Bluestem
Bluestem

Bluestem

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluestemkc.com/
  • Phone: 8165611101x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: Tuesday - Saturday from 5:00pm
    Bar: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm-Midnight
    Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 5-6:30pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am–2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Colby & Megan Garrelts
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: bluestem restaurant offers numerous possibilities - whether you like to entertain a select group of guests, host a large event throughout the entire restaurant or bring the bluestem experience to your home.

    Please contact eric@bluestemkc.com for catering information.
  • Private Party Facilities: The bar at bluestem can accommodate up to 40 guests for a standing reception. The bar is also a perfect setting for your pre-dinner reception prior to a seated dinner within the dining room. The bar is a cozy space with comfortable banquet seating, small cocktail tables and seating throughout. The bluestem bar stretches the length the entire room, perfect for serving guests during the evening.


    bluestem’s dining room seats up to 30 guests for an exclusive lunch or dinner party. The dining room at bluestem is perfect for an intimate gathering with walnut table tops, candlelight, and an open kitchen. May you wish to expand the use of the entire restaurant arrangements can be made for additional tables to be set-up in the bar to accommodate more guests for a seated dinner within both rooms. bluestem can accommodate 80 guests when arrangements are made in both the lounge and dining room for a seated event.

  • Private Party Contact: Eric Willey or Megan Garrelts 816-561-1101x
  • Special Events: Chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts will work closely with you to tailor an event according to your dining preferences and our seasonal menu selections. bluestem has several menu formats available for private events ranging from our hors d’ oeuvres selection and 3,5, or 10 course tasting menus. If you would like more information on event coordinating please contact Eric Willey, our general manager, by calling 816.561.1101 or writing to eric@bluestemkc.com. When requesting more information, please provide the following details so that we may better serve your private dining requests:




    •Name

    •Telephone Number

    •Email Address

    •Date of Desired Event

    •Event or Occasion

    •Number of Guests

    •Any additional information regarding your event that may assist in event planning

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Roanoke
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A private lot is available directly behind Bluestem with access off of Roanoke Street. Ample street parking is also available.
A word from Bluestem
Welcome to Bluestem, where award winning Chef/Owners Colby & Megan Garrelts invite their guests an unforgettable culinary experience with an intimate dining room, exquisite cuisine & remarkable service. The unique menu features Progressive American cuisine & new varieties of American desserts. Bluestem strives to constantly evolve the menu making this restaurant one of the top restaurants in Kansas City.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bluestem reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (90)fit for foodies (76)romantic (58)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (49)great for brunch (24)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (8)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • First time since the remodeling
    BruceTexasVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very open and inviting new layout. The food was excellent as always. This is our favorite place to eat in KC. We had the five course tasting menu and were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Well Done!
    wildwinny
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our third visit to Bluestem and by far the best. Opening the kitchen area and updating the décor adds a degree of excitement to the meal. Two of our party of four chose wine pairing with and all of us choosing the 5 course menu. As such, we sampled all items save 3 of the desserts. Each item was superb, with excellent presentation and a wonderful and tasty combination of flavors. Wine pairings were perfect and were all also excellent. We will return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • totally mixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We waited forty-five minutes, with reservation, to be seated at a table. while there were reasons for this (a previous group who wouldn't leave), it is really not acceptable, even with free drinks while waiting. eventually, another table was rigged up for us. this was supposed to be an anniversary dinner, but that didn't seem to register. the food was excellent all around, but how can the experience not be damaged by all this? we didn't feel like there was a real level of humanity here to match the standards of excellence
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heart of Kansas City Culinary Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I dined at bluestem Friday, August 29, 2014 and it was everything I knew it would be and more. Our plates were like amazingly colorful pieces of tasty artwork. I recommend the 5 course tasting menu with wine paring. One of my favorite features was having an open kitchen and being seated front and center to watch the culinary team work their magic. The front and back of house operate as a seamless well oiled machine. Every one of our needs were exceeded. The two downfalls of the evening were that it ended and the dining room is not a great place for large parties that are looking to drink heavily and be raucous. The intimacy is lost when one group of patrons is louder than the rest of the patrons in the dining room combined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food the only highlight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It had been about eight years since our last (and only) visit to Bluestem. Then, we were asked to give up our table for another party while we still had unfinished drinks. This time, we had to wait about forty minutes for our table after having made an 8:00 reservation about two months in advance. So, we were reminded right away why we haven't been back for so long. Food was very good, but the rest of the experience was underwhelming. The waiter was OK, but seemed to be going through the motions. The wine captain was hard to understand and lacked personality. Wine pairings were a waste of money. My back was to a service area along the wall and I was constantly bumped into all night. Not in any hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must for KC!
    KCdiners
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Whether you choose the 3-. 5- or 10-course dining experience, you'll love the food. We both chose the 5-course with wine pairings so we could sample more of the chef 's offerings. It was all delicious. The wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    kcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything about our dinner was excellent -- the food, wine, presentation, service, atmosphere. One of the best meals we've had in years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    nighthawk779
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we had the usual excellent meal nothing else needs to be said
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect food!
    ilikenicethings
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The flavor combinations are exquisite! Almost a science! It was such a fun experience and the service was great! It's really pricey, so not really a "go to" spot, but for every once in a while special occasions its a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PopsOFG
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary with their five course dinner. We each chose a different option and we're able to taste ten courses between us. Most of the items I were excellent. Only two were just good. The service was perfect--attentive, but not hovering. Wine list was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in KC
    FunFood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food unparalleled, adventurous, unbelievably good combinations of flavors, great service--it's all good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-Day
    Hondo2017
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful food and service. We were able to watch the prepping of the courses. Well worth the experience. Would recommend to all but not for children.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Datenight2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food and service top-notch, however while we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, ambience was average at best and prices too high to enjoy our night out. I am all for a great meal but it should not have to break the bank.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved, loved, loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My favorite dining experience in the last year or so, including some hot spots in Chicago. Hip and fun yet very serious food and wine. Also, cocktails off the hook--the gazpacho martini is the single most delish cocktail I've ever imbibed. Had the 3 course with wine pairing. Loved the open kitchen, all the servers, sommelier. And it feels cozy, intimate and as a guest you feel cherished. Not kidding. Will go back again and again. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb again
    kadub53
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have never had anything bad here. Actually everything we've ever had was excellent. The creations are not only pleasing to our taste, but to the eye as well. The wine pairings were perfect as each one complemented the course perfectly. The team approach to serving provided just the right amount of attention without getting in our way of enjoying each other on our anniversary. We cannot say enough good things about our Bluestem experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible meal
    dinerddVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Looked forward to coming here for a long time and was not disappointed! Went with friends to celebrate a birthday. Had a great meal. Three courses was just fine. We were in the early seating and apparently overstayed because we were offered a drink at the bar if we vacated our table since the party for the later seating was waiting! It is pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Way too Casual
    MondialVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    They have taken what use to be a wonderful restaurant for special occasions to a rather casual run of the mill spot! Bar are looks nice. Service and presentations are still great. But some of our food was less than expected.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spending too much, the only option!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I realize what manner of restaurant we were attending and that portions and menu options are condensed in fine dining, to maintain a level of freshness and portrayal of the chefs vision. The severity in the lack of options however, was not usual, leaving the patron only 3 choices in price options with only 2 variations to even decide between as it pertains to the courses. The food was well prepared and plated nicely, for the most part (sometimes little amounts of food on huge plates, looks just as it sounds, not picturesque). The restaurant is decorated nicely but has no character in the main dining hall, to well lit and too close together. Way to expensive for the overall experience. $196 (tax & 20%) for 2 with no drinks.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tasting menu
    RestaurantLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the five course tasting menu. It was a really well paced (~ 2 hours) explained and delicious meal. It commenced with a gazpacho that had an interesting "punch" to it, followed by four other well conceptualized, garnished, presented and explained plates. They were appropriately sized for a tasting menu and we left feeling satisfied but not stuffed. The service was great too and quite well coordinated considering how many logistics there are to a tasting menu (between the server/sommelier/etc.). My only negative comment would be that we waited for wine (just for a couple of minutes) after our dishes arrived a couple of times because the sommelier was at another table. I can't really see how this could have been avoided however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    coachperk
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We dined like kings and drank some very tasty wine. Table was close to waitress butt across the way. I bought the most expensive dinner and the chef was excellent. Perhaps though if I drop $540.00 I'll sit away from the waitress butt at the next table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Such a fun experience. The food was amazing. My only complaint is that about halfway through our dinning experience, a table of 5 was seated a few feet from us. It felt less intimate at that point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    TOGD
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Took my wife there for brunch on her birthday. It had been several years since last there and I have to say the new digs make it even better. For those who don't know, this place serves up some of the most wonderful and unique dishes anywhere. Shrimp and grits, who knew. It is THE place for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for brunch
    llradford
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Bluestem was recommended to me by a friend so I went with my family when they came to visit from out of town. We were all so impressed! The food was delicious (try the sausage gravy and biscuits!) and the cocktails were out of this world (Try the pamplemousse!). Our reservation was honored right on time, the food and drinks came out in a timely manner, and the staff was very attentive and accommodating (my dad is a little difficult to handle and they were so nice). It's clear that a lot of attention to detail was put into the menu and it paid off. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back the next time I'm in Kansas City.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    jade2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    great new and interesting foods not sure it would be my best in kc . i did spend the evening looking at sonic and setting one ft. from fellow customers maybe shouldn't care kinda takes away from over all experience to me. great servers for sure. very good wine pairing. very good food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I loved how the waiting team asked once how the food was and never bothered us again. They came over when we were completely done with our food. Very appropriate service. They allowed us to take our time, no rush.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a special evening
    Urohawk
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We go to bluestem about 1-2 times per year and it never disappoints. The 10 course meal with wine pairings is the only way to go. The myriad of flavors with just the right portions is perfect for a romantic evenings. It is expensive but presentation and quality is the best in kansas city. This is a foodies delight. Those wanting cheap and large portions will be better served with one of kansas city's steakhouses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating.
    dirtyhippiegirl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The chef prepared a lovely lacto-ovo vegetarian tasting menu for me. My waitress was very good at specifying what I could and could not eat. My food looked tastier than my meat-eating husband's plates! And by overhearing the other tables (it's hard not to!), staff was very good at explaining the menu to customers. However, would definitely suggest booking an early dinner. The noise levels became a bit unbearable as the room filled up. My only complaint is that our primary waitress did seem a bit miffed when we did not order any alcoholic drinks or the wine pairing with dinner. As recovering alcoholics, my husband and I stuck to water and diet coke. Service was also a bit confusing with multiple people acting as service staff at once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food, service
    Chris
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My girlfriend and I recently ate at bluestem after reading wonderful reviews online. The reviews were spot on; this place is incredible. While it is expensive, the cost is entirely worth the wonderful food and service we experienced. The wine pairings were fantastic, and the menu was great. Add in a few surprise tastes along the way, and it sure was an incredible evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bluestem
    fanny
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Very nice place however, very expensive. The location is in a very odd place. The average cost of dinner for 2 would be $250 and above!!!! I wouldn't go back just to have a dinner date nite with my husband. It would need to be a special occasion. You need to have an open mind when dining here as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had never heard of Bluestem....sad to say we live up North and don't travel down to Westport very often. We came across the USA today publication of the top 10 places to eat in KC. We had a special day coming up so we booked reservations. Needless to say we we're ease we did. Great food and experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Spot
    advocator
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Bluestem did an awesome job. Continues to be one of the best venues in the Kansas City region. Great tasty food and outstanding service. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Pleasure
    SoloDiner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Blemstem is very much on my list of go-to places when I visit Kansas City. Just have a look at their website, scan a sample menu, and you'll understand why. On this last visit,I was facing the open kitchen in the recently renovated dining room and was most impressed with the care and precision on view by the chef and his crew. This is a first-rate restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Love the new decor. Servers were exceptionly friendly. Food was fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    Mitchell
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    best steak and eggs i have ever had for brunch. prices were perfect and quantity was great. highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great KC restaurant!
    Luhousehold
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Bluestem rightly deserves it's recognition from the James Beard Foundation. The service is prompt but not intrusive. The prix fixe tasting menu offers a good price range. The food was prepared well and beautifully presented - however a couple of the items for me were slightly over salted for my liking. The wine pairings were likewise excellent especially for my 1st,4th and 5th course
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I had heard from multiple people that this was one of the best restaurants in Kansas City. Make no mistake, it is very good, however, for the price, I would probably go elsehwere. Next time I will likely spend my time and money on the bar side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal of my life - hands down
    EmilyM02VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The title of my review says it all! This place is pure perfection. I recommend the 5 course meal with wine pairing, the wines selected by the sommelier. He comes out to describe each pairing. The food was unique, quirky and delicious. I am still dreaming about the gazpacho. This place isn't cheap, but I don't regret one dime that I spent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calling all Foodies!
    Biggie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food and service was outstanding! A New York dining experience in Kansas City without the New York price tag!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    HippoScottamus
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I made reservations here for brunch expecting a great experience but it was even better than expected. Not only was the brunch amazing, they do have a James Beard chef, but the prices were very reasonable. The ambiance was perfect, the restaurant was busy but quite and the service was outstanding. A truly great dining experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed..
    Mike
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I were unable to secure dinner reservations this past weekend but were able to get a spot for Sunday brunch. I ordered biscuits and gravy ( sausage gravy was delicious but the biscuits were over cooked and hard ) and my wife had the steak special ( meat was tasty but the potatoes were cold). The waiter never checked asto our satisfaction with our food. Based on this experience I would certainly not recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic