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“Fabulous restaurant...Top notch food and service!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Commerce Kitchen

Commerce Kitchen
300 Franklin St., Huntsville, AL 35801
+1 256-382-6622
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Ranked #13 of 488 Restaurants in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in Historic Downtown Huntsville, Commerce Kitchen serves Southern Gourmet cuisine in a bluesy bistro setting.
Madison AL
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fabulous restaurant...Top notch food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stopped at this restaurant with my mom because we had heard great things about it. Walked in around 11:15 a.m. and were seated immediately. Our server came right to our table to get our drink order. My mom and I looked over the menu and decided on the Tilapia with Squash and grits (i think) and the Shrimp and Parmesan Cheese Grits. The entrees were out within 10-12 minutes and they were FABULOUS! The Tilapia was probably the best I've ever tasted and the Shrimp was fresh, tender and delicious. They were only $13 each and for the quality, WELL worth the price. On a side note, I did notice the family sitting next to us with small children were given "kids menus" so if you have your children with you, they can accomodate you! This restaurant is well worth the trip to downtown Huntsville.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntsville, Alabama
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Diner at CK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Service was excellent. We were a party of four. When our friends called for a reservations they were already full, but they took their number in case of a cancellation. The did call and got us in when we wanted. Seated immediately upon arrival. The menu covers a lot of tastes, but is not large in scope. All food was excellently prepared and presented. Each couple split an excellent spinach salad. We ordered three entrees off the menu plus the night's special. We added an excellent bottle of wine to that. The total was $158.76 including tax, but excluding the 20% tip. This is the third time we have eaten there, and each meal was great. We will return again.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntsville, AL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“You Wouldn't Guess.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Exceptional food... a bit pricey, but worth it. For that special dinner or occasion. Downtown is a great place to be for dinner or lunch.

Visited February 2013
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“Terrible Service and outrageous auto-tip! Beware Travelers!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My family was in town for our daughter's volleyball tournament. As a result of having eaten at Commerce Kitchen the year before, we recommended it to fellow team parents and they were willing to go based on our recommendation. After making three calls to expand the reservation to 15 people for 9:30 pm on a Saturday night, we were assured that we would be taken care of and that they would be staffed and able to serve our party. I specifically stated there would be separate checks and was assured "no problem".

Dinner arrived at a reasonable time and the food was good. The problems began after the meal arrived..

We waited for 20 min for our bills after asking our server, only to have to track the "acting GM" down to ask for our bills. Once the bills arrived, they had calculated a 20% tip on the TOTAL amount (on top of the tax) for a total tip of 23%!! When asked why, we were told it was the Maitre D software and since the "real GM" wasn't in, there was nothing to be done to correct the bills. Nothing was offered to compensate the recognized error. My name and address were taken down to be contacted by the "real GM". Hasn't happened yet... But there is more!

By the time we left the restaurant, it was 11:50 pm. Understand that we asked for our bill at 10:35 pm. We were the only customers remaining as they close at 10 pm. One register open, one new server re-inputing the charges one at a time, and one hour and fifteen minutes later, we were out of the door.

I travel quite extensively and I have never encountered such dis-function. We brought over $600 worth of business to them the last 30 minutes of operation on a Saturday night. They haven't the courtesy to adjust the over-tip or speed the payment process by opening another register. The arrogance shown to "out-of-towners" should embarrass the locals.

Travelers beware!!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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“lunch drop in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

burger with fancy french cheese is worth the price.
dress up a bit, if your in jeans you'll feel a bit underdressed

Visited February 2013
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