The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kirklandtapandtrotter.com/
  • Phone: (857) 259-6585
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Thursday
    Food: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Drink: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Friday and Saturday
    Food: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Drink: 5:30 pm - 1:00 am

    Brunch Sundays: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beacon St
  • Public Transit: Harvard Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking available in metered spots on Washington Street and Beacon Street. Additionally, if you are a Cambridge or Somerville resident, there are plenty of resident parking spots in the area. We do not offer valet parking, nor do we have a parking lot.
A word from The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Welcome to The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Our food is simple, hearty and approachable. It is how Chef Maws cooks at home for friends and family. At the center of the kitchen is our hardwood grill where you can find us cooking up any of our options to share as well as other grilled fare. Tony has designed an affordable menu, making it easy to eat here often. Keeping with the theme of The Kirkland Tap & Trotter being an every night of the week establishment, beverage choices will also be representative of things we like to drink. We invite you to drop by after work to try something from our expansive beer list, a straight forward and delicious cocktail or one of our many wines by the glass with our usual preference toward wines with a bit of funk. We’re open for dinner seven days a week.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter reviews from OpenTable diners
240 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (180)neighborhood gem (151)hot spot (110)good for groups (99)vibrant bar scene (96)great for brunch (55)kid-friendly (48)special occasion (35)late-night find (26)notable wine list (24)romantic (14)great for lunch (8)Show More
  • Great place for adventurous eaters!
    Swimmingsportsmom
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I took my family of 5 to this neighborhood tavern for a special dinner and the food was outstanding. Our favorites of the night were the braised short rib appetizer, the pork chop, their house burger with kimchee and fried egg on top and my little one had the fried chicken. The meat was delicious and cooked like I have never tasted. The wait staff was laid back and casual and helped explain the menu. We didn't care as much for the pork belly. Their local beer pick was delicious as well. I would love to try their Sunday brunch. What a wonderful neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively place with nice food
    MikeT
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Went for dinner with friends and found the food to be excellent. The fried smelt appetizer (nightly special) was really fresh and perfectly flash-fried; it was an unusual item that I've never seen anywhere else, but perfectly executed and just right for sharing. My skate wing entree was also beautifully done and nicely presented. Service was very good, attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is raucous, especially on a Saturday night, but fun. Menu selection is a bit limited, and the prices are a bit higher than some other local places, but I thought the things we got were quite reasonably priced for such high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barbVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My husband finds the menu very appealing but I do not. Food sounds heavy and unappealing and I am not a fan of pork belly and salmon head or sausages. The sides were the only food that truly appealed to me and they were delicious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    BillCambridgeVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We came here for the first time after reading about it in Boston Magazine's Top 50 issue. We hit a lot of the best restaurants in the city and this was one that we hadn't tried. Although the food was good, it was not the best value around. I think if you stick to their simple things, like the burger and a beer, you are probably going to have a good experience. We went with two of the more upscale dinner choices, the skate and chicken, and they were decent but not awesome. I guess I got spoiled by Gordon Hammersly when it comes to chicken. The drinks were good too, but also just not great value. The margarita is the smallest margarita I've ever seeen. On a positive note, the staff were very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love KT&T!
    Dantri
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Best chicken I've ever eaten! We loved the mussels, fried pork ribs and brussels sprouts too. We sat with a view of the kitchen which was awesome. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Amazing good, the chef there is fantastic! My friend said, it was probably the best burger she's ever eaten. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go For the Chicken (or whatever strikes your fancy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Second visit to Kirkland Tap & Trotter. The first was so enjoyable, I knew I had to return. There are some creative, interesting dishes on the menu as one might expect from a Tony Maws restaurant (Craigie on Main), but most of the menu is comfort food. Their Fire-Roasted half chicken is the best dish of its type in the Boston area thanks to the way its seasoned and how moist it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    AJ13
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Ok, so the food here is amazing. We shared the farro spaghetti for an appetizer and couldn't get enough of it. Then we had the lamb two ways (chop and sausage) special, also amazing. The staff was very helpful, and apologetic when it took a while for our drinks to come. We had decided against getting a dessert, but one of the staff came over with a complementary sorbet dessert to compensate for the slow drink service. That was really nice. Things I didn't like: being seated next to a family with three children under the age of 5 at 9:00 on a Saturday night. They were very fussy and crying. I'm all for parents being able to bring their kids out to eat with them, but a very cramped and busy bar on a Saturday night is not the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait even with a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We waited almost an hour even though we had a reservation, but it was worth it since the food was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room for improvement
    jnbcambridge
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The restaurant plays their music so loud you cannot carry on a conversation. Tables are jammed together. The food was good but over priced by Cambridge standards.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good
    L02118VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had dinner Sunday night at KT&T. Frog legs app and octopus app were good. Pork belly was ok. Cheeseburger was very good. Drinks were fine, nothing outstanding. Beer list was long, but I still didn't find something I wanted. All in all, I really wanted to love this place, because I love Craigie and love a gastropub, but I was underwhelmed. Cheeseburger was the best thing we had, but I still prefer Alden and Harlow's burger to this. Bottom line: maybe it was just Sunday, but everything was just ok to good. Won't drive back to Somerville for this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, drinks and menu!
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Such a fun night out. Love how spacious it feels, the wood work and the kitchen fire that you see immediately upon walking in. The drinks were very strong, and the menu was very intriguing. Ordered the beef stew, the cheeseburger and the mussels. All were full of bold, interesting flavors and I can't wait to try more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced without any cause
    gossnjVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Off the bat, KT&T was a lovely spot and our service was good. Have no complaints there. However, when it came to the food, I was disappointed. KT&T has a reputation as an up-and-comer in the neighborhood, and I was looking forward to trying them. I ordered a chili special for brunch, my wife got their kale salad and we shared. The portion size on the chili was quite small, and for some reason it was presented in a flat wide bowl, causing it to cool very quickly. As a result, I had lukewarm chili from the time it reached the table My wife's salad was severely overdressed. Needless to say, it hardly seem worth the $15 price tag of each item. We walked out having spent ~$50 (w/tip) for a small bowl of lukewarm chili, a salad, and a beer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good but inconsistent
    Raylo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Extremely happening venue, excellent hip service staff very friendly and attentive. I loved the octopus and the pork rib appetizers - they were excellent. My companions loved the farro spaghetti to (I wasn't a huge fan). Two disappointments were the skate which was over salted and overpowered by the sauce, and the ice cream cookie dessert which was served in a boring useless sauce and needs a other kind of cookie on the outside - all of us agreed. On the other hand the poached pear dessert was excellent. All in all very good but too expensive for the inconsistency. If you're going to charge 28 dollars for an entree it better be fantastic.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st and likely last time
    starfishVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I'd heard great things about KTT from friends and was excited to finally check it out. I was super disappointed. While my appetizer and dessert were very good and served in a timely manner, my entrée was pretty terrible. I had the Colorado lamb 2 ways and the chop was about 90% fat and the sauce was just strange. I should have sent it back but after waiting so long to get it I just didn't want to bother. I'd probably go back for drinks and appetizers, but given the price point and the number of other restaurants in Somerville and Cambridge that are truly outstanding I won't be rushing back here anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ER325VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    geat meal; great service. unfortunately not very comfortable tables and chairs and much too noisy. Why on earth do they play music in a restaurant with not sound dedening?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thoroughly enjoyable brunch!
    HilaryR
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had brunch at Kirkland Tap & Trotter on a recent trip to Somerville. I picked the restaurant from reviews online, but my daughter who is in grad school in town, really enjoyed the food, as did her 90 yr old grandmother. The food was great, the service as good, the noise level was not bad and the Bloody Mary was nice and spicy. I would definitely return for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around great brunch!
    ommap
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We've been to KTT for dinner before, which is great! And it turns out brunch is great too! We enjoyed the Mediterranean brunch (eggplant yum!), hot dog hash (they make their own hot dogs yum!), burger (love their burgers yum!), and french toast (didn't even need the syrup yum!). It's a kid-friendly atmosphere, and the staff were very accommodating and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh that chicken!
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Squeaked into K T&T for a late Saturday night dinner. The place was hopping, but we managed a quieter table in a corner near the bar. My companion had a lamb (chop and homemade sausage) special--exquisite--and I had my usual fire-roasted chicken, as juicy and tasty as ever. We shared the country pate as an appetizer and it was both subtle and full of flavor, with two perfect seedy mustards and grlled onions. Always a treat to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    Eatoutmore
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food and service here are outstanding. The menu has been reorganized and is easier to read. The excellent selection of beers is better described, too. I can hardly stay away from this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best New Resturant Around
    regulareaterouter
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    If you haven't been yet, you need to go. This place has it all. Great beer, excellent wine, and I can't say enough about the food. Be sure to go on Hot Dog Mondays and never skip dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    brunchmunch
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was disappointed with The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. My experience at their Sunday Brunch: Cons: The kitchen lost/forgot about our order, even though the restaurant was not nearly full. When the food did come out, mine was a little cold. Small portions considering how much you pay. Cocktails were tiny as well. Our waitress was sweet, but not very knowledgeable or attentive. Pros: The hostess was very nice and did her best to accommodate my party when we were a bit early for our reservation. Great décor. We were given a complimentary salad when our food was late. (Except when you're starving and you've ordered hot dog hash smothered in hollandaise sauce, the last thing you want to eat is a kale salad.)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • ScientistVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my first time having brunch at Kirkland Tap & Trotter. I love the dinners, so I figured brunch would be the same. I have to admit, I'll probably stick to the dinners. There was nothing terribly wrong with our meal, I just think dinner is a much better deal and I've always been very happy with the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Ward8westend
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The quality of the meat was excellent and meals were good. We have been to several other places in the city that were as good and better, but maybe our expectations were too high.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Service Lacking
    Food4FunVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a 7:30 reservation, actually seated at our table at 8:15. We put in our orders quickly and the appetizers came out fairly fast, but it was 9:30 by the time our entrees were served. The food itself was very tasty (appetizers: OK Kale & Apple Salad & mushroom side; entrees: wonderful Persian Stew, the burger, and the Loup de Mer; desserts: fantastic poached pear & ice cream sundae) but it seems the restaurant is working out some timing kinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual chic, and kid friendly
    Lolabean
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I really enjoyed this place, mainly due to the friendly and knowledgable server. The food was excellent - I had the fixed price "neighborhood special" (a mussels appetizer; kielbasa (perfectly grilled) with very spicy mustard, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes; and my choice from the dessert menu (Bourbon-caramel banana split). As has been reported, the prices are high, but the portions seemed more than adequate. My husband and I each had some questions about the type of gin and type of bourbon they had, and in addition to the report of the server on her experience, we were shown a complete list of the brands available. They have a kids' menu and there were at least two tables with kids being served when we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service, Too Loud
    Thoughts4FoodVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food is excellent. The service is excellent. It can be really loud when full. Very hard to have a conversation with someone sitting across from you without shouting even though the tables are cozy. Not a good place for a first date. Great place to dine with your significant other, especially at the bar. Since you can sit close you don't have to shout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and staff
    TedM
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The mussels and beef kabob main entrée were excellent. The staff is upbeat, attentive, and creates a very positive atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rocking gourmet
    AntikVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I like this place for a creative take on simple ingredients. Speaking of which my hamburger was heavenly. grass fed juicy beef full of flavor. As soon as I bit into my first morsel, there was no stopping. interesting take on pickles pears, peanuts and such, Crinkly pickles that accompanied hamburger were rather unsatisfying, nothing inside only the skin, I found cut too hard. Side dish of turnip was heartwarming tribute to the fall. Music selection, Sunday night was rocking !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bring a small appetite & big wallet
    elHamsterDiabloVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service is professional. The portions are silly. Especially for a place the bills itself as a "tavern". To charge me standard price for a cocktail half the size is just silly. We started ordering two at time, they are just that small. And the food? Good not great. My "entree" burger was only slightly larger than a slider. I asked for it medium, it came out medium rare. Halfway through the bun is a soggy mess. So it was ok, but money vs enjoyment vs portions this place is EXPENSIVE, and not in a good way.
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  • Hip, fun and delicious
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    KTT is a really fun little place. It was laid back enough to take the kids and hip enough that we felt good about being there. And the food is really amazing. We had the salmon head - gross and yet so delicious! I need a moment to recover! The pate de campagne was excellent. The duck for two was juicy and perfect. And the banana split should not go by such a mundane name. Soo good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Purdy Good
    KenS
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I liked it. Decor is sweet, lots of mechanical/dirty hanging objects, but lots of natural light keeps it all looking clean (and of course it is actually clean). Tasty food, including the most gently poached egg I've had. I'd come back. BONUS POINTS: Waitress didn't flinch when we showed the free entree coupon. I'm always anxious about the staff being cranky when I use those, but not so at Kirkland Tap & Trotter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, not for Vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious food. Had a great piece of swordfish. Not a huge vegetarian selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOO MUCH SALT
    TAC1VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been to KT&T four times and the first three were in the 3 or 4-star range, but this time was not good at all. All of the food was WAY over-salted - from the octopus app to both entrees (burger and swordfish)- all we could taste was salt. I'm also disappointed that the chef known for his burger cannot get French fries right. They've changed them a few times and the most recent version are a soggy, salty mess.
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  • Free bar snacks? Yes, please!
    crev34
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I thought the word complimentary meant something else for just a second... but this is true, there are free bar apps everyday from 5:30-6:30. Everything we had was delicious: whipped ricotta flatbread, chicken, burger. You name it, all amazing! The bar was energetic and the staff was very knowledgeable and welcoming. I went twice in one week for dinner if that tells you anything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Craigie Does it Again!
    Poosier
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is just like their sister restaurant, Craigie on Main - excellent food, great atmosphere. You really see the influence, but KT&T is definitely their own restaurant. It's more affordable than Craigie and menu is unique. Service started off great, but a big party came in and we started to see it slack, but understandably so. The mussels and the amazing sauce with the corn is great, prefix menu with the housemade kielbasa is a must try - and I loved my sirloin tips! The grilled corn and green beans make great sides. I can't wait to go back! It's a must try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ginny
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our table was waiting when we arrived. We had a pleasant experience. The food was good and the service was excellent. We will return for other brunches in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch
    JessaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We tried Kirkland for brunch recently, we got the burger and the house-made spaghetti. The burger was ok, the meat was cooked a little too rare (I asked for MR and it was rare); I've had better burgers in Boston, so I won't go running back for this one. The spaghetti was delicious, as always. We also split a sticky bun which is out of this world good. Coffee was excellent and bloody mary was good if you like cumin (note, if you are not a cumin fan, do not get the bloody). I would certainly come back for the spaghetti and some cocktails, and perhaps a sticky bun or two. Note: Apparently this is a very kid-friendly brunch spot (so maybe avoid if you're looking for a quiet meal).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best of the best
    HungryDiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Hubby had their rightly named best burger. I had the American Breakfast which had what my husband proclaimed was the best sausage ever. Also though brunch was very filling, we opted for the dessert biscuit which was extraordinary definitely a must!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food but also accessible. Great service. Only comment is a more affordable wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.