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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
  • "Chef Tony Maws is an exceptional designer of a restaurant atmosphere, its food and the service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We love this restaurant! We went as a foursome the first time and the following week, just the 2 of us! The food is truly amazing, the atmosphere is fun and noisy and the service too! Open kitchen in the back is awesome to watch!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is definitely the star here. The prices are expensive, particularly if you get sides, but the portions are *huge.* (Salmon head appetizer, pork chop special, and sea bass special) Everything is cooked perfectly, and the emphasis slightly more on the ingredients rather than seasonings/flavorings. I thought the service was only adequate for such an expensive restaurant: our server came and asked us for our drink order at the beginning of the meal three times before we were ready, the first time within a minute of sitting down. As everyone else notes, the place is noisy, which didn't bother me, and fairly casual, but the plastic "wood" tables and benches just felt cheap to me when you pay that much for dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Fourth time to the restaurant and every time have had a very solid and consistent experience. This is the first time here seeing their summer menu which was almost entirely different from the Winter/Spring menu. You can't go there without trying the deep-fried ribs (yes, deep-fried and yes, amazing), the pasta (winter they had a lamb ragout, summer a ham/corn pasta), and their mussels. Great cocktail menu and extensive beer list."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "KT&T has a warm, friendly, and fun atmosphere. From bar snacks to more formal meal, the food is excellent. The cocktails, wine, and beer lists are well curated. This is becoming a new, regular place for us to dine. During our most recent meal, we tried the fried pork ribs and the ice cream sandwich (oatmeal cookies with chocolate Guinness ice cream), and they were unexpectedly spectacular!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Every time I've been here, Chef Maws is at the head of the pass, expediting. I think that says more about him than anything else. When you come here, there won't be any question about the quality of food that you get...it's Craigie level, and hopefully at this point you'll understand that is the ultimate measuring point. The hot dog speaks for itself. Grilled oysters for $2 on Wed...self-explanatory. Free bar snacks 5:30-6:30 every day. This time for me, a 3-top. For me, it was the steak tips with grilled avocado; a friend ordered the wood-fired 1/2 chicken and his wife, the grilled swordfish. Everything was seasoned perfectly, and the sides were equally amazing. There's no excuse not to come here and get your mind and tongue blown away."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My fiancee and I went to the Tap & Trotter on a Wednesday evening. She ordered a salad of greens including watercress and the day boat swordfish. The salad was delicious and the portion was generous. The swordfish was quite good but the portion was small. I question whether one can get swordfish that has been caught by the same day in Boston. I ordered the neighborhood menu. The whole wheat pasta was delicious, surprisingly so. The sauce was really flavorful. This was followed by kielbasa and sauerkraut. It was fine but not particularly notable. The beer selection was good and tasty. However, it was very noisy. At one point I could not hear my fiancee talking to me across the table."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My husbands and I enjoyed a great meal together on a random Sunday night. I had the cheese burger beer combo and he had the 3 coarse menu. The burger was literally perfect!!! His 3 coarse started with a whole wheat pasta containing peas, fava beans and other seasonal extras, it was dilish and each flavor showed through. The meal ended with the oatmeal chocolate ice cream sandwich and a great espresso. We could not have been more pleased with the whole experience. Matt the waiter was wonderful, he was attentive and knowledgeable. We will for sure be coming bake and I will be recommending to friends family and clients!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Exoctic drinks, knowledgable bartenders, unique food finds, and attentive wait staff. Couldn't ask for more- well, maybe a smaller check!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful appetizers and entrees, including a perfect sirloin en brochette. Great service. Love this place."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had dinner here for the first time. It was great. Service, Food, music. I would go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Given Maws' reputation and history 5 "foodies" went with high expectations and were all disappointed. Best dishes were fish not pork, ironic given restaurant's name. Service was slow to inattentive. Never again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My fiancee and I went here this past Friday. We had a seven p.m. reservation but arrived 45 minutes early (woops). Luckily they had free apps in the bar area until 6:30 and a great drink/beer/wine list! The steak brochette was amazing, tender and very delicious, and the duck was cooked perfectly. I'd definitely recommend this place and will return!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the food, especially the grilled sardines, grilled king salmon head, grilled summer squash and corn polenta. Food is incredibly fresh and deliciously prepared. Great craft beers on draft. Relaxed but fun atmosphere. I would strongly recommend KT&T."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Dinner with my 23 yr old foodie son,just wonderful! Janelle, our waitress was delightful, answered questions, explained the menu & made sure night went well. Started with a great drink,Peace Pipe-the cocktail list is entertaining & unique, followed by the Spanish Octupus Salad over pea hummus & the most delicious spicy green chile chicken wings - finger licking good. One salmon special and the house made kielbasa were our entrees - flavorful and different! Can't leave without one of their house made desserts or in this case two - the bread pudding with milk jam ice cream and the warm buttermilk bisquit with rhubarb compote - would go back for any of the food! I took advantage of the House Special Prix Fix - appt, entree & dessert $35."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "High energy place (if not a bit loud) and great food and drinks. Waitress was exceptionally nice and good. Pour a top notch old-fashioned and an interesting beer list as well. Had the burger (last one of the night!) and it was really, really good. Recommended!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant for the first time last week, and we could not have asked for a better experience. We made a reservation for my boyfriend's going away party (he's in the military and is leaving for his next assignment.) When we first arrived, the manager personally came over to shake my bougriend's hand and wish him a safe trip—which was so kind of him. That was just the beginning of the excellent service we received. The food was fantastic. Everyone in our party of ten could not stop talking about the delicious appetizers and entrees—literally, everything we tried was amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great atmosphere, wonderful food, and excellent service!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We absolutely love Craigie on Main and we couldn't be more thrilled that Craigie now has a daughter restaurant! The atmosphere is rustic chic with a casual attitude fit for hipsters and foodies. The pork-fried rib appetizer was to die for; I almost ordered another one! The burger as my entree was incredible. The quality of the grass-fed beef was superb and the bun was mode locally at Iggy's. Absolutely wonderful! We can't wait to go back :-)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The Kirkland Tap and Trotter is located in Cambridge very near Harvard yard. When you arrive there is an immediate feel of effort being put into the restaurant by just standing out side looking into the glass windows. It keeps a crowd because of it's creative and authentic menu which I would say is a 10 on the awesome scale. My girlfriend went here to wrap up our time living in Cambridge and we were not disappointed. Food: Starting with what we all love food. The menu is simplistic with complexity in the recipes. The Fire-Roasted Chicken is anything but a half chicken. Pork belly is the way to go. I didn't have it but my GF loved it. Wish I could say more but there are no more characters. Give this place a try please! You won't be upset"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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