Kitchen 56

4.6
29 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Kitchen 56 remains a unique and charming neighborhood spot — a friendly, often bustling, always casual, place to enjoy icy cold brews, delicious comfort foodie meals off the oak and pecan wood fires, wines by the glass or bottle, and smarty pants cocktails. Toss in some artistry by local musicians with some exceptional food and retro cool charm and you have your spot. Love + Local = Kitchen 56.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 994-5656
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Indian School Rd
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 29 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.4
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4.4
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Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! It was our first visit. It won’t be our last!!!!

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RN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for an early dinner. What I enjoyed was the atmosphere had great music playing, but you could still converse and hear well. The food was exceptionally tasty, and perfect portions. Very attentive staff!

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Mac and cheese had not a molecule of salt. We were seated before three other tables, they got their meals before us... all the fault of the waitress. The tip reflected our hunger...

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TL
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Staff was kind and helpful. Food was overpriced and was not good. Curiously, I was asked how I wanted my salmon cooked (medium) and yet it was delivered over cooked.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food was absolutely delicious. We loved it and thought that the ambience was hipster cool,

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PF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved brunch celebrating our first anniversary. Great food and great atmosphere.

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ED
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent food was very good will definitely be back to try it out other dishes. Another cool thing was while we were praying at the end of our prayer and the waiter said in Jesus name so definitely a Christian friendly place. We sit outside which right now in Phoenix is starting to cool down a lot very good ambience and very quiet for date

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G
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were lucky to find this place while staying overnight in Phoenix. After we walked in I remembered seeing the restaurant on the television show Check Please!. We started with a appetizer of Short Rib Tacos we had four tacos with chipotle aioli, onion marmalade. They were so delicious I could of ate all of them by myself. For our main Entrée my husband had the Coconut and Sesame Crusted Tuna over hickory smoked pineapple, arugula,avocado salsa, and a side of ponzu sauce. The tuna was cooked to perfection. then you can taste sweet, smoky, creamy, citrus and peppery flavors from one bite. Yum!! I had the Atlantic Salmon that included asparagus and pineapple salsa. The Salmon was tender, with a sweet and spicy salsa. Yum! The waitress made the experience even better with her attentiveness and suggestions on our wine which paired perfectly with our food. We made sure with told the manager how wonderful our waitress was that night.

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Kitchen 56 is decorated nicely and has a quaint and “cute” feel to it. Unfortunately, the rest of the experience didn’t match up. The food was just okay - nothing special or anything I would recommend. The “Wings 3 Ways” was the best dish we had - but you can get chicken wings down the street at JTs that will blow these away. Plus, they were $12 for 8 wings - kinda pricey for just 8.

We got the Baked Potato ($12 - with pulled pork and other stuff like cheese on top) but there were literally only 2 tablespoons of pork on it. The Tuna Entree ($18) was okay - the ponzu sauce saved it, but I wouldn’t order it again. Kids had burgers that were $11.50 each. Just basic burgers - nothing too spectacular, but whaddaya gonna do? It’s a burger.

Wife looked at the “Savory Grilled Vegetables” and they were $17. For grilled veggies? Hmmm. If they said “local farmers market hand-selection” or something then it might be worth a try, but no thanks.

Total bill with 18% tip (drinks were one cocktail and three sodas) was $100.

We’re always looking for a “neighborhood joint” that we can walk to since we live nearby. We’ve supported the restaurants that have gone in this space since Vatra Grillhouse first opened here in 2010. That didn’t last long, and it’s been Kitchen 56 since, with some different owners and different looks. They’ve made attempts to appeal to Arcadia, but it just hasn’t quite gotten there for some reason.

It’s really too bad, because Arcadia will embrace any local independent restaurant that puts out good food and isn’t too pretentious. Maybe we’ll come back someday and give it another shot, but with so many good restaurants around here, probably not. Sorry K56. We do want to love you, but ya gotta reciprocate.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder menu, staff and drinks fabulous!

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OT
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good, solid old-fashioned neighborhood bar and grill.

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KM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time I’ve eaten there since it reopened. The Cauliflower risotto appetizer was fabulous. The entre also was good as was the service and dessert (crepe brûlée). I would definitely recommend eating here and during nice weather there is a good outdoor area. Food and drink pricing is $$.

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BG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This used to be an old favorite before they shut down to shrink and remodel. We went soon after they reopened and service wasn’t great but food was, so wanted give them another chance. Tonight everything was terrific. However, the restaurant was mostly empty and it was a Friday night. I hope they make it - we waited so long for them to reopen!

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kitchen 56 was delightful. Great atmosphere, great service, great food. They accommodated all our wants and needs. Definitely a place to visit! CCCAZ

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MR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been there twice and both times the service was just wonderful. Food was good and will be going back. Was so nice to be able to just sit and talk without yelling to be heard. Also has a nice patio. Everything was great.

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GG
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Inside was too cold for us so we sat on the patio. The waiter was friendly and helpful but so busy inside we were some what neglected which was great because we wanted to talk.

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j
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

we are neighborhood residents and long time customers of Kitchen 56. Since the reopening of Kitchen 56, the following has occurred. The physical restaurant is smaller but new, modern and sort of big city slick. That is good. But the food and the service are really bad. I actually believe some of the food comes out of a box and our neighbors were served their appetizers and main courses within two minutes of each other. Wont go back Jim from Arcadia

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g
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went late one night and sat on the patio for a quick and quiet dinner. The service, food and wine were terrific and just what we were looking for. This is a great neighborhood restaurant!

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m
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really nice indoor/outdoor venue. Happened to hit happy hour so we had great street tacos, especially the savory shirt ribs, along with a salad and a glass of wine. Great quick meal at a great price.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a bit hesitant to try because of some other reviews that talked about poor service, but we were very pleasantly surprised. It was a fairly slow Tuesday evening, but the service was good and the food was excellent. We tried the pulled pork sandwich and wings, but were cooked perfectly. Worth a try with a fun neighborhood vibe.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The renovated/new Kitchen 56 is uninviting and I would not recommend it.

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r
Milwaukee
68 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant surprise. Our first visit. The food is delicious and the presentation eye-appealing.

We hope to return soon,

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was our first time returning to Kitchen 56 after their renovation. To our disappointment, the patio was made narrower, and didn't have the same open, airy feeling as it originally had. At least it was dog friendly. Our server was very nice, but I don't know if they were new, but they were highly unorganized and didn't seem to know the menu or restaurant very well. After placing our order, the server came back to our table and told us a few of the items were no longer available that evening. Our reservation was on a Saturday at 6:30pm, so I don't know how you run out of items that early on a Saturday evening. Lastly, the food quality was subpar. Half of us didn't have but a few bights, but we had already been there long enough that we weren't willing to wait for any potential corrective action. This was our third visit and our last. I had hoped for more improvements following the renovation.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal, great service, I believe her name was Sam and will be back.

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KR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience, greeter was condescending and informed us our reservation didn’t matter as the kitchen was backed up. Clearly a restaurant that reopened too early as they couldn’t handle a normal nighttime rush. Also the parking lot is far too small. I will not go back.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Went shortly after the reopening and it was apparent they weren’t fully prepared. The place wasn’t packed but a lack of communication meant we eventually had to get the hostess’s attention and that was just to get a drink order in. Our waiter did show up and apologize.... and then disappeared, never to be seen again. The saving grace was that once the food arrived (brought by whom I can’t remember) it was fabulous!! I’m hopeful we just ran into some early opening hiccups and will try it again, but hoping for better results.

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c
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the remodel and how you kept my favorite menu items but added so new tasty items. It’s adorable! Heading back from brunch tomorrow.

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M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I was very excited to go back to Kitchen 56 as it had been several months since they had closed for remodeling. When I walked in I thought the remodel looked nice, but like every other Arcadia/Scottsdale Bar. It completely lost its charm. I will say the service was very friendly and attentive. I was disappointed to see my favorites gone from the menu. I had my edamame appetizer and maybe it’s just me, but it wasn’t as good as I remembered. Options for vegetarians are limited. They replaced the Green Chile mac and cheese with bacon Mac and cheese. I decided to go with the Beet Salad which was nothing to write home about. So overall I would say that it’s a nice place for happy hour drinks and appetizers, but I probably wouldn’t go back for dinner.

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