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Small Plates

4.3
675 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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About

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 America itself.

Welcome to Small Plates. Our story began over a decade ago in Detroit, MI. Small Plates was the first restaurant of its kind in the United States and still possesses the federal trademark to our name and concept. We seek not only to serve our native Detroit, but also to carry exceptional cuisine and the spirit of this great city across the nation. Demonstrating quality in untapped culinary genres and reinventing ourselves along the way, Small Plates has never lost our vision of where we've come from or where we’re going.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(313) 963-0702
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We are not only a full service restaurant that provides a unique cuisine in a very innovative design space we also have the ability to provide amazing catering options.
We currently do not have a specific catering menu but meet with each of our guest to create and provide a customized menu and an exceptional event package
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.3
service
4.1
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on March 19, 2018

It looked nice inside, but this place sucks. I'm not even picky at all so it says a lot when I complain. The waitress handed me a split size bottle of wine- didn't bother opening it. Which I really didn't care about until my date kept saying how ridiculous it was. The pizza dough was raw and doughy, not fully cooked...I honestly couldn't even eat it. It was also dead on a friday night. There was a cute waiter though, but sorry won't be back!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Our waiter was great, food as always good

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Small Plates is a favourite of mine. Thanks to Brandon and the team for looking after me. See you on my next visit

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Extremely slow! Food was good but took way too long for small plates dining. Many dirty tables around us also

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Had a group of 5 ordered 10-12 plates for group everything was very good. Fish tacos were awesome. Only negative it was very warm in there maybe something was wrong with ac.

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1.0Dined on July 19, 2017

The restaurant was busy, not enough wait staff. Orders were forgotten, It took us asking 3 people for water and plates to finally receive them, when the water did come, the waiter just filled our empty pop glasses. The food was poor. The fried tomatoes were bland, the poke bowl was rice with some tuna and about 3 ounces of soya sauce, and The mac and cheese was taste less . We remember it being a much better restaurant. The waiter tried to make up for, all the problems,but he fell short.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Food and service was wonderful. The White pizza has become my all time favorite. So many items to choice from. One of my favorites in the city. Can't wait to go back

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

We made reservations after looking on line for gluten free options. We were very disappointed that the waitress wasn't very knowledgeable about what was gluten free and didn't seem to take it very seriously. Probably won't go back. The meals we got were good and the overall selection was nice.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2017

I wanted to celebrate my sisters birthday. I told them it was her birthday and even called in advanced. We didn't get to the desert. It took an hour to get our food. We asked for well done lamb chops and the they served them rare. I was disappointed with the chicken and waffles. The chicken was bland and the waffles were bricks. The only thing that made our night were the sweet potato fries. They were good.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Small Plates is apparently one of Detroits old favourites - but we had not heard of it. But it is worth popping in for some amazing small plates! Great beer and wine too.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Small plates never disappoints. Staff are always friendly and attentive and food and drinks come out timely and tasting delicious.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

When you stop and think about it, Small Plates has been downtown for a long time, back when that area was not as comfortable to hang around. The fact that it still thrives says quite a bit. Half the fun is negotiating which of the many choices the table will end up with. Even with two of us, there was discussion narrowing the many choices down to the five we ended up with. Our favorite was the duck lettuce wraps, but the chicken and waffles, ribs, and tuna poke were all quite good. I was a bit disappointed with the lamb chops, which is supposed to be a staple per my understanding. Overall a very good experience.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

This was my first time at this venue and the menu was wonderful. Our server was very accommodating especially when we informed her that one of our appetizers was over cooked. She was attentive to all of her customers and being a food connoisseur I was impressed with overall evening at this venue.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that can appreciate good healthy food menu.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Our server Brandon was AWESOME!!!! Hw made the evening so much fun and recommended absolutely delicious dishes.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was good, slightly overpriced. I was a bit disappointed with our server though. She barely checked up on us and didn't even realize that one of our dishes never came out until she brought the bill and we told her.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Highly recommend the tuna bowl and the fish tacos... great flavors and some spice to both however not overpowering!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We had tickets to a show at the Fox Theater and wanted somewhere within walking distance. We love tapas and so it was a no-brainer! The food was fantastic and our server, Brandon was wonderful! We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Enjoyed the meal, service was great and finished with dessert of Chicken and Waffles..

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2017

Great ambience, fantastic service and fantastic food

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Great food, but the kitchen was really slow. Dishes arrived one at a time and it is very loud.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2017

The atmosphere was upbeat and lively but not too loud. We loved the food choices and the proportions were just right for sharing.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2017

We were quickly seated! The waitress was polite and thefood was excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

The food was outstanding as usual. And the service was wonderful -- attentive and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Always love to go to Small Plates. They aren't open every Sunday, so I always try to go there when they are. The service is always great. The menu offers a number of choices.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Hostess(es) can be rather rude (including via phone), but the food is worthwhile. Don't ask for any accommodations or arrive more than a few minutes late for a reservation or you'll experience the big chill.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

This was my 3rd time eating at Small Plates. I have enjoyed every time. I do think they are a little on the pricey side, but every time I've dined there, I've walked out thinking it was worth it. My favorite is the lotus flower - it's really a taste explosion. So good. Pan Asian salad, duck lettuce wraps, and the pizza with the duck confit are also amazing. The only dish that I've ever been disappointed with was the kale salad. It was on the bitter side. I cook with kale a lot and make a kale salad at home that we really like. Nice ambiance at Small Plates. I've had a different server each time, and each server have had good wine recommendations. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

We had a reservation but arrived about 20 minutes early and they sat us immediately. The White Sangria, Beef Sliders, Mac & Cheese, and Mediterranean Pizza were all delicious! Our server was amazing; she was very upbeat and knowledgeable about the menu and making appropriate recommendations based on our likes without being pushy for us to buy all the things. 🙂 The only downfall was the size of our table. There were only two of us with a combination of three food items and two drinks and we had to stack the food plates to fit everything on the small table. It was our first time and we would definitely go again when we're in town!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Excellent food choices and drink selection. Loved the family style food presentation.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

A friend and I had reservations at 10:45 after seeing a performance at the Opera House. The hostess was rather short with me. Or secure was friendlier, but a bit scatter-brained as he brought us our app and salads, but completely forgot the entree we ordered to share. It was late, though. They were probably all exhausted. The menu looked interesting and the wine list was decent.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Imaginative choices and Terrific food preparation, except for the blackened lamb chops which were way overspiced. Great service.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food as always. Great scene. The service was friendly but poor, and some of the backup seemed to be caused by the bar. Drinks were requested multiple times before they arrived, not good for a place which prominently features its bar. The server did not follow up on our drink orders, and one of us asked for ice water half a dozen times before it arrived. The server also got our order wrong several times. Small Plates serves small, shareable items, often with two or three pieces on a plate. We were four and thus ordered two of multiple dishes, but often got only one. Even with these annoyances, however, we had fun, enjoyed good food, and will probably return.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Went with party of 4 before Opera. It's alright but does not live up to it's reputation. Couldn't get window seat because they "were reserved" but nobody showed up until we were leaving. Get impression they were doing us a favor eating there. Silverware casually thrown on table after we sat down. Not terrible, just not a special experience. If Detroit is to be "world class" city, we need to knock customer service up couple of notches and improve our attitudes. Will not bring guest there again. Embarrassing.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

The food and service were excellent. Plenty of choices. Would go again, and recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Lamb Chops were my favorite. Also, the pizza was delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Very enjoyable. Wait staff was attentive. Food was very good. Sweet potatoes w/honey were addictive. Sandwich type items should have three pieces, i.e. sliders, fish tacos. With in walking distance from sports activities. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

First time at Small Plates & enjoyed the overall experience.
Waiter Paul, was attentive & answered questions about the menu well. Enjoyed portobello sliders, scallops, sweet potato fries, tuna poke, mac & 4 cheese, bread pudding. Pleasantly surprised with cheese plate which was tasty. Would not order fried green tomatoes again...too greasy. Prices a bit high on some items, considering small sizes.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

What a great place. Food came out at a fun pace and everything tasted fanstastic.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Our first visit to Small Plates was about 6 years ago and we were not impressed, but decided to give it another try. I'm glad we did! The food was served fast and was very tasty! My husband and I split the beet salad, duck lettuce wraps, fish tacos, sliders and sweet potato fries. All were excellent. We topped off our meal with a shared banana bread pudding that was to die for! The menu items are a tad overpriced, but not unreasonable. Also, the restaurant is a very short walk to Comerica Park/Ford Field. A good place for a light dinner/lunch pre/post game.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Tried new deserts. Strawberry tart and banana bread pudding. Both tasted great and looked adorable. I'm not at all a fan of bread pudding but this was so much better than anything I've ever tried.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2017

My date and I decided after eating at Small Plates that expensive small plate restaurants are not our thing. There is no worse feeling than paying $80 for dinner and still being hungry. Our waiter did not show up to our table for 15 minutes after we were seated. The restaurant was barely occupied and our cocktails took 15 minutes to arrive as well. The $16 cheese board was not worth the value, seriously don't order this. Their prices are a little outrageous. I wouldn't go back here, but it was nice for the story.

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