Dining Guide

Dining out is entertainment in Kansas City. The following list is just a taste of what our town has to offer.

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 $$

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 $$$

Charisse French-influenced cuisine served in a laid-back atmosphere. 1006 Walnut St., 816-474-0000, charissekc.com $$

Cleaver and Cork A gourmet butcher-driven gastropub by chef Alex Pope. 1333 Walnut St., 816-541-3484, cleaverandcork.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 $$

The Homesteader Café Relaxed spot serving contemporary American eats with a Southern twist. 100 E 7 St. #100, 816-474-8333, thehomesteadercafe.com $

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

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 $$

Reserve Inventive takes on classic dishes in the über-chic new Ambassador Hotel. 1111 Grand Blvd., 816-298-7700, ambassadorhotelcollection.com/kansascity $$

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

Voltaire is a West Bottoms restaurant serving inventive American fusion cuisine. 1617 Genessee, 816-472-1200 , voltairekc.com $$$


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 $$$

Anton’s Farm-to-table restaurant with an impressive selection of craft beers. 1610 Main St., 816-888-8800, antonskc.com $$

Barrel 31 Pays homage to whiskey from its moonshines to single malt scotches to its chef-driven menu. 400 E 31st St., 816-569-3801, barrel31.com $$

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

H Bar A café, bar and coffee shop within Halls on Grand. 2450 Grand Boulevard, 816-274-3222, halls.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 $$

Krokstrom Klubb & Market Swedish-inspired dishes bring a smorgasbord of flavor to Midtown. 3601 Broadway, 816-599-7531, klubbkrokstrom.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 $

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$$

Novel A fresh spin on New American cuisine. 815 W. 17th St., 816-221-0785, novelkc.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 $$$

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

Tannin Wine Bar + Kitchen Wines by the glass or the bottle to accompany the contemporary American cuisine. 1526 Walnut St., 816-842-2660, tanninwinebar.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 $$

Bob Wasabi Kitchen Sushi and sashimi delights. 1726 W. 39th St., 816-753-5797, bobwasabikitchen39.com $$

Char Bar Barbecue and Southern-inspired food and cocktails. 4050 Pennsylvania Ave, 816-389-8600, charbarkc.com $$

Cucina della Ragazza A cozy deli and wine bar specializing in authentic Italian food. 301 Westport Rd, 816-960-4744, ragazzakc.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 $$

Julep Cocktail club’s menu has a “low country” feel.  4141 Pennsylvania, 816-216-7000, julepkc.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 $$

Q39 Award-winning barbecue in an upscale atmosphere. 1000 W. 39th St., 816-255-3753, q39kc.com $$

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

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 $$

Cooper’s Hawk Modern casual dining designed to be paired with their own Cooper’s Hawk wines. 4686 Broadway , 816-531-1500, coopershawkwinery.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 $$

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

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Fresh, sustainable seafood and an oyster bar. 4814 Roanoke Pkwy., 816-437-7940, jaxfishhouse.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 $$$

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 $$

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 in Brookside serving one-of-a-kind dishes. 408 E. 63rd St., 816-569-6310, oak63.com $$

Plate. “Italiano moderno” Locally sourced and Locally owned. Oak Street, (816) 492-5551 www.platekc.com $$

Rosso Offering modern, upscale Italian fare amid wonderful views of the Plaza. 901 W. 48th Place, 816-753-8800, hotelsorella-countryclubplaza.com $$

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

Summit Grill & Bar Chef-led casual dining for lunch, happy hour and dinner. 500 W 75th St, 816-361-9788, summitgrillandbar.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 $$$


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 $$

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 $$


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 $$

Summit Grill & Bar Chef-led casual dining for lunch, happy hour and dinner. 4835 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, 816-795-1299, summitgrillandbar.com $$

Third Street Social Chef-driven cuisine and a from-scratch kitchen. 123 SE 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., 816-384-2123, thirdstreetsocial.com $$

Vivilore Modern American cuisine with the option to dine in a picturesque courtyard. 10815 E. Winner Rd., Independence, Mo., 816-836-2222, vivilore.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

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 $

Cocobolos Michael Smith’s take on Southwestern and Latin cuisine. 5621 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913-766-5000, cocoboloskc.com $$

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 $$

The Grille at Park Place Contemporary American menu in an upscale, yet comfortable atmosphere. 5270 W. 116th Place, Leawood, Kan., 913-766-0920, grilleatparkplace.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 $$

Lulu’s Asian Bistro A blend of traditional Thai and refined Asian fusion in a neighborhood setting. 2701 W. 47th St, Westwood, Kan., 913-677-5858, lulusnoodles.com $$

Newport Grill Fresh fish, seafood, steaks alongside locally sourced Kansas City fare. 5501 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913-239-0807, newportgrillkc.com $$

NoRTH Contemporary Italian cuisine 4579 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan., 913-232-5191, northitaliarestaurant.com $$

Paradise Diner Classic American cuisine using sustainable local ingredients. 5501 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913- 894-2222 paradisedinerkc.com $$

Pig & Finch This gastropub in Park Place features a seasonally rotating craft beer menu.  11570 Ash St., Leawood, Kan., 913-322-7444, pigandfinch.com $$

Pinstripes Family-friendly Italian-American-inspired food in a relaxed atmosphere with bowling and bocce. 13500 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, Kan., 913-681-2255, pinstripes.com $$

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

Rock & Brews Backstage Beer Garden Rock ‘n’ roll meets the craft-beer culture in a family-friendly atmosphere. 5701 West 135th St., Overland Park, Kan. 913-499-6495, rockandbrews.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 $$

Vinetopia Enjoy dinner and a movie. Located upstairs at Cinetopia. 5724 W. 136th Terr., Overland Park, Kan., 913-402-9300, cinetopia.com $$

Wasabi Sushi Hotspot for delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine. 5621 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913-681-1515, wasabisushibars.com $$

Ya Ya’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 $


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 $$

Merchants Pub & Plate Locally inspired pub fare. 746 Massachusetts St., 785-843-4111, merchantsonmass.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 $$