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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
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
Probably the worst meal I have had in a long time....filet was thin, tasteless and overcooked, low quality cut of meat. Sent first steaks back as both were overcooked...of course next ones came out a little under cooked. Waitress seemed tired and overwhelmed...took over 5 inutes to get her attention for steak knives and the fact our meals weren't cooked right...apologetic, but really not interested in doing anything to make the situation right.
Save your money. The steaks are average at best and the place is in need of a face lift. The price is ridiculous. 3 of us ordered $38 rib eyes rare. They were no more than a 1/2 inch thick and as a result, were not cooked to the requested temperature. They were all over cooked. Will not be going back.
We tried Kens for a business meeting because of the history surrounding the name. We had reservations but we're the only table occupied in the main dining room - this should have been our first clue. We were a little disappointed in the quality of some of the food. I got the Kens sirloin (we're at a steakhouse right?) and it was very good. One associate had the clam chowder and her comment was that it tasted like it came from a can. It was very light and watery - not what you'd expect in a New England restsraunt. The bacon wrapped scallops and meatball appetizers were both quite smalll - and the meatballs looked like the frozen meatballs that you get in a large frozen bag at Costco or sams club. We always try to eat local for our business travels (vs the big chains) and will try someplace else next time.
I have eaten at Ken's Steakhouse before many years ago. I remembered the food being delicious and found that I was in the neighborhood and made a reservation for a friend and I to have dinner there. Food was wonderful, except the baked potato was not hot. just room temp.
that's why I rated the food good instead of very good. How can a baked potato not be hot. It's baked in the oven right??? I was also disappointed that when I mentioned it to the waitress, she didn't offer to get one that was hot for me. The other parts of the meal were wonderful, salad, grilled onions, butternut squash and the petite filet mignon. All wonderful. leaving us full enough that we couldn't try dessert. I will come back to Ken's when I'm in the area.
Food was Good. Service was terrible. I had to get up from the table to ask the waiter something after he hadn't come by for 20 minutes after meal was delivered. $11 Martini was skimpy. I hadn't been to kens for 10 years and was excited to go back. Unfortunately, I was disappointed and will probably wait another 10 years to forget about this experience. I doubt they will still be open considering it was about 10% occupied.
Kens was selected because it served a dinner menu at noon on Sundays. Most of the other restaurants only had brunch at that time. This was a family celebration and some people had to leave the area in the afternoon. The menu included a variety of choices and the food was all well prepared. The room was quiet enough so that all the people at the table could talk and hear each other. We will come back sometime soon.
We went to Ken's for the first time while celebrating my my daughter's college graduation. I liked that it is an old traditional steakhouse except that it was super noisy back in the banquet area where they seated us. There was a large party going on in the extra party room next to us with disco music and oldies being played (with the door wide open), while a pianist was playing classical music way too loud right next to our table. We could not carry on a conversation unless the pianist took a break, and I asked the server if she would ask the pianist to stop playing and she said no. My steak was great, but a few of our table of 13!has underdone steaks. Would not take a large party here again, but it's okay for main dining area.
My family has been going to Ken's for 40 plus years! Never disappoints. Standard fare of steaks and prime rib, always cooked to perfection and of the highest quality. They have an Italian menu that I can't speak to but have overheard good things.
The seating is plentiful but they take reservations, which would be made when appropriate.
After seating comes the drink order and the yummy warm onion rolls and butter, a huge family favorite.
The salad is served chilled and promptly. The choice of dressing is very large because Ken's steak house salad dressings you buy in the store originated here!!
The main course, potato and veggies came out on time, hot and accurate.
I didn't have dessert but they have plenty of offerings that looked truly good!
As a side note, there is a little bunny that probably lives in the landscape near the entrance. Three foot friendly, so I asked my excellent waitress ( Catherine in the lamp lighter room) for a leaf of lettuce, and after my brief tale of happy bunny, provided me with a fresh leaf.....
Bunny was absent on the way out, but it was Mother's day, and one can only pan handle for so long, so I left it where I saw him. I am NOT suggesting everyone feed the bunny!!!!
The second point is the staff went the extra mile and is appreciated!!
Bottom line, you can't go wrong at Ken's steak house.
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