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Il Palio

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1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
+1 919-918-2545
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 10:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 11:00
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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

OMG delicious 4 diamond and worth a stop there! The service is fabulous - dinner and breakfast was delicious - but dinner was preferred by all 4 of us! Nice venue it's small and a great place for drinks Each of us loved our food and the staff are amazing

Thank BarnieGal
Florence, Italy
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Il Palio is objectively one of the best expressions of genuine Italian cuisine in NC, period. Italian regional recipes are paired with great Italian wines, the quality of the ingredients and the wines is top level. Staff is extremely nice and welcoming. We love to go to the themed dinners like the truffle ones and the ones with the wine... More 

Thank Pomodillo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We came here for the special truffle dinner and it was wonderful- deserving of five stars. My husband's braised beef was one of the best beef dishes he's ever eaten. Other excellent offerings in the past have been their wood fired sea bass and sides. A year ago we were disappointed in their pasta dishes- the two we tried were... More 

Thank anonj
Pittsburgh, PA
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Visited for the first time last night. What a great experience! Highly recommend the Prosciutto de Parma and the crab Pici. The desserts were only good, which was a little disappointing after the stellar quality of the rest of the meal. Very pleased and will definitely return.

Thank CplDevilDog
Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Best Italian restaurant in NC! Great menu, fresh local ingredients, warm service. Highly recommended. Plus, a good wine list. We loved it!

Thank Way2Cheap
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel and had dinner and breakfast. The dinner was extremely well prepared, with many innovative touches. The chef was quite good and came by as we finished. I have eaten here many times over the past 10 years, and it always is excellent.

Thank Chris B
North Carolina
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195 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I chose Il Palio for our Thanksgiving meal this year, partly because they had added turkey to their choices for the entree in their Prix Fixe ($68) dinner. We arrived and were seated in a room where the tables had no tablecloths, runners, or placemats -- hardly the ambience one expects at a 4-diamond restaurant for a prix fixe dinner.... More 

Thank ThreeRosettes70
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Great find in the Raleigh/Durham area in an Autograph Hotel!!! Mixed Antipasto per person...Great! 500 Day Aged Prosciutto...Awesome! The classic and hard to find Cacio e Pepe...Amazing! The Bombilini...Amazing!!!! Get at least 3 of them!!!! Highly recommend this restaurant and the real deal Italiano...Massimo!

Thank MarcoTravel1
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241 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We've occasionally dined here over the past 20 years, including special events like a beer dinner, and have come to expect great food and good service. We recently returned especially for a fundraiser benefiting earthquake-ravaged areas of Italy. They were donating proceeds to charity and even cooking some regional specialties not on their regular menu. The quality of the food... More 

Thank TarHeel
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The chef at Il Palio is inventive while honoring tradition. We have enjoyed this restaurant on several occasions, and consider it one of the most outstanding in Chapel Hill. The cuisine is Northern Italian with an American flair. On our most recent visit we enjoyed a roasted chestnut/duck soup, followed by splendid beef tournedos, finishing with a ginger gelato. For... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 10:00
17:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    (Franklin St. and Estes Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-918-2545
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?