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“Very good, but...” 4 of 5 stars
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The Kitchen
2225 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
9165687171
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Ranked #1 of 1,723 restaurants in Sacramento
Price range: $125 - $125
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Howe Ave.
Transit: Need a driver? 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.
Description: Located in Sacramento, America's Farm to Fork Capital, The Kitchen Restaurant is the most unique and exhilarating dining experience in all of California. Our renowned 6-course Demonstration Dinners feature Chefs Randall Selland and Noah Zonca preparing a creative and sumptuous feast for all your senses right before your very eyes. Made with the absolute best ingredients from the region and around the world, our amazing seasonal menus are just the beginning of an evening of fine food, and entertainment found nowhere else. After 16 years, this family affair is still a true original, blending the innovative cuisine, engaging entertainment, award winning wine list and genuine hospitality that have continued to make it one of the most sought after reservations in the state. For a truly special dining experience and an evening to savor and cherish, The Kitchen is unmatched. Dinners are $125.00 per person and are by reservation only with limited seating, so please call if you are unsuccessful booking online and we will gladly assist you.
El Dorado Hills, CA
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“Very good, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The Kitchen is always fun and the food ranges from very good to great. We had a reservation for four people and we were seated front and center at the counter. That is a great spot to be if you are a couple as you can talk to each other and also watch the show in the kitchen.

But counter seating is not good if you are a group of four (or larger) and want to be able to converse with your party without leaning over the back of the person next to you. We were disappointed not to be able to really have conversation with our guests. Yes, we could converse in between courses but someone really had to hop off their stool and come around and stand behind the others to do so. I would suggest that the Kitchen ask if counter seating is agreeable, or at least warn them ahead that that will be the situation, and maybe ask if you might prefer another night?

Everyone looks forward to the Intermission when sushi and sashimi is served. We were some of the last people in line (although we did not dally) and the serving trays were almost empty. Some guests rush the tables and take large amounts. We had only a few pieces left to take. I wanted to taste the oysters and the sashimi - and I did ask that they bring another tray with some so everyone in our party could have a taste as well. The Kitchen was not on top of being sure everyone was taken care of. It was kind of a scramble at the Intermission table.

The entrée was one small lamb chop from a rack – I will call it a lamb niblet. It was delicious but I needed more food. I actually left the restaurant hungry. The Kitchen is very good about saying to please ask for whatever you would like; substitutions, seconds, etc. I was tempted (my friend did order a second soup course) but it doesn’t really feel comfortable to do so. It puts you off rhythm with everyone else – and you can see how hard the kitchen staff is working and it doesn’t quite feel appropriate to ask them to break their hectic pace to whip you up a repeat course.

The staff is wonderful and we did enjoy our meal and our evening, but especially considering the cost of the dinner I would love to see some improvement in the areas I mentioned. I will come back to the Kitchen another time as I want to support a restaurant of this quality and innovation.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Citrus Heights, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best in Sacramento”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is a little pricey, but is worth every cent. The food was picked from the garden each day, meat is outstanding, fish plucked from the ocean or river that day. A true gourmet experience with everything prepared in front of your eyes with talented chef's. Randall is still outstanding after many years in the business. Save this for a very special event in your life. You will always remember it!!!

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Placerville, California
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“Make a Wonderful Memory!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The absolute best food we have ever had anywhere. We took our family of 6 for a celebration dinner. The presentation was intriguing to us all and the food was exceptional. Age range from 49 to 12 years. I am not adventurous when it comes to food but I thought I will try everything put before me. I could not believe the flavors of the different courses, each were fantastic. You can get seconds or more of any of the courses. The service was excellent as well. Our family still talks about "The Kitchen" and the wonderful time we all shared together and memories we will carry with us. If you want a night to always remember (proposal, anniversary, birthday etc.) make reservations for this place and you won't be disappointed. You may want to make a reservation a month in advance for a party of 6 or more. It is not cheap but, the quality and quantity of food with the show is hard to be disappointed in the cost you get your monies worth and then some.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sacramento, California
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“Great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

The food was very good, service was even better. It would want to be for the price! It was a good experience, overall.

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Sacramento
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“Best restaurant in town; and you pay for it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Kitchen is an exceptional very high end restaurant, which is Prix Fixe and very expensive. Expect about a four hour experience, and 5 courses. The Kitchen offers a single menu every month, although they will make you anything you want if you ask. Expect to pay around $500 or more per couple if you choose to pair your course with the wine they recommend.

Visited August 2012
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