mail
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.
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