The Kitchen Restaurant

4.9
856 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: Doors Open at 6:30pm, Dinner Begins at 7:00; Friday - Saturday: Doors Open at 7:00pm, Dinner Begins at 7:30; Sunday: Doors Open at 5:00pm, Dinner Begins at 5:30. Please arrive within 15 minutes after our doors opening to ensure the show starts on time.
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Phone number
(916) 568-7171
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kelly McCown
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Private party facilities
Reserve the entire restaurant exclusively for your event! Our six-course Demonstration Dinners, prepared right before your eyes, are a feast for all the senses, and our award-winning wine list features the best in the state. Our Sommelier will design a personalized beverage package. As a Private Party at The Kitchen, the entire restaurant is exclusively yours for the evening, with our expert staff of chefs and servers dedicated entirely to you and your guests. We offer our Private Party option for up to 56 people, perfect for business and convention groups, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and client or staff appreciation dinners. We will make your event a distinctive and singular success.
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Private party contact
Bobbie Chamberlin: (916) 568-7171
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Catering
We offer Private Party availability for the entire restaurant for your special occasion or business function. Smaller, semi-private tables may be available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Howe Ave.
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Parking details
The Kitchen has a private lot with ample parking.
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Public transit
Call our receptionist and we will be happy to arrange a town car for you. Please call a minimum of 24 hours before your reservation.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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OT
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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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!!

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kitchen is more than a meal, it is an entire evening. You are welcome to explore the entire place. It was hot out when I was there, so my friend and I hung out in the chilled wine room for the first few minutes after we arrived.

The food is delicious. The menu changes, I believe monthly and it's a prix fixe menu. So I recommending a specific dish isn't really possible. But keep in mind that you have more of anything or request alternatives if there is an item that doesn't appeal to you. My friend is a pescatarian and her options were amazing. I asked for one of them for a course (as my seconds, I had the menu version too 😊).

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CE
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a dining experience unlike any other. One can't explain it, you just have to experience it yourself.

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chef, spud chef, fun and above all, great food!!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was originally told that this was just a really nice restaurant with great food, and it is, but also so much more! This was an experience I will never forget, this was the bucket list item that I didn’t even know was on the list, this was the best food experience I have ever had, this was the cirque du soleil of dinners... Can’t wait to do it again! This is also the only review for anything that I have ever written, so that’s saying something.

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HT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend there for his birthday. We had a great time. The chefs and everyone else were super friendly. The food was delicious. Loved loved their oyster. Our favorite was intermissions when you get to walk around and meet new people. Definitely will come back and bring more friends!

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

50th birthday!

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KS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMMAAAZING! Enjoyed every minute once we entered the restaurant. It is a unique group dining experience that is enjoyable and fun. The chefs, staff and service are excellent. The food is unbelievable. It is simply one of the best dining experiences!

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! The staff/chiefs made everyone feel comfortable and special. A very unique restaurant that one should experience at least once.

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BK
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the greatest dining experience you could ever have. It is truly indescribable and should just be experienced for oneself.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my wife’s birthday, absolutely amazing evening!

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RT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 4th time at the Kitchen and is was as enjoyable as the first 3. A great venue for a special occasion...

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MA
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best experience I have ever had, would go back in a flash. Just a wonderful time for our 45th Anniversary

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IC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! If you have not ever been before you MUST go.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definite must for a special occasion. Totally worth it!

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at the Kitchen on numerous occasions and must say if you haven't tried this place it should be on your bucket list! A bit pricey but worth every penny!!

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B
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Whatever has already been said about this restaurant are all true and I’m not going to recite the same praise but this restaurant is remarkable! I have never had as much fun and enjoyed a dinner as much as the Kitchen. I been to a lot of fancy places from Napa to Las Vegas - from French fine dining to molecular gastronomy driven menus - this restaurant truly had me enjoying a wonderful meal with my significant other while being entertained and served by the most amazing staff ever. I would really like to extend a warm thank you to chef Alison and especially chef kelly who made me laugh out loud and really cared enough to try and please my girlfriend. You really went out of your way to get that clam chowder bread bowl to satisfy her appetite and I can’t help but feel very appreciative. You guys made our night and our experience. Notable mentions from the night was also the staff members who just provided excellent customer service and sadly I was only able to remember a few names because I was definitely enjoying my whiskey, tequila, and the wine pairings that accompanied my meal - to Shane and Greg thanks! Anyone planning to experience The Kitchen, you guys just have to enjoy. Try not to think about the price and if you can splurge we all deserve a good night with great people and great food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and overall experience.

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Q
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE from parking, security guard, & staff!!!!
Felt so welcomed and comfortable. Everyone was beyond my expectations. Me and my friend enjoyed the conversations with Tesh, Eric, Esra, & another gentleman who I am beating myself up for not remembering..... he talked about traveling, France, Buddhism, etc. He was SO WELCOMING with such a WARM HEART!

Would love to bring another friend/ my mom next time :D

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant!!! What took us so long to finally go? Can’t wait to go back!!!

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L
Sacramento
56 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Birthday Celebration for my husband. The staff is always extremely accommodating & friendly & professional. We had a blast. It is an adventure for your palette. Everything was excellent.

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YP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here.
The most special fine-dining restaurant I've ever experienced.
If I could describe fine-dining as a format of art as classical music.
The thing provided by The Kitchen is not as serious as a solo recital, but something energetic as a March concert by Boston Pops or a crossover performance as Lang Lang X Metallica at 14' Grammy - Traditionally rigorous fine-dining meets a passionate as well as affable way of presenting.
Chef McCown's Team (as well as he himself) is extraordinary. Amiable, and solid in skill and teamwork.
Menu does reflect the seasonal ingredients available well, dishes possess well-balanced seasoning and versatile in texture. The smaller food samples, although in small portion and unlimited supply, do not yield in quality. For food only, it could be hyper-one-star in Michelin standard.
Wine collection is sufficient and exciting, sommelier is knowledgable and makes good choices.

Solid 5-star in general.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience. A casual atmosphere with quality dining. The staff was lovely, even if service did seem inconsistent at times.

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kitchen is a dining experience! The staff was amazing, fun, and entertaining. The whole team makes you feel like you own the place while you are catered to and pampered. Kelly and Allyson command the room with laughter and details as they share their passion for food while the rest of the crew works alongside to prepare everything to perfection. Esra makes sure you have what you need, and both sommeliers, not only poured but explained all the drinks. The food was outstandingly delicious in each "act." Go if you can!!!

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L
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love having dinner at the Kitchen, the presentation of each dish is beautiful and the food is a foodie dream come true! Kelly McCown knows how to make the entire experience fun & enjoyable!

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BE
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was fun. Yummy yummy yummy.

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TG
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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RB
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Worth every penny. This is a dining experience. You can tour the kitchen and request any food!!! Staff is super fun!!!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The chef de cuisine and her staff are very attentive. The food amazing and unique.

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LM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!
No other dining experience comes close. Between the way they make you feel comfortable and “at home”, to the one of a kind amazing meals and all you care to eat dining - there is no comparison! Been going there off and on for over 10 years. Better every time!

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Exceeded all expectations for a great night of food and fun. After working in restaurants for 40 years the cleanliness and presentation of the establishment could not have been better. Hats off to everyone.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff and food was superior!

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I'll just say that dining at The Kitchen was quite an experience. There are some things that one only needs to experience once. With that said, I won't be returning.

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LG
Sacramento
98 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!!! The whole evening was a WOW! Every single course of this spectacular March menu was a winner and every course was sublime. The scallops were prepared perfectly and served with an incredible English pea coulis. The pasta with frog’s legs were scrumptious with a decadent veloute sauce and the rabbit was fabulous, with a light sauce. The beef loin with pierogi was over the top - the porcini mushroom sauce was incredible, with just a hint of sweetness. The dessert (Bavarian cream) was perfect - not too rich nor too light. And the post-dessert treats were all excellent, as well. The staff accommodated my husband’s need for a gluten free meal, at every course...including bread. Service was attentive and excellent throughout the evening. Kudos to Chef Kelly and Chef Alllyson for a winner menu, executed perfectly! The Kitchen is definitely worthy of a visit from Michelin (their loss for refusing to come to Sacramento!)

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ST
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was amazing! We truly enjoyed the ability to converse with everyone who took part in touching our meal from start to completion. Plating was exquisite and ambiance top notch. Would definitely love to attend again.

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EB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t stop talking about “the kitchen”
Awesome!! to say the least.
Sitting at counter in the kitchen is the best.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply AMAZING!! What an experience!!

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