AKA Bistro Lincoln
AKA Bistro Lincoln

AKA Bistro Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.akabistrolincoln.com/
  • Phone: 7812599920x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
    Closed Sunday for Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Chung
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Across from the MBTA commuter train Lincoln Station stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample free parking in the Lincoln Station parking lot.
A word from AKA Bistro Lincoln
AKA BISTRO brings a city dining experience to Lincoln with quality food and service, but without city prices. AKA BISTRO serves both authentic
Provençal fare and innovative Japanese sashimi, prepared by award winning Executive Chef Chris Chung. Whether choosing from the French bistro or the sashimi menu, everything will be fresh, seasonal and locally grown when
possible. Surrounded by gardens, the outdoor terrace seats 28. Located just 20 minutes west of Boston at the Lincoln Station Depot, the
surrounding farms of Lincoln will provide much of the produce. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant will also serve brunch on weekends and provide take-out. Reservations recommended.
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AKA Bistro Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)great for outdoor dining (48)fit for foodies (43)special occasion (31)great for lunch (28)great for brunch (20)romantic (17)notable wine list (15)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our waitperson was extremely knowledgeable and extremely nice! The food was OUTstanding! The wine, from a local vineyard, was also excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thursday night of restaurant week
    Ciobair
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The menu listing on-line was what hooked me - poke in Lincoln! We used to live on Oahu and poke was a frequent delight, available at the local grocery store. Chef Chung has captured the authentic flavor, in spite of the tiny bites, perhaps to woo adventurous New England diners. The lomi lomi salmon was a disappointment however - pineapple, really? The French part of the menu was the other attraction. I enjoyed the pan seared trout immensely but was not ravie at a taste of my companion's red-wine braised baby octopus and squid. Our waitress praised the peach tatin with homemade ice cream but I found it far too sweet and heavy for my taste, with very little peach. My companion's choice of the more quotidian mousse au chocolat was lovely.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious....
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been there many times. The food is always delicious. They keep some old favorites on the menu which I like, but combine it with some new surprises. Staff was super nice. The patio is a very nice touch...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    FP6198
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Have been to Aka many times and love the addition of the screened porch. The food is wonderful, a fusion of asian and French, and the peach tart was phenomenal. My one complaint was that our table was next to a speaker and the music was louder than it should have been. Planning a return visit with friends in a few weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I want to love this restaurant, and this was my first time there. Lobster spring rolls were fabulous, but everything else just kind of average. Soup was surprisingly bland and disappointng. I will try it again before I make a decision. Great atmosphere, and kid friendly. Nice outdoor seating with screening to keep the bugs away. Service was very good, too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Back better than before
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I think AKA is back with confidence. Really pleasant and friendly staff, a nice air of comfort in the kitchen, creative, house made drinks, we were out on the patio and it was perfect. I hope that locals will frequent this great little gem. I will definitely be back. I forgot to mention, the wine selection was perfect! Even for my companion who was back from a wine and dine tour of France!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Worth the trip
    seasoneddinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's just like dining in Boston or Cambridge, without all of the hassle of traffic, parking, etc. great food, great service, perfect atmosphere. worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome Back
    Dusty
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It was a delightful lunch on the terrace and we are glad you are back. We will come for dinner soon
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Great ambience, food dissapointing
    Lanegra
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I would go back because it is convenient place for my family to dine on our way back from work/school and the ambience, specifically the patio is very nice. I also liked the waitresses. However, the food was really disappointing. It comes accross as very high end, but was of much loer quality than comparable places in the area such as 80 Thoreau, or J's restaurant, or even Sprigs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Fish
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went to AKA Bistro to try out a new-to-us restaurant. Unfortunately the food didn't stack up to other restaurants in the area. We won't be back.
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  • Lucky are we . . .
    DrMonica
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Those of us foodies who live within driving range of Lincoln deeply missed Aka Bistro this winter. We are so fortunate to have delectable, creative cuisine using locally sourced veggies, and the warm welcome of Christian and all who make dining at Aka a relaxed gastronomical adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    pmary55
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had the three course special, which was a soup/mussels with frites/dessert for $22. The soup was fresh cold pea and delicious, a full bowl. Huge bowl of mussels also, and large portion of either creme brule or chocolate mousse for dessert. Outstanding food, large enough quantities to split for lunch. We sat outside on the patio, next to the garden. Lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely stunning 7 course meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had the 7 course chef's menu and it was absolutely marvelous. The artful visual display, the perfect timing, the impeccable service -- it all made for an evening out that was enjoyable and exquisite on every level. The first course was a delicious raw oyster served on a shimmering bed of ice, the ice was in tiny morsels so that it looked like crystals. This was the level of the detail that was consistent throughout the meal. The oysters, and the subsequent clams, cerviche, sashimi, octopus, ribeye (with enoki mushrooms, broccoli and bokchoy) and cheesecake were exquisite. Wonderful blend of japanese and french cooking/presentation. We were awed and still talking about that incredible meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely Bastille Day celebration
    Momcat
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My companion and I both enjoyed the option of the $22 3-course lunch special. The pea and edamame soup was creamy, cold and delicious on a hot summer day. The mussels were tender and cooked in a flavorful broth. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, even taking time to explain in depth the various nuances of the white wines we were considering. I plan to come back soon with my husband -- so that he can experience this lovely taste of France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruno
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was not up to prior standards--does not seem the same fine hand is at work in the kitchen, or perhaps just an off night. Server was sweet fellow but seemed new and clueless about how the food was prepared. Menu seems smaller to me, but perhaps memory fails. We all noted that more space was given over in it to drinks than to food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AKA Bistro
    umami
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Delicious Provencal-Asian influenced fare featured in a charming, casual atmosphere. On a lovely summer evening we preferred the outdoor patio where we enjoyed the classic and wonderful Moules et Frites that reminded us of French seaside dinners. The sweet potato tempura topped with seared tuna appetizer was light and crunchy yet rich -- a perfect combination that we'd definitely order again. Attentive, timely service. A delightful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but.....
    LincolnFord
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very good food using local ingredients with an attentive wait staff. The plus is the wait staff is attentive and the minuses is the host/(I think owner) needs to be more involved and the kitchen needs to be attentive. A dish came out of the kitchen with the staff holding it with care because it was hot, placed on the table with a warning it was hot. But wait after the first bite of this supposedly piping hot dish, it was ice cold - did I miss something. The dish was never cooked. The waitress apologized and the bill was adjusted accordingly. If the dish did not taste good, fine maybe there should be no visit but an unfinished dish there should have been a visit and more effort from management. Passed off as oops does not make it.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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  • All Good Except Special Dumplings
    BarbaraWVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Everything was good except for one appetizer. I was about to order the kobe dumplings when the waitress said that they were almost out and were going to substitute a fois gras - duck dumpling instead. I know that "specials" tend to be priced higher than menu items, but figured that these would not be more than $20, when the kobe dumplings were $15. Both the price ($23 - not known until bill came) and the dumplings were huge disappointments. I expected dumplings to be doughy along the lines of peking raviolis. Instead the small amount of albeit tasty filling arrived inside a fried wonton skin. We also had the Hawaiian Poke appetizer, which is the best. Like the new menu instituted with the reopening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • An excellent meal!
    YuriyGVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Unique, seasonal, interesting cuisine! Great care is clearly taken in the presentation and quality and it shows! We did the seven course chef's tasting and experienced a variety of different flavors and combinations that we greatly enjoyed. Interesting wine list, and mostly great service! The patio is great for dining - makes the atmosphere quite enjoyable on a wonderful summer evening! Even cooler: Other people with the tasting had some different dishes, and even some same ones were plated differently! My one quip: Our waiter was wonderful, as were most of the more experienced staff, but some of the junior staff that helped out looked like they were either lost or smirking/unhappy. It looks out of place when most of the staff is SO good!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at AKA
    MaryAnn
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Our waitress, Jessica, was especially helpful as we prepared to celebrate my friend's birthday. We are so glad that the Bistro is open again after the damage from leaking pipes from above. We enjoyed the special lemonade made with ginger beer and mint. We dined outside until the first drop of rain appeared as we finished our meal and headed inside for coffee and dessert. A great and memorable afternoon with a long-time friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • The tastiest of treats
    CiaoMarisaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I wish the 7 course dinner was more affordable because it truly was a gustatory experience. Our first time back since they reopened, each course impressed us, both taste and originality of presentation and ingredients. I only wish they had given us an idea of what was to come. Initially the first four tiny tastes made us think we were going to have to stop for ice cream on the way home, (this and the slow pace between morsels sort of made us anxious) but course 5 & 6 were a decent size. If price is no issue, I'd eat here every night. Love the Patio!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but not spectacular dinner
    SalsaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a nice dinner on a weekend evening at AKA. Although we were seated immediately, it took a while for a server to approach us and service was slow but attentive. The food was solid but not spectacular. Of note were the frites that came with the steak frites - perfectly cooked. The compound butter on the steak frites lacked seasoning and the onion was just well sauteed but definitely not caramelized. The duck breast that my friend ordered was one of the better ones I have tasted but again was not seasoned adequately. We ordered a bottle of Bordeaux that apparently was unavailable (popular choice?), so we had to change our selection. Dessert was the cheese plate and chocolate mousse with cocoa nibs - both were very good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local find!
    Go4goodies
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Welcoming staff. Food consistently exceptional with farm-to-table goodies. Superb ambiance & atmosphere.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place but mixed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    we had a mixed experience for dinner at AKA. The portobello mushroom tempura was really creative and so wonderful but the mesclun salad was heavy on the vinegar and the greens were nothing special. the fish in parchment my husband had was incredibly small for the price and without much taste, and my scallops did not taste fresh although the vegetable accompaniments were wonderful. other dishes our party ordered were mediocre although desserts were reallly excellent. Service and atmosphere were very good but I wouldn't return for the food. It is possible that if we had ordered the raw fish that we would have been more pleased. Had gone a year or so ago and had a completely different experience so not sure if it was just an off night
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing outdoor dinner
    lucca3
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good food and service in relaxing atmosphere on a summer Tuesday night near Lincoln train station.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • coming back
    ZoltVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    From my perspective AKA Bistro was sorely missed while it was closed. It is just starting to get its act together again. Some of my dishes lately have been not up to my usual excpectations. Hope to see continued improvement in quaity of dishes.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Gourmet Fusion in Burbs
    AndreiaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    You don't need to go into Boston for gourmet food. aka Bistro is a wonderful Japanese French fusion restaurant in Lincoln with ample parking. We each had the 7 course chef tasting menu and it was amazing from beginning to end. Every dish was spaced perfectly and never rushed as we were there for over 2 hours for dinner. Each course got better and better and truly a buildup as the waiter indicated it would be. From the single raw oyster with caviar, kombu seaweed salad, salmon poke ceviche, octopus in coconut milk, duck confit spring roll with foie gras sauce, beef duo and then finally ending with passion fruit sorbet with Japanese cheesecake. We enjoyed every bite and left the bistro happy and satiated.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and wonderful!
    MassfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were celebrating 2 birthdays and had the 7 course tasting menu. This should be tried at least once! Every course was very special and artistically presented. The service was also outstanding. The wine list was excellent and relatively good value for an upscale restaurant. We had a lovely evening and plan to return!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific brunch!!
    April01803
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Brunch here on a Saturday was a delight! The recently remodeled dining area is comfortable and relaxing. The staff is, as always, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Wonderfully strong and rich coffee rounded off the meal, and our leftovers were promptly packed in environmentally friendly Togo containers- no styrofoam here!! Our server, Brendan, and the rest of the staff were always close at hand, refilling waters and speedily returning with any items we requested. Top notch dining and reasonably priced at brunch- don't be discouraged if you cannot get a reservation; Aka only accepts limited reservations so that people walking in can get a table as well. (Plans are underway to enclose the patio area) A real gem!!!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant
    LincolnVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We are delighted AKA is back. Great staff. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Unique menu. Recently learned that during the 5 months AKA was being repaired, the owner kept the staff on and paid their wages out of his pocket. That alone is such a refreshing and noble gesture in today's world. In addition to great food, we definitely want them to have our business.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • delicious food /excellent service
    obes
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Special evening out on a Thursday night. Waiter attentive and informative. Responded well to my gluten free questions and made excellent suggestions. Soup was not special, but salmon salad and tuna salad exquisite, very fresh, unusual ingredients, beautifully presented. Limeade with ginger and one other ingredient was tasty.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • asfasdfVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    the food is great and a combination of classics and new creative dishes. a real treat for everyone. lots of easy parking and great service. good to make a resrvation, as some nights it is sold out.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 761 reviews are from the AKA Bistro Lincoln reviews archive.
  • Charming French/Japanese bistro
    gppa
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    AKA Bistro has (finally) re-opened. It is still a lovely spot for dinner, and the only place in Lincoln for fine dining. The food is classic french bistro on one side of the menu, and sushi on the other, with a focus on local ingredients and unique twists to keep things interesting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    FarrarPond
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I live in Lincoln and was excited to highlight our local restaurant for my Boston gastronomic colleagues during a recent power lunch. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to expectations. Service was slow & challenging as we were assigned a rookie server who forget to ask how to cook the beef, didn't serve a side plate but charged us for it anyway. A ceviche appetizer that sounded amazing underwhelmed as it was doused in too much coconut milk. The owner/chef flitted from table to table but never stopped at ours to ask about our experience. The maître d' is very competent and she apologized, making things right as she could and for that I'm grateful. Overall, a disappointing culinary and service experience.
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  • Amazing Soups
    Flight
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great meal! The soups were amazing. Don't miss them.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Outstanding night out
    bkupp
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The chef's tasting menu was fantastic! Oyster, sashimi, pork belly, scallops, ... Wonderful, creative dessert.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • A touch of France in Lincoln
    palermo
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    absolutely outstanding on all levels. Friendly, but not overly, service. Best chicken I've had in years. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Back and better than ever!
    elleng
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It's great to have AKA back after our go to place had to close due to flooding. Great food, great atmosphere, and great hospitality in a surprising setting. Sometimes it feels as though you're in Boston, not Lincoln! Wish I could be more descriptive, but I've already reviewed this place several times, so just take my word and go.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • A wonderful reopening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We really missed this excellent restaurant (one of few in the area) that closed abruptly for several month because of building damage. It serves terrific food, has an innovative French/Japanese menu, delightful service, a caring, attentive owner and an enthusiastic community of fans, who dine (or lunch) here frequently. After it's reopening a week ago, I took guests for dinner two nights in a row, and we were all delighted.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The sweet onion soup was ethereal, and the steak tartar excellent. Their "DeCordova" cocktail is unusual -- and delicious. And we were surprised at the quality of their two local Lincoln wines.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate