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“Unique dining experience”
Review of A Chef's Kitchen

A Chef's Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 411 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I'm a local, and I have enjoyed chef Gonzales' place for the past decade. One doesn't go to A Chef's Kitchen simply to eat a good meal, though you will indeed be treated to an excellent dining experience. You go to experience wonderful food, to learn good cooking techniques, and to enjoy a great conversation about life, the universe and everything culinary.

John varies the menu seasonally, so you can repeat the experience on a regular basis. Well, the skillet cornbread is a constant, but that's worth repetition as well! The menus combine ingredients that most people can find, and John carefully explains the preparation so that anyone who is not kitchen-phobic can hope to replicate the experience. This is a combined five star meal, cooking class, and performance show all in one. It's entertaining in many dimensions. John also pairs three courses with appropriate wines, none of which are budget busters for the normal family.

A Chef's Kitchen is clearly one of the best dining experiences in eastern Virginia.

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Thank dhfeld
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The main comment to add is that it is entertaining. Expensive if you just regard it as a meal, but if you love food and join in by asking questions, and love cooking, this is the place to go.
Sparking wine and small canapés to start, you sit on benches facing the kitchen, with a video screen of the pans so you can see the process more clearly. Long rows of about 9 in each, so you can chat with the neighbour. All face forwards.
Each course has a modest priced, but good wine (so think about driving back, a taxi would be nice).
Lovely food, hardly a mouthful left.
The meal is timed to start at 6:30 for canapés; waiting room tight. You pay in advance, so gratuities difficult to assess.
Evening will depend on the mix of guests; ours was upbeat and happy, although Tuesdays can be a little flatter according to chef, than Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
They cater for vegitarians or pescatarians.
Lovely, lovely evening. Expensive but worth it

Thank MootHouse
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We booked seats a few months in advance of our trip, based on reviews I had read here. We visited on June 26 and my wife and I were both truly impressed with the chef, the sous chef, the food, the wine, well, everything.
It was a very comfortable place, the food was excellent, the chefs were entertaining and informative, and the wine was great. I have no criticism at all.
And they even sold the wine and a lot of the ingredients they used to prepare the meal in the little on site store.
An absolutely wonderful evening.

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1  Thank alkenber
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

I took my fiance here for his birthday because he loves to cook. I saw the picture online and it is truly one of the best experiences I have every had at a restaurant. Some patrons may say it is a bit pricey but for what you get I don't think it was pricey at all. You start off with an appetizer and glass of champagne. Then you are seated in bleacher style seating with about 10 people per row and only four rows. The chef cooks right in front of you and serves everything fresh. You receive recipes for everything that is served and the wine is available for purchase. Needless to say we will be returning. Only word of advice, you must book a table several weeks in advance because they fill up quick!

Thank grapess80
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have been reading good things about the A Chef's Kitchen for some time and we finally got experience what folks have been talking about. A Chef's Kitchen more than met our expectations. The dining room consists of three long rows of tables with 9 to 10 seats each facing the kitchen. The evening menu with the ingredients for each course is placed at your seat. Your dinner is then prepared by the chef(s) with informative commentary (often very funny) on the food items used, preparation and execution of each dish. Three wines are also paired with the soup, salad and two entree courses. Dessert (burp) is also included.
The evening was just a delight and we cannot wait to do it again. For a fun educational take on some excellent food we cannot recommend A Chef;s Kitchen highly enough.

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Thank phasmid
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