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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kirklandtapandtrotter.com
  • Email: info@tapandtrotter.com
  • Phone: (857) 259-6585
  • Hours of Operation: Seven Days a Week
    Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:45pm
    Bar: 5:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • 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. Brunch will be coming soon!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Each dish we tried was absolutely fantastic -- very tasty and original. However, the restaurant was very noisy and it was quite difficult to hear the person seated across from me. That made for a frustrating friday evening. I would go back for the food, but on a weeknight when I might actually be able to hold a conversation during dinner."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is exactly the way so many of us have been longing to eat again! "Home cooking" style - rustic, delicious food in the hands of a master. Tony Maws has nailed it!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My friend and I came for a weeknight dinner and enjoyed great service, good beer recommendations and overall nice ambiance. Very hip place. The octopus was cured overnight and not at all rubbery - delicious. The upscale banana split with flambe bananas and mexican chocolate ice cream is also worth the trip ;-)"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed the mushroom & Sirloin tips.... but found typical TMaws overpricing here"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went out for my Mother's birthday dinner w/ 6 family members + a 6 month old baby. KTT was MORE than welcoming to our larger group and had absolutely no problem with us having the baby there during their peak hours. We made a reservation and were then able to change the reservation a week in advance which was perfect since we had a surprise party (for mom) to run to after dinner. We loved the table location, the amount of light and the speed at which the food came out. The actual food was unbelievable. For apps we got the mussels, rabbit, and yellowfin tuna (special). Our waitress was kind enough to bring extra bread to mop up the mussel sauce! For dinner we had pork chops, chicken, whole fish, steak tips and pasta - all phenomenal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and sampled amongst the four of us many of the menu items, our favorites being the tuna sashimi, lamb ribs, dorade, pork belly and the keilbasa. The skate wing was declared by our friend to be the best he had ever had. We especially like the dessert panna cotta as well. The aioli sauce accompanying the grilled artichoke was weak and too mayonnaise-y. Service was very helpful and they did not pester us to get up after our leisurely dinner on a Friday night. Don't go with anyone with a hearing issue, the decibels were on the boomy side. Kudos to Tony M!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Frankly, we were a little disappointed. The wine by the glass (Zweigelt, Nebbiolo) is mediocre. The food was not memorable --nothing bad, but nothing that made you want to come back. (Ok, the roasted artichoke was very good; I tried replicating it last night, but couldn't get it to come out as well as their kitchen did.) Service was good. No flashes of Craige on Main."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Hearty and delicious food! Balanced and creative drinks, and a selection of unusual beers and ciders, including magnum sizes! We had the Chef's Call, which is 4 courses served family style, except for dessert, which is individual and different for each diner. We couldn't argue with the deliciousness of the choices!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wait staff treat you like an old friend. Exquisite sashimi just one of the dishes worth recommending. Delicious mussels, dorade, sirloin. Knowledgeable waiter offered great wine suggestions. Noise increased as evening progressed, but just felt part of the relaxed atmosphere and the fun. If this is the New Pub, who needs restaurants?"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We came with a group and ordered a variety of dishes, all of which were based on simple ingredients, taken to a higher level by interesting combinations. The staff were very accommodating of our daughter's special requests, but one would want to carefully consider the menu before bringing a kid here. It's very noisy, but everything else is so good we'll be back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Decent food, but failed to distinguish itself from any of a host (think: Ribelle) of new restaurants focused on snout-to-tail meat, locally sourced, and having a distressed glass/brick/industrial chic feel. Smelts and accompanying sprout salad had limited taste, too much salt, and overwhelmed by Russian dressing. Pork chop was tender and perfectly cooked. Desserts are fantastic and not too large. Very interesting and well-priced wine list, plus unusual menu of after dinner drinks with a handful each of brandy and tequila offerings. Service attentive/enthusiastic in low-key way. Music playing on speakers was overwhelming until room filled up. Big open space but a little generic. I was expecting a menu more interesting from Tony Maws."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Definitely not the service or quality of food we were expecting. Server barely acknowledged us (after about 15-20 mins I had to ask the hostess to track down our server) and our food was good at best - again, was expecting to be wowed given the price and high quality of Craigie."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservations, got a great spot at the bar overlooking the busy kitchen, so we decided to eat at the bar, good choice. Like any great kitchen the team effort was very evident. Even though it was a crazy busy Sat night, seemed as though the kitchen staff were just grooving and loving it!!!!! Food was amazing and came with a guide for eating. We split an order of sardines and were instructed on how to eat them without the tiny bones being an issue. Same thing with my whole fish entrée. Had a great cocktail which was perfectly balanced. Beer selection was great. Shared a dessert, yummy and very creative without being over the top. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Was looking forward to this trendy new spot & just assumed the food being delicious (or even very good) would be a given. I now know of three parties who thought it was downright awful. The menu sounds great but the reality is disappointing at best. Cold, overcooked meat & bland attempts at sauces & chutneys coupled with a boring wine list & forgetful waitstaff just make this place not worth your time with so many other decent options nearby."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went with a large and somewhat disorganized group. Wait staff was great at managing our requests and questions and being attentive to the table - taking drink orders throughout the evening etc. We had a food allergy (gluten/celiac) in our party and the servers and runners were very clear about what could/could not be eaten (and there were many dishes that could!). The food as expected was great - appetizer plates were a good size to pass around the table and "mains" were huge."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food here is really good. Unfortunately I think the mandate for servers is to pressure people into buying more food than they need. Overall we had a great time but were slightly irked by the upsell tactics."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wicked noisy, but generally good and fun. would be great if the noise could be turned down a bit somehow"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I am a huge fan of Craigie on Main, been there numerous times. It's always quality food. Kirkland was really just another gastropub, this one with a big name attached. Had fried smelt for an app, definitely more than enough for two, which was nice. Could have been a little more seasoned, but the dip was nice. Had the special for a main - pig's neck. Really boring, though the cranberries were nice and the mustard greens cut the richness of the meat well. Overall the meat went past tender into mushy, and the flavor just wasn't there. Beer selection is decent, wine selection is decent, atmosphere is nice, but I wouldn't go back for any of that - there are plenty of restaurants that do it better."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Tony has done it again. Fun and sophisticated. Great food and great staff."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Need I say more. This is eating the old fashioned way-roll up your sleeves, dig in, share bites, mop up the juices. Unpretentious and absolutely delicious. friendly and knowledgeable service too. Plus the space is very cool."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "the grass fed burger was juicy, compact (and therefore relatively easy to eat), delicious and on a yummy bun with poppy seeds. roasted sun chokes outstanding. interesting wine selection by the glass. a bit noisy for intimate conversation, but loved the casual, lively atmosphere. some items on the menu very unusual if you're feeling adventurous, e.g., fish head, whole sardines, trotters (the meat from pig feet put into a patty and fried like a crab cake). but some standard options too. all in all an enjoyable, interesting restaurant."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food here is always fantastic! The burger is a fan fave, and I love the pasta with pumpkin cream sauce and chicken livers. Last night I couldn't decide between two desserts, the ice cream sandwich or the banana split, so I had both - yum! The service is top notch too. And try the egg cream from the bar. Seriously, I can't get enough of this place."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Excellently prepared food, though on the greasy side. Inspired menu with challenging but innovative combinations of ingredients. It is unfortunate that all this is happening in an environment nearly UN-livable. There is nothing to absorb the infernal noise. We could not hear the waitress' recitation of the specials; she could not hear our orders. Open kitchen and bar, with very high ceilings (factory decor) in which everything was reflecting all the sounds. On top, music which only made things worse. We ate quickly and got out to talk on the street. Excellent potential if the venue is altered!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Not safe for vegetarians! Which is fine by me- and I don't think anyone who is familiar with Tony Maws would expect it to be! Everything was delicious and drenched in delicious meat products. Pork chop was amazing, Brussels sprouts in duck fat phenomenal. Leave room for dessert, it wasn't a throwaway. Only teeny tiny complaint was that the otherwise awesome wait staff tried to whisk my plate away about 3 times before I finished eating. Maybe they decided I was done- or should be!!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Knowing who the chef is, and tasting some fantastic plates, I think the Restaurant is "going to be great". That being said, a few plates were less than fantastic, a few drink orders were messed up, some of the food that we ordered didn't get delivered. The staff did enthusiastically try to address any concerns. Overall service was inconsistent and food while generally excellent, still has some work to go...."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I like Tom Maslow. He makes good food & great menus. Well, he designs great dishes & so does his team. What I don't appreciate about Kirkland is how it marries a high price point, in a hard-to-get-to place, with a completely casual atmosphere & uncomplicated food, then does the following 3 things: 1. 14 oz beers for $7+. I applaud the fact that it says it on the menu, but why not pour full pints? 2. Appetizers have 3 portions and the waitress upsells a 4th portion for $5--a lamb rib for $5 more. Parties usually come in 2 and 4, so this is on purpose. 3. Not having items on the menu & pushing people into more expensive specials? Unpriced unless asked. Get: Lamb ribs, skate wing, chocolate tart Don't get: Salmon head ($16!), cheeseburger"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was out of this world good!! I would definitively eat here again. We really enjoyed ourselves. The only complaint I have is my boyfriend ordered the special (which was fantastic) but it cost more then $2 0 over the most expensive entree. Also I completely forgot the meters go until 8 in Somerville so bring quarters."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wear plaid if you want to pass as waitstaff ;) Good cocktails, interesting menu that doesn't quite live up to the hype. As expected: modern, local, Camberville comfort food. Food took longer than expected to come out of the kitchen given the size & expertise of the pedigree of the restaurant. I'd go back if invited, but probably wouldn't get all excited to make a new reservation there."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Very good food...some of the dishes were different, but good. Very unique pub. Enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I liked the food. The pork chop was perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. The octopus and hummus appetizer was delicious and the sweet potato cake was a nice ending to the meal. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. The atmosphere is a cross between a pub and brasserie....but the price/check is definitely not! $180 for two people on a casual Thursday night and we split the appetizer, the dessert and the house carafe of pinot noir. I don't know, something doesn't feel right."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "we went on a sunday, so the place was quiet. the food was delicious - everything cooked to perfection, seasoned well, and exceeding expectations. all in all, a terrific place for a great meal out."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The Kirkland Tap and Trotter is a great new spot. The food and services were top notch. The space is comfortable and energetic. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a remarkably delicious meal here and a lovely evening all around. The food was fantastic, the informal table settings were refreshingly unpretentious and fun. Our waiter was remarkable too. In addition to being most helpful and gracious when we spilled a glass of beer all over everything, he recommended a wonderful wine that was perfect for what we had ordered. On a frigid night TKT&T was cozy and cheerful - the perfect place to be."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We were a group of six and even then the place seemed far too noisy for the company. The food was good, particularly the pork three ways and the chicory salad. It was incredibly strange that on a Friday night at 7:30 that several items (including specials) were not available because they had already run out. They need to plan better apparently. But we did leave with only one thought in mind--the place was too noisy. Not the impression one wants."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I've been to KT&T a couple of times now and this was my best visit yet. In the past the food was a little over salted and greasy, but this time it was perfection! The vegetable barley stew is superb!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We got the Chef's Call--a four course, blind prix fixe, served family-style. It was spectacular, and a welcome synthesis of foodie quality and casual presentation. The cold appetizer might have been the highlight: Jerusalem artichokes with a lemon/hazelnut dressing and other goodies. Delicious. Muscles were next, served in a very simple but perfect broth. (We kept asking for more bread to soak it up and even wound up taking home the little we didn't finish.) The main was porkchop and sausage over a white bean puree. Chop was succulent and beans were flavorful, sausage was the lowlight. For dessert, go for the bourbon banana split, avoid te chocolate torte. Enough said. Server Matt was awesome. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food at Kirkland was outstanding. Even though I was tempted by the chef's choice menu, I went a la cart since I wanted to try specific items. Notable dishes were the smelts, the rabbit terrine, the mushrooms (!!), and the lamb shank (which was replacing the short ribs that night). While the food was great and the seat at the chef's bar was awesome, not to mention the service, two of the three cocktails I got were less than incredible (although, still good - so it was a matter of taste, I suppose). Overall, the food is fantastic and well-done. I would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My husband and I had been looking forward to eating at The Kirkland Tap and Trotter. We liked the idea of a neighborhood restaurant with ambience and reasonably priced good food. Though not crowded we waited longer than average for our waiter (who apologized due to computer problems). The menu was interesting but we are not daring diners and sardines and salmon head did not appeal to us. I ordered a lovely looking salad with no onions and received a plate full of onions. My husband's burger was good but small at $16. We eat out a lot and are not terribly fussy eaters but for the price, with the menu selection and our waiting for service and receiving an incorrect order, we can't highly recommend the Tap and Trotter."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Way overrated. Disappointing selection on the menu. Food not nearly as good as Craugie on Main. The early reviews so overwhelming that we couldn't wait to try it out. It was a very disappointing birthday dinner party."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Tasty imaginative food. Main course of winter veg and barley stew was outstanding. Two appetizer specials sounded good, but were somewhat undercooked and underwhelming: Trotters (needed to be more savory; mostly fried briquet with an nondescript filling) and Grilled Sardines (all about the char and rub on outside, while nearly undercooked on inside and without a flavor identity). Beer selection very good, and service was excellent. I've been there before and had fun at the bar sampling small plates, which is what I'll do if I return in the future."
    Dined on 2/21/2014