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AKA Bistro Lincoln
AKA Bistro Lincoln

AKA Bistro Lincoln Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.akabistrolincoln.com
  • Email: akabistro@akabistrolincoln.com
  • Phone: (781) 259-9920
  • 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, 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Duet every Tuesday night from 6pm to 9pm with Mark Kross and Friends

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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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to AKA Bistro three times. It's a smaller, intimate bistro with ample parking and a unique floor plan. The food has been good on all visits, but the menu can be challenging to understand, navigate and order. The first two visits, the food was very good, service good. On our last visit, we had a marinated tuna salad that was excellent. Additionally, we tried a roasted bone marrow special which piqued the interest of my girlfriend, but was a first for me. It was extremely good and well-prepared, but the fatty consistency was enough to make it a one-time experience for me. Our server was an excellent, seasoned waitress who made our visit memorable, and was perhaps the highlight of the visit."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Although service was slow for my recent lunch, I have eaten here many times and absolutely love it! I am a foodie so appreciate interesting, flavorful food and have always found service to be attentive. Go out of your way for this restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We went to AKA for the second time for a big birthday. The restaurant has a dual menu - French and Asian. We went with French. The mushroom tart appetizer was undistinguished. Entrees were better. The environment was very noisy even though the restaurant was only half full. There were no tablecloths and lots of hard surfaces. If you're looking for a quiet and/or romantic dinner, you can do better elsewhere. Our French waitress was having an off night. She acted as if she knew everything but, in fact, got nearly everything wrong. We finally asked for the manager who was very accommodating and apologetic - he acted like a professional. If you live in the area give it a try and see what you think, but it's not worth traveling any distance."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Great dinner, but very slow service at first...given some Champagne to make up for it, though, so not all bad! Very noisy - would be nice if some way to reduce noise."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I took one of my colleagues there for a farewell dinner before he relocated out of state. The food was very flavorful and tasty as usual. The sashimi plate was well done, but a bit pricey in my opinion. The Kobe dumplings were fantastic. The duck confit was a bit too salty for me, but still very tasty."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "A nice eclectic menu that is not too filling and does remind you of a French Bistro. Great to have in Lincoln. Service has definitely improved in recent months."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Hearty, nicely presented food in an area where good food is sadly lacking. Friendly and professional service. The food is good bistro style. Japanese menu looks intriguing. One dish sampled was excellent."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Alas!I guess they no longer have the same dessert chef, because the chocolate wasabi cake is no longer available. The food was ok, but nothing special. I found the menu to be lacking with not enough French selections. Appetizers varied enormously in size. I had the mushroom and onion tart, which was excellent, but very large. The ambience was ok - a little too noisy, but not terrible. The tables were worn - many scuffs with the varnish had worn off in places - not at all attractive. Our server was friendly, but at the end of our meal, her back was turned to us for about 15 minutes as she was talking to someone at the bar, making it impossible to get her attention to get our check. We finally had to ask someone else for our check."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We went back to AKA Bistro having been a few years ago and having had a good experience. Things unfortunately have declined significantly since that last visit. The frisee, lardon and poached egg salad was spoiled by lardons cooked long before they ever reached my plate, leaving them cold and hard - it was like biting into little bacon pebbles. My wife's attempt at the root vegetable soup was a disaster - the soup was so laden with cream that it almost congealed by the time it reached the table. It went back almost untouched. The entrees were a bit better but nothing worth a special trip. And the wine list is a joke - wildly over priced for incredibly average wines. All in all, a bad experience to be avoided."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I have reviewed AKA so many times that there's not much more to say. I've gotten people from inside Route 128 to come out to it. City-quality food and service with acres of hassle-free parking. The owners are lovely too."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Enjoyed the variety and eclectic breakfast choices. The mix of Japanese and American selections was delightful!! Tucked away in suburban Lincoln makes it a surprising find!!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "The French and Japanese theme, combined with very high bistro prices in a location at the Lincoln station mall doesn't quite add up for me. I will give them another try but my second visit was once again underwhelming. For example, Sashimi without the traditional wasabi and soy (Rasberry glaze ?) and a price point much higher than a Sel de la Terre (Natick) or blue ginger (Wellesley) leave me wondering if this restaurant concept in Lincoln has found its niche."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "In general, AKA Bistro was OK. The waitress mumbled the specials. The food took a long time to arrive. The steak frites was chewiy and the fries were fine. All in all a decent meal. The problem is, AKA is charging premium prices. Probably reflecting the lack of competition in the area. Not with the money"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Decor tasteful. Atmosphere lovely. Tomato carrot soup delicious. Salads good but not great. Dressings need livening up. Presentation excellent."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "On three or four prior occasions, everything was top notch, as it should be for the price. Not so this time. It was early on Saturday evening, yet they were already out of items on both ethnic sides of the menu. The moules/frites dish, formerly excellent, was a disappointment, with a broth for the mussels that was really quite ordinary and fries that were limp. What there was of the sashimi-- barely visible on the plate--was very good, but came unaccompanied even by rice. The only course drawing yums was the dessert. Hope this was just an off night."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Rest of food was so so and on the pricey side. Quiche was dry."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Looking forward to trying additional menu items. Had the Steak Frites and was well pleased with the entree.. Wine was also excellent. The location is nestled in a Suburban commercial zone. One drives through wooded and narrow roads lined with stone walls.. very scenic.. Will definitely dine again..."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "We have been many times and have been pleased with each visit. This really is a neat little place."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Second time at AKA. Not as enjoyable as the first. Entree appeared to be carelessly prepared/presented. Server competent, but seemed quite harried and forgot requests. Noise level more than energetic--shouldn't be so difficult to carry on a conversation. Hard to judge consistency after two visits, but won't rush back."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "A French restaurant with a really good Japanese (by way of Hawaii) menu. We had the omakase and didn't have a bad course."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Try to get 7 together for lunch! Well AKA is my go to place now. Been there several times this summer and it is a consistently tasteful and exciting menu. I last had the fried sweet and sour calamari....never before, the taste was new and I really enjoyed them. The salads are always special and their desserts, well! Just try them. Service is always attentive and very personable and patient ( I can never make up my mind and their suggestions help.)."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "The food here was cooked good and it was okay. Nothing special about the flavor of the the food. I found no sauces or spices used on our dishes. I had the striped bass and it was good, but wish it had some added flavor from spices or a puree or something. It needed a bit of help even though it was very fresh and cooked well. The portions are a bit on the smaller size, but I liked the size myself. The price is a bit on the higher side and there are other places like A Travola's in Winchester. They are similiary prices, similiar menu, but the chefs do a better job with flavor. Getting back to AKA they just need some creative influence to make this a better place to go!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Went there with two friends recently; Service was excellent, Had some Sushi rolls, they were great. While I think recent experience has been hit or miss. It's really important that this neighborhood restaurant is successful. The customers are there, the service and quality of food makes to keep pace. This can be a very sophisticated customer base, but unlikely to give feedback Except by not returning."
    Dined on 8/21/2013