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Waban Kitchen

4.1
466 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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Feast on creative American fare with a new-age twist at Waban Kitchen. Its inviting setting features an open kitchen so patrons can view their meals being prepared. Owner and chef Jeffrey Fournier opened its doors for locals, as well as travelers, to unwind while enjoying delicious fare with colleagues, a date or family. Waban Kitchen offers appetizers like crispy calamari with stewed white beans, barbecue shrimp and chicken liver pâté. Patrons can try an entrée of roasted monkfish and butternut squash risotto with sautéed wild mushrooms.

Waban Kitchen has reviews on Zagat, Eater Boston and other publications. It features a bar and serves a variety of libations. This restaurant provides outdoor patio seating for guests to converse while they dine.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Kitchen:

Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10

Bar:
Tuesday - Thursday 5 - 11
Friday and Saturday 5 - 11:30
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Phone number
(617) 558-7677
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeff Fournier
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Waban T Stop on the D Green line
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Special events & promotions
http://wabankitchen.com/events
Additional
Farm to Table, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.1based on all time ratings
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food
4.3
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 27, 2015

Charming little neighborhood restaurant thT we always enjoy when in the area.
Small menu but everything is well prepared and service is excellent- friendly , knowledgeable servers ( Nicole was great!)

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2015

Nice room, a bit noisy, tasty specials, very good service

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

Waban Kitchen has it all: fabulous food, great drinks, friendly and professional service, a comfortable, cozy room, parking, convenient location (for Newton/Wellesley people). If there were no Open Table category of Neighborhood Gem, they'd have to create one just for Waban Kitchen. Love this place!

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Everything was over salted.
Specialty drinks were very odd but may be because they were trying to disguise bottom of the shelf liquors.
Evan Williams bourbon really?

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2015

The restaurant's ambiance is cozy and relaxed but classy, with several tables set up outside. Our party of five sat at an inside table tucked by the window. I had fettucine with clams in a delicate, tasty sauce, a couple of glasses of good wine, and a few bites of dessert shared by the table. All were delicious and the service friendly and low key. This is my new favorite local restaurant (even though I'm not that local to the neighborhood), with the food a couple of cuts above.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2015

Charming decor. Food was delicious. Fabulous music. If only they had an espresso machine!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2015

Right near the T stop in Waban, Waban Kitchen is a terrific neighborhood gem. The food and service are both outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Interesting fare but not enough to make a big splash in the old town of newton. Too bad 😕 I was hoping for more

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Just okay but nothing spectacular. Expensive for what it is.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2015

The menu has gotten much too limited with only 4 entree options, of which one is a cheeseburger! We use to really like this place, but not likely to go back soon.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2015

This could be a nice neighborhood restaurant but over all it was a disappointment. The fish was undercooked and the soup too salty. Excellent beet salad and good French fries, though. A LONG wait for our entrees although we were the first guests of the evening.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2015

The four of us enjoyed our dinners very much. . The fried calamari was delicious! The hamburger was done exactly the way I like it and the French fries arrived crispy and hot (and were very addictive!).The service was excellent and very accommodating.

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1.0Dined on May 23, 2015

We live in Waban and wish this restaurant would be good but it is not

The owner is not generous

The portions are skimpy

The special was a shrimp dish but my husband ordered a vegetarian option and was charged the same price and portion was skimpy for $27

He ordered iced tea and I ordered a seltzer with cranberry and we were charged for refills

The place is a rip off and empty .... There are many other restaurants in newton that I would choose before this restaurant .... Too bad they are not in Waban .... This place needs to go

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2.0Dined on May 22, 2015

I don't understand the hype for this restaurant. Very small, and the tables are very close together. But, I would have been okay with that if the food was great. It wasn't. The bread on the table is soft and salty. I like a warm crusty bread. It came with pesto which was yummy. First of all, the menu is very , very limited. There were only four entrées. One was a burger which my husband had , he said it was good but it had a huge bun that was too much for the burger and fries that were okay. Nothing original or inventive about that dish. I had the monkfish. It was served with five small pieces of monkfish, some couscous and some sweet potato fries. It looks like I got five leftover little bites of fish. The sweet potato fries did not seem to go with it, and it was screaming for a vegetable. We each had a cappuccino afterwards, that was like milk in coffee with foamish type stuff on top. It was not real cappuccino. With so many good restaurants around, we will not be back.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

The inventive menu never disappoints and they have great craft cocktails

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2015

Our first dinner at the Waban Kitchen was very good. Our food was excellent with friendly service. Unfortunately, our recent dinner was underwhelming and showed a significant decline in all aspects especially of the appetizers which were minimal and over-priced. One redeeming aspect was the delicious dessert service. We do not plan on returning.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2015

An old friend and I chose Waban Kitchen to have a relaxing mid-week dinner and catch up. The restaurant was fairly full, though not at capacity and there were no patrons waiting for tables. We were not the first customers of the evening and there were still many active tables when we left. I have no idea why our servers rushed us and constantly interrupted us throughout our meal. My friend and I gave clear signals of being deep in conversation and yet the team of servers (there were TWO of them with the same hovering presence!) insisted on near-constant interruptions. I could understand if we were paused, looking around, signaling that we wanted or needed their attention, etc., but we were not. Note to servers: if people are engrossed with each other and with their food, you should not jump in and make them answer your "is everything okay?" "how do you like your food?" and "can I get you anything?" sorts of questions. Feel free to walk by the table slowly, even quietly fill the water glasses, but don't make us stop enjoying our delicious food and each other's company to talk to you. I eat out a lot and have never experienced anything like it. It makes me all the more thankful for the majority of servers out there who take cues from their customers--both when they are in need of assistance and when they just want to be left alone.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2015

My swordfish was moist and tender; excellent. Mark's poached pair dessert was superb! Since our reservation was early, we had no trouble parking. Staff was very helpful. Nice ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Being new to the area, my husband and I have been researching and trying a variety of restaurants.
Waban Kitchen is a terrific find. It is small (definitely make a reservation) and comfortable with a limited but interesting menu. Our server was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. One may order something as simple as a burger or a more complex entree, in our case a burger and sliced steak, both well prepared. The cocktail list is very creative with a number of featured artisanal distilleries and a small, but nicely curated wine list. This will be a go to place for us as it offers enough variety to keep us interested and the atmosphere is pleasant. How nice to be able to carry on a conversation on a busy night. Dress is casual.

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2015

We dined here for the first time with high expectations. Although the service was efficient and helpful, the meal was very ordinary. We both had fish which was OK, but not anything special. For the cost, it was disappointing. Having said that, this is a very nice local spot that has a reasonably varied menu and a very friendly ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2015

Excellent homemade pasta dish by Chef Burton. Others in my group loved the roasted chicken. The home made ice cream was fabulous. I would recommend this resturant to anyone who appreciates good food.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Tables are too close together for any illusion of a private conversation but the bar offers a fun and cozy alternative. The food is very good, nicely presented. We did not have any stand-out dishes but the Cauliflower was very good, as was the Shrimp. The grilled romaine salad had an overly sweet dressing that was not to my taste, plus it was soggy. We loved sharing the small plates. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2015

The food was excellent as was the service. They're happy to make suggestions. The cocktails were interesting. Our only complaint is vicinity of the tables to each other. It's too easy to hear others conversations.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2015

Very salty and noisy. Tables way to close together. Felt as tho the tables on either side of us were in our dining party.-73

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2015

Having eaten here multiple times in the past, we had a recent disappointing experience with a seemingly smaller (and less interesting) menu that on previous trips (salmon, chicken, steak, burger -- even if done more imaginatively than at home just doesn't seem too far away from what we could muster by ourselves). Service was also less than fluid, with a long gap from appetizers to entrees. We will try to see the actual menu in advance next time, which might mean making a reservation is difficult.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2015

Had the burger and it was great. Cooked to perfection. Will go again to try the salmon. It also looked good. Home made ice cream was tasty and topped off the meal.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2015

Always fabulous, excellent cocktails and good wine list. The food is inventive, fresh and never fails to delight. Wait staff and bartenders are perfect. I have 99% perfect experiences here! One sad thing is the pastry pie crusts - although I have had many pieces of pie here, and always loved the insides, the crust is universally like cardboard. Tough and hard. However, if you would like to save pie crust calories, you just eat around it! That's the only disappointment I've ever had.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2015

service was good but food way way to salty - very limited menu and very limited desserts

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at Waban Kitchen on a recent Friday night. The restaurant is small and tables are close together. We ordered a cauliflower appetizer with white and purple cabbage that was delicious. My husband's salmon entree was small but yummy with a citrusy white sauce. I ordered the red fish special that was a generous serving of delicately fried white fish, served with plantains, rice and beans and a delicious green sauce. My only complaint was the sauce ran out before the fish et al.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2015

Superb food, informed waitstaff, fun vibe--only problem is that it's cold when the door opens
in the winter--but other than that, I highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2015

Excellent service and food. Tight quarters but we had fun getting to know folks at neighboring table.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2015

Until they figure out how to keep the place warm, it's not a viable dinner spot. Every time the door is opened, a cold blast of air washes over the row of tables for two and the door-side half of the bar. Too bad, as the food is creative and good. Service is fair, with oddly long waits for drinks and refills, but very good and attentive ordering and delivering food from the kitchen.
This place is just so close to "neighborhood gem"'status it's a shame, but it can't stay on our list as we've worn our hats and coats through dinner for the last time.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2015

The bar is a great place to sit. Popcorn is a nice casual touch. Bartender was great. Any question I and she was eager to find the answer, which is not so common anymore. Food was very good, although there was an overdose of marjoram on the chicken, and not mentioned in the description at all, so slightly disappointing as I dislike marjoram.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2015

I had bought one Living Social deal for myself and my partner and one to give as a gift. I had noticed that the last time it came up on Living Social, they sold out immediately, and now I know why. The ambiance is cozy and warm though we went on a very cold night, so there was a draft from the door. The decor was homey with natural woods, touches of red for warmth, and copper pots hanging over the open kitchen area. We had eaten at their sister restaurant, 51 Lincoln, the week before and been very disappointed in the quality of the food, so we were wary. Right away, our server was very attentive and addressed our concerns, promising to get everything right or return it to the kitchen. She and the chef fulfilled that promise. The shrimp bisque was rich and savory without being overwhelmed by cream. My only caveat is that for the price, there should have been at least a trio of whole shrimp as a garnish. My partner's fish taco was crisp, hot, and tasty. The pickled ginger gave it just the right bite and contrast of flavor. My duck breast was cooked exactly the way I had ordered it, and the bacon jus added lots of flavor to the pureed chick peas and vegetables-pleasing contrasts in texture and tastes. My partner's salmon was moist and flavorful, again cooked as it should have been. He enjoyed his accompaniments as well. Portions were adequate, and we left feeling satisfied but not heavy or overly stuffed. We generally do not eat desserts after a meal, but nearby tables were digging into theirs with gusto. The staff was very considerate and rushed to re-close the curtains every time quests left to minimize the draft. I gave the gift certificate to my daughter and her husband for Valentine's Day with confidence that they will enjoy their dinner there equally. We will definitely go back as several favorite restaurants in the area have closed, and this may fit the bill as our new one.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2015

Four of us visited Waban Kitchen Thursday night. It was quite busy but we were lucky enough to be seated at the communal table in the back by the kitchen. It was quieter and warmer in the back so it made the meal that much more enjoyable. We could see the chefs in the kitchen turning out plate after plate of pretty delicious food. We had the duck breast, salmon and the risotto special, they were all good. The shrimp appetizer was a huge hit and the seasonal salad was good. We were not big fans of the desserts and it would be nice if they were able to serve espresso and cappuccino. All in all a very pleasant place.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

Excellent food and ambiance. The staff are wonderful. I've only been a few times but the bartender and waitstaff remember your name and your favorite food type. The chefs take the time to explain their dish to you and although they're all very very busy everyone takes the time to ensure you feel glad you went.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

wonderful neighborhood place. we were delighted to find friends dining at the bar and sit with them to have a drink before going to our table. Seems to frequently happen there. our waitress was wonderful, as always! She's waited on us many times. We shared the beet salad - the frisee and soft boiled egg were amazing, but the beet tasted like it had been soaked in vinegar for a month - the flavor was overwhelming. That said, our waitress was more than happy to make us another without the beets. Bread was fabulous. We then enjoyed the chicken and duck entrees. Our only comment is that like many restaurants there is a very liberal use of salt, much more that needed on the duck for sure. So, definitely go, but ask about the seasonings and they will be happy I suspect to accommodate modifications - we will definitely ask for less salt on meats in the future.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2015

We enjoyed our Sat. Night dinner at Waban Kitchen. My salmon was delicious. My companion was surprised that Cioppino was not more of a tomato base. They take reservations which are a must. Seating is tight because the place is small.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2014

Saturday night the restaurant was very busy. Food arrived without a lot of delay. Service was good. Very noisy like many restaurants these days. The flavor of my risotto was not as interesting as it could have been. Total bill per person was about $60 and that included sharing an appetizer and a dessert. Not cheap but similar to other new local restaurants.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2014

Service is very good.
My first course and then my main course were too salty so I had to send them back but after that they were truly delightful. They take good care of the guests.

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