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 —

Executive Chef 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 Dinner5:00pm10:30pm
Sunday Brunch11:00am2:30pm
Sunday Dinner5:00pm8:30pm

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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

  • Special Mother's Day Hours! — Sun 5/14/17 at 9:30am 2 weeks away Please join us Sunday, May 14 for a special Mother's Day Sunday event at Plates Kitchen! We will be serving delicious food from 9:30 am until 8:30 pm, with our expanded menu for the day featuring Brunch until 3 PM as well as Dinner options (all day) until 8:30 PM. Check out the full menu for the day within the "Menus" section of our website.

    Every mom will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbles upon arrival as our thank you for being awesome!

    Reservations are highly recommended as seating will be limited. To make a reservation, click here or call us at (919) 828-0018.

  • Hops vs. Grapes: A Beer and Wine Dinner in Five Courses — Wed 5/17/17 at 5:30pm 3 weeks away

    Join us Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30pm for our fourth edition of Hops vs. Grapes! Chef Chris Santucci will be featuring five delicious courses, each paired with one beer and one wine, expertly chosen by Beer Ambassador David Wrenn of Stone Brewing and Wine Ambassador Paul Dietz of Negotiants USA. The menu:

    Portobello mushroom bruschetta, arugula pesto, goat cheese, toasted pepitas
    Beer: Arrogant Brewing ‘Who You Callin Wussie’ German Pilsner
    Wine: Jansz Brut Rose N/V (Tamar Valley, Tasmania)

    Seared scallop, blood orange, white corn, quinoa, chives, cilantro
    Beer: Stone Brewing ‘Ripper’ IPA
    Wine: Yalumba ‘Organic’ Viognier 2015 (Eden Valley, South Australia)

    Lamb carpaccio, figs, olives, lemon olive oil, mint, pea shoots, capers
    Beer: Stone Brewing ‘20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale’
    Wine: Langmeil ‘Valley Floor’ Shiraz 2011 (Barossa Valley, South Australia)

    Skirt steak, chili aioli, grilled tomato, squash, ramps
    Beer: Stone Brewing ‘Pataskala Red X’ IPA
    Wine: Jim Barry ‘The Barry Brothers’ Red Blend 2015 (Clare Valley, South Australia)

    Molasses cake, strawberries, pralines, mascarpone ice cream
    Beer: Arrogant Brewing ‘Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard’ Strong Ale
    Wine: Yalumba ‘Antique’ Tawny Port N/V (Barossa Valley, South Australia)

    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.

    This event is RSVP only, but seats are still available! To reserve your spot, please call us at (919) 828-0018.

Some of our recent events

5-Course Wild Game Dinner (Monday, April 24) — Mon 4/24/17 5 days ago

Join us on Monday, April 24th for a very special five-course Wild Game Dinner, featuring wine pairings and guest presentation by Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards.
Mr. Davis will provide background and insight into his winery's stunning offerings as Chef Chris Santucci and Bar Manager Justin Gallus present a prix fixe menu of North Carolina-sourced game dishes, each paired with the perfect Davis Family wine. The menu:

Quail Salad (Roasted quail, Raleigh City Farm greens, blood orange, pear, manchego, chestnut, brown butter sage vinaigrette)
Pairing: Chardonnay, ‘Estate’ 2015

Duck Noodles (Roasted NC duck, udon noodles, baby bok choy, turnip, carrot, five spice duck broth)
Pairing: Pinot Noir, ‘Soul Patch’ 2014

Rabbit Ragout (Braised NC rabbit, bacon, onion, cannellini beans, chervil, herbs, red wine)
Pairing: Zinfandel, ‘Old Vine’ 2014

Rack of Wild Boar (Boar chops, Dijon marinade, spätzle, fried capers)
Pairing: Bordeaux-Style Blend, ‘Cab 5’ 2013

Elderflower Crème Brulée (Elderflower custard made with duck eggs and foraged elderflowers, bruléed sugar)
Pairing: Late Harvest Viognier, ‘Gratitude’ 2013

This event is $79 per person (tax and gratuity included) and is RSVP only. Cocktail hour at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30.
Seating is limited! To make your reservations, give us a call at (919) 828-0018.

5-Course Argentine Wine Dinner (Sunday, March 5) — Sun 3/5/17 2 months ago

Join us on Sunday, March 5th for a very special five-course Argentine Wine Dinner, featuring guest presenter David Koebley of Winesellers Ltd.
Mr. Koebley will provide background and insight into one of the most fascinating wine producing countries on Earth as Chef Chris Santucci and Bar Manager Justin Gallus present a prix fixe menu of five classic Argentine dishes, each paired with the perfect Argentine wine. The menu:

Guiso de Lentejas (Stew of green lentils, onion, garlic, tomato, cumin, oregano)
Pairing: Pinot Grigio, Santa Julia 'Sustainable' 2016

Ensalada de Palmito (Salad of heart of palm, avocado, tomato, scallion, cilantro, lime, olive oil)
Pairing: Blanc de Blancs, Santa Julia 'Organic' N/V

Empanadas Mendocinas (Stuffed pastry of beef, hard boiled egg, green olive, raisin, cumin, crushed red pepper, sweet paprika)
Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon, Familia Zuccardi 'Q' 2013

Cordero al Adobo (Bacon wrapped lamb loins, porcini mushroom adobo marinade, roasted root vegetables)
Pairing: Malbec, Familia Zuccardi ‘Concreto’ 2015

Chocotorta (Milk soaked chocolate cookies layered with dulce de leche cream cheese, chocolate ganache topping)
Pairing: Port-Style Malbec, Familia Zuccardi ‘Malamado’ 2014

This event is $75 per person (tax and gratuity included) and is RSVP only. Cocktail hour at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30.
Seating is limited! To make your reservations, give us a call at (919) 828-0018.

Special Valentine's Day 4-Course Prix Fixe Menu — Tue 2/14/17 2 months ago

Please join us on Tuesday, February 14 as we celebrate St. Valentine with a delicious four course prix-fixe menu option from the creative mind of Executive Chef Chris Santucci. The offerings:

First (choice of one)

Crab and Shrimp Raviolo
Ricotta, yuzu

Steak Tartare
Maitake mushroom aioli, cucumber, egg yolk


Farm Greens Salad
Farmers’ Collective mixed greens, Shiitake mushroom, shallot, sesame bacon, black garlic truffle vinaigrette

Third (choice of one)

Filet Mignon
‘Foie Gratin’ potatoes, brandy-glazed baby carrots

Lobster, clams, monkfish, red snapper, potato, fennel, Pernod

Fourth (choice of one)

Dessert Sampler for Two
Chocolate-covered strawberries; Brownie with chocolate malt ice cream, ganache and cherry compote; White chocolate truffles with Champagne reduction

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Moist and sweet date cake, sticky toffee sauce, whipped cream

Lemon Lovers' Trifle
Layers of lemon pound cake, lemon curd meringue and whipped cream

(Delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly substitutions will also be available. Please inquire for more details.)

Dinner served 5:30 - 9:30 pm. $59 per person (not including tax and gratuity). An optional premium wine flight featuring four pairings by Bar Manager Justin Gallus will also be offered for $19.

Regular dinner menu also available!

RSVP is strongly suggested for this event! To reserve your spot, please click here or give us a call at (919) 828-0018.

Triangle Restaurant Week (Jan 23-29) — Mon 1/23/17 3 months ago

Please join us Monday, January 23 through Sunday, January 29 for Triangle Restaurant Week! Chef Chris Santucci presents a special $30 three-course prix fixe option (alongside our regular menu) all week long. Here's what we have planned:
First Course (choice of one)
Warm Mushroom Bruschetta (v) (Goats’ cheese, chives)
Mussels (Belgian beer, herb butter, focaccia croutons, crème fraiche)
Smoked Cheddar, Broccoli and Potato Soup (v/g) (Crème fraiche, chives)
Second Course (choice of one)
Pork Pernil (g) (Puerto Rican roast pork shoulder, sofrito kidney beans with rice and peas)
Short Ribs (g) (Shiitake and Portobello mushrooms, Grana Padano risotto, arugula)
Seasonal Catch of the Day (g) (Green curry and coconut milk, green beans, shallots, cold jasmine rice)
Vegetarian Dish of the Day (v/g) (Chef's choice, details upon request)
Third Course (choice of one)
Pina Colada Cheesecake (g) (Rum ice cream, candied Marasca cherry)
Fudge and Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Cake (Fudge brownie layered with chocolate malt ice cream, chocolate ganache drizzle, chocolate shavings, chocolate soil)
Lemon Lover's Trifle (Layers of lemon pound cake, lemon curd meringue and whipped cream, candied lemon peel)
Beat the rush and make your reservations early! To get your preferred seat, visit the Reservations section of this page, or call us at (919) 828-0018.

New Year's Eve 5-Course Prix-Fixe — Sat 12/31/16 4 months ago

Join us Saturday, December 31st for our fourth annual New Year's Eve 5-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner!
Chef Chris Santucci and Bar Manager Justin Gallus are excited to present a creative array of delicious options to help you close 2016 in style. (Full menu available here)
The event is $69 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Optional Wine Pairing Flight, $19. All guests enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles.
Seatings are at 6:30 and 9:30 pm.
This event is RSVP only! To reserve your spot, please call us 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.

For more detailed information, or to book an event, please contact our Events Director Amanda Laprarie at (919) 828-0018. Or submit an online request using the link below.

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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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