The Kitchen Restaurant

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894 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Kitchen, a Selland Family Restaurant, serves a five-course prix fixe demonstration dinner menu based on a monthly seasonal framework that features the best and freshest ingredients available on a daily basis, mostly procured locally and regionally. Dinner service also includes an interactive intermission featuring chefs’ tasting stations, as well as a finale of fresh herb tea service and artisan coffee served with dessert.

The Kitchen Restaurant has earned every imaginable local and regional award along with an impressive list of national accolades, including the AAA Five Diamond Award five years running, a nod as a semi-finalist for the James Beard “Outstanding Restaurant” Award, the highest Zagat ratings, and honors from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, as well as inclusion in the Yelp Top 100 and the Open Table Top 100.
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BC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Indescribable dining experience and can’t wait to go back. Every single staff member from server to executive chef delivered the best service we’ve ever had. Hands down a must try experience for all! The only thing you will regret is not going! Try the wine pairing. It was fun and the pourer was so knowledgeable on all the wines being poured which added an unexpected element to the pairing.

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Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for our niece who’s getting married soon!

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HF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite place to go and celebrate. Amazing food, great "show". The staff are most accommodating to your every wish.

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DQ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to The Kitchen several times, and I still love it. It is by far one of the best experiences you will ever have. The food is absolutely the best. I wish there were more places like it.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I would say the ambience is very nice the chef had great enthusiasm, overall i had a good experience with all the people who served or was entertaining. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the kitchen. This time I would say overall as far as the food I was quite disappointed. They say they accommodate you if you have any dietary needs the only one I had was I do not eat raw food, for the price you’re paying I was expecting kind of an exceptional meal. With that said the chef decided instead of serving me the scallop ceviche I was just given cucumbers it wasn’t thrilling. Also my second act instead of putting something else in it, it was just taken out of the dish again more stuff was removed. The intermission was a bummer for me as most of the stuff was raw and it was almost impossible for me to figure out which ones weren’t, they did not specify which were cooked.
I will get to the main two courses, both of them were almost exactly the same, both beef dishes were pot roast style. The first one really upset my stomach I could not enjoy the last two acts. I feel like the downfall for those who are making reservations is that you do not know what the menu will be as it’s booked out in advance. Also I’m not sure if they alternate chefs, everyone has their own opinion on flavor and taste and I wasn’t feeling it. Unfortunately this experience from the kitchen was not that great to me and I probably would not come back for the price I paid. Had the menu been accommodating more to “my dietary” like specified instead of just taking things out, or offered more of a unique menu where things were not exactly the same I would definitely come back again. I really loved Chef Noah he had great menu acts, it also was great to see the owner back then come to some of the presentations. Like I said it’s been a few years since I’ve visited the kitchen with the same high expectations, unfortunately this time it just did not live up to it.

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JS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! It felt like going to Disneyland for the first time.

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MH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and experience!

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a group of six, amazing service, fun and the food experience was nothing I have had before. Can’t wait to go again! The price is so worth the experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!!’

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is beyond fresh. You are encouraged to wander and try ingredients and talk with the chefs. It's the equivalent of going to a dinner party and hanging out in The Kitchen with friends... Just your friends have amazing taste and are amazing chefs

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TW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! You pay the price for an amazing experience, but I would tell anyone to at least try it once. It is an overall dining experience and the food was great. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The wine and various spirits were hand selected and matched the unique food. It is an incredible experience that should be savored at least one time by all!

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been a few times, food is good, some of the dishes melt in your mouth and others you can honestly say no thank you. It's a fun energetic environment that lets you explore dinning in a different way. If you've never been you should. I think the quality of the cuisine speaks for itself, however, the different chefs roll out different mouthwatering food so you never know what to expect. Didn't particularly like 2 of 5 courses my last visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience

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Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had! This is a must do! The service, the food, the wine, and the experience are all first class!

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment the doors open you are treated as a VIP guest! Everything about the dinning experience was AMAZING! Can’t wait to go back

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RS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Anniversary date, excellent food, just a fantastic evening. Fun all around!

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P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A must-go for anyone looking for great food, staff, and a unique dining experience. Overall a wonderful experience!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting the Kitchen and it was so amazing. Seriously I had a great time! The entire concept of this place is genius. Something about being able to walk around in the kitchen makes it pretty awesome. The food, energy, ambiance was second to none. I would love to go back again.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was vet attentive and accommodating. We love Chef Kelly McCowen.

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DY
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 2nd time here and it is the Most wonderful and unique foodie experience - up close and personal with the chef and his staff as they cook up an amazing 6-7 course meal. It is NON-stop eating experience! You can even have seconds. They even feed you during the intermission. Get to meet the chef and roam around his kitchen. It is a fancy Prix fix menu. Do not eat before going here! It is pricey, but so worth it! Great for special occasions or just want a different food/restaurant experience.

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Been a couple of times.. foods doesn’t seem to get better but only worse.. maybe it was a different chef back then...

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San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A true experience that you must enjoy at least once. The food is great. The chef puts on a “show” that is very entertaining. Very knowledgeable sommelier. Must try it

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Sacramento
49 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most outstanding eating experiences ever. Incredible food in an amazing environment. The food and service is 10-stars! The amount of food is mindblowing. The night starts with walking around the kitchen and full access to everything - imagine having oysters in the refrigerator in the kitchen while the chef holds the bucket for your shell. The chefs show you what they are doing and explain everything. Lots of appetizers before the meal starts to be cooked - with a full explanation from the exec chef first. The cooking and amazing prep is right in front of you. After two courses, a fantastic intermission with even more food around the kitchen before two more courses then dessert. Menu changes monthly - a must at least a few times a year.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience! A must at least once in your lifetime.

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M
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food made with super ingredients. We were a party of two so sat at the bar & were able to watch both cooking and plating of food. Staff were so helpful discussing ingredients etc with ya whilst working very hard prepping and getting meals out to so many people in a timely manner
Lovely breaks between courses & great wine recommendations. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion
Definitely be back

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CC
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, a superlative experience. Staff, food, experience are the best in Sacramento.

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SR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my parents 60th wedding Anniversary. My parents absolutely loved the experience and food! Wonderful in all areas!! Would recommend for anyone!!! Very special unique place!! The entire staff is wonderful and work really well together!! Makes everyone feel special and number 1!!

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a
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only is the food outstanding but the service is top notch! The staff are super friendly and accommodating (went above and beyond to make everything vegetarian for me!). The staff also keep you super entertained through the night! Would come here again in a heart beat!

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ST
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has been a favorite of ours for years. The fine dining experience is meant to be savored at a leisurely pace and we were accommodated by a great wait staff (one server was having a bad night- it happens).
The Kitchen is a special treat. We try to get there once a year and always wish it was more often.

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CA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! A must try. Best I’ve ever had. A true dining experience.

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple the Best!!! The service was outstanding chef Kelly made us maitake with some delicious sauce and finished with shaved truffle, which by the way was not on the menu. The food are so delicious and the flavors are amazing, well balanced.

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D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the most unique and delightful dining experience ever. The staff aims to please and they never miss the mark. You will feel at home and leave wishing you had room for more of the incredible cuisine.

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PR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steep buy in but I believe it is absolutely worth it for a wonderful 5 star experience. The set menu is outstanding, but being able to order anything else you want on TOP of that is ridiculous! Plus an intermission with even more delectable bites! Be sure to come hungry and ready for a masterful eating experience!

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed ourselves very much, food was amazing, beautiful and the staff were very attentive and fun. Great way to spend our 1st Anniversary!

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the visit very much. My wife loved it very much. For me personally the ambiance, experience, the theatrics, "show", freedom to roam, was a little better than some of the food. I rarely like my savory dishes with sweet flavors added to it. I like to separate the two and am not crazy on sweets overall.

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AL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of the best! Many courses. Very interactive.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience, and will certainly return! the food was exemplary, and the service was top notch. Highly recommend if you ever visit Sacramento, it is unlike any restaurant experience out there.

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DH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kitchen is an amazing experience and worth the wait and cost. The current chef (Kelly McCown) is a master entertainer and ensures that all guests have a most-fantastic experience. It's a 4+ hour experience but so well-paced that you'd never guess it. The entire staff is VERY attentive and there's no shortage of exceptionally high-quality food and beverage. Sacramento is extremely fortunate to have such a magical place!!!

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

Loved my experience! The food was amazing, service was impeccable, and the ambiance was enchanting. Only thing that is a bit of a turn off is the location.

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