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Small Plates
Small Plates

Small Plates Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smallplates.com
  • Phone: (313) 963-0702
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Theo Oresky
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Small Plates offers Catering to Your Home or Office. Our Staff will prepare Lunches and Dinners for 10-1000 Guests. From Corporate Events to Casual Parties, Small Plates will handle all the details. Creative Menus, Staff, and set-ups are available.

    To book your next catered event, contact a Small Plates team member.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: John R
  • Public Transit: Just a short walk to the Broadway people mover station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Small Plates
Welcome to Small Plates. Now celebrating our 10th Anniversary, Small Plates has been providing Detroit and her visitors a dining experience unlike any other in the city. Under new ownership, Small Plates will continue to serve an unparalleled level of diverse dining adventures, while maintaining the identity of our loyal patrons and this great city.



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 selection of cuisine as diverse as the city itself. Small Plates is a place for friends, a place for family, a place for Detroit.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We couldn't be more pleased without dinner. It has a different menu that even satisfied the pickiest eaters of the family! Everyone left stuffed and happy!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was my first time to Detroit. My research on food turned up this place. We were very happy with it. Started with the Dragon Shrimp and Lotus Flower Tuna. The shrimp were wonderful. The highlight of the meal. The tuna was very good. We then ordered a couple more plates... the Mack and Cheese and the Fried Green Tomatoes. The Mack and Cheese was excellent. The shape noodle they used held the cheese sauce perfectly. The tomatoes were a bit disappointing. They'd clearly been breaded some time ago and the breading was too think anyway. The tomatoes were too thin and not very juicy. I'd say skip that dish. The service was great and the ambience was great. Looked like a fun bar, too. Overall, a really good find."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is a awesome little restaurant in the middle of everything. I absolutely loved the mood of the restaurant as well as the beautiful presentation of the food. Awesome spot for friends to come and relax and chat over good food. The beef sliders were amazing!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was our first time at Small Plates and we really liked everything about it. We'll definitely be coming back soon."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great location to the Detroit Opera House. Four of us ordered 2 plates each and went away filled, not stuffed and had a couple of things to take home in a box. Service was quick, waitress was friendly. All around great choice made our day/night excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very noisy indoors and out; not good for quiet conversation. Bruschetta comes with lots of spread but only 4 small pieces of bread; they charge $1 for 4 extra slices."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We attended show at Opera House and came across the street after. Great location and great for late night nibbles."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Cozy hot spot to enjoy a variety of unique and favorable foods. Lettuce wraps and Portobello mushrooms sliders were my favorite."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Wanted to dine close to the Detroit Opera House after a matinee performance. Small Plates is not only close to the Opera House, but it would have been worth driving to, because the menu is perfect for sharing with friends while discussing the musical we all watched that afternoon. We enjoyed the performance but the food took center stage. Great variety, and professional, friendly service. Another memorable day in Detroit."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was our first experience dining at Small Plates. I have heard excellent comments about the restaurant and thought we could try it after the show. I was not disappointed. The idea of sharing your entrees with your group is outstanding we got to try various menu items and found a few that we absolutely loved. Recommend that you make reservations I speak from experience because I have tried to dine there two times previously with no success. Thus I used Open Table to make reservations for this occasion and it proved successful and was easy to make them from my pc."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Love, love this place. Fun for a small group, you can order several items and taste a little of all they have to offer. Will definitely be going back again. Great location to stop by before or after an event at the Opera House."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a great lunch before a Matinee performance at the Detroit Opera. They opened the kitchen a little early so that customers could enjoy a relaxed lunch before heading to the theater. Amazing service and the food was delicious. Cocktails were an added bonus."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good food, okay wait staff but inside was very noisy and it was hard to converse with a table mate. I would have enjoyed sitting outside more to escape the noise level inside. The seating proximity of the tables next to us was extremely close."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We came with another couple before a Tiger game. It was perfect as we ordered 6 different plates and could share a variety. All were very good but our absolute favorite was the beef tenderloin bruschetta! It was jam packed but didn't take too long for food to arrive. Very friendly waitstaff."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have to start out by saying the management of this restaurant apparently doesn't care about its patrons. There is a tiny restroom for Men, and when I visited the one and only toilet was "Out of Order"! What? Are there no plumbers in Detroit? Putting that aside, the food was mixed -- the tuna was great, the fries were soggy and very very salty, the Asian salad was disappointing, and other small plates were mixed. There are many other good dining options downtown. I doubt I'd go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Small Plates' location and menu are appealing, but after two recent visits we probably won't be back for a while. The food is very good, though perhaps a bit overpriced. The main problems: 1) For me the place is much too crowded and loud, and I'm not a fan of the the dark blue walls and strangely cold graffiti-style art. 2) I know with a "tapas" concept that the food may not arrive all at once, but at other tapas places the dishes come out maybe five or ten minutes apart, not fifteen to twenty minutes. If you're sharing orders here, you get a couple of bites and then a long wait. If not sharing, it means one person gets their food long before the others and must decide whether to eat or wait politely while their dish gets cod."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A lovely summer Sunday afternoon experience was delicious and memorable. We were given a choice of an inside or outside table and were seated right away at a table outside where we could watch the passing scene of a diverse group of people taking a Sunday walk or coming into town for either the Tigers game or the play at the Opera House, both a short walk away. Both the brunch and regular menus were available and we chose items from both. The "small" plates were generous in size, beautifully presented, and delicious. We especially enjoyed the Asian salad (light and cooling) and fish tacos. There were many other options representing many corners of the world that we could have easily selected. Our server was friendly and well-informed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I should have listened to the other reviewers who ranted about the poor service, but I SO wanted to find a great tapas restaurant! We had a reservation & were seated promptly but, after about 15 minutes, we had to flag someone down to even bring us our first round of water. And then we waited. Each time we hailed someone for service (because THAT was the only way to receive service), they would go off into the twilight zone and we would wait. I certainly could have understood if they were short-staffed and I'd seen the waitstaff was running around, but everyone I saw was "moseying" about & making too many trips with empty hands. To top it off, the food was mediocre: we tried 8 different dishes + 2 desserts and departed underwhelmed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
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    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed pre theatre...service was not consistent...food was very good, hard to hear conversation at table of 4. But I would definitely go back if I was going to Opera House again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We really enjoyed all of the dishes we ordered! Fried Green Tomatoes, Sun dried tomato crustini, calamari were all excellent. Server was knowledgable and advised us accurately of the spice level of all of the dishes."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Amazing food! Get the Caesar salad, corn bread, fish tacos, and chicken sliders. Service could be faster on the drinks but it was permissible given that Detroit is burgeoning."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We came to Small Plates before a matinee performance at The Detroit Opera House, which is right across the street and as usual everything was great, expect the pretzel bun on my slider was charcoal burnt. I did not mention this due to our time restrictions. I am sure it would have been replaced. I was disappointed that no one in the kitchen or our waitress say it before serving. The other two on our plate were not burnt. We will return though next time we go to The Opera House."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great find, right across the street from the Detroit Opera House. Great atmosphere. Also just a a different way to eat dinner. Small plates, you get to sample several different food choices. A fun place to eat before going to the see The Wizard of Oz at the Opera house."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience however, we were unsure of what to order. My portion of fish tacos was adequate with half a salad, but the order of lettuce wraps was scimpy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Had dinner prior to seeing "Wizard of Oz" at the Detroit Opera House across the street from Small Plates. Ordered 5 dishes for 3 people. Food was great! Presentation was beautiful. Pacing was perfect. Service was OK. We ended up with a bit too much food, but it was nice to sample 5 dishes from their varied menu. Not expensive for for the quality and quantity of food in my opinion. Would certainly dine with them again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I love Small Plates. This evening we brought a guest with us whom had never been before. He couldn't stop talking about his experience. The Dragon Shrimp is one of our favorites, as is the Chicken Lettuce wraps for my wife, and the ribs for me. Again, simply wonderful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed Small Plates with my wife and friends for my friends birthday. Great food and atmosphere. Service was good and we were out in time for our concert (Lionel Richie at DTE Music Theater!)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went in a group of four and ordered a bunch of different things. EVERYTHING was delicious. The drinks were great too! They were VERY busy so the waiter couldn't be super attentive, but we still were by no means ignored. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "If you are thinking tapas, this is not your spot. It does have bar food (wings, tacos) prepared with a somewhat better-than-usual eye for taste, ingredients. The Deconstructed Caesar salad is a great idea and tastes great if you skip the extra dollops of creamy dressing. The various Buffalo things on the menu (wings, calamari) should be avoided -- overcooked, tasteless except for the vinegar and, once again, the extra dollops of sauce. Beyond that, the ribs and tacos are goopy but good. And then there's a lot of fried stuff with, you guessed it, extra dollops of sauce. The low service rating is because I waited at the front for 10 minutes before the greeter showed up. And then waited another 10 minutes at the table for the server."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We love this downtown restaurant. The menu is unique and never fails to deliver. We are always satisfied with our meal. The noise level is fairly high though, so don't come for an intimate conversation. The portions are quite large for "small" plates. My husband and I usually pick three items and it is more than enough."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Haven't been in a number of years my wife and myself decided to have supper before attending our concert. Still a wonderful place, food was excellent, service excellent, a great way to start our evening. TX's Small Plates"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Lotus flower tuna is awesome! Chicken tostados awful tasted like bad frozen food - 3 out of 4 ordered this too! None of us liked the dish at all. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great place, Great food. Waiter was not good for that evening but these things happen."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Stopped in for a meal before catching a show at the Detroit Opera House as a matter of convenience since it is...across the street! Blown away by the tapas style/small plates concept. Each plate that came out was both beautiful and delicious. With a mixed group, it affords the opportunity for everyone to have their own favourite. The service was top notch and friendly without being overbearing. This is my number one pick to grab a bite before a Tiger game (Comerica is around the corner), a show at the Fox, Filmore, Gem or Detroit Opera House (all within a block) or just if you are down town. Can not recommend this place any higher! You gotta eat here!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went here for my daughter's graduation dinner, right before the graduation - which was across the street in the Detroit Opera House. Service was prompt, suggestions very helpful, and dinner was delicious. We have one vegetarian, one very picky eater, and two lactose intolerant people, and there was something for everyone. I hadn't even left, and was making plans to come back!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had dinner at Small Plates before our twin sons graduation ceremony across the street from the Detroit Opera House. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and pointed out the items that were either gluten free and dairy free or could be modified. Food was excellent. We truly enjoyed ourselves. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My daughter and I happened across Small Plates while visiting Detroit. It was the highlight of our dining experiences during the week long visit. Inventive food combinations, excellent presentation, very friendly and helpful service, and a nice ambience. The sizing of the portions made it easy to share with enough to go around but not so much that we couldn't try multiple offerings. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Two couples ordered eight dishes, a perfect amount of food. Everything was excellent. Recommend the waffles & chicken highly, as well as the fried green tomatoes, ribs & dragon shrimp. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Outstanding service, delicious food, perfect portions"
    Dined on 5/17/2014