The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

4.6
974 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to The Kirkland Tap & Trotter! Our food is simple, hearty and approachable. It is how Chef Maws cooks at home for friends and family. At the center of the kitchen is our hardwood grill where you can find us cooking up any of our options to share as well as other grilled fare. Tony has designed an affordable menu, making it easy to eat here often. Keeping with the theme of The Kirkland Tap & Trotter being an every-night-of-the-week establishment, beverage choices will also be representative of things we like to drink. We invite you to drop by after work to try something from our expansive beer list, a straightforward and delicious cocktail, or one of our many wines by the glass with our usual preference toward wines with a bit of funk. We’re open for dinner seven days a week.
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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food has gone downhill over the last several visit. The oysters were dry, pasta tough, cauliflower undercooked and cold. And the staff have an attitude. Not sure we will be coming back

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R
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What I love most about KTT is it's honesty. It's loud, a little tight, lotsa people, sometimes harried servers. But the food is always good. Not in a pretentious kind of way - just really high quality ingredients, usually with a good protein main, grilled to perfection and plated like I would at home. I guess that's really it - KTT reminds me of home.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Good vibes. Go to for work dinners with out of towners - reliably high quality, good wine menu, comfortable price, comfortable and quiet in early week.

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New England
175 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came for late brunch and it was surprisingly not busy, which was a bonus. The food was solid! We'd definitely come back for brunch and also for dinner, although it's pretty meat heavy (obviously) and we're pescetarian, but they do offer vegetarian options from what I understand.

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NA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Slightly over priced for my liking. The Brussel Sprouts were nicely cooked, packed seasonings though. Interesting flavors for the home-made pasta.

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G
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The unique grill is the star of the show. Favorite dish surprisingly was the coffee rubbed roast carrots. Pork Chop and Lamb Burgers were popular entrees. Taste of the grill cannot be duplicated. Solid bar program. Look for the barrel aged cocktails too.

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RP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Dinner for 4 on Snowy Saturday night. I ordered the double pork chop and later was told they had only 1 chop left, the waitress offered to substitute an extra side. I rolled the dice. The pork was more cooked than I would have liked and due to the order curfuffle, the entree was charged twice on the bill at two different prices? Not sure why that happened? When I noticed upon getting the bill, the waitress quickly resolved the problem. So I remind readers to always carefully review your bill, not because people are dishonest, they just sometimes make mistakes during a busy shift. Otherwise, the veggies were very good and everyone else had a positive meal experience. Burger, kale salad and swordfish kabob all described as excellent by our table. I would go back.

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AB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was yummy! Service (Willow) was great, and the wine was good too.

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JJ
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, server was great, ambiance was great. We had a terrific evening!

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Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fair. Nothing that says eat here pretty standard food. Service was excellent

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DT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love love love the sweet potato with miso butter.

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M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding! I will say i believe we ordered well, the table next to us even ordered the same when they saw our meal come out. We started off with the Bone Marrow and the Oysters. The bone marrow was good, i've got high standards for bone marrow because it's something i always try if it's on a menu. Their bone marrow was super rich and a healthy amount of marrow. The toast was a little too grilled which can overpower the marrow flavor but we still cleaned plate. The oysters were something else. They come with a Mignonette sauce that i've never had with oysters before. Needless to say i'm never having oysters with cocktail sauce ever again; the oysters were fresh, clean and crisp. The Mignonette sauce is a light red wine vinegar sauce with shallots and some other flavors that really spiked the oyster into a distant planet. We decided to finish by splitting the Lamb Burger and the pork belly collard greens. The lamb burger was cooked to a rosy pink and topped with goat cheese and some sour pickled onion (basically something that complimented the rich flavor of the lamb and the sourness of the cheese). My friends actually dined nearby and had a few other critiques on other menu item but in terms of our meal, we were aces. Well done.

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious, service was attentive, polite and not overbearing.

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CO
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought a large family group to KT&T (about 18 people ages 5 to 86), and the whole experience was fantastic. They took care of us very well, food was great, ambiance was fun as always, and everyone had a wonderful time!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love this place, the food is always good and the atmospere is casual, but still special. Great for datenight! And close to home.

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AG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance and service were amazing!!

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent service. Impressive beer list that's had sours. Sausage as haute cuisine. Who knew?

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. I would definitely eat it again. My concerns are the same as others': it bills itself as a neighborhood restaurant, but it's priced like a very expensive one. I also found it loud, even on a Tuesday night in winter. And though we were seated before 7 p.m. we ordered the last roast chicken of the night. I was surprised that they would sell out that early of one of only about 7 entrees on the menu.

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AL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, not great. Little bland for the prices. Cocktails were good, fun atmosphere.

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BC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

second trip to Kirkland, great place, we will return!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Waited an hour and ten minutes for food. The KT&T brunch bowl, which I have ordered many times before was sub-standard and very salty. The fried egg was over cooked. But we had waited so long that I was relieved to have any food at all. Also, our party’s food arrived at different times.

This is all very abnormal for a restaurant that is quite consistent.

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JH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kirkland is always wonderful. Great food and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice evening. Many different selections of food and drinks.

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PL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday party of 14 friends was great; service matched our pacing, & was friendly and flexible. Spot on dishes, did all family style from the oysters through deserts. Smiles and positive comment up and down the table. :-)

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I
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

'Twas the night before Thanksgiving....This place was such a treat after a long day of driving. Warm, cozy and casual, the food was perfectly prepared, the service was more than charming (not your stereotypical Boston waitress), and the drinks were delicious. A great place to relax and unwind. Because of the holiday, it was probably far less crowded than usual, and I am thankful for that! We will definitely be back.

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JB
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is so nice - we brought a baby with us and they were very welcoming. Great steak and sausages, warmed us up on a wet cold day. Great vegetable sides - could make a whole meal of them.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday and anniversary

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great evening

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a solid brunch choice. Inviting, warm modern atmosphere. The pork belly and the homemade doughnut with caramel sauce were definite crowd-pleasers. Pretty typical prices for Boston/Cambridge.

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SK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice, simple, but well executed Sunday afternoon fried chicken and hamburger.
French fries crispy outside, soft inside.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cozy, funky, comfortable neighborhood go-to spot with excellent food and drink. A cut above!

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

There are not many vegetarian options on the menu - I think one entree. The food is pretty pricey for the small servings. We ordered 2 apps - chicken wings and shisito peppers. The shisito peppers came out with our entrees because they forgot about them and our waitress comped them which was nice. My friend took a bite out of a very large chicken wing and it was bloody and completely raw inside. We told the waitress immediately and she said she would check with the chef - not sure why she would ask the chef if we were grossed out - but then came back and said the chef said it was fine to eat. However I sent a photo to a chef friend who said do not eat that chicken... we were charged for the chicken wings in the end.

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GP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service but too noisy due to loud music over speakers.

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A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service - very friendly to help us with kids’ food preferences, and always known for their meat but some really good veggie options too. Still thinking about that squash and steak and - yummmm

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent beer selection. The burgers are great. The lamb ragu on rye pasta was very disappointing. There was virtually no meat/sauce on the pasta. For $24 I basically got a bowl of noodles (and not a very large portion either). The appetizers are tasty, but overpriced.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is spectacular

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MG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

For a restaurant that features what is essentially elevated versions of bar food (and there is nothing wrong with that, as that is what I was there for) I was shocked at how poorly executed the basics were. The crispy rib appetizer was fairly tasteless except for the poured on sauce, which tasted like jarred barbeque sauce. Two of us ordered burgers, one medium, one medium rare. Both arrived extremely rare, with raw meat in the center. The burger was also pretty tasteless. I don’t write many reviews, but for a restaurant with a good reputation, this meal was pretty disappointing.

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S
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a wonderful night at Kirkland Tap & Trotter thanks to the hostess (manager?) Jessica who helped us in every way before, during and (even!) after the dinner.
The food was good: we had pork rillettes (great), shishito peppers (slightly under-cooked; so, they might have been meant this way), lamb ragù with rye pasta (delicious), burger (very good) and the chicken (unbelievable).
Cocktails were very good and the wine list slightly above the average.
We had a lot of fun.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

First let me say the staff were extremely friendly, accommodating and professional. Also the food was very good---creative selections and well-prepared. The problem is the ambience----first was the absurdly loud "background" music, which almost in itself prevented conversation. Then the tables were too close together, so one's neighbor's conversations were loudly unavoidable. And, finally, some kind of terrarium-making class was being held in a section of the restaurant divided from the dining area by a curtain. This class featured a man semi-yelling into a very loud microphone, with results that could be clearly heard in most of the rest of the dining area. We were aware of a number of complaints about this, and again, the staff was very responsive in helping us to move our seats, and the microphone was lowered in volume. The bottom line---good food, great staff, in an assaultive environment. Probably won't be back.

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n
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun neighborhood place that doesn't force you to settle for mediocre food. Food was delicious and well prepared; everyone was delighted by their selections. The team loved the drinks and were impressed with the extensive beer menu. Service team was very polite, though there were sometimes longer than expected waits (in all fairness, we had a big party!) They were very accommodating that we had to add to our reservations. While this doesn't have the vibe of the typical after work dinner, we all wanted a place that wasn't stuffy and could be more fun. We had a great time and a great meal here -- thank you KTT staff!

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