City Kitchen
City Kitchen

City Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://citykitchenchapelhill.com/
  • Phone: 9199288200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Daily: 11:30am - 3pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Wednesday: 5pm - 10pm , Thursday - Saturday: 5pm - 10:30pm

    Brunch

    Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Younes Sabouh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Emma Dunbar 9199288200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15-501
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Easy access from Chapel Hill Bus Lines
A word from City Kitchen
City Kitchen family welcomes you with wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking. This urban, contemporary neighborhood eatery evokes the warmth and convivial setting of a residential kitchen and gaathering place dedicated to quality and sourcing locally.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
City Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)good for groups (48)great for outdoor dining (45)neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (39)special occasion (37)great for brunch (24)vibrant bar scene (23)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (17)romantic (15)notable wine list (14)late-night find (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • group gathering of 8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful menu with choices for everyone from 10-50 yrs including vegetarians. Attentive service. Never pressured. Have been before and will definitely return again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RogerWVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Dinner on Friday brings a good crowd and a pretty loud buzz. The service is very good and some of the food (I had pork chops) is excellent. My wife was a bit surprised as to how spicy the mussels were since the description doesn't indicate any spice at all. The spicy thing has occurred from time to time with different dishes, so if you don't like spice, be sure to inform the server or you may be surprised too.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvtodine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had eaten at this restaurant before and it was wonderful - great food, service and tolerable noise level. Ate there Friday night and waited a long time for the main course and dessert. The special for the evening sounded great - but was too soupy and not anything like the water had explained. The manager did offer me a discount which was nice and a free dessert. I will go back but not on a weekend night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot
    brennen
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Definitely a spot to enjoy good food with unique but not over the top ingredients. The grits were great not too much salt or cheese. The fried oysters were crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. Perfect. We didn't try the pizza that everyone talks about because the salads and entrees we so good. Next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuck
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bring ear plugs - otherwise you'll gop deaf from the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quick favorite
    KarmaGirl
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    City Kitchen quickly became my favorite restaurant in the area. Food is delicious and always filling, the staff is super friendly, and the atmosphere is great for dining alone or with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A bit pricey for the portions. I like the place very much......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dining experience
    exquisitefood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had a great time at City Kitchen. Took my niece for her birthday and had terrific drinks and the food was beyond words... I visit the bar most Saturdays for an hour or so and have a few drinks and a salad and your terrific mussels....yum....great service by Chad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    Casey
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    City Kitchen is consistently good. The food is fresh and well prepared. The staff are friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    mamasusu
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A group of six women met for lunch and found this restaurant to be excellent. The food was wonderful and the service was great. Will definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fabulous Salmon! Always incredibly good Service. Only negative is my fault - I ordered 'off the menu' side of simple grilled vegetables, but didn't like the "mixed" choice. Totally my fault. They said afterwards they'd give me any vegetable I request if they have it in house. Have been many times. It's consistently great service, great food, fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So much more than a name
    GDubVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    City Kitchen sounds more like a dive diner than an upscale eatery. However, upon walking in you will notice the intricate details and unique decor from the industrial concrete sushi bar to the re-purposed wood used for the bar and dining tables. The menu is constantly rotating which is nice and aligns with what you would expect from the various seasons NC experiences. Some of the highlights are the braised lamb shank and smoked NC trout. The brunch salad bar is also not to be missed. The service is superb and attentive to the entire table, rarely leaving anyone waiting to order or get a refill. The pricing is exactly where it needs to be to keep people coming back frequently and not isolating itself as a special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor dining
    DedeBVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Wednesday is a great night for a $5 glass of wine and some appetizers in the outside dining area. Really good calamari.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Interesting menu items. Unusually good for a shopping mall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A solid entry
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Saturday night dinner, surprisingly not too full, but enjoyed our meal. Fried green tomatoes and calamari for starters were tasty, and the short rib and trout entrees were very good. Menu selection was plentiful, as was the cocktail and draft beer choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • With music
    robustnc1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This summer City Kitchen added a Thursday night outdoor concert series. What a treat! Great food and service coupled with terrific local bands. The restaurant was quite busy but the wait staff was more than equal to the challenge. I very much recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Greek Salad!
    lunchproVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had lunch with a friend and we both had the Greek Salad. I also had the tomato basil soup and my friend had the grilled asparagus. All dishes were delicious. There were roasted beets and heirloom tomatoes on the salad and the dressing was really good. it was our server's first day and he was terrific. Great experience every time I go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep coming back
    imitropoVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    So many great restaurants in Chapel Hill to choose from and City Kitchen is no exception. Ample parking, space for larger, noisier groups, easy access for wheelchair or kids in strollers, nice bar atmosphere, super friendly and knowledgeable staff and most important - consistently great food. We find ourselves at City Kitchen more and more!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I brought my mom here for her birthday the other night. My boyfriend had called ahead to order a bottle of wine and spoke to the manager who made a great recommendation (Rue 22?). Our server was Sam - couldn't have asked for better service. He was extremely knowledgeable on the menu and suggested some food items that were a little different to us, but we enjoyed them so much! At the end of the evening I requested to speak to the manager on duty, to inform him how great Sam was. Turns out that it was the same manager who spoke to my boyfriend, and purposely put us in Sam's section to ensure my mom and I would be taken care of. All the staff went above and beyond!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was good, company was great, had to wait for our server too long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New favorite at City Kitchen
    Ceconsult
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A good friend introduced me this week to City Kitchen and I have returned already. The ambience is excellent, food is excellent, and wait staff service is superior. A+ on all counts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    Photoprincess14
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I really enjoyed my lunch, but our waitress was a little slow! We were there over an hour before we were given our bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Skywriter
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went out for my birthday, and it was fabulous! Fried green tomato appetizer was delicious, and my steak was cooked perfectly. The chef does really flavorful things with classic american dishes. The drinks were great, too--highly recommend the pimms!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We are pleased to see that there are many tempting choices on the dinner menu. We had an outstanding server named William...very knowledgeable about food and wine. There are special wine values during the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glad i tried it again
    mop2eli
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Went with a large group and was not impressed. Returned with a friend and was pleasantly surprised. The mussels were terrific. The special salad with grouper was artfully dressed, light, and creative to include goat cheese, blueberries ans strawberries. Will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvtodine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great and interesting food -- variety of different choices that were delicious and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Nikki
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The exceptional service and food makes this restaurant perfect for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, atmosphere
    summertime
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were a party of four, and we each enjoyed what we ordered. The seared scallops and the pecan crisp was especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous tuna
    Finediner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Unexpectedly, I had the best tuna I have ever eaten at City Kitchen. It was a special, so I'm not sure how often it's on the menu, but it was perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked and butter soft. Yummy. I also tried the butter lettuce salad, which was nicely dressed with a lovely citrus vinegarette. The goat cheese mousse needs to go, as do the mushy golden beets. Goat cheese crumbles and some sort of fruit would be better, albeit more predictable, choices to accompany the lovely lettuce. I know esoteric mousses and foams are a "thing" but they are pretentious and unnecessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything was very good except that one person'a food came out 25 minutes later than everyone else's with very little apology. It was awkward.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My wife and I went to City Kitchen for our wedding anniversary. I had made reservations and the staff went above and beyond as far as the service and the table that was reserved for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great first experience
    griddle
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family went to City Kitchen for Father's Day Brunch, and it was fantastic! I had steak and eggs, plus the huge salad bar. The salad bar isn't your usual lettuce + toppings, but rather a wide variety of lettuce- and grain-based prepared salads, along with marinated veggies, Caprese, pita chips with dips and fresh fruit. My eggs were perfectly over easy, and the steak, which I opted for in lieu of bacon or sausage, was a lovely 3-4 oz portion of hangar steak that came out exactly medium rare an well seasoned. We had 5 adults, a 5-year-old, 2-year-old and an infant. Older kids split kids brunch, and service was fast enough to keep them entertained. I look forward to trying Chef's food at Fire in the Triangle! (competitiondining.com)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a great dinner at City Kitchen. They forgot to bring our appetizer but promised us complimentary ones when we come next time. Very good dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Must try the cheesecake
    FoodStuff
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I love City Kitchen because it starts the meal off with delicious bread and my all-time favorite food: kalamata olive tapenade! The new cheesecake with mango and blood orange is probably the best dessert I've ever had in any restaurant (I can't remember anything better).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good stuff
    daddyruchir
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We just dined at City Kitchen and we were pleasantly surprised. We had eaten here once before during prom night, and the service was quite disastrous that night. But, on a quiet Sunday night during Restaurant Week, we had a great time. Fantastic service, great heirloom tomato salad and desserts. I had the homemade vegetable fettucini dish, and though the pasta itself was amazing, I do not favor oil sauces. Still, it was pretty good. My wife's fish dish was not so great though. It was really pleasant sitting outside. We tend to dislike nice restaurants in malls or plazas, but I'd say City Kitchen is pretty decent and I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rezzoo
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We ate here twice while visiting our son. The short ribs were the best I've ever had...ever! Had to force myself to get something else the second night, and the filet and sushi did not disappoint, especially the off the menu sushi. Could have skipped the strawberry Bavarian, but the Chocolate dessert was outrageously delicious! Thank you for 2 fabulous meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loegrfood
    Lovegr8food
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Awesome meal. Great service. Loved the Atlantic Salmon with bok choy in a coconut curry sauce. My husband had trout and he loved it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Resturant in Disguise
    FoodieNSearchofNextMeal
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    If you are expecting your typically casual dining experience then you will be pleasantly surprised. There's nothing typical about this restaurant. Whether it be the wide range of menu items ranging from pizza to authentic sushi (my favorite). It also boast an excellent beer, wine & champagne selection. If you love great food then this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Skywriter
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I'm trying to remember the last time I had food this good in the triangle-so delicious! Fettuccine was perfect, as was the shrimp appetizer and cheesecake dessert. Specialty cocktails are a must. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ear plugs a necessity
    marmar
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Yuk! the place was packed with cackling women!!! We finally moved outside where it was much too warm, but at least we could hear ourselves think. In the future I will only eat in the bar or outside. Love the food! Our server was most gracious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.