The food!!!We loved the spaghetti caccio i pepe so much we ordered another for dessert!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Rittenhouse Spot!Amazing food, great service, perfect wine list....good date spot!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLOOOOOOVE A.KitchenI have been a fan of a.Kitchen since its opening. We all know how good hotel restaurants can be, but a.kitchen is definitely not your average kitchen-associated-with-a-hotel. We first went for brunch, came back for dinner, and just keep coming back. The food is wonderful and the menu changes often enough to keep it interesting, but not so often you can't find your favorites again. The wine list is not huge but is thoughtful and I have never been disappointed. I came with my friend last week and the pasta with fresh fava beans was so delicious we ordered it again. Portions are just the right size to either share several plates or jealously guard your own. The staff is efficient professional, and unobtrusive, an important combination.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious interesting food.Delicious interesting food. Good wine and drink list. I had to make a different selection for my 2nd bottle since they ran out of the first, so inventory could be limited on some. The second was a bit more expensive and not as good, but I made due. The server agreed, oh well. I will again return to a.kitchen.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful time at a.kitchenVacationing in Philly we used Open Table to find a restaurant in City Center. Many to choose from but was glad we chose a.kitchen. We sat outside on the sidewalk dining so the noise was minimal. It is not on a major street. We were promptly greeted and sat at our reservation time. The bread was delicious. The sweetbread side is wonderful. The Fluke Crudo was a bit too "fishy" for my son but to me it was enjoyable. He got the NY Strip steak which was the only "traditional" thing on the menu. It was good. The beet and goat cheese side was fantsatic. Very refreshing. The Spaghetti Cacio was the best. Just enough pepper with some excellent flavors. The waitress were available but not overbearing and very accomadating. No hesitation to return.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI love the atmosphere of thisI love the atmosphere of this place. We sat at a table by the window with the doors/windows open so it was lovely to experience outdoor dining from the inside, so we could enjoy the wine, food & people watch in the Rittenhouse Square area. This is the second time, I have dined here and I must admit that out of the 5 plates we ordered, I really only liked 3 of them. This was not the case the last time I dined here. I couldn't believe how extensive the wine list was and we really enjoyed the crisp, dry white bottle of Muscadet we ordered. The waiter & chef were extremely accommodating to my gluten-free requests! I would definitely try it again.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Small PlatesMy husband and I had a great meal before an Orchestra concert. The small plates were just right. I had two and he had three. We were both very satisfied without leaving food on our plates.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good, but...Let me start by saying everything was very good. The service & atmosphere were spot on. The food was fresh, & delicious. My only complaint is that I found it a bit overpriced, but that's just me.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebrationA.Kitchen was accommodating for our party of six!
Relaxed atmosphere and not rushed.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find, worth finding again!This cozy little place tucked into a low-ceilinged space at 18th and Walnut was a delight. My wife and I enjoyed two yummy meals. I have restrictions on my diet and the staff was very accommodating. The menu was not broad, but the food was so tasty. Staff was very friendly and warm. We dined inside and just thoroughly enjoyed omlettes biscuits and muffins. Go there. You will come back again!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMa.kitchenTHE.kitchen! wish mine wasGreat early or late, very easy bar and staff, one thinks it's going to be snooty but it's not, the dining room is very connected to the street but still warm. Be right on the walk and seen or nestled in the cafe, great views of the grande mansion. The kitchen bar is fun and a reason alone to see things cooked in sight, they must be right! Decor is modern and crisp with warmth of wood accents. Tables are close enough to promote connection but distant enough to remain silent. They can collect their tables to form a large one in a smart banquette setup that doesn't overtake the restaurant if a large group appears. I felt special here. The meals are nicely presented, and not huge American portions, so refreshing. Pleasant, no ego staff.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMYummI loved the service food and ambiance. The servers was attentive if one server was busy another would jump right in. The food was delish. The mushroom tart was amazing! The ambiance was wonderful. It was a slightly chilly night but we had great seats inside the resturant near the open doors. We were able to enjoy the fresh air and hustle and bustle of rittenhouse while warm inside romantic ambience of a.kitchen. I highly recommend this place.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe good and the middlingSome great food and some other that had potential but was overcooked. 2 out of three were fantastic.. Definitely try the octopus salad and the skirt steak5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was great; this wasThe food was great; this was a perfect "after the Broad Street Run" recovery spot.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was good and theThe food was good and the service was very attentive. I think the portions could be a bit bigger though - I realize the format is small plates but somehow I always seem to end up hungry!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMHad lunch at AKA Kitchen beforeHad lunch at AKA Kitchen before going to the Barnes Foundation. Both very enjoyable and the food, wine and atmosphere at this restaurant were great. Would defiantly go back.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMwarm friendly greetings atwarm friendly greetings at the door. Service that anticipated our needs yet was never formal or arch, they simply wanted to provide us with a memorable evening. the food was superb! unexpected & delicious pairings - well priced for the value. The menu was focused yet afforded a tempting range of options. I would return regularly if I live in the area. More impressive, it only improves & enhances the dining experience from it's inception years ago. Congratulations FORK!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe like a.kitchen every timeWe like a.kitchen every time we go but this past visit was particularly good. Try the new octopus menu item, very tasty. Tim always recommends a great bottle of wine to pair with your food choices. One of our Philadelphia favorites and always trustworthy to impress out-of-town guests.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner was such a welcomeDinner was such a welcome experience that we had to come back for brunch. Service was outstanding.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMhad a fantastic first visithad a fantastic first visit to a-kitchen! the menu is very unique with semi-small plates great for sharing. draft list was so-so, but the scotch/whiskey selection was a home-run. the drink list was fantastic, too.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was awesome! Brunch wasIt was awesome! Brunch was great! Friendly staff!!!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA surprise for those "manly" types.Food was TERRIFIC! Portions were a perfect size in order to be able to eat all courses and not feel like you are going to explode. Wine list is hard to beat. I took some friends who are used to the typical steak houses and for the first 30 min got my "chops busted" due to the non "manly" menu. They were absolutely raving about the place by the end of the night. Great atmosphere great drinks - just great.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMBe sure to arrive right atBe sure to arrive right at the time of your reservation, as the bar area is very small and it seems to be an attraction. We were about 15 minutes early and found we were in the way of guests and the staff. That said, there were a number of folks there for the wine list. They do offer dining outdoors, which would have been nice on a warmer evening.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMreasonable amount of choicesreasonable amount of choices for a vegetarian; but one "main-course" veg entree would be nice.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWent with coworkers for lunch.Went with coworkers for lunch. The food is very creative and there is something for everyone. Only problem is that portions are small and if you're looking for an inexpensive meal that will fill you up, this isn't the place. I would recommend going, just don't bring a large appetite if you aren't willing to drop a few $'s.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food choice was greatThe food choice was great and delicious. It was a nice ambiance, though the music was a tad bit loud for lunch meeting discussions. The hostess and servers were all very attentive and pleasant. Would definitely visit them again.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful table by the windowWonderful table by the window provided the perfect people watching view for a Sunday brunch. Tthe eggs benedict were done to perfection, servicer was attentive & personable.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, but small portionsThe food is great. The beets were offered as a side veg but I had as an app and they were awesome. The pork ragu pasta was yummy and both hearty and delicate at the same time. It isn't a place to go, however, if you are starving. All dishes are small, so order a few and graze at your leisure. The service was perfect.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food... very small portionsGreat food... very small portions for the price though. There are other places around Rittenhouse Square that I would go to first - Parc, Alma de Cuba, Devon Seafood3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic anniversary experienceThis was our wedding anniversary dinner and they made us feel really special by being greeted with cava upon our arrival. We had also asked for some special accommodations with the dessert due to lactose issues but in fact their menu was pretty good as it was. We really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. We will be back!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe liked a.kitchen and wouldWe liked a.kitchen and would return. The flavors were vivid, all ingredients were impeccable and most of the flavors were to our liking. If we were to be able make any improvements it would have been to have a bit more variety on the menu. Note that the restaurant is small and you are relatively close to your neighbors and can hear their conversations.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique, creative and tantalizingDining at a.kitchen unleashes a unique sensory, if not sensual, experience: the deconstruction of the flavors in the small plates filled with creative and harmonious ingredients reaches one of the highest points of gustative experiences once you let them all explode on your palate. The sommelier advises on rarely found extraordinary vintages for exceptional pairings. Exploring unknown combinations with perfect execution, the chef and the sommelier indeed deserve compliments!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat findNice small place with an open kitchen. Good, creative food and eclectic wine list.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant on all counts.a.kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia and environs. After you've savored the sweetbreads, try the lemon tart a leading candidate for the best dessert of 2013.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMA+ kitchenI love this place. The food is always excellent and interesting. Really interesting wines. Great people behind the bar, as well serving tables. And it always feels very comfortable.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA great brunch in this charmingA great brunch in this charming spot. The coffee is perfect, as was everything else. On the short list, definitely.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have come here for dinnerWe have come here for dinner and heard great things about brunch. Our food was fantastic. I was a biy dissapointed by the Bloody Mary cocktail - no olive or pickle. This would have made the experience perfect3/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday brunch was very good.Sunday brunch was very good. Great service, superb coffee and a nice meal. This is a small but beautiful restaurant.2/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is somewhat unusualThe food is somewhat unusual but tasty. Good wine. Servers were attentive and courteous. Way too loud music. We sat at the counter in the corner away from the speakers. Overall it was enjoyable and I would go back but not often.1/25/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-theater diningFirst, I want to thank them for holding our table & actually turning people away. We called while stuck in traffic & they were very accommodating. Excellent cocktail & wine by glass choices. Our server did a fine job of answering any questions & took care of all the little important things like refilling water glasses and clearing plates. Everything the two of us tasted was very good. The only knock was the lobster price seemed high for a tapas sized portion. But, it was really good! The w choc mousse was not what we expected but very good! At 60 seats, I rated the ambiance as good only because of the sound levels; the noise bounces to the point where it is difficult to hear. We had a great table looking onto 18th St. We'll be back!1/19/2013 12:00:00 AMHits the mark each timea.kitchen has delighted my taste buds, expanded my wine repertoire, and entertained me with amazing food, super service and an energetic atmosphere. This time we has mushroom tart, mushroom risotto, salsify with salt cod, braised rabbit, and more, each with a delightful combination of tastes complemented by wines that I really would not consider if not recommended by our capable server. Highly recommend.1/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfully affordable fineWonderfully affordable fine dining. An intimate space with the kitchen in full view, tastefully decorated. Blue crab salad was a highlight, but everything we had was intriguing and delicious.1/3/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good but the small platesVery good but the small plates add up and it can be quite pricy. Expect to spend 150 plus a couple with drinks.12/1/2012 12:00:00 AM