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About 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.

201 South Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3pm

Dinner

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

Brunch

Sunday: 10:30am - 3pm

Cross Street:
15-501

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 928-8200

Website:
http://citykitchenchapelhill.com/

Catering:
Our catering staff shares the same values as our restaurant staff. They are here to create a fun, unforgettable dining experience. We will take care of everything, exceeding your every expectation along the way. Don’t know what you want? We’ll happily walk you through our offerings.. Loved that entree you had last night that’s not on our catering menu? As far as we’re concerned, it is now. Our goal is to create amazing memories that also fit within your budget.

Parking Details:
Easy access from Chapel Hill Bus Lines

Executive Chef:
Jessie Flores

Private Party Facilities:
City Kitchen offers a venue like no other, its back drop creates a stage to relax, enjoy, have fun citiy kitchen weddings and celebrate. The décor is contemporary, rustic and fun and each defined space is flexible allowing numerous possibilities to create the elements of an amazing event. If it is a ceremony, wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, shower, bridal luncheon or morning after breakfast, the possibilities are endless. With a detail orientated wedding coordinator on hand at all times you are given expert advice allowing your special event to be tailored to exactly what you desire. We dedicate ourselves to giving you an outstanding experience at a price you can afford. From traditional southern affairs to elaborate fine dining occasions City Kitchen provides the space, the experience, the professionalism and the detailed planning and service to make your event flawless and one you, your family and friends will remember for a life time.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will have a special a la carte menu. Please visit our upcoming events page on our website to view. We will be seating the upstairs portion of the restaurant, so please note in your reservation if anyone in your party has mobility challenges

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City Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Casual (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Fun (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Romantic (2)
Authentic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a great dinner on Saturday night. The food was wonderful, the service a bit slow but helpful, and the only thing that marred the evening was how incredibly noisy it was in there. We were a long table of eight, and it was impossible to talk to anyone except the person on either side of you or directly across -- one end of the table had one conversation and the other end another. 4 of the guests had never been to City Kitchen before and each proclaimed that s/he would return. Those of us who are locals decided that Saturday night might not be "the night" for a large party, but will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Had the gnocchi and it was by far the best I’ve ever had!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

City Kitchen is consistently great. Love the sushi!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with beautiful and delicious food! We enjoyed all of our dishes, including the crispy calamari, the spicy brussels sprouts, and the bread. The hangar steak salad is, by far, the best steak salad I've ever eaten. So flavorful . . . just perfect. The butternut squash pizza is a must-try! So, so good! The apple tart with ice cream was pretty and delicious. We had an awesome server who was attentive and knew the menu well enough to make awesome recommendations. Can't wait to go back to City Kitchen!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent, tasty and creative food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for new years . My only complaint is that the food was really salty.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not the meal we were expecting and our food was lukewarm when we finally did get it. For the prices, I was expecting more.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The noise wasn’t just “energetic “. It was nearly deafening. I spent way too much time pretending I understood my dinner partner.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was a family get- together including two young children. We were treated very well, the staff was friendly, and the food delicious. Whenever these visits occur we always visit City Kitchen at least one time knowing that we will be pleased.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

We picked this restaurant after reading a review indicating that it was a good option for gluten free needs. We were disappointed that the menu did not indicate which options were gluten free. The server was also not familiar with which dishes were gluten free, but did ask the chef and eventually returned with his recommendations. Overall, this did not inspire great confidence regarding the attention to gluten free needs. However, in our party of 6, everyone enjoyed their selections and our gluten free guest dined with no ill effects.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Birthday for my adult daughter
We enjoyed our nite at city kitchen

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always good! One of my favorite dependable go-to places.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food is quite good, but very high priced for the portion size. I have been here twice and both times went home hungry (and I weigh 110 lbs). The noise level made it impossible to hear those sitting across the 4 person table and the waiter was over constantly asking for our order, our dessert request, etc. as if he was rushing us to get out from the second we arrived. I doubt I will return, though my meal (risotto) was delicious.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I've always liked City Kitchen. I go there often. But $8 for a little dish of vanilla ice cream?! Previously I paid $3 or $4 and it was an off-menu request. Now it's on the menu, but I failed to notice the price. I won't make that mistake again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great restaurant with wonderful menu choices at very reasonable prices. Much less crowded than Franklin street and ambiance was awesome. We will definitely eat here again!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was excellent. City Kitchen is a gem in the University Mall area. I will take business clients here without hesitation, even those from big foodie towns were impressed!

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food and the staff were fantastic! We were able to get a table outside and our waiter was truly outstanding. Definitely will make it back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful! Love this place! Good food, festive atmosphere! Great waitstaff. Will be back for sure!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I had Thanksgiving lunch at City Kitchen. The place was packed. The food was only okay. I think its hard to control the quality of a buffet and should have known better to think a buffet would be acceptable for Thanksgiving since I don't like buffets any other time of the year.

The Thanksgiving buffet was not up to City Kitchen's normal quality and standards. I'll continue to eat there for other meals but wouldn't go there again for a Thanksgiving buffet.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was excellent. Quality, quantity, and preparation of food was exceptional as was the service.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Overpriced for what you get

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have been to this restaurant multiple times over the last few years. The food was always ok and it was always easy to get a table. During this visit my wife ordered two sushi rolls. When they arrived my wife went to take a bite of one and a bug walked out of it. Suffice it to say she did not eat it. We told the waiter this and he did not seem to care and the manager was not even notified when we complained. I had to ask twice to have the sushi rolls taken off from my bill. Due to this we will never go back to this restaurant

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very good food and truly excellent service! We’ll be back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

City Kitchen is a tried-and-true standby for before or after movies, performances, or plays. The service is nearly always very good, staff are friendly, portions and prices are reasonable. Easy parking is an added plus. The bar menu varies from the regular menu, so you should also give that a try. We had the shrimp bisque, Greek salad, and risotto. The food, drinks, and wine were all very excellent. I don't understand why they keep giving tomato paste with their nice bread (why not some olive oil?), but that's their thing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, People Watching, Live Sports
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our server was great but.....
Did not like bread & “tomato paste” spread
Flatbread was not a crisp crust & we just didn’t care for the flavor of our Margarita flatbread choice
( & I love most margarita pizzas!)
My hubby’s vodka martini was the tiniest pour I have ever seen! Our great server did take it back & brought back a normal size drink.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The male waiter we had was the worst ever, rude, never around, degrading, he spoke to you like you couldn't understand the menu. We dine there once a week and that will sadly cease.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My favorite place for dinner in Chapel HIll. Like home.

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was impeccable! Our waiter, Michael, wanted everything to be perfect without being intrusive!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner before the theater. Delicious food, made very quickly and a very responsive, competent waiter

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was excellent, as usual, and our server was top-notch. This restaurant seems to attract good chefs and servers. Bar is always popular with good drinks. Wine selection a bit skimpy but good choices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Disabled Access
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Awesome! Wonderful food and service!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very loud Waitress hard to find at times Broke a wine cork which can happen but seemed very clumsy trying

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Dane provided more than excellent service for my colleague & me. The mushrooms & goat cheese flat bread pizza was the perfect size for dinner, and the outdoor patio REALLY hides the fact that it's adjacent to a parking lot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Good, not great. That's what my husband and I both said as we were leaving City Kitchen the other night. My short rib was dry and not "fall apart" tender as it should be. There were numerous brussel sprouts on my plate but they were not cooked through. I do like most of my veggies al dente but not my brussel sprouts. My husband's trout was 2 very thin fillets . Both dishes could have been hotter. The prices of both were higher than they should have been.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I enjoyed it! The waitress was delightful and the food was really good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great flavor, especially given the menu variety. Loved our server too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

As usual very good service and food if I had anything to be concerned about is the small round table we were seated. It did not allow enough room for our plates and the wine. It needs to be replaced with a small square one like the others!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Very enjoyable. Family outing. Wine list is okay. Waitress pours way too much wine in the glass...it's not a water goblet! Food is very good. Very noisy place. I'd go back but would try another place or two first.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I chose the restaurant specifically for the steak, it was very good. The side dish of fries were terrible, burnt and soggy w/grease. The dessert menu lacked choices, didn't have cheesecake or brownie with scoop of ice cream. Atmosphere, service, steak were all very good, a little overpriced.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Surprised girlfriend with dinner for bday; all courses were top notch. Our waiter, Shawn (Sean?) was flawless; extremely helpful, punctual, and polite without being overbearing. The halibut was unbelievable!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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