American Kitchen

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443 reviews
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Casual comfort food in s relaxed and inviting setting, that's what American Kitchen is all about. Whether it's our famous Bottomless Mimosa weekend brunches, sharing appetizers and pints of beer on our patio, or enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner 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!
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San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good - but especially loved the pulled pork bbq nachos that my granddaughter ordered. Wonderful smokey flavor - even on the chips themselves.

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SN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Shrimp scampi dish was not good. everything else was fine. patio area is awesome. Service is excellent!

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KM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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...

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F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was great and food was delicious. Portions are a good size so you don't overeat.
Bottomless mimosas ....excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

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."

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W
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day brunch. Everyone loved their meals. The stuffed French toast was different and delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s day

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CN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Any reservation I would make would be with letting my friend know that service was VERY SLOW both times I have been there.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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EM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet place for a leisurely lunch. The best part is you can order from the breakfast menu at lunch.

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Z
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible and the server was just not friendly. When asked specific questions about the menu due to medical issues she was unwilling to contact management to ask if one ingredient could be a substitute. Then because I am also on a Keto Diet, she said well you can always order sides. How can a restaurant stay in business with customer service like this? I will never be back to this place again, and would not recommend anyone to come here. There are much better opportunities to invest your well-earned income. Oh, her excuse for the no substitutions was the kitchen staff get to overwhelmed and can't handle it. (Wait isn't that what they are paid for?.... Or maybe you should hire a better level of the kitchen staff.)

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good portions. Fast and easy. Thank you!

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Visited American Kitchen on Easter Sunday. The restaurant was very busy but I assume they knew how many reservations they had confirmed and should have staffed for that. The manager (owner?) checked us in very rudely - when we requested a change to outdoor seating because of the noise inside he stated "you will get what I give you." We should have left then. It took over a half hour to place our order and almost another hour to receive our food. When I asked to see the manager and pointed out that two tables of people seated after us were served before our order came out, he simply stated it was Easter and nothing could be done. I ordered a steak salad rare and got well done. When I pointed this out my plate was removed very rudely and we were ignored thereafter. The food was mediocre at best (except for good onion rings). I would never return.

American Kitchen
Responded on April 29, 2019

We did staff up for Easter adding a 5th server. I NEVER said to you "you will get what I give you" When our sever came to take your food order, you were not ready. You asked to speak to the manager. I walked over to your table and you were agitated that you did not have your food. I went to check and was back in minutes with your food. I came back 10 minutes later to check on you. Your friend looked up at me and to my complete surprise screamed F**K U AHOLE!! Unacceptable behavior!!!

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I usually love this place. We went for Easter brunch and it was a disaster. I had a reservation for 1:15 and we didn’t get seated until 1:45. The services was very inattentive and had to be hunted down for literally everything including silverware. She not once came by to update us on our orders which took 35 minutes after we finally had gotten to a table. Even for paying the bill we had to ask someone to send her back. The food was good but the overall experience very disappointing. They just could not keep up.

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Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food wonderful service. Great server. Love this place!!

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FM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our service person was very nice and efficient.
Coffee was not great, too acidic for my taste.
Food was tasty but portions were small.
Overall experience was fine.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

A most awful outdoor lunch experience ... grilled cheese sandwich was cold with wrong salad ... took 20 minutes to redo, while my wife finished her lunch ... owner aloof & grumpy, but comp'd my meal and a beer ... while waiting, saw a waiter grab a towel, clean his shoes, then clean chairs with same towel ... same towel used to clean tables ... Lafayette deserves better ... will never be back

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our family’s first time going. We were created by name at door and promptly seated. Food and great and service prompt and attentive. My son said shrimp Po boy was just as good as the ones from Louisiana. I would highly suggest this place for a family dinner. Price was on point as well no issues from us.

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E
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Cute place in downtown Lafayette that my husband and I went to on Friday night. We had their mac and cheese and eggs Benedict, both of which were tasty. We won't go back, however, due to the large number of screaming, out-of-control kids, running in and out of the restaurant, who were literally on top of the outside tables. Noise level was out of control; there was no way to have a conversation with each other. It's too bad, because it seemed like a good place to try for breakfast. I have a feeling that would be even worse than dinner.

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NT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. It is child friendly and dog friendly. Inside the noise level is high so not good for the hard of hearing folks but it works well outside. Must try for anyone visiting Lafayette. A family owned restaurant with high quality food and service.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to meet friends who we haven't seen in a while. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they take reservations. Hardly anyone takes reservations anymore, which I think is a very greedy approach and certainly not "Guest First". Having managed several restaurants in the past, I get that and really appreciate that AK is more geared to the customer rather than the bank. That said, the food was great, the ambiance friendly and family like. Parking was easy, but we went pretty early on a Sunday. I would definitely recommend AK.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

American kitchen was a delightful brunch stop on a Saturday. Lots of families and a warm inviting atmosphere.

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VE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is so nice there. He made special accommodations for me and my stroller. The food is great, the staff is so friendly. I love this place more and more every time.

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VM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We absolutely LOVE the breakfast here! Every time I am in town to visit my son at college I take a big group here for a weekend breakfast and it has NEVER disappointed! The French toast, Benedicts, pancakes are all amazing - and a simple egg dish is wonderful as well. Can’t go wrong here!

American Kitchen
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thanks Victoria. Nice to see you when you are in town visiting. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Best Victor

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ES
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere.

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C
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service very mediocre. Same with the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the nice staff and the meal was good but the noise overwhelmed the experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Setting was cozy and fire was burning right outside our window. The food was ok and the prices were high. Staff was very friendly. Was expecting more. I would try this place again for breakfast instead of dinner

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LM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free options that are absolutely delightful! We love this place

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SG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food.

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OT
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really like coming here for dinner ... very friendly and casual with delicious food! My spouse has enjoyed all kinds of dishes, but I can't stop eating the nachos! My current favorite dish is the shrimp nachos. Although it might not be readily apparent, they have many gluten free options.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I should have known when there was no problem getting a reservation when other restaurants had nothing available. The server was pleasant. The setting was "cute" but crowded and noisy. And the food? Absolutely zip! I had French Toast. Four pieces of plain bread slapped down on a plate with some syrup splashed around like some little kid playing in a sandbox. I would have been embarrassed to have served it to my wife on a quick Saturday before I hurried off to play golf. And yes, looking around at my companions, things looked equally terrible. We were friends that had gathered from back East, Martinez and LA for a one-time meeting and were actively engaged in old times not food criticism but it was noted by all.

This restaurant is riding on the fact that it is in Lafayette, a super hot dining area, but it strikes out completely.

I never respond to these questionnaires but this experience really rang my bell.

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KS
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy breakfast here. Omelets are solid.

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MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Sandwiches were dry! Meat tough. Food cold. Emailed restaurant but no response. Thanks for checking in.

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LK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place for an afternoon lunch with a friend. Lots of good options, including breakfast food and salads and small plates. The service was attentive. The only downside at all is parking, so give yourself an extra few minutes to find a spot.

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N
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and delicious!

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