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Café Trio
Café Trio

Café Trio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafetriokc.com
  • Phone: (816) 756-3227
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm

    HAPPY HOUR: Monday -Friday 2pm-6pm

    DINNER / Full Menu Service: Monday - Thursday: 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm -11pm Sunday: 4pm-9pm.

    Cocktails (Lounge & Deck): Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - Midnight, Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
    Kitchen Hours may Vary
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Unspecified
  • Executive Chef: Adam Yoder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Entertainment: Piano & Vocals. Blues & Jazz. Evenings: Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Cafe Trio hosts numerous special events year round including wine diners, art openings, costume parties and special live music engagements. Please sign up to receive emails about these events by visiting our website at cafetriokc.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. 45th Street
  • Public Transit: On the actual Main Street route, including the Max. Only a few feet from two stops.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot, Street Parking & Valet. VALET SERVICE: Café Trio provides Valet Service at our Main Street Front Door Entrance on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 6-10 pm. The cost is $4, however please present your valet ticket for a credit against your bill. Pull to front Door on Main Street for VALET service. Cars are parked in the secured and monitored American Century Office Tower Garage.
A word from Café Trio
Hip & glamorous, Café Trio blends outstanding cuisine and cocktails for an award winning “Come as you are” fine dining experience. Trio offers a unique intersection of incredible dining, quality live entertainment and original local art. The Starlet Lounge at Café Trio evokes a bygone era complete with Hollywood Starlets and the always playing classic movie with unique specialty martinis, traditional cocktails and an extensive list of wine and beers. Every Tuesday features Half Priced Wine with $5 Starlet specialty Martinis each Wednesday. Live music on Tuesday through Saturday includes Café Trio's own resident Diva, the one and only Alice Jenkins on Friday & Saturday nights. Large outdoor deck and terrace offers one of kind views of the Country Club Plaza and J.C. Nichols Fountain. Cafe Trio is one of Kansas City's most popular restaurants. Awarded multiple Kansas City “Best Of” designations by Kansas City Magazine, including “Best Overall Restaurant”.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "We really enjoyed the food particularly the walleye. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The service was excellent but the food was so so. Not as good as the time before,but great bar area for drinking and eating. I will return for drinks and appetizers only."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been here twice now and have not been disappointed. The food is amazing and the service is awesome!! Owners come out and check on you and just makes this place so inviting! The view is great and just a fun place for a date night or a party! I will be back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We brought friends visiting from Iowa to Cafe Trio over the holiday weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience from start to finish. The food was excellent, the ambiance was great, and we were able to enjoy a unique Plaza experience all in one visit. Definitely a good time if you're willing to invest the time and money in local Kansas City fare."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We sat on the deck, so it was noisy as expected, no complaints. Had a great waiter and a great view of the park and JC Nichols Fountain. I would go back on a nice evening and sit on the deck again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This place is a must-try! All of our meals were awesome! Try the Fried Green Tomato appetizer! Fabulous cocktail list! We will be back on our next trip to KC!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Okay, a thirty minute wait for an appetizer? Well it was better than a forty minute wait after ordering the entrees. Otherwise, because we were not is a rush, the evening was above average. Since the management came out and apologized to several tables for the delay I thought they might, at least say something to our table but we did not rate even that much attention. I might consider our experience when choosing a restaurant on the Plaza in Kansas City next time."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "What another great evening of food and fun. We learned that you can get their Mac Daddy as an appetizer. We did and it was great as usual. I tried their snapper special and was not disappointed. My wife enjoyed the tilapia dinner. Service was outstanding. Very attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and the staff are always very good...the ambiance is wonderful and the view is great!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our waitress was great, everyone was very accommodating as a fourth friend joined us at our table for three. Great patio as always."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I am always impressed by Cafe Trio. Food and service are great!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were all pleasantly surprised that Cafe Trio is not traditional Italian. Everyone at our table except one loved their entree. The naysayer had a rib eye steak. The problems were it was smothered/overwhelmed with chimichurrie spread thick over entire top surface. In addition, his plate was drowning in olive oil. To keep the oil back, he created a dam with the mashed potatoes. Because his asparagus was swamped with oil, he could only eat the top spears. Other than that overuse of olive oil, dinner was enjoyed by all. Loved the imaginative seasonal cocktails before dinner!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As a local manager owned restaurant they had the flexibility and desire to respond to our dietary needs. Food was well seasoned and prepared."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Went with a girlfriend and had a great time! We started with the flatbread of the day (mozzarella, arugula, red onions, mushrooms, and fire roasted tomatoes). DELICIOUS. I could easily have made a meal on that alone. My friend had the salmon and I had the filet. We both cleaned our plates. Absolutely incredible. Our server was attentive, but not overbearing, as he could tell we were there to catch up, sip on wine, and enjoy the evening. After dinner, he brought us each coupons for $10 off $50 on our next visit. Can't wait to take my boyfriend there once he moves here! I also glanced at their happy hour menu, and want to try that. Seriously something for everyone!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Reliably tasty food, the beautiful outdoor deck, great location, frequent discounts. Tried the Saladin burger this time... Not bad but will probably go back to the Mac daddy on my next visit."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I love Cafe Trio! The food and drinks are fantastic. The location is great. The back outdoor bar area overlooks the plaza, and I love sitting out there. The staff is warm and friendly. Love going here for lunch, for birthday dinner, for Valentine's day specials, basically great Anytime! Plus it is a local place, and we can use our KC Originals points here. :) One of my favorites. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "We enjoyed the ambience of Café Trio and the entrees were good. However, the fried green tomatoes were clearly packaged and had no flavor except for the deep fried breading they were bathed in and the lavender cake was a day old and very dry. go for the entrees, avoid the before and after options! Also, the service was less than adequate, we had a friend join us a little late and we had to ask for everything, water, silverware. Just not a polished staff."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have dined at Cafe Trio multiple times and can't remember a time that we left unhappy. Don't expect to get your meal and be out of there in 30 min. That said so we don't go there unless we have plenty of time to enjoy it all. On this occasion we had a special occasion with friends from out of town. We had requested Richard as our server and he did not disappoint. The service was great, we had four different entrees and the food was spot on. We all had a great time and totally enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Another great evening at Cafe Trio Thursday! The place was full, the live piano music was perfect, the service top-notch, and of course the food was excellent. PS: I am glad to see the pistachio tilapia back on the menu!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The new summer menu is available. I tried the scallops and risotto which were delicious. The new pecan cake is wonderful. There are several other items I want to try. This is my favorite restaurant. The service and food are always excellent."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was our first visit and my wife and I were impressed. We had great service and that raised the level of the entire experience. We thought to go there because of our K.C. Originals card. I was so pleased with my experience that I took a business associate there for dinner about a week later. We would recommend the restaurant to friends and have."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Dinner and dessert was fabulous. I believe the bread served before dinner is an important step a lot of restaurants forget about. I would recommend a different kind of bread at Cafe Trio. Perhaps something crunchier. Otherwise, a fantastic spot on the Country Club Plaza."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Cafe trio is like a favorite old sweater- it feels so great to snuggle up in it. You always feel like family. I went for the seafood lasagna-brought back for 1 week only to celebrate their 10th anniversary This needs to return to the menu as does the triple chocolate mousse. A great evening."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have dined at Café Trio several times and have never been disappointed. Menu choices and food excellent. Always good service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've visited this restaurant several times. As always, the food was superb, the service great, and the patio is the bestvive ever been on. It overlooks KC's iconic Plaza, and Is usable in all but the coldest weather. You will never disappoint."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We ate here on a Friday night. We were fortunate enough to be able to eat out on the deck and it was delightful. One of the best outdoor venues in the city. My companion had the seafood lasagna and i had crab cakes. We both enjoyed our food. The wine list has really interesting wines by the glass as well as several interesting bottles and all are reasonably priced. The deck was busy but our server managed it pretty well. Parking is pretty easy. Staff are friendly. Go and have lunch or dinner on the deck. You will enjoy it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We often go to Trio for happy hour deals which are fantastic. Full price dinner is definitely more expensive, but the food is so worth it for a special treat to celebrate or a romantic dinner for two. Chocolate dessert was best I ever had, main dishes were excellent too. I always get some sort of fish. Have had wonderful cioppino here, but the menu changes so don't get too attached to one dish. My husband always loved lamb lollipops and while they were missing on our last trip, there was another equally pleasing lamb dish on the menu. Service is always good and the outdoor seating without having to worry about smoke drifting from nearby tables is a definite plus for us. We love this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Celebrated a special occasion - our favorite place to go for a special event! Wonderful service and such a great evening. As usual !!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "delicious food, good service and great atmosphere. I would however skip the signature cocktails, all three I had were not as good as a regular mixed drink. Too much added in."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We were delayed by traffic issues and needed to get in and out quickly to get to the Kaufmann Center. Staff became aware of this time crunch and expedited a great meal for us. Real heads-up service and no compromise on food. !"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Café Trio. We are anxious to return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the seafood! The chef was creative in accommodating my "paleo" requests - and created a fantastic meal! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed our lunch on their outdoor, covered deck with a fantastic view of the Plaza. Their new salmon burger is outstanding and huge! I could not eat the whole thing. Outstanding wait staff who really cared that your dining experience was the best."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Beautiful view of Mill Creek Park, JC Nichols fountain, and the whole Plaza from the Patio. Tuesday is half price wine."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Service was prompt, attentive and friendly. Featured selection was excellent. Server recommendations were right on the money. All entree's were very good and desserts were superb!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Have been to cafe trio many times for lunch, and found it to be great. Menu choices for dinner were fair, we all had four different entrees, and none of them were above fair "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We have been to Café Trio several times and it has always been great food with great service."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Always good and one of our favorites . What more can I say!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a romantic style lunch date with my wife. Service and seating prompt (as we arrived just as the restaurant opened). The dishes, specialty pizza with cheese sauce, chicken, and veggies and a gourmet Mac-n-cheese, were delicious. Mac-n-cheese was made with penne pasta and a chef-made cheese sauce. The penne pasta had a perfect texture (and it was even better the next day as leftovers when the spices had a chance to mingle). The pizza dough was perfectly thin, crunchy and chewy. We will visit again. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Cafe Trio always delivers on service and food. Our waitress was great in talking with the table and providing some good recommendations. The food was great- love the fried green tomatoes. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014