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Avenues Bistro - Brookside
Avenues Bistro - Brookside

Avenues Bistro - Brookside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avenuesbistro.com/
  • Email: brookside@avenuesbistro.com
  • Phone: (816) 333-5700
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 9am - 2pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Continental, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mario Galan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering Director Jessica Ray’s “if you can dream it, we can do it!” approach begs for the spotlight from all who specialize in the art of Catering. Our well received designer menus provide a carousel of options for all functions. Don’t see what suits? Doesn’t matter, for what you have in mind is a go. From pick-up to full service, 5 people or 500, from box lunch to fancy five courses, we can handle the truth! But the word is out and dates are filling up fast. Put the worry behind and insure a great time by considering us. Contact Jessica Ray, catering@avenuesbistro.com or 913.449.2553.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wornall
  • Parking: No
A word from Avenues Bistro - Brookside
Avenues Bistro offers an array of selections for every palate and features many regional European specialties. Chef/Owner Joe Birch, voted one of “America’s Top 25 New Chefs” in 2007, comes from a diverse European ancestry and has for the past 20 years traveled across and studied the cuisines of Europe. These travels & experiences, his vast culinary training, & many of his own family recipes are the inspiration behind both the concept and the creation of the dishes at Avenues. Birch’s kitchen is led by Executive Chef Mario Galan, a rising star on the Kansas City culinary scene. In 2007 he & Birch earned Avenues “Best New Restaurant- Kansas City”. Followed up in 2008 as being recognized by Ingrams Magazine as one of "Kansas Citys Top 3 Overall Restaurants". Equally impressive is the wine program at Avenues. Recognized as having both great value & selection, the restaurant was recently awarded Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” & also Wine Enthusiasts "Award of DistinctionContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Absolutely wonderful food! But, room cannot well handle the noise level so not the best if wanting intimate dinner and conversation."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food here is consistently good. Every. Single. Time."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Avenues always has wonderful discounts for early diners. The only downside for me is that I am not enamored of seafood, so my options are limited in the appetizers and small plates. My kebob was delicious, though I wish it had been served on a larger plate. Most of my friends with whom I dine at Avenues really enjoy all the offerings. One can understand why it's so popular."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Crowd is lively and loud and seems neighborly. Service was attentive but to be called "dear" by the server was strange. Had high hopes for the Brussels sprouts salad but it was an uninspired pile of mostly soggy lettuce. My friends were happier with their orders. I'll try again. The menu is eclectic, happy hour offers inviting and I love Brookside."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I had one of the best meals of my life at the bistro only one month ago. I had the heightened expectations for brunch buteft extremely disappointed. The food arrived luke warm and was tasteless. The coffee was wven bad. Our sever was inexperienced and iattentive. I will not go back for brunch. You are better of going to a diner."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I thought Avenues Bistro was a good value for the food and drink, especially the bottomless bloody Mary /screwdriver/ Mimosa for $8. It wasn't an over-the-top great drink, but it was pretty darn good for the money. The brunch entrees allow unlimited trips to the buffet, which include several pasta options, prosciutto, muffins, etc. I had the lobster Benedict, which comes on fairly thick not-English-muffiny muffins. The lobster had little flavor, and I found similar consistency lobster meat at Costco that day. I might try the Costco brand to establish a DNA link. My wife had the Monte Cristo sandwich, which is served on thick but very tasty bread reminiscent of French toast but with a crumbly consistency. High bread-to-meat ratio."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We love the appetizers as they are always very good, but this time we tried the burger made with ground filet mignon. I have eaten a lot of filet and a lot of burgers in my day. This was the best burger I have ever eaten!! Bar none. Next to sex, having kids and jumping out of airplanes this is one the top five things I have ever experienced in my life.(currently 51 yrs old) Most tender and tasty burger ever. Just when I thought they had out done themselves AB comes back for more. This place is fabulous!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First timer but will go again. The food was outstanding and our waitress, only employed 3 days, had such a great grasp of the menu and was able to suggest different dishes. Service was outstanding - never once had to call the waitress - she just knew and was there. We're going back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The 4 course meal for $59 is an outstanding deal and a great way to taste many of the wonderful menu items at Avenues Bistro. Our server, Brandy, was one of the best I've had, and I eat out 3-4 nights every week on the road. We started with the stuffed mushrooms, beet and goat cheese salads, had the Sole Piccata and Lobster Ravioli for entrees, and finished off with the bread pudding. Overall fantastic meal!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "You can always count on Avenues for a fine dining experience. Dood is always 5 star as on most occasions is service. Wide variety of menu items to fit evry tast and mood. Avenues is certainly the best of Brookside. Dont miss the key lime cake."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was amazing! From the appetizers to our entrees, we were delighted with the choices from the menu and what we chose was superb. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Delicious food! Loved the atmosphere and the service. Awesome reverse happy hour with $1 Martinis. Will return again in the near future."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I typically enjoy Sunday brunch at Avenues. Their concept is a little different-you can order a breakfast entrée and eat from the buffet table. The buffet table is a nice mixture of meats and cheeses, pasta salads, fruit, pastries and some breakfast items like scrambled eggs and sausages, etc. We both ordered the eggs benedict for the entrée, me the traditional and she with crab cakes. The eggs were a bit overdone and the hollandaise a bit thick. They are served with potatoes that are roasted chucks without much merit. We agreed next time we would not order the benedicts and possibly just do the buffet table. A plus was that our waitress did a good job of taking care of us."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This place makes me wish I lived in Brookside. I'd be a regular. Creative menu. Good staff. I'll be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We made reservations for 12:45 and were not sat until 1:15. By this point we were concerned about our time because we had a 2pm event to attend just down the street. We gave the server 5 min but after no sign of a server tending to us we decided to go down the street to Panera. The hostess was apologetic but the problem was the restaurant overbooked itself. Not to sound crass...but that is not the customer's fault. Unfortunately logistics tend to repetively be Avenue's problem. In the end, I was there but did not have time to wait for service. An hour should have been plenty of time for seating, eating, and leaving. Too bad."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I have been to Avenue Bistro on several occasions for lunch, and was very pleased with service and menu options. I decided to try it out for dinner with my husband who had never been before; he loved it and once again, the entree meals were excellent and excellent service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was just there for lunch. The variety of lunch selections was excellent. The food and the service were excellent. My main problem was the parking for which the establishment is not responsible."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Avenues has become one of, if not, our favorite KC restaurant. They always seem to be able to meet or exceed my expectations for food and service. Prices are reasonable for the well prepared dishes and location. While we do have a special staff member we like to dine with, most of the others do a very good job. Since we prefer to come earlier in the evening, and get in on Happy Hour in the bar area, we generally do not feel the rush as one might find later. The Bartenders are knowledgeable and will engage you in conversation about various libations, while offering their own favorites. Next visit will be for another of their fabulous brunches!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Service was a bit slow...we waited about 20 minutes for our dinner and one steak was undercooked and was returned to be cooked as per order. When steak was returned it was perfect. Other meals were very well prepared and enjoyed. Wine list was good. Definitely will return and have been here several times before."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Always a great place to meet friends for brunch or dinner!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I was hesitant to reserve a lunch date so short notice since I was advised that we would have trouble finding a place to sit or park for that matter. While parking is some what up for grabs since it is located on a main thoroughfare, I found the restaurant and staff at Avenues Bistro more than accommodating and the food very good with NO wait on that particular Saturday. I would recommend this neighborhood gem to anyone wanting to eat a quick bite in the area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food and service was very good, but on the Saturday night we were there the noise level was so high that it was hard to communicate with each other. That put a damper on our experience but the food is worth going back for."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went in after 8:00pm & was thrilled to learn martinis were 1$! Also appetizer plates were reduced price after 8:00pm. Amazing specials........crab & artichoke dip was VERY good! Also had the Mediterranean platter which was fun to eat. Only drawback was it was very noisy. Had to practically shout to be heard. Looking forward to their expansion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Avenues Bistro is a Brookside gem. They have an eclectic menu. Make sure you try the Brussels sprout salad and the spread trio."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Tried the Flounder and it was great. The food here is really special."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Avenues is just the BEST place to go when you don't have a special occassion, but; when you do it is just perfect. We go before going to the KC Rep. and it always starts our evening out on a positive note. They are great from start to finish and we enjoyed every bite!!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Took an out-of-town client to Avenues for dinner. The food was very good; we were a little disappointed when the wine we wanted wasn't in stock, but the waiter was able to come back with a good alternate recommendation. Overall, the service was pretty good, except when our waiter brought out Avenues Loyalty cards. They were gift cards that had the corners cut off (which looked really unprofessional) and a form he wanted each of us to fill out. We weren't really interested, but our server would not let it go. He came back 3 or 4 times to ask us for our completed forms. Finally, one person in our party filled it out but it was VERY annoying, especially during a business dinner. Please stop pushing the loyalty cards!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We inquired about an Alexander Valley Cabernet and our waiter recommend a wine by the name The Calling. Never heard of it but I went out and bought a case on line that night when I got home. Great recommendation and information about the wine. Food was great. Never go wrong at Avenues."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was fine, but not as good as usual. Service was excellent. We stayed & chatted & opened gifts for a long time but never felt pressured to finish."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "It was so bright in the restaurant. Then they dimmed the lights and then they kept altering the light level. It went back to bright. It was quite loud in the restaurant. Food was great. Service friendly"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The new menu is nice, with lots of choices. Have never had a bad meal at his restaurant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Extraordinary in every aspect. The best dining experience we have had in KC. That says alot because KC is a great town for foodies. The flounder piccata was sublime. The beet salad was outstanding. Long list of imaginative cocktails to select from before dinner. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Avenues has been a favorite since they opened in Brookside many years ago. I've always enjoyed the food there, and I'm looking forward to working my way through the menus they introduced in January."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This has become a favorite Sunday brunch spot for me. Be sure to make a reservation or you could be in for a long wait. Diners tend to linger."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Delicious! We have had both breakfast and lunch there lately and scott waited on us both times. Friendly, knowledgable and efficient. Food was plentiful and scrumptious."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "They need to dim the lights more other than that it is great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The place was packed but we had a reservation and were seated timely in the small bar area. Our waiter was outstanding, very outgoing and extremely knowledgeable about the wine list and food preparation. He recommended a very good wine and that was a real plus. There were 3 orders of steak frites at our table and it was a great choice."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have enjoyed both dinner and lunch at Avenue. It is always great and I highly recommend it!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We always enjoy going to Ave. Bistro for the great food and service. We often take friends there who are visiting from out of town."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went for girl's night out. Had never been in Brookside. It is a quaint neighborhood. Hit the happy hour time prior to 6pm. We like to order a variety of appetizer's and share. We were wonderfully surprised by the food selections. Started with four dishes expecting to order an additional dishs. Were we surprised that the servings were very ample and we ended up having left over's. Every dish was VERY good, but our favorite was the Duck Confit "Potato Skins". We also had drinks from their specialty menu. Of the 3 we ordered, we really only liked one of them. Was served in a brass cup, which was rather unique. The other 2 were a little disappointing, lacking flavor. There is also the nicest little shop next door. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014