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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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 loves Plates Kitchen too!

— "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." Read the Full Review

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Meet Our Team —

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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.
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Sam Bradford

Chef Sam Bradford grew up in North Carolina, knows the food and how to cook it. He truly appreciates the bounty of our local farms and the great traditions of our regional cuisine. Sam also loves the styles of food from around the world and is passionate about combining global and local flavor with North Carolina’s best ingredients. When Sam isn’t cooking or riding his bike, he is probably thinking or talking about food. He has cooked in restaurants around the triangle for over 10 years, and has always had an innate sense of how good food should taste. Prior to joining Plates, Sam was a chef in the banquet department at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary,NC. His time at the Umstead Hotel and Spa allowed him to expand his cooking style with new culinary techniques, cuisines and local farm fresh foods. Sam’s new role allows him to share his enthusiasm and passion for cooking simple but elegant food with his new culinary team. He looks forward to creating global cuisine with an infusion of heritage southern flavors.
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 Dinner5:00pm10:30pm
Sunday Brunch11:00am2:30pm
Sunday Dinner5:00pm8:30pm

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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

  • Thanksgiving Charity Dinner: Plates For The World with Stop Hunger Now — Thu 11/26/15 at 12:00pm 6 hours ago Plates Thanksgiving Event

    Please join us Thursday, November 26 for Plates For The World, a special Thanksgiving charity event for the benefit of Stop Hunger Now, a non-profit, international hunger-relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other aid to crisis areas across the globe.

    Our three-course dinner will feature Thanksgiving classics done in style by Chef Sam Bradford and his talented team.

    Dinner served from 12:00 - 5:00 pm. $39/per person (includes tax & tip). For every meal sold, $20 will be donated to Stop Hunger Now.

    Seats are limited! To make your reservation, please call us at (919)-828-0018.

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Some of our recent events

Plates Kitchen's 2nd Birthday! — Sun 11/1/15 4 weeks ago

Please join us this Sunday, November 1st from 5:00 - 9:00 pm to help us celebrate two years of glorious existence! We will be featuring a very special Sunday Roast, awesome drink specials* and free birthday cake to all guests.

Featured Dishes ($13):

Sunday Roast: Rare roast of beef, Yorkshire pudding, mashed potato, roasted veggies, beef jus

Big Veggie Roast: Cauliflower and wild rice stuffed acorn squash, cider glazed fingerling sweet potato, hakurei turnip, spiced pecans

Drink Specials:

$2 Fullers London Pride drafts
$2 off all Specialty Cocktails
Half off 2013 vintage Wines
(*drink specials available all day)

All guests are welcome to finish their evening with a slice of our housemade Confetti Carrot Cake on the house!

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


A Taste of Spain featuring Alex Gorodezky — Sat 10/31/15 4 weeks ago

Join us on the afternoon of Saturday, October 31 for a special Spanish Tapas event! Enjoy a number of delicious Spanish Tapas style plates alongside wine specials and our famous Sangria Dona Virginia.

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

Featured items include:

Great Gambas
North Carolina head-on shrimp, sautéed in olive oil, garlic, chili pepper, paprika
Octopus, littleneck clams, whitefish, rice, saffron
Short Ribs de la Puebla
Sour roasted root vegetabes, harissa (roasted chili paste)
Chicken Liver Pate
Madeira jelly, toast
Pastel de Cabracho
Redfish mousse, iceberg lettuce, mayonnaise
Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower
Manchego (sheep’s milk cheese), almonds, sweet onion vinaigrette
Radicchio Salad
Bacon onion jam, sunflower kernels, sherry vinaigrette
Crème Catalan
Custard of cream, milk, sugar, lemon zest, orange zest & cinnamon, burnt sugar crust, Marcona almond cookie

Our regular brunch will also be available, featuring our usual $2 Mimosa and $5 Bloody Mary specials.

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

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

Plates Kitchen CLOSED Tuesday, 10/27 — Tue 10/27/15 4 weeks ago

Plates Kitchen will be closed the evening of Tuesday, October 27 to accommodate a private event. We will reopen for dinner on Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00 pm.

Thank you for your understanding.

Hops vs. Grapes - A Beer and Wine Dinner in Five Courses — Sun 10/18/15 1 month ago

Join us Sunday, October 18 at 6:30pm for our second edition of Hops vs. Grapes! Chef Sam Bradford will be featuring five delicious courses, each paired with one beer and one wine, expertly chosen by Bar Manager Justin Gallus (wine) and Certified Cicerone David Wrenn (beer). The menu:

First Course
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich a la Plates
(Beer: Terrapin Rye Pale Ale — Wine: Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais 2012)

Second Course
Candied Maine diver scallops, pear, pecan, bacon, maple madeira vinaigrette
(Beer: Ommegang Rare Vos Belgian Amber — Wine: Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose Lambrusco)

Third Course
Pumpkin pasta ravioli, beer braised pork shoulder filling, garlic and ginger bok choy
(Beer: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale — Wine: Solena Pinot Gris 2014)

Fourth Course
Smoked beef brisket, nappa kraut, smoked turnip puree, brown butter tobacco barbecue sauce
(Beer: Stone Smoked Porter — Wine: Cellers Can Blau Montsant Red 2013)

Fifth Course
Apples kugel, persimmon anglaise, caramel sauce by Chef Warren
(Beer: Victory Moonglow Weizenbock — Wine: Chateau de Caladroy Muscat de Rivesaltes 2013)

Votes will be collected via secret ballot at the completion of each course to determine which pairing best complemented its dish. A supreme champion will be crowned at the end of the evening, and there will be much rejoicing.

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

IBMA Bluegrass Festival Kickoff — Wed 9/30/15 2 months ago

Kick off the IBMA Bluegrass Festival at Plates Kitchen this Wednesday, September 30.

We will be featuring a special prix fixe menu: three courses for $27/person (plus tax & gratuity)!

First Course:
Pecan, pumpkin, kale and radicchio salad, herb vinaigrette
Second Course:
NC flounder, bacon, couscous, roasted mild chili peppers, braised fennel, saffron wine sauce
Third Course:
Sticky toffee pudding

While you dine, enjoy an interactive music experience with the talented 5-string banjo player, Brendan Macie. Brendan started playing at the age of 15 and currently studies with Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers.

Dinner begins at 5:00 pm, music at 6:30. To reserve your seat, please give us a call at (919) 828-0018.

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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