The Siena Hotel, Autograph Collection

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  • 1505 E Franklin St

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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This was our second dinning in 2 months at Il Palio. The first was an OK experience but not great.
This last week was a total disaster! It took them over an hour to serve the second course, we were a party of 8. My pasta main course was

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★★★★★

This was our second dinning in 2 months at Il Palio. The first was an OK experience but not great.
This last week was a total disaster! It took them over an hour to serve the second course, we were a party of 8. My pasta main course was

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We had a good overall experience here. It was a little pricey but the food was good and so was the service.

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★★★★☆

We had a good overall experience here. It was a little pricey but the food was good and so was the service.

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Il Palio has changed since the last time we were here back in the fall. I love the new floors and walls. The menu is more approachable and less expensive. My friends and I had a great time meeting the Chef and hearing that his menu is over 75% local.

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★★★★★

Il Palio has changed since the last time we were here back in the fall. I love the new floors and walls. The menu is more approachable and less expensive. My friends and I had a great time meeting the Chef and hearing that his menu is over 75% local.

Pros: Wonderful Menu, great new look

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mama mia, what a bad place. This has nothing to do with an italian restaurant. Antipasti misti were sweet - which you might enjoy in this country, but believe me, that's not italian. Chicken was super salty. Gaspacho was solid. I had to apologize to my GF; lesson learned, never bring your GF to a place you've never been before. I'm half French, half Italian and I can say I know a little about food. This is just a wrong place, don't go

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★☆☆☆☆

mama mia, what a bad place. This has nothing to do with an italian restaurant. Antipasti misti were sweet - which you might enjoy in this country, but believe me, that's not italian. Chicken was super salty. Gaspacho was solid. I had to apologize to my GF; lesson learned, never bring your GF to a place you've never been before. I'm half French, half Italian and I can say I know a little about food. This is just a wrong place, don't go

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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Went for pharmaceutical seminar with 40-50 other individuals present. Buffet style assembly line set-up. Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts. Delicious breads and rolls served to each table. Too much Gold finish and enamel everywhere...no fresh and unique design or furnishings to this "highly reputable" restaurant. Trying to ignore the "bling" and brass, we delved into our plates, which we had taken to the line and served our own food (other serviced business seminars had staff serving the set selections, cleaning and replenishing as needed). My table and I enjoyed the beef with marinara, flavorful basil, garlic, and thyme just right. But we ALL found the sweet potato gnocchi flavorless, chewy, and a waste of caloric intake ;b Dark chocolate dipped berries and perfectly "hard candy" topped creme brulee was fresh, silky, and delectable. Went back for many more desserts! Staff seemed ill-prepared for such a large group event, with presentations and speaking involved, and multiple displays and printed material handouts. People getting up and down to serve themselves was ridiculous protocol and opened the floor for many collisions and catastrophes with the electronic equipment, our tables and chairs, and screens everywhere.

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★★★☆☆

Went for pharmaceutical seminar with 40-50 other individuals present. Buffet style assembly line set-up. Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts. Delicious breads and rolls served to each table. Too much Gold finish and enamel everywhere...no fresh and unique design or furnishings to this "highly reputable" restaurant. Trying to ignore the "bling" and brass, we delved into our plates, which we had taken to the line and served our own food (other serviced business seminars had staff serving the set selections, cleaning and replenishing as needed). My table and I enjoyed the beef with marinara, flavorful basil, garlic, and thyme just right. But we ALL found the sweet potato gnocchi flavorless, chewy, and a waste of caloric intake ;b Dark chocolate dipped berries and perfectly "hard candy" topped creme brulee was fresh, silky, and delectable. Went back for many more desserts! Staff seemed ill-prepared for such a large group event, with presentations and speaking involved, and multiple displays and printed material handouts. People getting up and down to serve themselves was ridiculous protocol and opened the floor for many collisions and catastrophes with the electronic equipment, our tables and chairs, and screens everywhere.

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This is one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Everything from the wine to the dessert was excellent. I was there to celebrate a special occasion and I picked a perfect place. The food was great. The service was good. There's nothing I can say bad about it, except possibly the cost. It's not a cheap restaurant. But for something special, this is definitely a place to splurge.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Everything from the wine to the dessert was excellent. I was there to celebrate a special occasion and I picked a perfect place. The food was great. The service was good. There's nothing I can say bad about it, except possibly the cost. It's not a cheap restaurant. But for something special, this is definitely a place to splurge.

Pros: Amazing food

Cons: A little pricey

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I recently dined at Il Palio, and as always, I left with nothing but compliments for Chef Adam Rose, Sommelier Hailey Rose's pairings and the rest of the staff. I would love to have the recipe for the pesto chick pea spread that was served with the house made foccacia...the flavor combinations were perfect and the spread complimented the foccacia just wonderfully. That alone with a simple, yet delicious green salad would be a wonderful lunch or light dinner.

I have traveled to the Tuscany Region and Siena, and hold the lovely meals I have had over the years at Il Palio with just as high regard as those I had in Italy.

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★★★★★

I recently dined at Il Palio, and as always, I left with nothing but compliments for Chef Adam Rose, Sommelier Hailey Rose's pairings and the rest of the staff. I would love to have the recipe for the pesto chick pea spread that was served with the house made foccacia...the flavor combinations were perfect and the spread complimented the foccacia just wonderfully. That alone with a simple, yet delicious green salad would be a wonderful lunch or light dinner.

I have traveled to the Tuscany Region and Siena, and hold the lovely meals I have had over the years at Il Palio with just as high regard as those I had in Italy.

Pros: attentive service, seasonal menu, expert wine pairings

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the food, ambience and service can't be beat for a special occasion dinner in chapel hill. service is outstanding - they always go the extra mile to do something special for a birthday or anniversary, just let them know you're celebrating!

and the food is scumptious... try the chef's tasting menu. you won't be disappointed. totally worth the money!

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★★★★★

the food, ambience and service can't be beat for a special occasion dinner in chapel hill. service is outstanding - they always go the extra mile to do something special for a birthday or anniversary, just let them know you're celebrating!

and the food is scumptious... try the chef's tasting menu. you won't be disappointed. totally worth the money!

Pros: food, service, ambience, parking

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Before I type my review, let me say that I actually have been to Italia.
I've dined all over - from Michelin star'd ristorante's in Milan to a centuries old small house just outside
of Siena where the locals come to eat and drink caffe.

This place is WRONG. Pasta was cold and hard - and yes, I do know what al dente means.. It means
"to the tooth" and this was simply cooked incorrectly.

Service was terrible. Not attentive at all.

Wine list: all super-Tuscan wines are over-priced. Why should I pay $200 when I can get it at Southern Season for $45?? Typical margins in the industry is 1.7x to 2.5x, at the most!
This is gentleman's club pricing.
Also, a glass of a decent San Giovese should be offered at around $6-8 a glass...

After 2 hours and $150 later, I'm COMPLETELY dissatisfied. The next day, I video-chatted with my
friend in Siena about this experience. The friend said: "remember the bad pizza americano you got
in roma for 10 euros? you said that there are no pizzas like this in America.. well, my friend, you don't
have Siena in America, either"

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★☆☆☆☆

Before I type my review, let me say that I actually have been to Italia.
I've dined all over - from Michelin star'd ristorante's in Milan to a centuries old small house just outside
of Siena where the locals come to eat and drink caffe.

This place is WRONG. Pasta was cold and hard - and yes, I do know what al dente means.. It means
"to the tooth" and this was simply cooked incorrectly.

Service was terrible. Not attentive at all.

Wine list: all super-Tuscan wines are over-priced. Why should I pay $200 when I can get it at Southern Season for $45?? Typical margins in the industry is 1.7x to 2.5x, at the most!
This is gentleman's club pricing.
Also, a glass of a decent San Giovese should be offered at around $6-8 a glass...

After 2 hours and $150 later, I'm COMPLETELY dissatisfied. The next day, I video-chatted with my
friend in Siena about this experience. The friend said: "remember the bad pizza americano you got
in roma for 10 euros? you said that there are no pizzas like this in America.. well, my friend, you don't
have Siena in America, either"

Pros: High prices

Cons: This list would be too long

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What a great find, with all the trendy, chic, new restaurants opening around the triangle it was a wonderful surprise to rediscover the Il Palio. The Italian food was authentic and the service was perfectly executed. The special occasion feel is alive and well, the servers are professional and knowledgeable, and the Sommelier is well versed and fun to talk to.

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★★★★★

What a great find, with all the trendy, chic, new restaurants opening around the triangle it was a wonderful surprise to rediscover the Il Palio. The Italian food was authentic and the service was perfectly executed. The special occasion feel is alive and well, the servers are professional and knowledgeable, and the Sommelier is well versed and fun to talk to.

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Bar none, Il Palio has the best martinis in the Triangle. Every Thursday night is Martini night, all martinis are $6, an outstanding bargain when you consider the portion size and the craftsmanship with which it is prepared. So much better than spending twice as much for a thimbleful of liquor at other places. The selection of over 30 variations is impressive, running the gamut from a dirty vodka with gorgonzola stuffed olives to the sweeter Tuscan Sunrise. Delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres seal the deal. The staff are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, and the setting is top notch. Classy and opulent with leather chairs, marble tiles, and subdued lighting, the open seating in the lounge has an Old World feel and provides the perfect forum for friends to meet for a drink after work. Word has gotten out about Thursday Night Martinis at Il Palio, and it has become popular with the young professional crowd in the past few months. Bottom line: If you want to meet interesting people in a beautiful setting and enjoy a first class martini, look no further than the Il Palio in Chapel Hill.

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★★★★★

Bar none, Il Palio has the best martinis in the Triangle. Every Thursday night is Martini night, all martinis are $6, an outstanding bargain when you consider the portion size and the craftsmanship with which it is prepared. So much better than spending twice as much for a thimbleful of liquor at other places. The selection of over 30 variations is impressive, running the gamut from a dirty vodka with gorgonzola stuffed olives to the sweeter Tuscan Sunrise. Delicious complimentary hors d'oeuvres seal the deal. The staff are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, and the setting is top notch. Classy and opulent with leather chairs, marble tiles, and subdued lighting, the open seating in the lounge has an Old World feel and provides the perfect forum for friends to meet for a drink after work. Word has gotten out about Thursday Night Martinis at Il Palio, and it has become popular with the young professional crowd in the past few months. Bottom line: If you want to meet interesting people in a beautiful setting and enjoy a first class martini, look no further than the Il Palio in Chapel Hill.

Pros: Great drinks, reasonable prices, beautiful atmosphere

Cons: Get there around six pm if you want a place to sit!

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We enjoyed our first visit to Il Palio for Sunday brunch. The hotel is small and European in feel, with fountains and statuary. Inside, it's elegant and the brunch is set in a corner of the lobby. The website's menu is almost exactly what was offered: numerous creative salads, carved meats, vegetables, antipasto cheeses and meats, and delightful little desserts such as tiramisu, raspberry pastries, and little individual chocolate cheesecakes. High points: carved tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, tomato salad, and hot pastas (penne with tomato and basil and tortellini.) This isn't the usual steam-table fare with cheap items just to fill you up faster and to inflate the item count. Add in free champagne starting at noon, a pianist on the baby grand, attentive service, and quaint dining rooms and the $24.95 is a great value.

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★★★★★

We enjoyed our first visit to Il Palio for Sunday brunch. The hotel is small and European in feel, with fountains and statuary. Inside, it's elegant and the brunch is set in a corner of the lobby. The website's menu is almost exactly what was offered: numerous creative salads, carved meats, vegetables, antipasto cheeses and meats, and delightful little desserts such as tiramisu, raspberry pastries, and little individual chocolate cheesecakes. High points: carved tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, tomato salad, and hot pastas (penne with tomato and basil and tortellini.) This isn't the usual steam-table fare with cheap items just to fill you up faster and to inflate the item count. Add in free champagne starting at noon, a pianist on the baby grand, attentive service, and quaint dining rooms and the $24.95 is a great value.

Pros: High quality items, Great value, Beautiful location

Cons: None at all.

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I have to agree with several people that the negative reviews are most likely the result of an off night. The waiter was very friendly and attentive (but not too attentive). The ambience was classy and, for the most part, quiet. The bar piano was sometimes a bit louder than necessary, but not overbearing. The food was excellent. As far as the serving size, I had the scallops and was served 5 large scallops (a good serving). My date had the seabass and received 2 nice-sized strips. Along with an appetizer, a salad and dessert, we were both satisfied. All that, and a nice bottle of wine for only $130, I think it was very reasonable. Please don't decide not to go to this restaurant b/c of a couple of bad reviews. You will be missing out on a pleasurable dining experience.

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★★★★★

I have to agree with several people that the negative reviews are most likely the result of an off night. The waiter was very friendly and attentive (but not too attentive). The ambience was classy and, for the most part, quiet. The bar piano was sometimes a bit louder than necessary, but not overbearing. The food was excellent. As far as the serving size, I had the scallops and was served 5 large scallops (a good serving). My date had the seabass and received 2 nice-sized strips. Along with an appetizer, a salad and dessert, we were both satisfied. All that, and a nice bottle of wine for only $130, I think it was very reasonable. Please don't decide not to go to this restaurant b/c of a couple of bad reviews. You will be missing out on a pleasurable dining experience.

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There seems to be a big difference of opinion here. I have been to Il Palio several times over the past 4 years. This restaurant is absolutely top-notch in every area. Order the tasting menu and let it come! You will be treated to exquisite dishes paired with lovely wines. The sommelier will answer any question, and will even tell you where to obtain the wines you have locally. It lives in my "big 3" restaurants. Others: Xaviars in Piermont, NY and Toque in Montreal.

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★★★★★

There seems to be a big difference of opinion here. I have been to Il Palio several times over the past 4 years. This restaurant is absolutely top-notch in every area. Order the tasting menu and let it come! You will be treated to exquisite dishes paired with lovely wines. The sommelier will answer any question, and will even tell you where to obtain the wines you have locally. It lives in my "big 3" restaurants. Others: Xaviars in Piermont, NY and Toque in Montreal.

Pros: the food, the wine

Cons: , yeah, it costs....

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Went for valentines day 2004. Had an 8:30 reservation and wasn't seated until after nine. They had a special limited menu yet it still took too long to get our food. When it did come, we were brought the wrong food three times. Getting our water refilled was a chore also. I'll never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went for valentines day 2004. Had an 8:30 reservation and wasn't seated until after nine. They had a special limited menu yet it still took too long to get our food. When it did come, we were brought the wrong food three times. Getting our water refilled was a chore also. I'll never go back.

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We haven't been out to eat here since an awful experience with their old sommelier years ago. The ignorant ape clearly knew nothing of fine wine and ruined our evening with pushy, bad selections. I'm happy to report that the current sommelier has all the taste and expertise the last goon was missing. We loved our food, and the meal was complimented at every course by beautifully chosen wines. We're looking forward to dining here again regularly.

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★★★★☆

We haven't been out to eat here since an awful experience with their old sommelier years ago. The ignorant ape clearly knew nothing of fine wine and ruined our evening with pushy, bad selections. I'm happy to report that the current sommelier has all the taste and expertise the last goon was missing. We loved our food, and the meal was complimented at every course by beautifully chosen wines. We're looking forward to dining here again regularly.

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What's the fuss? The setting was formal to the point of pretentious, the service was slow, and the food was mediocre. Tomato and homemade ricotta sald was bland and undistinguished; the tomatos were unripe and the truffle vinaigrette was a non-presence. The hand made gnocchi tasted fresh but the Carolina Crab and Creamless Lobster Sauce was as boring as dry toast. The tiramisu was a pale imitation of a classic desert. I recognize that I only sampled a small number of dishes, but if the other dishes are similar, perhaps their motto should be "Afraid of flavor".

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★★☆☆☆

What's the fuss? The setting was formal to the point of pretentious, the service was slow, and the food was mediocre. Tomato and homemade ricotta sald was bland and undistinguished; the tomatos were unripe and the truffle vinaigrette was a non-presence. The hand made gnocchi tasted fresh but the Carolina Crab and Creamless Lobster Sauce was as boring as dry toast. The tiramisu was a pale imitation of a classic desert. I recognize that I only sampled a small number of dishes, but if the other dishes are similar, perhaps their motto should be "Afraid of flavor".

Cons: Pretentious, boring, bland food, Expensive

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Alway an excellent dining experience, but the new chef takes it to a higher level. Then let them pair it with the right wine. Perfecto!!

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★★★★★

Alway an excellent dining experience, but the new chef takes it to a higher level. Then let them pair it with the right wine. Perfecto!!

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In a less pretentious, mre reasonably priced environment, the meal I had would have been well below average -- at those prices the meal should have been excellent -- it wasn't. Overcooked scallops, gummy pasta, tasteless risotto, and a very subpar desert. Add to that a wine list that is inflated by about 15% and a truly annoying "wandering" guitarist I'll never be back -- Anyone that thinks this is the best resturant in the Triangle obviously have never been to Magnolia Grill, or Four Square or Second Empire or Mo's Diner or Bloomsbury Bistro ... or an Applebees for that matter.

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★☆☆☆☆

In a less pretentious, mre reasonably priced environment, the meal I had would have been well below average -- at those prices the meal should have been excellent -- it wasn't. Overcooked scallops, gummy pasta, tasteless risotto, and a very subpar desert. Add to that a wine list that is inflated by about 15% and a truly annoying "wandering" guitarist I'll never be back -- Anyone that thinks this is the best resturant in the Triangle obviously have never been to Magnolia Grill, or Four Square or Second Empire or Mo's Diner or Bloomsbury Bistro ... or an Applebees for that matter.

Cons: Bad Food, Overpriced

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I can't believe the negative ratings on this place. These people must have really hit it on a bad night, or totally mis-ordered. We had excellent, friendly service. The place is a little heavy on the decor, but not so much that it's stuffy. The scallops appetizer was killer, and the rack of lamb was also outstanding. The only mistake was the uncooked apple tart dessert, which was removed from the bill.

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★★★★★

I can't believe the negative ratings on this place. These people must have really hit it on a bad night, or totally mis-ordered. We had excellent, friendly service. The place is a little heavy on the decor, but not so much that it's stuffy. The scallops appetizer was killer, and the rack of lamb was also outstanding. The only mistake was the uncooked apple tart dessert, which was removed from the bill.

Pros: service, Near a Nordstrom

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Il Palio deserves a 20, 10 for service, 10 for food! On both trips there, my wife, my friends, and I were treated to the ultimate in dining pleasure. The finest ingredients, perfectly blended to thrill the palate, and served so competently that you never were really aware of the service, but you never lacked for attention. The portions are more than generous, and my wife left a sizeable amount of her entree. The chef came to our table to make sure the food was up to her expectations! That is professional courtesy and service. We'll go often.

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★★★★★

Il Palio deserves a 20, 10 for service, 10 for food! On both trips there, my wife, my friends, and I were treated to the ultimate in dining pleasure. The finest ingredients, perfectly blended to thrill the palate, and served so competently that you never were really aware of the service, but you never lacked for attention. The portions are more than generous, and my wife left a sizeable amount of her entree. The chef came to our table to make sure the food was up to her expectations! That is professional courtesy and service. We'll go often.

Pros: Food Quality, Superb Service, Ambiance

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I will never go back. I went for my wife's birthday, and we had very poor service, and the food was cold and undercooked. The waitress never told us what the specials were. It was a miserable experience for the $200 bill! I wrote a letter to the manager, and explained our discontent. I didn't want anything in return, but just wanted to let them know of the problem. I also asked them to call me concerning the problem. Never once did they try to contact me. If I had the reputation that they had, I would have followed up. Don't go. Go to Magnolia Grill or Elaine's instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never go back. I went for my wife's birthday, and we had very poor service, and the food was cold and undercooked. The waitress never told us what the specials were. It was a miserable experience for the $200 bill! I wrote a letter to the manager, and explained our discontent. I didn't want anything in return, but just wanted to let them know of the problem. I also asked them to call me concerning the problem. Never once did they try to contact me. If I had the reputation that they had, I would have followed up. Don't go. Go to Magnolia Grill or Elaine's instead.

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I would HIGHLY recommend the gorgonzola walnut ravioli; it has got to be one of the best, if not THE best dish that I have ever had! I did go once, however, and made the mistake of not ordering it...I was disappointed. I am alarmed that I did not see it on their web site menu...it would be a HUGE mistake if they took it off.

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★★★★☆

I would HIGHLY recommend the gorgonzola walnut ravioli; it has got to be one of the best, if not THE best dish that I have ever had! I did go once, however, and made the mistake of not ordering it...I was disappointed. I am alarmed that I did not see it on their web site menu...it would be a HUGE mistake if they took it off.

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This has got to be the most over rated eatry ever. When you walk in the decor is striking. Then it's down hill from there. Go to Hardee's if you want a $6.00 burger for $3.95. Come here if you want a dinner for $45.00 worth $7.95.

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★☆☆☆☆

This has got to be the most over rated eatry ever. When you walk in the decor is striking. Then it's down hill from there. Go to Hardee's if you want a $6.00 burger for $3.95. Come here if you want a dinner for $45.00 worth $7.95.

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The food is greatly over-rated fpr the price. I can think of several country cafes in Tuscany that were superior to Il Palio and cost less than $50 for two people with wine.
In the southeast, try Il Cortile Del Re in Charleston, SC for great Italian food.

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★★★★☆

The food is greatly over-rated fpr the price. I can think of several country cafes in Tuscany that were superior to Il Palio and cost less than $50 for two people with wine.
In the southeast, try Il Cortile Del Re in Charleston, SC for great Italian food.

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I've eated at Il Palio and I think that this restaurant belongs in Heaven. I get so tired of reading these reviews, please see for yourself...If your looking for a romantic, upper class excuse to leave reality and live a life of Luxury, take your Wife, Girlfriend or date here. Simply the best, the fact that they won so many awards says it best.

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★★★★★

I've eated at Il Palio and I think that this restaurant belongs in Heaven. I get so tired of reading these reviews, please see for yourself...If your looking for a romantic, upper class excuse to leave reality and live a life of Luxury, take your Wife, Girlfriend or date here. Simply the best, the fact that they won so many awards says it best.

Pros: romantic, good service, elegant

Cons: expensive, smaller servings

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I totally believe in using rating systems. I use it all the time and you can be sure if I have a good time or a bad time, I will let it be known. This establishment is outstanding! Being single and searching for the mate for life, this is one place that I do not mind going to alone or in pursuit. Can be pricey but worth the wait and the taste!

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★★★★★

I totally believe in using rating systems. I use it all the time and you can be sure if I have a good time or a bad time, I will let it be known. This establishment is outstanding! Being single and searching for the mate for life, this is one place that I do not mind going to alone or in pursuit. Can be pricey but worth the wait and the taste!

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My husband and I took a friend from out of town for brunch. Altough the food they served was very good it is not a traditional brunch. All the entrees were lunch based and non were breakfast, no omlets, no benedict. The staff was a bit on the snooty side but it's easily overlooked. If you like all lunch food for brunch, this is the place for you!

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I took a friend from out of town for brunch. Altough the food they served was very good it is not a traditional brunch. All the entrees were lunch based and non were breakfast, no omlets, no benedict. The staff was a bit on the snooty side but it's easily overlooked. If you like all lunch food for brunch, this is the place for you!

Pros: good food, popular

Cons: expensive, snootie staff

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this is the triangle's best restaurant hands-down. it's excellent gourmet food, great service, gorgeouos atmosphere. it competes with the best of them.

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★★★★★

this is the triangle's best restaurant hands-down. it's excellent gourmet food, great service, gorgeouos atmosphere. it competes with the best of them.

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Il Palio clearly exudes greatness, not only through its location in the Siena Hotel, but also in its food offerings and professional presentation. The attentive waitstaff makes any occassion special. Consistently good food and ambiance makes Il Palio a "can't miss" on the culinary map of the Triangle.

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★★★★★

Il Palio clearly exudes greatness, not only through its location in the Siena Hotel, but also in its food offerings and professional presentation. The attentive waitstaff makes any occassion special. Consistently good food and ambiance makes Il Palio a "can't miss" on the culinary map of the Triangle.

Pros: Ambiance, Presentation, Waitstaff

Cons: Price, Conservative Menu

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The food is wonderful. The rosemary olive oil with bread is wonderful.. Less wonderful, the tables do not have that "romantic private" feel that darker lighting and booths would provide. But it's not noisy, like 411West/518/Macaroni Grill.

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★★★★☆

The food is wonderful. The rosemary olive oil with bread is wonderful.. Less wonderful, the tables do not have that "romantic private" feel that darker lighting and booths would provide. But it's not noisy, like 411West/518/Macaroni Grill.

Pros: premium ingredients

Cons: tables, not booths

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This restaurant has not only wonderful food, but the staff are beyond helpful. They will go out of their way to make the meal more enjoyable for you. Il Palio is excellent for any special occasion.

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★★★★★

This restaurant has not only wonderful food, but the staff are beyond helpful. They will go out of their way to make the meal more enjoyable for you. Il Palio is excellent for any special occasion.

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i was not impressed. the ambience was nice but the food was average and overpriced.

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★★☆☆☆

i was not impressed. the ambience was nice but the food was average and overpriced.

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Special. That's exactly how I feel each time I dine at Il Palio. I've enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinner, & late night dessert and nightcap and always leave pleased to the max. The staff is the finest and the food never disappoints. Personally, I love all the attention. I'm a native of N.C. and have never found the same combination of quality food and service anywhere in the state. It's the FIRST place I recommend when asked "Where's a nice place to take someone special for dinner?" Their consistency is priceless.

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★★★★★

Special. That's exactly how I feel each time I dine at Il Palio. I've enjoyed breakfast, lunch, dinner, & late night dessert and nightcap and always leave pleased to the max. The staff is the finest and the food never disappoints. Personally, I love all the attention. I'm a native of N.C. and have never found the same combination of quality food and service anywhere in the state. It's the FIRST place I recommend when asked "Where's a nice place to take someone special for dinner?" Their consistency is priceless.

Pros: bar much too small, the staff!, dining in the veranda

Cons: valet parking needed

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For a wonderfully romantic evening, you cannot go wrong with Il Palio. The service is second to none and the fare exceptional. It is amazing that we could sit through a 2 hour dining experience and not look at our watches--at all! Don't let the price of the meal stop you from going...everything is impeccable! For a special treat stay overnight at the Sienna after your meal!

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★★★★★

For a wonderfully romantic evening, you cannot go wrong with Il Palio. The service is second to none and the fare exceptional. It is amazing that we could sit through a 2 hour dining experience and not look at our watches--at all! Don't let the price of the meal stop you from going...everything is impeccable! For a special treat stay overnight at the Sienna after your meal!

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The food is excellent and the menu is varied so you have a lot to choose from. Don't miss dessert! The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic diner. Worth experiencing, but be prepared to pay A LOT for it.
Overall it's a pretty good restaurant but I'm not too sure the price is completely justified.

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★★★★★

The food is excellent and the menu is varied so you have a lot to choose from. Don't miss dessert! The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic diner. Worth experiencing, but be prepared to pay A LOT for it.
Overall it's a pretty good restaurant but I'm not too sure the price is completely justified.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: very expensive

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The restaurant business in the triangle is a joke. Please go to New York or Milan and eat in those out of the way, sometimes frumpy looking places to find out what good food is and your eyes will be opened. High price does not a good restaurant make! My Osso Bucco was "bone" dry. The appetizers were overly seasoned.

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★★☆☆☆

The restaurant business in the triangle is a joke. Please go to New York or Milan and eat in those out of the way, sometimes frumpy looking places to find out what good food is and your eyes will be opened. High price does not a good restaurant make! My Osso Bucco was "bone" dry. The appetizers were overly seasoned.

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This is really the best Italian food you can get in the state maybe even in the country. Well worth the price. This is a gem in Chapel Hill.

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★★★★★

This is really the best Italian food you can get in the state maybe even in the country. Well worth the price. This is a gem in Chapel Hill.

Pros: tasty, romantic

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Everyone deserves a treat! and that is what Il Palio Ristorante is. With an excellent wine and dinner menus and a knowledgeable staff (who are happy to make recommendations) you can not go wrong. Although it is pricey > it should be at the top of your list for celebrating special occassions!!

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★★★★★

Everyone deserves a treat! and that is what Il Palio Ristorante is. With an excellent wine and dinner menus and a knowledgeable staff (who are happy to make recommendations) you can not go wrong. Although it is pricey > it should be at the top of your list for celebrating special occassions!!

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This jewel of Chapel Hill offers exquisite food in a calm, dignified atmosphere. Plenty of ambience and well-trained service staff allow you to concentrate on the delights of your dinner companion and on the plate. A grownup's restaurant.

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★★★★★

This jewel of Chapel Hill offers exquisite food in a calm, dignified atmosphere. Plenty of ambience and well-trained service staff allow you to concentrate on the delights of your dinner companion and on the plate. A grownup's restaurant.

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The Siena Hotel's Il Palio is celebrated as much for its friendly, knowledgeable service as for its carefully prepared Northern Italian cuisine. Chef Adam Rose's relationships with local farmers and food artisans result in such delicacies…

 

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