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The Kitchen at the Imperial

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American, Seafood, Tapas, Bistro
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208 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 (Formerly Imperial Hotel)
+1 410-778-5000
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
So Disappointed

We dined at the Imperial Hotel in October of last year and were really glad to hear that the couple that ran The Kitchen in Rock Hall was taking the restaurant over because our dinner was not well done. We promised ourselves we would go to the new restaurant the next time we were in Chestertown... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Judy J
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Owings Mills, Maryland
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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20 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Owings Mills, Maryland
Top Contributor
321 reviews 321 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We dined at the Imperial Hotel in October of last year and were really glad to hear that the couple that ran The Kitchen in Rock Hall was taking the restaurant over because our dinner was not well done. We promised ourselves we would go to the new restaurant the next time we were in Chestertown. We had lunch at... More 

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Waterloo, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The quality of the Imperial has gone down a bit, but the bar has remained excellent. With an old fashioned ambiance, and old fashioned drinks, you can't go wrong. The barkeep is friendly, and this is the only "bar" I've been to that wasn't a speciality place serving Singapore Slings and cocktails from a bygone era. And, for half the... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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137 reviews 137 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Small Plates or Large - Prices are fair and the selection runs a limited spectrum for my taste. Appetizer - Maryland Crap dip was wonderful - If you eat too much you'll kill you appetite. Caesar Salad - Small size was unacceptable - taste and lettuce was just not good. Shrimp and Grits - Shrimp was good but they scrimped... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Kitchen provides a varied Southern style menu. We were rather late in the evening, and opted for a series of small plates to share among friends. The dishes were varied, and all very tasteful. We went on a very cold winter night, and the room was rather chilly, and unfortunately many people decided to stay at home which made... More 

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Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We are long time locals and have seen lots of restaurants come and go. Recently we lost our favorite restaurant in Brooks Tavern and have been worried it would be a long time before we had another 'go to' place. We have been to The Kitchen at the their new location in Chestertown one time and it was great. Friendly... More 

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Lehigh Valley
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I had Valentine's Day dinner at the Kitchen at the Imperial. We have been to The Kitchen in Rock Hall several times and always enjoyed the food and the ambiance. While Chef Steve didn't greet every table as he did at the Rock Hall location, he did take the time to visit the dining area. The staff... More 

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Eastern shore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

had crab cake and vegetable entree. Not bad....not wonderful....nicely presented. The sign of a fine restaurant is the creativity and variety of the vegetable sides....the color and variety on the plate....any place can do a decent protein portion. This place is coming along but needs more customizing and creativity in the sides still....but it's new and deserves a chance. Service... More 

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Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We enjoy the feedback. Sorry you found our sides wanting. We are not an A la cart restaurant and most of our dishes are composed dishes where a particular set of sides is matched to a protein because of seasonality or because the flavor profiles are complementary. The sides we offered... More 

Newark, Delaware
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Our second visit to this Eastern Shore gem since they moved from Rock Hall, Md to the Imperial Hotel in historic Chestertown, Maryland. Our first visit was on their OPENING NIGHT and that was such a great experience (flawless dinner) that we knew we had to return. The evening's choices were Kitchen Crab (their version of cream of crab soup)... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Having heard our friends rave about how fabulous The Kitchen in Rock Hall was my husband and I decided to try their latest location at The Imperial in Chestertown. We arrived at 5PM with no reservation but the hostess found us a spot in the bar which was perfect. In the future I would definitely make reservations! The decor is... More 

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Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I wish there were six stars for this one. A friend and I met at The Kitchen today for lunch. The whole experience just couldn't have been any better. The restaurant provides the perfect balance between "elegant" and "casual" for lunch. The server was very pleasant and perfectly attentive (periodically checking but not smothering). The menu provides plenty of choices... More 

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Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! Enjoyed talking with you and your friend and am glad we are that middle meeting place for you. As I told you, we make our Corn Beef from scratch and take great pride in it, so it is nice to hear that someone enjoys it like you did. See you soon, Steve More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 208 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620 (Formerly Imperial Hotel)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Chestertown
  • Phone Number: +1 410-778-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Tapas, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?