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Il Palio

1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
+1 919-918-2545
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (37 reviews)
“crostini” (8 reviews)
“chestnut soup” (7 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went as a family to celebrate New Year’s Eve. First and most importantly, the food is very good. While many reviews gave 5’s based on the food, there were some reviews indicating the food was underrated. I’m not sure what drove that as we...More

Thank qmiller1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hadn't been here in over 10 years and it's nice to know they still have the mojo. The service and atmosphere is really nice but the food is the star. I would come here on a regular basis if they had more vegetarian items...More

Thank Godby
Reviewed 28 November 2017

This was our second Thanksgiving at Il Palio. The food was very good as usual, although this time the temperature when it reached the table was on the warm side, not hot. Service was spotty with confusion about who was responsible for clearing plates before...More

Thank Gene C
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The dishes were really well prepared and the service was attentive and everything tasted delicious. I would highly recommend.

Thank Maureen S
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Good Italian food. We have eaten in the restaurant and also ordered take out. It is a lot of food and very good. The bar is nice too if you don't want to eat in the restaurant. Friendly staff.

Thank Scarlettsville
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We dined here as part of our complimentary breakfast as part of our room package. Unlike many hotels where it is a breakfast bar, you receive sit down service and choose your meal from a menu. The food was great and so was the service....More

Thank kurokitty
Reviewed 12 August 2017

I've both enjoyed and found disappointing the food and service at Il Palio. Indeed, often it was the other diners that bothered me - young men in flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts. Sorry for being stuffy, but come on . . . make some minimal effort...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I really really wanted to like this restaurant. Unfortunately, it was probably one of the most terrible meals Ive had in a long time. The chick pea appetizer was so salty I sent it back. (and was charged anyway!). Then came gluten free noodles -...More

Thank Gwen M
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Arrived moments before closing but warmly welcomed by staff. Our server, Trent, was extremely attractive and full of recommendations. On his advice we ordered the Summer Tomato and Truffle Risotto. Amazing dish with bold flavors. After Trent explained the dessert menu we were upset that...More

1  Thank potterguy2017
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of dining at Il Palio after a 3 year hiatus. It was still the wonderful restaurant we remembered. We enjoyed the prosciutto, lamb meatballs and shared the pici before the main course, branzino. Every dish was outstanding and well prepared. We...More

1  Thank JSH247
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2887
    (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-918-2545
  • E-mail
Il Palio is an intimate restaurant located 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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