About The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
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.
Somerville, MA 02143
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Food: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Drink: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday
Food: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Drink: 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm (open for coffee starting at 9:30am)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is ample parking available in metered and 2-hour spots on Washington Street and Beacon Street. Additionally, if you are a Cambridge or Somerville resident, there are plenty of resident parking spots in the area.
Private Party Facilities:
We take large parties (up to 28 guests) for sit-down dinners and celebrations, and we also offer partial and full buyouts on certain days of the week. Please call us at 857-259-6585 for more details.
Private Party Contact:
Jeff Sanchel : (857) 259-6585
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Ratings and Reviews
Maybe it was an off night but it took 40 minutes for our food to arrive. They took the price of one entree off our party of three as compensation. However the food is overpriced for what you get. The burger is an average pub burger for $17! I'd rather get three shake shack burgers for that price. We also ordered the Korean style rice bowl and added the crispy pork belly for an additional $6- which gets you one small overcooked piece of pork. What? Nice ambiance for a beer and snack will avoid for dinner.
The only reason I came back to this restaurant is because the last time I was there the service was so terrible the gave us a gift certificate for another visit. This time the service wasn’t as bad but it was still not good. Our waiter barely paid attention to us the whole time and we had to pour our own glasses of wine. For appetizer we had the squash salad which was amazing and so tasty. For entrees we had the half chicken and the pasta dish which were both tasty.
We eat at the tap and Trotter a lot. It's on the top of our list if friends are visiting from out of town and want a casual dinner. Food was great, as per usual. Unfortunately our waitress spilled leftover drinks on my sandals when she was cleaning up. It was quite a lot of liquid and ended up messing up my suede sandal. Fine. Whatever. Material things, right? Would it have been nice to get our dessert comped? Yeah.
Sat right in front of the head chef and it was very cool to eat his creations while chatting with him. The only downfall of that seat was the open pit fire a few yards away., although it smelled magical, I was sweating bullets haha. But it did not inhibit our great experience! Highly recommend the starter fried pork ribs, crunchy, fall off the bone, fat dissolving goodness right there. There is care in each plate and it shows. With a 44$ bottle of wine, a starter, an additional side, and 2x large entrees the check was shy of 150$. This place is a treat and a value rolled into one. Honorable mention goes to the Fire Ginger Beer (non-alcholic but I'm sure they can change that). Thanks KT&T team, keep up the good work!
We took my parents here when they were in town and we all had a great meal. Our server was exceptionally friendly and our food was delicious. We had the crispy ribs and the hummus to start (must ask for extra flatbread with the hummus), and for sharing mains we had the shortribs, the 1/2 chicken and the linguinca sausage. The crowd favorite was the chicken, though our waiter told us there were only 2 left when we ordered it around 8:30, so try to snag one before they run out!
Came for my birthday dinner - our server was new and got really confused over menu items . allergy restrictions, and sizes. Orders were taken in a haphazard manner and not by seat number, which I would usually let slide, but this is a Tony Maws restaurant and you are paying a premium for that name - excellent service is to be expected. I ordered the grilled shortribs ($22) that purportedly came with vegetables. What I received was two thin shortrib racks with about 3 turnips and half a carrot. Cocktails and wine were tasty, but bar service appeared to be slow as well, as a glass of wine ordered at the start of my entree didn't come until 5 minutes after I had finished. Overall, my friends and I had a nice time - but we received much warmer and more rapid service in the packed Trina's Starlight Lounge where we headed after for cocktails and pie. This is a place to go at least once to see if you like it. Nothing seemed particularly exciting or even particularly well executed. I would got back for the bar and snacks.
Granted that we ate there on a Saturday night and acknowledging that we have pretty high expectations (but also that we eat out a fair amount), on balance this was not a fantastic experience.
Our server was wound up which initially came off as enthusiastic, but eventually it felt like she was annoyed with us in addition to being just generally overwhelmed. The effect was less-than-relaxing.
The kitchen was running out of things fast and furious and they were too cool to put a candle in my dessert (so they sent it in a shot glass).
Food all tasted fine. Some mashed sweet potatoes with miso were the highlight. But nothing knocked our socks off.
Company was good -- but I can take them elsewhere!
Had a great meal on a quiet Tuesday night with friends. Food and craft beer were generally great (see below) and its a casual place with an upscale vibe and price point. Our waiter seemed to be a bit out of it because he was not very informed and quite inattentive- the restaurant was not busy. That, for me, was more the exception than the rule though as this is my third or fourth time here and the only time the waiter or bartender wasn't great! On the food, most was great including the appetizers and sides. But since I was there last time they have added kabobs and I had the swordfish kebabs as an entree. It was $17 but it was really a $17 delicious appetizer; a really small portion. On the other hand, the half chicken and the veggie bowl were real entrees. The waiter might have said something or the menu should be clearer. Still, I like this restaurant and will be back!
Disappointed with the menu at KTT - very few choices, awkward sized small plates, and "main" dishes that feel incomplete. I enjoyed the vibe here but have tried it twice since the approach to the menu shifted and it doesn't work for me. It feels chintzy and ungenerous now. Wait staff also not very hospitable. Still like the feel of the room.
Another wonderful Tony Maws restaurant. I am always amazed how his food can be so perfectly cooked. My wife and I over-ordered, deliberately, because we want to sample the different dishes on his menu. We had the black-ink pasta with mussels, blue fish, beef on a kebab, half chicken and a couple of vegetable dishes. We ended up doggy-bagged 1/2 of our food to take home as the portions are surprisingly big for the price so it is a good value as well. It is a lively and casual, neighborhood restaurant and it is nice to see many kids eating there. Our waitress was bubbly and we had a couple of fun chats. The service is as good if not better than many of the so-called upscale restaurants in Boston. Will come again definitely with my family.
Second time dining at this restaurant, first time was several years ago and quite excellent. Unfortunately, the opposite was true this past Saturday. Service was slow and inattentive. Food was uninspiring. Perhaps the worse part was that for a restaurant with such a small menu, to be out of several options (including cocktails!) at 8:30 on a Saturday night smacks of a lack of planning---or caring. It seems like Tony Maws has given up on this spot.
Requested to be seated at a table on Open Table, but were seated at the bar right in front of the open kitchen. We saw some things we didn't want to (please dont eat the ribs you're preparing! At least wash your hands afterwards!) and the noise level was very high in that part of the restaurant.
Even better than last visit thanks to the music being moderate this time. We could actually talk with our friends as well as enjoy the food. The food was indeed very good. A bit skimpy on the fries for the price paid, but we enjoyed the fried pork again, the sirloin tips and swordfish, and the fabulous ice cream sandwich dessert. Good job!
It was the first time for all four of us. We took the recommended route of a variety of plates, and enjoyed nearly all. Tuna was far too rare for this groups' taste...we're not into sushi. The drinks were particularly fun and good, as were the desserts. Ice cream sandwich is amazing. That's not to ignore the rye macaroni and fried pork. Even the bread was good, and was plentifully served. Our only criticism other than the local challenge of parking (pay no attention to the website statement about plenty on-street--even every parking meter was filled, mid week), is the offensive volume of the music. Thus our "ambiance" low rating. Perhaps the staff enjoys a loud and lively beat as they work, but guests trying to talk as well as eat find that impossible...and we were in a quieter area of the three! When someone finally toned it down about 9:30 PM it was actually pleasant to be there, in an interesting space. Wish it had been that way earlier.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter is FABULOUS! We had a huge party of 14 people and they were able to accommodate us on a Saturday night. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. Our waitress handled our giant group like a pro. We were never without drinks. This place is awesome.
The food at Kirkland Tap & Trotter was, and has consistently been, fantastic. This time we had tuna skewers, pork chops, a kale salad, special pork tacos and one of our consistent favorites, the mussel stew. Unlike previous visits, the service was less polished than in the past. All dishes came at once (it would have been nice to pace it out more) and the server felt distracted and not invested.
We went for a low-key anniversary dinner on a Saturday night, first time for dinner but had been for brunch before. We loved the informal and comfortable atmosphere like a great local tavern with creative and delicious food. The menu has a limited number of items but a lot of variety, everything full of flavor. They bring dishes out as they are ready, which can seem a bit random. For out meal, items from the appetizer section of the menu arrived at both the beginning and the end of the meal. The house made pate was especially delicious and presented with a perfect pairing of greens and a trio of mustards. The rye macaroni (from the appetizers menu) surprised me when it arrived hot, if served cold it would have allowed each of the flavors to stand out more. The steak kebobs were perfect. We were at a table near the end of the bar where the TV was showing the Red Sox game, with a few folks gathered around with beers to watch in a friendly way that added to the intimacy of our dinner rather than distracting. If I lived nearby this would definitely be my neighborhood hang-out.
KT&T always makes me feel at home, from their amazing waitstaff, which takes the time to know what you like - both food and conversation - to the chef, who knows what he likes and plays his menu to the hilt. Their bar staff mixes a mean paloma and stocks a wide range of amari, and are up to the challenge of drinks off the menu. Mostly, i love that the both the front- and back-of-house really make a personal connection every time we go there.
My husband and I were looking for a place that had great beer and food and we absolutely found it as the Kirkland Tap and Trotter! This is a fun place with a casual vibe but the food is worthy of any devoted foodie. An extensive, eclectic beer selection is available for anyone who likes to try something different, and my husband is definitely in the "beer snob" category. He enjoyed his selection, while I enjoyed my gin-based cocktail, which was very refreshing for a summer evening.
We began with their homemade hummus and crispy pork ribs appetizer (these are so good they should be entrees on their own!) For the main course, he enjoyed pork tacos and I really enjoyed the crispy half fried chicken! For dessert, we got cornbread with strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.
Overall, a magnificent meal to celebrate a special occasion!
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