This snazzy little tapas restaurant sits just behind the Detroit Opera House is frequented by locals and tourists before they watch the show. Guests come here for the American fare, served in small plates that can be shared by many, offering flavors that are as diverse as culture of Detroit itself.

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Their excellence has been recognized over the years. They’ve been dubbed as one of the “Best New Restaurants in the U.S.” by the Wine Enthusiast, “Best of the Year” by Bon Appetit, and “Best of Detroit” by Hour Magazine. This shows how their innovation of the American counterpart of the Spanish tapas has really paid off.

And with all new menu items, a growing selection of signature cocktails, and beautiful decor, Small Plates continues to be one of the many places locals and tourists keep coming back to.

Restaurant Hours

Although the hours when the restaurant is open fluctuate during certain seasons, Small Plates is generally open for lunch and dinner seven days per week.

Mondays to Thursdays: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Fridays: 11:30 AM to 12:00 Midnight

Saturdays: 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight

Sundays: Open only during certain events.


While it’s not required, Small Plates accepts reservations via OpenTable.



? Sliders and Fries: Beef Sliders, BLT Sliders, Portabella, Eggplant and Kale Sliders, Sweet Potato Fries, Hand-Cut Fries

? Greens and Veggies: Golden Beets, Kale and Quinoa, Pan Asian, Caprese, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Brussel Sprouts

? By Sea: Baja Style Fish Tacos, Glazed Salmon, Shrimp and Grits, Pane Seared Sea Scallops, Lotus Flower Tuna, Crispy Calamari Peppernata, Steamed PEI Black Mussels, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

? By Land: Charcuterie and Cheese, Signature Mac and Four Cheese Gratin, Fried Green Tomatoes, Duck Lettuce Wraps, Chicken and Waffles, Braised BBQ Ribs, Hoisin Glazed Pork Belly, Blackened Lamb Chops, Asian Beef Skewers

? Detroit Style Pizza: Duck Confit and Brie, White, Mediterranean, Cheeseburger Pizza

Brunch: Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burrito, Poached Eggs over Salmon Hash, Blue Cheese Skillet Frittata, Buttermilk Waffles, Texas Style French Toast, Breakfast Pizza, Crab Cakes Benedict, Motor City Mimosa, Broadway Bloody Mary

In addition, Small Plates also has a list of Craft Cocktails, Desserts from the Pantry, Sodas, and After Dinner Options (from the bar).

They also have Gift Cards between $10.00 to $500.00 for sale.

Special Events

Small Plates offers catering services at all kinds of venues and for all kinds of events of varying sizes. Their staff prepares lunches and dinners that can feed a number of people between 10 to 2,000 guests! Small plates will handle all the details for those corporate events and casual parties while the host and the guests will focus on enjoying the event. Creative menus, special staff, set-ups, and other requests specific to the occasion are available as well.

For inquiries, contact the Small Plates Detroit team via 313-963-0702 or visit their official website.


Small Plates, 1521 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-963-0702

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