Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

301 Glenwood Avenue Suite 100, Raleigh, NC
(919) 828-0018

Come Taste the World

For twenty years, we have lived and traveled the world. 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, 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.

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Voted Top 100 Places to Eat Outdoors by Open Table

— The list "highlights restaurants that offer stunning views, regional cuisine and, above all, fabulous outdoor dining experiences. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the nation – all submitted by verified diners." See the Full List

IndyWeek Gives Glowing Review

— "Stepping into Plates in Raleigh's Glenwood South neighborhood is like entering an interior design mag's spread on European farmhouses." Read the Full Review

The News & Observer Voted Us Best of 2016!

— "Entrees are similarly varied and reliably rewarding. Day clearly has an instinct for seafood, as evidenced by the irreproachable pan-seared N.C. rockfish he served up recently in a shallow pool of ginger broth spangled with the bright flotsam of fresh edamame." — Greg Cox, Correspondent Read the Full Review

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Meet Our Team —

Chris Santucci

Chef Chris Santucci

Chris Santucci began his career in the restaurant industry with a job in a fast food joint and graduated to making pizzas at another chain. Not satisfied with cookie cutter chain pizzas, he convinced his then boss to use quality ingredients. From there, he gained experience by working in kitchens throughout the Raleigh area, expanding his knowledge and vision of what food could and should be with each position. He worked and learned under Chef Scott James at Midtown Grille, working his way up to Sous Chef, and competed with Chef James at two 'Fire in the Triangle' competitions. He joined Todd Whitney at Oval Park Grille in Durham as Sous Chef and acquired a great appreciation for international techniques and flavors. Chris stepped away from the restaurant industry for a heartbeat but, missing the creativity of a great kitchen, decided food is in his blood. His food philosophy and international appreciation, as well as his demand for excellence and great flavor, make him a perfect fit at Plates. We're very excited to have him join us and you will be too.
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Steve Day

Steve began to cook family meals as a child and continued to develop a keen interest in food tastes and textures. When his family moved to London in 2006, he decided to formalize his training at Le Cordon Bleu in London. There he learned classic French culinary techniques and earned the highly coveted Diplome De Cuisine. During his tenure overseas, Steve travelled to over 30 countries where he experienced a variety of cultures, food and drink. The culminate of these experiences provided the inspiration for Plates in Raleigh. Steve’s first experience working in a commercial kitchen was with Chef/Owner Michel Roux and Head Chef Nicolas Laridan at the Michelin two-star restaurant Le Gavroche in London. Within two weeks, Steve was hooked. After Le Cordon Bleu, he was offered a position in a new restaurant being opened by Chef Nicolas Laridan. Le Bouchon Breton opened in London and Steve worked there making classic French Brasserie food for the remaining time he lived in London. After transitioning back to Raleigh, Steve was a chef in the banquet department at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC before opening Plates. He is excited to combine his love of food and travel and bring globally inspired, locally produced food to the Glenwood South area of Raleigh.
Justin Gallus, Bar Manager at Plates Kitchen

Justin Gallus

Bar Manager Justin Gallus got his start behind the bar in his home state of Vermont at the tender age of 19, serving demanding apres-ski crowds during the winters at Killington. After relocating to North Carolina in 2008, he spent an enjoyable five years as head bartender at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, where he was schooled in the fine arts of Southern hospitality. Justin brings his detail-oriented approach and love of classic cocktails to Plates, where he is excited to be working with creative chefs who understand how pairing their dishes with a thoughtfully chosen wine or craft cocktail can be a rewarding experience for the diner. Friendly warning: he is a bit of an unabashed trivia afficionado, especially in the geography, baseball, and 80's music categories. Test him at your own peril.

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Plates Kitchen is located at 301 Glenwood Avenue Suite 100, Raleigh, NC
301 Glenwood Avenue Suite 100, Raleigh, NC

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Saturday Brunch11:00am2:30pm
Saturday Dinner5:30pm10:30pm
Sunday Brunch11:00am2:30pm
Sunday Dinner5:30pm8:30pm

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Plates Kitchen (113494), Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill Reservations


From time to time, we like to shake things up at Plates and do something completely out of the ordinary. Here you will find opportunities to join us for beer dinners, wine tastings and special holiday menus.

Coming soon

  • IBMA World of Bluegrass at Plates Kitchen — Tue 9/27/16 at 6:30pm 4 days ago Join us at Plates Kitchen as we celebrate the International Bluegrass Music Association's 'World of Bluegrass' week with two special music events!

    Tuesday, September 27: The Lang Sisters, 6:30pm

    The Lang Sisters are based in the Raleigh, NC area. The young duet has immersed themselves in Appalachian, bluegrass and folk music. Well known throughout the thriving Triangle & Piedmont music scene, they enjoy sharing their passion for this music with audiences of all ages. Jessica, age 14 is a multi-instrumentalist and Chloe, age 18 is a strong rhythm player and vocalist for the duet.

    Saturday, October 1: Old State Travelers, 12:30pm

    Old State Travelers are a four- piece band based out of The Triangle area of North Carolina. The band combines a soulful blend of folk, country, blues, bluegrass and gospel. Each member of Old State Travelers has a unique background and musical outlook. The band is currently writing songs and preparing to record their first album.

    We will be featuring special menu options all week long, as well as extended brunch hours on Saturday (open until 4:00pm).

    To make your reservations, please call us at (919) 828-0018.

  • A Taste of Spain featuring Alex Gordez — Sat 10/8/16 at 11:00am 1 week away

    Join us on the afternoon of Saturday, October 8 for a special Spanish Tapas event! We will be extending our Brunch hours from 11:00am - 4:00pm as we present a number of delicious Spanish Tapas style plates alongside wine specials and our famous Sangria Dona Virginia.

    Renowned classical Spanish guitarist Alex Gordez will round out your experience with his stunning Flamenco music.

    Featured items include:

    Great Gambas
    Grilled NC shrimp, chili, lime, white wine, smoked paprika

    Pulpo a la Plancha
    Grilled octopus, authentic Spanish chorizo, lime, cilantro, olive oil

    Dátiles Envueltas en Tocino
    Roasted Deglet Nour dates wrapped in house cured bacon

    Patatas Bravas
    Fried potatoes, bravas sauce, garlic aioli

    Acelga y Huevos
    Two fried eggs, Swiss chard sautéed in olive oil, brown butter, garlic, lemon

    Coles de Bruselas
    Sauteed Brussels sprouts, sherry bacon cream sauce

    Ensalada de Lechuga Manteco
    Salad of Raleigh City Farm butter lettuce, local apples, red onion, Manchego, candied pecans, chili bread crumbs, tarragon and chive vinaigrette

    Crème Caramel Flan
    Rich, creamy vanilla custard, caramel sauce, pomegranate arils

    Tarta de Santiago
    Dense almond cake served with vanilla ice cream and candied almonds

    Pan Tres Leche
    Light sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk, fresh fruit, whipped cream

    Our regular brunch will also be available, featuring our usual $2 Mimosa and $6 Bloody Mary specials.

    Doors open at 11:00 am, music begins at 12:30 pm.

    For reservations, please call us at (919) 828-0018.

Some of our recent events

Spirits of the World Pairing Dinner — Sun 9/18/16 2 weeks ago

Please join us Sunday, September 18th at 6:30 pm for our inaugural Spirits of the World Pairing Dinner! We will be featuring five delicious courses with five premium liquors from around the globe, expertly paired by bar manager Justin Gallus and executive chef Chris Santucci. Dinner will include presentations from each spirit's brand representative, shedding insight into their unique production methods. The menu:

First Course
Salad of duck confit, Raleigh City Farm greens, bleu cheese, pine nuts, juniper vinaigrette
Pairing: Plymouth Gin, England

Second Course
Ceviche of tuna, aji chili pepper, yam, corn nuts, lime juice
Pairing: Campo de Encanto Pisco, Peru

Third Course
Lollipop lamb chop, fried plantain, cardamom, cherry gastrique
Pairing: Starr Rum, Mauritius

Fourth Course
Applewood smoked pork belly, green tea rice, horseradish and edamame puree, pickled apple
Pairing: Hakushu 12 Yr. Whisky, Japan

Fifth Course
Bananas Foster cheesecake: vanilla wafer crust, roasted banana cheesecake filling, banana whipped cream, caramelized bananas, rum caramel sauce, vanilla wafer crumble
Pairing: Ricard Pastis, France

Cocktail hour at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30.
The event is $75 per person, tax and gratuity included.
Seating is limited! To reserve your spot, call us at (919) 828-0018.

World Spirits Lineup

Downtown Restaurant Week (August 15-21) — Mon 8/15/16 2 months ago

Join us Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 21 for Raleigh's Downtown Restaurant Week! We will be doing a special three-course prix fixe for $30 alongside our regular menu all week long. Here's what we have planned:
First Course (choice of one)
Caribbean Beef Cheeks (Jerk seasoning, fried plantain ‘cups’)
Fig & Chèvre Salad (Local figs, chèvre, Raleigh City Farm greens, pistachio, citrus vinaigrette)
Prosciutto & Pear Salad (Johnston County prosciutto style ham, local pears and apples, Raleigh City Farm greens, smoked gouda, roasted garlic vinaigrette)
Second Course (choice of one)
Short Ribs (Horseradish mashed potato, garlic and ginger green beans, cashews, scallion sesame butter)
Seasonal Catch of the Day (Local mushroom maque choux, tasso crumble, smoked tomato vinaigrette)
Ratatouille ‘Panzanella’ (Eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, quinoa, Grana Padano, focaccia croutons, pesto)
Third Course (choice of one)
Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake (Layers of chocolate French buttercream, 65% dark chocolate ganache and chocolate buttermilk cake, red wine ice cream)
Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Toasted coconut, coconut sorbet, salted caramel sauce)
Maple Pecan Brulée (Maple pecan custard, bruléed sugar, candied bacon, bourbon brittle)
For this week only, we will be opening 30 minutes early at 5:00pm. Seating will be limited, especially on the weekend, so make your reservations today by calling us at (919) 828-0018.

Rainbow Flag Celebration, Saturday, June 25 — Sat 6/25/16 3 months ago

On June 25th, 1978 Gilbert Baker showcased the original rainbow flag at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. On this day in 2016, celebrate the anniversary of the flag with your friends at Plates Kitchen.

Enjoy extended brunch options indoors or on our patio with fantastic drink specials and live music from the Stephanie Merinoff Duo from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the LGBT Center of Orlando to assist the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families, as well as the LGBT Community of Florida.

RESERVATIONS ENCOURAGED by calling 919-828-0018.

More about the Stephanie Merinoff Duo:
With a style rooted in blues, vocalist and guitarist Stephanie Merinoff transforms standards into enigmatic performances of folk-inspired classics. Guitarist Seth Rosenbloom makes up the other half of the Stephanie Merinoff Duo, adding his melodic blues and jazz phrases to the mix.

Five Course Beer Dinner feat. Lonerider Brewing — Sun 6/19/16 3 months ago

Please join us on the evening of Sunday, June 19th as we host a very special five course Beer Dinner with our friends from Lonerider Brewing. Each of Chef Chris Santucci's courses will be expertly paired with a limited-release selection from the Raleigh, NC brewery by bar manager Justin Gallus. Dinner will include a presentation from the brewmasters themselves, shedding insight into the science (and magic!) behind the brewing process.

The menu:

First Course
House Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese
(Pairing: ‘Goldie's Banquet Lager')

Second Course
Crab & Pistachio Salad
Raleigh City Farm greens, sweet corn, lemon chive crème fraiche dressing
(Pairing: ‘Hoppy Weiss’ Witbier)

Third Course
Poached Halibut
Mango, pineapple, cilantro, red onion and red pepper salsa
(Pairing: ‘Tres Vaqueros’ Barrel Aged Tripel)

Fourth Course
Braised Beef Cheek Raviolo
mushroom cream sauce
(Pairing: ‘Starry Plough' Nitro Porter)

Fifth Course
De Peche a la Mode
Flaky puff pastry, mascarpone ice cream, grilled peaches, honey drizzle
(Pairing: 'Shotgun Betty’ Hefeweizen brewed with Vanilla and Peaches)

$59 per person (tax and gratuity included).
Cocktail hour at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Seating is limited!
To make reservations, please give us a call at (919) 828-0018

Plates Kitchen CLOSED for Brunch, Saturday 6/11 — Sat 6/11/16 4 months ago

Plates Kitchen will be closed for Brunch Saturday, June 11 due to Slide The City. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen for dinner later that day at 5:30 pm.

We're now catering!

Let us bring flavors to you that are globally inspired and locally produced. Plates Kitchen offers on-site and off-site catering menus that will make your next event truly delicious. You can explore Traditional Southern such as Smoked Catfish Brandade and Barbecue Pork Biscuits, or Tastes of Europe with English Style Fish & Chips and Sticky Toffee Pudding or American-fusion that combines multiple styles of food. The options are many and the tastes are varied.

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NEW! Voted Top 100 Places to Eat Outdoors by Open Table
• Voted Best Restaurants in Raleigh for 2015 by NC Triangle Dining
• Selected as one of the 2015 Top 10 Best Restaurants in Raleigh by The Culture Trip
• Voted Best in Raleigh 2015 by the Raleigh Best Businesses Award Program

Also winners of: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch and Outdoor Dining Awards. Here's proof.

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