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The Kitchen at the Imperial

) #7 of 37 Restaurants in Chestertown ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Bar, Seafood
208 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620-1518
+1 410-778-5000
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good22%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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208 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620-1518
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stop for lunch fairly often in Chestertown and for some reason have always overlooked this restaurant. Had Bloody Mary's out front before (very good) but never considered it for a meal. Thought it would be too expensive perhaps? Saw the article in "Coastal Living"...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We drove about 1.5 hours to Sunday brunch buffet on a recommendation. The towne is so quaint! The historic hotel in which "The Kitchen at the Imperial" is housed is lovely. Honestly, I was a bit surprised at the price relative to the food. It...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Excellent food,tastefully prepared, lunches have more modestly priced entrees but for lunch or dinner hard to beat the Imperial.

Thank jrdurham132
Reviewed 15 February 2017

My husband and I dined here over Valentines Day weekend during our stay at Brampton B&B...and it was truly a great experience. My filet was cooked perfectly and the crab cakes were to die for! We loved the food and atmosphere so much we returned...More

Thank nichaa5222
Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

Thamks for the great review. I am glad we were able to be a part of your Valentines celebration!

Reviewed 14 February 2017

This was our fourth time dining at The Imperial. Their service and food have always been superior. It is a small and rather romantic setting in downtown Chestertown. Reservations are recommended. Somewhat limited menu. Excellent meal.

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

Thanks for the great review. Make sure and stop in the window and say hello next time you are in. Steve

Reviewed 1 February 2017

We had brunch buffet and it was excellent. Raw Oysters, and almost everything you could think of. The staff was excellent and very friendly, but gave you space. Fantastic Bloody Mary Bar.

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

So glad you enjoyed the buffet. We try hard to keep it fresh, but the oysters are there to stay. Steve

Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Kitchen at the Imperial is a good upscale resturant here in Chestertown. A bit on the expensive side, but excellent service, understated atmosphere. Great Bartender in Rob.More

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

David, thanks for the review. Glad you like the service and atmosphere, we worked really hard on both. Yes, Rob is fantastic! I do have to throw the penalty flag on the expensive comment however. Not only are my prices comparable to other restaurants you...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Very well prepared lite fare. I like to eat outside at a table and take in the view on downtown. Dinner inside is also good. I had brunch once - very nice. In an old hotel next to the theater. Two blocks from the river....More

Thank RidgeRunner801
Steve Q, Owner at The Kitchen at the Imperial, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review. See you soon! Steve

Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Celebrated our 17th anniversary and food was good, service very good and the ambiance quaint. Would recommend without hesitation and will visit again.

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

Thanks for the great review. See you next time you are in town.

Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I had an excellent meal with co-workers. I tasted the Pan fried oysters and crab dip for apps - both delicious. For a main course, 16oz Rib Eye cooked to perfection and very flavorful. Washed it down with the highly recommended chocolate bread pudding -...More

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

Thanks for the fantastic review Jeff! Steve

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I'd like to address this to Steve, As the wife of a small business owner, I know the importance of mea culpa when you've missed the mark. It happens, and it takes a big person to own it. Thank you for your response. It makes us willing to try you again when we are in the area. I would be happy to acknowledge this on Trip Adviser if you know how to make that happen. Diane Betz
25 January 2017|
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Response from Steve Q | Property representative |
Diane, no one likes to hear bad things, but when they happen, as business people, we need to know. As I am sure it is with you, I can't be everywhere, but I can fix it if I know about it. As far as trip advisor, why don't... More
Stephen M
Do we need reservations for lunch Thurs June 30 for 4?
9 June 2016|
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Response from Steve Q | Property representative |
Hi Stephen, No you don't unless it is a big party. If you are 6 or more, I would say get reservations just to be on the safe side. Steve The Kitchen (410) 778-5000 Ext. 1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 32
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 208 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620-1518 (Formerly Imperial Hotel)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Chestertown
  • Phone Number: +1 410-778-5000
  • E-mail
Casual fine dinning in a relaxed environment. All food made from scracth. Offering lunch and dinner 5 days a week, with a tapas menu available in the Tavern. Sunday offering a Bloody Mary Brunch with a build your own Bloody Mary Bar starting at 10am, dinner on Sunday starting at 5pm. Outdoor seating both front and back.