135 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.akitchenandbar.com/
- Phone: (215) 825-7030
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Weekend Brunch: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Chef Eli Kulp
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Cross Street: Walnut
- Public Transit: Bus: 18th and Walnut
- Parking: Public Lot
- Parking Details: Parking available in local garages. No Valet available.
Central Parking System – 1616 Sansom Street
Parkway Corporation – 1845 Walnut Street
Central Parking System – 201 South 18th Street
Priority Parking – 1710 Chancellor Street
A word from a.kitchen
a. kitchen, located in the AKA Rittenhouse Square, is a contemporary American restaurant focused around Chef Eli Kulp's bold flavor-forward cooking on natural hardwood charcoal and accompanied by one of the most compelling wine lists in the country featuring many of the most in-demand Old World style artisan grower-producers in the world, as well as a large selection from leading natural winemakers.Continued
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a.kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (74)hot spot (48)notable wine list (42)special occasion (39)great for outdoor dining (35)great for lunch (34)great for brunch (30)romantic (29)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (16)scenic view (13)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (2)Show More
- Miss the old days for brunchLocalFoodieDined on 11/15/2014We used to be regulars for brunch. The staff are wonderful, the ambience is relaxed and elegant, but .... the food is no longer worth visiting. We have gone several times since the change in hands, and been disappointed each time. On the last visit, every item I ordered was profoundly over salted: scrambled eggs, potatoes and greens. The charcoal biscuit came already heavily spread with some sort of oil. My husband's French toast was lackluster, especially compared to the nearby Dandelion or Green Eggs Cafe. The menu is overall a bit too overdone for brunch; it looks similar to the dinner menu. I miss the homemade English muffin and heartier, more simple fare of the past.
- Another Eli Kulp gem...Cweb103VIPDined on 11/13/2014The food and amibiance here is phenomenal. The restaurant is really small, and its incredible how good of quality the food coming out of the kitchen is when you see how small it is in there. Standout dishes were the capputto brothers burrata, crispy broccoli, grilled prawns and pound cake with rye and caraway ice cream were all incredible. THe cocktails are really well prepared and delicious. Smoke signals cocktail was really outstanding. Fantastic experience and we will return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gastronomy to new heightsnessundormaDined on 11/12/2014The new menu at a.kitchen breaks new ground with unusual mixes of ingredients. We had a party of 6, and everyone enjoyed their meal. We shared tasting most of the dishes and the consensus was very trendy, new taste treats, and a great culinary experience. The ceviche scallops, the skate, and the beet salad were all outstanding. Highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful EveningAndrewVIPDined on 11/10/2014A.Kitchen has the most amazing combinations of classic ingredients to make new culinary masterpieces. Do NOT miss the Wagyu steak or the Vegetable Ash sourdough.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a.kitchen deliversViewfromtheStarrsDined on 11/8/2014a.kitchen gets better and better with the "new" chef dreaming up ever more interesting ways to deliver the duck platter. It's a little noisy but you can hear and there is every reason to go for the the food and the service which are both top-notch.Special Features:
- Dont pass this upJillyeatsPhillyVIPDined on 11/3/2014Have eaten at a.Kitchen several times. FABULOUS! The crispy green beans are addicting. I also enjoyed the charcoal scallops and burrata small plates. Had the Artic Char which was tasty, fresh and prepared perfectly. Topped it all off with the pound cake which was to die for. YUM is all I can say.Special Features:
- Exquisite but bring magnifier glassMarlenieGSVIPDined on 11/1/2014Really excited to get here due to glowing reviews - best of philly, etc. Waiter and staff excellent - Very interesting menu and everything delicious. Had hamachi to start. Six items recommended for couples - diff size small plates... however they were really small. But where's the beef? ordered a scallop dish - there were microscopic scallop slices. Same with cabbage pastrami dish- pastrami flavor and no meat; then there were two options for chicken thigh dish - small or large - ordered the small - ONE, yes ONE chicken thigh. No degree of creativeness can compensate for this skimpiness in my opinion. Lam dish was a "larger" entree and had about 4-5 small pieces. With wine (expensive by the glass and bottle) we spent a LOT of money.Special Features:
- Date Night SpotPhillydiningVIPDined on 11/1/2014Cute spot for date night. My husband and I enjoyed dining here for the first time over the weekend. Great wine list (a little too expensive) and delicious food. We shared a few of the smaller plates. Overall, great place! Would't go there with a group and wouldn't go there just for cocktails. They pack you in the dining area and bar seating is limited.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OverratedMissWillowDined on 10/31/2014I'm not sure how this restaurant was listed in the top Philadelphia restaurants. Very underwhelming and expected. Overpriced, flavors did not meet the mark. Only dish even worth mentioning was the Wagu Beef. Would NOT recommend.
- Mark DMarkDined on 10/30/2014Food was excellent. Waiter was knowledgeable and Helpful. Duck salad and prawns were great. Will definitely be coming back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/29/2014The menu is limited but unique and excellent tasting. The place feels cozy (but would be loud if it was crowded - we were there early, mid-week and on a rainy night) and the service was excellent. If you are a charcoal grill lover, nearly everything on the menu is creatively grilled, charred, smoked, etc. If you don't like that flavor or the smell that permeates the restaurant, I would avoid.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a.great mealanniemouseDined on 10/26/2014This was our first visit to a.kitchen and we were fortunate to have a server who was exceedingly helpful (not at all condesending) in explaining the menu and dishes. Thanks to him, we were able to select dishes that we loved. He also recommended a wine by the glass that complemented the meal very nicely. The noise level was tolerable, but we ate early and there was only one other group in the dining area. The small bar was noisy. We were impressed by the quality of the food and would recommend a.kitchen to friends.Special Features:
- Keep trying...BazkapVIPDined on 10/26/2014Sunday brunch: The setting and service were superb. Food is still evolving. The duck salad was well composed but wilted under its weight well before finishing. The chicken fried pork was hardy. Served on a warm plate a real plus. The price paid failed to deliver value and culinary delight.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting Menuzeus50VIPDined on 10/25/2014This restaurant had a varied selection of food. I liked the idea of dividing the menu into starters, mostly raw, small plates, char-broiled and sharing. We picked several items from each column on the advice of our waiter and really enjoyed our meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to try new foods/combinations.Special Features:
- Great Service - Good, fresh FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/24/2014The place is small so plan to sit close to others.Special Features:
- Great Food, Snooty VibeIHeartPhillyVIPDined on 10/22/2014The food here is excellent, but the vibe is pretty snooty from service to clientele. Would have enjoyed a glass of wine after our cocktails, but server never brought back the wine list. Seem to always have better dining experiences east of Broad.Special Features:
- NancyDined on 10/21/2014Inventive, delicious cocktails and food! A great restaurant to try some unusual combinations and flavors. Do try it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JadwaveVIPDined on 10/20/2014Overpriced and unsatisfactory in every way. I do not recommend it.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/18/2014Great food and service - the tartare was outstanding - best in the citySpecial Features:
- Great spotJohnDined on 10/17/2014A friend recommended a.kitchen as a "must" on our first trip to Philadelphia. The recommendation was true to its billing. Food was great with a combination of subtle (and some not so subtle) tastes in one plate. The three of us had lamb, artic char and duck as main courses. Each of us were raving that we had the best plate. Point is--they were all great. Special mention for the sommelier who did a great job recommending a wine at a reasonable price. We will definitely return. Very convenient to Ritterhouse Square.Special Features:
- Disappointed by service and foodflavorseekerVIPDined on 10/17/2014We were looking forward to our meal at a.kitchen and were disappointed by service and food. Although the server was pleasant she was not attentive, we waited 35 minutes for the starter. Additionally, she was not knowledgeable about menu fish when asked if it was wild or farmed -and regarding our starter (telling us they were having trouble shucking the oysters).The beet salad starter was extremely salty and after several bites was abandoned. Finally, the duck sandwich special that was described by the server as 'banh mi like' was nothing like the asian sandwich with crispy vegetable, heat and spice. Instead it was like chicken salad with spicy mayo - which was fine but not expected given the server's description.Special Features:
- Incredible foodOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/12/2014This is the best food we have had in Philly in years. Every dish had incredible flavors. An interesting wine list as well. The staff could not have been more helpful and pleasant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent!!NickDined on 10/11/2014The dinner and wine list were all wonderful. The meal was excellent all around and would highly recommend the East Coast Squid to anyone.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/5/2014The food is creative with delicious flavors, like the grilled eggplant. It was hard to decide what to eat. We will go back when we are next in Philadelphia.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great foodTAS1Dined on 10/5/2014Interesting menu; order stuff to share - best way to go in order to try more thingsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointed with hostessOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/2/2014When we arrived for our reservation, we requested to be seated at the windowseat because it was a nice evening to enjoy the fresh air and still be inside the restaurant. We were told that it was "reserved". That table remained vacant during our entire meal. That made me angry because we were seated near the open kitchen which is noisy and subject to cooking odors and grease clinging to clothing. The Wagyu beef was a little oversalted. Everything else was good.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too expensive for what it isOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 10/1/2014The food was good but the portions were so small compared to its prices. I think there are way better values and as good food in other places in the area.
- Awesome experience !123450Dined on 9/24/2014Took my fiancé and her freinds here for her birthday. The drinks were perfect - including the smokey egg white cocktail. Our server was super nice and even reccomended a great place to get drinks after dinner. But..... The best part was the food. Simply outstanding. Not huge portions , but the flavors made up for the size. Wagyu steak, beef tartare and the duck were so good. Highly reccomendedSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BucksBillDined on 9/23/2014We have dined at a.Kitchen in the past and have enjoyed ourselves, food is good and the service very good. On our last visit there was large table of 12 that made conversation at our table just about impossible. Noise is the one real negative about this restaurant. The servers are always very pleasant and knowledgeable as is the wine steward.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious TreatJoanVIPDined on 9/23/2014We weren't very hungry for dinner so we decided to go to a.kitchen for small plates. It was an excellent choice. The Dover sole with brown butter sauce melted in your mouth. The cornmeal pound cake was also delicious.Special Features:
- Not what I had in mindskyus1Dined on 9/22/2014I could not find anything in the menu appealing enough for me.
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/16/2014To be clear- the food was not disappointing. The food was good- nothing overly special that I would feel compelled to spend that kind of money for, but good. The Beef Tartare was my favorite. My disappointment stems from having made a reservation on opentable at a.kitchen thinking I was making a reservation during restaurant week for a. kitchen + bar (as in one restaurant). Needless to say I was extremely upset that when I arrived at a.kitchen and found out that they were not participating in restaurant week...but their sister restaurant a.bar was. I find it incredibly confusing when a restaurant has the whole name (a.kitchen+bar) listed on their website, the location we were in on their website and half of their name on opentable.
- Interesting, but not there yetFood4thoughtDined on 9/15/2014The descriptions on the menu were more tasty than the small, lukewarm, and expensive dishes. With some of the party averse to raw or spicy foods or beef, it was hard to compose a shared table, yet you need a party to assemble sufficient variety. Grilled, stuffed squid were excellent. Buckwheat noodles a total waste--a few clammy noodles with meaningless accompaniments in sour pickle juice. We were contacted several times to make sure that we intended to keep our reservation, but the service was not as attentive in person. Even with all of the street windows open, the grill ventilation was inadequate.
- foodiedudieVIPDined on 9/13/2014Eli Kulp has worked his magic at a.kitchen. I really enjoyed everything we ate...the Arctic char was great, as were the beets, and the side of leeks was amazing. The noise level however, on a Saturday night was deafening. Acoustics are a problem here. We could not hear what anyone was saying.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- letseatoutVIPDined on 9/13/2014Good food, nicely presented. Basically a tasting menu at full menu prices.
- A lovely evening.AmieDined on 9/12/2014Overall, our experience was very positive but I did have a few points that took me out of the experience. Mainly, the course timing wasn't great. Our first three items came out so quickly that I couldn't remember what the first item tasted like by the time the second and then third came out. It was certainly not the leisurely dining experience that I was looking for. Also, the gazpacho, while very nice, was overpowered by the chili oil to the point that you couldn't taste the crab at all. The duck breast was definitely the highlight of the meal and was amazing. The dessert, a cornmeal concoction, was also great although I would have preferred it with a different ice cream. It could have been improved with a sweeter element.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best of PhiladelphiatravelstoeatDined on 9/12/2014We were in Philadelphia during restaurant week, so many places had their best foot forward, and this was the best of the lot. It has a seriously thoughtful menu, excellent food, fun cocktails, sidewalk and window seating, and really wonderful service. Our waiter overheard one of us mention an allergy to onions, and he came back with a complete list (as opposed to o few choices) of what was safe for her. It's trendy now to say 'all our plates are for sharing', but here they really are.Special Features:
- KateDined on 9/10/2014We actually at at a.bar for Restaurant Week. Our reservation was switched from a.kitchen to a.bar.Our meal was delicious--nice portions. It is very noisy however!Special Features:
- A local gemdanieleDined on 9/9/2014We tired a .bar... During the restaurant week. Great food, amazing presentation, innovative ... Kuddos to the chef ! Great location where you can see the bustle of the city, in a cosy environment ...and the service is spectacular . The young man at the bar was most helpful, attentive to our needs and made the experience even friendlier !Special Features:
- MediorceBlueXVIPDined on 9/7/2014After the writeup in Philly Mag and my friends' recommendations, I thought this would be a hit. I wasn't impressed, though. Service was incredibly slow (we sat for 20 mins waiting for our server). Food was good, but not outstanding. Atmosphere was nice, though. I hope this was just an off-night...Special Features: