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Avenues Bistro - Brookside
Avenues Bistro - Brookside

Avenues Bistro - Brookside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "Food is always consistently good. Service was mediocre this time. Not sure if it was because we ate in the bar"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Nice menu, the steak was excellent, the wiener schnitzel was so salty we had to send it back. Everything else was great, ask for the rolls, they are amazing"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Sunday brunch at Avenues. The best brunch option in town!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I love this place. I love the inventiveness of the menu for lunch, brunch, happy hour and dinner. They have a smashing happy hour both early and late most days with some nice tapa type dishes at a discount, as well as drinks. I can't say enough good things about them. You really must try it and with at least 24 hours notice and a reservation they have a off hours special called Tasteables that gives 50-60% off which is an amazing deal!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were very impressed with the great menu choices; it made making a dinner selection a bit challenging as there are so many wonderful options! The food was delicious, and it's presentation so appealing. My husband was "wowed" with the boneless short ribs. Although the restaurant was busy, we felt the service was attentive. We shared a very enjoyable dining experience here and plan to go back in the near future to try the small plates and another wine from their descriptive wine list."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "What a great treat for a lunch. The lobster grilled cheese was delicious! I had 1/2 sandwich and a delicious side salad. Perfect! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "No matter when I go, I always know I'll have a wonderful meal and neighborly service. The new menu is great, and the Sunday brunch is more than enough to cover dinner (if you choose an entree you can take home for later). I like to support it in a neighborhood with many independent local restaurants, but a few chains trying to make inroads."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We selected Avenues Bistro after it was listed in a news article of top restraints in KC. I was apprehensive as the reviews online were mixed. Our experience was great. The service was excellent, attentive without being overbearing. The food was great with wide variety. While their food is not at the fancy foody level of Justice or Michael Smiths it was still a high caliber with well developed flavors. The pre-fix option was a good value with most the entries included as an option. The wine list while relatively small in comparison of some fine dining establishments yet still had good choices. We were surprised the restaurant was over half empty on a Friday night at 7:30 so the noise level was very low."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food and service. They cater to pre-show diners with specials that are unique and varied. The sole was fabulous. Reservations are probably a good idea, but not always needed. This will be our pre-Starlight Theatre dinner spot from now on. Brookside is also a cute neighborhood shopping spot."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Terrific variety on Sunday Brunch Buffet. Delicious pasta salads. Creme Brulee stuffed French Toast also delicious. Wonderful Sunday morning treat."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We've dined at Avenues since it opened. In the past it was hit or miss on both service and food. But in the last few years each time we came for lunch or dinner it was quite good and the menu was interesting. When relatives came to town and I needed to find something good for Sunday brunch that served earlier than 10 AM Avenues Bistro appeared in Open Table. I booked it and boy were we amazed. They offer a buffet of fruit, salads, sweets, and standard breakfast fare plus menu selections of items like lobster benedict, lemon waffle, grand Marnier french toast, and my favorite, pumpkin pancakes for a few dollars more. But here's the treat - the menu selections include the buffet! Yummy carbs and protein. Great choice for breakfast in KC."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "As ever, the food was terrific. Eva, our server was gracious, although service was a little slower than I usually experience. She was so personable, we didn't much care!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Enjoyable atmosphere, great food, and excellent service. Especially loved the cocktail menu and the wines. We will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Love the new décor. Normally this is one of our most favorite restaurants, but was somewhat disappointed in the meal this visit. Flavor seemed to be lacking in the buccatini and short ribs was a very small portion of meat with it being a full entrée. Will still go back and try again and this is normally a guaranteed great meal. Service was terrific and the Sangria is still the best in town :)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "had the grilled lobster/cheese sandwich- absolutely delicious couldn't have tasted fresher and this from someone who lived in Maine."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Acoustical tiles would be a good idea....VERY noisy!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Joined friends from out of town for brunch. Could not have been more proud to show off our neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was very Professional. Can't wait to try the brunch"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food was delicious and server was outstanding. We really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great restaurant! You can feel comfortable in jeans and a nice shirt, or more dressed up. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was welcoming. Great drinks and service! Certainly coming here again"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were there for lunch and the noise level was very loud. This is my only complaint."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The menu had changed; good & bad. Sever was superior. Would definitely step up brunch, the buffet keeps getting worse every time I go there."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food is something you would see in other restaurants but what makes it special is how well it's executed and it tastes delicious."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a group of six and had made reservations 2 hours before we needed to be at another event. The food was wonderful - each couple got 4-course dinners for two and mixed up the appetizers and desserts to let everyone have a taste. The wait staff was very polite, but it seemed to have a delay to get the next course. Despite telling our waiter that we had an event in two hours, we were late leaving the restaurant. I understand it is meant to be a dining experience, but it seemed to drag out longer than necessary."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Loved all the recommendations by our server. made the meal very enjoyable"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and they had a special table set and dressed up for us. Several workers came by to wish us a happy anniversary. Server was great...welcoming, attentive, and offered explanations and recommendations for us. Food was fantastic. Only complaint was that the dining area was overly lit and very bright. If it could have been darkened and made a little more of a formal feel, would have helped the overall ambience and feel of the restaurant. Was our first time and we will be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Everything was just fair. A bit disappointed compared to our experience there before."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had a 11:30 reservation, didn't get in until noon, server took forever to take our order, then our food was late, we had to hurry up and eat to make a 1;30 game."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We decided to go there following church last Sunday. The brunch was wonderful, the waiter was great and the experience was over the top."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the Avenues Bistro. That being said they had changed the menus since I was last there and I was disappointed. My favorites were not available, and the offered dishes seemed to be more generic and the gourmet feel and taste to this restaurant had disappeared. It was good but the specialness of this dining place is gone."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Tasty, well presented dishes. Good early bird and happy hour specials."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Disappointed to learn they were no longer part of KC Originals. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Brunch at Avenues. Perfect as always! Without a doubt, I could eat every meal at Avenues and never miss another restaurant."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places to dine. We took advantage of the Memorial Day brunch. A fantastic bargain with wonderful food and excellent service. Kudos to the restaurant staff and management."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Avenues is such a little treasure. Wish they hadn't left Johnson County. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Buffet has gotten pretty lean and very heavy on carbs since last time we were there. I had the pancakes, which were blah and room temperature. The wife had french toast which also just ok. Overall disappointed"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We used a two for one coupon that Avenues had given us. We both had a nice dinner. I had the halibut and it got better the further you got into it. All and all would recommend it. Partner had lobster ravioli and he loved it. My side was the brussel sprouts -- the description sounded wonderful. They were too too rich with too much sauce. No one offered us rolls or bread although the place was not busy because it was early. We also were not aware that because we used the two for one that we could not get happy hour prices on drinks. My Manhattan was $12 and not that great. We have gone here for years and always enjoyed it. However, the last two times, I have had some issues with the food."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Tables were a bit cramped on a busy Sunday morning. Food and service were outstanding! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The "face lift" of the restaurant has me giving my two thumbs up! It looks so refreshing and inviting now! I love the new look of the place! Service and food were wonderful as always! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Decor looks very nice. Food was terrible. Lots of cream and oil. The deep-fried pita triangles served w/ the baked crab & artichoke dip were just one example of grease-on-grease. The Brussel sprouts were just aweful; no sprout flavor, just heavy cream gravy. We had given up on Avenues a year ago, then a friend gave us a gift card, which enticed us to give it another try. We will not be back; we don't mind paying more for a meal, but high price plus bad food = no repeat business. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014