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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.
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
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.
18th & Walnut St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
Chef Eli Collins
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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