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Review of The Kitchen

The Kitchen
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Ranked #14 of 2,018 Restaurants in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, 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: 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.
El Dorado Hills, CA
Level 6 Contributor
480 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
“Very good, but...”
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
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Citrus Heights, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best in Sacramento”
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!!!

Thank Maxi J
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Placerville, California
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Make a Wonderful Memory!”
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
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Thank Cheri D
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Kinsale, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great experience”
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.

Thank Barbarajohnson78
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Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in town; and you pay for it!”
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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