Blue Bird Bistro
Blue Bird Bistro

Blue Bird Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluebirdbistro.com/
  • Phone: 8162217559
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Saturday 7am to 10pm Sunday 10am to 2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Steak, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Lisa Yamanaka
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: blue bird bistro will prepare organic, all natural and local food for your special event. E-mail us at events@bluebirdbistro.com for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: blue bird bistro has private rooms seating up to 40 guests or receptions for up to 100 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Morgan 8162217559
  • Special Events: Monthly farmers' table dinners, five courses of all local food. Details on farmerstable.bluebirdbistro.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A private lot is located just north of the restaurant. Street parking is also available in the area.
A word from Blue Bird Bistro
The idea behind blue bird bistro is a simple one. Actually, it's more an ideal than an idea. An ideal that starts with a passion for organic food and our desire to share its benefits. A belief in pure, all natural foods unburdened of artificial additives and preservatives. A responsibility to promote sustainable foods and the positive impact that it makes on our world. And a commitment to work closely with local farmers who share in these ideals. The result is an eclectic mix of flavorful, delicious organic fare, ideal for the discerning diner. A diner who truly understands how good organic can be.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Blue Bird Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (35)great for brunch (15)special occasion (13)romantic (11)great for lunch (10)good for groups (8)notable wine list (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • first time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I just moved to kc 3 months ago, made my first rez thru Opentable. Everything was easy. When I met my friend to drive to Bluebird, she had invited a friend, did not tell me. So, we showed up needing a table for 3 instead of 2. We had to wait 20 min for table change, waitress took 10 min to take our drink order, another 20 min for brunch order. Which would have been fine, but we had Ballet tickets for 2:00. Waitress was very concerned and accomodating about our time frame. Earned her a 30% tip. Can't wait to take a friend back. DG
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, super slow servide
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Selected Blue Bird for farm-to-table offerings. While the food was tasty and the server friendly, it took 1.5 hours for our salads to arrive and 2 hours for the entrees. The small serving sizes were disappointing. Server comped us drinks and dessert for the long wait. We rarely eat out, and love small locally owned places, but will select a different restaurant next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Before theater treat
    Emmy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We decided late to dine out before performance at Music Hall. We were pleased to find an early table at Blue Bird using Open Table. Service was courteous and prompt without being intrusive. Meal was delicious. We arrived at theater just at the right time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Blue Bird
    BERGRVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Brunch was wonderful. The French toast, the omelets perfect. Farm to table makes it all worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Organic
    JMMHVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    How can you beat a combination of delicious and organic? Great service, nice atmosphere, accommodates allergies. With a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit and Miss
    Kcdiner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I'm hoping that my last trip to Blue Bird was an aberration. Service was very slow and the food wasn't quite up to the same level I've had in the past. Perhaps there's been a change in management?
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  • pretentious
    ArkansasTraveler
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were led to a four top table with one side sticking out into the main traffic, before being seated, I asked the host if we could have the table in the corner out of the traffic pattern, he stated he needed that table, it remained empty for our entire stay as well as half the tables in the room. Our server was a bit confused at times. I have never appreciated drinks served in mason jars and I still don't. The hostess/owner? was wearing a tank-top and had long hair not tied back. My wife asked for a substitution on her breakfast it was brought to the table unchanged, when she sent it back, they simply shuffled the food around on the plate and added raw kale, it looked a mess.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    Foodies4Friends
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The four of us enjoy going out to new places and thouroughly enjoyed the Blue Bird! The atmosphere is fantastic and we ended up walking around the area for a few hours after brunch. They were in the middle of changing there seasonal menu and drink menu. I ordered a drink and she came back and said they were out of blackberries for muddling. (sounds good, right!) I ordered a different drink and she came back and said they were out of whatever was to be in that drink. But they muddled bluberries for me in the orginal blackberries drink and gave it free to me. That stuff happens, and it's all in how a restaurant handles it. Well done! We will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable
    Seekingfresh
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The main courses were innovative and the plates came out beautiful and with the perfect sides to the main. We enjoyed the pork and the halibut. The salad was a bit wilted and not too interesting...with just greens a bit of cheese and nuts. Service was warm, attentive without being invasive and very courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    tbndcVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We don't live in Kansas City and when there we always search for a sincere, owner-operated restaurant with wholesome food, prepared with affection and simplicity. This is it! We will be back, asap. It is warm and friendly and the organic, flexible menu has something for everyone, vegan, vegetarian, fish, meat, or fowl. I had the salmon and it was beautifully prepared. My husband had the delicious pork, and my sister had the vegan curry. We were all very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant is always good. Under-rated in my opinion. I cannot understand why it isn't packed every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Disappointing
    corgsinKC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went there for brunch and was very disappointed. Not only were they out of a lot of items (including jam for biscuits) but we waited forever for our food. Finally, after 15min, the waitress came to tell me they were out of the fritatta and served my friend while I waited. I was then brought a sad, small omelet with tiny bits of red pepper and squash inside. Half of the ingredients listed on the omelet on the menu were not in there. My side of bacon was a floppy 3" slice of gray bacon and a bunch of gristle. By this point, I was so hungry I just ate it even though it looked unappetizing. The coffee was good and my friend's blackberry and mint pancakes were delicious, but overall the service was lacking and the food extremely disappointing.
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  • Spectacular Food; Boring Service
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our first experience at Blue Bird - we went for dinner & it was absolutely exceptional food. Our server, however, was an older woman and very boring and rarely came to the table after taking our order. The dining room we sat in was stark and boring, although I loved the ceiling, but the walls looked dirty and it felt like could benefit from a good cleaning. All that said, I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for its food. I had the ribeye which was absolutely perfectly cooked and came with outstanding sides. My husband had the risotto and our friend had the 10 hour pork. Everything was delicious and we look forward to trying brunch on another date. We will certainly return for dinner too, but we'll face the other direction from walls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    SardiVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    French toast in the best in KC! Bacon was crisp and coffee hot! One of my favorite breakfast spots.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected delight
    Chet
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Salad was extraordinarily bold and deep in color. The entrees were both very good - high in flavor and nice portions. The 10 hour Pork was perfectly brazed and the vegetarian dish was loaded with great mushrooms and with a hint of fresh lemon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • A great spot for breakfast
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were meeting friends from out of town, and the bluebird was the perfect spot to meet for a late breakfast. Great menu and food was lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really?
    pppkkkkVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a 3:30pm reservation on a Saturday; there were no other customers. The wine list does not include any Pinot Grigios or Pinot Gris. Whatever we ordered, they returned with "we don't have that today--this included one of their salad dressings." No cranberry juice on hand for a Cosmopolitan; no chicken for their starters. The wait staff was extremely nice but was embarrassed to have to continuously say "I'm sorry but..." We were surprised they were so low on inventory given that it was a Saturday!
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  • sassy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    food was excellent...bit lax on getting one order to the table
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience
    detroitdiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Greatly enjoyed the ambience and experience at Blue Bird Bistro. Food was wonderful, service was very good and the restaurant had a nice feel to it. Will definitely return on a future visit to KC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time's a charm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First time here and will definitely come back. Food was so delicious and my Lady Madonna drink was so tasty I could have drank a gallon of it! I had the gnocchi and my husband had the halibut and both were scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    NICOLEKC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our first visit to the restaurant and we had great service and great food. We will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Kansas City
    Ariastarfire
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was by far the best we had our entire weekend in KC
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't listen to reviews
    DJDMI
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had the bison burger and my wife had the tomato sandwich. We also had the meatballs as an appetizer. Everything was excellent including the service. Our waiter suggested a wonderful wine that we both enjoyed. Overall this was a very pleasent experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Entrees for party of four arrived at different times. Lengthy wait for a half empty restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 625 reviews are from the Blue Bird Bistro reviews archive.
  • R2eat2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It seemed like Blue Bird Bistro did not have their food inventory stocked up for the Friday lunch crowd. We inquired about soup of the day - there was none. We asked for fresh-made chips with entrees - there were none. The menu looked enticing to accommodate our vegetarian guest - I ordered the veg shepherd's pie. The spring salad with blueberry vinaigrette was good, but the entree was bland, and the smoked tofu did not balance well with the dish. Other guests had the bison burger and loose burger and they enjoyed them. I think there needs to be more energy put into the vegetarian lunch selections, and I would like to give it another try.
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  • kitchen comments
    foodieintraining
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The kitchen was obviously in disarray. My first choice was not available (restaurant had been open only 45 minutes) and my 2nd choice took forever to get to the table. Both were egg based. Maybe they had to encourage the free range chickens to lay eggs. This is the first time I have had an experience like this at this restaurant. But it makes me think twice about having brunch there again any time soon,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Be Back
    JMMHVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had not been to this organic place for years. The last time I had eaten there (that chef is gone) I was not happy. This time I loved it... again... as did all in my party. For those who love organic food this is the best in town. If you just want good food, this is a place to try. Non - gluten items more than available. The owner also worked very hard to ensure our allergies could be accommodated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    susan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    While I was expecting the best cuisine, I was not impressed; my salmon was prepared exactly as I ordered, but lack flavor. We will go again to try other dishes. Our waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WoodVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I found the food lacking in taste and overall disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good meal and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I have been going to Blue Bird on and off for 10 years. The food is always wonderfully prepared and the menu is always inventive and has a variety of menu items. Highly recommend Blue Bird.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jake
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I really like this place. My daughter and son-in-law were in town from L.A. We planned a Saturday night out for dinner, I threw this one out for consideration, and that was the choice based upon my comments and a few of their friends. The online menu sealed it. We had a nice evening, the food was interesting and good, and the service excellent. The place was not busy at all for a holiday Saturday evening. My only criticism is the same one I always have here: Too small of entree servings for the price. That consistent factor probably cuts down on our regular visits by once every 3 to 4 months, otherwise we would be regulars. Even with a dessert special for the occasion, I still left hungry. And, this was not the first time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We eat out a lot because we travel so much. We were in KC visiting our daughter and son for Mother's Day. Our daughter suggested your restaurant and we agreed because we had been there before and the food is very good. But NEVER have we had such poor service as we did that day! The young man was inattentive and did not even bring things when asked ! Very disappointed as this affected the mood of our dining experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but a bit chaotic
    diningwithlittles
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mother's Day and we were seated upstairs, which actually worked out pretty well for us because we had little kids along, but I think I would have been frustrated with the ambiance if we'd been just adults. Our server was fine, but it was clear that the kitchen was over-worked and under-staffed. I think most of the people upstairs felt a little ignored. That being said, the food was wonderful and we all had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Organic, Local
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I like seeing the garden across the street. Everything is freshly prepared using organic, local ingredients. Some portions are small but adequate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable
    jimjr21
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Really enjoy Blue Bird Bistro. Flavors are amazing. I wanted every entree on the menu and the two desserts were fabulous. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • spotty
    MikeLyon
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Usually such a good experience here. Monday, however, was disappointing. My father ordered tofu scramble which turned out to be stir-fried tofu and veggies with a biscuit - bland understates it. My chicken salad would have been delicious if not for the having been so horribly over-salted (I mean burn-the-mouth salty). And instead of the honey-drizzled corn muffin described in the menu, my scoop of salty salad without other garnish arrived with a dry biscuit. No butter, no honey, no nothing. On the plus side, the Westside Cab martini three of us shared was delicious even though our server un-apologetically spilled it on the table, incompletely wiping up after and leaving us with a very sticky surface. UGH. Better luck next time!
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  • Blue Bird gave me the blues
    FoodKritikVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The waitress was slow and disorganized. We had to remind her about things she missed on our order. Then, when the check came she had charged us for salads when the meal included salads. Kind of crazy.
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  • Fourth experience disappointing
    Foodie4
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Warning---avoid the sauteed chicken livers and ciabatta appetizer---you would find better at the Golden Corral. The Ribeye served to two of the 4 diners in our group were fatty, unappealing and served with overcooked, tasteless carrots and moisture less beans and lentils in a mason jar. I was embarrassed I recommended Blue Bird.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bluebird of disappointment
    Jayhawk1000
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I haven't been to the blue bird in about 10 years, and it's not what I remember; I recall food that was light, fresh, and full of veggies; our meals were heavy, salty, and oily. My trout tasted good but evidently died from swimming in butter. My boyfriend is a vegan and found a chunk of meat in his vegan tagliatelle, which nearly made him gag. He said nothing to me till we were out of the restaurant because he didn't want to ruin my birthday. The service was friendly and attentive but slow; the drinks were good.
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    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday brunch
    LadyWoo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This place fills up quick, so you need a reservation! We decided to eat here for brunch for a friends birthday. We got a wonderful room for our party. Great drinks for brunch, I got the Bloody Mary, which was excellent. I ordered the French toast for brunch, it was amazing! Be aware though, the full order is huge! Service was a little slow, but the place was packed. Overall it was great!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate