About a.kitchen

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.

135 S 18th St
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Philadelphia, 19103-5228
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French American, Dining Bar, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm;
Friday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm;
Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm;
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Cross Street:
18th & Walnut St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 825-7030

Website:
http://www.akitchenandbar.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available in local garages. No Valet available.

Central Parking System – 1616 Sansom Street
Parkway Corporation – 1845 Walnut Street
Central Parking System – 201 South 18th Street
Priority Parking – 1710 Chancellor Street

Public Transit:
Bus: Route 21, 42- 18th and Walnut;
Route 17- 20th & Walnut; Route 2: 16th and Walnut
SEPTA Orange/ Broad Street lines: Walnut-Locust station
SEPTA Blue/ Market-Frankford line: City Hall Station
SEPTA Regional Rail lines: Suburban Station

Executive Chef:
Chef Eli Collins

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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a.kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (36)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for a Date (17)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
People Watching (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Casual (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Cozy (9)
Business Meals (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Great new Chef and menu. Creative cuisine. Excellent service. Strong wine list. Definitely worth a visit.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

Happened up on this spot right after moving to Philadelphia. Very great atmosphere and a close walk from my apartment. Staff is attentive and service is great! Wonderful date spot.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

nice Sunday brunch for 6 family members.
very pleased with ambiance, food and service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

after many dinners and lunches we went for a birthday brunch and were not disappointed. Excellent service and creative variations on regular breakfast and brunch items. great bread, egg dishes and a good wine list. highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We come back time and time again for the food Chef Eli crafts and serves! Always seasonal, creative, and super delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Having heard awesome things about the food (and a.bar next door) I was really excited to try this place for brunch. But when I arrived, the hostess indicated that all tables were full and there would be a wait. She didn't really explain how long the wait would be (I don't think she knew?) and I was a little put off, since I had a reservation. Eventually, another staff member came over to explain that my table would be ready in a few minutes. I appreciated that - but she definitely seemed annoyed/irritated... as though my wondering what happened to my reservation was unreasonable.

Anywho - the food was EXCELLENT. That part did not disappoint. But my date and I did notice it took a long time for a cup of coffee to come out, and our server never asked us how we were doing, or if we wanted anything else. Our meal just kind of ended when she dropped the check on the table and walked away. So all in all, I'm glad I tried it... but I don't know that I'll go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and service . The food is amazing. Great place for a glass of wine and a quick bite.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

A pleasurable quick business lunch with a very attentive staff & excellent food, the chicken was grilled to perfection.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great lunch; varied menu, entrees and smaller plates, creative ingrediants and presentation; really good by-the-glass and bottle wine lists, most Interesting Italian. We’ll be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Amazing meal--very interesting appetizers and a terrific soupe de poisson. Fantastic service--server offered us the opportunity to taste three different whites before we chose just a glass of each! Timing was exactly right. I'd go back there in a heartbeat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had excellent shrimp and grits for brunch

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Overall very good. Inventive and unique dishes using high quality ingredients. Beware - Open kitchen counter seating very warm right in front of grill. Wine list extensive with choices across the world and varieties. Staff super friendly and welcoming. Special kudos to Erik and chef Eli. Thanks!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband and I were visiting the city and meeting up with a few our Philly friends for dinner. The food and service weren't that great but we still had fun. Our waitress was kind but she seemed new on the job and we felt a little rushed. The dishes were flavorful but the flavors didn't blend well and some dishes were just odd. We enjoyed the chickpea dish but all the others were just so-so.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awful service. Limited lunch menu. If someone took our order in a more timely fashion, we might have been able to get what we wanted before they ran out of one of the few lunch items.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

There are numerous better options in Philadelphia. This is really just an upscale diner located near Rittenhouse Square, it is not really a fine (or good) dining establishment. Like a diner, the offerings are ‘comfort food’.....nothing too imaginative, nothing really great....just comfortable.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food is great and it is not too noisy so you can have a good conversation. The atmosphere is also very nice. I love coming here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have been here on several occasions and it is one of my favorite places. The food is outstanding and the team is welcoming, helpful and unpretentious. Everything we ate was terrific, especially the oysters and fried calamari with a lemon pepper jam which were exceptional. The bartender makes a great martini and the wine selections are excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great Sunday brunch menu. Highly recommend the Salmon on Rye.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The quality of the food is excellent, although the menu is rather limited in choices.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went with a group of friends (some old, some new) for Saturday brunch. Table of 6. Service was EXCELLENT. We enjoyed everyone we interacted with - very attentive. Food was good, but not over the top memorable. Great dishes, but don't go too hungry. Would recommend, go again.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Three of us ordered salads. They were not what menu said! Waitress argued that they were. Outrageous! I will not return! I lived at AKA for 2 months! Restaurant is awful!

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 (London)·Dined on October 14, 2017

On my own in town, and though tables fully booked on a busy saturday night, no problem getting a counter place. Good buzzy atmosphere on the corner of Rittenhouse square
Great, inventive food - lovely complimentary amuse-bouche, delicious oysters, creative entree of Panisse with harissa chick-peas, and a truly wonderful fish soup - a fragrant eastern variant on bouillabaisse.
Only downsides: seems VERY expensive ($100 inc two glasses of wine) - I'm from London which is one of the most expensive cities and would not have expected to pay as much there. Service could have been more attentive: e.g. I had to ask for a spoon for my soup, and they eventually bought a teaspoon!
I'd definitely go back though, for the quality of cooking and the buzz

Tags: Quick Bite, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I really enjoyed my meal. Waitress was great not rushed but we had a show at 7:30 and she got us out in time

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Overall A. Kitchen is one of my go-to places for upscale lunch. Space is small so very susceptible to noisier patrons.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Sat at the chef's counter. Had their fried chicken and biscuits. Excellent! Great service, perfect food.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent server. Food was great. We had the grilled trout.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The best meal of my life. Wow. Mind blowing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love brunch here so much I almost don't want to tell people!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Very disappointing meal. None of the items we ordered were well prepared. The crispy squid and octopus were particularly overcooked. The squid was dried out and the octopus was burnt. Portions were small for the money. An heirloom tomato salad was particularly overpriced for the dish that was delivered to the table. Our server was very nice, conveyed a great deal of information about the dishes and was attentive during the meal. Unfortunately the kitchen let her down. I would not return and would not recommend this restaurant. However it was crowded on a Wednesday night, which is their half-price wine by the bottle night. We had a mediocre Sancerre that was grossly overpriced at $84 a bottle and was reasonable at the half-price of $42.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was excellent, as always. Service was outstanding. We were old friends who hadn't gotten together for a while. Our server was gracious and patient--indulged our protracted after-lunch coffee time.

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I liked the modern design and casual atmosphere, coupled with an interesting menu where one could order small or large plates. The food was expertly prepared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Cool spot!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2017

was very disappointed in a1. Menu is scanty and the food was just okay. nothing special.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent food and service. Very good option for who wants to try something more original.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our 3rd time dinning here. We had an early reservation with another couple who ran really late. So, instead of monopolizing a table, we changed our seating plan (gave up the table) and decided to sit at the bar and eat instead. This could have been an inconvenience to the restaurant staff but they were gracious and accommodating. The bartenders were FANTASTIC! We ordered and ate apps then ordered the entrees for us as well as our friends and the bartenders managed to time the arrival of the entrees perfectly so that they were at the bar by the time our friends walked in!! The service was OUTSTANDING and the food was delicious. My husband had the oysters, kale salad and the steak. I had the heirloom tomato salad and fish of the day which was a full local trout prepared very simply. It was huge enough to share with our friends! We had a lovely meal despite our little hiccup in timing! Would definitely recommend dining here!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went for brunch, food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday, although we did not tip the restaurant off to that. Had we done so, a small candle might have arrived with our dessert, as we saw happen at a nearby table. We chose to sit at the chef's counter. We love being able to watch the food preparation. It was great fun, and we did get to compliment the chef on the Panisse salad, which we found to be especially good. We shared everything (raw oysters, an eggplant small dish, the Panisse salad, and a grilled swordfish entree), and it was all delicious. Our waiter suggested a wine we had never tried, and it was perfect with our meal. It was a wonderful way to celebrate my husband's birthday!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

a.kitchen is perfectly reliable in that the food is always delicious, and the wine always superb. But a.kitchen is also surprising, in that ingredients and flavors are combined and new and fabulous ways. Their wine list is distinctive and delightful, and it's always nice to let their staff recommend new and interesting wine pairings - I have never once been disappointed!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I have dined there many times before and enjoyed it immensely. This time I was there for lunch during Restaurant Week so they were serving a limited menu. I called the week before and inquired about the lunch menu . No one told me they would be offering the cut-rate restaurant week menu. The oysters served were certainly not the delicious Sweet Amalias which I had enjoyed there before, notwithstanding our waitress's assurance. They were flabby and none too fresh. Then the Pinot Noir was served chilled . Again the waitress assured me that this was " how we always do it:" All in all, this place better gets its act together and stop trying to appeal to the Bridge and Tunnel crowd who show up for Restaurant Week.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was very good--portions were super small. We asked our server for salt/pepper and more peach-syrup for the pancakes. She never came back with any of that, just the check. Also the salmon was not available which was my primary choice.

Tags: Bar Seating
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