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Il Palio

4.7
4.7
1670 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
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.


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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 19 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 918-2545
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Robert Compton
  • Catering
    Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com
  • Private party facilities
    The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can seat 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.
  • Private party contact
    Michelle Castro: (919) 918-2539
  • Area
    Chapel Hill
  • Cross Street
    Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
  • Parking Details
    Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,670 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Romantic

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Durham

    Great for fine wines

  • Durham

    Romantic

  • Durham

    Good for special occasions

1,670 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food , staff and Chef are top notch. I just wish they had a more robust wine selection from other countries than just Italy.

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  2. BuddyW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was moderate for the price. Our meals were brought out 10 minutes apart. We didn’t complain and the wait staff camp’s one drink. We were kinda disappointed…maybe just an off night.

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  3. Carlos

    Wilmington

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and good, albeit over priced, brunch

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  4. Michelle

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second Chef’s Tasting Menu experience at Il Palio. They hit it out of the park providing a gluten-free option. Delicious flavors. Generous portions for a tasting menu. I like how many of the tasting options changed between my visits but excited to get the Iberico Pork tasting again! If you don’t go for the Chef’s Tasting Menu, I highly recommend ordering the Iberico Pork Pluma as an entree.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mosimo was an excellent server and took great care of us. The food was outstanding!! Highly recommend.

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  6. MaryT

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal. Homemade pasta. Tagliatelle was wonderful as was the bruschetta. Lyle was a wonderful waiter! End with the blood orange sorbet!

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  7. jl2014

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a wonderful experience. Loved the tasting menu and meeting the chef. Highly recommend.

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  8. JimW

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four-star, four-diamond, authentic, homemade Italian. Great service and great food. Not what one would think of when talking about hotel restaurant. 100% fantastic. Highly recommend.

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  9. BonnieD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service. Can’t wait to go back

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  10. Yummy

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent value for money.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service on point! Executed chef visited our table when we arrived and actually brought out our appetizer of raw oysters which was perfect ! We had the pork entree which tasted like a filet mignon. Dessert we chose was an affogato gelato sundae that was amazing!

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  12. CharlesL

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Il Palio would be great in NYC or anywhere. In the Triangle it’s unsurpassed.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food helpful staff exceeded expectations in all aspects

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  14. Nasi

    Raleigh

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Massimo and crew are superb (always). The food changes a bit with what is available. Pleasant place to dine.

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  15. Marine

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, but too noisy. Acoustics were not good!

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  16. JohnS

    Miami

    296 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    296 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way. Good menu, service, wine list ... and outstanding food! Fantastic pasta + more

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  17. PaulW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    was on a business dinner with out of town guest. We both had the pork dish - mine was OK but hers was very rare and fatty and I had to give her some of mine. I suggested we send it back but she did not want to... said she wasn't very hungry. Don't think i will be coming back.

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  18. Ashley

    County Durham

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is always great Wine is overpriced for Italian wines Hotel is beautiful, lighting was a little bright in the dining room with the recess lighting, but the server kindly dimmed the lighting for us. All in all a wonderful experience and great food!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Massimo was the best server ever. He really made our 20th year Anniversary wonderful. Exec. Chef Robert Compton personally came to our table multiple times to check on us and took pictures with us. I had the most intimate service friendly chef’s dinner I have had in many years. 5 star food and service hands down.

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  20. DanaM

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak was under cooked (ordered medium rare) but the service was phenomenal and so were the wine choices.

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  21. Sglaymon

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to enjoy a meal here with my wife when we’re in Chapel Hill. The menu evolves over time so I’m always treated to new entrees. The seafood stew was exceptional! Just the right amount of spice. Service always excellent!

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  22. Globalgourmand

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had four exquisite dishes across a range of categories, then two delicious desserts. Massimo, our server, was charming and another server went to the trouble to find out from the chef what the creamy stuff on one of our desserts was (zabiglione).

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  23. NikkiN

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There seem to be some sort of issue at the hostess stand. When I arrived since I was dying alone, it seemed to confuse all the staff. Although I had a reservation, there seem to be confusion as to where to sit me I requested a certain table and was told oh no that’s reserved, only to be later sat at the table I requested. The food was just average. There was nothing extraordinary about this restaurant other than the amazing server who was very knowledgeable about the city and the restaurant. Overall, it was a decent dining experience, but it was simply average to me.

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  24. WillieL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was authentic Italian and extremely good. Mossimo our server was a gracious host and quite professional - request him when you go there. We ordered small portions highlighted by the grilled octopus, braised lamb and an incredible chocolate and ice cream dessert. We will return, soon.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, made from scratch Italian. Definitely the most authentic Italian restaurant in the area. The service is phenomenal.

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  26. MichaelJ

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will honestly attest that Il Palio is one of my all-time favorite restaurants!! We will always come back whenever we are in the Chapel Hill area. There are so many reasons why this restaurant is a true hidden gem… just know that here you will be treated to a truly polished dining experience. First and foremost staff go above and beyond. I cannot say enough how kind, gracious and skilled everyone we have interacted with has been. Of course, our server, Massimo is simply a legend and has warmly taken care of my family on multiple visits! The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely: both special and comfortable… and is perfectly enhanced with Massimo’s curated playlist. The hand crafted cocktails and uniquely on-pointe wine list are stellar. Last… but certainly not least… the food at Il Palio is simply incredible!! Locally grown produce, fresh ingredients and hand-made pasta are the stars that are beautifully directed by the talented chef and kitchen staff. Honestly, there has not been one dish we have not loved. So,… go, enjoy… and absolutely don’t miss the affogato!!

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  27. causey15

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and excellent service. Louis makes the best limoncello martini!!! Love the restaurant and hotel.

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  28. Jabar

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our third time to have dinner at Il Palio and stay the night at The Siena Hotel. The food and service at Il Palio is excellent and the ambiance is very nice. We were a party of five this time and we each had different appetizers, main courses and desserts. We did share and found everything to be wonderful. It is a little pricey but well worth it. A nice selection of cocktails and wines.

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  29. JoshD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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  30. EllenFoodie

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always reliable and delicious for the many years I've been a diner. The first visit this week of two, last night I ordered my old reliable pappardelle ragu bolognese and Brussels sprouts. I was pleasantly surprised that the focaccia before the meal was better than ever. Service is wonderful.

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  31. Najette

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed by the chef menu.. I left hungry. I didn’t enjoy the last option of wine pairing and requested another option but it was refused! It used to be my favorite italian restaurant… not anymore! Too bad!

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  32. Fred

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    While staying at the Sienna, dinned at Il Palio. The food was outstanding. An unusually good pork entrée, plus fine wine, quiet ambience and great dessert. Had the same experience the year before.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the pasta was delicious. The wait staff were from Italy and provided great recommendations. Portion size very reasonable.

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  34. SamM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience and waitstaff are exceptional - exactly what you would expect from a nice Italian restaurant. The food, however, was lacking. Meatballs were overcooked and probably had been precooked and sitting out for how fast they came out after we ordered. Chewy lobster with luke warm (borderline cold) sauce. Drinks were great. Overall, a really nice place to eat but the food left much to be desired - and for the price, absolutely should be better quality.

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  35. SusanL

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We love the food here, it is very fresh, innovative and well done. The service has been spotty the last few times we have come. Sometimes we have longer term wait staff that are excellent- but not always.

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  36. RobertL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We have visited this place for years and the food was always good. Unfortunately, last night was disappointing 😫😫😫

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  37. Jeannie

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Massimo was our waiter. Not only does he provide excellent service, but it is a special joy to have an Italian waiter. The food was served in a timely manner, elegantly plated, and everyone in our party of 5 commented on how delicious their entrees were.

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  38. EricaT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and Massimo, our waiter, was awesome. Highly recommend from appetizers to desserts.

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  39. FoodieFan

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Servers were friendly efficient and helpful with the menu. My teenage son commented on how nice the servers were. We got the aged prosciutto appetizer which was delicious. For entrees my son got the bolognese which he liked (but said it wasn’t as good as mine at home:) I got a the Spaghettini Alla Carretierra in the half portion and a swordfish special and I enjoyed them both but they were perhaps a little under seasoned. I feel like the entrees came out too fast after the appetizer and the whole experience felt a bit rushed but everything we had was good and it was an overall pleasant dining experience.

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  40. SusanF

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was amazing! The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. What a lovely way to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed it very much.

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FAQs

Il Palio is rated 4.7 stars by 1670 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Il Palio

1505 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Franklin St. and Estes Dr.
  • Area
    Chapel Hill
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Ample, complimentary self parking and valet parking available.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Robert Compton
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 918-2545
  • Catering
    Private dining and meeting space available from 2 - 200. Please contact the Catering & Sales team at 919.929.4000 or via email: astruble@sienahotel.com
  • Private party facilities
    The Ballroom at The Siena Hotel is beautifully appointed with natural light and can seat 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.
  • Private party contact
    Michelle Castro: (919) 918-2539
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