Café Sebastienne
Café Sebastienne

Café Sebastienne

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kemperart.org/cafe/index.asp
  • Phone: (816) 561-7740
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jennifer Maloney
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call or visit www.kemperart.org for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Betty Kindler 816-797-1544
  • Entertainment: Please visit www.kemperart.org for Musician's schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th
  • Public Transit: Bus/Metro - 45th & Main
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Café Sebastienne
One of Kansas City's premier restaurants, Café Sebastienne combines the worlds of contemporary art & contemporary cuisine in the heart of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Chef Jennifer Maloney utilizes the season's offerings & local organic produce in her creative menus.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Café Sebastienne reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)great for lunch (70)great for brunch (57)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (33)romantic (15)good for groups (13)scenic view (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (7)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food, bad table.
    MM48
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Everything was great, BUT it was disappointing to be seated right by the kitchen door. We were one of the first tables to arrive and I made a reservation quite awhile ago. I did not asked to be moved bc we had guest. I hoped they did not care.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to Kansas City
    ladylunch
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was my first visit to Kansas City. I enjoyed lunch so much at Cafe Sebastian on my first day that I went back for dinner (and a visit to the Kemper Museum, where it is located) on my last night, when I was accompanied by new friends I had just met that day. Food and service were excellent both times. Although KC is famous for meat, Cafe Sebastienne's menu is friendly to non-meat eaters. Both the enclosed terrace and indoor room are very pleasant. I left Kansas City with a good taste in my mouth. Thank you, Cafe Sebastienne.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid!
    ladyarch
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was perfect from the food to the service! There were 4 of us dining and everyone of us had a perfect dining experience here. The menu is not large but everything on it is fabulous! And what a bonus to leave the restaurant and stroll the gallery until 9:00!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a night
    Earney
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our server was great and he made the night special. Every single item was cooked perfectly, from the soup to the salad to the entree to the dessert. We had shrimp and grits that were just wonderful. The swordfish was superb. Overall, we had a fantastic night, and we felt like we had been pampered like we've never been before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    SundayDinersVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    great food and service, we especially enjoy Sunday brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even better than I remembered!!!
    moAbVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had never eaten at the Cafe for an evening meal. Wow!!! Glad we did. We were cordially greeted, promptly seated, and our server swiftly greeted us as well. The fall appetizers (squash casserole on toasted crostini; shredded chicken with vegetables and wild rice) were outstanding. My wife had trout on a bed of root vegetables for her main and loved it. It was cooked perfectly and the taste was superb. My ribeye steak was cooked exactly to order. The baked potato came with butter that had bacon and garlic mixed in...need I say more. My wife had a flourless chocolate tort with berries for desert. I had an apple crispt with pecans rather than ice cream. Outstanding! Overall and outstanding and relaxing meal surrounded by art. GO THERE!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great contempory cuisine and art
    OldFilth
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food. Very fresh ingredients. The Hubbard squash appetizer was an unusual treat. Lamb shanks and pork chop entrees were as good as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    tlynnVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service was slow and uneven and it was not that crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cnh1983
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We love Sebastienne and dine there regularly for brunch and lunch. We don't ordinarily visit for dinner since it's fairly pricey, but were given a gift certificate so treated Friday night as a date night. We were really disappointed which was sad. We sat down and waited fifteen minutes to even be greeted. Finally our drink order was taken by a manager who could tell that I was getting frustrated. Our waitress was busy - which I understood and was patient about (I was in the service industry for a long time). HOWEVER. There are many ways to take care of your guests even when your busy. She did none of them. And then the food came which was basically good - but definitely not as exciting as we had hoped. We won't be back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HungryVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This is a fab restaurant - always has new & fresh ideas for tasty items to try - creative, not the same-old, same-old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Russ
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The food served here has always been good. The service has always been excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OsuwyoVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Family enjoyed varied mene, quality of food, and service, will eat here again soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful Meal; Fascinating Milieu
    Xaris4u
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was creative, very fresh and delicious. The service was attentive - Industrial atmosphere; (hey, you're in a museum of modern art!) not warm, romantic ambience; but was stimulating and alive w interest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a nice lunch
    tablefor4
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Happy to find Cafe Sebastienne to be as wonderful as ever after not dining there for some time. Fish tacos were outstanding and the pear/currant crisp had just the right hint of ginger to delight the taste buds. Good energy throughout the cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    SundayDinersVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food and service are generally dependable and worth the drive from Overland Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Sebastienne Delivers
    ToniG
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Such a delicious brunch! We love dining with Dale, Stacy, Sloan and the whole Cafe Sebastienne Crew!!! Sweethearts every last one of them and soooo professional :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Kansas City Gem
    LidiasDiddlely0
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I liked everything about Cafe Sebastienne; the "high arts" district location, the Kemper, the art decor in the Cafe, the bright open space, the atmosphere, the presentation of the tasty food and the service. I will always bring my guests from out-of-town here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    NeFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good food, prepared well, impeccable service. Our server, Dale, was knowledgeable about the menu and made recommendations about items we should try. His suggestions were spot on and made the experience a very enjoyable one. After brunch suggested places we might like to try for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GabyEatsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Cafe Sebastienne has a wonderful menu and cocktails. Seating is in the atrium (wonderful lighting but a bit noisy with the echos) or inside with a view on the atrium and wall art.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    After dinner, all three of us agreed this was one of the best meals we had in a long time. One diner commented that she's never had a mediocre meal at Café Sebastienne. Wonderful, creative salad through perfect desert, this was a truly great meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh dinner.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As locals we have eaten here often for brunch and have enjoyed the setting. Great staff, nice aesthetic, etc. We took an out-of-town guest for dinner on the first night of the 2014 Plaza Art Fair, and found plenty of easy parking despite the surrounding traffic. Dinner was disappointing - we all had the Moroccan lamb Bolognese. It was spiced nicely (mint & cardamom) but far too salty and the meat had little lamb flavor. Sadly, I easily could have done better with store-bought hamburger. We had a pleasent evening in a nice setting otherwise. Keep in mind the museum doors may lock behind you if you are having a late dinner and leave to take a phone call...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Sebastian Never Disappoints...
    KC50
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good food, beautifully mixed cocktails, wonderful service and a subtly European atmosphere make Cafe Sebastian one of my absolute favorite get-away spots for lunch. I always prefer a corner alcove table in the courtyard, UNLESS... If the courtyard if even half full or if a large party has been seated there, the space is VERY noisy, making conversation with dining companions difficult and, sometimes unpleasant. If so, a table in the dining room can be a little cramped, but enjoyable and intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We sat there for 2 hours and no one pushed us to leave. Both the food and the setting were lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ample pricey but superb cuisine
    TasteOfAntoine
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food and service could hardly be better. Three of us ordered three different dishes. All were excellent. It's pricey, but the food is more than ample and not disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous lunch
    HattieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ordered the lunch trio-soup, salad and sandwich. The best lunch I have had in any restaurant in years. All three components were excellent, Mulligatawny soup, pasta pesto salad and a ham on brioche sandwich. Hope they repeat this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amanda
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Ordered flat bread pizza. it was delicious as usual, however, do not care for the side "salad". It is just a small bunch of somewhat harsh tasting greens with a sprinkling of cheese. Field greens or even spinach would be so much better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Love this place!!!
    VeggieT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we weren't disappointed. We chose Cafe Sebastianne because we had our reception there and had an amazing experience. Ten years has only made them better. The food was super fresh - we had grouper - , the lovely server worked with us to find a wine we liked, and the goat cheese cheesecake was the perfect way to end the evening. Loved every minute of it. Inside seating was full but the noise was tolerable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arty
    munchieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great for Art, but the once best restaurant has failed this time. The menu was over the top in tomatoes and under in entree offerings. Also missing were enough veggie sides to be able to switch out one for another making it hard for children as well as picky eaters. I guess this is not a place to take teens other than to view the amazing art collection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungryVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The liver was very good - not overcooked. The prices of the wine are a bit high. The wine was good, but a tad expensive. "Steve" the waiter was very good - he should get a gold star.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amanda
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very good service...everyone all smiles and very nice. No flour chocolate cake was to die for and beautifully presented. The flat bread pizza was really good but not as good as the last time I ordered it. The squash was very over cooked and runny. I scrapped it off and still enjoyed my pizza.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    SundayDinersVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food and service are about the best in KC! We especially like Sunday brunch and if we need a Reuben, a lunch during the week meets that need.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The main room is still way too loud. I say that as if there was a chance it might be something other than loud sometime, but I don't think that will ever happen. It's a fun place to go but you must be willing to (a) accept a constant, very high noise level and (b) forego conversation at your table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Sebastienne!
    Lenexasara
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A wonderful setting for a celebratory brunch for seven! Lovely selection of menu options. All dishes were outstanding particularly the Brioche French Toast, the Omelet, and the Breakfast Hash...Simply delicious. The only downside was that it was noisy and a bit chilly but the food soon made us forget any inconvenience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HungryVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had the fish of the day - salmon - a very nice size thick piece - cooked rare as I like it. My friend had the pizza which looked too good to eat - really - & she said it was delicious. If you eat with your eyes it must have been. Our server, Charles, is the best but then I'm not telling you anything you haven't heard before. I will be back, I guarantee it. Sue
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm never disappointed-always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It does get really loud, but I know that's how it is when you have a high ceiling.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, as always!
    lindap
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I had the flatbread pizza, which was excellent (and slightly more than I could eat). I prefer the ambience and acoustics of the inside dining room over the atrium seating. Cafe Sebastienne has never disappointed me.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 589 reviews are from the Café Sebastienne reviews archive.
  • MarketGuru
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Always a pleasure - always delicious! Great place for a business lunch or a delightful mean with a friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always the best in Kansas City
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We tried a new offering yesterday - Summer Vegetable Crepe. It was quite beautiful, delicious and filling. Topped with a thin layer of melted Gruyere cheese -mmmm! Staff is always friendly and accommodating. Every diner feels like family by the time their Cafe Sebastienne experience is over. Yesterday there were several different catered events occurring simultaneously throughout the museum and it did not affect our fine service or food negatively in any way. These are pros. Remains top of our list favorite restaurant in KC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was superb and presented so beautifully. The service was excellent. A very enjoyable experience. Plan to return!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food, beautiful setting
    2home
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    You can't go wrong with the Sunday brunch here. My French Toast was so good that I wished I'd ordered the double portion, even so it was filling. My wife's order of salmon/tilapia fish tacos was large enough she needed some help and it was almost as tasty as the FT. Our friends ordered the club sandwich and the omelette and they were very pleased with both. The bill was very reasonable considering the quality of the food and the service was pleasant, competent and unhurried. The bonus was a quick tour of this excellent modern art museum, celebrating it's 20th anniversary in KC!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet