American Kitchen

4.5
550 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Casual comfort food in a relaxed and inviting setting, that's what American Kitchen is all about. Whether it's our famous Mimosa weekend brunches, sharing appetizers and pints of beer on our patio, or enjoying breakfast or lunch with friends and family, we focus on bringing you classic American cuisine, fresh local ingredients, local artisan coffee, craft beers, and great California wines.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Lafayette, we invite you to step out of your comfort zone, and try what everyone has been talking about. With fantastic reviews from Diablo Magazine and other local foodie news outlets, American Kitchen has quickly become the new go-to place in Lamorinda. And with the largest and most inviting patio in the area, there is no better place to enjoy California outdoor dining. Cheers!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 550 people are saying
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vipnonie
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The crushed granite On the patio has almost turned to dirt. It feels dirty

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Great food and service

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vipshedines
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe and friendly dining outdoors and yummy breakfast!

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vipSLPemberton
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ok - sat in the street area. Nothing special.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with Iced Tea and lots of water, then the Small Power Salad and Jose's Fried Chicken sandwich. Simple but good, fresh salad, crispy chicken, hot French Fries.

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PaulaO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at American Kitchen. 10 of us for a birthday celebration brunch. Food was delicious and sitting outside under the trees was wonderful. The staff was really friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for my birthday. We really like this place. Very cozy. This day was just super hot. It would has been nice to have more shade, but other than that, we will go back again!

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IamRobin
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While the space is very nice, the restaurant is just not that well run. They were out of silverware (hard to eat brunch with out a fork and knife), my eggs Benedict was served without Hollandaise sauce. I noticed others had the same omission. No mention was made to me that this would be the case so I could avoid having a bland egg, ham and toast brunch. Also, our server was doing her best, but she didn't check in on us once the food came, and the owner, Victor, was there, but he too did a good job of avoiding diners.

All in all, go somewhere else. There are a LOT of better choices in Lamorinda.

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AnnaW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall the food was tasty. They’re doing reservations only which totally makes sense because of COVID. That said, it was a little awkward though because the manager / owner sort of had it out with a person who had been standing in line to get a table without knowing. Other than that, it was a pretty good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food

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vipbuccelb
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant—always good

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When busy the restaurant gets stretched as there are only two waitstaff. But we weren’t in a hurry, though this impacted the traffic we had to face on our drive home.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had the Large Chopped Salad with added Shrimp, Iced Tea and the Cuban Sandwich. Salad was very good, sandwich was close but not quite Miami.

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
256 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with Iced Tea, then the Spicy Fried Chicken sandwich with Arugula salad. The sandwich was GREAT, well worth the Bart trip from Oakland, will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff. Never a disappointing experience.

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viprne22
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great lunch spot with very yummy salads and sandwiches. The truffle fries were fantastic too! Love that almost everything, including the sandwiches, can be ordered gluten free.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Made a reservation for 11:30 after our hike around the reservoir; we had finished early so hoped to get a seat earlier (11), but they said they didn't have space. Once we did get seated we ordered our food: California Benedict, avocado toast, Buffalo chicken salad, and GPV Scramble. It took about 45 minutes to get our food and once it came out you could tell that our food had been sitting at the kitchen for a while. I had asked for the hollandaise on the side and it had already congealed by the time it got to the table and my poached eggs were very cold as was the scramble. The only thing that was okay when all our food came out first was the Buffalo chicken salad, except they forgot the dressing that was supposed to be on the side. It took a while to even find our server or the manager to let them know our food was cold. Once we called the owner over he did take our food back and replace it with fresh food quickly, but I was very disappointed that he didn't even apologize to us for bringing out cold food in the first place. You could tell they didn't care too much for customer service when we were there because they didn't even clean the table next to us well before they seated the other couple. The food was actually good when we got it fresh, but the service is what really disappointed me.

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vipBobbie
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is outstanding, well presented and delicious!!

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vipNancyL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, great place for conversation!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe and welcoming. Our social bubble loved eating outdoors at our own big table. The iced latte was awesome. I loved the veggie scramble. We all cleared our plates and ate the kids leftovers. Food is delicious! Make sure to get yourself a reservation as this is a popular place that values keeping everyone safe and happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great owner and staff

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vipMcmary40
Tahoe
19 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Was there twice this last week for breakfast. Food is good but on the expensive side for the amount of food. Was unsure if host is manager or owner but he was a bit of a curmudgeon on both outings. When one acts as host, a smile and a friendly hello versus barking orders to stand in line made us feel like he was doing us a favor to allow us to eat there. I might have forgiven that on the Sat of Mother’s Day weekend but when I went the following weekend, he asked us to leave before our 90 minute reservation time was up due to “a line of people waiting for their reservation” although there were several empty tables around us. In each instance there were two of us quietly conversing and eating our meal, so I cannot think why he would feel the need to do this with empty tables. Again, food is good but not great, portions are good but not great. They are really benefiting from a cute atmosphere on a lovely street but will go elsewhere based on our experiences....if not the owner, please please find someone who seems to enjoy their job and the customers whom they serve.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious but food was slow coming out of the kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Host was very accommodating w/our reservations & appreciated following Covid guidelines. However, the chicken in cobb salad was dry & the french fries were overcooked. Waiter was very nice, but short staffed & took time to get things requested.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kevin is amazing! Super attentive.

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GaryL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Interesting and large menu; nice setting; pleasant service

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vipMikeA
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch with friends outside in the shade; a bit pricey but worth it

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service and ambiance!

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vipgfp1
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My peanut butter stuffed French toast was delicious, and the rest of my party enjoyed their meals as well. The service was good, and the heat lamps made the outdoor dining more pleasant. We were a bit disappointed that there wasn't any indoor seating though.

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KathleenM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is super fresh and loved the outdoor dining patio.

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vipPeterF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice local restaurant for casual but quality lunch and dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Superb staff, from host to table. Chicken breasts were bricks. Otherwise flavors were fine.

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vipYolandaT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunch spot for outdoor dining. Be advised, this restaurant is pet friendly.

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KatrinaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I ordered five breakfast dishes and shared them. Every plate was delicious!!

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Athena12
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their salads are delicious ~ fresh & creative! Eric, our server, always makes dining there a pleasure. Outdoor seating is perfect for health safety. Can’t think of one bad thing!

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Catludu
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to eat out again.

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vipEllen
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service is lovely and the food is always well presented and delicious.

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table2table
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were seated outside int he sun.....no umbrella available. We moved to another table that had shade, but the sun followed us. Very uncomfortable for those facing the sun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to American Kitchen 3 times now since moving to Lafayette. It’s a great brunch place. Staff are kind and attentive, even when they’re at full capacity! Definitely my go to brunch place in town.

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Zuzu
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, value and atmosphere. Want to return soon and often.

FAQs

American Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 385-0352.

American Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 550 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.