The Kitchen Restaurant

5.0
877 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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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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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
61 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
46 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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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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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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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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!!

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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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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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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
Sacramento
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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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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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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