Gates Restaurant

4.2
72 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Gates is the perfect place for celebrations, family gatherings, date nights or just because!
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SD
New England
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for casual lunch. Chef Luis Piccadilly’s salad is great!

TB
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took a day trip with the Mrs down to New Canaan to celebrate our anniversary. Saw good reviews about this place, booked a reservation for lunch via OpenTable and after eating there wholeheartedly agree. Located off a side street in downtown NC, Gates was a really nice place to have lunch. We were greeted and seated right away - good start. I'm a big craft beer guy, they had a small but very good selection on draft plus another dozen or so bottles - good start #2! We decided on the shrimp quesadillas as an app which were delicious - served with pico, quac & sour cream. For lunch, I had the chicken burger & the Mrs had the veggie burger. Both sandwiches were flavorful - heck I forgot I was eating chicken! Now for the topper. We were all set to leave when the staff came out with 2 flutes of champagne, strawberries and a warm baked chocolate chip "pie" covered with vanilla ice cream. That was so unexpected and nice! I remembered when the reservation asked if it was for a special occasion, I just wrote "anniversary" not thinking anything of it. It was such a nice surprise.

So if you are looking for a place with very good food, good beer selection and very nice people, I'd recommend to anyone. We hope to be back next time we're down that way.

JA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the menu had interesting choices and options.

AL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Selection is decent and the atmosphere is pretty good. I've been three times and the service is always the least desirable thing about the place.

F
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining, but we will definitely be back. We liked sitting outside. Food and service were great, as were our drinks. Very cute and lively.

t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious tacos! We both tried different taco platters — blackened chicken & pork belly — and they were soooo good! The grapefruit cocktails were yummy.

FP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the new menu

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The manager handled a dispute on the check SO POORLY. terrible service. Delicious food.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is OK if basic menu. Service seems to be getting more and more off-hand in approach.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at The Gate. We thought the Lobster Hash was excellent.

MT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was terrific, service was fine but the food was really slow to arrive. The kitchen must have been backed up as we waited far too long for both our apps and entrees to arrive. Otherwise a very nice evening with good service overall.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not very crowded at all but we had to wait over 45 minutes for food to come out. Fortunately the baby was patient and held out. Noted in reservation that we were there for a birthday but no dessert or any celebration. Waiter actually commented that the food only took 10 minutes more than average to come out.... rude and unacceptable. My wife's steak was also cold.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I used to love the Gates but somthing has changed and I will never go back. The menu had no direction and the food came out lacking. For one, the calimari was drowned in red sauce and was not as described on the menu. The server greeted us with a "the kitchen closes in at 15 minutes" and he did not check back in or clear dirty plates. By the time dessert came, which was the only good thing in the menu, we realized that two different songs were playing (one song on the speaker and on from the kitchen) at once and the server was scarce and when he did pass by he made it seem like he purposefully did not make eye contact with us.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. Food took forever. Noisy.

j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Grood spit Ktitchen was a little slow, but overall good food, service, and atmosphere.

m
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a great lunch at Gates. The lunch menu has something for every taste. The salad I had was fresh and flavorful with a delicious, light dressing. The wood-fired pizza was the perfect accompaniment. Service was efficient and professional. Highly recommended!

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was absolutely amazing! Not ideal for a date night with so many small children.

MS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our son’s 4th Birthday dinner at Gates this evening! The kids menu is awesome and has soooo many great choices including apples and carrot slices along with things like french fries. Our waitress was awesome and couldn’t have been more attentive. They also allowed us to bring in a cake without any charge. I had a tuna poke bowl over cauliflower rice and it was great! We are sooo happy Chef Louis is back and will definitely be coming back often with our family and friends!

EC
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Gates has a new chef and he is improving the menu. the quality of food is slowly getting better and the menu is getting more expansive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We frequent Gates often, love it there especially with our kids, bolognese needs a little more spice but food is generally very good.

D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant was almost empty when we arrived so hard to tell noise level if full. Food was adequate, not great or terrible. I would say good comfort type food. I had salmon which should have been medium but was cooked more than that so very dry. The Mac and cheese was super loaded with cheese sauce but tasty. Pizza looked good
Service was very good so I would recommend for a local dinner but not anything special.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The old Gates was better.for lunch
salad bar uninteresting

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Moderate review as it is a casual, local place. Kind of noisy with families, so if you have kids, this is for you. Service was ok, and food also ok

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cozy place with great rolls, homemade strawberry butter, and healthy options too. The quinoa bowl was amazing.

GB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The service has improved which was a main reason we had stayed away for a while. The bar area is very nice to eat and hang around in. However, the main dining area has changed over the years. The pizza bar are has been enclosed which takes away from the open feel of the restaurant. The lighting was rather bright for a Friday evening dinner. It seems as though the space is not sure what it is supposed to be. I would turn the lights down, get rid of the mobile salad bar and open up the kitchen again. The original feel in that room used to be good. I would bring it back to what it was when they opened the new venue. Food was good though.

DG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The fish tacos were dry. The Brussels sprouts and chicken dumplings were great!

R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been several times for brunch, it is always good. The service was excellent and they accommodate vegans which is a plus.

R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Bland food and disengaged service. Wine came after appetizer. Tasteless salad was not finished before entrees were left unceremoniously in the table. Chicken and shrimp dishes were both over cooked and bland at the same time. When we looked into the open kitchen we saw an unhappy staff that appeared unhappy to be there Very disappointing experience.

SQ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good menu variety from burgers to salads to ribs, fish and chips, etc. Great kids menu.

CM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Varied and interesting menu. Food is very good. Very good value.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for valentines with husband and teenage kids. Great food great atmosphere. Completely renovated and food is delicious. Was closed for a bit during renovation but now up and running and really terrific.

R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place to take people for brunch if you happen to have a mix of vegetarian, vegan and meat eating friends. Everyone was happy with what they ordered and that is rare with this diverse crowd of 8 people.

m
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely Sunday brunch at Gates' recently. Great brunch choices on the menu and some interesting drink selections. Service was attentive and friendly. New decor is attractive, but dining chairs are not super comfortable -- I understand they will be replaced soon. Good idea! Once of the nicer brunch destinations in the area for sure!

A
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have to get used to the new Gates....but overall still a neighborhood gem...

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed my brunch with a friend here on a Sunday early afternoon. The food was well-prepared and tasty and it was relaxing to sit and talk.

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I have been going to Gates my whole life so the new layout is jarring. I need to go again to decide if I like it. It was cold near the door - it is more open now.

The service was good and everyone that came to our table was pleasant and professional but it feels like they are brand new again after reopening.

DF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service

W
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Gates is a steady, comfortable place. The latest visit included 2 6 year old grandchildren. They were welcomed and enjoyed the experience

J
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good although calamari was slightly chewy. Service was quick.

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