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Waban Kitchen
Waban Kitchen

Waban Kitchen Details

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

    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 - 2:30

    (please call for lunch reservations)

    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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our 3rd or 4th time having dinner there and they just keep getting better. Constant changes to the menu, emphasizing fresh food, creatively prepared. The restaurant is small and popular so reservations are a must. Great and vibrant bar crowd, Robb mixes up drinks with skill and charm. Wine dinners are about to begin on occasional Mondays when they are otherwise closed. Looking forward to the next one!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I'm not quite sure why I came back got for a second try at lunch. My first time was awful. This time not much better. Dinner here has been good but lunch is not. My husbands turkey sandwich had almost no turkey and what was there was full of gristle. Ugh. Awful. I think our waitress forgot she was supposed to be working. Or she just forgot us. We had to flag her down 3 times. Which we hate doing. My burger had no flavor at all. It's much too pricey for this so I won't go back again even tho it's so close to home. Sorry. But we were very disappointed and we really want to like this place."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Meal was excellent but the dessert was not very good at all - 2 of sharing and we didn't finish it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Waban Kitchen. The meal started with fresh bread and pesto and an amuse bouche of potato salad with fried pickle, which was delicious (how can anything deep fried be bad?). I had fluke that came with bok choy, banana ketchup and tostones - amazing combination! My husband ordered pork with rice cake that he seemed to enjoy.Our meals were substantial and beautifully presented. Though desserts looked great, we were too full to indulge. Next time, perhaps. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "WK had great promise as you walk in the door. Reasonably comfortable, small and nice ambiance except that the majority of the tables are situated like a quick breakfast place. The greeting at the door was less than stellar. The bartender was nice but couldn't provide cocktail napkins even upon request...good drink though. The food was presented well but the taste was less than expected given the price point. Small portions. The ice cream was good."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Waban Kitchen is a lovely spot with a very friendly staff. The food can be great (bring back the thai calamari - fantastic, bright spicy flavor!), but on this night it was good, not great. The chicken roulade with cheddar grits and bacon was dry and did not have much flavor. The petit sirloin was a good cut, but nothing exceptional and the lemon sauce did not pack much punch and did not compliment the meat. I forget what the other acommpaniments were. The cocktails were also only so-so (one was pretty watery with way too much ice and not much cocktail), although we love the team behind the bar, so this will be forgotten. Just an off night, I think. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Waban Kitchen. The menu is not loaded with choices, but contains offerings from the major food types (fish/seafood, beef, chicken), giving the chefs the opportunity to put their all into each meal. There were many flavor combinations in the various dishes that I would not have expected, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked together. The entire meal was a nice break from the ordinary."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We loved our dinner at Waban Kitchen. From the perfect table at the front of the restaurant to the genuine friendliness by the restaurant staff, we lamented that there is no closer, tastier eating spot within 25 minutes of our town. Our waitress, Yanna, was no-nonsense, efficient and cute all-in-one. She made spot-on suggestions for our wine, main course and dessert. My salmon/side dishes: corn grits and sesame oil snap peas were superb and my husband's chicken roulade was just as tasty. We will be back... next week."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great food - intresting flavors - we loved it and can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, food and service! No disappointments in three visits!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service was first rate and the food was very good, albeit pricey with relative small portions. Clearly, a foodie place. Not the kind of neighborhood restaurant you would want to go on a regular basis, unless you're a hedge fund manager."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great place to meet a friend and relax. Food was delicious and a a bit different."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A truly wonderful small venue for some of the more innovative and delicious dishes to be found. Attention to detail and service is consistently wonderful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful food creations from superlative chefs. I love this cozy place!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We have been here for dinner and enjoyed it. A friend took me for lunch and we were both very disappointed. The good was dry and tasteless. The room was freezing cold. The wait staff was poor. Is it really that difficult to bring bread and your pesto while we wait 30 minutes for a burger? No dressing for the salad. Really? A drop of ketchup after we asked for it twice ? Maybe lunch isn't your thing. I'll go back for dinner once more but only because I bought a groupon. Never again for lunch. Menu isn't that good for lunch and the chefs certainly are not as talented"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We shared several small & medium plates (no entree). Some were fabulous (cauliflower) some were mediocre (calamari). Enjoyed the evening despite being disappointed by a couple of dishes."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised that the Valentines prix fix was a good selection and all elements were very good. Biggest downer was the fact that diners are all bunched together... to get out from one side, the whole table needs to be slid out since no room on either side of any table, except at the end of long row. Almost communal seating. Twice we saw people move from tables to the bar to get more room and comfort... indicative how little room there was. The must fix that before we'd consider going again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "An amazing experience! Each of the four diners had a luscious meal with extraordinary service. We loved it!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "With one member of our party of 3 severely allergic to fish and a decision we would all avoid fish there weren't many choices. We all had the pork entrée on the menu which was superb. The meat was tender enough to cut with a fork but pink inside with interesting and tasty accompaniments. Apple cranberry tart with vanilla ice cream for dessert was delicious.. The restaurant has a large bar and limited seating, can be a bit chilly in very cold weather, door opens directly into the restaurant w/a heavy curtain as a buffer."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Too pretentious and expensive for just a neighborhood weekday out. That is the best way to describe this experience. Wines by the glass were overpriced as were the entrees. Dinner for two with shared app, one entrée and two other "small plates" and a glass of wine for each was $115 with tip. No coffee, no dessert just the basics. The food was slightly better than average with nothing really standing out. This is a great location, an attractive newly decorated space and convenient to have. Hopefully the owners will realize that a small store front, neighborhood place should have a different approach."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We had been at the restaurant for lunch and really enjoy it. For dinner, it was a different experience. The smoked poblano and corn tamales as a starter were testy with the cream and Mexican salsa, but I was very disappointed with the Slow Roasted Kurobuta pork. The quality of the cut was poor -the meat had fat and tendons and was not tasty at all. I was tempted to return it, but we had a time limit on our siting (yes we were told we had to finish our meal by 6:30 for the next reservation).."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Very nice spot for lunch - haven't had dinner there yet, because it's always packed! We were all happy with our choices: 2 of the regular menu sandwiches, chicken and salmon, plus the daily special of bacon-wrapped meatloaf. The server was very pleasant and attentive, but not overbearing. One of us ordered dessert, and it was so generous that even three enthusiastic eaters could t finish it."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were seated near the door, which brought in a big gust of cold air every time it was opened. We were seated so close to the tables on our right and left that someone had to get up every time a person needed to go to the rest room. I personally had to get up 3 times to let my neighbors out of their table. Food was pretty good, pricey though. The dessert came with the option of a $2 scoop of ice cream --- Really????? I thought that was a bit much. Would not rush back to this place."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Consistently wonderful! Imaginative food - the roasted pumpkin appetizer is amazing. We are all lucky it's now open for lunch."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food and service at Waban Kitchen is great and worth going a bit early or a bit late to get a reservation. The only complaint about the restaurant is that the tables are too close together -think inches. They stagger the reservations to try to make ti better but as a small popular restaurant - plan to get cozy with the table next to you."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Very cozy setting, perhaps too cozy as the tables are right next to one another. Mushroom soup is a bit small considering the price and not extraordinary in character. The large chicken entree is delicious; hake was also excellent. The dining experience is not overwhelming, but this is partially due to the claustrophobic sitting. Will try again..."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Waban Kitchen. Great location with plenty of free parking. I would recommend an early reservation as the tables are very cramped, almost communal seating. We were seated right away and the service was exceptional. Everything we ate was fantastic. Would highly recommend the five spice chicken, it's simply amazing. The Cambodian Hake dish was equally good. We didn't try dessert on this trip, but remember it to be very tasty. Looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great service, relaxed atmosphere, a little tight in space, enjoyable wine recommended by server when my choice was unavailable. overall pleasant experience in my own neighborhood. would visit again!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I live in Waban and have been continuously intimidated by the crowds I see every evening at Waban Kitchen. Now that they are open for lunch, I thought I would take advantage of a table that is easier to get. I ordered the black bean quinoa burger and enjoyed it thoroughly. My friend had the squash/kale salad and was equally pleased. Our server was friendly and efficient. More vegetarian and healthy options than there seemed to be on the dinner menu. And, I thought, reasonably priced for what you get."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "seats very, very close together, makes any conversation nearly impossible,"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Even though it was a Wednesday at 6:00 the place was busy. I had requested a quiet table, but the host attempted to seat my husband and me in the middle of a row of tables for two with no more than six inches separation from one another. When I mentioned my "quiet table" request, he directed us to one end of a table usually for six with the understanding that two more people would be seated there. That turned out to be fine, but not if we were looking for a romantic dinner for two. On the other hand, the food was very good. We shared a calamari appetizer and each had the duck breast entree. For dessert we shared a pear tart. All were delicious, although a bit pricy. From now on, we'll stick to their sister restaurant 51 Lincoln."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Waban Kitchen is attractive and cozy, food both comforting and occasionally popping with flavor. The sides are better than usual (the roasted cauliflower is exceptional and interesting), but mains sometimes hit and sometimes miss. Fun to sit at the bar where almost half the spots are."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Saturday my husband and I went out for an early dinner and had a great meal at Waban Kitchen. We sat at the bar because the tables are very close together. This would be my only complaint. The bartenders were awesome making creative drinks that are listed on the menu. They are very talented!!! The menu is not extensive but creative with something for everyone. My husband had the special which was a slow roasted pork dish that had been cooking for 18 hours. He loved it! I had the shrimp appetizer and the small size of their pasta dish. Yummy!! Each bite of my meal I said "wow this is really good". Many times your first few bites are impressive but then it fades away. Eating at Waban Kitchen my last bite was just as good as my first!!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food at Waban Kitchen, very creative and unusual. Do make a reservation. The service was great all around. We will certainly be back.The only very minor problem was that the seating is so tight (about 4 inches between tables) that it is difficult to not overhear conversations and it makes it hard for people with hearing issues. However, I must say that the people next to us were friendly and it was fun to chat with them."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We have eaten here twice, and not disappointed either time. Michael, the manager, is fabulous. Food fabulous, wait staff attentive without being obtrusive, atmosphere vibrant."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I had a great dinner with my folks, the food was hot, services was good, noise was energetic but not disturbing, environment intimate. You just need to plan ahead to make sure you get a table because they fill up fast."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is too crammed. the tables are way too close together. therefore you are part of the next tables conversation, and feel like using their salt will never go back"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "the service was very good as was the food but we were seated more than 20 minutes after the time of our reservation"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Every morsel we ate was delicious. I had roast duck breast with grilled radicchio and some poached pears. It was prepared perfectly. I highly recommend it as a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner at Waban Kitchen with friends. Food was beautifully presented. Two of us ordered the shrimp appetizer which was one of the most delicious dishes ever. I would have ordered this appetizer as a main course - it was that good! Salad were large and tasty. The only disappointment was with the duck - it was on the dry side and there was an end piece on the plate that was very chewy. Otherwise the chicken, salmon and pasta were all fabulous.The dessert of peanut butter and chocolate pie was a very generous slice (enough for the four of us to share) and was delicious."
    Dined on 1/11/2014