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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
+1 919-918-2545
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Best Italian restaurant in NC! Great menu, fresh local ingredients, warm service. Highly recommended. Plus, a good wine list. We loved it!

Thank Way2Cheap
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel and had dinner and breakfast. The dinner was extremely well prepared, with many innovative touches. The chef was quite good and came by as we finished. I have eaten here many times over the past 10 years, and it always...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I chose Il Palio for our Thanksgiving meal this year, partly because they had added turkey to their choices for the entree in their Prix Fixe ($68) dinner. We arrived and were seated in a room where the tables had no tablecloths, runners, or placemats...More

Thank ThreeRosettes70
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Great find in the Raleigh/Durham area in an Autograph Hotel!!! Mixed Antipasto per person...Great! 500 Day Aged Prosciutto...Awesome! The classic and hard to find Cacio e Pepe...Amazing! The Bombilini...Amazing!!!! Get at least 3 of them!!!! Highly recommend this restaurant and the real deal Italiano...Massimo!

Thank MarcoTravel1
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We've occasionally dined here over the past 20 years, including special events like a beer dinner, and have come to expect great food and good service. We recently returned especially for a fundraiser benefiting earthquake-ravaged areas of Italy. They were donating proceeds to charity and...More

Thank TarHeel
Reviewed 2 November 2016

The chef at Il Palio is inventive while honoring tradition. We have enjoyed this restaurant on several occasions, and consider it one of the most outstanding in Chapel Hill. The cuisine is Northern Italian with an American flair. On our most recent visit we enjoyed...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

What an exquisite dining experience! My husband and I recently ate here while staying at the Siena Hotel for the weekend. From start to finish, the food and service were fabulous. Massimo was wonderful! Can't wait to get back there again soon.

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 21 September 2016

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...More

2  Thank The_Loup_Garou
Reviewed 13 September 2016 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
Reviewed 1 August 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...More

Thank GoldenJewell
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Katherine S
19 June 2018|
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Response from AnthonyCH | Property representative |
Hello Katherine, Jackets are not required in the restaurant. You will see a good mix of our gentlemen guests wear a button down shirt and slacks or suits with and without ties. Most important to us is, we want our guests... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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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
  • E-mail
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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