Very good service. Nice presentation of dishes. The hanger steak was one of the better ones I've had.
Food was not that impressive but overall it is not bad. I think it is a great place for groups specially group of girls.
Wonderful to have a restaurant of this caliber in the Concord/Lincoln area! Finally!!
Nice to have a "cool" restaurant in the suburbs. Almost feels like your in Boston but 5 minutes from home. Would have liked it if there was more of a choice on the Japanese side. I am not a fan of just sashimi. All in all, the food was very good.
Service at the bar was non-existent,so we were worried about the meal to come. Not to fear, our waiter was excellent and the food was outstanding! Be prepared to open your wallet, but the food was worth every penny. Will be going back again and again.
NYC snob recommends this West Suburban Gem! We go all the time. French cooking and Japanese Food all wrapped into one fantastic place. Service done how it is suppose to be done. Muscles are to die for! Best Creme Brulee I have ever had! Gets better each time we go.
We're going to make it an Every Friday event. Great food, great surface.
I expect portions at a French restaurant to be small. But the thing is that it's not even that good, especially for the money we paid. Much better value around elsewhere.
By far the best Bistro in the area. Both the menu and the food were quite authentic. This is the closest restaurant to a real Paris gthta I've dined at in the Boston area. The prices were extremely reasonable, especially the wine list.
We enjoyed steak frites (the steak was cooked perfectly) and the roast chicken entree; that the green beans and mashed potatoes were the highlight of the meal only underscored how delicious it all was--the chicken was also divine. A lovely bottle of wine finished off the meal.
The Restaurant Week lunch menu was great, but the portions were ENORMOUS! I had the beef and, with the dessert, it was really too much food. Smaller portions, given how wonderfully everything tasted, would have been absolutely appropriate and still worth the $20.
I love having AKA in Lincoln and the menu is always changing and interesting.
We went on March 6th expecting the restaurant week menu only to be told it wasn't starting until the next day. Monday, March 7th. So it was a little disappointing. Otherwise, it was good, not outstanding. The waiter was accommodating and pleasant.
The service was friendly and efficient.
The noise was almost unbearable!
The food was mediocre.
What a great mix of French and Asian sashimi. My first visit there of many to come, I hope. A wonderful find for lunch and I am betting dinner is far superior. Can't wait.
I've eaten at aka three times and ordered from the bistro side of the menua each time. The bistro salad is good, but the entrees have all been dull to uninspiring. I may give it one more chance and try the Japanese side of the menu, before I call it quits. Too bad. We could really use a decent restaurant in these parts.
Menu was good but overpriced. Food presentation was excellent; lovely ambiance. A nice addition to the restaurant offerings in the western suburbs, but will not likely return given the high price.
Food was awful. Did not present the food as it was described on the menu. Beware canned tuna instead of homemade slow cooked tuna and ham and cheese sandwich instead of Croque Monsieur. So disappointed!
My date's scallops were incredibly good - perfectly cooked, a delicious sauce, absolutely lovely lingering delicacy. The beet salad, which I had to order as an entree because the prices are so prohibitive, was incredibly disappointing. I was in the restaurant a week earlier to find a delicious mound of pureed beets, topped with a significant amount of goat cheese. Yesterday there was the most embarrassingly stingy amount of cheese, about the size of a large almond. I was shocked. The large amount of goat cheese almost partly justified the ridiculous price of the small amount of food, the stingy amount made me feel foolish and I lost faith with the restaurant. Consistency is important, generosity even more so. Frankly, I felt ripped off.
was given a rusty bucket to put my mussel shells in...with mediocre, overpriced food, just can't get past rust.
Excellent, unusual flavor combinations, exquisitely presented. Never disappoints.
The food could use more salt as the taste of certain meals seems very bland. The bread is great. The butter needs salt and seems designed to simply cover the bread without adding more than a slick--ie no taste.
Desert was fabulous!
super as always! great service; wonderful food
The French menu has some very delicious things on it: I thoroughly enjoyed the scalope dishes, the baked lobster (garnished with very tasty carrots and other vegetables), and the Cassoulet (hard to find anywhere in the US). Another time we had a duck entree that was remarkable (as good as I have ever had anywhere). There is definitely a lot of attention paid to the quality of ingredients as well as to presentation. My wife remarked: "I'm beginning to think that French food is really comfort food." I would love to try the Japanese side of the menu, but that hits our budget a little too hard.
The food was excellent and the chefs were very attentive to our vegan diet requests. It is not easy to find restaurants which cater equally well to omnivores and vegans. It's a great place for us to dine with our non-vegan friends.
We enjoyed a delicious meal, and are thrilled to have this gem of a restaurant in the western suburbs.
Our only complaint was that the restaurant had booked a semi-private birthday party that took over half of the restaurant and was very, very loud. The noise was uncomfortably loud. I don't believe these events are recurring but the noise certainly did detract from our enjoyment of the meal.
The food is delicious and the staff is great.
not many choices for fine dining in the suburbs but this is a good choice.
A pleasant alternative to Big Business Boston restaurants.
I was very impressed by the menu offerings...unique and traditional. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Food was prepared very well..foood prep, presentation and taste...all excellent. Christian and team are doing a great job to build AKA. I will be back!
Another excellent meal. We made the mistake of making a reservation at 6 pm and were rushed out of the restaurant at 7:15 pm. Otherwise the food was great and the specials well conceived except for one dish, an appetizer of raw scallops with truffles. The truffles were not of good quality and the price (not mentioned by the waiter) was $34 which is much more than any entree on the menu. This high a price point should be mentioned before an items is ordered. In the future II will ask. Otherwise a fine overall dining experience.
Positives: The food and service were very good at a reasonable value. Portions were generous. Negatives: Not a ton of atmosphere, seating was a bit cramped and the noise level was so bad it reached distraction level. Would definitely go back based on quality of food/service but atmosphere would make me think twice.
A great find in the suburbs. Too bad it's a dry town so there is no bar per se, only a food bar. They do serve alcohol, though.
We had a great time at AKA last week. The French part of the menu was great, while the Japanese menu was even better. The sashimi menu is comparable to some of the best places in NY or LA. The wine menu is limited but well selected.
We had a marvelous dinner at AKA Bistro. Unfortunately, there was an issue with our reservation that kept this from being a 5 star rating. Four of us had a 7:30 reservation and, when we arrived, on time, we were told that the table was almost ready. The previous group had finished, paid their bill, and was chatting. At 7:50, we began to ask about this, and the owner explained the difficult situation. We were then brought champagne to ease the wait--a nice gesture. It was another twenty minutes before the table was vacated, and then it was due to the owner's asking them to leave. Once seated, it was terrific. We were brought three additional appetizers, on the house, to apologize for the wait. Staff was gracious; food was superb.
Nice decor, nice atmosphere, although waiter seemed in a bit of a hurry. Ran out of the special cassoulet by the time we ordered at 7:20 pm (no indication from the waiter when he told us about it at 7:10 that this was a possibility) . . . . Beet and goat cheese salad lovely but large. Duck with green olives a disappointment, very tough and chewy and even hard to cut. Had expected more. Will go back and try the sashimi offerings next time. Not sure I would recommend it to others given the experience.
Ive eaten at AKA many times because I live in Lincoln so it's convenient and the food is good, sometimes excellent, but over priced. The service almost always is wanting. During this visit, I asked that extra vegetables be substituted for the rice that came with my dish. The waitress pressed me, telling me how much I would love the rice etc, not picking up on my cues, until I finally had to say that I'm on a special diet to end the discussion, which created an awkward moment in front of my guests. The place always feels disorganized and hectic to me. Wiere it not for the location, I wouldn't dine at AKA.
Great New Year Menu. Superior service. Wonderful atmosphere.
This restaurant far exceeded expectations. The presentation of all courses (4) was exquisite; the experience delightful. Every detail and taste was carefully considered and executed. We had the 4-course New Year's Eve dinner in which each course was a special taste treat. Service was superior. We will certainly keep coming back.
Though a great menu on paper, I as not impressed with my meal - my dish was cold, I got the lobster dish and both my veggies and potatoes were not just warm they were COLD.
Overall I was disappointed with the entire experience. I am pretty easy to please too...
We did the Omakase from the sushi side of the menu and the dishes were creative and delicious. The server was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain the components of each dish. It's nice to have such a restaurant in the suburbs.
Our party of four dined from the French half of the menu and loved everything we were served. This is an extraordinary restaurant by any measure, and finding it in the culinary wilderness of the western suburbs is nothing short of a miracle. We will be back soon, and look forward to dining from the sashimi menu next time.