a.kitchen

4.6
1911 reviews
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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
8 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
49 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
43 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
140 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
5 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
647 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.

OT
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend and I had a wonderful dining experience-- quiet table near the wall, excellent service, delicious food, and perfect drinks/wine. Miranda, our server, was knowledgeable and helpful. She helped us select entrees that skirted our food restrictions, mixing and matching proteins and vegetables and salads. She had excellent wine advice, and perfect server timing. This is a grown-up restaurant with high quality food that serves all ages.

EA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped for brunch based on the location and the Open Table star score. The extra promotional points helped as well.

The introduction began with two juice blends. One named ‘The Rose’ and another that contains cucumber, apple, celery and lime juices. Both were very tasty and refreshing.

We ordered the heirloom tomato BLT and a burger. Both were great choices. The burger was rich and juicy. The BLT, besides the wonderful tomato and bacon, was sandwiched between to hearty slices of rustic bread. The potatoes that accompanied the burger were ridiculously good, and we would return for them alone.

We look forward to visiting for dinner.

OT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent meal. The small plates vary but are always made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The chive and ricotta dumplings are particularly exceptional - rich yet delicate. The entrees are outstanding; the chicken is a hidden gem and very filling. The prix fixe menu is an excellent value and I highly recommend it. The service was outstanding, including a very nice complimentary round of Amaro from the bartender. Consistently delicious - I highly recommend it!

K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent.
Fresh creative and delicious.
Small space close tables.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food exceeded only by the service offered by Sam and Melissa.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was very accommodating. One person in our party wanted plain not the featured blueberry pancakes. No problem! I had the roasted vegetables with charred eggplant puree under a most delicious assortment of summer crops. My husband, who is hard to please was not delighted with his lamb dish but he sure did gobble it down. His "meh" on the lamb is the only reason for a 4 rather than a 5. It is such a comfortable restaurant where you can have a conversation. And our server was just about perfect.

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was extraordinary. The staff took the time to make sure our birthday celebration was special, the waitress was very attentive, and the menu/drink recommendations were spot on. The pork chop and cheese plate were highlights of the meal. I would definitely come back.

EH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, interesting wine list. Had a lamb merguez brunch dish that was sublime. Squash avocado gazpacho was wonderful. I really enjoy this restaurant.

SR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eli Collins is perhaps the most talented chef in philly. We followed him from Pub & Kitchen. Clean flavors and a menu that is ever changing. Which can create problems when I fall in love with a dish and it disappears with the season.... Good problem to have. It forces me to choose something else. I am rarely disappointed.

m
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff were very accommodating to our show schedule. Food was fresh, excellently flavored, and timely to our table. Would definitely recommend to friends as an ideal place in Rittenhouse Square.

JC
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service - safe choice that I keep coming back to again and again.

t
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our friends, are like us, senior citizens. The noise level, even though the venue was only half filled on a weeknight, was unacceptable. The food was good and the service was reasonable but .....

WJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service to match. Like the neat and clean decor.

LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would recommend the restaurant, but would advise friends to steer clear of the pressed juices. We went for father's day, and my husband order a pressed juice, which had no flavor. He said it tasted like water. He also requested, "as little salt as possible" on his food, and his home fries came out with visible rocks of salt. My son and I thought everything was delicious, but I was disappointed that the dad among us wasn't happy with his meal.

m
Philadelphia
114 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger and wine, might not be your first thought for a.kitchen but if you are in the mood, man is it good here.

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Cocktails tasty and inventive. Appetizers fabulous- grilled octopus, lobster samba, torn scallops. Branzino also delicious and worth the high price as was the lamb. Big disappointment particularly for the hefty price of $80 for two was the rib steak. Fatty, grisly, just not tasty at all. I’ve had steaks from Costco I’ve enjoyed more. Potato sticks were very good though. Noise level deafening. Good wine selection with affordable options.

F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dinner at a.kitchen. Food, ambience, service were all fantastic - once again. One of our favorite spots.

NH
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brunch menu was very small. Our meals were good and not great, service was good.

DR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit but we will definitely be back!

DH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miranda was an excellent server being professionally attentive without being intrusive. We ordered the ramp gnocchis and the steak tartare appetizers both of which were scrumptious. Then the two of us shared the gruyere stuffed burger which they kindly cut in half and plated separately and was cooked to perfection, medium rare. We were seated outside and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city very much accompanied by a crisp, brut rosé expertly de-corked by Miranda. A very fine experience in every way.

d
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

awfully Noisy , ruins the experience if you want to talk , food was OK but expensive , approx 90 $

NA
London
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great cooking dynamic but understated modern feel to a place really enjoyed it and will be back perhaps will try bar sitting to see the chef in action

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