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About Ken's Steak House
With Age comes great things..Ken's steak house has been serving Metro-West since 1935. Ken and Florence Hanna had a sound formula for success: Good quality food at reasonable prices, an honest drink and a good cup of coffee. Guests always receive prompt, courteous, attentive service. The prime and choice cuts of beef and the fresh seafood found at Ken's has set a standard of quality that is unparalleled.
Framingham, MA 01701
Steakhouse, American, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday - Saturday 6:30pm - 11:00pm
Private Party Facilities:
Ideal for Showers, Meetings, Family Gatherings, Banquet Events and Special Occasions, Ken’s provides flexibility and assistance with the planning of your special day. Whether it's for a small private event of 10 guests or a large gala event, we truly have a room for every type of affair.
Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (508) 875-4455
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Live Entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
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Ken's Steak House Ratings and Reviews
It was Christmas eve and we were seated in what appeared to be the overflow room so the ambience was not great. However, it was the Best salad, steak and baked potato I’ve eaten in a long time. The house salad with italian dressing was awesome. The steak tender and flavorful. We will be back!
Usually Kens is a reliable standard - you know the food and service will be solid. Not so this past trip - perhaps it was because it was a holiday weekend or because we had a large group but the food was mediocre at best and the service, while friendly, was distracted and inattentive. It’s a shame since given its long storied history, you would expect so much better from Kens. Not sure if we will be going back.
Ken's was a pleasant surprise for both ambiance and quality. Needed a good quiet meal with my WW2 era in-laws. Kens was perfect. A bustling wintery evening with a busy dinning area. The ambience was festive and the noise level comfortable. The steak prepared by Kens was better than a $75 aged sirloin a few weeks ago. A very good experience!
The French onion soup and chowder we're both pretty good. The fries were unoffensive. You might get similar fries in grocery frozen aisle or a low tier ski lodge. The rest shockingly bad. The prime rib was mushy and tough, simultaneously. It was also super bland. Eating it seemed pointless. It seemed to be cooked to the right temperature but the meat itself was odd. Nothing like I've ever experienced. The filet, ordered medium, was extra well in some parts and medium in others. It also was wide and thin, unlike most filets I've had. Worse, the quality of this meat too seemed inferior. It seemed to have been soaking in brine. The overpowering saltiness seemed to be everywhere in this meat: surface and interior. Truly horrendous. More surprisingly though both meats were confusing, not simply bad. I might be less confused if they weren't so expensive.
The Caesar salad had a strange bitter or sour taste. We couldn't quite figure out what was going on in there.
I might come here again to sit at the bar and have a gin and tonic with a French onion soup. There was someone singing in the lounge area. That seemed like a good time. Our waitress was nice enough. We gave her a good tip. She said prime rib in general is disgusting. I wonder if she's only had Ken's prime rib. That would be the only thing that made sense about that place Astoundingly bad.
At lunch today it was surprising that the service and lunch were not as great as they usually are. We waited so long to place our order, I had to request someone take it, as did other tables. The poor hostess was working so much, probably doing more than normal - she deserves a lot of credit.
Our waiter was new and there were several missteps, but he was pleasant and accommodating for our group. I have loved Ken's Steak House for years. It is not trendy, but always reliably very good. I have recommended it on several occasions and will continue to do so.
We have rediscovered Ken's. This is a place where time stands still. The menu, straight forward, all the steak house favorites. Prices are low... sides $3... refreshing compared to the $13 sides at the big steak places. Food is very good. Tried the chicken parm tonight... very good.
We had a business meeting with a client and the service was fabulous. The waitress knew we were going to do a bit of talking and I had set up cues as to when we were ready to order, etc. and it worked out great. Course spacing was great for eating and discussing.
Traditional steak house with excellent service. Our steaks and prime rib were done to our liking. There were plenty of choices on side dishes and salads. We went on Saturday night and there was live piano music in the main dining room and a singer with guitar in the bar area. Our reservation was for 7:30 pm and we were seated right away. The dining room and bar area were full. The décor could be updated but everything was clean and not worn out.
We have been to Ken's many times. It was a Saturday night, very busy. We had to ask for our waiter to take our order. Our dining companion ordered the veal marsala and it came without the Marsala Sauce and mushrooms, basically the prime ingredient of veal marsala. A little disappointing that it was not picked up in the kitchen.
The approach to the restaurant should have been the clues to our dining experience... The sign was half lit (and bet it has been this way for a long time). The reservation was for 6 PM on the Sunday night before Columbus day (when some people have off) and the parking lot was virtually empty; inside there were plenty of available tables.
The food is way overpriced and nothing special. Ordered 3 appetizers and had to keep asking the server where the 2nd and 3rd one was - it was probably about 30 minutes after the first one came out that we finally received it. As mentioned by others, the salad is iceberg lettuce with 2 triangular tomato wedges and some sliced onions. The house salads had too much dressing on them (if you get a different dressing, at least it came on the side so can adjust). 2 of the party members' steaks were cooked incorrectly, 2 steaks were supposed to be med rare and one was rare and one was was well or medium well (hardly any pink). One of the parties steaks, which was supposed to be a filet, had large amounts of gristle that she couldn't even cut through. When paying $30+ for a steak at a steak house, one should expect better consistency. I told the waitress to speak to let the chef know and the manager and she said she would, I never saw the manager so not sure if she didn't or if the manager didn't care to at least come over to the table and appologize... I think this place may have been good in the 70s and 80s but now with so many other choices, I don't forsee them being around much longer without some major changes.
Steaks were oddly salty and chicken dishes were overly salty as well. We liked the dressing on the house salads, but didn't like that the lettuce was only iceberg. A cold potato was served with my filet. The brussel sprouts were coated with a rich cheesy dressing, not edible to us. Overall, it was a disappointing meal and I would not go back.
We went on a Monday evening, so it wasn't busy.seated immediately. Waiter was prompt and courtius. Appetizer and salad arrived quickly and were good,although the blue cheese dressing was mayonnaise and bland. My wife ordered salmon, asking that it be a bit crispy on top, it wasn't, she returned it and got chicken parmesan, which was rubbery, and the sauce was a bit browned. We both had the horseradish mashed potatoes, which were bland and lumpy. No cream, butter, or flavoring at all.The waiter did his job very well. But overall the dinner was very disappointing. This was our forth visit.
Very quiet for a Saturday night, the restaurant was almost empty. The waiter was way too talkative and kept coming back to the table forgetting to say things or even asking if it was our first time dining there. We couldn't even finish any conversation without an interruption from him asking if we needed anything, if we're ready to order, or if we needed the check. It was quite irritating. The food was sub par at best. I probably wouldn't go there again.
Excellent food, server was very nice, prompt and efficient. I was not impressed with the 2 men that were standing at the hostess station when we walked in. It seemed like they were annoyed at us interrupting them. That set the mood/tone for a solid 15 min. and then our server took great care of us and we slowly forgot about the 2 men in the beginning...
4 of us ordered beef, including filet mignon and a N.Y. Sirloin, all were cooked perfectly and came with a side that was very good, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes and I got the grilled asparagus which was delicious. The rolls were delicious and we had a choice of Caesar salad or Garden salad with Kens famous Italian dressing. 4 of us had garden salad and 1 had caesar. Basic but crisp and delicious...
We had no dessert but the coffee was excellent.
It is a little pricey but we had a wonderful corner booth, we were celebrating a birthday and the dining room we were in was about 2/3 full but not loud and we felt very comfortable....
We had great food at a reasonable price, considering if we were in Boston it would have been at least 20% more expensive...
Great service, nice ambiance, convenient and charming!
Ken's is a "staple" for our family and a nice place to celebrate anniversaries or birthdays or for groups...although my Husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day 2 years ago here and it was Lovely! Just the 2 of us and we felt like we were royalty!
We really love Ken's!
I'm sorry I had to mention the 2 men in the beginning but it bothered us enough to put a damper on our mood for a little while...and people need to be aware that when walking into a restaurant, the first interaction one has can set the tone for the evening....customers SHOULD ALWAYS come first....and not feel like we are bothering the staff....luckily it was just my husband and myself who encountered them...we were early on purpose and the 3 other family members were seated by our server....for that I am grateful.
Food was very solid - I thought the rib eye was a little small for the price, but tasted great and well cooked. Temperatures for all steaks was done right. Our server misread us a little, and left us sitting waiting to order for a long time, but once we got the order in he did a really good job.
Ken's used to be THE steakhouse in metro west. It is still OK, decent selection. OK cooking. OK breadbasket. OK salad. reasonably prompt service. Wednesday prime rib special decent value for money, but with all side dishes extra, not really a find. It is still an OK place, but not as good as it used to be. It has definitely not kept up with Flank or Flemings and is sinking toward the level of Outback.
Ken's is an institution. If you think of it as the Outback of it's day you won't be disappointed. The building an decor are old and tired, the menu is from the 70s, and the food is decent. But the staff tries hard in an old-school way and they make a good steak. No fancy cuts, no fancy seasoning, but a good cut of beef cooked properly. Ken's remains a fine place to have a steak, some potatoes and a glass of wine. Embrace it. Any place that survives in the restaurant business for 75 years deserves some slack.
Our dining experience last Tuesday evening was excellent...
The food was delicious and the server very nice, friendly, helpful and courteous.
We all enjoyed our dinner experience very much. It was my son's 50th birthday and Ken's Restaurant didn't disappoint. Most times we go to Ken's for dinner for any special occasion we might be celebrating.
Thank you to Ken's for offering a wonderful experience yet again.
bummer. empty restaurant, not exaggerating & felt dead inside. My table was the ONLY one with diners?? how do they stay in business? (when we left some more showed up) friendly waitress but not super attentive (empty water glass whole night). friend got ribeye- just OK. I got chicken saltimbocca - massive disappointment. I can cook it better at home. Chicken was dried out & poor quality. saltimbocca was so thin no flavor. NO SAGE? massive bummer. Spaghetti was greasy. Don't go. this restaurant needs overhaul.
Disappointing dinner for a steakhouse. Salad was good and fresh, rolls were ho hum, ordered the petite filet since I was at a steak house. 30 bucks, and really disappointing, I've cooked some great ones on my grill, this was sub par from the quality of the meat to the flavor. Very disappointing
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