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Il Palio

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1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
+1 919-918-2545
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 10:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 11:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 is excellent.

Thank Chris B
North Carolina
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195 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 -- hardly the ambience one expects at a 4-diamond restaurant for a prix fixe dinner.... More 

Thank ThreeRosettes70
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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410 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 even cooking some regional specialties not on their regular menu. The quality of the food... More 

Thank TarHeel
United States
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 a roasted chestnut/duck soup, followed by splendid beef tournedos, finishing with a ginger gelato. For... More 

Thank Robert M
Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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
Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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 nice, the wine list very good, albeit a bit small, and service was great. One... More 

2 Thank Bill_Hunt_AZ
Corolla, North Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 22:00
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
    (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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?