Small Plates
Small Plates

Small Plates

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smallplates.com/
  • Phone: 3153730031
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Small Plates reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (37)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (21)late-night find (20)hot spot (20)neighborhood gem (19)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (17)great for lunch (16)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (12)romantic (12)scenic view (9)notable wine list (8)Show More
  • Awesome
    DanF
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife has been to this establishment for lunch with a couple of her friends and wanted to go for dinner. She was right, this place is awesome! Great food and service....you have to try this one..Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too loud
    Vtfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We dined on a Friday night and it was moderately busy, but it was so loud that we couldn't even hear the waiter talk and we could barely communicate with each other. The food was good but it was overshadowed by the noise and the fact that the waiter disappeared after our food was served. I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    Remarkable
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If you want unbelievable food served fast with a new feel to a Syracuse, please go to Small Plates!!! You won't be disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu
    zach84jake62
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Understaffed. We had a reservation for Sunday night at 7:30PM and no one was at the front reception area. Took a while for anyone to show up. Apologies were abundant. Once we were seated our orders were taken very quickly. The staff that brought the food over kept confusing tables. The food was good to very good. Our waiter was nice. I believe he took one item off our bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun way to dine
    Divadiner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We took our energetic 88 year old grandmother to Small Plates for her birthday. She had a lovely time, but had difficulty reading the menu. The interior was a little dark, and we were unable to appreciate the chef's efforts at presentation because of it. Most of the dishes were very good, but some were a little bland like the Chicken Sliders. We would have used a little hot sauce if it was available. The Honey-glazed Salmon was truly top notch, and the Fish Tacos were very good, too, but would have benefitted from some zip. The music choice was not really appropriate to accent the eclectic dining experience, and it was too loud for conversation. Our waiter was truly a gem, and very patient with us, especially Grandma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a pleasant surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here with my husband, daughter and her friends, had already been disappointed by several Syracuse restaurants that had great reviews. Small Plates was great, fun atmosphere, easy ordering, lots of choices, delicious food. We ate tons of the "small plates" didn't find a dud. Thai chicken lettuce wraps, all three types of sliders, mac and cheese, tuna, salmon, and the mexican chicken salad were all winners. We were 5 people and there was plenty of food ordering this way! Already have our reservation for parents weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to Armory Square
    RustyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A professionally run restaurant with a fantastic menu that is priced right. Excellent quality, excellent service and wonderful ambience of prior years in downtown Syracuse. Beautiful brick walls beautiful wood floor very comfortable seating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Never knew exactly who our waiter was as different people brought drinks, food and finally the check. Service was in attentive and surly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Four of us had a great evening !! We shared many appetizers--calamari two ways -- veggie spring rolls--caprese salad . They were delicious and there was plenty for all of us !! We then ordered entrees and pizza -- the pizza and ribs and the best we have ever had !!we highly recommend Small Plates !!
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sass76
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My two girlfriends and our four children dined here before a show at the Landmark. The food was excellent, as well as the prices. Friendly hostess and waitress.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Atmosphere Good Food
    dtaylor
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A great spot to bring friends visiting the area. A good mix of American favorites. Would like to see more variety in the menu or special menu items but a good time overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food!!!
    Agendite
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was excellent. The portions were just right and the price very reasonable. Service was a bit slow and we could not tell if the wait staff was short or the kitchen staff was short. The wait staff was very attentive and tried to make sure we were out on time for our show (and we were just in time). Definitely a great place to eat and we will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very impressed!
    kiran
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    To begin with, it was easy to reserve. The waitress was very friendly. We ordered spring rolls, lotus tuna and the lamb. They were all delicious, especially the lamb. The only thing I would say against would be the thumping noise of the wooden floor when anyone walk inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good!
    SSAersVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The following day we considered going back again but our schedule did not permit. Good food, good coffee, good service! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu variety
    anon
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was pretty good. Staff were rushing us out. Very loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun food and atmosphere
    gandlny
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My party of 3 stopped in for dinner. It's a large place that was not crowded for our 5:00 dinner. This is part of the newer restaurant trend of tapas or appetizer size portions to be shared amongst the table. We ordered 6 small plates and had plenty to take home. The beef bruschetta, chicken tostados, shrimp pizza and lotus flower seared tuna were all very good. Our server, Chris, was attentive and helpful. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great selection & location
    villefoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Small Plates in Syracuse is located perfectly for strolling and shopping. The small sharing plates concept works well and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant is a MUST !! The food is delicious and different --- the ambiance is urban chic !! If you haven't tried it you must ! You can share dishes or not --the portions are very generous !!
    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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    123abcVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Plates were not so small, great to share with table mates. Great service, many options to choose from everything was well prepared & very tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anne from Clay NY
    Cassie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was my Husbands and I first time dinning here. What a FANTASTIC FIND! We had three plates to share more than enough. My Husband LOVED EVERYTHING we ate, and he's hard to please. I thought all the food was excellent. My Husband even remarked how once inside you felt like you weren't even in Syracuse, which is nice when when we just wanted to get away from the "Usual Syracuse eatery". WE WILL BE BACK!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Small Plates ! The food was delicious !! Calamari - veggie spring rolls -- salmon and scallops were wonderful - we love the Mediterrean pizza. It's our favorite restaurant in Armory Square !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We highly recommend Small Plates -- we love the ambiance and the food !! The pizza's are wonderful ! Love the calamari and fried green tomatoes !! Beef sliders and the ribs are the best we have ever had !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! needed more waitstaff.
    cusetracks
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I went before a concert and expected the food to take a bit longer than usual, so my 3-stars on service is more of a ding on management for not staffing appropriately than on the food or friendly waitstaff. Be prepared for an "energetic noise level"-- after all it is tapas so it's meant for socializing. It probably wouldn't hurt if they put in some noise dampers on the ceiling -- I was definitely yelling across the table during dinner. All of the food was pleasantly flavorful and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Jackie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was my first visit to Small Plates and it was wonderful. It was for a birthday dinner and they made it extra special by offering a birthday treat to share. Meal was excellent and would definitely visit again! Highly recommend the fish tacos and the sweet potato fries! Even the deep dish pizzas are amazing. Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    AberBud
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My sister was visiting and I wanted to bring to her to a place where I have enjoyed. Love the ambiance. Everyone was very gracious and we felt welcomed and were treated with courtesey. Great service and great food. We shared two dishes and it was just enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We are returning patrons of Small Plates. The service staff is friendly and knowledgeable . Our favorites are veggie egg rolls and caprese salad. We then go to sliders , tuna and salmon ! All were wonderful. We are never disappointed !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a wonderful evening their were 8 of us - we sharing so many delicious items. The Detroit style pizza were delicious. We had many sliders plus calamari and ribs . All of those items were best we have ever had. We will return !! The service there is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My newest love in Syracuse
    Canuckgirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I found this place on Yelp during a recent shopping trip from Ottawa to Syracuse. I have to say that the tapas menu was made just for us! It included so many of our favorites that we had a tough time choosing what to order. We started with Caprese salad -- very fresh mozza and locally grown tomatoes, the lettuce wraps and loved the presentation and the subtle kick of favour from the asian sauce. These were followed by the beef tenderloin bruschetta, Mediterranean pizza, and Chicken Tostadas - all delicious and gobbled up quickly! I chatted up the Manager, Andrew, and raved at the food -- he graciously sent over the key lime tartlette for us to devour -- a lovely, dense, cream cheesy finisher with a kick of lime! Awesome food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    There were four of us - we sat on the patio out front !! It was a beautiful evening !! The sliders were delicious !! We started with caprese salad and vegetable egg rolls. Small Plates is our favorite restaurant. The service if fantastic !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but be in the mood.
    Visitor
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Was in Syracuse for my daughter. Was glad to find this place. We love the idea of sharing plates. We made an effort to try things we've never had before. With the exception of chicken and waffles. We're suckers for chicken and waffles! There was music there this night. Even playing ourselves far away from the music did cut down on the need to shout.m very dark. Needed a light to read the menu. I can see how this would be a great late night place. The one thing I would change is that they give you one plate to use for all the dishes you share. Not a fan of syrup with Thai lettuce cups spicy sauce or balsamic glaze. The should put extra "small plates" on the table without needing to ask.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • SmallPlates*****
    brureview
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    First time here...food was excellent, friendly wait staff, varying prices on menu letting you choose from many plates at a price you are comfortable with. Special occasion so we went for the more elaborate choices (scallops were great!). Also recommend the bruschetta and pizzas which are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but loud
    PBHM
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was very good, the service was excellent, but it was a very loud environment. It wasn't especially crowded, there was only our table of 4 and one or two other tables. The bar area was empty, but the music was up a bit loud for the small space making conversation difficult.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good food, great service...only complaint is that the outdoor patio had a bad odor of garbage.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Evening !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 78 reviews are from the Small Plates reviews archive.
  • Wow !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Wonderful
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything we ordered was delicious !! The servers were so friendly !! We watched the Belmont Stakes with a packed restaurant --- great fun !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it !!
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food -- great servers- wonderful atmosphere !! Can't wait to go again !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    SedgwickVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.