Dining Guide

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

Dining 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/West Bottoms

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

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, $$$

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

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

Drunken Fish The freshest sushi and sashimi and a place to be seen. 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 A classic Italian joint. 526 Harrison St., 816-760-2290, $$

Genessee Royale Bistro West Bottoms fave serving breakfast and lunch to the young and the hip. 1531 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, $$

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

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

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 sourced classic American fare in the Hilton President Hotel. 1329 Baltimore, 816-303-1686, $$

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

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

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

Crossroads/Crown Center/Midtown

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

The American Restaurant The home of new American cuisine and the best room in Kansas City. 200 E. 25th St., 816-545-8001, $$$

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, $$

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

Chez Elle This charming créperie offers sweet and savory options. 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, $$

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

The Jacobson New American cuisine with a patio offering great views of the city. 2050 Central, 816-423-2888, $$

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

La Bodega The original tapas place, but with a fresh, new menu. 703 Southwest Blvd., 816-472-8272, $$

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, $

Manny’s A local favorite for traditional Tex-Mex fare. 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 eatery is noted for its neo-Japanese cuisine. 1617 Main St., 816-221-6272, $$

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

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

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

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

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange This classic American grill celebrates local cuisine. 1924 Main St., 816-471-2177, $$

The Sundry Part grocery store, part locavore lunch spot, part take-out dinner. It’s all good. 1706 Baltimore Ave., 816-527-0459, $

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 Wyandotte St., 816-221-4713, $$

The Westside Local Fresh local ingredients and a charming beer garden. 1663 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., 816-561-1101, $$$

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

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

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

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

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

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

Korma Sutra Curries to warm your body and soul. 4113 Pennsylvania, 816-931-7775, $$

Po’s Dumpling Bar Chinese food 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 Sophisticated comfort food with selections of specialties daily. 904 Westport Rd., 816-561-2702, $$

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

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

Sama Zama The name means “variety” and the menu features Japanese comfort food. 425 Westport Rd., 816-756-3600, $

Thomas Fresh local ingredients. 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 French favorite features locally raised produce, meats and breads. 251 E. 55th St., 816-333-3305, $$

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

Café Sebastienne 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. 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, $$

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

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Some of K.C.’s best “Q” served in an upscale atmosphere. Many choices. 4747 Wyandotte St., 816-531-7427, $$

Fogo de Chão 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, $$

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

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

JJ’s Upscale American bistro with an impeccable wine list. 900 W. 48th Pl., 816-561-7136, $$$

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, $$

Louie’s Wine Dive A great little neighborhood bistro that draws diners from all over the metro.  7100 Wornall Rd., 816-569-5097, $$

McCormick & Schmick’s A wide 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 in Brookside serving one-of-a-kind dishes. 408 E. 63rd St., 816-569-6310, $$

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

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

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

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

The Well 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 K.C.’s classic Italian restaurant still rules the roost in the Northland. 3733 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, $$

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


Café Verona Offering fresh interpretations of the classic Italian. 206 W. Lexington Ave, Independence, Mo., 816-833-0044, $$

Marina Grog & Galley Picturesque views of Lake Lotawana accompany 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, $$

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

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

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

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

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, $$

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

Bristol Seafood Grill A local favorite offering fresh seafood, 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. 3936 W. 69th Tr., Prairie Village, Kan., 913-384-5998, $$$

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, $

Cocobolos Favorite Southwestern and Tex-Mex cuisine. 5621 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913-766-5000, $$

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, $$

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

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

Houlihan’s One of K.C.’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 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, $$

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, $$

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, $$

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 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 Tr., Prairie Village, Kan., 913-236-9955, $$$

Sullivan’s Steakhouse A vibrant neighborhood American steakhouse. 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, $$

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

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

Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro A whimsical yet sophisticated restaurant that blends American and Continental favorites into a memorable fusion. 7021 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., 913-345-1111, $$

Kansas/Wyandotte County

Rosedale Barbecue K.C.’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., 785-856-7150, $$

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

Ten An award-winning wine list and contemporary American menu served in the historic Eldridge Hotel. 701 Massachusetts St.,

785-749-5011, $$