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Chef's Palette

520 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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Chef’s Palette is a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant at the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Ten Ten Road in Cary.
At Chef’s Palette, we consider the facilitation of a great dining experience an art form. We embrace the concept of creative flair and originality in every aspect of our service to you. Going out to dine should be a pleasure for all the senses!
Come taste our mouthwatering dishes made from the freshest ingredients. Enjoy the aroma of a home-cooked meal, made to order just for you. Take in the beauty of original artwork decorating our walls, all created by local artists. Listen to the sounds of exceptional live music on Saturday nights. Relax in our comfortable dining room or unwind in the bar and lounge area.
If you’ve never dined with us before, stop in and discover why Chef’s Palette is special!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dining Room: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bar: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Closed on Sundays
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Phone number
(919) 267-6011
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ryan Summers
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Catering available for private evening events!
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Cross street
Kildaire Farm Road
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Parking details
Parking Lot
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Live music on Saturday evenings beginning at 9:00pm.
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Special events & promotions
Sunday May 10, 2015 Mother's Day Brunch $32/pp $16 ages 6-12
Saturday June 6, 2015 5 Year Anniversary Party 6-8pm Outdoor music with BigFoot Groove; 9-12 Indoor Music with GB4--Food Drink & Prizes!!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Loved the food, loved the service. However, the restaurant should increase the price o the mothers day brunch by 2 dollars,. We all ordered a coke product and a coffee which brought the 32.99 price up to almost 40.00 a person.

JBird (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

My mother and I had a very nice brunch at the Chef's Palette and she is quite discerning about restaurants and food quality. Her most telling comment was that "every bite she had taken was delicious". The service was outstanding and the setting nice but a little cool. If I had one suggestion it would be to serve more vegetables and fruits.

Donna (Wilmington)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

We had good service and the restaurant is lovely, although I thought maybe they should have opened the blinds a bit since it was brunch. I was a little disappointed in the meats since they were dry and over cooked. They were replenishing the buffet constantly which was nice. The desserts were awesome, including creme brûlée!

papa (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

Our favorite restaurant and bar. Love the 'earth and sky'.

Rich (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

My wife and I went to Chef's Palette on Valentine's Day. The service, ambience, drinks, and food were all great.

My complaint however is that the food was entirely overpriced for how much you were served. We ordered the crab fritters. $15 for four small fritters. Were the delicious? Absolutely! Were they worth $15? No. For dinner I ordered the filet mignon with a veggie relish, mashed potatoes, and a biscuit. All of that was incredibly delicious. I loved it! I just wish I had more. It was about 6 bites of steak and a small biscuit with a decent portion of potatoes... for $40.

My wife and I frequent upscale restaurants like Chef's Palette when special occasions come around. This is the first time we've ever left one still hungry.

I'd recommend Chef's Palette only if they bring their portion sizes up or their prices down.

George (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

Another great evening at Chef's Palette. They never disappoint, we were there on Valentine's Day. The food, service, and ambiance were one again, excellent.
My wife and I go there for our "night out" dinners and special occasions.
Thanks again to the staff at Chef's Palette for another great dining experience.

PriceyPalette (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The food lived up to the reputation. Scallops were perfectly seared and the portion was plentiful. My wife's Cod and Risotto was also spectacular. What is missing is an atmosphere and extra amenities to ustify the price point. The local art is a nice idea, but executed only to the level of a coffee house or sandwich shop. Might go back, but there are so many other options that add an entertainment factor to the dining experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Great spot for a business dinner! The menu is always a "bright" surprise that is unique for out of town guests. To top it off the food is always good with a great ambiance.

NCbrewman (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

Went for New Years eve with my girlfriend. Cocktails were perfect, didn't do wine, but as a beer snob they had a better than most as far as fine dining goes (they do a great job supporting local breweries). Food reviews were pretty spot on. Quantity is on the smaller side, and price is high, but taste was perfect and they had a unique menu. As me and my significant other have been trying to manage our portion sizes, for us it was perfect. Did not leave hungry and could walk, not waddle, away.

lessnow59 (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

My husband and I did go on New Year's Eve so that could have accounted for the service not being as we expected. We were one of the only couples in the dining area and the larger tables seemed to be getting much better service. We were not served any bread, as the larger tables were. Also, our first and second courses arrived at the same time. That is something I expect at a chain restaurant, not a fine dining restaurant. Very disappointing. Because of that, we felt rushed to eat both courses before they got cold. We had to ask for refills and our server forgot to get our second round of drinks from the bar.

DanS (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

We didn't even realize they were serving a special menu for New Year's. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the selections offered. Just as an example, I felt the salmon entree on the regular menu was more appealing than the one offered on the special menu.

There was nothing on their web site about a special menu and we were looking forward to choosing selections from their excellent regular menu.

vipCome2theTable (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2014

A must! The food was outstanding! A twist on standard fare that was so flavorful and perfectly portioned. The staff is friendly and attentive. My new favorite!

vipNYFoodie (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2014

This truly is a neighborhood gem! An early dinner before the show and a great way to start our night out. From the service staff to the kitchen everyone is engaged and part of the success here. On weeknights you can't go wrong with their $5 menu in the bar area which is suitable for a date night, quick bits or family outing, If you want something special treat yourself to the wonderful and warm ambience of the dining room where your palette will be more than satisfied. I recently enjoyed the scallops which were perfection and we shared the bread pudding - something I have never been a fan of but now I will be sure to order it again on return visits.
Owner & Manager, Cathy has a big win here at the crossroads of Cary and Apex and there really is no need to trek downtown Raleigh.

hungrytummie (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on November 27, 2014

We had a 5:30 reservation. The food was sparse and cold. I know it was a later booking but I paid full fare and deserve the same experience as a 2 p.m. customer. My recommendation is to utilize smaller serving dishes later in the day that you can maintain at full capacity and keep them hot. It's very unappealing to be scraping cold mashed potatoes off the sides of the pan. I paid full price and I expect the same quality as earlier customers received. Our server was attentive, decor was nice and the wine very good. Food was for the most part cold, bland, sparse and generally unappealing. I would give this restaurant a lukewarm recommendation. Either give me the full experience or discount my bill.

Barbie (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on November 27, 2014

I cannot recommend this restaurant. This was a Thanksgiving Buffet at a rather upscale restaurant, it should not be out of their reach to keep the foods at the proper temperature. The prime rib was cold and all hot foods were either cool or lukewarm. The only fairly hot items were the mashed potatoes and the dressing. All the food was very tasty but was a big disappointment, not being at the right temp. On top of this there was no pumpkin pie in sight. I asked and was told it wasn't even on the menu. All the deserts were quite pedestrian, cookies, lemon squares, brownies, apple crisp. This was my second time at this restaurant, first tiime was a regular dinner, wasn't up to the standards I believe for a restaurant that wants to be upscale.