About Plates Kitchen
For twenty years, we have lived and traveled around the world. The one constant theme we realized is how different foods from different cultures can unite us, regardless of nationality. Meals provide the opportunity to meet new people, share stories and offer new experiences. We are often surprised and inspired by the food we have eaten along the way. From the first apple tarts in France, the Pecorino cheese in Tuscany, Weiss Wurst in Germany, Espada (scabbard fish) on the island of Madeira, to Hong Kong, Thailand and China, we have learned new flavors and techniques to add to the outstanding food of the American South. At Plates Kitchen, we hope that you will enjoy some of our favorite international dishes combined with our regional southern flavors. Join us on a new culinary journey that is globally inspired and locally produced.
International, Southern, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Saturday: Brunch 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner 5:30pm - 8:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Plates Kitchen offers catering services at your location. We bring the international and local flavors to you for lunch or dinner events. Call the restaurant at 919-828-0018 for details.
Discounted parking with validation voucher (collect at Plates host stand) located in our lot behind the restaurant. Street parking available on Lane St. (free during all business hours) and on Glenwood Ave. (free weekends and M-F after 5pm).
Located one block north of the R-Line's Glenwood Ave. / North St. stop.
Private Party Facilities:
Entire restaurant seats 50 and is available for private functions. Covered patio seats 25. No facility fee. Minimum food and beverage amounts apply based on date and time during the week.
We also cater lunches and parties for groups of 15 or more, and we can open our dining room for private lunches during the week.
Private Party Contact:
Amanda Laprarie: 9198280018x
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Events vary by month but include live music and special dinners. Check the website for details.
Plates Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Fresh food, small plates, interesting fo ...
Fresh food, small plates, interesting food combinations, excellent and reasonably priced wine selection, attentive but unobtrusive service and quiet dining--in short, all my requirements. My only wish would be for a slightly larger entrée selection with a few more vegetarian options.
We enjoyed our dining experience at Plat ...
We enjoyed our dining experience at Plates. My husband and I were the only ones sitting outside (not sure why, it was a lovely evening) and the outside space is great. Far away from the road that you are not disturbed and with ample space and tables. Service was excellent but I felt we were rushed through (perhaps because it was so quiet?) and had no time to sit leisurely between starters, main and dessert (which were all good). We were there for just an hour. We were there during the Raleigh special price week - but 2 diners at 30USD each with 3 drinks was over 80 USD, so I would have liked to 'linger'.
We tried the restaurant week menu and it ...
We tried the restaurant week menu and it was excellent. Looks like the menu changes constantly - so we look forward to trying out many new things. Really enjoyed some of the wines as well - great selection. We had reservations for inside, but decided to sit outside instead since the weather was so nice.
Nothing special. I don't think it lived ...
Nothing special. I don't think it lived up to its 4 1/2 star rating.
Great service. Food was good as well. ...
Great service. Food was good as well. Fun date night.
Charming Restaurant with Great Service
This place has an intimate, but fun feel to it. The staff is friendly, attentive, and helpful. The food is elegantly displayed and the proportions are plentiful. We enjoyed an incredible S'mores Cheesecake that was well worth the calories!
What a find! The food was a great value ...
What a find! The food was a great value very reasonable prices for absolutely delicious high quality dishes - less than $50 for a nice cheese plate, duck leg entree, and a nice steak dinner salad. We did not sample cocktails this time around, but certainly will be back to try more items. Great service. We ate out on the patio at sunset, and the shade was the icing on the cake for a great experience. Would absolutely recommend for any date night, special occasion, or even a simple friends get-together.
Service with no bang
Went here for Sunday brunch with 2 friends around 12:30pm. The server forgot to put in the drink order for one of us, additionally they were out of almost all the ingredients needed to make half the cocktails on their brunch menu. The food was good but the portions were very small and not filling. One friend decided to skip food since they had ran out of the necessary ingredients to make the grilled cheese on their menu (they ran out of cheese and bread). It really did seem like the restaurant was running on its backup team, had not restocked the bar from previous night and decided to cut food portions down to kid size...i still don't understand how they ran out of cheese and bread. Need to let the patrons know what is and whats not available on the menu prior to them asking for it. I have heard good things about this place and will give it another try sometime, but my initial experience was dismal at best.
My wife and I went here for dinner a cou ...
My wife and I went here for dinner a couple of weeks ago. We got the pork belly appetizer and it was much tougher that what we're used to. For entrées, we had the pork tenderloin and catch of the day which was red snapper. The flavors were there but the pork dish was cold and one piece of the fish had several bones in it. The service was good but could have checked on us more often.
This place never disappoints! Totally ...
This place never disappoints! Totally underrated. Great steak, pork, and seafood options. Just go!
Excellent pulled chicken sandwich for br ...
Excellent pulled chicken sandwich for brunch!
Decent food, nice atmosphere, but overpriced
I thought the food and drinks were decent, but not incredible. You don't have much to choose from, it is a seasonal menu, so there are only about 5 options for appetizers and 5 options for entrees. I thought the crab and corn beignets were really good. But both are entrees were just okay, I wouldn't eat them again and for the price, it definitely wasn't worth it. Although the wait staff was very nice, they weren't very attentive and service was very slow.
Outstanding visit--we have visited numer ...
Outstanding visit--we have visited numerous times and consistently receive quality food, excellent service, and leave feeling satisfied. Hidden treasure in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area.
Good food. Not fantastic.
The food was solid, but not as tasty as I anticipated. Great drink menu and cocktails. Great location. Limited menu.
Awesome food, excellent service, great a ...
Awesome food, excellent service, great ambiance.
Wonderful place for brunch!
Wonderful place for brunch!
Good food Small Portions
We spent Mother's Day Brunch at Plates Kitchen and the food had good flavor. The portions were small though for the price. My wife had the quiche (small slice), my daughter had a delicious salad (again small portion for the price) and I had the French Toast. We enjoyed the dishes, but we were not satisfied and were hungry. The service was good and the staff is friendly. My daughter recommends the ice coffee drink, which is Plates on creation.
First time at Plates
This was our first visit to this restaurant, though we had been to this space many times before when it was Zely & Ritz. The menu is limited, though everything is fresh and local, and I believe it changes frequently. I had the fish of the day (sheepshead), which was served with black rice, a bean paste, ramps, and pea pods. It was tasty and done just right. The wine pairing, a blended white, was excellent.
Fantastic food. Had a the minors with th ...
Fantastic food. Had a the minors with the steak and eggs for brunch. Solid menu. Polite and friendly service.
Fun place, interesting food choices
Appetizers were delicious. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Food was nicely seasoned and presented well but several of the sides and main dishes were served room temp to cold, which was not what we were expecting from the descriptions. We will go back. Great place for people watching!
The restaurant to visit in Raleigh!
Excellent food! We had a difficult time deciding which entree was our favorite as all were absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. ........great staff also!
Good food in a creative atmosphere
Plates knows how to marry flavors that you never thought would appeal together. This casual dining gem is relaxed and friendly. The menu may seem sparse, but everyone finds something appealing and I'm always surprised by the creative flair coming out of the kitchen.
Food was fresh and tasty. Very nice set up. I would highly recommend anyone to at least try this place once.
Lovely place but if you want something s ...
Lovely place but if you want something specific you see on the menu, call ahead cause they change their menu without updating it.
Vegetarian pasta was fantastic!
Vegetarian pasta was fantastic!
A very nice place for relaxed excellence
We had a great dinner at Plates before an NC Symphony concert. It's not a fancy place - some tables outside, tables arrayed in rows inside so they can change group sizes, but the quality of the service and the food is outstanding. My wife and I both had crab beignets for appetizers. Say what? It so worked - fortunately with no powdered sugar on the surface. Delicious. And our mains (both fish) were well prepared. I liked my sticky toffee pudding dessert. Good wine selection, and excellent service. Highly recommended! We'll be back.
The food is excellent though they don't ...
The food is excellent though they don't accommodate food allergies and do not have a children's menu. They also charged extra for olives and okra in the Bloody Mary ($1 each). The service was fairly inattentive and unfriendly. The waitress disappeared from the dining room while we waited for part of our order.
Far better Raleigh choices at these price points
The food at Plates is good, but not overwhelmingly so, and the menu is not terribly inventive. I'd go to any number of alternative restaurants before going back to Plates.
Excellent service and excellent food!
The service and food was impeccable and it all came at a reasonable price! After all were done, we all felt very satisfied and like we had been through a gastronomic delight!
We will be back! The scallop dish is one of the best scallop dishes I have ever had!!
The crab beignets were amazing. Also enj ...
The crab beignets were amazing. Also enjoyed the scallops.
Plates is a fantastic restaurant. Food w ...
Plates is a fantastic restaurant. Food was well prepared. The atmosphere was noisy but only due to the motorcycle club across the street.
Excellent food, great wine list and attentive service. Definitely a great find!
Funky cocktails, great seafood dishes, farm to table concept.
Great little find!
This was a great restaurant. Food is cooked to perfection and is fantastic. You can tell is prepared with the best ingredients. The restaurant itself is very nice and the service is some of the best that I have experienced. The portions are a wee bit small for the price, but the food is good. I will be back .
I had the prix fixe menu which I have to say I didn't really like. There really didn't seem to be anything really special about it and it was Valentine's Day. Also I didn't think it was worth the price I paid. We had a double date and everyone else liked their meals which were on the regular menu. Bartender was great. The waitress was less than friendly maybe because it was a busy night. Certainly didn't get warm & fuzzies from her. Overall experience was nice for a double date but not likely I would go there again for a special occasion. I would go hang out at the bar though because the drinks were good.
Food was OK, but overpriced
Food was OK, but overpriced
Wait staff was efficient and friendly. C ...
Wait staff was efficient and friendly. Cocktails were well made - $10 range. The crab beignets were melt in your mouth good, the lamb stew was wonderful, entrees were high quality but blander than we expected. The only seasoning of note in 4 different dishes were salt, pepper and garlic. I guess we expected more flavor variety given the international influence in the menu descriptions. We will likely try this restaurant again.
What's the rush? This was the first time we had been to this restaurant, and we were looking forward to it. We learned about the place when it had been featured on an NC Food show on WUNC-TV. Within 2 minutes after sitting down and just beginning to look at the menu, a waitress came over to our table. Barely after saying "hello" she wanted to know if we were ready to order. We asked about drinks and it seemed to strike her as novel idea. This set the tone for the VERY efficient (some might call it rushed) service for the evening. To their credit, there were lots of waitstaff and one certainly didn't have to go looking for them as they appeared to be hovering, waiting to whisk away plates within seconds after putting down a knife or fork. Not our idea of a leisurely meal. I suppose they wanted us gone so they could recycle the table. Well, we will be happy to oblige: we won't be back.
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