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 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 —

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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.
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.
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

Make a Reservation Online Or Call Us — (919) 828-0018

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

  • Plates Kitchen CLOSED Monday, May 30 — Mon 5/30/16 at 5:30pm 4 days away
    Plates Kitchen will be closed Monday, May 30 as we honor Memorial Day. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen for dinner on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 pm.
  • Triangle Restaurant Week, June 6-12 — Mon 6/6/16 at 5:30pm 2 weeks away
    Join us Monday, June 6 through Sunday, June 12 for Triangle Restaurant Week! We will be doing 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)
  • ‘Big Mac’ Steak Tartare (Brioche, housemade Russian dressing, house pickles, shallot, white truffle, baby fries)
  • Tuna Ceviche (Roasted corn, red onion, corn nuts, cilantro, aji chile, sweet potato chips)
  • Quinoa Fruit Salad (Red quinoa, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, chèvre, pistachio, citrus vinaigrette)
  • Second Course (choice of one)

  • NY Strip (Loaded baked potato cakes, broccolini, roasted leek butter)
  • Seasonal Catch of the Day (Salsa of corn, red onion, tomato, cilantro and coconut, lime crème fraiche, romaine lettuce wedge)
  • Squash and Zucchini "Pasta" (Roasted garlic tomato broth, field peas, heirloom tomatoes, basil, caramelized onion, focaccia croutons, Grana Padano)
  • Third Course (choice of one)

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding (Warm date cake, vanilla toffee sauce, whipped cream)
  • White Chocolate Pots de Creme (Raspberry preserves, white chocolate custard, fresh raspberries)
  • Blackberry and Passionfruit Chocolate Torte (Chocolate buttermilk cake, blackberry and passionfruit mousse, chocolate glaze, blackberry coulis, fresh blackberries)

  • Beat the rush and make your reservations early! To get your seat, please call us at (919) 828-0018.

Some of our recent events

Premium Wine Flights for $19! (Fri-Sat, May 20-21) — Fri 5/20/16 6 days ago

Join us on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 as we premiere our new toy, the Coravin wine system. For these two days only, a two-glass flight of high-end wines is only $19! Tableside demonstration and wine education will be provided by ambassadors Sammy Greenway of The Country Vintner (Friday) and Eamonn O'Mahoney of Epiphany Wines (Saturday). The lineup of featured wines (choose two):


Château Carbonnieux, Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé de Graves Blanc (2012);
Lamblin & Fils, Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes (2013);
St. Innocent, Shea Pinot Noir (2013);
Hendry, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)


Venge Vineyards, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Juliana Vineyard (2012);
Ancien Wines, Carneros Chardonnay (2012);
Camigliano, Brunello di Montalcino (2011);
Groth, Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (2011)

We will be featuring a special 2-Course Prix Fixe menu option as well (just $20) as a compliment to the fantastic wines. The menu:

Sea scallops, cauliflower puree, spring peas, grilled lemon, lemon beurre blanc
Pan roasted duck breast, wild rice, beauregard sweet potato mash, spring greens, toasted pecans, sour cherry jus

Space is limited! To reserve your seats, give us a call at (919) 828-0018.

5-Course Spanish Wine Dinner — Thu 5/19/16 7 days ago

Join us on Thursday, May 19th for a 5-Course Spanish Wine Dinner, featuring special guest Lisa Bonet of Classical Wines. Ms. Bonet 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 Spanish dishes, each paired with the perfect Spanish wine. The menu:

Ajoblanco (cold soup of garlic, almonds, bread, chicken stock, olive oil, green grapes)
Pairing : Albariño, Morgadío ‘Legado del Conde’ 2015

Zarangollo (boiled egg, grilled zucchini, onion, crispy potato, smoked tomato garlic vinaigrette)
Pairing: Verdejo, Bodegas Ángel Rodriguez Vidal ‘Rueda Superiore Martínsancho’ 2015

Paella (stew of shrimp, chorizo, grilled fresh corn, finished with cilantro, crouton, lime crème fraiche)
Pairing: Bobal, Vega Tolosa ’11 Pinos’ 2012

¡Hola Piggie! (Cracklin pork loin, crusted coffee spice rub, black bean puree, citrus marmalade, pork jus)
Pairing: Tempranillo, Bodegas y Viñedos Fernández Rivera 'Dehesa La Granja' 2008

Flan de Vainilla (vanilla custard, horchata rim, chocolate powder)
Pairing: Sherry, Bodegas Toro Albala ‘Marques de Poley’ 10 Year Cream P.X

This event is $75 per person (tax and gratuity included) and is RSVP only. To make your reservations, give us a call at (919) 828-0018.

Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner — Sun 5/8/16 3 weeks ago

Please join us Sunday, May 8 for a special Mother's Day Sunday event at Plates Kitchen! We will be serving delicious food from 10:00 am until 8:30 pm, with our expanded menu for the day featuring both Brunch until 3 PM as well as Lunch and Dinner options until 8:30 PM. Check out the full menu for the day within the "Menus" section of our website.

Kids-friendly menu options will also be available. Seating is limited! To ask about availability, please call us at (919) 828-0018.

Hops vs. Grapes: A Beer and Wine Dinner in Five Courses — Sun 5/1/16 4 weeks ago

Join us Sunday, May 1 at 6:30pm for our third 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 Bar Manager Justin Gallus (wine) and Certified Cicerone David Wrenn (beer). The menu:

First Course
Asparagus salad, poached duck egg, pickled red onion and piquillo pepper
(Beer: Victory Prima Pils — Wine: Inama Soave Classico 2014)

Second Course
Pea and ricotta ravioli, lemon beurre blanc, fresh micro basil and pea shoots
(Beer: Highland Early's Hoppy Wheat — Wine: DeMorgenzon 'Maestro White' 2014)

Third Course
Morel mushrooms (fried and sautéed), polenta, morel cream sauce, spicy micro greens
(Beer: Mother Earth Dark Cloud — Wine: J. Christopher Pinot Noir 2013)

Fourth Course
Black tea smoked quail, black bean quinoa with sofrito, cilantro and lime crème fraiche
(Beer: Terrapin Poivre Potion — Wine: Château Coupe Roses 'Minervois Cuvée Vignals' 2014)

Fifth Course
Strawberry Baked Alaska: strawberry & avocado ice creams, butter shortcake, toasted meringue, vanilla anglaise, balsamic strawberries
(Beer: Allagash Curieux — Wine: Quady 'Elysium' Black Muscat 2014)

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.

Special Easter Menu and Hours! — Sun 3/27/16 2 months ago

Please join us Sunday, March 27 for a special Easter Sunday event at Plates Kitchen! We will be serving delicious food from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, with our expanded menu for the day featuring both Brunch and Dinner options. Check out the full menu for the day here.

Kids-friendly menu options will also be available. Seating is limited! To ask about availability, 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.

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• 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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