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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside for brunch and had the most wonderful meal! The food was delicious (the breakfast potatoes were OUTRAGEOUS) and the service was delightful!

C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food selection, excellent service and wonderful ambiance! Definitely my favorite breakfast/brunch place!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal, ambience, service and overall experience. Celebrating our wedding anniversary... was the perfect night.

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. My wife and i were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the restaurant 9and its staff) did not disappoint. We were very pleased and plan to return to Philadelphia just for a kitchen! We look forward to returning (and to the ricotta dumplings and oyster mushrooms). Thanks for a wonderful time and an amazing meal!!!!

KC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

There were 5 people in our party for a Saturday evening,9:15 seating. We all came away wondering how this place achieves the higher ratings. It is overrated. Period. Food was very mediocre and on the skimpy side. My duck was over cooked yet barely warm. In fact, another person at the table had French fries that after 20 minutes were warmer than my duck was coming right out of the kitchen. Service was not at all attentive, and the young lady seemed quite indifferent so hopefully she was able to make the correlation to the size of her tip. I love to tangibly recognize sharp service so was disappointed to not have the chance to do so this evening.

This was one we were looking forward to but it was a very big, overpriced disappointment. Perhaps we’ll visit the bar but will not be back to the restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food.

c
Philadelphia
142 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week only because friend could only get that day off of work but it was just as good as a non restaurant week. Both had salads to start and both were very good, friend had the burger and let me taste it, now I understand why it make the 'best' list. It was really good. I had the mussels, very different presentation than I expected but it was excellent. Can't wait to get back here again.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+++! From the food to the ambience to the service to the vast wine collection this kitchen was fit for queens! The staff was lovely and made great recommendations and the whole place was so warm from the beautiful soft lighting and delicate seating. Great to people watch outside too! The food was decadent with unique flavors. The restaurant week portions were perfect! And the meal as a whole was surprisingly healthy with no lacking for taste, texture, or presentation. Fan favorites were the graffiti eggplant, the oyster mushrooms, the smoked duck, and the grilled salmon. Not to mention the panna cotta and olive oil cake were an excellent finishing touch. All plates were scraped clean! Looking forward to taste testing their seasonal menu all over again soon!

K
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My party took advantage of the Restaurant Week Menu. Excellent Choice. Also, sitting along the open kitchen is a must!

TA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have never had an appetizer, entree or dessert at a.kitchen that was not original and exquisite. I only wish the space were cosier.

O
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for Restaurant Week and glad we did! Counter seating was the only option at the time of making the reservation. But there was a good amount of elbow room. Our waitress was very attentive and even wiped down the counter each time we switched courses. Each dish was beautifully plated. My favorites were the ricotta and chive dumplings, roasted duck, and mint panna cotta with blueberry compote. The specialty Bar Hill gin cocktails were also delicious. Would love to visit again soon!

VG
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In this superbly decorated, stylish, and intimate, Rittenhouse Square restaurant everything is delicious. Original takes on organic, farmed sourced food that comes in small plates with big, lingering, intense flavors. The staff is friendly and the wine list is amazing. The food is deceivingly simple. The taste is complex and rewarding. An additional plus, great people-watching spot.

e
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved our first time experience with friends. Wine list lovely and food excellent. Appreciated the number of veggie and fish choices as we do not eat meat or shellfish. However the noise level was unbearable at times making the visit with friends less than desirable. would return with one other person as we might sit closer together but another table for 4, nope.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
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 on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

T
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful dinner. The vegetarian dishes, especially, were a revelation, particularly the eggplant tahini dish and the honeynut squash "au poivre," which combined traditional flavors with bold experimentation. I highly recommend sitting at the counter, where you can see all the action.

r
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
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
56 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
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 on September 20, 2019
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
68 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
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!

CB
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We shared a lovely lunch during Restaurant Week. The menu presented a variety of soups, salad, mains...and you could "pick two". My hubby had the raw oysters and the hamburger. He raved about the oysters...he is a "blue point" guy. This dish was 4 Wellfleets served with mignonette. The hamburger looked good...it vanished pretty quickly. I had the Ratatouille soup.. delicious. Also what can be loosely described as a wedge salad...too much Dijon in the dressing, and since I forgot to ask for dressing on the side, way too much dressing for me. The dessert was a bit disappointing... snicker doodles and fudgy brownies to share. I should mention that the cocktails were excellent...kudos to the bartender. Seems like an eclectic menu...which I really enjoy...we will definitely return.

JG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
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
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
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 on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

RD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
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
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
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
5 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

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