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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.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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
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Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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
Living in Durham usually means eating in Durham, especially at my favorite, Gocciolina. Il Palio, however, was well worth the drive to Chapel Hill. Our meal at Il Palio was amazing, and a very different italian dining experience than you would have at that other place on Guess Rd in North Durham.
My wife and I split three half pasta orders, and each was excellently presented. It reminded me of some of the delicious pasta dishes we had last year on our honeymoon in Tuscany. Looking forward to our next meal here.
As always, the Swordish steak with Octopus on the side was my go-to dish (this has been added to the menu in the past year, I think). The swordfish was moist, tender, and tasty, and the octopus added some spice to the dish. (They've slightly reduced the size of the octopus from previous visits.) The pasta first course was great, and I finished up with one Bombolina on a bed of kumquats!
We have eaten here many times in the past. When my wife received her salad she noticed that the dressing was much different . The dressing was acidic with too much lemon. My wife asked the waitress twice if the chef was present. She responded "yes". We found out later the main chef was in fact not present. We did receive a new salad but lets BE HONEST !!!!!
This is a very high end Italian restaurant. Therefore, my expectations are high for the food and the service. The ambiance is excellent, beginning with entry into the historic Sienna Hotel lobby. We arrive a bit early for our reservation, and went to the bar for a pre-dinner drink. The specialty cocktail list was exceptionally good and we enjoyed the cocktails we ordered, put together by professional bartender. While having our cocktails, the hostess informed us our table was ready. For restaurants of this quality and price, I would have expected that the hostess or waitstaff to have picked up our drinks and brought them to our table, as is typical practice. Instead, we had to carry our drinks ourselves while fumbling with coats and pocketbook etc. It's a small thing, but what separates a high end restaurant is attention to the details. The dining room was lovely and the menu was inventive and enticing. My wife and I were very satisfied with the food, from the crustinis to my wood-grilled swordfish and octopus entree. I was a bit disappointed that our waitress was not sufficiently familiar with the wine by the glass selections to make recommendations for our meals, without going off to talk with someone else (the list is relatively small, but very good). As I said, my expectation was higher than for a "normal good" restaurant, therefore I rated the service a bit lower. However, the food and ambience is exceptional and I have no hesitation to recommending Il Palio highly.
This is currently the best restaurant in Chapel Hill in my opinion. Food is just outstanding. They took the octopus appetizer of the menu which upset me a bit, but when I asked about it server came back to the table and said the chef would make it for which I really appreciated. I do wish they'd put it back on the menu. They were really busy on this visit so service was a little off comepared to usual, but it was still very good even if just a hair below other visits. This is a restaurant in which is really is worth ordering something from every section of the menu.
We were in town for the game and to celebrate my husband's birthday. The staff went above and beyond and were top notch. The wine list was extensive and carefully chosen. The Head Chef was kind enough to help us with our selection of wine. The food was heavenly. We can't wait to go back.
As always, great personalized service and great food. Wonderful place for dinner with friends - when you really want to be able to talk. Great personalized drink suggestions which adds to a festive atmosphere. This is our go-to place for friends and family. We can always be assured of a great evening!
If you want excellent Italian in the Triangle, Il Palio cannot be beat. Excellent service, great homemade pasta, novel spin on dishes that remains true to the cuisine, lovely presentation, good variety on the menu. Great selection of Italian wines, but a few good domestics would help for those unfamiliar with Italian regional wines (me for instance). We've dined there with some frequency over the years and the restaurant has improved in this time, though it has always been good.
Our reservation was messed up and they put us in the bar area sitting in the lobby of the hotel in the hallway. This was very disappointing and then to top it off they had a restrictive menu so we could not even order off the dinner menu. Very disappointing.
This was our 3rd New Year's Eve dinner with my two 8 year olds and my senior parents at Il Palio and each year we think it's the best yet! Amazing food, ambiance, service. Treat yourself to an amazing meal at Il Palio. Our compliments to Chef Teddy and the entire staff!
We waited for our table over 30 minutes in spite of reservation however we got some special cake for it. As a starter we got very nice salad with own baked bread. Unfortunately the bread was slack baked (raw). A waiter promised bring new ones but it never happened. We ordered also a very nice chocolate dessert with coffee and espresso.Unfortunately I didn't get my coffee as well . When we asked for the bill the waiter charged us for two coffees!! To be fair the rest of stuff was very professional and attentive.
This Christmas Day lunch was a special occasion, and so was worth a little extra expense. In that regard, Il Palio does not disappoint; it is expensive, and in my opinion, a ways beyond was is really a reasonable price. The food was generally very good, except for a steak that was very undercooked. Surprisingly, the waiter never asked how done we wished the meat to be, and in the distraction of ordering wine, we forgot to pursue that. I just assumed the chef would know how to properly cook a steak. As far as wine goes, the wine list is not very extensive or versatile and our choice of a Cabernet by the glass seemed the best out of a limited number of offerings. It was adequate but not something we would order again.
On the plus side, the lamb meatballs were quite tasty. The roasted chestnut soup was also delicious. For desserts the gingerbread and the lemon cheesecake were also delightful. So three out of four courses does not sound too bad, but for the price paid I expect other nearby excellent restaurants will be more appealing for future outings.
Never again at 9 pm, especially on Christmas Eve. Terribly disappointed. Noisy, yes, but either our selections or the food preparation was unfortunate. Skip to the worse: the entrees were served on icy-cold plates--sea bass could have been great but hardly survived the transfer from the kitchen. I ate it as fast as I could but it was too soon just a $24 piece of cold fish. That followed Casso App that did neither the veal nor the ? favors. And I suppose I could have learned from the menu--or our waitress--that the mussels were served in some kind of spicy sauce quite unlike the wine/butter I anticipated. Does the chef leave at 9?
Most AMAZING Italian food you can find. Each dish is meticulously thought out and served to perfection with an immaculate presentation. Took my husband here for his birthday, and as we recently moved to the area it was also our first time at this restaurant. Will be back and highly recommend. Additionally, the entire staff is incredibly welcoming and attentive. They truly made this a memorable evening for us!
We had high expectations going to Il Palio that were unfortunately not met. The drinks are overpriced. The dinner and wine menu are hard to follow and understand. I really could not tell anything about what the pasta entrees were- almost like it was serving to dining elitist. A couple of the pasta dinners were barely edible almost as if something went wrong in the kitchen (over salted/seasoned). I can imagine any respectable chef to allow anything like this to leave the kitchen. We had a large party and we did have a good time- and I don't think anyone wanted to complain to kill the mood.
Il Palio offers great, unique take traditional Italian fare. I started with a table poured chestnut soup , that was full of the flavors of the season. My Osso Bucco entrée was an incredibly complex form of comfort food. We come to Il Palio reasonably often, but this was the first with our elementary kids - and the staff were great (and so were our kids!). Never been disappointed with Il Palio!
Highly recommend Il Palio for the high quality food and presentation of cuisine. The appetizers, fish, lamb and steak were all fantastic with wonderful flavors. Would compare it with any number of five star restaurants. The wine list was largely European, but quite acceptable. The service was very adequate. I recommend a table towards the rear or in corner. We were in the main corridor and, in the winter, the breeze was quite cool, as well as the distraction of passing people.
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 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!
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