a.kitchen

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their lentil soup was the BEST! Even beat mine. Service was great. Whole experience was great!

MC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+--really terrific. Every dish was wonderful and beautifully presented. Service was beyond great.

CK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal. I highly recommend the restaurant and chefs counter is cool.

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food, ok service

CM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is absolutely delicious. The wait staff could off been friendlier but otherwise fantastic.

CC
Philadelphia
343 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What do we do when we're downtown and hungry in the middle of the day? We go to a.Kitchen! It's fabulous, so let's skip the small talk. After our usual chickpea starter (look on the left side of the lunch menu), I went with two relatively new menu items, starting with the steak tartare. It's fantastic! This is what steak tartare was like 50+ years ago in the fancy white tablecloth places of my adolescence - coarsely chopped and properly spiced with what I could almost believe is "real" Tabasco, although it seems the chefs did the spice from scratch (and really well at that!). Then I had the pasta with cauliflower, which is essentially a wonderful cacio e pepe with small cauliflower florets. My wife had her favorite mussels after a sweet gem lettuce salad, and the chocolate peanut dessert was so amazing we had a second one. Great room, great service (thanks, again, Jed!) and a great time was had by all.

MK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bliss. The service is amazing and the food is even more so. The menu is carefully prepared and regularly updated with seasonal as well as regional delights and I'm constantly amazed at Chef Eli's warm, layered flavor profiles and amazing textures. This week, my wife and I enjoyed an amazing vegetable focused, multi-course masterpiece. The coup de grâce was an inspired pasta and cauliflower dish with a light, yet hearty and tangy cheese sauce. a.kitchen should be renamed a.hidden.gem. The atmosphere is warm, friendly, and cozy. My favorite spot is at the counter in full view of the amazing show put on by Chef Eli and his amazing team. Highly recommend a visit to a.kitchen.

g
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here. Thankful to have you.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt and knowledgeable service, excellent food. Amazing apple butter in the dessert.

L
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. With Rittenhouse Square close by there is plenty of people watching to go along with their great menu

r
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a.kitchen has been our go-to for our anniversary for the last few years, and they never disappoint. We had the bronzino for the table and it was out of this world.

l
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good- flavorful but not overbearing use of spices-innovative dishes.
Excellent courteous service.

C
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to the Sunday night special. The food, wine pairings and service were amazing. What a special time we had. We will definitely go again.

WJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The price comparison to the product was drastically high.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent. Was busy but servers maintained a steady flow where we did not feel they were lacking in attention. Our server was wonderful, very nice and personable. We will definitely return.
Price fixed dinner for Valentine’s Day was filling and had a variety of options to choose.
Would love for the Parmesan dumplings with rabbit to be on the regular menu. It was outstanding.

l
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious flavorful food and creative dishes.
Excellent service and special thanks to the manager who made our Valentines Day dinner and evening very special. We have also been there for brunch and for drinks and equally as enjoyable.

OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great creative food and friendly attentive service!

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch I've had in a while! Highly recommend!!

L
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Everyone was very nice. The service was excellent. The server made good recommendations from the menu. The food was outstanding. I would definitely go there again. One of the best!

HK
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!
Bronzino never disappoints and our waitress and sommelier were on point with the wines. LOVE this place!

OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative creative cuisine served by friendly people. Great vibe. A. Kitchen just gets better with time.

D
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My brunch plate had scattered potatoes and and cold poached eggs. No bread served. No garnishes at all. The Diet Coke was a tiny bottle.
Bare minimum. Nice atmosphere but disappointed in food. Could be so much better.

AT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We have been twice for dinner and once for breakfast.
The breakfast service was attentive and timely.
The dinner service was fair. I found the front server unhelpful. For example, when we asked what dishes do you recommend we were told "it depends what you like". The wine flight came after our first plate was delivered & our dinner was served on top of the first plate minutes after the first plate was put down. This was our second dinner visit. Our first time we came for dinner, we felt rushed but decided to try it a second time.

G
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for seating us late on Friday night !

TM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our go-to spot

B
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love this place, and the experience this time was, as usual, excellent. I would just like to offer a couple of comments on details that were less than perfect. I think the duck confit dish I ordered would have been better if served on a larger plate, so that I could also have seen what I was eating. And though the food was delicious, I missed any touch of crispness in the pommes Sarladaises, a feature I have no problem achieving when I make them at home.

JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Convenient location with a very creative menu. Foodie worthy. Excellent wine selection.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and cosy, the plates are great.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The fish soup with scallops and mussels was really really good, the starters and drinks were ok but not outstanding . The potatoes accompanying the salmon were almost uncooked. Expected a bit more.

RE
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal with great flavors. Good service and Elijah, the chef, is a very nice man. Try it!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t of been better. I can’t wait to try A. Kitchen again in the summer with the doors open, perfect spoke for date night! Staff was absolutely amazing!

JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything about the restaurant was great: food, ambiance, service. I would definitely like to try lunch next time. My only dislike was sitting at the chef’s cooking station...I need support for my back and the stools just did not provide any.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievably good especially the ricotta dumplings. Service was very polite and attentive. Thank you

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu and value for Center City Restsurant Week. Excellent attentive service.

GR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This place was GREAT! The food is fresh and delicious. The vegetarian options are bountiful. I split the Branzino with my friend and I absolutely loved it! We came here for restaurant week and it was absolutely worth it! I truly felt like I got an awesome discount b/c you get 2 appetizers/ pp; each can get own entree or split the Branzino; then dessert (1/pp).

A.Kitchen has earned a new patron. I'll be sure to have them as part of my rotation for small business meetings and getting together with friends.

CA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is an excellent place. Food is creative and delicious. This day felt slightly off, but we all have those days.

H
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

I don’t know why a kitchen states that it serves French food. Having one or barely reply French comfort recipes does not make it a French restaurant. I went during the restaurant week and was highly disappointed.

The sitting arrangement was extremely cramped. I ordered the beet from the starter menu, which was average. I ordered sausage which was not tasty. Finally the chicken I ordered was something a I can make at home.

I thought I could at least have a good desert. No that was not to be. I ordered chocolate cake, but found out it was full of peanut butter. No French restaurant would ever serve peanut butter in their desert.

So here is good bye to a pseudo- French restaurant.

OC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best burger I’ve ever eaten. Great experience

SN
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great table for 2 by the window. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The grilled Salmon melted in your mouth. Our servers were very attentive and we didn't feel rushed. The atmosphere was cozy but not cramped. Only negative was as more and more dinners came in, the noise level made it difficult to have quiet conversations.

NK
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during restaurant week. Service, ambiance and food were outstanding. Dumplings and Beef tartare were absolutely delicious. Branzino for 2 was the best fish we ever had! It was somehow deboned and then put together to look like a whole fish. A very memorable dinner.

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