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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
  • Special Occasion

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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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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BWC21 (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Waban Kitchen. The menu is not loaded with choices, but contains offerings from the major food types (fish/seafood, beef, chicken), giving the chefs the opportunity to put their all into each meal. There were many flavor combinations in the various dishes that I would not have expected, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked together. The entire meal was a nice break from the ordinary.

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zoomite (New England)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2014

Waban Kitchen is a lovely spot with a very friendly staff. The food can be great (bring back the thai calamari - fantastic, bright spicy flavor!), but on this night it was good, not great. The chicken roulade with cheddar grits and bacon was dry and did not have much flavor. The petit sirloin was a good cut, but nothing exceptional and the lemon sauce did not pack much punch and did not compliment the meat. I forget what the other acommpaniments were. The cocktails were also only so-so (one was pretty watery with way too much ice and not much cocktail), although we love the team behind the bar, so this will be forgotten.

Just an off night, I think. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2014

Pasta Provençal special was wonderful.

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Theresa (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 20, 2014

We loved our dinner at Waban Kitchen. From the perfect table at the front of the restaurant to the genuine friendliness by the restaurant staff, we lamented that there is no closer, tastier eating spot within 25 minutes of our town. Our waitress, Yanna, was no-nonsense, efficient and cute all-in-one. She made spot-on suggestions for our wine, main course and dessert. My salmon/side dishes: corn grits and sesame oil snap peas were superb and my husband's chicken roulade was just as tasty. We will be back... next week.

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Janice (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2014

Great food - intresting flavors - we loved it and can't wait to go back.

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vipEstes (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

Great atmosphere, food and service! No disappointments in three visits!

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vipBigflak (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

The service was first rate and the food was very good, albeit pricey with relative small portions. Clearly, a foodie place. Not the kind of neighborhood restaurant you would want to go on a regular basis, unless you're a hedge fund manager.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2014

Fabulous , fabulou food and great service

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2014

Great place to meet a friend and relax. Food was delicious and a a bit different.

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vipNeighbor (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 27, 2014

We have been here for dinner and enjoyed it. A friend took me for lunch and we were both very disappointed. The good was dry and tasteless. The room was freezing cold. The wait staff was poor. Is it really that difficult to bring bread and your pesto while we wait 30 minutes for a burger? No dressing for the salad. Really? A drop of ketchup after we asked for it twice ? Maybe lunch isn't your thing. I'll go back for dinner once more but only because I bought a groupon. Never again for lunch. Menu isn't that good for lunch and the chefs certainly are not as talented

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vipJimbo (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 21, 2014

We shared several small & medium plates (no entree). Some were fabulous (cauliflower) some were mediocre (calamari). Enjoyed the evening despite being disappointed by a couple of dishes.

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Wabanite (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Pleasantly surprised that the Valentines prix fix was a good selection and all elements were very good. Biggest downer was the fact that diners are all bunched together... to get out from one side, the whole table needs to be slid out since no room on either side of any table, except at the end of long row. Almost communal seating. Twice we saw people move from tables to the bar to get more room and comfort... indicative how little room there was. The must fix that before we'd consider going again.

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vipKenn (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

A truly wonderful small venue for some of the more innovative and delicious dishes to be found. Attention to detail and service is consistently wonderful.

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vipGeorge (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

An amazing experience! Each of the four diners had a luscious meal with extraordinary service. We loved it!

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liv2eat (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2014

Too pretentious and expensive for just a neighborhood weekday out. That is the best way to describe this experience. Wines by the glass were overpriced as were the entrees. Dinner for two with shared app, one entrée and two other "small plates" and a glass of wine for each was $115 with tip. No coffee, no dessert just the basics. The food was slightly better than average with nothing really standing out. This is a great location, an attractive newly decorated space and convenient to have. Hopefully the owners will realize that a small store front, neighborhood place should have a different approach.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2014

With one member of our party of 3 severely allergic to fish and a decision we would all avoid fish there weren't many
choices. We all had the pork entrée on the menu which was superb. The meat was tender enough to cut with a fork but pink inside with interesting and tasty accompaniments. Apple cranberry tart with vanilla ice cream for dessert was delicious..
The restaurant has a large bar and limited seating, can be a bit chilly in very cold weather, door opens directly into the restaurant w/a heavy curtain as a buffer.

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vipKenn (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2014

Wonderful food creations from superlative chefs. I love this cozy place!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2014

We had been at the restaurant for lunch and really enjoy it. For dinner, it was a different experience. The smoked poblano and corn tamales as a starter were testy with the cream and Mexican salsa, but I was very disappointed with the Slow Roasted Kurobuta pork. The quality of the cut was poor -the meat had fat and tendons and was not tasty at all. I was tempted to return it, but we had a time limit on our siting (yes we were told we had to finish our meal by 6:30 for the next reservation)..

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Bobbie (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2014

Very nice spot for lunch - haven't had dinner there yet, because it's always packed! We were all happy with our choices: 2 of the regular menu sandwiches, chicken and salmon, plus the daily special of bacon-wrapped meatloaf. The server was very pleasant and attentive, but not overbearing. One of us ordered dessert, and it was so generous that even three enthusiastic eaters could t finish it.

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vipSara (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2014

We were seated near the door, which brought in a big gust of cold air every time it was opened. We were seated so close to the tables on our right and left that someone had to get up every time a person needed to go to the rest room. I personally had to get up 3 times to let my neighbors out of their table. Food was pretty good, pricey though. The dessert came with the option of a $2 scoop of ice cream --- Really????? I thought that was a bit much. Would not rush back to this place.

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