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, $$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, * *$$$

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

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

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

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

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

Crossroads/Crown Center/Midtown

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

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, $$$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, $$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, $

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, $$

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

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, $

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

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

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

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 $$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, $$

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

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

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

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

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

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, $

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

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

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, * *$$$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, $$

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

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

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

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

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, * $$*

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, $$

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, $$

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


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

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

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, $$

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, $$

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

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


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

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, $$$

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

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

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, $$

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

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, $$

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, $

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, $$

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

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, $$

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, $$

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

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, $$

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, $$

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, $$

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

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

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, $$$

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

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

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, $$

Kansas/Wyandotte County

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


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

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, $$$

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

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

Gather 'round the Table

Jessica James, executive chef of Applebee’s, relishes her weekends creating simple, seasonal, memorable meals her family loves.


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