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a.kitchen

4.5
1604 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Dining Bar, Bistro
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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.
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Phone number
(215) 825-7030
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Eli Collins
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th & Walnut St.
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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
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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
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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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What 1604 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 6 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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Morgiparents (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined 6 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 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!

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vipsupru (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 7 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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vipAmyC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 7 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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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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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BPou87 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had a counter seat for dinner with my girlfriend. First time there and it wont be our last. The food and wine pairing was excellent. I enjoyed watching the food get prepared even if it only made me wish I had more of it. Service was great as well.

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vipGery (Philadelphia)
5.0  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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vipDebo (Philadelphia)
5.0  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 .

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vipCrustyCurmudgeon (Philadelphia)
5.0  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!

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vipGarysGirl (Philadelphia)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  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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vipRAGMAN (Philadelphia)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

the whole PA trout was awesome and the charcuterie superb.

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vipcigarknight (Philadelphia)
4.0  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.

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J4metoo (New York Area)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Best brunch in the city

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