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!
I am assuming that they were short staffed and that is why we received the service we did. Gruff reception from a man who appeared to be the owner. He just was not pleasant. Waited too long for drinks and food. Food arrived cold. SO COLD. Taste of the food was ok but not great and even worse because it was cold. No one even took the time to ask if everything was ok. Took forever to get our check. Just a lousy experience.
Places needs a deep clean. Felt so dirty and run down.
For a busy Valentine’s Day they had great food, service and we really enjoyed the building. I’d love to go back in the warmer weather and eat out on the patio. The food was fantastic! Definitely will go back.
Sliders were good and would have been even better had they come out warm. Our entire meal came out cold so I’m guessing they forgot about us, and our server was nice but not attentive.
We came with kids. Server didn’t come to us until 10mins of being seated and waiting. We ordered food and specifically ordered appetizers for the kids. After 35 mins of waiting we got our servers attention and he apologized and told us the kitchen was busy (but the restaurant wasn’t packed). He should have told us that at the beginning. We could have gone elsewhere!!! Because we were hungry we ended up splitting up our meals and waiting and then after an hour realized that my wife’s soup wasn’t brought out. He clearly forgot about it. Blah! Not happy with the service and food. Fried chicken was too dry. Don’t recommend this place.
Food gave us stomach aches and other ailments which I will not speak of here - quite unpleasant actually, but people were nice and they tried. For food quality, unless they improve, we recommend elsewhere
What a fabulous breakfast we had! The eggs in the Vegetarian Omelette were perfectly made as were the vegetables. The French Toast was scrumptious! Great flavors, good food and music. Tables are close together, hung around for a while and the couples seated next to us were very pleasant!! Definitely returning!
You can never go wrong at The American Kitchen. The food is “relevant,” quality fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented, and DELICIOUS!!!!!
Great spot for dinner with friends!
Try the roasted olives appetizer. They are outstanding.
We recommend this for dinner and will try it for breakfast sometime soon.
The food is great! It’s like what I make at home, only better. The staff is attentive, very nice. Prices are reasonable. It’s my go-to place right now.
Pictures are deceiving. The restaurant is much smaller than we thought. The host was not welcoming. Our waiter, however, was attentive and helpful. The salads were good, but not enough to warrant another visit.
Delicious food, so many great choices, I will definitely be back to try them all!
I went here for brunch for my cousin’s birthday. Had reservations but still end up waiting for a table even though the place wasn’t completely full. Waiter was nice and everything came out on time. I ended up getting charged twice for my bill which is hard to believe since I didn’t split it and we didn’t order that much. Don’t think I’ll be coming back here again.
We went here to celebrate my moms bday and it was amazing!
Great for breakfast or lunch
Nice comfortable casual breakfast. Frankly nicer than the former chow next door
The location is lovely but the space is dirty. Walls, floors a bit grungy.
The server was overworked and the manager who came to help made no eye contact. I didn’t feel welcome.
We showed up a little early for our reservation and you would have thought we were 20 minutes late for it based on the reaction of the host that greeted us. He was short, NOT warm and friendly and told the 6 of us (all adults) form a single file line outside the door. That experience, unfortunately, set the tone for our time there. We understand that being a table of 6 we are considered a larger party that most, BUT the food came out so staggered and by the time the last person got their food, the first's was getting cold. We sat inside which was nice, but the noise level kept us from having a good conversation. The waitress was so-so and rarely came around - no offer to refill coffee, water, etc. We will not be returning.
I’m likely never to go back. The classics (omelets) seem fine. However they miss the mark with trendier items like avocado toast. Not enough avocado, too many greens over dressed make for soggy toast. The worst was the farrow oatmeal. My daughter ordered thinking that it would be close to oatmeal. She didn’t like it and sent it back. The chef/owner refused to take the $10 charge off the check. I tipped the waiter since it wasn’t his fault. He wasn’t very skilled at handling a customer who didn’t like their food. I don’t like written Inc bad reviews but I gave them an opportunity to make right of the situation and here I am writing this review.
This is the trending farm to table environment. It was just OK. I had a burger and fries. The meat was over cooked but had good flavor. The fries were OK. The door was open and the dining room had flies on the tables, which is gross and unappetizing. I wanted to really like it but, in fact, it was "just ok".
Perhaps many years ago this was a neighborhood gathering place but it is now pretty run down. I imagine that the owners have seen several higher-end restaurants fill downtown Lafayette but they have just not stepped up to meet the challenge. Servers really tried so I gave them more stars than the actually food itself. The onion rings were greasy, a hot dog came out cold and was sent back and the fish on the slider was lacking taste. The two other sliders (beef and chicken) were fine. The table really needed a good scrubbing. When we arrived, we were the only ones there and by the time we left there were maybe 4 tables occupied. For a Fri night, that was telling. On the plus side, the prices were reasonable. So this may be a place for others looking for a quick inexpensive meal but we'll try some other places when we visit Lafayette next. With some attention to cleanliness and other details, it does have potential as the location is great.
My family and I loved our experience. Tahoe meets cape code. Food was soooopo good. Service was world class. And I never ever felt like I needed to dress up. Go. You will enjoy yourself.
What a charming location with tasty food, wonderful service and a diverse menu
not lnly was the food good, but the owner went out of his way ti XXINNIDte us with everthing he could possibly do
Food was very good - but especially loved the pulled pork bbq nachos that my granddaughter ordered. Wonderful smokey flavor - even on the chips themselves.
Shrimp scampi dish was not good. everything else was fine. patio area is awesome. Service is excellent!
Tables were dirty and sticky. Avocado toast was horrible! French toast was okay. Cafe mocha was fair but, the waiter never bothered to bring sugar or, spoon and disappeared. Door to the kitchen facing the parking lot was open and the kitchen looked gross with flies swarming outside and birds gathered around it...
Service was great and food was delicious. Portions are a good size so you don't overeat.
Bottomless mimosas ....excellent!
Very spotty. Mushroom soup excellent, meat loaf inedibly overcooked. Great fries, fish tacos with fish and cabbage, nothing else, cold beans in the side. “Power” salad swimming in dressing.
Service was decent but the kitchen was very slow.
I like the eating outdoors facility. Still not enough for me to return.
Charming place, great location. Food was good... in a community of excellent/ outstanding/ world class food, I am always a little disappointed with good. The serivce was off, slow to help, did not check up on our food, etc. The strangest part was after having signed the bill the waiter snacked up the signed bill and ran off. From what we can tell, the wrong bill was signed though the receipt in our hands was correct. We get it, mistakes happen but 30 sec of explaination rather than a snatch and run would have made our meal more pleasant. The only form of communication is when the bill was redropped (as in an actual flop in front of us- comment made as leaving) "This is better, a dollars cheaper for you."
This was the first time my family and I went to American Kitchen and it far exceeded our expectations. The food was phenomenal! I had the Mexicali Burger and it was truly one of the best burgers I have ever had in my life. The wait staff was also very friendly and efficient. I am definitely going back to American Kitchen!
Father’s Day brunch. Everyone loved their meals. The stuffed French toast was different and delicious.
Staff was very friendly but our food came out cold they were so busy and we were in a hurry so just ate it because we didn’t have time to send it back
Any reservation I would make would be with letting my friend know that service was VERY SLOW both times I have been there.
Ridiculous re: dishes & not allowing any requests re: sauces, dressings etc. Both times I went, they got our order incorrect. Will not go back.
Great place for American comfort food! We especially love that you can get breakfast there all day, even for dinner. Huevos Rancheros and the bbq chicken Mac n Cheese were fantastic. Our fave desert is s’mores, of course!
Probably the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had. It was the truffle mac & cheese. Recommended by our server and totally worth it. Server was great! She was attentive, knowledgeable, and good at her job
The food is ok, but I wish we could get a Lamorinda restaurant with really good food. The ambiance is nice and comfortable. The prices are a bit high for the quality of the food.