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Chef's Palette
Chef's Palette

Chef's Palette Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://chefspaletterestaurantandbar.com
  • Email: contact@chefspaletterestaurantandbar.com
  • Phone: (919) 267-6011
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Bar 5:00pm-10:00
    Friday & Saturday: Dinner:5:00 - 10:00pm; Bar 5:00pm-1:00am Closed on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Jounte Burwell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available for private evening events
  • Entertainment: Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 9:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kildaire Farm Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot
A word from Chef's Palette
We are here to provide our patrons with a comfortable neighborhood restaurant and bar with a stylish and casual feel. Our belief is that we eat not only with our palates, but through vision and aromas; which is why we take the extra step to bring in the freshest ingredients with the trendiest plating techniques. We guarantee you will leave our establishment with an experience that is unforgettable. Our mission is to create a synergy between art, food and drink. As an artist creates magic on a canvas, Chef Josh Becker creates magic in his kitchen.

Whether you are in the mood for a dining experience, or just want to kick back with a beverage in our lounge, Chef’s Palette is the place for you.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our big city nieces were visiting for the weekend so we took them to Chef's Palette for Saturday night dinner. Wonderful it was with an imaginative menu that was skillfully prepared and provided superb service. Our nieces deemed it worthy being located in their large, sophisticated hometown. Then we headed into the bar where the band was rocking. Dancing and more fun followed. I was proud that I could show them that smaller cities can be fun and sophisticated too!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The quality of food isn't quite what it used to be. It's still good, but no longer outstanding."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The occasion was special. The food was exquisite. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was just right. And the staff was very accommodating for our 7 month old grandson. It made the perfect evening for my wife's birthday celebration."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Chef's Palette as always, was fantastic! This is our GO TO place when we are in need of some great food, service, and close to home!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The Chef's Palette stretches its art theme a little too much, titling all the meals with an art-related name, some of which are way too much of a stretch. The backlit menus were pretty cool. Sadly for them but great for us, Friday at 7pm was nowhere near crowded. The food was fantastic. My lamb was perfectly cooked and the duck confit risotto was luscious. The bison was a little chewybut flavorful and the chimicurri was bright and tasty. The cocktails were interesting enough and well-mixed though probably a little steep. I had the truffles for dessert and while the bourbon-caramel flavor advertised was subtle, if there, the truffles themselves were huge - be sure to share. Attentive waitstaff. A great neighborhood find."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "They read our note from Open Table, and were ready for us and excited to see us. They were extremely attentive including a visit from the owner and another visit from the Chef. Food was exceptionally prepared and plated........group of six that was handled as comfortably as if we had been only one. Our group is seeking new locations on a monthly basis and this is a find. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were here with a group Saturday night and were shocked at how few people there were at the height of dinner hour! Are they not advertising enough?? We would hate to see this place close due to lack of patronage. Please experience The Chef's Palette! You won't regret it!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My special of the evening The" filet" was a bit of a tough cut. I have eaten here multiple times and was disappointed at the cut of meat. I did find the Desert menu a bit limited."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "New chef since we were last there...food was great, fabulous sides and accent pairings"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife and I make a special evening when the Carolina Ballet performs. We often choose Chef's Palette for our pre-ballet dinner. This past Saturday evening, we dined at Chef's Palette, and had good, but not great food. Service was good, but one dish was very much oversalted as it came from the kitchen, and the other was a smaller portion and less tasty than what we normally experience. Past Open Table reviews for CP have been more highly rated. We hope our next visit will be also."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The quirky details like glowing menus, local art, and fresh and interesting food make Chef's Palatte much more than just a neighborhood gem. It can compete with the best of Raleigh and Durham. Service at every level matched the atmosphere, and did a lot to make the premium price well worth it. The menu allowed us to choose between being foodies looking for something unique or just overindulging on fresh, simple beef and seafood. (We chose the latter this time around and were very happy.) I would have liked to see higher quality house liquor in their specialty cocktails for the price, so I will just be customizing those next time. Great Scotch ended the night well."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the excellent vegan option and meeting your progressive thinking chef. Looking forward to your having more creative vegan dishes on the menu soon. Bob"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Cathy has nailed it with great food, service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Based on all the rave reviews we were excited to finally give CP a try! We'd reveiwed the online menu and it looked good but the actual in resutrant menu had changed. Overall, it was not a bad experience but certainly not on par with the supurb reviews we read. My husbands mashed potatoes tasted like a boxed version. I'm not sure how you can make potatoes taste that bland. His med rare filet was cooked right and good. My entree was ok. All in all, it was ok at best but we won't return. We'd rather spend a little more and eat at Peak City, Parizad (Durham), Flemings, or head to downtown Raleigh for a better overall experience. Per waiter, the chef is new, so that may have been some of the difference."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was very good. Entree selection included smaller portions which was a plus. Local beers on draft too."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We ordered and loved the Futurism Flatbread primer (highly recommended!), Duck Bacon Bistre primer (potato cake was tasty but the duck was a little dry), two house salads...one w/homemade blue cheese dressing and one with balsamic vinaigrette (both very good), medium-rare petite filet mignon entree (perfectly cooked and very good) served with mashed potatoes (average), goat cheese & sun-dried tomato scone (heavenly) and brussel sprouts (very tasty). Our other entree was the pan-seared flounder (coated with a very thin and delightful crust), homemade pasta (melt in your mouth) and a roasted butternut squash puree (very good but didn't quite compliment/parnter well with the flounder and pasta). Dinner was great, but deserts were questionable"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was not a bad experience overall, but as they seem to position themselves as a offering a trendy high quality dining experience we all found both the meal and service to be pretty sub par given the price. The seafood platter appetizer set things off on the wrong foot. A small handful of very overcooked and incredibly small calamari rings, under seasoned and undercooked scallops, pedestrian shrimp that at best were sized 26-30, and honestly a basic seared tuna steak that was at best unremarkable. Entrees followed suit. My lamb was presented as a 2 bone chop and a 3 bone chop. I asked for medium. The small chop had no pink left in it and the large chop was charred but almost raw inside. Service lacked personality and seemed impersonal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The meal was prepared and served beautifully. Very service oriented and a great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food and Service are Awesome! Staff is super friendly! We love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for Valentine's Day. Staff was very friendly. Quant restaurant. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I ordered the bone-in ribeye, the wife the filet. My ribeye was accompanied by a small amout of mashed sweet potatos and spinish. My plate was warm, the ribeye and vegtables barely above room temp. At my request the server courtiously returned my dish to be warmed up. I ordered the ribeye medium rare which usually means a cool red center. It looked the part, but usually, the outer portions are hot or heated. The ribeye itself was tough and took some effort to chew, definitly not prime and definitly not worth the price. Oh, a replacement ribeye was quickly brought out - still not even warm."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very good, have been here several times and never disappointed. The bar side was busier than I remember in previous visits, but not overly so."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I only gave it a overall 4 stars as I found out the seafood ravioli (which was to die for) was being removed from the menu :("
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Several mishaps lowered my rating. The salad came with the wrong dressing. A filet mignon came out rare instead of the medium we wanted. When sent back, they cooked the cheese topping on the steak into a charred mess. The desert menu was so uninspiring we passed. The rib eye steak was, however, excellent with a great sauce. So, you may do better than us if you are lucky. At these prices, I am not willing to risk it again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We really loved this restaurant. It is a gem of a find. My wife particularly liked it was woman owned and the art theme as well as art work throughout the restaurant. My wife runs her own law firm and is also a pretty good artist. She felt a kinship here. I was glad I surprised her with dinner at this, new to us, restaurant. Thanks to the staff and owner for putting together such a well thought out and managed eatery."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "A group of friends went for trivia and though I indicated that on my reservation, the restaurant did not let me know that the bar seating was first come first serve so we were seated in the main dining room. The bar is completely separate so we couldn't hear trivia but our group still had a really nice meal and enjoyed the energetic atmosphere. Their regular menu is pricey but the bar fare is more reasonable and just a good. The menus themselves are creative but you need to see for yourself! Worth going back on a special occasion but I'd say go at 5:30 if you want to attend trivia as the bar was crowded and smaller."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We soooooo wanted this to be a great restaurant. It's closer to our home versus traveling to downtown Raleigh to Second Empire. The prices did not match the quality and the bread pudding was a disappointment. We were told a new menu will be coming soon because of a new chef. We will try it again in March hoping that the next menu will be better."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Chef's Palette and we were very impressed with it. The menus that light up were amusing. My dining party of four all had dishes that we enjoyed. Two had the same salmon dish and both came away impressed. Very flavorful and a good portion size. The pork chop and it was also tasty and filling. I had the gumbo with fried catfish. Not what I was expecting, but it was very good. It was drier than a normal gumbo, but still tasty. The beer and wine selections are very good and if you like a stiff bourbon drink, their Old Fashioned is going to fill that need. We're definitely going back as we want to try the seafood ravioli and other dishes. The service was very friendly and prompt and the ambiance was very nice."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We were somewhat disappointed in the lack of ambience and the quality of the food. This is an expensive restaurant; everything is a la carte. The anchovies are overpriced and tasted fishy. The small Caesar salad, while sufficient for two, was uninspired. The entree (pork medallions) that both my friend and I chose was merely adequate, lacking any definitive or identifiable taste. On the upside, the wait staff was excellent and unobtrusive."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Chef's Palette was a pleasant surprise. My wife & I had dined in the same place when it was an Italian restaurant, but almost didn't recognize it. The entrances are flanked by bizarre 4' high glass tubes containing gas flames and the inside is similarly modern. The menus open to become illuminated LED screens, and when our server offered fresh ground pepper, the grinder was not only electric, but had a little downward pointing "headlight". Fortunately the food is as good as the ambience, with a notable selection of starters that we noshed on in lieu of entrees. We look forward to going for a proper meal, but have been there twice for drinks and appetizers and will go again soon."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "What a great place. You'd never know it, since it's in a strip mall, but it's really a great restaurant. The food was excellent, as was the service. To find anything to complain about, I'd have to dig pretty deep. The only thing that wasn't perfect is that the butter was served cold. Should have been softened a little. Other than that, a really great meal."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meals that were made to perfection. Service was great too. They made a special meal for my vegetarian friends too and they loved it. Will go back again soon."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "One of the better than average Raleigh area restaurants. Food was very good. A bit pricey but there was a good range of prices on the menu. Service was excellent and dinners could actually carry on a conversation without yelling over the "background" music or crowd noise. The only disappointment was one of our party ordered the Bison strips with Wild Boar Sausage. The sausage was excellent. The Bison may have had good flavor but was too tough to eat. It needed to be pressure cooked in order to be chewable. I would advise dropping the item from the menu, or preparing it to be less tough."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Chef's Palette is one of our favorite restaurants in the Cary/Apex area. The food is always excellent, the ambiance great, and the noice level low enough where you can actually hear the conversation at your own table easily. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Really had high expectations for this place and was disappointed. Food took a long time to arrive and wasn't hot when it did. I felt the order was lost and resubmitted. Bison steak was tough as was the stuffed pork chop. They have a really intriguing menu, but just didn't pull it off that night. Also, the band in the bar, overwhelms the restaurant side as well....and they were really bad. Didn't help the ambiance."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Menu for NY Eve looked enticing, thought we'd try since close to home. Dining experience good, waiter helpful with wine recomm. Asked about size of apps, were told there was new chef who was trying out new things. Portions were small, not enough to share. We got 2 apps: both good taste, but for price, barely enough for both to taste. Entrees good somewhat small portions again, but enough. Wanted to try the balsamic-blackberry creme brulee. Some said it was more like yogurt so didn't get desserts. Mgr did come by w/beads/hats and could hear music from band on other side of restaurant. Bar was too crowded to even get in. Overall nice experience, food good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "All though the menu was limited for New Years Eve, the filet was terrific! Cooked perfectly with an amaze taste!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We tried this for the first time and will be going back. The seafood ravioli was great and the scallops perfect!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this restaurant -- food, atmosphere, and especially the local artwork, of which we bought a piece at the end of our dinner. We'll definitely be back to try more of the great food and just enjoy a nice evening out. The staff here was super friendly, too, which always adds greatly to a nice dining experience."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Close by, good food, good service, that's all I need!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013