About City Kitchen
City Kitchen family welcomes you with wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking. This urban, contemporary neighborhood eatery evokes the warmth and convivial setting of a residential kitchen and gaathering place dedicated to quality and sourcing locally.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 10pm , Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our catering staff shares the same values as our restaurant staff. They are here to create a fun, unforgettable dining experience. We will take care of everything, exceeding your every expectation along the way. Don’t know what you want? We’ll happily walk you through our offerings.. Loved that entree you had last night that’s not on our catering menu? As far as we’re concerned, it is now. Our goal is to create amazing memories that also fit within your budget.
Easy access from Chapel Hill Bus Lines
Private Party Facilities:
City Kitchen offers a venue like no other, its back drop creates a stage to relax, enjoy, have fun citiy kitchen weddings and celebrate. The décor is contemporary, rustic and fun and each defined space is flexible allowing numerous possibilities to create the elements of an amazing event. If it is a ceremony, wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, shower, bridal luncheon or morning after breakfast, the possibilities are endless. With a detail orientated wedding coordinator on hand at all times you are given expert advice allowing your special event to be tailored to exactly what you desire. We dedicate ourselves to giving you an outstanding experience at a price you can afford. From traditional southern affairs to elaborate fine dining occasions City Kitchen provides the space, the experience, the professionalism and the detailed planning and service to make your event flawless and one you, your family and friends will remember for a life time.
Private Party Contact:
Jessica Myers: (919) 928-8200 ext. 201
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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City Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Greeting was nice! Our service and his service was mediocre. The fried rib appetizer was cold at the bone, we were served a bread basket of hard, almost still frozen absolute bread. The restaurant ran out the mussels appetizer and the blue claw crab stuffed flounder and therefore we could only order one of that entree. The fish was dry, very little crab meat and the taste of the herb used to Season the fish was over powering. The mashed potatoes were not thick in consistency at all. The best food item served was the sweet iced tea. This visit to your restaurant was an entire upset to us; as we were first time guests celebrating our 19th anniversary and expected to eat well and have a great evening. There should always be enough food especially when serving a specific holiday menu! Serving cold food is unacceptable . We left very dissatisfied.
We went to City Kitchen to celebrate Valentine's Day and it was a tremendous experience. We were seated on a sofa behind a small round table and there were bouquets of flowers, Valentine's decorations, and candles galore. I reserved City Kitchen at the last minute due to a schedule change, but I couldn't have been happier with this restaurant on our special occasion.
I TOOK MY PARTNER OUT FOR A ROMANTIC VALENTINE'S LATE LUNCH AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE RESTAURANT. THE FOOD MET OUR EXPECTATIONS AND THE SERVICE WAS SUPERB. THE WHOLE PACKAGE MADE IT SUCH AN ENJOYABLE DATE AND WE WILL BE BACK OFTEN. THANK YOU.
Nice patio area. Brunch food I ordered was disappointing. We both ordered the monte cristo. Very bland. It was literally 2 pieces of French toast - no syrup so dry French toast with the ham and turkey. No flavor. I suggest flash frying like a traditional monte cristo would be and serving with a side of dipping fruit preserves. Dennys has a way better moons over my hammy than this sandwich. And I'm a bit embarrassed to compare City Kitchen to that. Server though was really great.
We had a 7:00pm reservation on a Saturday night so we knew going in that it would be a peak night for the restaurant/kitchen. We were seated about 7:05, drinks & appetizers ordered by 7:10 -beer and calamari, dinner by 7:15/20 -2 steak frites med-rare. Drinks and appetizer come out in good time so things are starting off well. As we chat over the appetizer we notice that the kitchen is 'in the weeds' with a whole gaggle of servers, an expo, and a manager trying to sort out tickets and orders. We finish the appetizer and the server apologizes that the kitchen is busy and that it will be a little bit longer before our dinners arrive. We didn't get our dinners served to us until 8:00pm. We waited 40-45 min for 2 medium-rare steaks. It doesn't take 40-45 minutes to cook two steaks medium rare. Due to our reservation we expected the kitchen to be able to handle the volume of business but this was clearly not the case. The service and waitress were fine, the kitchen needs some serious revamping to handle the weekend dinner rush. With the plethora of dining options, waiting for 40 minutes for a steak means I will never be back.
We've dined at City Kitchen twice now. And, for sure, we'll be back. The wait staff is warm, friendly and knowledgeable about the food and bar menus. The food is delicious. There's good variety to order from, including a sushi menu! Surprising, yes. But it's very good!
I ordered the chicken dish because the sides really piqued my interest. I have to say, the chicken was simple and absolutely delicious! It was tender and juicy. My husband enjoyed his burger and my son devoured the steak dish he ordered. The mini dessert tray was just right for me.
If you're looking for a quiet dinner with intimate conversation, this probably isn't the place for you. The concrete floors and high ceilings make for a noisy dining room.
Beyond that, this is a terrific place to grab a drink at the bar or enjoy a meal at a table.
We always enjoy dining at the City Kitchen and this was no exception. The services is always prompt and the food excellent. The only minor complaint this visit was the size of the table at which we were seated. It was really too small for dishes and glasses.
We are from Southern Pines, NC. Went up for a movie and dinner as a family. Although our theater experience was good, the dining experience was okay. Do not get the bite size dessert not a value at all. There was hardly a bite of 5 desserts for $10.00. The service was slow, we waited to be seated when we had a reservation, we waited to get anything to drink, we waited to for our order to be taken and then waited for dinner to be served. We finished out meal about 2 hours after being seated. Never got any bread. Not a good experience.
Decided on City Kitchen for a Saturday Date Night. After checking out the great reviews, we decided to check it out. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were promptly seated at our table and greeted by a great young man. The decor of City Kitchen is very inviting and allows for good conversation as it is not to loud. The menu for the evening had a ton of great options that weren't overwhelming and tasted just as great as they sounded. The only complaint I have is the length of time it took to receive our food (45 mins.) as well as a plate of lemons I requested. Overall, it was a great time, however I'm not sure if we will be returning for a second visit.
I came with a friend; we thought we would do the Restaurant week menu fixe but decided not to once we got there. We both wanted the steak and frites and she requested that the rib-eye be replaced with the flank steak and the waiter/chef said it was no problem! THAT was very nice of the chef and I applaud that kind of service. Once our server understood we were not in a hurry and wanted to take our time to choose and then eat dinner, he didn't come around as often and we definitely appreciated that!
It was very busy Friday night but we were seated promptly. City Kitchen is quite large with high ceilings. Despite this we had no problem hearing one another. Could be because of the very unusual and very oversize light fixtures - who knows! Anyhow, the decor is rustic and fun and stylish. The service was excellent and that was another plus. Now the food! All four of us loved our meals! One had lamb chops, one had beef short ribs, one had a steak and I can't remember what the 4th had. We all loved our dinners and we will be back.
We were celebrating two birthdays which I indicated on my reservation but there was no mention of that by our server. No ask for a special dessert and no candle. That was very disappointing since I asked about it ahead.
It was very loud since it was $5 wine night. Food was good.
We went for dinner at 6:30 before a 7:30 moive at SilverSpot. They served us promptly, so that we finished well before the movie started. I had the mushroom tortellini and my wife ordered the mountain trout. Both were delicious. We've been several times for brunch and dinner. Never disappointed! Will be back again before long.
The entrees we ordered were amazing. Our waiter said they were new and he was very helpful with the selection. Our party of three ordered The lamb chops, seared Faroe island salmon and porcini mushroom and cheese tortellini. For dessert we shared an incredibly delicious layered chocolate mouse cake. Great experience!
I was there with a friend for Sunday brunch before a movie at Silverspot. We both thought our food was excellent and the service was also great. I had an omelette that was perfectly cooked and just the right size. Too many restaurants make omelettes so huge they are unappetizing, but this was nice sized without going overboard. This seemed to be a family friendly place , but without the kids taking the place over, like some other breakfast places in the area. It was a good place for a meal and a conversation with a friend.
It was perfect for a reunion of cousins. I had made reservations for a table for six, which was ready as we walked in and also situated at the far edge of the dining room, providing some distance from other tables and diners. The server was attentive but not overly so and in no way rushed us. We lingered for a long time without feeling pressured to leave. The food was good.
I have eaten at City Kitchen several times and have never been disappointed.
Probably the deciding factor in my choosing this restaurant on the Saturday night of a home basketball game was convenient location and parking, as we were coming in three cars from three different directions.
First time experience. Always good to come back to Chapel Hill -came in town for the UNC basketball game. Invited some friends, also from out of town, to City Kitchen for dinner. It was fabulous. The food was wonderful, great taste right temperatures. Our waitress was in my 10 ten ever. Very trendy place - very pleasant front desk staff....I'll be back in a few months when I return for a visit.
We went to City Kitchen for brunch before a 1:00 UNC basketball game, the food was great and our waiter was awesome! I ordered the Eggs Florentine, which was delicious. The only downfall was that we couldn't order brunch drinks because it was before 12:00 on a Sunday. I would definitely come to City Kitchen again to get food and drinks!
Ours was an early dinner on New Years Eve. The restaurant was set up for special celebrations to begin at 9, and I feel their efforts were concentrated on that rather than the early diners. We ordered halibut and chicken breast. Both of us need a sharp knife to cut the meat- it was that dry/tough. I would expect the fish to be able to be flaked with a fork. Our waiter kept trying to remove our plates as we were still eating. This was not our usual experience at this restaurant.
First time visit prior to a movie at SilverSpot Theatre. Wait staff was sensitive to our time limitation and responsive without being interruptive. Complimentary bread and sun-dried tomato spread was an interesting pre-dinner treat but wish the waiter had not scooped it away when dinner was served. Would have been a nice accompaniment to our meal. Very large beef short rib on wild mushroom ragout with mashed potatoes was tender and delicious. Not a dish many can get right. Roasted chicken on tomato/vegetable ragout was tasty, moist and very well seasoned. Accompanied by a fennel, onion and pepper salad which was quite refreshing to the palate. No time for dessert but offerings were tempting. Will definitely return.
Spent a long lunch here with friends to celebrate the holidays and catch up. Adults and teenaged kids were pleased with the menu choices and once it arrived, the food was delicious. Service was excellent, even though they were very busy that day. Love the atmosphere of this place, as well as the food.
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