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Waban Kitchen

4.1
466 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

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
What 466 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Excellent overall as always Great drinks and entrees
Tonight's Thai chicken and carbonara were memorable. Excellent. Fun staff-warm and accommodating. A plus

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2016

Always a favorite of ours! We're always treated extremely well and the food has never disappointed us! Truly, a neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Wonderful staff, great drinks,steak and pork loin
Even on a carb restricted diet a feast. Great place!!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Overall the food was very good at Waban Kitchen. Perfect roast chicken, flavorful sides, great fish fritters. Unfortunately, the bay window - an otherwise prime spot - was so cold that it became the dominant memory of the evening. That along with the kind of wait person who inserts herself into the table conversation, expressing an opinion about a movie under discussion. That said, pacing and attention by the wait person were actually very good.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Janice, Chris and Vicky are awesome. They make you feel right at home.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We dined here for Valentine's Day and the service plus food presentation was well below the super-premium pricing would lead us to expect. My friend ordered a fish special / entree which was insipid and my rib-eye was cold / lukewarm! When we asked them to take the rib-eye back for re-heating they brought it back a tad warmer given it would have spoiled the "medium" done-ness I had requested. Instead, they should have brought back another piece of meat at the right temperature. Appetizers were decent and the wines are also good. We love the "sister" restaurant to Waban kitchen but were very disappointed by this poor showing.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

I usually love restaurants with an open kitchen - however, at Waban Kitchen there was so much scowling between the kitchen staff and the front of the house it was unbearable to watch! I was seated at one of the tables directly facing the kitchen, and all my husband and I saw was a young female chef scowling and another chef shouting at the servers. Our server wasn't the sharpest, so I could sort of see their pain - but mainly because it was written all over their face!! There didn't appear to be a manager anywhere that could bridge the gap between whatever conflict or resentments they had going on but it was AWKWARD!! Maybe they should put up a wall - because the food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

The food was terrific on this pre-Valentine's Day evening and the service was very good and personable. The tables are very close together; and the dining area can get really chilly when guests arrive and depart with the opening and closing of the door. I had to keep my scarf on for the duration of the meal but it was an exceptionally cold evening. We enjoyed our meal and will return!

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2016

The food was delicious and service very attentive. The only negative was the bar program, unoriginal and overly sweet cocktails. (A negroni, even a cranberry negroni shouldn't taste like a cosmo, and shouldn't come in a martini glass) Luckily the wine program is a solid alternative. Overall I would return.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2016

I've been there many times, and have never been
disappointed. The menu changes with the season,
so there is always something new and exciting.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2016

Server recommended that a vegetable we had picked would make a great appetizer to share and it was the perfect suggestion. Noise level is louder than I would have liked, but everything else is great. Loved the hake and its flavors and textures.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2016

We were unable to get a table early, other than 5 pm. When we left at close to 6:30, there were still many tables available. The menu is limited, but if you want really healthy food, this isn't the place to go. That said I did have an unbelievable black bean soup. The mezze platter wasn't the best one I had every had.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2016

Great specials. Creative chef

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Always wonderful. Great food and staff!!!

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

I ordered the ribeye steak and it was likely the best steak I have ever had. A few weeks prior I visited a famous steakhouse and they were not even close. Great food.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

3 years later and this place is still on fire. Jeff Fournier is always changing it up, with new menu items, creative flavors and a great staff. Their charcuterie and cheese plates are perfect starters, and from then you'll have a hard time choosing where to go from there....great appetizers, salads, and on this visit Jeff had a Chicken Bolognese, giving a nod to his traditional bolognese recipe that shows up from time to time.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

My husband and I had a late dinner here on New Year's Eve. I had a leek and mushroom soup with a sprinkle of fresh coriander that was deeply flavorful, followed by gingered chicken on a bean puree -- also excellent. My husband enjoyed a beet and goat cheese salad followed by lobster risotto. The wait staff were very friendly, and the place felt homey. It was nice to be able to have a conversation without having to shout.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2015

This was my second time here (the first time was fine) but this time the choices were limited and overpriced for what you got. My son and I both got the mushroom ragout and it was so salty we could not finish the meal. Our server was wonderful, helpful and patient but unfortunately that did not outweigh our experience. I see no need to return to this restaurant which is a shame as I am always in the market for my "go to" restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2015

Consistently excelkent

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2015

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. The food is creative and consistently very good. The
service is always professional, personable, and attentive. i drive 45 minutes into Waban to eat here.

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2015

The staff was overbearing and obnoxious. There was not one person we encountered who was not over-the-top. From the waitress who kept telling us what wine and entrees to order despite our lack of interest in her opinion, to the chef commenting on our dessert discussion, it was very intrusive and uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

My husband and I love Waban Kitchen - the food is delicious and the service is friendly. We ate at the bar this time, and enjoyed learning about craft beers from our knowledgeable bartender. The kitchen accommodated my food allergies easily and creatively, giving me a delicious meal that I enjoyed thoroughly. My husband wasn't interested in alcohol so the bartender made up an original cocktail, sans alcohol, with lots of basil and sage. This restaurant looks upon requests as an opportunity for exercising their creativity. You can't beat that for fun and relaxation.

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2015

Always a very good meal. Always somewhat surprised how good it is. Tables are close and restaurant can get loud. Very attentive service without being annoying or over the top.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2015

serves a need in it's location but as I Iive in Boston where there are better choices for the money I would only go here to meet someone who didn't want to deal with the hassle of the city.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2015

I went with a few friends for a casual weeknight dinner and as usual, WK did not disappoint. I had an absolutely delicious entree of Cambodian Amok (Cod) that was cooked to perfection. I just love the whole cozy, casual and yummy vibe of this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2015

Great experience--food and service!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2015

This was my third time at Waban Kitchen, and each time I come here im delighted. The food is excellent, the appetizers are superb, and the wine is fabulous. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

A nearly perfect meal! Great value. Great service ! Nuff said

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2015

I had dinner with 4 other women on a Tuesday night. We were very loud to start with as we hadn't seen each other in months and had much to talk about. We were greeted and seated right away and the waitress got us going on a cocktail list right away. The service was outstanding and we never felt rushed, although I know we hung around a bit more than they would have liked. The food - each dish was delicious. I had the blackened catfish and it was excellent. Light and full of flavor. The cocktails are original and they will make you just about anything you ask for. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2015

Waban Kitchen offers a unique menu -- not your usual items -- and everything was as good as it sounded.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2015

Overall great!

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2015

We've eaten at Waban kitchen about a half a dozen times and always enjoyed the quiet ambiance, service and food at tables inside and out. This weekend our party of four was put at the 8-person table at the back next to the open kitchen. This would be a really fun table if you wanted a boisterous raucous evening but wasn't so nice for a quiet dinner with friends. Be forewarned that they trea this table as two tables of four and you might get it against your stated objections.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2015

Great service- ate at bar

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2015

Excellent food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. Great Friday night out.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2015

Just the right amount of attention with really great food. A little too noisy and the tables a little too close together.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2015

We are usually never dissapointed at Waban Kitchen but the menu was not that inspiring that night and we know it changes all the time - we were sad to be on "miss" night !
Service and ambiance was as wonderful as ever but our food was not that impressive!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2015

Always delicious- love the ceviche, any of the homemade pastas or fish. Servers are the best-always kind, welcoming and helpful. Great wine selections

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2015

It's a little restaurant but both the bar and the restaurant were busy on a recent weekend night. We craned our necks to see other's dinner orders. Everything looked great. Delicious small plates, flatbreads, curried chicken, whole fish. We really enjoyed each dish we ordered and from the looks of the empty plates at surrounding tables, so did everyone else.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

We had a great dinner overall, but our waitress was so pushy that it detracted from the experience. She was constantly trying to push up the bill with more food and my wife tried to change her drink order and the waitress said no you want the first drink.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2015

Waban Kitchen continues to impress, with creative menu, fresh foods, and sharp educated staff.
Jeff Fournier, of 51 Lincoln fame, has done it again with this local neighborhood gem.

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