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Small Plates
Small Plates

Small Plates Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smallplates.com
  • Phone: (315) 373-0031
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S Clinton St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Small Plates
Welcome to Small Plates - Syracuse.

In Greece they have Mezze. In Spain they call it Tapas. In China they have Dim Sum. Italy has Antipasti. And in America, we have Small Plates- a uniquely communal dining experience where the only thing more stimulating than the culinary collision of flavors in our signature dishes is the company of those around you. Unbound by the limitations of regional flavor or color, Small Plates offers the palette a diverse selection of cuisine. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Good food, great service...only complaint is that the outdoor patio had a bad odor of garbage."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Four of us went for dinner !! We were so happy with the food and the atmosphere ! Everyone was helpful and friendly !! We had a special of the day - Salmon with BBQ sauce over onion rings with coleslaw !! We started with fried green tomatoes and calamari. We ended with Bumpy cake - leave room for dessert !! We are returning soon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We sat outside on a beautiful evening. Our cocktails were so good. The food was delicious. We especially loved the buffalo chicken sliders and the veggie egg rolls. All were delicious !! We are going back very soon. Everyone is friendly !! Our new favorite restaurant !!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for a Sunday brunch, and it was delightful and absolutely delicious. Quirky and fun, the waitstaff was attentive, outdoor seating available and there's plenty of potential for a dim and romantic night out without the kids. It's in a great location, and I'm sure we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious !! The servers were so friendly !! We watched the Belmont Stakes with a packed restaurant --- great fun !!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The ribs are the BEST in town- we loved the sliders--the tuna and the chicken tostada's were amazing !!we love the atmosphere and the servers were very friendly and attentive !!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food -- great servers- wonderful atmosphere !! Can't wait to go again !!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were a group of 10 friends having dinner !! The server was professional and friendly !! Our food was delicious !! The Sangria was wonderful !! Can't wait to go back !! The most fun restaurant in Armory Square!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Never have eaten at this type of concept before. Server did great job explaining menu items, portions and delivery. Food was hot, well prepared and seasoned well. (It just kept coming!). Note...pizza selections are big portions. Very positive first impression. Well done."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Small Plates is unique concept in Syracuse....small portions made for sharing . You do not need the 2 to 3 dishes each which is recommended by waitress. Servers want clientele to relax and enjoy experience but should check on tables a little more frequently...ie water refills and check. Overall, I would recommend trying it but order one dish a piece and then more if still hungry. Food is served as cooked, not all at once so it is kind of fun."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was extremely noisy. Could hardly speak to person I front of me. The wine selection was limited. The food was good. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great food and a nice wine collection available in a trendy modern atmosphere. The service was impeccable, Andrew, the manager, took the time to ask about our experience and confirm that our meals were done to perfection. I highly recommend Small Plates to anyone looking for unique and high quality choices with first class service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Took a client here for a business lunch. She was a self-described picky eater and LOVED the mac and cheese and fried green tomatoes (which I made her try for the first time). I devoured the yummy fish tacos. Though the name is small plates, the portions are quite generous. Perfect for sharing. A hit!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The variety of dishes was excellent; the ones we chose were delicious and fun to share. The experience was great for old friends to gather, laugh, and share good food. The space was spacious and open. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I had a friend come here on a date and loved it, so my friends and I decided to try it. Very few places accept reservations nowadays, so allowing reservations is a huge incentive to come back. I had a party of six and the waitress just had to push our tables together when we arrived at 8:45 on a Friday night. I ordered the lotus flower tuna and sweet potato fries, both of which were BEYOND AMAZING. Our server (I believe her name was Markie?) was very attentive and got us each multiple drinks. I am already planning on bringing my parents when they visit! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Perfect portions to try more than one dish. Interesting and wide variety of choices"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Delicious food. Our server was amazing and attentive. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Small Plates Detroit is a great new concept in the Syracuse area. Great food. Go with friends and order 2 things each to share. Go to watch a game and snack on something other than fried food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This is the second time we have been to Small Plates and we loved it both times. The drinks are really good, they don't skimp on the booze. And the food is creative and really, really good. Everything we had was excellent. Our favorite was the mini hot dogs. Delicious! And we probably overstayed our welcome because our group had not seen each other for a long time. But everyone was very patient and didn't make us feel uncomfortable. We doubled the tip as a thank you."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has great food and service and is especially fun if you like trying lots of different menu items and sharing with friends. My daughter is a student at Syracuse University and we have dined here twice; once for lunch and once for dinner. Both meals were delicious. We highly recommend the Bumpy Cake for dessert!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "There were two of us dining. Our server recommended the sliders and tuna. Both were excellent. We also ordered the white pizza. It was very good but pizzas are NOT small plates. We took some home. So two people ate 3 plates. Also tried the chocolate cake for dessert. Pass on that. Was chocolately but did not taste fresh."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Enjoyed each dish as it came out hot from the kitchen. Only 1 dish was a bit of a disappointment and it was the shrimp, too much breading. Not bad as we had 11 different dishes. We were in the front of the restaurant and we were cold because the front door kept opening up. A barrier of some sort would be helpful. We had a great time and are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Was very much looking forward to going back to Small Plates, while the food and atmosphere was great, the service was terrible. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I experienced Small Plates at a catered event and loved the fresh ideas and quality. If they valid do this caliber of food off site I couldn't wait to eat at the restaurant. I was not disappointed. The food was fabulous and brought out at a great pace allowing us to enjoy each shared item before the next arrived. The mozzarella and eggplant baggette were fantastic. As was filet mignon bruschetta. The salmon on k bobs were so moist and perfectly balanced with the pineapple. Not to miss is the ahi tuna presented like art. The short ribs the table had next to us smelled and looked amazing. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We were a group of six people !! We ordered many different items !! They all were delicious !! It's the best food in Armory Square !!And it's the most FUN restaurant !!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have eaten at Small plates twice now. Both times we have received our meals but our orders of fries never arrived. It would be nice to have our whole meal altogether. The fries were taken off our order and the second time we received comp order of fries for our next visit. Also, a White Russian drink should Not have a cherry in it. The sliders were delicious. We enjoyed the gentleman playing his guitar and singing. We will try it again next season."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food is good, but the place was so cold it was distracting and really detracted from our experience. Maybe we'll come back in the summer."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I wasn't sure what to expect when we sat down but the server did a great job explaining how to order / how much to order. She even provided timing so that we could plan our orders accordingly. Everything was delicious - timing was perfect. I really liked restaurant a lot. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is one of those places that I really think there should be more of and people would go. A large variety of small plates means you can share and try several different plates. Really encourages you to explore a little bit and not take the safe route. Some great plates including seared tuna, fish tacos that were very moist, and lettuce wraps that had some spice. Many great selections but the best of all was the bread pudding with dried cherries and caramel sauce"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Tried out small plates recently. Food was great. Service was very attentive. They have a great wine list. Concept is fun and great for small groups. Only complaint would be the noise level."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our table was near the front door and it was one of those freezing cold nights. I asked to relocate further back and after some hesitation the mater dei helped us out. We were moved to the back bar area where it was warmer. I know it was a pain for our server and for the mater dei but we really really appreciated it. We all enjoyed the concept of ordering many different dishes with the intent of everyone sharing. I recommend the fish tacos, calamari and the thai lettuce roll ups. The wait staff was friendly, helpful and enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A Unique dinning expereince. Able to satisfy the fussiest of food minded individuals.. greta selection--well priced"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner. Having the name Small Plates led us to believe smaller portions. We were pleasantly surprised to have healthy portions. We were there for dining week and felt we had a good spot, good food for the right price."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Went to Small Plates for a business meeting. The food was good, the service was a bit slow but overall decent. The atmosphere was a bit on the empty side but lent itself to a clean feel in the restaurant. I wanted to try the pizza but they werent making it that night. If I go back, I will be sure to try it as I have heard it is excellent. Overall, a great spot and the perfect place to go with a group to share a meal and try several different options."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We had high expectations and were not impressed. We waited for ever to receive our drinks, had to call the waitress to place our food order, waited half an hour for our food, never received water refills, etc. At the end we decided to leave because the service was so bad. They could have made more money with us, but we simply gave up."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Too loud, too expensive, mediocre food. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised with how good the food was. I didn't know what to expect with this new restaurant. Everything we ordered was so yummy!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly. The plates with three "appetizers" each (i.e. three pretzel sliders). The only thing that I would have preferred was if our plates came out with more time in between them. We ordered four plates and before we knew it, our entire order was in front of us. This would be beneficial for a larger group. We had a party of two. I do look forward to going back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We decided to get a late night dinner with friends and hoped that this would be a fun experience. The food was overall pretty good, however the service was terrible. The server seemed annoyed by our late night entry, and seemed to throw the food out to us at an awkward pace. Nobody ate at the same time, so some people were left drooling while others felt awkward about digging in. She was not friendly, and was hovering in the corner waiting for us to leave. I can see the potential for a great experience if the staff was a bit more welcoming and happy."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We had great food and good service. The menu s really great."
    Dined on 2/18/2014