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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.
Boston, MA 02118
Hours of Operation:
Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Sunday through Wednesday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday through Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm. Full Bar Open Daily.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking. Public parking garage behind 505 Tremont Street is just a block away.
Orange Line: Back Bay at Clarendon Street
Green Line: Copley Square
Silver Line: Washington Street at Union Park
Private Party Facilities:
We have a gorgeous private room that seats up to 20 and overlooks our garden. This room is perfect for brunch or dinner, for business meetings or celebrations.
Private Party Contact:
Manager: (617) 695-1250
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Come join us for Restaurant Week!
Kitchen - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
great neighborhood place for getting together with 4 friends for brunch before the theatre. Quiet, great atmosphere for catching up, didn't feel rushed. Service was great, waiter very engaging and helpful with suggestions. 2 of the group had "eggs in purgatory" based on waiters suggestion and they loved it. 3 of us had a Boston version of the Cubano. A big roll instead of a pressed sandwich, a little too much bread and the meat was a little dry, although good hearty sandwich.
I've eaten at kitchen twice now and it might just be my new favorite. The difficulty is deciding what to order. The menu is nowhere near as daunting as some but every item on it is thoroughly well prepared.
There were very few repeat items that I ordered on my second trip. The mushrooms are outstanding, as are the duck fat cooked sprouts I ordered both on each occasion and was not disappointed.
Im going to upkeep coming back until I try it all.
Great service and terrific food. They play real vinyl in the bar area and display the album covers so that you can see what's playing. Nice touch. Fun environment. We had a tasty, basic spaghetti & meatballs. The duck risotto and scampi were yummy, very nicely prepared. Would def go back.
My partner & I had brunch prior to theater the other day. We sat in back with a south end backyard view. The food was wonderful -- my partner had Carbonara with mushrooms & spinach. He also had their cheesecake, which was incredibly rich & light. All in all a lovely visit.
had dinner here with another couple in late January and couldn't have been more disappointed. First, our appetizers came out before our first round of drinks, despite the fact that there was only 4 or 5 people sitting at the bar...when I asked our server, he just deflected the blame to the bar...for appetizers, we had the mushrooms under glass (which were tasty and interesting but not worth the $15 price tag) and the meatballs which were tasteless and lacking seasoning (very disappointing)...for entrees, my friend and I both got the "lobster thermidor" with gnocchi...i don't think i've ever had a worse dish...when ordering "lobster thermidor" i'm expecting to get delicious lobster meat, cream, bread crumbs, etc etc stuffed into a lobster shell...what we got instead was essentially just bland lobster gnocchi with no shell, no stuffing and NO seasoning whatsoever...calling that dish "lobster thermidor" is a crime, especially for the $32 price tag...it's essentially just lobster and pasta...speaking of the no seasoning, I had to ask another waitress walking by for salt since ours was nowhere to be found...she brought over a salt shaker which was empty, so we had to ask for a second one...dessert encountered more mistakes as well...we ordered a trio of ice creams (i think it was maple, vanilla and chocolate but i can't quite remember)...what we got was just three ice creams that all tasted of maple! service was bad throughout the meal, and our waiter couldn't have cared less...what's especially disappointing was the price tag too...with appetizers in the teens and entrees around $30, you'd think the meal would be really special, but we were particularly disappointed, especially after reading so many great reviews of this place...I doubt we'll be back.
Ate at Kitchen on a Thursday night before theatre across the street. Menu is simple and loaded with comfort foods suitable for a cold winter night. Atmosphere is warm and inviting - lots of booths. Service was friendly and attentive. Mushrooms under glass is a treat. Main dishes were flavorful and reasonable portions. Their bar offerings are creative hard to resist!
We had an excellent experience. Our food was fantastic - had the eggs benedict, omelet and mussels. The DONUTS are really, really good as well as the fried oysters. Our server was perfect. She was there when we needed her and she provided excellent information. We highly recommend The Kitchen.
Came here for brunch on a Sunday morning. For a small restaurant, it did offer an ample amount of space for dining. Drinks we fantastic with an array of different type of "brunch drinks". We had mini-doughnuts that were simply amazing and I had the breakfast sandwich. Without the fries, the sandwich would've been enough since it was so filling.
We sat at the bar on a very cold winter night and enjoyed dinner and warm beverages. The mulled wine was delicious and the hot toddy was the best I've ever had by far! The food and service were great and the record player was playing Stevie Wonder and Rolling Stones on vinyl albums. Fun night!
If you are looking for an easy dining spot, look no further. I wasn't rushed, which was appreciated. However, the food was decent at best, the service spotty, and the drinks were alright. Half of my $13 martini were spilled when the server put it down. I probably would not go again unless someone wanted me to go to one of the "new" spots in the south end. Toro, coppa, delux, seiyo, all better options.
Made reservations on a Monday night for a business meeting. It was perfect, our party of 4 were the only people in the restaurant for the most part. Food and drink menu offered a wide variety for us all to choose from. Our waitress was great, very attentive, offering suggestions.
Such a great night. Brought my parents who were in town for Thanksgiving. Got the mushrooms, absolutely amazing. Duck risotto made Dad squeal with delight! Had the burger too and it was awesome. Service was perfect, timing of food was perfect. I will definitely be coming back!
We went to The Kitchen for brunch before a play at the Calderwood. The food was amazingly good and everyone seemed to be enjoying their drinks. It was quite noisy so hard for group discussion. The service was excellent and we would go back even though it was so noisy.
We finally made it here after opting for other neighborhood places over the time Kitchen has been around. The current menu is appealing, and although we skipped the oyster bar we will definitely try it the next time.
Interesting menu choices that we tried included Beef tartare and a warm mushroom and ricotta starter, both recommended. The chicken was excellent, tempted by the Lobster Thermidor, again next time. Very good service, we were in a bit a rush in that we had to walk from there to the Theater, but the meal was served at just about the right pace to dine (with starter, no dessert) in just over an hour end to end and that included an excellent Sauzerac cocktail to start while perusing the menu. We recommend it, we'll be back, good price point for what it is. Lots of couples and a couple small groups were having a good time. Nice bar.
We eat here whenever we go to the Calderwood a Theater and I would still recommend it because of its proximity to the theater. It has been a while but I was a little surprised at the prices which felt more than the last time we were there. Maybe with Hammersly's gone they are trying to move into that price point. But the real problem for us was that the food was just not that good. We split the apertisers between the muscles and a mushroom something under glass. You can't go too wrong with steamed muscles and the mushrooms were ok...but just ok. The cute waitress came by with some really ordinary, rather dry white bread rolls, which were hot on top and cold on the bottom. The main course was two small pieces of fish and lots of really tasteless little potato balls. I can't even remember if there was a veggie on the plate. It just wasn't an interesting presentation or a memorable meal. Come on guys, step it up.
Very much enjoyed Kitchen. Must have the mushrooms under glass appetizer- seriously one of the best things I've eaten! The only issue I had was although cooked to perfection- my venison came to the table on the cool side. I chose not to send it back-it still tasted great!
We tried the scallops and mussels as appetizers, lobster macaroni and venison for dinner, and the donuts for dessert. Everything was excellent, but at each course we were a little surprised by how small the portions were. We don't mind small portions since they allow us to try more things, but at the prices they charge we weren't expecting it ($14 for two scallops, $8 for 4 donut holes).
We went to Kitchen during a Nor'easter, so everyone was a bit wet, but the place was warm and inviting. We both had French 75's - not inexpensive, but an outstanding drink, well made. I had the scallops, which were very good, and the lobster thermidor, which was also excellent, mostly lobster. My husband had the mushrooms under glass, which are heavenly - no other way to describe it. I think they're the best dish on the menu, so flavorful. And then he had the venison, which was perfectly cooked, tender, with the best rub around (cocoa and coffee). Also, the baby brussels sprouts in duck fat - anything cooked in duck fat is transformed into something wonderful. No room for dessert. Wonderful dining experience.
Our dinner experience could be likened to an episode of The Three Stooges. Appetiser brought to table before cocktails. Sent it back. My husband ordered a second drink as entrees were served and he never got it despite several reminders. Had to ask for bread. One roll appeared for only one of us. No butter. Water glasses were kept filled. Unfortunalely, water was warm. Duck risotto was overwhelmed with taste of cheese. Felt rushed and ignored throughout. Too bad.
The food was excellent - we all shared the duck risotto and loved it and each enjoyed our entrees and desserts! The cocktails were strong too. Our first server was great. He knew the menu, he was friendly, and attentive (initially). However after we got our entrees our server switched and we had trouble ordering more drinks and seeing the dessert menu. I think they just got a little too busy. Nonetheless we really enjoyed our dinner.
I'd been wanting to try Kitchen for some time, and was very pleased when I did the other night. Food was excellent. Menu has good choices for light and heavier eaters, nice variety of veggie, fish, meat. And who doesn't like a deviled egg? Oh, maybe the Paleo people. But they don't really like food, do they???
Small, unpretentious, South End gem with great food. I had the venison with coffee beans and cacao which was totally amazing - a new dish for the fall season. Other diners in the party had the hamburger, which received raves as the best hamburger he'd ever tasted. It was pretty amazing, apparently they crush some bacon into the hamburger patty which give a smokey rich flavor, and the bun is freshly made. A third diner had the classic Lobster Thermador, perfectly prepared. This is one of my go-to places for introducing people to the South End food scene. Waitstaff is great, knowledgeable. Cocktails and wine list very good too. A few outdoor tables allows people watching on Tremont Street - always a great floor show.
Brought a friend in from out of town. My wife had heard of the restaurant and we brought our daughter as well. Very quiet, but we arrived early on a Sunday evening. Had appetizers, dinner and dessert as well a drink to start off. All food was excellent! Our server was very, very good; excellent with the recommendations and very attentive without being overbearing. My daughter had a an excellent meal, but she does like things that many 7 year olds might not (she had the mussels appetizer as her meal!) Overall, an excellent time.
The food was very good and yet I am not jumping up and down. There was a little something wrong with everything although not really significant enough to complain about, except maybe the bread. I was thrilled that they preented their regular full menu for Dine Out weeks. That took me back. I comes in 3rd in the 4 places I dines at for Dine out Boston. Mooo and Clink edged it out. Towne was a distant 4th place.
Taking advantage of restaurant week-starter: fresh oyster and mussel, it was fresh but the oysters needs to be clean before serving raw half shell since I kept on getting piece of shell overall it was delicious. Entree:1/2 roasted chicken was cooked perfectly but I would prefer more seasoning like fresh ground pepper or herb seasoning on the skin of the chicken to give it that layers of flavor. Filet Mignon was undercook when I wanted medium rare not rare on the fly but the foie gras was melting in my mouth. Desserts: homemade truffle and cheesecake is awesomely filling any dessert cravings you have.
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