Restaurant Guide

Dining Out Guide

The peppercorn-dusted ahi tuna from Pierpont's at Union Station.

Spaces KC Magazine

Eating out is entertainment in Kansas City. The following list is just a taste of what our town has to offer. Due to limited space, our listing cannot be comprehensive.

Pricing Categories:

$ Inexpensive—most entrées under $10

$$ Moderate—most entrées from $10-$25

$$$ Expensive—entrées $25 and over

Downtown/River Market

12 Baltimore Café & Bar Breakfast, lunch and dinner with alluring happy hour specials; a great place to meet. 12th & Baltimore, 816-346-4410, hotelphillips.com $$

Aixois Brasserie Authentic French cuisine served in a laid-back atmosphere. 1006 Walnut St., 816-474-0000, aixois.com $$

Bo Lings Daily dim sum specials are a trademark of this local Chinese empire. 20 E. 5th St., 816-423-8036, bolings.com $$

Bristol Seafood Grill One of Kansas City’s signature restaurants. 51 E. 14th St., 816-448-6007, bristolseafoodgrill.com $$$

Drunken Fish Popular sushi restaurant. 14 E. 14th St., 816-474-7177, drunkenfish.com $$

The Farmhouse A star of the thriving locavore movement. 300 Delaware St., 816-569-6032, eatatthefarmhouse.com $$

Le Fou Frog This local legend satisfies the palates of Francophiles and gourmands. 400 E. 5th St., 816-474-6060, lefoufrog.com $$$

Garozzo’s Ristorante Long a star in Columbus Park, this classic Italian joint is spot-on. 526 Harrison St., 816-221-2455, garozzos.com $$

Genessee Royale Bistro West Bottoms fave serving breakfast and lunch to the young and the hip. 1532 Genessee St., 816-474-7070, genesseeroyale.com $

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Full line brewery with a full-line menu to match. 100 E. 14th St., 816-471-2340, gordonbiersch.com $$

Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood Sushi, tempura and steaks. 1303 Baltimore, 816-471-3339, kobejapanesesteakhouse $$

Maker’s Mark * They cook a mean steak at this bourbon bar and lounge. *1333 Walnut St., 816-442-8115, *makersmarkrestaurant.com *$$$

The Mixx Made-to-order gourmet salads and sandwiches in a sleek setting. 1347 Main St., 816-283-0300, mixxingitup.com $

Pizza Bar Classic New York pizza by the slice or by the pie. 1320 Grand Blvd., 816-221-8466, pizzabarkc.com $$

Providence Locally grown fare served in classic American style in the landmark Hilton President Hotel. 1329 Baltimore, 816-303-1686, providence-kc.com $$

Tengo Sed Cantina Fun Mexican restaurant with an eclectic menu. 1323 Walnut St., 816-442-8124 tengosedcantina.com $$

Savoy Grill Old Kansas City still lives at this historic dining room dating from 1903. 219 W. Ninth St., 816-842-3890 savoygrill.net $$$

Crossroads/Crown Center/Midtown

Affäre Modern German cuisine, served on small plates for sharing. 1911 Main St., 816-298-6182, affarekc.com $$

The American Restaurant Award-winning chef Debbie Gold continues this landmark’s stellar tradition. The home of American Cuisine. 200 E. 20th St., Suite 400, 816-545-8001, theamericankc.com $$$

Blue Bird Bistro Organic food has never been served so stylishly.* 1700 Summit St., 816-221-7559,* bluebirdbistro.com $$

Chez Elle This charming créperie offers breakfast, sweet and savory choices with robust coffees to top them off. 1713 Summit St., 816-471-2616, chezelle.homestead.com $

Extra Virgin A delectable assortment of tapas offerings just perfect for your happy hour meet up. 1900 Main St., 816-842-2205, extravirginkc.com $$

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Classic K.C. barbecue served stylishly. 101 W. 22nd St., 816-472-7427, jackstackbbq.com $$

FüD American favorites reinterpreted into an all-veg, organic, local menu. 813 W. 17th St., 816-785-3454, eatfud.com $$$

Grünauer Austrian cuisine is alive and delicious in the Freight House. 101 W. 22nd St., 816-283-3234, grunauerkc.com $$

Haus Belgian and German beers plus a great selection of gourmet sausages and frites. 3044 Gillham Rd., 816-931-8500, hauskc.com $

The Jacobson New American cuisine at its best in the Crossroads with a patio offering great views of the city. 2050 Central, 816-423-2888, thejacobsonkc.com $$

La Bodega The original tapas place, offering small delicacies and salads. 703 Southwest Blvd., 816-472-8282, labodegakc.com $$

Lidia’s World-renowned chef Lidia Bastianich’s showcase of Northern Italian cuisine. 101 W. 22nd St., 816-221-3722, lidias-kc.com $$

Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop Just the right mix of sweet and spicy Thai favorites. 2030 Central, 816-474-8424, lulusnoodles.com $

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Sushi and other traditional Japanese dishes. 2450 Grand Blvd., 816-472-1717, kabukikansascity.com $$

Manny’s A local favorite for traditional Tex-Mex fare and legendary margaritas. 207 Southwest Blvd., 816-474-7696, mannyskc.com $$

Michael Smith The eponymous chef is a James Beard Award winner. 1900 Main St., 816-842-2202, michaelsmithkc.com $$$

Nara This hip and hot eatery is noted for its neo-Japanese cuisine. 1617 Main St., 816-221-6272, narakc.com $$

Pierpont’s The latest in American cuisine served in historic ambiance at the landmark Union Station. 30 W. Pershing Rd., 816-221-5111, pierponts.com $$$

Pizza Bella Hand-tossed and wood-fired, this pizza feeds the soul as well as the appetite. 1810 Baltimore Ave. 816-471-3300, pizzabellakc.com $

The Rieger Hotel Grille & Exchange Classic American grille celebrates the cuisines of many cultures with local ingredients. 1924 Main St., 816-471-2177, theriegerkc.com $$

Succotash A fun place for breakfast and lunch featuring pancakes and waffles that are as hearty as they are large. 2601 Holmes St., 816-421-2807, succotashkc.com $

Webster House This renovated schoolhouse converted into an antiques shop and restaurant is the ideal setting for a stylish meal. 1644 Wyanadotte St., 816-221-4713, websterhousekc $$

The Westside Local Fresh local ingredients and charming beer garden. 1661 Summit St., 816-997-9089, thewestsidelocal.com $$

You Say Tomato True homemade breakfast and lunches served in a friendly, quirky atmosphere. 2801 Holmes St., 816-756-5097, ystkc.com $

39th Street/Westport

Beer Kitchen A vast array of craft beers served alongside a menu of well-crafted food. 435 Westport Rd. 816-389-4180, beerkitchenkc.com $

Bistro 303 Upscale yet friendly spot, great for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. 303 Westport Rd. 816-753-2303, bistro303.com $$

Bluestem Chefs/owners Colby and Megan Garrelts’ flagship restaurant keeps Kansas City on the national culinary map. 900 Westport Rd., 916-561-1101, bluestemkc.com $$$

Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings Innovative Asian cuisine, plus bubble teas. 1803 W. 39th St., 816-561-5003, bluekoi.net $$

The Boot Handmade pasta bolsters the trad Italian fare. Fab cocktail list. 415 Westport Rd., 816-931-4868 $$

Boozefish Wine Bar Mediterranean cuisine and an eclectic wine list. 1511 Westport Rd. 816-561-5995 boozefish.com $$

D’Bronx Deli A classic New York style deli complete with pizza by the slice and delicious soups. 3904 Bell St., 816-531-0550 dbronxkc.com $$

Korma Sutra Curries to warm your body and soul. 413 Pennsylvania, 816-931-7775 kckormasutra.net $$

Po’s Dumpling Bar Chinese restaurant with a family-friendly atmosphere. 1715 W. 39th St., 816-931-5991, posdumplingandnoodle.com $

Port Fonda Mexican faves taken further up the culinary scale. Fab cocktails. 4141 Pennsylvania, 816-216-6462, portfondakc.com $$

Potpie Upscale comfort food with selections of seafood, poultry and beef specialties daily. 904 Westport Rd., 816-561-2702 kcpotpie.com $$

Room 39 Casual breakfasts and lunches; fine dining in the evening. Seasonal American fare. 1719 W. 39th St., 816-753-3939, rm39.com $$

Saigon 39 This friendly venue is noted for its extensive Vietnamese menu. 1806 W. 39th St., 816-531-4447, saigon39kc.com $

Sama Zama The name means “variety” and the menu features Japanese comfort food. 453 Westport Rd., 816-756-3600, samakc.com $

Thomas Fresh local ingredients are the foundation for a great selection of salads, small plates and dinners. 1815 W. 39th St., 816-561-3663, thomaskc.com $$

Westport Café & Bar A Paris style bistro featuring American favorites inspired by French cuisine. 419 Westport Rd., 816-931-4740, westportcafeandbar.com $$

Plaza Area and South

Aixois The original location of this K.C. French favorite features locally raised produce, meats and breads. 251 E. 55th St., 816-333-3305, aixois.com $$

Blanc Burgers+Bottles Home of the gourmet hamburger and sweet potato fries. 4710 Jefferson, 816-931-6200, blancburgers.com $

Café Europa A warm and inviting casual restaurant featuring free-range everything. 323 E. 55th St., 816-523-1212, cafeeuropakc.com $$

Café Sebastienne What a surprise to find such an innovative restaurant inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 4420 Warwick Blvd. 816-561-7740, kemperart.org $$

Café Trio Pure urban sophistication with a combination of great bistro fare and signature martinis. Great deck. 4558 Main St., 816-756-3227, cafetriokc.com $$

The Capital Grille Upscale steakhouse with steaks aged on the premises. 4740 Jefferson St., 816-531-8345, thecapitalgrille.com $$$

Chai Shai The homemade Pakistani and Indian dishes are set off by wonderful chai teas located in a quiet residential neighborhood. 651 E. 59th St. 816-260-5203, chaishaikc.com $

Chaz on the Plaza Innovative menus change seasonally at the Raphael Hotel. 325 Ward Pkwy., 816-802-2152, raphaelkc.com $$

Coal Vines Casual pizza restaurant and wine bar with high standards in both departments. 616 Ward Parkway, 816-912-2690, coalvines.com $$

EBT Design elements from the Emery, Bird, Thayer department store adorn this south K.C. mainstay for contemporary cuisine. I-435 and State Line Rd., 816-942-8870, * ebtrestaurant.com *$$$

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Some of KC’s best “Q” served in an upscale atmosphere. Many choices. 47th and Wyandotte, 816-531-7427, jackstackbbq.com $$

Fogo de Chao Grilled meats are the stars at this Brazilian restaurant staffed by gaucho chefs. 222 W. 47th St., 816-931-7700, fogodechao.com $$$

Gram & Dun An American gastropub where they take care to pair the food with what you’re drinking. 600 Ward Pkwy., 816-389-2900, gramanddun.com $$

Grand Street Café New American cuisine has found its natural home at this Plaza area fixture. 4740 Grand St., 816-561-8000, grandstreetcafe.com $$

JJ’s Experience the world-renowned wine list and upscale American cuisine that changes with the seasons. 910 W. 48th St., 816-561-7136, jjs-restaurant.com $$$

Jasper’s Where fine Italian cuisine and great service thrive in an informal setting. 1201 W. 103rd St., 816-941-6600, jasperskc.com $$$

Julian Chef Celina Tio creates soul-satisfying meals from local and fresh ingredients served in sophisticated informality. 6227 Brookside Plaza, 816-214-8454, juliankc.com $$

Kona Grill The place to meet. Offers an international menu from sushi to steaks and is known for its cocktails. 444 Ward Pkwy., 816-931-5888, konagrill.com $$

M&S Grill Seafood and steaks are standouts with menu items changing daily. 4646 J.C. Nichols Pkwy., 816-531-7799, mccormickandschmicks.com $$

McCormick & Schmick’s An amazing choice of seafood items flown in fresh daily from the coasts. 448 W. 47th St., 816-531-6800, mccormickandschmicks.com $$$

Melting Pot Yes, fondue lives and lives grandly on the Plaza. Wonderful for groups. 450 Ward Pkwy., 816-931-6358, meltingpot.com $$

The Mixx Hard to beat for fresh salads and delicious soups every day. 4855 Main St., 816-756-2300, mixxingitup.com $

Oak 63 An informal French bistro with one-of-a-kind dishes. 408 E. 63rd St., 816-569-6310, find it on Facebook. $$

Seasons 52 Rising star. Everything on the fresh menu is under 475 calories. 340 Ward Pkwy., 816-531-0052, seasons52.com * $$*

Tasso’s Authentic Greek standards served in a lively atmosphere that includes everything from belly dancing to plate breaking. 8411 Wornall Rd., 816-363-4776, tassosgreekrestaurant.com $$

The Well Upscale neighborhood bar offering a broad menu in an environment that suits everyone from singles to families. 7421 Broadway St., 816-361-1770, waldowell.com $$

Zócalo It’s Mexican food with an upscale bent served in a sleek and chic setting. 620 W. 48th St., 816-756-5555, zocalokc.com $$$

North

Café des Amis Authentic French bistro where it’s all served elegantly. 112 Main St., Parkville, Mo., 816-587-6767, cafedesamiskc.com $$

Cascone’s KC’s classic Italian restaurant still rules the roost in the Northland. 3737 N. Oak Tfwy., 816-454-7977, cascones.com $$

Justus Drugstore A Restaurant Attracts national attention for its superb renditions of local food. Worth the drive. 106 Main St., Smithville, Mo., 816-532-2300, drugstorerestaurant.com $$

Piropos The taste of Argentina is very much like the taste of the Midwest. Add a few Italian, French and Spanish flourishes and there you have it! 4141 Mulberry Dr., 816-741-3600, piroposkc.com $$

Shields Manor Bistro This cozy little bistro manages to be romantic and relaxing. 121 Main St., Platte City, Mo., 816-858-5557, shieldsmanorbistro.com $$$

Treze Mare Italian influenced cuisine is among the freshest and most local available. Seafood and steaks are superb. 4105 Mulberry Dr. 816-505-3200, trezomare.com $$$

East

Café Verona This Italian eatery offers fresh interpretations of the classics. 206 W. Lexington Ave, Independence, Mo., 816-833-0044, cafeveronarestaurant.com $$

Marina Grog & Gallery Picturesque view of Lake Lottawana goes with some of the best seafood and steaks in the area. 22 A. St., Lake Lottawana, Mo. 816-578-5511, marinagrogandgalley.com $$$

Ophelia’s Eclectic American menu. 201 N. Main St., Independence, Mo., 816-461-4525, opheliasind.com $$

V’s Italiano Ristorante Classic Italian fare served in a lively atmosphere. 10819 E. 40 Hwy., Independence, Mo., 816-353-1241, vsrestaurant.com $$

Kansas/Johnson County

Amore Chocolate Pizza A chocoholic destination now serving a soup-sandwich-chocolate lunch special. 4821 W. 117th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-327-1400, find it on Facebook $

Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings Innovative Asian cuisine served with bubble teas or selections from the full bar. 10581 Mission Rd., Leawood, Kan., 913-383-3330, bluekoi.net $$

BRGR Gourmet burger joint. 4038 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village, Kan., 913-825-2747, brgrkitchen.com $$

Bristol Seafood Grill A local favorite offering the freshest seafood available, prime steaks and an impressive wine list. 5400 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913-663-5777, bristolseafoodgrill.com $$

Café Provence A demure and intimate dining experience featuring classic French cuisine. 3636 W. 69th Ter., Prairie Village, Kan., 913-384-5998, find it on Facebook. $$$

Café Tempo Contemporary art of the Nerman Museum in the background with soups, salads and paninis on the table. 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan., 913-469-8500, nermanmuseum.org $

Gaslight Grill Classic jazz accompanied by some of the best steaks and seafood in the area. 5020 W. 137th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-897-3540, gaslightgrill.com $$

Hereford House Kansas City’s classic steakhouse moved to the ‘burbs, but the quality remains. 5001 Town Center Dr., Leawood, Kan., 913-327-0800, herefordhouse.com $$

Houlihan’s One of KC’s originals, noted for good food at good prices and in good company. 2820 W. 53rd St., Fairway, Kan., 913-789-0808, houlihans.com $$

J. Gilbert’s A hometown homage to a hometown restaurateur, Joe Gilbert, this is where the highest steakhouse standards reside. Wood-fired. 8901 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan., 913-642-8070, jgilberts.com $$

Kaiyo A family-owned sushi restaurant with Japanese style and Midwestern friendliness. 4308 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-663-1663, kaiyosushi.com $$

Mestizo Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez’s menu is a new way to look at Mexican cuisine. 5270 W. 116th Place, Leawood, Kan., 913-752-9025, mestizoleawood.com $$

NoRTH Contemporary Italian cuisine 4579 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-232-5191, find it on Facebook $$

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant Signature sushi rolls plus hard-to-beat happy hour specials. 11638 Ash St., Leawood, Kan., 913-850-6260, rasushi.com $$

Room 39 Casual breakfasts and lunches followed by fine dining in the evenings. Excellent seasonal American fare. 10561 Mission Rd., Leawood, Kan., 913-648-7639, rm39.com $$

Rye New gourmet comfort food venue of chef celebs Colby and Megan Garrelts. 10551 Mission Rd., Leawood, Kan., 913-642-5800, ryekc.com $$

Story Elegant upscale neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal creative American cuisine. 3931 W. 69th Ter., Prairie Village, Kan., 913-236-9955, storykc.com $$$

Sullivan’s Steakhouse A vibrant neighborhood American steakhouse with fine steaks, seafood and hand-shaken martinis. 4501 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-345-0800, sullivanssteakhouse.com $$$

Tavern in the Village Good range of salads, sandwiches and steaks. 3901 Prairie Lane, Prairie Village, Kan., 913-529-2229, taverninthevillage.com $$

Urban Table Carrying the locavore banner proudly in a friendly, neighborhood setting. 8232 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, Kan., 913-948-6900, urbantablekc.com $$

Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro A whimsical yet sophisticated restaurant that blends American and Continental favorites into a memorable fusion. 4701 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-345-1111, yiayiaskc.com $$

Kansas/Wyandotte County

Rosedale Barbecue KC’s oldest continuously operated barbecue joint. 600 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan., 913-262-0343, rosedalebarbeque.com $

Lawrence

715 You can bet that the food on your plate today was on the farm yesterday. 715 Massachsetts St., Lawrence, Kan., 785-856-7150, 715mass.com $$

Pachamama’s It’s been called the best restaurant in the state of Kansas. They try. 800 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kan., 785-841-0990, pachamamas.com $$$

Teller’s For 20 years serving cutting edge French and Asian influenced menus. 746 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kan., 785-843-4111, 746mass.com $$

Ten An award-winning wine list and contemporary American menu served in the historic Eldridge Hotel. 701 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kan., 785-749-5011, eldridgehotel.com $$

Just A Bite: October 2014

Get your coffee fix at the Coffee + Wine Bar at André’s Confiserie Suisse or Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, Lidia Bastianich is in town, and soup's on at Soupe Glacee.

Growing Up Grünauer

Any time siblings Nicholas and Elisabeth Grünauer, of Grünauer’s in the Crossroads, can get together in the kitchen, they summon up memories of family dinners past.

Q39

Queuing up for some award-winning barbecue.

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