a.bar

4.2
34 reviews
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A. kitchen and bar is a modern dining experience in the trendy Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. The dining room is an elegant and contemporary space that provides a memorable atmosphere for brunch, lunch and dinner. A. kitchen and bar also serves a wide range of wines by the glass to complement its small plates and entr�es.

Start your meal at A. kitchen and bar with some sweet Amalia oysters, seafood salad or a Hamachi crudo. Small plates include spiced cauliflower, fall radicchio salad and grass-fed beef tartare. Large plates include Long Island duck for two, pan-roasted chicken breast and grilled octopus.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, along with interesting and very well made and presented food. Great experience in cozy space.

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RT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The waiter totally ignored us. Never asked if we liked our food. One item ordered never came. They need to work on training their servers. Would not go back there.

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s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

It was okay, but we are unlikely to go back

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NL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place and will use again for future matches. Thanks!

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HK
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great dinner or drinks spot. great people watching and impeccable service. Had a great dinner with girlfriends and the atmosphere was inspiring and conducive to conversation and enjoying each others company

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N
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week meals were all great!

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great for this mothers day brunch reservation, except... they hadn't opened yet when we arrived for our reservation...
a.kitchen promptly seated us in the bar area instead.

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d
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There service was amazing!!! Thank you for a delightful lunch experience!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Over-priced lunch menu with ONLY 4 entree selections. Yes; only 4. Burger was tasty but not very hot and we were the only 2 guests. For $18.00 for a burger, come on! Get it right.

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m
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was fine at a.bar. The service was excellent as were the cocktail choices. My only issue is the price. given that a.bar is situated between dozens of eating choices, one would think the price would be in line with the surrounding restaurants, particularly catering to the lunch crowd. We paid 90 dollars for lunch, which makes this place about 66% higher than the surrounding areas -- the portion size is not reflective in the price. Small portions/high prices. too bad, because we liked the atmosphere, but as a couple that eats out daily, this place is just too pricey.

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PF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. A hidden gem.

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R
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful experience today. I had only ever been here for dinner and was very curious what their lunch would be like. The quality of the serice and food was excellent. I am also always impressed by the diversity and skill level of the staff. If you go here for lunch or dinner you will not be disappointed. I had the beef tartar and the sea bream. Both were well executed and portions were generous for lunchtime. I will definitely be back. Oh as a side note they do a 28 dollar with course special that makes lunch here affordable.

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AL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu for lunch is small but really delicious, and love having the full bar service! Can't beat the location overlooking Rittenhouse Square :)

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OA
Atlantic City
170 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a business lunch there last week and enjoyed the white bean app with toasted multigrain bread, octopus and fish sandwich all of which were excellent. The salmon tartar was also very good. The service was warm, hospitable and spot-on.

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N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

From the description on OpenTable we expected a "normal" restaurant but upon arrival we found that it consisted of 3 bare bones, "diner style" tables and a menu that fit on a double wide postcard. Prices were very high ($3.25/oyster!) so since we had made a reservation, we ordered a glass of wine and a few oysters and went elsewhere.

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n
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great customer service. It was a quiet afternoon. Bar food was very good.

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AM
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lunch menu is limited at a.bar, but the food was good. My burger was slightly over-done, but tasty. I think this spot is better for a cocktail and a snack...a.kitchen for a meal.

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MT
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The menu is limited, but what they do, they do very well. The Spanish octopus was exceptional, and the Old Bay fries were perfectly prepared. The price for the quantity of each portion, though, was on the more expensive side of what I'd like to be paying for a lunch menu at a bar.

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UM
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was ok but there was almost no selection. Little ambience. Essentially a bar without the typical bar munchies. I won't be going back

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small but diverse, clever lunch menu with a strong seafood focus. Center City pricing, pretty much what you'd expect ($$->$$$) but with enough value items (under $20). I had the burger, my companion had a turkey-LT, both well made, tasty sandwiches. We were lucky to catch this chic little spot not busy, so it was great for both conversation and people watching on one of Philly's busiest corners.

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OA
Atlantic City
170 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there for lunch several times recently and the food has always been excellent, as has the service. The shrimp louie salad and the sear albacore salad are both delicious. I hear the burgers are also good. They have a very limited, but high quality menu. Definitely a little pricey
though for what you get.

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PR
Atlantic City
39 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Took a chance on a new place to take clients and this place was solid. The waitstaff was courteous and efficient. We had great sandwiches, all of which were prepared and delivered as expected. Burgers were cooked to temperature, salads were crisp and cold, and bacon on the club was still warm. It's a small place, and built for the drinker, but we found our corner and enjoyed a great meal. It's a stretch for the executive business lunch, but great if you are comfortable with your clients.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We liked the bar for what it was, but be warned. This is not a restaurant as described by OpenTable and Google Maps. Good food, great bar, but very limited food menu and no vegetarian options.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert took care of our party of six at the cozy table near the window. This was a business lunch - the service, food and environment were great.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took colleagues here for a business lunch. Great spot!

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting place for lunch, my first time there. Food was very good. I didn't know there was an a.kitchen as well. My colleagues have dined here before and love the place.

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PQ
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Menu is fresh, local, different and extremely flavorful. Clams on toast was melt in your mouth delish!!!!

Can't wait to go back.

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LB
Philadelphia
132 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This is great location to be seen, all glass right on the corner. But the service is lackadaisical and the space is very small. Not always the best combination. It is okay but I prefer great service and a feeling I can relax.

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ML
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular at this restaurant and like to treat out of town guest for lunch or brunch to introduce Philadelphia downtown & Rittenhouse square ambience. Never be disappointed with great food and service. Lively but with classy atmosphere. Nice modern deco!

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A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was terrible. We waited almost an hour for our drinks. We ordered the octopus with potatoes, it was potato and where is waldo for octopus. It was so loud we could not communicate with each other. On top of that, it was very expensive.

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P
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Went here after work for drinks and appetizers only to leave after one drink because there were only 2 things on the menu that were suitable for my vegetarian friend. The bar was cool inside and a great way to people watch from inside. Our waiter was extremely slow and we only ordered drinks- I cant imagine how long we'd have had to wait if we ordered food. We were really disappointed. (I gave the food one star because it was required-but we didn't eat anything here)

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The food at their sister restaurant a.kitchen is amazing, but a.bar's lunch menu feels like a kid sister trying too hard. Our favorite thing was the old bay fries. My friend had the lunch special of hand drawn noodles in dashi broth which she said had very little taste. It was served with cucumber salad that also looked sad. I had the fried chicken which I ate out of hunger.

The food is uninspired and the service is lacking. Oh and I told my server we had a reservation, nope he actually marked us as no-show and I had to go through an entire hoopla to get my 1,000 points.

Do yourself a favor and go to a.kitchen

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O
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food and the service needs work.

Best thing about dinner was IPA we ordered. We ordered 2 - but only got one, since it kicked! which we didn't find out until after our waiter disappeared for .......a while. Ordered some nice selections for a hefty price. Tuna melt and Shrimp Louis. It looked great, but tasted kind of ordinary. Disappointing , but we want to see the place succeed, manager was very receptive to us.

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G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We got the front window table reserved and had a great time. The room was fun and the food was amazing.

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