Avenues Bistro - Brookside
Avenues Bistro - Brookside

Avenues Bistro - Brookside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.avenuesbistro.com/
  • Phone: 8163335700
  • 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 Distinction
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Avenues Bistro - Brookside reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (143)fit for foodies (82)great for brunch (68)special occasion (63)great for lunch (53)notable wine list (44)romantic (33)good for groups (32)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Just Plain GOOD!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The 'original' Brookside location offers consistently good food!! Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our fish dishes... Avenues is a 'go to' restaurant when you are looking for a place to dine where the entrees will be more than pleasing! New wine bar next door will be a great addition.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avenues
    YiayiaVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This is a favorite. The menu has so many wonderful choices! The food and service are really terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dchkcmoVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Overall we had a good experience. Understanding that construction was on going the ambiance was acceptable and nice. The food was very good and a good value for your money. My issue was with the service. It was very slow and our server and trainee were hard to track down. My biggest complaint was my wife and I being called "dude" twice by the server and "bud" and "darling"at other times. For the price we were paying and the type of restaurant we were in, we both felt disrespected. A little more "class" would work wonders.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have nevers been disipointed
    Special
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We try to dine at Avenues at least once or twice per month. Food is always excellent and we enjoy your very personable waite staff. Specially Giovanni.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The entrees and side dishes were all familiar rather than esoteric - salmon, steak, French fries, Brussel sprouts, broccoli cheese soup. Yet in each case, the chef succeeded in giving each a flavor and texture that was both vivid and different. This restaurant combines the best elements of both a neighborhood restaurant and a trend-following - or -setting - restaurant. We recommend it wholeheartedly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • magneVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I made a reservation for Saturday 18 @ 7.30pm, reservation confirmed!!!! We had to wait till 8.15pm to be seated!!!!!!!!!!! Either Open Table or restaurant staff should review the scheduling
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Susan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As always we enjoyed our meal. The service was great everyone was very friendly. we uses a BOGO but will come back at full price. We recommend this to our friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gotta work on yur filet
    rlcbyjan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My dates filet was tough and last time it was overcooked. I don't think he'll be ordering that anytime soon. I had the beef ribs and rice was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro
    Cole
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We've eaten here many times. It has always been good. I wish they would bring back the artichoke dip without the crab. It was the best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Construction a small issue but overall very good. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Lower score given was because first person in our party to arrive was not allowed to sit down at table even though we had reservations and there were several empty tables until more arrived. Our server either had to many tables, or was just having a bad day. Not pleasant at all. Actually, I was disappointed with the evening. The food was excellent as was the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was superb. The poached eggs with the Eggs Benedict were perfect. The coffee was weak. Despite having made reservation ahead and seeing several empty tables, we were disappointed to be seated right by the kitchen. We asked for a change and was granted our request. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avenues October 2014
    Fridining2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We really enjoyed our evening. The food was really good and the wine selection was quite appropriate. The drinks were also quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have visited Avenues Bistro several times. While the food is average, the service is always on point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 25th anniversary
    ChitownGeo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great place, I'm just not sold on Open Table. Reservation was made for 2, one day before date it was automatically changed to 3. No mention about our 25 year anniversary or our choice of waiter. I did like the update I received one hour before reservation. I guess I'm just an old fashioned guy, I will go back just not through open table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new menu
    macaroniandcheese
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We are looking forward to a new menu. The hostess could not find our reservation alhtough we had booked on open table and on the restaurant answering machine
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brookside brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    About 5 years ago I really enjoyed going to Brookside for brunch because of a certain restaurant. That restaurant closed and I stopped going. But now Brookside brunch is back with Avenue Bistro!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfoodgoodfriends
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was excellent as always. Our server made a couple of great menu selections. the pork belly was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great place!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been here many times and always enjoy it! Can't wait for the new addition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Out
    Pods
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Avenues is a great place to go and have a good meal repeatedly. We enjoyed sitting at the bar to eat so we can watch games, sporting events on their tv. Expanding in November-much larger bar and seating areas.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice neighborhood spot
    magneVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    great food, very tasty and a reasonable price, scallops were delicious. I hope they will keep the same kind of menu when the transformation into a larger place will be done (they took over my favorite ice cream place!!!!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    VeggieT
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was a nice evening for my husband and me. Lighting was too bright to call it romantic. Shrimp & Lobster buccatini was a little bland but with some salt it was ok. My husband got the halibut - the fish was super fresh and very well prepared - but the squash sauce didn't add much and could have been left off. The waiter was very knowledgeable with wines. We will go back and are looking very forward to after the remodel!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MkcmVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful beef, tasty small plates, one of my favorite restaurants in KC. i wish it wasn't a 25 minute drive from my house but the food makes the drive worth while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration
    bludog
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Celebrating my husband's birthday couldn't have gone better. Great food and service. This is one of our favorite spots. Make reservations which is a must for weekends as lots of people. Highly Recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I would suggest that while the restaurant is under construction that you make note of that on your home page for Avenues. The noise level was not good, and it made the experience less than satisfactory.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks For Nothing
    Jglide77
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Being regular diners at Avenues Bistro, it's our favorite place for special occassions. We booked our 7:30 reservation for our 11th wedding anniversary, and were anticipating a great night. When we got there they said reservations were running behind but it would only be a few minutes. For 45 minutes we sat and watched people with no reservations being seated within 10 minutes. We were about to ask for a manager when the hostess said our table was ready - in the crowded, loud bar. For our anniversary. When we asked for a normal table, they said it would be a further wait. We left, upset that our dinner was ruined, and by one of our favorite restaurants. We also bought a Groupon that we now have to go back to use or we're out money. Shocked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rlcbyjan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food wonderful but extremely loud. Staff friendly and did not feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • limits if using Groupon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had purchased a Groupon to use here. It is very limited as to what you can use it for and not what is printed on the Groupon. Example: you cannot use for happy hour, tasting meals, or anything else special. You can only order from the regular entrees. I thought the Groupon was very misleading.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Brunch
    Mackswife
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My family and i wanted some place special but affordable for my niece's 30th birthday on Saturday and my son suggested Avenue Bistro. We absolutely loved it and I can't wait to go back. The food was very affordable and my nieces loved the bottomless mimosas. The atmosphere was casual but felt upscale with the beautiful lighting and decorations. We had a great server who was super sweet and attentive. Planning a return trip very soon. Telling everyone at work about the little neighborhood gem that we found!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    kbhershVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had the biscuits and gravy platter and everything was spot on ! As a Southern, I am pretty picky about biscuits and gravy and these were almost as good as my Aunt Patty Sue's. Price was amazing for all the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An effort being made...
    imagnpc2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The last few times I attempted to eat at Avenues, I walked away disappointed due to poor service and mediocre food. This last visit was a group of individuals from work, not my choice, but went because it was work related. We made a reservation because of our group size, 6. The hostess was underwhelming. When you are the first customer in the door a little enthusiasm is nice. The food was very good. The server was pleasant and informative. The only frustration was the length of time for the food. We waited approximately 25 min for our food from the time we placed our order. We were the first to arrive for lunch that day, so not much going on around us. The lunch menu had a nice range of items to choose from. I hope that
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    Jamie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    very good - only problem, and it consistently happens at Avenues, is not enough wait staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch bargain in Town
    luvtheplaza
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I usually avoid brunch because I just can not eat enough food to justify a $30 tab. Avenues Bistro has many wonderful selections, at reasonable prices. Now I love Brunch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant
    BERGRVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    As always, I love this restaurant. I'll dine there whenever possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    REM1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Avenues Bistro has a fantastic Sunday brunch. The options are endless and the food is scrumptious. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would have liked to eat here
    Fitgirljen1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I made a reservation after having a great experience the day before and even got there 10 minutes early. The hostess told me she was going to get our table ready then ignored me for the next 20 minutes. When I finally got her attention, she told me it would be 40 minutes. Needless to say, we left and went to another one of the many brunch restaurants in the neighborhood. It's one thing to make a mistake, it's another to totally avoid me and think I'll just go away. I will go away and I won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    HungrymanVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Avenue Bistro has become a KC staple. Each and every time we eat there its always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MackVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food selection and preparation. Excellent service. Prices very moderate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Avenues Bistro is a wonderful place to enjoy great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The wait staff is attentive but not intrusive. One of my very favorite places to meet friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great place!
    Catty2
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food is wonderful, happy hour specials are hard to beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.