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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
We were there for a second visit, this time it was our anniversary, they treat you like family, the food was wonderful - fresh, tasty, and just the right portion size. We had four courses, with no dessert, we just wanted to sample everything, and it was all super. They print a new menu every day, based on what is available and ours had "Happy Anniversary" printed on the top - a really nice touch.
Rebirth of a legendary Italian restaurant inside the Siena Hotel was so enjoyable. Starting with the crostini samplers, 8-10 varieties, we got the beef loin juice and sea salt one as well as the chick pea one...so yummy to pair with a fine Italian red, a 2008 Barbaresco decanted and served at the proper temperature, a rarity for moist restaurants who store reds at room temperature or higher.
Then, the delightful radicchio salad toppled with fresh parmesan was a nice transition to small plate pasta dishes and then an excellent fish entree and beef tenderloin.
The service was impeccable, however, as each team member chipped in to make sure we were always being pampered. This elevated approach I haven't seen since Nobu in NYC. Very memorable and definitely coming back again soon.
We have been wanting to try Il Palio for quite a while, but our schedule & the availability of reservations were not synching well. Instead of trying for a weekend night, we decided to try a Thursday & were delighted to get a table at 7 PM.
Everything was terrific. The cocktails, food & wine were all wonderful. My papperadelle bolognese was amazing. Just the memory of it makes me smile!
The wait staff were friendly & helpful. The noise level was quiet & the background music had an Italian theme.
All in all, a most wonderful dining experience.
The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. The stuffed squash blossom appetizer was a disappointment (portion and temperature), but the calamari-based primi was superb and our main courses were excellent! The ambiance is ordinarily wonderful, but this night, there were two VERY loud guys behind us. We had to lean in to one another to converse.
We were unable to read the menu since it was in Italian with no English explanation. The waitress was very little help, but the real disappointment was that the lamb was overcooked with very little taste. The pasta was very average and the prices were very expensive. I tasted my granddaughter's steak and it was not tender for the price of the meat and the taste was average. Swordfish was good.
Six years ago, this restaurant catered a family members wedding. They did a splendid job. On May 19th, we were able to return to Chapel Hill & had our grandchildren (aged 12 & 16) with us. The Il Palio staff were terrific as they made recommendations. No request fazed them. From the hostess who seated us, to the abundant number of waiters who served us, they were welcoming & helpful. The food was creative & delicious. Over the weekend, we had two dinners and two (amazing!) breakfasts at the Il Palio. In the morning, we would sit on the hotels deck with our dog & the waitstaff would bring him a water bowl. (The chef also prepares homemade dog biscuits.) The Il Palio is not a restaurant - it is an adventure in dining that our family will not forget.
We are traveling from Richmond for a swim meet at UNC and my child needs gluten free option, the restaurant has a very rich selection of GF food, from appetizers to entrees, home-made GF bread is delicious, so are their Pici pasta. We will be doing this meet annually and will be back here for sure. Great service and the Siena hotel is super nice too.
We celebrated our daughter's graduation at Il Palio. Leading up to the party, Tilson was very responsive to my emails and phone calls. We were able to design a menu that was perfect for our varied guests. On the evening of the party, the food and service were just perfect. I would highly recommend Il Palio for events.
We have had great food and service in the past at this restaurant. However for Mother's Day brunch we were disappointed in that the food was mediocre and the service was very lackluster. Our desserts were presented and removed twice to be taken to other tables. Definitely not up to par and could have been just a function of a staff stretched thin due to the holiday
Went for a graduation dinner. Menu was prix fix, four courses (we knew ahead of time); they were able to easily accommodate a vegetarian and a mushroom allergy. Service was quite good. Food was consistently well-plated, but flavors were not up to snuff. Most everything was just okay. One dessert, recommended by the waitress, was disliked by 3 of us; none of us finished it (and it was small). Servings were on the small side, but we appreciated that, as we often don't finish typical restaurant serving sizes. We enjoyed our celebration, but would not return. Just not worth the hefty price tag.
We went to I'll Palio to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary, and the experience could not have been much better.
We have not been there in a number of years, and the "new" decor is very nice. Our waiter, Massimo, and his assistant, Anne(?), were both fantastic and the food - from bruschetta to prosciutto to pasta, steak, and polenta - was simply outstanding!
It all made for a very memorable celebration and we hope we make it back again sometime soon.
Dinner was fantastic and they were able to recommend foods to handle my wife's food allergies (gluten/dairy) without problem. We have had Massimo as our waiter the last few times and, along with remembering us, he has also been a fabulous help with both a friendly smile and a wonderful attitude. I highly recommend Il Palio for all those looking for a special evening out!
What a disappointment! For what we spent at Il Palio (4 adults, 2 children, 2 bottles of wine almost $600!!!!) we could have gone away for a weekend. Had the food been a gastronome's dream I wouldn't have minded, but it was just ordinary. The presentation was beautiful. The taste was mediocre. My daughter had the swordfish and wasn't able to eat most of it because it tasted "fishy". When we asked about it on our way out we were told they "tested it in the kitchen and it was fine." The portions were small (except for my seabass which was a whole fish) and everything was a la carte so there were no sides with the entrees. My polenta was runny, the bass was overwhelmed by the olives and capers on top (not a sauce, just a topping) and the fish was dry. If they had even offered some positive note in response to my daughter's complaint about the fish I would feel better about the place. The one nice touch was that they printed "Happy Birthday" at the top of the menus.
This is a go-to restaurant for my wife and me, particularly for special occasions. I have rated this restaurant in the past 5 stars but our most recent meal, although quite good missed the spot a bit. The Rigatoni Amatriciana was an even smaller portion than usual and not as good as the other pasta selections that I have had previously at Il Palio. The Rigatoni and frankly all of the pasta selections at around $16 for the appetizer portion are a very poor value. I will stay away from the pastas on our next visit simply because I don't think they are good value.
We both ordered the Octopus and Swordfish main which was excellent. Il Palio is an expense account restaurant; unfortunately I am now retired and no longer have an expense account
Great food, great atmosphere, have been there many times for business and pleasure. This time was different as my business colleague with me, and I stepped in to the lobby for a few minutes and returned to see that staff cleaned off our table as if we had run out on the tab! Not cool at all.
The dishes are unique and wonderfully prepared. They need to be savored and that can only happen when you dine quietly, focusing on each morsel entering your mouth. You're wasting your money by going with a large and noisy group in which the conversation is primary and what you eat is secondary. It's the best Italian food in the region. All the ingredients are top notch. Chef Teddie is very creative yet honors the wide array of Italian cuisines from north to south.
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.
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