Waban Kitchen
Waban Kitchen

Waban Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wabankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 6175587677x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen:

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 10
    Friday and Saturday 5 - 10:30

    Bar:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 11
    Friday and Saturday 5 - 11:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Fournier
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Waban T Stop on the D Green line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Waban Kitchen
The second venture of Chef Jeff Fournier, chef/owner of 51 Lincoln, Waban Kitchen focuses on the principles of tradition and creativity. It is our mission to provide you with an experience that exceeds the high standards of quality that we set for ourselves. We take pride in our passion and dedication to hospitality and welcome you as a guest in our home. We aim to create an experience that showcases both food and drink and crafted pairings to reflect such a philosophy.

Please contact Michael at the number provided for bookings of parties 5 or more.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Waban Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (46)special occasion (16)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Friendly, wait staff, knowledgeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Friendly, wait staff, knowledgeable. Open kitchen. Chef chatted with us. All 4 in our party very impressed with their entrees. Delivered hot to the table. Wine by the glass not too outrageous. Special pies for dessert. We shared an awesome pecan pie with a side of ice cream. It is pricey for a little store front. Most entrees are 28-32 dollars. I definitely would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner was very good. We
    maxwellsVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    Dinner was very good. We had three dishes, the five spice chicken, mushroom risotto and the flank steak. All were good but it was the flank steak that stole the show for us, just yummy. Nicely cooked and well presented. Also had the lobster souffle for appetizer and it was heavenly. Nice find in the suburbs!!
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  • Skip this new restaurant
    KimSVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Very disappointed. No one greeted us when we entered. Finally we were greeted, but she kept us standing there for about 7 minutes trying to figure out where to seat us. The restaurant was empty except for one person(5:15pm, the only reservation available). The tables were placed so close together that it was impossible to get in without pulling a table out. We were seated next to the one person in the restaurant, but when I complained(there wasn't room for two people to sit)she explained that I probably didn't understand how restaurants work, and then asked the woman to move over. Service was cold and unwelcoming, especially for a new restaurant. Won't return.
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  • The wine list is very expensive,
    TedO
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    The wine list is very expensive, especially for what you get. The below is on a scale of 1-5: Pasta Bolognese was good, but we have often had as good or better. 3 1/2 Steak Tartare was very good. Nice flavor & tasty 3 1/2 The "perfect salad" was good, but nothing special 3 The Salmon au Poivre was perfectly cooked at the recommeded "medium"and interestingly flavored 4 1/2 The Five Spice Roasted chicken was outstanding with intense complex flavors. The breast was a touch overcooked. 4 1/2 With the expensive wines, expect to pay about $160.00 per couple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a delightful restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    What a delightful restaurant. Excellent service, delicious food. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a huge menu, but everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Not a huge menu, but everything they have they do well and is delicious. The staff is really friendly and service is great. The place is small and the tables are close to one another, but the bar seating is great - I actually prefer to sit there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missing Kouzina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Like that a nice restaurant is in a our neighborhood..but disappointed with small portions and overpriced items. Gnocchi was $30! Miss Kouzina! Hoping they will vary the options.. and offer more fish and vegetarian options. Liked the atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious although
    Kenny
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Food was delicious although portions were more suited to fit conscious, small eating types. Appetizers and main courses tiny, with the exception of the homemade rigatoni carbonara, which was tasty and plentiful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere was great but food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    Atmosphere was great but food was expensive and there was not a very big selection. The wine list by the glass was limited and bottle prices were pretty high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant! My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Wonderful restaurant! My wild boar braised with chocolate was outstanding. I also loved my cornbread cupcake with goat cheese frosting. Very friendly neighborhood restaurant with outstanding food. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My only complaint is with
    FoodaholicVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    My only complaint is with the entrance. It is freezing every time the door opens! Once this is fixed, the ambience will be 5 star! The boar stew was sublime and the hangar steak (although my last choice in cuts) was tender and perfectly cooked. The starter portion of the bolognese could have been more generous but it was delicious. Might have to have a full bowl next time!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although the food was good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    Although the food was good, the portions were small for the money and the tables for two were ridiculously close together. We felt like we were out to dinner with two other couples.
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  • Not as good as Kouzina
    NotAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Not as good as Kouzina, the restaurant it replaced in Waban Square -- and more expensive! The redecoration was very successful, with an interesting, warm atmosphere (despite very cold breezes from the door every time it opened). Service was excellent, but the food itself was uneven. The over-hyped "perfect green salad" was anything but. The dressing was very oily and extremely salty, making the salad nearly inedible and not worth finishing. Entrees of marinated flank steak and the day's special of bay scallops and littleneck clamms were both superb. However, the dessert of "traditional American" apple pie (again, too many adjectives) was ordinary and very excessively seasoned with cloves. The wine list was very high end.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really fabulous - glad it's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Really fabulous - glad it's only a block away. Loved the wild boar. LIked that they name a wine to go with each entree. Smiling chefs and staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some excellent dishes were
    nsadovniVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Some excellent dishes were balanced by some mediocre ones. The lobster souffle dip is outstanding, but the lentils that came with the grilled prawns were bland and of no interest. Seviche was excellent, but the cheese plate was a bit stingy and the manchego underwhelming. Five-spice chicken was a solid choice, as was the salmon, though both were a bit too salted, whereas the mackerel came off as less than fresh. Ice creams were superb, especially the pistachio-goat cheese flavor. Overall a 4/5 rating in our book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, great food. The
    OrrerrificVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Great place, great food. The menu is somewhat limited so some people would not find what they want but what they do have is original and very well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere is inviting
    Out2lunchVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    The atmosphere is inviting with the exposed brick walls, a vibrant bar area, contemporary artwork by the chef, and soft tone lighting. The food is delicious, and the service attentive. It exudes bistro, but the prices aren't for everyday dining in the suburbs, especially the wine list.The menu is limited with 5 entree selections (although there usually is a dinner special) and can be tricky if you aren't dining with someone adventurous, given the chicken dish is a strongly flavored "5-spice".
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous all around!!!
    Loves2eatanddrinkVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2012
    Love this place! I hesitate giving it the review it deserves because I fear we will never get in again. Jeff outdid himself with this place. Other than the Hostess it is excellent! Servers are friendly and very knowledgeable. Bartender is great!!! Food is fantastic! Ambience is warm and welcoming. What a fantastic spot!!!i
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • The Kitchen was warm and inviting.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    The Kitchen was warm and inviting. The special drink list was excel tic, and the wines, while pricey, were good. The Salomon au Poive was a standout, as was the Whipped Lobster Dip. Service was lovely, and the little bar area looked very inviting. I would go back just for a glass of wine and a dessert. The downside of my experience at The Waban Kitchen was that the noise level was virtually intolerable. The overall noise level was too high, and in addition, there was a party of six who were so noisy that it ruined my dining experience. Management should have interceded to quiet them down, and they certainly did not need that last bottle of wine that was served after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will wait to come back....
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Service was most excellent from the time GM Debra greeted us, to the moment we stepped out. However, we weren't impressed w/ some of our meals. We started out w/ delicious appetizers, seafood ceviche & tempura mushrooms, so of course we couldn't wait for our main entrees to arrive. My husband ordered salmon au poivre & I had roasted 1/2 chicken. His salmon was tinier than tiny (@ 4.5x2), while my chicken was humongous! Both were @ the same price ($26 & $24). Didn't take him long to finish & he soon ate my chicken. His salmon tasted good, mine was on the dry side. We also shared a bottle of the cheapest red wine, Rioja, at $52. The prices, the portion, & the very casual ambiance (alternative 80's music background) just didn't go together.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tops. Jeff out did himse.lf.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    tops. Jeff out did himse.lf. can't wait until my next visit
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef's table was entertaining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Chef's table was entertaining and convivial. Food creative with wonderful flavor combos.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    DebbyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    We were disapointed - the portions were tiny, the concept was not explained well, very limited menu option. Not a place that we would frequent.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We wanted to order the entire menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Four of us enjoyed a memorable early dinner at the Waban Kitchen. The small restaurant has about 10 tables for two, and another 10-12 seats at the bar. Highlights included a shared plate of lobster soufflé dip with flatbread; small plates of chile-infused chicken liver paté, and the cheese of the day (Fourme d'Ambert, with honey and walnuts); and an entrée of salmon au poivre -- but everything we tried was exceptional. Service was prompt and friendly. The menu offers reasonably-priced wine pairings for each item.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They just opened and did a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    They just opened and did a great job. Service was attentive but not at all pushy. Atmosphere hip but relaxing; a beautiful remake of that space. I loved the chicken pâté. The texture and taste were superb. My steak was undercooked and too salty, however. Overall, a good time and I'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming ambiance of a local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    Charming ambiance of a local gem. The service was excellent and ambiance rustic yet Elegant. Food was great and wines delicious. My only concern is that the menu does not match with The ambiance of the restaurant as it is too fancy and the portions are small. There should be some options for kids as it has been a neighborhood place and just adding a good Burger would make this happen. I would recommend not having a menu like 51 Lincoln but More casual menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointing
    foodie
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    We were excited to welcome this new restaurant to the menu. It was fine but nothing special. The "sharing plates were generally good though portions were quite small and on the pricey side. The "perfect green salad" was some lettuce with a few mushrooms- very unremarkable for $11. Prawns on lentils was tasty but skimpy-only two shrimp on this plate. Not sure we'd rush back here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thrilled to have the 51 Lincoln
    RestaurantRegularVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    Thrilled to have the 51 Lincoln sister restaurant in Waban. The decor is warm and friendly, the service excellent and the menu is interesting and very tasty. The food tends toward the "gourmet comfort" end of the spectrum. A few lighter dishes would be welcome. Great addition to Newton
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was wonderful. Too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Service was wonderful. Too few seats too close together. Front door exposes some tables to uncomfortable drafts. Food was very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great addition to the suburban
    Out2lunchVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    A great addition to the suburban dinng scene! Food is delicious, and the accompianments to dishes show the care and skilll in the kichen.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am a big fan of Jeff Fournier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    I am a big fan of Jeff Fournier and his 51 Lincoln so I couldn't wait to try his new place, Waban Kitchen. We went on its second day open. You never would have known it was only their second day. Everything ran smoothly like they had been open for weeks. They did a beautiful build out of the old space and the bar is the best part! I love sitting there and looking at the open kitchen. The staff could not have been friendlier or more accomodating. The chef came out to check on how everyone was doing and what they thought of their meals. The food was spectacular - pretty much somehting for everyone and new spins on stuff. Not a big menu, which I actually prefer - lets the kitchen focus on getting everything right. I will be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad to have a place back
    tsktskVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    Glad to have a place back in the neighborhood. Wonderful service - interesting menu - and destined to be even more interesting as the kitchen evolves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet