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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

4.4
868 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday
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)
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Phone number
(857) 259-6585
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Maws
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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.
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Private party contact
Jeff Sanchel : (857) 259-6585
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beacon St
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
Harvard Square
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 868 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipandreaP (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Loved this place! The food is incredible. Everything we ate was delicious - esp the combo of the Kale & Apple Salad and Rye Macaroni. And you have to get the dessert as well! Ice cream sandwich was to die for.

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CJS55 (New England)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Highly recommended casual dinning. Meals were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Tap and Trotter was the best restaurant I’d eaten at in all of 2017 and it lived up to the memory. Absolutely amazing. As usual we ordered more food than needed but it was delicious and we still found room for desert which blew us away.

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Kate23 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I thought the food and ambiance was great. I got the sirloin skewers with sweet potato mash and my husband got the lamb burger with fried pickles and all were delicious. I felt confident that everything I ordered would have been great. Solid cocktail, wine and beer list as well. The desserts looked amazing and unique.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a great night with our nieces from New York City they loved everything about KT&T.
Margaret ,Nicole and Scott were very attentive to our needs and made the evening special.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We came here the Tuesday before Valentine's day to celebrate our recent engagement and loved everything! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and patient with us while we hung out for almost 3 hours. The food was phenomenal, and we really enjoyed sitting at the counter and watching the kitchen. We will definitely be back! We were also very impressed with the wine selection !

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viptravellingfoodie (Dublin)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent vibe & layout. Food was very good. Bloody Mary could be taken to another level (by adding trimmings).
Service was great. Parking can be tricky.
Overall, we will return.

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vipScientist (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was good and satisfying on a cold morning. Our server was absolutely wonderful. We had two young kids with us and he made us all feel so welcome and was incredibly patient. He was just great!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was prompt and quick. Outstanding wine list.

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vipLauren (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Brunch was so good! The Hash was out of this world! And the donut was good enough to order seconds! Great brunch spot. Our service was perfect! Scott was an awesome, attentive, knowledgeable waiter. Can’t wait to go back!

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TaraR (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

A very good brunch menu and everything was very tasty! I highly recommend getting the donut! Unfortunately for us we were early so no alcohol sales on Sunday before 11AM (worth noting as the menu looked tasty) but the food, service, and ambiance were all fantastic. I would definitely hit this place up again for dinner to see what they have to offer. The entire place has the yummy smoky smell about it from the meats and I can only imagine what tasty vittles await on the dinner menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything was great! Food and service were fabulous. We sat at the high top table near the kitchen and with the grill fire going it was quite toasty - can only imagine how hot the staff must get because we welcome the cold air when we left!

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JSSone (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

What a cozy spot - when in Cambridge this is our go-to. We had tasty cocktails and so much delicious food here - coffee-rubbed carrots, house-made sausage, salad, chicken & tofu broth bowl. The rice bowl was disappointing. Ask to be seated away from the door during the winter months.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Terrific food, with offerings I would be unlikely to make myself. Great night out.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our favorite places to eat. Always an excellent meal!

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Sara (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

i think the carrots would be better without the white sauce and crunchy bits. I've had this dish 4 times.

the bone marrow is tops! i may have even eaten the garnish if that radicchio was a garnish.

the staff are cheery, kind and professional.

Thank you as always for a wonderful dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

A real dissapointment from Tony Maws. Service was rushed and impersonal and generally inattentive. Food was the real dissapointment. Aside from the fried pickles, everything we ordered was mediocre to downright not good, which was a big surprise. The fried oyster were dry and over cooked. The highlight entree at our table were the sirloin skewers, and they were only average. We are Craigie on Main disciples and have been meaning to try Kirkland as we loved the concept of Tony Maws going fun bar and comfort food. The atmosphere is great, the bar area and beer selection is also great. The shortfall is the food. We expected more.

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k2125 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Restaurant had very little options or alts for someone with a wheat allergy even though breakfast foods (eggs and potatoes, etc) can normally be fried without cross contamination or extra sauces. Otherwise, nice folks and nice place.

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vipMarc (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

I really like this restaurant in general. But, I wish they kept the full dining room open all week rather than sometimes seating folks in the bar area. The take-out chickens with two sides and iggy's bread ordered online & available after 5 p.m. (within two minutes of arrival) are superb and reasonably priced. I thought the Korean rice bowl with housemade hot sauce was not as good as in the past -- small cubes of vegetables rather than nice slices of grilled vegetables, and I was surprised that the regular sundae was not nearly as good as the ice cream sandwich w/ salted caramel and the like. The hummus was too creamy. Very often the food is outstanding, but some recent additions like the Benton's ham snack, were not up to par.

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marco (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

delicious, fun and affordable- what's not to like?

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Cassandra our waitress was Ahhmazing!! Food was crazy good, Ice cream sandwich was perfect! And the drinks... HENRY MORGAN’S DOWNFALL! Can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had an excellent server and every dish and drink we had were delicious! Left feeling happy and delightfully full

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vipCPBdining (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

We had an 8:30pm reservation, but the kitchen was out of half the menu to the point that it we had to ask what was left on the menu in order to order. When it came to the end of the meal, and asked for a decaf coffee, I was told that "they had already thrown it out." It never occurred to our server to MAKE A NEW POT. This was not the first time I've had scattered service here; I come back for the food, but Tony Maws, get these guys together!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

A friend and I shared starters and salads, all of which were delicious--especially the pumpkin hummus. Will definitely go back to try an entree.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Some dishes were amazing (ex. Mussel Stew) and others just over seasoned (ex Swordfish). It was my second time dining and the restaurant and had a great first experience. Dinner was definitely disappointing.

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caitlin (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Not the best. I ordered the sausage dish. The sausage itself was delicious but it came in a watery flavorless broth with bland potatoes and large chunks of raw radishes (maybe they were mistaken for potatoes?) the egg yolk disappeared into the watery soup and instead of a spoon, I got a very strange long sharp knife with a cheap plastic handle to eat with. Nobody came over to check on me, otherwise I would have asked for a spoon...

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Rikesh (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

I went for brunch with my family and enjoyed a yummy meal. 2 whole wheat pancake orders were scarfed down by my kids. The homemade hot dog was great. The posole and burger were perfect.
I have to say the pancakes and the fries are the standout
Keep it up and continue to innovate

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Not the best place for brunch. Very odd menu.
Try it for diner instead.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Celebrated my friends 30th over the weekend. I’ve eaten here before with my boyfriend and really enjoyed it. Love the craft beer options and fun cocktails. There’s always something different to try for food. Everything was delish- I had the lam ragout macaroni. Drinks and service were a tad slow considering it wasn’t super busy, but other than that everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Wonderful service. A true neighborhood restaurant with local and seasonal food.

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