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Restaurant Review: Chef's Palette

Posted February 1, 2012

I spend a lot of time thinking about what to make for dinner, reading about restaurants, and talking to other people about food. When it comes to people and food, it's our most common denominator! Everyone has to eat, and everyone has an opinion about the food they're eating!

I've heard a lot about Chef's Palette and I can tell that the owner puts a lot of love into what she does. It was clear she had some happy regulars. The dining room is decked out in local art work and the light-up menus are artistically themed; small plates are called "vignettes" and large plates called "murals" and each dish has a creative little name like the "Achromatic Shrimp."

The Location: In the Stonebridge shopping center in Cary at the corner of Ten-Ten Road and Kildaire Farm Road. I guess dinner in the 'burbs is starting to become a theme for this self proclaimed date-night snob

The Company: My husband! We were making use of a gift card from some wonderful, generous, friends. I'm so glad we had an excuse for a date-night!

Chef's Palette

The Meal: Our meals were perfectly paced; we had enough time to finish each dish without feeling rushed but not too much time between courses to start wondering where our food was. We each had a drink and decided to share a plate of "Cubism Calamari" as an appetizer. I ordered the filet mignon and my husband ordered the duck and lamb; called "Earth and Sky". For dessert we had pecan pie with fresh whipped cream. The whipped cream. made in house, was probably my favorite part of the whole meal! 

Chef's Palette

The Service: The service was great! Our waitstaff was friendly and attentive and the owner was making rounds and chatting with the regulars. 

The Final Bill: Two drinks + an appetizer + two entrees + dessert = $95.50 + tip

The Verdict: The atmosphere was cozy and warm and we'll probably go back again for drinks and perhaps sit at the bar. They have a separate bar area that we didn't get to explore but I peeked at the bar menu and also noted that they have live music on the weekends. 

So, what's your opinion? Have you been to The Chef's Palette? I'd love to know what you think! Tell me in the comment section below. 


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  • mvoiland Feb 6, 2012

    I concur with your review. Chef's Palette is truly a little oasis of fine dining in Cary and the Triangle. Have eaten there several times, and have never been disappointed. Love the Creole/Cajun twist to many of the offerings, and the reasonable price for creative, well-prepared, well-served meals. The lounge/bar area is elegant yet warm and comfy, a hard ambience combination to meld successfully. The live musical act offerings are far superior to those of most other venues in Wake County.

  • goredsox98 Feb 6, 2012

    Best food and drink by far in the Cary area. Great music, great food, wonderful art, tremendous service, friendly wait staff and a menu that is as diverse and sophisticated as anywhere in the area. If you're not in a "dining room" mood, hang out in the bar and order off any of the menus. An experience you will not forget. Whatever you do, order the tuna and the gnocchi. Killer!

  • ejoevanic Feb 2, 2012

    I think she didn't want to hurt the feelings of the friends who provided the gift certificate. I'm a foodie, and I want a real foodie's opinion.

  • ziradog Feb 2, 2012

    I too am surprised that the review didn't really state how good (or bad) the food was. Isn't that one of the main parts of the dining experience?
    We ate there last month & really liked our food. Both of my teenage children ordered appetizers as their meal (their choice, not mine) and that kept the cost down. The service was very good but the pacing of the courses a little slow. We plan to go back again.

  • bcsnowman Feb 2, 2012

    We had a wonderful meal 1/28/12. It was our second visit. Two drinks- two antrees - Key Lime Dessert(wonderful) = $73.00 + tip. Well worth the atomsphere, local art work, and great food. We will return.

  • harnettcounty Feb 2, 2012

    At the risk of being rude, I'm not sure that we know what YOU think and you wrote the review. Inferences can be made but it would be nice to know if the calamari was as good as somewhere else you have eaten it, how about the portion sizes, value, etc.? All I really know is that the whipped cream topping was good. That isn't enough to get me to any restaurant and especially not to a $95 tab at the end of the meal.

  • WinnieFan Feb 1, 2012

    No picture of the pie? :o)

    I've been there and agree with everything you said. It's a foodie's paradise... for sure!