Waban Kitchen
Waban Kitchen

Waban Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wabankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 6175587677x
  • 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
71 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (42)special occasion (12)romantic (9)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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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    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
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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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
  • OMG! OUTSTANDING!!
    Herbydog
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I so rarely write a review for the restaurants we frequent but this one is certainly worth the time. Upon making reservations some time ago for this celebratory evening I was lucky enough to get a reservation when needed. This little neighborhood spot was just wonderful! It is small and intimate, friendly and unpretentious with outstanding food and service. The servers were knowledgeable, available, pleasant and always smiling. The food was delectable, we were a party of four and every one of our meals were terrific! We have frequented all the newer local small restaurants and this is the first one that we can't wait to go back to!! Definitely try the "Waban Ice Tea"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 scallop entree!?
    disasppointedVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We've been to the Waban Kitchen twice before and had a great experience. We went last Friday night and were so disappointed, I don't think we'll be back. I was disappointed in two ways. I got the artisanal greens salad which was literally green. I would have the greens would have been more unique, but I make the same salad at home... baby romaine, maybe a couple of unique greens, but I wouldn't call it artisanal. The biggest disappointment was the entrée. TWO scallops?! I am not looking for a Vinny Testa's meal, but I don't think the two scallops were even 3 ounces! A typical serving of fish should be between 4-6 ounces. If it were an appetizer portion, that would be fine... but $16 per scallop!? They could have at least served four.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thursday Night at Waban Kitchen.
    2tired2cook
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Prompt service and very attentive wait staff. All the food was excellent, with a wonderful pesto with the bread. We went for a special occasion and shared an appetizer, drinks and desert in addition to dinner for a reasonable price. Overall, an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 329 reviews are from the Waban Kitchen reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Pleasant and quiet, but food just OK. Overpriced.. 3 scallops for $29 Wow . I mean I know they're expensive but that's ridiculous. Nothing really too special. Probably won't rush back. Waitress seemed annoyed when we didn't order more drinks.....She was kind or rude, actually.
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  • Jackson
    JacksonVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Almost everything was as good as always except the food which was universally (there were 4 of us) a healthy step down from the usual. Also, the charcuterie order (a special Fri night) was tiny, always has been. Will return, eventually.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the Fried Chicken
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This place was pricey but it was so good! The fried chicken was amazing. Our server was great!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RonLVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It was a nice evening so we sat outside, which was more pleasant than inside. The menu is somewhat limited, as is also the case with its sister restaurant, 51 Lincoln. I had the cod (on special that evening) and my wife has the rabbit. each dish was fine but unexceptional. The best part of our experience was lingering over a bottle of wine and pates before entrees.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent entrees; sides, notsomuch
    Lolabean
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our first visit to Waban Kitchen since it has been under new ownership. I started with the Wild Mushroom Tort - which was excellent. I had the seared Faroe Island Salmon, that was cooked beautifully, and I finished every drop. The sides were listed as trumpet mushrooms and sea beans neither of which had much flavor or interest. I often choose entree for the sides, so this was a disappointment to me. My husband's scallops were very good, but his dish didn't have much in the way of sides either. One can order sides ala carte, but when you are already spending this much with wine and dessert at a neighborhood restaurant, it seems a bit excessive. I'll give them another try to see whether other dishes have more to offer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Prices high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love to eat...
    GoodEats4allVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I highly recommend...the food was delicious...appetizer of cheese & Pate...mushroom tart & Fried Chicken with Banana Bread pudding. I'm not sure what I liked best!! I would order everything again!! I thought the staff was excellent and added to the entire dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood find.
    eatmoretreatsVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A good little neighborhood restaurant, Newton is likely to have a charming dining destination. Two standout were the chicken liver pate and housemade pasta with shaved asparagus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nycfoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    consistently great food, drinks and service a terrific restaurant to have locally
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tries to be something but fails
    Lovetoeatout
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food is creative and tries to be interesting but just does not taste very good. Exotic combinations but in the end the menu is limited. The soup looked like swamp water and combination of vegetables was wrong. Main meal of fried chicken was not very interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic