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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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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