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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast
caramelized banana syrup
english muffin, 2 poached eggs, bacon or ham, homemade hollandaise sauce
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.
Great food and staff. Never a disappointing experience.
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.
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.
The food is outstanding, well presented and delicious!!
Always good food, great place for conversation!
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.
Great food great owner and staff
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.
The food was delicious but food was slow coming out of the kitchen
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.
Our server Kevin is amazing! Super attentive.
Interesting and large menu; nice setting; pleasant service
We had a wonderful lunch with friends outside in the shade; a bit pricey but worth it
Delicious food and amazing service and ambiance!
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.
The food is super fresh and loved the outdoor dining patio.
Nice local restaurant for casual but quality lunch and dinner
Superb staff, from host to table. Chicken breasts were bricks. Otherwise flavors were fine.
Great lunch spot for outdoor dining. Be advised, this restaurant is pet friendly.
My friends and I ordered five breakfast dishes and shared them. Every plate was delicious!!
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!
So great to eat out again.
Service is lovely and the food is always well presented and delicious.
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.
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.
Good food, value and atmosphere. Want to return soon and often.
Stood in the chill wind for 30 minutes staring at several empty tables, one of which we were allowed to use. Food was about at the level I produce, i.e, . mediocre at best. I can scramble the hell out of eggs though..
They need more help!
Service was overall caring, considerate, and good. Had to flag the staff a couple times for coffee refills. Food was tasty. Pandemic precautions were good and well adhered by other patrons. The outdoor seating is very pleasant. Ambient noise was thankfully quite low so we could talk to one another.
Enjoyed our Easter brunch. Great menu sections for breakfast and lunch. Eggs Benedict was tasty along with the polenta instead of muffin. Kids enjoyed the chocolate chip pancakes.
Enjoyed Easter brunch outside at American Kitchen. Food and drinks were delicious, service was great and the Covid protocols were followed perfectly! Will definitely be back!
With us coming out of this pandemic, we are still
Cautious on going out to eat. This place does it right. Makes you feel safe and comfortable from the moment you walk up. Then there is the service. Outstanding! Quick to serve as needed. Really appreciate the staff here. I can't believe I've written all this and still haven't made it to the food. We had an amazing brunch! From the PB & Banana French toast to the breakfast burrito, all so delicious. We enjoyed everything and can't wait to go back.
Fun, local restaurant t with good quality American Food at reasonable prices
Always consistently good and the staff is wonderful!
Probably the most mediocre meal I've ever had any where. Kale salad supposedly with a bunch of interesting other ingredients which were not included and a small piece of tasteless chicken with grizzle. The host was also not at all friendly. How this place stays in business is beyond me.
Sunday brunch. Food very good overall, but hot beverages just average. A bit pricey, but pretty standard for Lafayette.
The outdoor dining was great because it was a very nice day. The food was good and the service was excellent. Great place for a breakfast or lunch.
I eat here ALWAYS. I love American Kitchen. The food is great, the staff is awesome.
Great day for brunch, sat outside! The service and food amazing. Would definitely recommend.
Valentine’s Day breakfast with friends
American Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 385-0352.
American Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 537 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.