Downtown Kitchen in the News


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Rochester Magazine

One of Rochester's Best New Restaurants

About Downtown Kitchen

Tucked away on Historic 3rd Street, Downtown Kitchen is a wonderful destination for an intimate gathering with friends or just a cocktail after work. A perfect escape for both visitors and locals alike, the comfortable ambience sets the stage for the chef’s classically-inspired creations.

Enjoy a wonderful meal and stay for dessert. Our small and thoughtful wine list offers something for everyone, and our bar choices range from aged scotches to specialty cocktails. Suitable for all occasions, Downtown Kitchen is for people who appreciate a good time.

Kevin Madden, Chef

I opened Downtown Kitchen because cooking good food is my favorite thing to do. When the quaint space on Historic 3rd Street in downtown Rochester, Minnesota became available, we jumped at the chance to create something new.

Because there isn’t a category we fit into, people often ask what kind of restaurant it is. Downtown Kitchen is a small, independent, chef-driven restaurant with a focus on good food and great service in a relaxed atmosphere. While most of our menu items are French inspired, we also venture into other cuisines as our menu seasonally evolves.

My culinary training and wine studies at Boston University were influenced by program founders Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, who emphasized the enjoyment of life through great food and wine. Downtown Kitchen is what I feel a restaurant should be; simple and satisfying.

I am glad to be home in Minnesota and look forward to having you dine with us.

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