The Kitchen Restaurant

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840 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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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RT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Definite must for a special occasion. Totally worth it!

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JT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Incredible food and overall experience.

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Q
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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OT
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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

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L
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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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TG
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Anniversary

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RB
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The staff and food was superior!

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DM
3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Simply AMAZING!! What an experience!!

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CV
5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

What an experience! We had heard wonderful things beforehand but had tempered our expectations.
The overall experience was unforgettable! The food was exquisite, the service impeccable, and the ambience loads of fun.
Hands-down, the best dining experience in the Sacramento area. You certainly pay for it, but wow do they deliver!

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L
5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food and ambience were extraordinary. I would recommend this experience to everyone.

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MK
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

It was not only entertaining but also delicious.

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RL
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our second time here, and once again, we were not disappointed. The Chef and his staff were amazing. They kept the energy pumping and were also very accommodating. The food. Wow! The food was amazing as well. From the outset, nothing but great dishes being served. What a great experience. We will definitely be back.

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BB
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We had such a good time at The Kitchen! The food was amazing and the ambiance even better. If you are in the mood to ‘treat yo self’ then this is the right place.

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OT
5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Amazing! It’s a foodie event that everyone should experience at least once.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

I was very impressed by the friendliness of the staff and how much they try to make you feel at home.
It was so much fun and the food was excellent.
My date got sick, so I had to go alone. They did everything to make me feel comfortable and had a meal packed for me to take to my sick date after the dinner.
I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. I enjoyed the experience and the food.
I intend to come back and take my son here on my birthday.
This is the first time I met the chef, cook, bar tender, waiters and waitresses. They paid attention to all the details and your needs. Awesome!!!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

We love going to The Kitchen for special occasions or date night. It’s such great food but also a great experience. Chef provides dinner and entertainment!!

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Overall we had a great time, but I also feel like we have a great time wherever we go. I think that the overall experience is something that you can't get anywhere else! The staff was absolutely exceptional! The food was really good. I feel that the prices were way to high for the overall experience but I get why they have to be so high.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

We have been to the kitchen a few times and as always it was spectacular. A truly great dinning experience. Typically I would give them 5 stars for service but this last time our Sommelier forgot one of our party's wine selection two times and had to be reminded twice. Value gets 4 stars only because cost for what you get is subjective. It is not some where to go if you don't want to spend much money but if you want great food and experience and don't mind spending a good chunk.this is the place to go.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Came here for New Year’s Eve dinner. Everybody was friendly and the environment was nice and warm.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We came here for NYE and it was not what we were expecting....WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! We thought we were just going to come here and eat good for 4 hours. Nope. It was a 4 hour party! The food was great, the staff was amazing, and the experience is well worth it.

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JJ
5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Special place. Worth it. Entertaining and different for a superb restaurant. Great chef team

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OT
5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Delicious, fun, and festive! The shrimp course, the oysters, and the champagne were all outstanding. Definitely a special occasion treat. Oh! The house Manhattan was maybe the best cocktail we’ve ever had—e.v.e.r.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Usually the food here is unreal but last week the food was average at best. Was disappointed but definitely will be back.

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