Straddling the border with Kansas on Missouri's western edge, Kansas City is a vibrant city that is renowned for its rich jazz heritage, beautiful fountains, and mouthwatering barbecue. Interesting attractions around the city include the American Jazz Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. After a day of exploring, head to one of these fantastic restaurants for a romantic dinner. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© Novel Restaurant
Novel Restaurant is a nationally-acclaimed eatery in the East Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City that offers an exceptional and unforgettable dining experience. Housed in a beautifully preserved petite Victorian cottage, the celebrated restaurant features rustic wood paneling, an open kitchen with a magnificent 50-foot long tile mosaic, an extensive granite bar, and an outdoor patio with native trees and grasses offering a romantic space for alfresco summer dining. Constantly evolving menus of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine prepared by Chef Ryan Brazeal and Pastry Chef Jessica Armstrong include dishes such as lamb loin chops, duck neck dumplings, rabbit sausage, Hamachi Crudo, francolin-aged grappa. The full-service bar offers a range of casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Novel Restaurant is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
815 West 17 Street, Westside, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-221-0785
Bluestem is a fine-dining restaurant that promises an unforgettable culinary experience with three-, five- or ten-course seasonal tasting menus and classic cocktails. The restaurant features an intimate dining room with mood lighting, an inviting bar and an elegant lounge where visitors can savor Progressive American cuisine in the form of multi-course or á la carte menus prepared and presented by award-winning chef/owners Colby and Megan Garrelts. Signature dishes include homemade pumpkin soup, glazed pork belly, housemade ricotta cappelletti, and cremeux de Bourgogne, and the cuisine is accompanied by artisanal cocktails, globally-inspired wines, and local craft beers. Bluestem is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
900 Westport Road, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-561-1101
3.The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange
© The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange
Located in the historic Crossroads Art District, the Rieger is a classic American restaurant that is housed in the beautifully restored Rieger Hotel, which was built in 1915 and still features original detailing like floor tiles, bathroom fixtures and much of the décor. Continuing the tradition of providing gracious hospitality and service, The Rieger presents award-winning French and Italian inspired-cuisine, a globally-inspired wine list and impressive cocktail program in an elegant and refined setting. Chef and Owner Howard Hanna focus on locally sourced, farm-fresh seasonal ingredients to create sublime cuisine and the bar serves a small, handcrafted cocktail menu with a wine list of French and Italian wines. The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
The Rieger, 1924 Main St, Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-471-2177
Affäre is a locally-owned restaurant that serves modern German cuisine in an elegant dining space with contemporary art and dramatic lighting. Owners Martin and Katrin Heuser offer an exceptional dining experience with a focus on locally sourced products, simple presentation, and an intimate, romantic ambiance in which to enjoy the sublime cuisine and fine wines. The seasonal menu features contemporary farm-to-table dishes such as lemon-seafood risotto, seared trout filet, breaded pork cutlets with Butterspätzle Jäger, and steak frites. The full-service bar offers a range of casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Live jazz music is played every Saturday and Sunday during brunch, and the restaurant is open for brunch and lunch Thursday through Sunday and dinner only on Tuesday and Wednesday.
1911 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, Phone: 816-298-6182
5.Aixois French Bistro
© Aixois French Bistro
Aixois French Bistro brings the rich tastes and flavors of France to the heart of Kansas City. Located on the Trolley Trail in the Crestwood Shops in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood, the classic French bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a cozy and intimate space. An elegantly appointed dining room has contemporary décor in warm tones and an outdoor patio for alfresco dining in the summer months, and seasonal menus boast locally sourced farm-to-fork fare featuring fresh seafood, prime steaks, chops and ribs, housemade pasta dishes, organic salads and vegetarian options, and sweet desserts. An adjoining coffee bar and bakery serve freshly baked pastries and locally-brewed coffee for breakfast, and full-service bar offers a range of casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits for lunch and dinner. Aixois French Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
251 E 55th St, Kansas City, MO 64113, Phone: 816-333-3305
6.Osteria IL Centro
© Osteria IL Centro
Located just south of the beautiful Country Club Plaza, Osteria IL Centro is a locally-owned Italian bistro is known for its authentic cuisine, cozy atmosphere and award-winning wine selection. Established over 24 years ago, the comfortable neighborhood venue is an award-winning dining destination that serves a medley of traditional Italian cuisine featuring fresh seafood, prime meats, house-made pasta, and wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant offers over 1,000 highly acclaimed wines to pair with the cuisine by the glass or the bottle, along with local and imported craft beers and classic cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
5101 Main Street, South Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-561-2369
© Piropos Restaurant
Located in The Village at Briarcliff, Piropos Restaurant brings the rich culinary culture of Argentina to Kansas City with a menu of traditional Argentinian cuisine. Nestled in the rolling hills above the city with beautiful views of downtown Kansas City, Piropos offers a unique dining experience with spectacular panoramic vistas and a warm, relaxed atmosphere. The menu focuses on Argentinean fare with American Midwestern accents and Spanish, Italian, French influences with dishes of fresh seafood, grilled meats, fresh salads and vegetables, and empanadas. The full-service bar offers a range of casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Piropos Restaurant is open for dinner, daily.
4141 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116, Phone: 816-741-3600
© Webster House
Located in a beautifully restored 19th-century Romanesque-style schoolhouse next to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Webster House offers a distinctive shopping and dining experience. The boutique store features an array of European antiques, jewelry, clothing, personal accessories, and gifts, and the award-winning restaurant serves seasonal menus focused on ingredients from local producers against a backdrop of the Liberty Memorial and downtown Kansas City. The menu focuses on classic New American, and Southern dishes fresh seafood, grilled meats, fresh salads and vegetables, and an elegant, wood-paneled bar serves a range of casual wines from around the world, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Webster House is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
1644 Wyandotte Street, Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-221-4713
9.Bristol Seafood Grill
© Bristol Seafood Grill
Located in the Kansas City Power & Light District, Bristol Seafood Grill specializes in serving superior quality seafood accompanied by a selection of world-class wines in an elegant, refined setting. Open for weekday lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of prime steaks and chops, market-fresh seafood, catch-of-the-day fish and oysters from a raw bar, and organic salads and vegetarian options. Exuding a chic, contemporary ambiance, the restaurant is ideal for romantic celebrations with exceptional cuisine and an impressive selection of wines, handcrafted signature cocktails, and a new line-up of local crafts and liquors from the full-service bar. Bristol Seafood Grill is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
51 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, Phone: 816-448-6007
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© Café Provence
Nestled in the charming Village Shops in Prairie Village, Café Provence is a quaint family-owned neighborhood brasserie that serves progressive French fare and casual wines in an inviting, laid-back environment. Owned by the Quillec family since 2001, the charming eatery features a warmly decorated country cottage-inspired dining room and is helmed by Executive Chef Philip who uses fresh, high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients to create sublime dishes of classic farm-to-table French fare. The seasonal French menu includes timeless classics like foie gras poêlé, filet mignon bordelaise, and pan-seared Dover sole, and desserts liken tartelette crème brûlée et caramel. The full-service bar offers a range of easy-drinking and fine wines from France, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Café Provence is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
3936 West 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, Kansas, Phone: 913-384-5998
11.Cafe Trio Restaurant
© Café Trio Restaurant
Café Trio Restaurant is a hip and glamourous American eatery that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Boasting beautiful views over the Country Club Plaza and the J.C. Nichols Fountain, the restaurant features an elegant dining room and lounge known as the Starlet Lounge, which evokes a bygone era with period décor and an extensive list of specialty martinis, traditional cocktails, global wines, and beers. A large outdoor terrace is ideal for sipping cocktails against a backdrop of stunning views, and live music is offered Tuesday through Saturday. A seasonal menu of contemporary cuisine is prepared with locally sourced artisanal ingredients and regional produce by Chef Michael Giampetruzzi with signature dishes such as Blackened Salmon Roulade, Diver Scallops, Paella, Shrimp Linguine, and Lamb Rack. Café Trio Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
4558 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111, Phone: 816-756-3227
Grünauer is a classic Viennese-style Gasthaus that serves Austrian-German cuisine and international specialties along with European beer in a warm atmosphere. The family-owned restaurant is set in the historic Freight House with dark brick and wood interiors and serves a creative menu that highlights some of the best specialties of Central Europe such as appetizers of Räucherlachs, Jausenbrettl, and Käseteller, and entrées of Schulterfilet, Gegrillter Lachs Auf Weißen Bohnen, and Kalbsleber Berliner Art. The full-service Wunder Bar offers an array of German beers, wines, and spirits, as well as other European libations, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108, Phone: 816-283-3234
13.Jasper's Italian Restaurant
© Jasper's Italian Restaurant
Located in the Watts Mill Village Shopping Center, Jasper's Italian Restaurant is a popular eatery and market that serves and sells fresh Italian fare daily. The family-owned and operated restaurant is helmed by Jasper Jr. and his nephew Jasper III and presents seasonal menus of Italian sandwiches, housemade pasta dishes, fresh seafood, chicken and meat dishes, and home-made Italian sausages for lunch and dinner, daily. The Marco Polo's market serves freshly baked bread and home-made pastries, gourmet sandwiches and ready-made meals, and a bar list features over 200 selections of wines from Italy and California, as well as craft beers and classic cocktails. Jasper's Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
1201 W 103rd St, Kansas City, MO 64114, Phone: 816-941-6600
© JJ's Restaurant
Centrally located in the Polsinelli Building near the Country Club Plaza, JJ’s Restaurant is a classy American restaurant and bar serving inventive, seasonal dishes of farm-to-table fare and an acclaimed wine list. A contemporary American menu features fresh seafood, prime USDA steaks and chops, pasta dishes, fresh organic salads and vegetarian options, and decadent desserts, and a full-service bar offers a range of easy-drinking wines, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. JJ’s Restaurant has a comfortable dining room and a charming outdoor patio with a relaxing atmosphere for alfresco drinks and dining in warm weather. JJ’s Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Sunday through Thursday.
4810 Roanoke Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112, Phone: 816-561-7136
© Cafe Sebastienne
Located in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Café Sebastienne offers a unique dining experience in a beautiful art-adorned space. Seamlessly blending contemporary art and cuisine, Café Sebastienne serves seasonal farm-to-fork cuisine and an eclectic wine selection surrounded by Kansas City’s most impressive modern art collection. Inspired by the spectacular works around him, Executive Chef Rick Mullins creates sublime dishes of New American cuisine from local artisanal ingredients such as Duck Pastrami, Black Pasta with summer succotash, Trout with pinto bean salad, and homemade seasonal soups. Café Sebastienne is open for brunch and lunch, daily.
4420 Warwick Boulevard, North Plaza/Rockhill, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-753-5784
16.La Bodega - Kansas City
© La Bodega - Kansas City
The vibrant, colorful culture of Spanish wining and dining comes to the heart of Kansas City at La Bodega. Established 16 years ago as the first authentic tapas restaurant in the city, La Bodega continues to provide traditional Spanish small plates engineered for sharing and casual wines in a warm and welcoming setting today. There are two distinctive locations in the city - one on Southwest Boulevard with bohemian hand-painted murals by artist Peregrine Honig, and one in Leawood with a gorgeous patio for alfresco dining in the summer. Seasonal menus feature small plates of mouthwatering tapas and Spanish-inspired entrées and signature paella dishes like the Paella Valencia heaving with clams, chicken, mussels, pork, and shrimp and the Paella Abanda with littleneck clams, scallops, shrimp, white fish, mussels and squid. The cuisine is accompanied by house-made sangria, spirited cocktails, a worldly wines list with several vintages from Spain and craft beers. La Bodega is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.
703 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108, Phone: 816-472-8272
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17.Le Fou Frog
© Le Fou Frog
Tucked away in the historic River Market area in downtown Kansas City, Le Fou Frog is a classic French bistro that transports diners to the romance capital of the world. A local favorite for years, the charming eatery serves award-winning French cuisine and fine wines in an intimate and cozy setting with a sometimes-serenading chef. Chef-owner Mano Rafael uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce to create an ever-changing chalkboard menu of delectable dishes of French-inspired fare such as escargots in garlic, foie gras, and steak au poivre. The full-service bar offers a range of easy-drinking and fine wines from France, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. Le Fou Frog is open for
Le Fou Frog, 400 East 5th Street, River Market, Kansas City, Missouri, Phone: 816-474-6060
18.Pierpont's at Union Station
© Pierpont's at Union Station
Located in the historic setting of the Union Station Kansas City, Pierpont's at Union Station is a culinary gem that has been serving perfectly-aged steaks and fresh seafood for the past 30 years. Named after the renowned railroad baron, J.P. (Pierpont) Morgan, the restaurant boasts an elegant dining room with turn-of-the-century décor, intimate seating, soft lighting, a beautiful 30-foot tall mahogany bar, and a romantic ambiance. Other stylish spaces for celebrations include several private dining rooms in the Wine Cellar and the Loft on the second floor overlooking Grand Hall, and a gorgeous two-story bar equipped with a rolling library ladder serves an award-winning wine list and inventive and classic cocktails. Pierpont's is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108, Phone: 816-221-5111
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19.Ragazza Food & Wine
© Ragazza Food & Wine
Ragazza Food & Wine is an intimate Italian eatery that serves classic Italian fare and a selection of European wines in a cozy setting with a fireplace. Opened in 2013, the locally-owned restaurant is within walking distance from both Westport and the Plaza and has a comfortable dining room with plush décor, original natural wood tables, and a warm and welcoming vibe. The seasonal menu features dishes prepared using old family recipes and locally sourced ingredients, such as lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, meatballs, and signature plates of lamb with Brussels sprouts, swordfish served in lemon-caper butter with rosemary potatoes and beet salad with arugula and walnuts in a lemon vinaigrette. Housemade pasta dishes include spaghetti cacio e Pepe and orecchiette with Italian sausage and kale, and the bar serves an extensive cocktail program, and Italian wines and craft beers. Ragazza Food & Wine is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
4301 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, Phone: 816-960-4744
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20.Chaz at the Rafael - Chaz on the Plaza
© Chaz at the Rafael / Chaz on the Plaza
Set within the Raphael Hotel on the famous Country Club Plaza, Chaz on the Plaza is a longtime favorite for romantic celebrations with an elegant dining room, award-winning cuisine, global wines, and gracious hospitality. Hailed as being Kansas City's best hotel restaurant, the intimate restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Shawn Hartwig who creates seasonal menus that celebrate the bounty of America's heartland with dishes of fresh seafood, naturally-fed beef, lamb and pork, and organic salads and vegetables. The beautifully designed dining space features black granite-topped tables, natural walnut finishes, antique bronzed mirrors, textured upholstery, and a striking floor-to-ceiling photographic montage of Plaza landmarks. Sunday Jazz Brunch offers live music, and the Char Bar serves fine single malt Scotch whiskeys, spirits, and beers from hometown distilleries and breweries and global wines. Chaz on the Plaza is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
325 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64112, Phone: 816-756-3800
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© Room 39
Room 39 is a market-driven eatery in the KU Med/Volker district of Kansas City that serves a farm-to-table menu of seasonal fare in an eclectic, art-adorned setting. Established in 2004, the restaurant focuses on using fresh and locally-grown ingredients to create delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a range of artisanal wines, craft beers, and classic cocktails. Chef Ted Habiger creates signature dishes such as steak and eggs benedict, pan-seared halibut, smoked duck, goat cheese gnocchi, foie gras torchon. Guests can also enjoy a daily-changing tasting menu that focuses on farmer-driven meats and other products along with an award-winning wine list.
1719 W 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, Phone: 816-753-3939
22.Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
© Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
Located in the Crossroads Art District, the Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen is a casual eatery with a brick-lined dining space with a bar and comfortable lounge that serves seasonal American fare and easy-drinking wines. Executive Chef, Pablo Muñoz-Sevilla uses local and regional artisanal ingredients and produce to create a seasonal menu of contemporary American cuisine including cheese plates, small bites, and entrées of fresh seafood, prime meats, and vegetarian options. The full-service bar serves a range of easy-drinking wines by the glass and bottle, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.
1526 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108, Phone: 816-842-2660
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© Trezo Mare
Located in The Village at Briarcliff, Trezo Mare is a stylish Italian restaurant that features a comfortable dining space, a scratch kitchen, and a casual lounge with a full-service bar, a cozy fireplace, and an outdoor patio with panoramic skyline views of the city for alfresco summer dining. Trezo's culinary team creates inventive menus of seasonal Italian fare of fresh seafood, hard wood-fired steaks, pasta dishes and vegetarian options using locally sourced products. The casual lounge area features comfy sofas, several large-screen televisions, a cozy fireplace, and charming views, and the bar serves a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails. Trezo Mare is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
4105 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116, Phone: 816-505-3200
24.Eddie V's Prime Seafood
© Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Located in the Country Club Plaza, Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant is renowned for serving a vast array of fresh seafood, including Pacific Ahi Tuna and raw oysters, along with daily-catch fish and salads prepared from the freshest ingredients. A comfortable, intimate bar serves a menu of hand-crafted cocktails, imported spirits, and an extensive wine menu curated by a professional sommelier against a backdrop of live jazz music. Eddie V's Prime Seafood Restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two, but also caters for private dining and groups and is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
700 W 47th Street #115, Kansas City, MO 64112, Phone: 816-531-2537
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© Seasons 52
Located in the Country Club Plaza, Seasons 52 Restaurant is an elegant dining destination that is renowned for its rotating menu of seasonal American dishes and an extensive list of globally-inspired wines and classic cocktails. The menu features made-from-scratch farm-to-table fare prepared using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and grilled on an open oak-fire or in a brick roast oven. Signature dishes include Florida Stone Crabs, Wild Alaskan Salmon, California Golden Beets, and freshly baked flatbreads, and the cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations, as well as craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Seasons 52 Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
340 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112, Phone: 816-531-0052
25 Best Restaurants in Kansas City
- Novel Restaurant, Photo: Novel Restaurant
- Bluestem, Photo: Bluestem
- The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange, Photo: The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange
- Affare, Photo: Affäre
- Aixois French Bistro, Photo: Aixois French Bistro
- Osteria IL Centro, Photo: Osteria IL Centro
- Piropos Restaurant, Photo: Piropos Restaurant
- Webster House, Photo: Webster House
- Bristol Seafood Grill, Photo: Bristol Seafood Grill
- Cafe Provence, Photo: Café Provence
- Cafe Trio Restaurant, Photo: Café Trio Restaurant
- Grunauer, Photo: Grünauer
- Jasper's Italian Restaurant, Photo: Jasper's Italian Restaurant
- JJ's Restaurant, Photo: JJ's Restaurant
- Cafe Sebastienne, Photo: Cafe Sebastienne
- La Bodega - Kansas City, Photo: La Bodega - Kansas City
- Le Fou Frog, Photo: Le Fou Frog
- Pierpont's at Union Station, Photo: Pierpont's at Union Station
- Ragazza Food & Wine, Photo: Ragazza Food & Wine
- Chaz at the Rafael - Chaz on the Plaza, Photo: Chaz at the Rafael / Chaz on the Plaza
- Room 39, Photo: Room 39
- Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen, Photo: Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
- Trezo Mare, Photo: Trezo Mare
- Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Photo: Eddie V's Prime Seafood
- Seasons 52, Photo: Seasons 52
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