a.kitchen

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French American
a.kitchen is an all-day French-inspired American restaurant under Executive Chef Eli Collins. His new bistro-style menu allows guests to stop by for a few small plates or enjoy a more traditional dinner or lunch. The restaurant continues to be a top wine destination in the country with its innovative natural and terroir driven list representing regions throughout the world. Reservations are available for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. a.bar, at 1737 Walnut Street, is the sibling to a.kitchen and has a cocktail focus. It also serves snacks, burgers, salads and other seasonal selections.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The vibrant is decidedly snooty which isn't equally by the quality of the service or food. Thi.blesized mimosas. Cocktails allowed to sit at the bar until watery.

C
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we have ever had. The service and the food were both magnificent. Highly recommended

r
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I didn't like it. It seemed the food was prepared by an inexperienced kitchen staff. Poor execution.

AN
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I want so badly to give them four stars just because I'm bitter about how expensive the wine flight was ($30 for 3 tiny pours), but the wine was sooooo good, and the food was excellent and really filling for a $20 restaurant week meal. The service was really courteous but my wine, that I paid so dearly for, took longer to come out than my first course, hence I took off one star each for value and service. BUT I will be back to try more of the menu. I just might have to pregame first...

JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

When I attend a restaurant during Restaurant Week, I expect a similar level of quality/quantity and service as during a regular reservation. The food and service were good but the portion size was significantly downsized. When I received a piece of salmon that was approximately 2 inch by 2 inch (no exaggeration) as my entree, I felt compelled to say something to my waiter when asked 'how is everything?' As someone who rarely complains at restaurants and appreciates when restaurants don't supersize orders which leads to tremendous food waste, I was shocked at the small portion size. I was informed that because it was restaurant week, the portion sizes were reduced. To their credit, they offered me something else on the menu. I appreciated the offer and some advice to the management - don't cut corners during restaurant week as you've now lost a customer for future business. If you can't afford to put something on the menu during restaurant week, then don't put it on the menu. I felt cheated on the value of the meal and trying to make up for it later because I said something is not a long term wise business strategy.

d
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were at the restaurant during restaurant week. The value was outstanding. Had we paid the listed prices, I don't think the value is there. However, the food was very good as was the service. I really liked the space, nice clean look and feel.

l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a superb meal, and even more amazing it was an unbelievable Restaurant Week value - two appetizers, an entrée and a desert for $35! Hard to beat that!

JG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The noise level was so high that dinner conversation wasn’t possible
Atmosphere was like a fast good joint: not a fine dining experience
Very small pour for a glass of wine at $14
However, I would go back to A.kitchen because the food was amazingly good

MW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Fig & Radicchio and grilled fish were excellent. Highly recommend the pork sausage as well!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and for a great value. Restaurant week here is a must !

RD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing dinner! The flavors of all the dishes were unique, but not overwhelming. I am considering doing my department lunch here at Christmas!

W
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate during Restaurant Week, which means that our lunch was an incredible deal. The chickpea and fennel entrées were super, as was the fish special. The steak was nothing to write home about, which explains my choice of 4 rather than 5 stars. Also, it would have been nice if we had been offered bread with the meal, rather than having to ask for it.
The cookies for dessert were also very good, especially the brownie.
The selections of wine by the glass was broad and interesting, with a good range of origins and types,

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for restaurant week and the food was incredible!
The service and friendliness was awesome. Everything was fresh, tasty, healthy and unique. We paired everything with wine and had an amazing experience. Thank you 🙏

MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very few choices and they were out of the one of six choices I. Overpriced. Street noise and honking horns make conversation impossible at times.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally unreal

AP
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Have been to a.kitchen for dinner many times and have enjoyed it a lot. This was my first time for brunch and we were disappointed. The portions were very small and not especially tasty. Enjoyed my cocktail and the ambience, however, I'd give it a skip for brunch next time.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first date there seven years ago. We try to come back each year to celebrate it. They did a wonderful job, and went over and above to acknowledge our anniversary. We’ll be back next year!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server made the night special! Great vegetable dishes.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

It was way too noisy. Impossible to carry on a conversation. No bread served with the meal and there was NO starch. No rice, no potato, no polenta, no pasta. Nothing.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bad al over and overrated. Menu does not reflect what dishes are in actual

T
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were able to snag one of the outside 2-tops on a perfect Saturday! Great for people watching... and the food was good as well.

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant, welcoming decor, charming, personable waitress who was unfamiliar with some of the menu and clearly improvised when asked about ingredients and preparation. We called her on it and she acknowledged that she was new in her job. I suggested that she carry a crib sheet, and she showed me a memo book that apparently contained her notes about the menu, but she hadn’t memorized it and did not refer to her notes. We explained that this lack of information could pose a problem for patrons with allergies. My friend disliked the hamburger and fries, which she deemed boring and unappetizing. Her entree was subsequently comped. Frank, the manager, was warm, gracious, very well-informed and attentive; he made a lovely evening from what might have been a very disappointing experience. The cod in olive oil was and several appetizers were well-prepared and delicious. I would readily return on a day Frank is there.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food I’ve had in America to date. Period.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crear server.

DL
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch, cool atmosphere

DD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ended up sitting outside which was very pleasant.
We had the $35 dinner special. The corn soup, watermelon salad and rice dessert were all excellent. The chicken main dish was overly salty for our taste and had too much going on on the toppings, Especially the salty olives. The whole meal would have been excellent if the chicken dish had been simpler highlighting only a few of the summer vegetables on top.

J
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch. Greeted outside by hotel staff- very friendly! Sat down and again was greeted by a friendly server. The food was just okay...nothing special. The cheese plate was decent, the pancakes were good and the heirloom BLT was just okay. We had a nice time but will probably not go back.

T
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Wonderful wine pairing without snootiness. Food was very good.

J
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The noise level was a little too loud for my taste m, sometimes making conversation difficult. However, the service was excellent and the food delicious. I was dining with a friend who is undergoing chemo and had some specific dietary needs. The wait staff could not have been more accommodating, working with chef to provide my friend with exactly what was needed.
The wine by the glass options were not extensive but they do have a flight of rose.
We all shared a pannacotte with blueberries that was light and airy!

c
Philadelphia
141 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice lunch with a very good glass of rose from Austria. Excellent service as well, had been here in the past but it had been a long time. I'll be back soon.

a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A.kitchen has been around for several years and can be relied on for having very good food. They have several seating options, inside and out. We were a party of 4, and everyone enjoyed their meal. Between us, we had 2 different appetizers and 3 different entrees, and all were delicious. When we were deciding on what we were going to order, our server wasn't able to answer, or even really understand, a question which we thought she should have been able to answer. However, she apologized, got the answer, and thanked us for educating her. She was appropriately concerned about food allergies and restrictions, and she guided us well as we were making our choices. Water glasses were filled frequently, but none of us were ever asked if we wanted a second drink. At a point where I as considering ordering one, I couldn't find anyone to ask, so I let it go.

All of those are fairly minor quibbles about a meal that we all really did enjoy. But the bigger problem, especially for one member of our group, was the lack of adequate air conditioning. A.kitchen has large floor to ceiling Windows that are often open while folks are dining. The open windows help to unify the indoor and outdoor seating and are lovely in nice weather. When we were there, it was very warm and somewhat humid, though not hot with oppressive humidity. The inside seating area never really cooled off, and I'm sure that the air temperature would have been much better if the windows were closed. In a restaurant with $15 appetizers and entrees starting at around $30, I expect comfortable air conditions. One person in our party, as mentioned, had such a hard time that she couldn't even consider staying for desert. She thought the air was very stuffy, and she was quite uncomfortable.

Let me reiterate that a.kitchen is a lovely spot with very good food. I'll likely go back in the future. I'll likely not dine there during the summer months, unless temperatures and humidity are unseasonably low.

JW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was DELICIOUS!!! Everything we ate was so good and we loved sitting at the counter chatting with the chefs while they prepared the meals!

N
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The noise level was deafening! Service much too slow. Food was good, not exceptional

C
Washington DC
658 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Nice decor, great service, excellent food. Moderate prices.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Great choice of small plates, some vegetarian. Service was very prompt and attentive. Only caveat was that it was very noisy as the bar area is right next to the tables.

E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with client and colleagues

G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, and very satisfied with the environment.

FW
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and service. Noise level is high.

CT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place. Great service. Food delicious. Nice wine list. Vegan options. I would be a regular here if I lived in Philadelphia

L
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Avocado soup was awful. Fish entree really good, Small, intimate space where it was easy to talk and interact. Our sever was perfect.

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