The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://kirklandtapandtrotter.com/
- Phone: (857) 259-6585
- Hours of Operation:
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
- 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (177)neighborhood gem (150)hot spot (111)good for groups (98)vibrant bar scene (96)great for brunch (54)kid-friendly (45)special occasion (36)late-night find (27)notable wine list (25)romantic (14)great for lunch (9)Show More
- barbVIPDined on 11/19/2014My 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.
- Good, not greatBillCambridgeVIPDined on 11/18/2014We 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:
- Love KT&T!DantriDined on 11/14/2014Best 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/14/2014Amazing good, the chef there is fantastic! My friend said, it was probably the best burger she's ever eaten. Definitely going back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go For the Chicken (or whatever strikes your fancyOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/13/2014Second 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic food!AJ13Dined on 11/8/2014Ok, 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Long wait even with a reservationOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/8/2014We waited almost an hour even though we had a reservation, but it was worth it since the food was great.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Room for improvementjnbcambridgeDined on 11/7/2014The 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:
- Food was goodL02118VIPDined on 11/2/2014We 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:
- Great atmosphere, drinks and menu!ksgshmoopsVIPDined on 11/2/2014Such 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overpriced without any causegossnjVIPDined on 11/2/2014Off 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:
- Very good but inconsistentRayloDined on 11/1/2014Extremely 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 1st and likely last timestarfishVIPDined on 11/1/2014I'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:
- ER325VIPDined on 10/29/2014geat 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- thoroughly enjoyable brunch!HilaryRDined on 10/26/2014We 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:
- All around great brunch!ommapDined on 10/26/2014We'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:
- Oh that chicken!LloydVIPDined on 10/25/2014Squeaked 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:
- Consistently greatEatoutmoreDined on 10/23/2014Food 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:
- Best New Resturant AroundregulareaterouterDined on 10/19/2014If 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BrunchbrunchmunchDined on 10/19/2014I 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.)
- ScientistVIPDined on 10/19/2014This 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.
- Good foodWard8westendDined on 10/18/2014The 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:
- Good Food, Service LackingFood4FunVIPDined on 10/18/2014Had 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:
- Casual chic, and kid friendlyLolabeanDined on 10/18/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Great Service, Too LoudThoughts4FoodVIPDined on 10/16/2014The 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:
- Great food and staffTedMDined on 10/12/2014The mussels and beef kabob main entrée were excellent. The staff is upbeat, attentive, and creates a very positive atmosphere.Special Features:
- Rocking gourmetAntikVIPDined on 10/12/2014I 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:
- bring a small appetite & big walletelHamsterDiabloVIPDined on 10/10/2014The 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.
- Hip, fun and deliciousstarlingtonVIPDined on 10/3/2014KTT 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Purdy GoodKenSDined on 9/28/2014I 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:
- Great food, not for VegetariansOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/27/2014Delicious food. Had a great piece of swordfish. Not a huge vegetarian selection.Special Features:
- TOO MUCH SALTTAC1VIPDined on 9/27/2014We'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.
- Free bar snacks? Yes, please!crev34Dined on 9/26/2014I 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:
- Craigie Does it Again!PoosierDined on 9/23/2014The 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 trySpecial Features:
- GinnyDined on 9/21/2014Our 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:
- brunchJessaVIPDined on 9/21/2014We 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:
- Best of the bestHungryDinerDined on 9/21/2014Hubby 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!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/20/2014Great food but also accessible. Great service. Only comment is a more affordable wine listSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, Great serviceFrozzyDined on 9/20/2014I brought my out of town relatives here for a first visit because I had heard good things. The food was quite good and the staff was attentive and helpful. My wife and I got the duck for two which was delicious, and a lot of food (we didn't finish it, but cold duck is lovely!) My Aunt got the sardines which she was very happy with and my uncle made a meal from sides with the crispy pork ribs (fantastic) and the grilled corn. The corn was so good we got another order for desert. Pro-tip, you can ask for four cobs instead of three on the corn side-dish. I started with the pickled peach salad, good and interesting (I really liked the pickled peanuts,) but not exceptional. The heirloom tomato salad, on the other hand, was perfectly executed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food is great, but...OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/19/2014Good food, but very noisy and over-packed. Probably, weeknights are better than Fri/Sat nights.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.