About Il Palio
Il Palio is an intimate restaurant 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.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Dinner: - Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm;
Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: email@example.com
Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining available to up to 100 guests. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can set up to 100 and receptions up to 150. It can also be split into two smaller rooms. The Terrace Room off of Il Palio is also available for events of up to 36 people.
Il Palio Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful attention to each guest. Very ...
Wonderful attention to each guest. Very flexible and helpful with food/wine choices. Remembered us from previous visit and had notes on the selections we had made before. Really felt as though they wanted us to have a great evening - and we did! Very well managed restaurant - lots of attention to detail - and it pays off in a great experience for the customer!
We used to go to Il Palio regularly when ...
We used to go to Il Palio regularly when we lived and worked in NC, but the décor aged, the chairs were unstable and the drive was no longer worth it. All that has changed! The remodeling is beautiful, the staff plentiful, and the food includes items rarely found even in competing fine dining restaurants. For example, the tripe served in a small casserole accompanied by a marvelously thick sauce was so good we both enjoyed it. The bartenders in the redone lounge also served a unique Manhattan with house made orange-flavored bitters and the best black cherries. The drive is worth it again!
We went for Thanksgiving, 2016. I find ...
We went for Thanksgiving, 2016. I find eating out depressing on a holiday, but the service, food and ambiance at Il Palio made the experience a highlight! Couldn't ask for a better meal. Still thinking about the gnocchi in brown butter with hazelnuts, fried sage and shaved parmesan!! I've never has a meal here that wasn't exceptional.
The service here was amazing. I took my ...
The service here was amazing. I took my aunt and uncle here for dinner tonight, and every single person working here went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the night, but the service was really what got this restaurant a five star review. As far as food goes, the pork and veal meatballs were a favorite with all three of us, and my aunt thought the cacio e pepe was better than anything she found in Rome. I would have enjoyed a little less salt on the cassoncelli, but it still tasted very good. The dark chocolate torta and the espresso copetta were both delicious.
The food was delicious at dinner and at ...
The food was delicious at dinner and at breakfast the next morning. Our favorites were the Buratta Antipasti and the Pappardelle Bolognese. For dessert, both the Pear Frangipani and the Pistachio Semifredo were fantastic. I have to say that my absolute favorite were the Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes for breakfast. The most delicious pancakes I have ever had!! Service was also impeccable.
The pasta was wonderful, especially the ...
The pasta was wonderful, especially the Pici pasta. I had all my dishes made with Pici. However, the service was a little slow. And on the night we were there, they also had two parties in the hotel, one in the lobby and the other in the banquet room at the restaurant. The banquet room party was just fine, but the party in the Lobby was just too much. After the event, many of their patrons were outside smoking (right in front of the hotel lobby), their smoke came right back into the restaurant, making me question whether smoking was allowed in the building. It was that strong. It kind of soured our evening.
Fantastic and Massimo!!! Great find in t ...
Fantastic and Massimo!!!
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!!!
We had a filet and swordfish - both were ...
We had a filet and swordfish - both were excellent as was the lobster pasta. The swordfish was probably the best I've had in a very long time. Italian Greens Salad was covered in cheese, looked like a snowfall, and it also was delicious with subtle, but distinct anchovy and garlic flavors.
The price is high for the value. Chicken ...
The price is high for the value. Chicken dish was fine but not stellar. Having to order potatoes a la carte made it an expensive dish, especially for the quality. Maybe Sunday lunch would be better in price. I will check that out.
The food and service were exceptional fo ...
The food and service were exceptional for all diners. The comments previously placed on Open Table regarding requirements for 1 0f 3 diners for gluten free options and 1 of 3 diners for low sodium preparation were remembered by the waiter and fulfilled. Even a special bread option, not requested, was prepared for the gluten free diner.
The food is incredible and the service s ...
The food is incredible and the service superb. I feel like I am back in Italy when I eat there! Consider ordering small plates and sharing an entree to take advantage of the whole excellent menu. Dessert was spectacular. Decaf cappuccino.
Food was great & they knew who we were w ...
Food was great & they knew who we were when we walked in, which was a nice touch. They also had called the day before to confirm our reservation & asked if it was a special occasion, to which I told them it was my anniversary... and on the night of our dinner, the menu said "Happy Anniversary" printed on the menu. Another nice touch.
We aren't fancy restaurant types generally by t the food was delicious overall & perfect for our special night. Deserts were really good as well! 😃 Service was even better.
Dinner was disappointing We felt rushe ...
Dinner was disappointing
We felt rushed from the moment we sat down even though they were not busy. We ordered the grilled whole fish and the waiter said he would filet it tableside. He did but every bite was full of bones
I had been wanting to try Il Palio for s ...
I had been wanting to try Il Palio for some time and thought my birthday would be the perfect occasion to splurge. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation and decided to have a drink at the bar while waiting for our table. As we were getting up to be seated when our table was available, the bartender spilled my entire glass of wine on my lap. I get that people have bad days and was very understanding while he apologized profusely. When ordering dinner, we started with 4 crostini to share. The bread came to us completely burned that it was hard to eat due to the extremely charred flavor. Our dinners did end up to be amazing. I ordered the agnolotti and my husband ordered the dry aged NY strip with olive oil crushed potatoes. Both were delicious and we enjoyed our dinners with a bottle of red wine that our waitress suggested. However, when we received the bill, we noticed the glass of wine that was spilled on me was not comped and that was very upsetting. All in all, the meal itself was amazing, minus the crostini.
The facility doesn't go well with the fo ...
The facility doesn't go well with the food.
The food is quite delicious. While I wouldn't order the crostini again, everything else was excellent: the pastas, the lamb meatballs, the octopus, and the hazelnut dessert.
The weird lobby-of-a-hotel seating with fake wood tables and a weird display of wine glasses made for a somewhat aesthetically displeasing atmosphere -- I don't think the restaurant ever figured out what it is. The waiters all seemed kind of miserable about being there. We also didn't enjoy the upselling that went on: "sparkling or still or iced water?" we were asked. That's code for you'll pay $10, minimum, for what will be a bottle of water, unless you say you want iced water. Okay, then. $18 for a glass of wine? That would be fine for me if we weren't sitting in this weirdly ugly space...
We both remarked we'd return for the food and just sit at the bar next time to avoid the ugliness of the seating and the overall experience of the seating area.
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