Waban Kitchen
Waban Kitchen

Waban Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wabankitchen.com/
  • Phone: (617) 558-7677
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen:

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 10
    Friday and Saturday 5 - 10:30

    Bar:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 11
    Friday and Saturday 5 - 11:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Fournier
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Waban T Stop on the D Green line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Waban Kitchen
The second venture of Chef Jeff Fournier, chef/owner of 51 Lincoln, Waban Kitchen focuses on the principles of tradition and creativity. It is our mission to provide you with an experience that exceeds the high standards of quality that we set for ourselves. We take pride in our passion and dedication to hospitality and welcome you as a guest in our home. We aim to create an experience that showcases both food and drink and crafted pairings to reflect such a philosophy.

Please contact Michael at the number provided for bookings of parties 5 or more.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Waban Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (46)romantic (12)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (10)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Poor value overall; expensive, and small portions. Plus, it's obnoxious and arrogant when the waiter presents the specials and does not tell the price. (Of course, the special was more expensive than anything on the menu.) It seems this restaurant only wants customers who don't care about the cost or having a full meal.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • overall just OK
    Cricket
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The overall experience was ok, but I will not rush back. Our server was very personable and attentive, however there was almost an hour between the time we ordered and the time our meal came out. Luckily, our group of friends had a lot to talk about but after a while it became obvious that we were waiting too long. We were given a complementary bowl of soup after about 30 minutes but no one acknowledged it was related to the wait. The entrees were great, but the dessert was a disappointment. The goat cheese sauce on the chocolate honey cake could have been a little sweetened. The flavor of the cheese just didn't go with the cake. We left a generous tip, despite the long wait for our food, because the server was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The Bartenders make this place. Get a boring one and the night is ruined.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Newton!
    Jameson
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Jeff (chef/owner) never ceases to amaze. The meals are always fresh and new. I've only been there a few times but most of the staff know me by name. You truly feel welcome and the service is superb. The atmosphere is cozy and warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Neighborhood hot spot!
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Jeff Fournier has another neighborhood hit in Waban. Creative menu, vibrant place with attentive, fun, knowledgeable staff. Jeff himself was in the kitchen this week. We had dinner with friends who were very impressed. Creative menu with daily changes. the cheese and charcuterie to start was a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Talented chef, superb service
    630butnotbluehair
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    So glad to have dining like this in Newton. Incredibly creative menu that doesn't try to be "cute". Phenomenal range of dishes that are all executed with precision. Cocktail menu and wine list are top-notch, and the decaf is never "burned". Outstanding, yet unpretentious gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good appetizers & wine but...
    Foodfun
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The main dishes were fatty and missed the mark. First time we've not had an overall great experience there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We had a reservation for two and opted to sit at the bar for dinner. Our bartender/server M was fantastic and the food was AMAZING. The chef worked with my dairy allergy and M sent my dining companion home with an herbal tea blend meant to sooth her sore throat. I can't wait to return and also visit the sister restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty but salty
    melisVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I had a wonderful dinner the other night at this local gem. My parents were in from out of town and I was really excited to share this restaurant with them. We all loved the ambiance and the service was fantastic. Our food was great and we are excited to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super!
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We've been wanting to try the Waban Kitchen for over two years and finally ate there on Friday night. Everything was terrific -- good atmosphere, attentive service, delicious food and wine. We will look forward to our second visit soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was interesting and flavorful. Cocktails were delicious. A good time at a local gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Very nice experience. The place is lovely. Food was great. Server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Wines (I chose on the lower end of the cost spectrum) were only fair. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Experience
    kmg1016
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit, this meal was to celebrate our anniversary and every aspect of the experience was terrific. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good reliable place
    wineguyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Waban Kitchen is relatively small and often booked. The food is reliable if not special. The portions appropriate with lots of salt. I usually get the chicken which is generously seasoned. Not sure why the chef considers brown mashed potatoes something to be desired. Wine pours are on the small size. Good local place. Have been to Waban Kitchen a dozen times or so and will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It took us a while to get to Waban Kitchen, but it was worth the wait. We loved our server- and the food was terrific. My favorite element was the pesto with focaccia. And the chocolate mousse with churros was divine. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice selections
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was excited to try something that I found on the menu online but it wasn't on the rotating menu. After I tried the food I wasn't upset that I couldn't have the tartare, instead I was excited to come back. I liked my cocktails and my date enjoyed the beer selection. We split the crab cakes & mussels for appetizers and the duck for our entree. All were very good. My date, who is a cook, said he liked it too but the crab cakes didn't wow him; though he would order it again. There was a lot of meat in the crab cake, and I loved them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Interesting ingredients and best cooking techniques don't always produce a "yum" experience, but at Waban Kitchen it does.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waban's Best
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Don't let the secret out, but Waban Kitchen is a rare suburban gem - all the chic of a downtown hot spot. Fabulous food and lovely, happening atmosphere. I love it there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    While I did not label this 'kid friendly', our experience eating dinner at Waban Kitchen with our 9 and 4 year old daughters was excellent. The wait staff was very helpful and welcoming. Between the four of us we shared three entrees. We had salmon, duck, and chicken. It was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasant
    repeatVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time here (had eaten many times in the prior restaurants at this location); very simple but interesting menu, well executed (perfectly cooked duck breast; great bluefish, etc); nice mix of beers and wines by the glass. Service was efficient but inobtrusive. Room was also quieter than in previous arrangements. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bosdiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Had a reservation and got seated right away. Tables are close, noise level is high due to open kitchen and close quarters for diners. Waitress was efficient but not particularly cordial. I asked about the "Daily Special" listed on their website as I was looking forward to it (a flounder dish) and was told that was Saturday's special (this was Tuesday). They don't bother to keep the site up to date. No apology, just made me feel silly for asking. Bread and dipping sauce are great. Entrees are limited. We had the salmon and a roasted chicken dish. The salmon came with a pasta which was OK, not great for the price. The roasted chicken, potatoes & grilled squash was quite good. Good coffee and ice cream dessert.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Food
    kmg1016
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a really nice meal at Waban Kitchen. The food is excellent and the service is top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as the sister restaurant 51 Lincoln
    BearRed
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Missed the mark in several areas. Pricey drinks were not well prepared. Two of the four dinners were not very tasty. Apps were only okay. Overpriced for the overall experience. Prefer the sister restaurant 51 Lincoln in Newton Highlands, where I have never had a bad meal.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a lovely dinner. Interesting food combinations and presentation. great wine selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is a favorite of ours. Very casual & low key with excellent food. Both the Salmon & the Bluefish were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special occasion
    curiouseater
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    we were at WK to celebrate a birthday - Having requested a "quiet" table, we were happy that the table reserved for us was the table by front window. The flowers on the table were very limp and dying - our great server changed the vase but not the flowers - a lame effort - would have been better to have no . Our server was excellent; food was disappointing -- the items I finally ordered (the empanada & artisanal greens ) were mediocre. The corn side, which was highly praised, was a waste of corn, or a coverup for old corn - couldn't taste the corn, though the crumbs were tasty. The seviche was disappointing - seemed cooked and was an overwhelming portions size; too much seafood on the menu, and too much irrelevant fruit in various dishes.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good!
    SweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We dined at Waban Kitchen the other night and had a really enjoyable evening! The food was amazing - I had the chicken and my partner had the pork chop. The place is super cute inside and service was excelllent. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    In the past, we always enjoyed Waban Kitchen. However, our last experience was not great. When asked about the pork dish, the bar tender said that the chef cooks it the way he thinks best. I asked if it would be prepared medium rare and she responded yes. The pork was cooked medium, tough and dry. There used to be a wonderful bar tender, who was experienced, knew how to take care of his customers and was well versed in the menu and wines. This was not the case. Although it was not a busy night, a father and two small children were seated at the bar next to us. It felt like I was dining in Friendly's.
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  • Eh.....
    SoSo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We expected a better overall experience but, everything was just okay. Almost every dish arrived "over-complicated". It seems like the chef can't help himself when it comes to mixing spices, when in doubt he seems to add another and another.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cece
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We ate outside on warm summer evening. Service was attentive. And the food was fantastic-from the homemade bread and pesto, the grilled romaine salads, fresh blue fish, rare duck breast to thedivine chocolate mousse , there were no missteps in any dish. We loved it and are looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty meal
    SlipperyslopeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the pork chop with peach marmalade, could have used more of the marmalade. Seating is not so comfortable, pretty tight between the tables for two. Enthusiastic service on a slow night. Really ugly art on the walls was a hindrance to the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Giannetta1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Couldn't be better. Service is exceptional. Food is unique but not crazy unique and is all dishes I've had have been excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    pixelgem
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Expressive menu, fresh ingredients, good service. Small and cramped, but charming. Glad to have stumbled upon this restaurant while taking the back roads home through Newton.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Giannetta1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food and service. However, for the older set (over 75) it IS hard to hear what your friends at YOUR are saying. The noise level is high. Best tables are opposite the bar. The food and the service DO compensate for the noise level as both are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps getting better.
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Fabulous to have in our neighborhood. Worth traveling for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 337 reviews are from the Waban Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our third time dining at Waban Kitchen; we had enjoyed it on the previous occasions. This time we were both disappointed. I ordered scallops and was a bit surprised to see only three of them. My guest ordered the fried chicken and we were surprised that he received only a small thigh and a wing. It really wasn't enough food for him. My guest felt that the service was off and speculated if it was because we did not order alcohol that night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond expectations
    DaveS
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Restaurant was recommended to me as it was close to my work. Had the melon soup and sardine salad specials. They were outstanding. Topped the meal with watermelon vodka sorbet. Could not have been better. Awesome find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandi
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a terrible experience and would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. We had booked a table for 4 asking for a quiet place as 2 of us have hearing issues. We were taken past a nice table for 4 to the back of the restaurant and sat in front of the kitchen at a table for 8, so we would have not only the kitchen noise to contend with but also noise from 4 others. We placed our order and my friend can't eat potatoes so asked for a tomato as a replacement..the chef said fine but would charge an extra $2 for this..We were disgusted .We left passing the table meant for 4 (which the matre d told us was being saved)and there were only 2 people sitting there. All in all a very bad experience!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, superb service!
    JPach
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Apps: fried pickles and the mushroom tart. Both were excellent! The fried pickles are thick cut and thinly battered with great sauce. Next, we had the short ribs and southern fried chicken. The short rib was tender and flavorful and the 3 bean salad was very good. The southern fried chicken was tasty, but on the bone, so a little difficult to eat. The grits with the SFC were a little thin, more like sauce, but the collard greens were superb. For dessert: butterscotch ice cream and peach galette. My husband hated the IC because he thought it had a "coffee" flavor but I thought it was more like burnt sugar and wonderful. The galette pastry was only ok, but peaches were nice. *Downtown area is all shut down on Sunday evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gfth
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A quiet, slightly out of the way restaurant [which is good] WK always delivers. We had been before and will visit again Our visits have been me and wife but we plan a group visit to occupy the harvest table next to the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate