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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a fun Valentine celebration, we hoped to enjoy a wonderful meal with our daughter after a day visiting University of North Carolina's beautiful campus. Hostess and servers were kindly and welcoming. There was a set 4 course menu for the romantic holiday, with several options per course. We were expecting these to be the most outstanding items in the... More 

Thank JanBeez
Des Moines, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so excited to eat here after reading the fab reviews but what a disappointment. Before you think I'm some uninformed person who doesn't know good food, we've eaten at some exceptional restaurants in the U.S., Italy and South Africa. The choose your bruschetta (we tried 4 and cut them in half so we could taste as many as... More 

Thank nickpeg
Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here 3 or 4 times. Love the food, love the service! It's expensive but well worth it for a special occasion.

Thank HBM4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great date dinner here. We live in town and have always discounted Il Palio. Too bad we waited so long to experience the knowledgeable staff, outstanding food, and the romance setting. I had the gluten free crab pasta and it was awesome. The pasta was the best gf pasta I have ever had. Husband had the steak.... More 

Thank terrarae
Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 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 6 January 2017 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 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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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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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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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

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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?