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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
  • Phone: (857) 259-6585
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday
    Food: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Drink: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    Friday and Saturday
    Food: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Drink: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Brunch Sundays: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I expected a lot of this restaurant. Our entrees were interesting and well prepared but both appetizers were disappointing. The grilled oysters were simply warm and I have had amazing grilled oysters in New Orleans so I know what is possible. The fried fish was good but not memorable that I would order again. The banana split dessert was recommended by our server and was great."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Long story short- had dinner the night before in one if Boston's better restaurants. It was quite good. Kt&t's food though is what you get from a world class chef. Just plain outstanding. 3 people, we had 7 items. Each one perfect. The previous night(again, one of Boston's highly rated joints) was merely very good. This place though was near perfect. The platonic ideal of a good dinner."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "At KTT for the third time, I brought a friend who ordered the veggie stew. Once it arrived she asked the server if there was cilantro in it, saying something "tastes like soap." The server asked if she'd like something else and said the cilantro was in the rice. Moments later the chef came out to explain that a cilantro-free stew was on its way. My friend is picky (I explained that they don't typically list every seasoning ingredient on a menu). She was delighted with the new stew and walked away much more likely to return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is pricey, but very well executed -- seasonal, imaginative, excellent. Portions are smallish, but the quality is there. Excellent beer selection."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a place to hang out with friends and enjoy the same type cuisine as Tony's upscale version at Craigie on Main without the attitude and stress. Really interesting appetizers and beer selections. Big entrees and great fish and meat entrees. The service was slow on a Friday night with a big crowd but they were right on top if how this was landing on guests and comped us drinks. Really cool place for 30-40 somethings."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I love Tony Maws' cooking, so we wanted to try this place. It was great food, but pricier than I expected."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Nearly so. Only one trip, so; hard to form a permanent opinion! Only lapse were the steak-tip skewers; a bit under cooked, and tough/chewy. The fish (can't remember the type) was spectacular. Virtually flawless. The garlicky bean pasta app was also beautifully done. Extremely smart, well priced wine choices! Every pic, every bottle great, and correct temp! The bread could've have been transformed with a quick minute or two in the oven, but as was, was cold & chewy."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The lamb ribs are "to die for"! My only complaint is that the espresso was undrinkable and served in a wide coffee cup so it was lukewarm when arrived. Surprising for a place with top notch food, drink and service and nowadays, most good restaurants in the states have decent espresso. I swear I'm not a coffee snob but this stuff was really not drinkable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our wedding anniversary fell on a work night this year (a Tuesday), but since it was our 30th, I didn't want to just put off a celebration till the weekend. I made a reservation for Kirkland Tap & Trotter for 6:30 Tuesday, noting that it was our anniversary on the "notes" box. What a wonderful evening! No fewer than 3 staff members congratulated us on our occasion, and the manager lit a candle for us when he brought out dessert. The atmosphere is warm, not formal. The food was beyond reproach--definitely surpassed the foodie bar but without being fussy. (And please don't take the pig trotters off the menu or my husband will be very sad. ) Service was attentive and friendly, and the rhythm of the meal spot on. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Second time in about a month. I have yet to order off the main menu the specials tend to be so good. I like th idea of doing a few simple things very well."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I had a great time at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. I had the big fish special and it was the best grilled fish I've had! My husband ordered the lamb special and he loved it as well. Our friends ordered the burger and they loved their meal as well! Everything was delicious and the staff was very friendly and answered numerous questions we had regarding the menu with a smile! I would return here immediately!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed eating here -- the food and beer selection was very good. However, for the price, I would probably prefer someplace more 'comfortable' - there were three of us at a table that probably should only seat two (and two would've been cramped) so there was no room on the table for much of anything - we had to put many things that we would normally have kept on the table on a chair near us. I felt squeezed and I'm a very average size adult male. The appetizers were good but, unlike many places we've eaten, the entrees were better! Desserts were very good, too. Overall, I liked the casual atmosphere but felt as though the prices of the entrees were hard to justify."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a lot of food that was GOOD, well-prepared food. But none of it was outstanding. And for the price, I think there should have been at least one thing that blew me away. They're clearly making much more in house than a typical restaurant would, including the hot dog and the tartar sauce. It's cool, and probably is why the prices are high, but I'm not convinced that it's worth it. Every dish we had had something that was holding it back. They were all good, just not great. So, I'd be less complain-y at 2/3 the price, to be sure. Crab: over salted. Steak tips: served medium, instead of requested medium rare. Pork chop: over brined, too much smoke (but served medium, which was great)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have now had both dinner and brunch at the Kirkland Tap & Trotter and both were fantastic. We loved everything we ate and drank (with the exception, perhaps, of my husband's daring drink that had a raw egg in it!). It's a great-looking space with a cool crowd and crackling ambiance. I'm tempted to go back for brunch next Sunday just to have the wild mushroom scramble, which is simple, but perfect."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "What a fabulous place! We have now been here three times and each time we have loved every aspect of our meal and our experience. The place is comfortable and menu is inspired. Cocktails are terrific. Food is among the best you can find. Everything we have had here has been wonderful. The soft shell crab was the best I have had anywhere. I especially love that this is a place I can bring my 75-year-old mother, my 12-year-old son (who is a very ambitious diner), and also my hippest of foodie friends. It is comfortable in every way, and the food is outstanding. I need to try the brunch next."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went here for Father's Day brunch. Everything was delicious! I ate the best pork chop of my life. Thanks to Tony Maws and crew."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our meal was really well done. You can tell that the people preparing the food and drinks put a lot of thought, care, and love into their work. It seems that there's a lot of really thoughtful experimentation going on in the kitchen, and it really comes through in the food. It was nice to enjoy a meal that was so well put together."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We love the food and drinks at Tap & Trotter. The burgers are excellent. The waitstaff is thoughtful and extremely attentive. They have comped us appetizers when we had to wait longer than usual for a table. The attention is nice when you need something, but can become overbearing when you just want to be left alone to enjoy your food and company. Our last couple trips there, I don't think we went a full five minutes without someone asking us if we needed something, and it is hard not to get the feeling that you are being pressured to pay your bill and leave. This is really Tap and Trotter's only flaw, and if they improve on this I could easily see it becoming one of our favorite haunts."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our second time at KK&T and we will return again soon. We were a little worried going with a group of 6 who had a lot of catching up to do, since it is noisy, but all restaurants are these days, and we didn't mind the level. The casual ambience and style of serving are in contrast to the excellent quality of the food. We tried a good deal of the menu -- 4 starters, 6 mains, 2 sides and 6 desserts and found no weaknesses. Grilled foods like chicken, pork chops and steak tips were all juicy and tender, never dry. The desserts were outstanding. It's not cheap, but the quality of the food and service make it worthwhile."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "cuttlefish salad w/a glass of pic poul!! Fine knowledgeable service. Surprised how quiet a recent Sunday evening was. This place is fun."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Four of us came in for brunch. It was only their third week of being open but people seem to be discovering it. I overheard people saying they had been before and loved it so we were psyched. We weren't disappointed. We wanted to share everything and we did - bluefish rillettes, scrambled eggs and mushrooms, shrimp and polenta, hot dog hash, and bacon. This didn't leave room for dessert but those that walked by looked great. The vibe is rustic but sophisticated if that makes sense. Definitely not same old, same old. Very friendly and efficient service too."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "the food is good but I think that $15.00 for a very small salad is a bit much. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing food. Easily one of the best restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I've been back to KT&T a number of times and still haven't seen their famous pork chop on the menu (I'm told it's now available only at brunch, which I haven't tried yet). But I keep ordering the "fire-roasted chicken," which I think is the single most delicous chicken dish in the Boston area. The chicken, which takes about 20 minutes to prepare, is moist and juicy with an amazing, unforgettable "fire-roasted" taste, perfectly acocmpanied by spinach, an entire half chicken so sides are necessary. We were kept waiting 15 minutes after our reservation (a Saturday night and a couple of tables were very slow to pay up), but the server, to make up for the wait, offered us a scrumptious appetizer as compensation. Very generous. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Fantastic chef picked up two lessons from East Coast: great grilling in a very loud place. Veggies were outstanding. Comte polenta to die for. Salmon head up to the hype. Knowledgeable and unobtrusive waitstaff. worth the price and bearing the volume. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I thought the soup on the special which was my entree was pretty ordinary. It was filling but the blend of sausage and white beans with greens was not at all outstanding. My guest had the hamburger, which she enjoyed. The bread that arrived with the meal was also ordinary. The glass of grenache which we both chose was not particularly tasty. The service was fine. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "An electric atmosphere with great breakfast / brunch. Take note however, they open at 10:30 AM on Sundays BUT MA law prevents serving alcohol until 11:00 AM. Therefore unfortunately we had our bloody mary drinks after the food was served rather than as preferred prior to eating. Suggestion is that K T & T not open until 11:00 AM on Sundays or note on their website that alcohol not available on Sundays until 11:00 AM. Sunday brunch is always best with a bloody mary or marmosa. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We try a lot of the new restaurants in the area and most are expensive but not very notable. KT&T was also expensive, but the food was the best we've eaten in a long time!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is always great! A bit pricey but overall worth it. The cocktails are amazing and always changing so you dont get bored. Can be loud but quiets down late night. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My brother, boyfriend and I checked out kt&t Friday night and were pleased with our meals, though the limited menu (why so few entrees??) made us nervous at first. Great service!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Wonderfully prepared dishes that are imaginative and delicious. Portions just right. We had duck confit, steak tips and soft shell crabs. If I lived nearer this restaurant I'd be a regular."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I've long been a fan of Chef Tony Maws and the Craigie brand. I was excited to see how he would put his signature spin on a more humble menu and make his food accessible to more people. The Tap & Trotter did just that! Outstanding quality gastro pub food at an affordable price. Can't wait until my next visit"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Got to Kirkland T&T on the early side on Memorial Day. Quiet, nobody there yet, though it soon began to fill up. Hoping to get the famous pork chop, a special that is never on the actual menu (though apparently it is for the Sunday brunch). Still haven't had it after many visits. But the "fire-roasted chicken" is pretty spectacular--perfectly cooked and unbelievably tasty. $24 is a lot for half a chicken, but this one is worth it! Quite filling if you're not sharing, and the rabe is a perfect accompaniment, so you don't need extras. The bread-pudding dessert was also marvelous--incredibly light and really delicious."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Service was friendly and well informed. Lamb ribs were amazing. The menu is limited when compared to the alcohol selection. They have embraced the idea of a few dishes really well executed and placed them into a very well stocked bar. They also offer great specials."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was so surprised at Tap & Trotter. First, I have not seen service as goid as that in a long time, from friendly greeting at the front to quick, pleasant service at the table. Second, I tried their pork chop special, and it was like another world. I have never tasted pork that was so good and so well prepared. I will skip some of those places that have long been considered some of Cambridge and Boston's best and go to Tap and Trotter. It felt like they were really working to make it a great night for all rather than granting me a favor. Thanks - can't wait to try some of the dishes the rest of my table were enjoying."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at KT&T. The food was delicious and had great presentation. The staff were warm and very well informed. I will be going again and recommending to friends. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Tony Maws' second restaurant does justice to his reputation. As a fan of Craigie on Main, I'd been waiting to try his latest restaurant, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. It did not disappoint. We went on a Monday night for hot dog night, but wanted to sample so much on the menu only one of the three got a hot dog. However, it was delicious -- like no other hot dog you've had, but reminiscent of summer memories of the ballpark and outdoor cookouts. Other highlights included the green chilie, cotija cheese and cilantro chicken wings (you MUST try these), and the special which was a cut of swordfish. The cocktails are creative and the menu varied. Cheaper than CoM, but still well up to par."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "They said this was their first brunch so we were expecting a few rough patches but none appeared. It was absolutely delicious and very different from the mile-long buffet tables of unripe fruit and steamed "hot" dishes (all-you-can-eat, but why would you want to? ). we tried several things - sticky buns, the eggs with mushrooms, bacon, and the hotdog hash. All were great but the other items on the menu sounded equally great. We can't wait to get back to try them!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had an incredible dining experience here! We were sat at the food prep station and we got to see the execution of all cold apps and desserts. We had a great time. The service was outstanding, they were there when we needed them but backed off when we asked them to. The food is always outstanding, this is my second time here and I will be coming back. I even met the owner, Tony Maws, who shook my hand and asked my name and took a photo with me :) What a doll!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Enjoyable and energy filled room. We sat on the bar side. Food is good, creative, some might think it overdone, for instance; does the hot dog roll really need to be made from pretzel dough?"
    Dined on 5/17/2014