Kitchen (formerly known as Pops) is a classic American restaurant in the South End of Boston. It's a comfortable restaurant with an intimate outside eating area, a full bar and large dining room areas. The back dining room has an excellent view of the outside garden, so you can enjoy the natural scenery while you're eating.
Many of the most popular dishes served at Kitchen mix seafood and meats with regular Southern foods for a result that is unique, filling and delicious. Diners can order cuisine such as lobster gnocchi, beef Wellington, duck risotto, scallops, oysters and Brussels sprouts. Dessert at the restaurant is also recommended, with fantastic treats like the homemade donuts with berry jam and vanilla sauce or the large cheesecake for two. Order a classic cocktail with your meal to enjoy the full spectrum of flavors offered at Kitchen.
I've been there three times now and I've never been disappointed. Great food, great brunch, great service.
The avocado and tuna ceviche was delicious as an appetizer. I had steak, which was pretty good. The noise level is quite high.
Not impressed. Initially, the restaurant seemed short-staffed which I'm willing to be patient with, especially after our waitress was flustered after spilling a tray of red wine. But the service actually got worse as she received more help. The staff was constantly chatting with "regulars" rather than checking other tables. And the food was mediocre at best. The shrimp po boy was unremarkable. The fish and chips were listed on the menu as tempura battered but were clearly not. It was a fairly traditional fish batter.
service was terrible. food was not great. will not return.
It's pricey, like most South End restaurants. It was late in the evening during a snow storm, so we were among the few diners in the place. So we got the full attetion of the staff, who were friendly. We'd been here a couple times previously, during the dinner rush, and the service was not as good as it was this time nor as amiable. We had crispy salmon and the pork. Both were delicious. It's a small place and one that can get very loud when its full. For a quiter, cozier experience, I suggest going early or late, but not in the peak times.
We had an OK experience. My seat was in everybody's way and I had to get up almost every 10 minutes to let people get by. We were packed very tightly - which I normally don't mind - but, I just didn't feel comfortable.
I was pleased that the atmosphere was unlike any I've seen in Boston with its paisley wallpaper putting some punch in the basic black and white decor. It was an old-ish scene though, dented floor vents, slightly stained cushion arm chairs, peeling paint. Needless to say I was thinkin to myself, man i hope the food tastes better than this menu looks. Everything on the menu looks great, but something holds me back from choosing my first instincts (hangar). Cocktail list very predictable. I didn't want predictable! Alas, chix wings rocked. What I believed to be a simple sandwich turned into an oyster-pickle-bacon lovin woman's dream. Dave's filet was a nice thick cut of beef, charred on the outside, close to bloody on the inside. Good stuff.
It was fine although the waiter was "flip," to an annoying degree.
We loved the ribs, kobe meatloaf and hangar steak. The mashed potatoes were fantastic and we liked how the ribs and meatloaf were served right on top of the mashed potatoes. We tried the "mac" and cheese for our appetizer and it is one that we will definitely be back for again. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Have eaten here several times before. Very good dining experience. Excellent waitstaff. Very good value also.
It was our first time here. We both ordered off the prix fixe menu and were not disappointed. The food was cooked perfectly and the flavors and textures were innovative and very satisfying. We enjoyed a great concoction of elderberry wine, sauvignon blanc and prosecco that was delish! Staff were very attentive but not overly so. I loved the atmosphere and decor. I highly recommend Pops to everyone.
WE have been to POPS before -- and have had a good meal each time. Plus the decor is very cool and appealing. We had theatre tix at 7:30, and all of us opted for the $16 pasta and wine special. And we were thrilled with our choices. 3 different pastas to choose from, along with a glass of wine or beer. Not your run-of-the-mill pasta, but very special and mighty tasty. I think they run this special SUN-THUR.
I was really dissapointed in my first visit to Pops. I had heard really good things about this place but found the food to be subpar. The beets in the beet salad were cut way too thick, and the Mushroom Gnocchi was far too dense and lacked mushrooms. The bread seemed to be a bit underbaked as well.
We had a great time at POPS and were even able to get in ahead of our reservation. The hostess was great about finding us a spot at the bar to wait for our table and the food was great. We have lived in the South End for also 4 years and had not been there yet, but we will definitely go back.
We have eaten there a number of times for dinner and loved it. The lunch/brunch is excellent great sandwiches that you could have for two meals.
I subscribe to the SpeakEasy Theater and eat at Pops before every play. I dine alone and like to read while I eat. The service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I've found that staff recommendations for dishes and wine always pan out nicely. The butternut squash ravioli are wonderful as is the warm chocolate cake, but I've never been disappointed in an entree, either. I know I can count on a good dining experience at Pops -it's consistent in the quality of the food and the treatment of its customers.
This is the second time I've come and I am always pleasantly surprised. I will be coming again whenever possible.
Service staff was attentive at first, but became slow by the end when the restaurant got bussier. Food was excellent - hot and scrumptious (def try the griddled banana bread). I liked the decor, and thought the food was priced well.
Our dining experience at Pops was very, very pleasant. We were seated promptly for our 6:30 Thurs eve reservation. Service was prompt and friendly and not overbearing. We ordered the price fixed menu (3 course 29.95). The appetizers were excellent - the wild mushroom gnocci and the butternut squash ravioli were both piping hot and delicious. I can truly say they were the best gnocci I ever had. We both had the crispy skin salmon which was very good. Deserts were equally satisfying and quite substantial - the key lime creme brule and the melted chocolate tart. All washed down with a reasonably priced bottle of rioja. The wine list is not extensive but covers a wide range of options that are all (relatively) reasonably priced. Will return !!
one of our favorite spots, especially for brunch!!
A great place to spend such a special night. This was our first time there and it was better than we expected. It will be one of our regular spots to go from now on. Everything we had to eat and drink was beyond delicious. Mac-n cheese was rich but light at the same time, broccoli soup was just creamy enough, crispy salmon was perfectly cooked and the skin was actually crispy unlike places that shall remain nameless, and the short ribs were out of this world. No S&P on the table, but tasting the food we realized why... it was completely unnecessary as the flavors and seasoning was perfect and not to be messed with. Great drinks and wine list.
Good food, nice atmosphere, and terrific service. Cocktail menu was interesting. I had a sidecar - enjoyable.
And, decent prices.
I really enjoyed having lunch at Pops the other day. I ordered a monte cristo sandwich and my friend had the cheeseburger. The service was great even though only one person was working the floor that day. The waiter was still very attentive. I liked my monte cristo a lot and my friend's cheeseburger was delicious. The fries were also very good. Definitely would go again another day!
I enjoyed the lunch I had here with my best friend. The atmosphere was not what I expected from the signage out front, I expected a 1960s diner, but instead it’s small and classy/chic. We both ordered cheese burgers, that we were told is our waiters favorite item on the menu. My burger was delicious and perfectly cooked and seasoned with a big pile of french fries and salad garnish. This restaurant is small – I would like to come back in the summer to sit outside. The service was a little slow towards the end of our meal when we needed our check and our waiter was a little awkward, but friendly, so overall a good experience.
Went to Pop's before a show at the Calderwood. THe food was delicious and plentiful! The menu was filled with comfort foods done Pops style. Service was excellent. Great choice all around.
Loved the food, cocktails and wine, but the service was spotty. We were ignored for bread and for water refills. with only 3 diners, they didn't bring all the hot dinners at the same time.
I had a $10 off birthday coupon but had to argue to have it applied to a bill of over $200 because one of us ordered a prix fix meal. The fact that 2 people ordered full a la carte dinners, and we had 3 cocktails and a fairly costly bottle of wine were irrelevant. I can see rejecting the coupon for the prix fix dinner, but with all the other items, it was poor judgment to annoy a regular patron and a big POPS fan.
I guess all restaurants decline somewhat with success. I'll still go back, but recommend POPS a bit less enthusiastically.
The food was excellent as was the service. We didn't feel rushed. We were the first to dine that evening and by tthe time we left, it was packed. A short but, very good wine list.
This was our first time at POPS and I'd have to say that it was very good! It's a little on the small side, but that just adds to the ambiance the South End is known for. Our waiter was terrific, very pleasant and attentive. We sat in the front of the house, where we had views of the Pru. and Tremont St. They have great digital picture frames that change and show old photos of Boston. The food was very good, however my wife's hanger steak was not cooked to medium, very rare, but overall not bad. Our waiter was great and attentive. The drink menu was a little pricey, $13 for a sidecar, but they have a $5 cocktail menu too. We'd go back, its a fun little spot!
Pops is one of my favorite places in the South End. Always dine here prior to attending the theatre at the Speakeasy across the street. Never have had a bad meal.
I am always disappointed by salmon entrees. Not Here! Absolutely the best salmon dish I have ever had! I will repeat.
POPS is a cozy neighborhood gem, great for a last minute dinner. This little restaurant serves up classic American comfort food with a twist. The "Mac" & Cheese is ridiculously rich and tasty and the Crab Cakes are one of the best out there. The Fish & Chips, Kobe Meatloaf and Lamb Bolognese entrees are old standbys. The cheeseburger could be better but it's hard to be a burger competitor in Burger Boston. Luckily, the fries make up for any burger shortcomings. The wait staff is friendly and adequate. This is a perfect place to take friends who come into town or parents visiting the city. It's reliable, fulfilling and get the job done well! I haven't yet been for brunch but do plan on going soon as I expect good things from the POPS bunch.
The overall exerience was very good. The only bad part was the lack of a valet attendant when we pulled up, so we had to drive around for a little while to find a spot.
The service and food was great on the other hand. We had the mac 'n cheese gnocci along with the salmon (i think) and the meatloaf (fantastic). The waiter could have been a bit more speedy with the pouring of wine, but def. no reason that I wouldn't go back many times. great for the price also.
This was our first visit to Pops, and we were very pleased with our experience. The food was delicious, the dining room was comfortable, the waitstaff was attentive. They had a prix fixe menu that was very reasonably priced and which included a nice range of choices of appetizers, entrees, and desserts (the grilled salmon was delicious, and the chocolate torte is out of this world, and highly recommended!). We did not have a chance to try the wine list this time, but most likely will on another occasion. The location is very convenient to the South End theaters, so I am looking forward to patronizing this restaurant again soon
The food was good. My thai dish was rather bland, but the burger was outstanding - I got to taste it when someone ordered it at our table.
The deserts were phenomenal! It was VERY busy despite having a late reservation and we waited 40 minutes after our reservation time to be seated.
Once we were seated, the service was good - but I was caught a little off guard by having to wait so long for a table.
Overall it was a good experience. I would recommend it to a friend to try, but due to my wait - I'm in no rush to go back - there are so many places to try!
Loved Pops! Was there for dinner before theater with a party of 4. None of us have been to Pops but we have been to several of the neighboring restaurants. We all loved our meals, the atmosphere is fabulous- great interior. The people that work there seem to really enjoy each other and are extremely friendly and welcoming. Loved the colors!
Loved it. Blueberry pancakes and crisp, as ordered, bacon were terrific. Tommy great server. New fave restaurant in BCA area.
Very friendly staff, our waiter James was very helpful as well as others who came by.
Food was very good, well presented, good serving size and priced reasonably. We will be back!
The food was delicious and the service friendly and helpful. I had reuben sandwich that was fabulous and made with home cooked corned beef and not just deli slices. Everything there is homemade, which makes it very special. The sandwich came with homemade potato chips that were a little too greasy and it also came with a salad that had oil but no vinegar dressing on it. My friend had a gorgeous cheesburger with grilled onions and home made fries that were just wonderful. She had the same nondescript salad. The desserts were lovely -- a key lime creme brulee and a flourless chocolate dish that was divine. We went there because Open Table said they had a 3 course special for $24. at lunch, but they didn't have one.
Excellent service and food was good, but the restaurant seemed to be "out" of several items forcing two of the three diners to make alternative choices.
Finally, a neighborhood "joint" that is quiet enough to have a civilized conversation in and where the service is personal, attentive, but not intrusive. A great experience overall.