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
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
The service was terrible. One of the fou ...
The service was terrible. One of the four dinners was given the wrong entree. Desserts were totally incorrect. My food was overdone and hardly edible. The only thing good about the meal were the mussels at the start. Will not return.
We were in town for the game and to cele ...
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 an ...
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 Tri ...
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 p ...
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 w ...
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 ...
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 o ...
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 Chris ...
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. ...
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 Pal ...
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 tradi ...
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 q ...
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.
The menu was diverse and interesting fro ...
The menu was diverse and interesting from appetizers to dessert. Our service was outstanding, attentive without being intrusive. Waiter had excellent knowledge of the menu and wine list. The food was outstanding, savory with good portion size.
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.
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