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

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (56)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Creative Cuisine (37)
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Good for a Date (33)
Special Occasion (31)
Casual (25)
Cozy (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Fun (15)
Authentic (15)
People Watching (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Romantic (13)
Seasonal (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Brunch (8)
Healthy (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Has good variety for breakfast and a good ambiance. Staff let us in a bit before opening for coffee while setting up.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

Took my wife here for Valentine's Day and we got the best seat in the house. We sat right in front of the kitchen and were even given complimentary gnocchi as a starter. The food was delicious, the staff was great, great ambience and definitely will come again!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

what a wonderful dinner! we started with cocktails, our server suggested starters to share, we loved the stuffed branzino paired with delicious wine and finished with a chocolate tart. definitely one of the best meals we have had on date nights in Philly!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and great fun. We had an early reservation for dinner, and had asked for the chef's counter. Since it was early, we had our choice of seating, so we sat where we could watch the whole kitchen working (on the end). We had the beets and burrata, and the steak tartare to start; both were delicious. The chef also made us a citrus salad, just to be nice! Also, delicious. I got the mushroom lasagna and he got the swordfish steak. The chef accidentally brought out a sea bass instead of the swordfish, but he loved it anyways. The chef then realized his mistake and came over to apologize, my honey said he would never had ordered the sea bass, but was happy to have eaten it. Dessert: walnut cake and chocolate tart, probably my least favorite part of the meal.
The head chef (do not know his name), and his sous chef Krupa were very informative of what they were making when asked (and I asked a bunch of questions until they got very busy). Our waitress Abriona was extremely nice and informative about the food and wine.
At the end of our meal, they brought out my honey's correct swordfish meal for us to bring home, big surprise!

All in all, a great meal, and we will definitely go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We sat at the kitchen bar - and it was a great experience ! Wonderful food, chef and his kitchen staff engaged with us, lovely atmosphere. One of my favorite Philly experiences! We will be back soon!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Lovely French American Bistro in charming Rittenhouse Square. Grilled octopus and Brussel sprouts a must!!! Personable and engaging wait staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We were pleasantly surprised by our dinner at a.kitchen. Excellent food, nice sized portions and our waitress was wonderful. A good waitress who is attentive, personable but not overbearing makes the meal. Thanks for a great night out :)

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We’ve come to expect a great dining experience and wonderful food when eating at the top Philadelphia restaurants and a.Kitchen really delivered. The menu was varied and creative and every course was wonderful. Even my martini was expertly prepared. This is a top 10 restaurant that deserves its ranking. I also want to add that the service is terrific, professional, knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. We highly recommend a.Kitchen and look forward to returning very soon.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Delicious brunch. Loved the ricotta lemon pancakes, wonderful side fruit with blood oranges, good coffee, and beautiful omelette . A great place , cozy and cheerful .

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What a joy! We've loved a.Kitchen since it opened, although we haven't been there much since we retired. So it was great to find the same adventurous menu, wonderful staff, exciting wine list, & unpretentious attention to detail that it had on day 1. We had to be downtown for an appointment, so we decided to make a late lunch the main meal for the day. The delicata squash with feta & chermoula (we didn't know either...it's an amazing Moroccan herb sauce) was stellar. The crudo was rich, fresh & delightfully structured, with grapefruit, beets, & pomegranate seeds. My wife went traditional with the burger, which is one of Philly's best. And I had a duck sausage sandwich, which was so good it was off the chart! The fries are thickly sliced in house & done to perfection with no oily residue. We found yet another wine we never heard of, a Sardinian made from a varietal called Monica. It's an inexpensive light, mildly tannic red with strong cherry & plum that was delicious & went very well with everything we ordered. We were not rushed despite being the last lunch seating - a.Kitchen's still a winner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our first time here and it was amazing. The service was outstanding....every dish brought out by the chef and explained...our server was awesome with recommendations and very attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance is perfect....quiet but not in a snooty way...just comfortable. The dishes are all prepared with the utmost attention to detail and were all delicious. We couldn't ask for anything better - we will be back, with friends....soon and often.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

In for the Eagles parade tomorrow. Had a nice meal with a good bottle of wine because it was cellar raid night ( first wed each month, wine bottles half price.). The food was diverse for such a small menu. The chef whipped up a nice vegan small plate for my daughter that was delicious. The noise level was not bothersome because the restaurant was not full at the time (8:45 pm reservation, Wednesday night). I would dine here again. Service was very good, attentive but not intrusive.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Went with my brother, who came down from NYC, on the first Wednesday 1/2 price wine night. Surprised and disappointed to learn it only applied to bottles, not 1/2 bottles (which I would go back for since I live alone) or magnums (which would be great for bringing our family there to a table for 6 or 8). The other issue is with a very outdated wine list. A number of bottles of red wine that we were interested in were no longer available. A very good champagne took quite some time to locate in the cellar?
Thought the food was good, but I've had better lunches there. It was an enjoyable time with my brother, totally relaxed, attentive, but not obtrusive, service. Will we be back? I'm not sure. I think the issues with the wine list would definitely have to be resolved. And, I think the ownership should think about the strategy of applying the appeal of the 1/2 price wine to 1/2 bottles and magnums.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

the whole PA trout was awesome and the charcuterie superb.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was fresh and the service was very good. Limited wine selection and menu choices. This is a small place that is very active.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Place is very pretty looking, but the choice of wood ceilings and hard surfaces everywhere was not ideal as it’s LOUD. The restaurant had 5 empty tables and we could hardly hear each other. One of us is 34 and one of us is 45... so we aren’t geriatric.

The menu is complicated. They were trying very very hard. The result is you aren’t sure what to get.... and it was a struggle to order anything.

We got the duck sausage gnocchi which was very good and the Brussels sprouts with lamb belly... which is winter hardy for sure.

Service was great but we couldn’t hear the waiter and has to ask him to repeat himself - to which he replied he was very soft spoken and everyone had issues hearing him. Ha! Not the spot to work then.

Staff was super kind. Place is pretty, but noisy. Menu is too complex... outcome - have an early or late night drink here - but eat around the corner at estia.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing meal! Creative cooking and flavors! Would highly recommend!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The chef made a stellar vegan meal for me. It was not only delicious but beautifully and artfully presented. Well done and much appreciated!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Best brunch in the city

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We visited a.kitchen on Friday of restaurant week and were not disappointed. All of the dishes were great, but the stars were the crab croquet appetizer, Brussels sprouts, and the wagyu beef dish. We sat at the chef's counter and were able to watch all of the kitchen action, which we thought was an extra treat. The restaurant is small and relatively noisy - probably not a great place for large parties or children, but we will definitely be back to try the regular menu as well!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I would rate a.kitchen as an underrated and awesome restaurant in the Rittenhouse area! The location is fantastic. Due to its small size, however, I would recommend making reservations as early as possible on possible busy dates (such as during restaurant week). The restaurant offered a great deal for restaurant week. I would recommend the hamachi crudo, brussel sprouts with lamb belly, and grilled wreckfish. All were delicious! The service was friendly, and the wine pairings for the restaurant week menu were nice. My only complaint would be that the staff was, at times, slow with refilling our wine glasses. That was probably due to the unusually large crowd due to restaurant week. The ambiance was lovely, and I will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really enjoyed our dinner on restaurant week. Appetizers delicious. Had the lasagna. Good, very different. Service great. Fun place A lot of energy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We sat at the Chefs Counter and watched the creative food being prepared. Sharing four small plates and two entrees, we were in food heaven. The grilled sea bass and beef were outstanding, and the cauliflower and Brussels sprouts were noteworthy. Our server was perfect, offering up suggestions to help with our dining experience. This was our second time dining here and will definitely return in the near future.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved everything about this restaurant - wine was very good and the food was outstanding! Would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

If you get the opportunity, sit at the counter. Watching them prepare all of the different dishes and trying to figure out which one was mine was part of the fun. The fish with roasted grapes was amazing. Will definitely be back soon.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Akitchen was wonderful. The food, service, and wine were great. A+

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went for restaurant week. Had to wait about 15 minutes for our table despite reservation but after we were seated, couldn’t be more pleased with their service and the food. Overall a nice dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went here for the first time during restaurant week. Food was great, service was exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Was welcomed as soon as I arrived. Waitstaff was exceptional. All seemed happy to be there and enjoying their jobs. Food excellent - perfectly seasoned. Proportions generous. Will return.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our party enjoyed the terrific Restaurant Week lunch menu, especially the arugula salad and grilled trout. I'm always a bit surprised how noisy this intimate room is - and how uncomfortable the tables and chairs - but I would definitely return again (perhaps during "off hours" for a late afternoon lunch or post-theater dinner.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great meal and ambience. Our waitress was delightful! Very knowledgeable and friendly, and patient with our wine testing and questions.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Really good menu for restaurant week. Food was delicious. Great place for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Dinner during restaurant week. Food was very good. Selections and portions more than adequate. Wine paring with courses was a nice touch. Service was excellent. Miranda provided enough attention to make sure we had what we needed. But not rushed through the courses. Will definitely return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Our waitress Kaitlyn was phenomenal with her service. The food came out delicious and fresh. Everything we ordered was delicious! Definitely a hidden gem!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This lunch was for a friend's birthday during Restaurant Week. Everything was beautifully presented, creative and delicious. The Brussels sprout appetizer with duck fat bacon was mouth watering and the sauce on the Delicata Squash was a wonderful surprise. The trout was perfectly cooked. There were several wines I was unfamiliar with, which the waitstaff explained. So it was nice to try something new. She described it as an "orange" wine. My only criticism would be that when the restaurant filled up, I felt like I had to talk loudly to be heard across the table but that seems to be the trend at restaurants these days.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The place and the food have style but the food is not as delicious as one is led to expect. It's a very convenient location, pleasant place, and servers are courteous and hard-working. Friends liked the burger. I thought the trout was ok but not great.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 22, 2018

a.kitchen was a nice experience. Last minute reservation on the night of the Philadelphia Eagles win into the Super Bowl. We were the only patrons in the restaurant and were greeted and treated very nicely. The small plates were interesting but some didn't have a good flavor palette. The waiter brought us a couple of free dishes to sample - guess cause they were closing soon.
Overall I would recommend this place and enjoy tbe culinary adventure.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Went during restaurant week, service was excellent, very attentive, and unobtrustive. The portions were nice sizes, very tasty, and creative food pairings. Would highly recommend the place and setting.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Just a lovely night. Outstanding and fairly priced food. Loved the counter and the service was tremendous. We’ll be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were not aware that it was restaurant week when we arrived. Nice surprise but it was not the reason we went there. Super price for a great meal. We have been to a.kitchen several times, and will continue to return. Always great service, good drinks and food. We'll be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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