Cafe Verona
Cafe Verona

Cafe Verona

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeveronarestaurant.com/home
  • Phone: 8168330044
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Osage St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Verona
Nestled in historic Independence Square,
Café Verona will whisk you from the Midwest to the romance of Italy.



Drawing inspiration from art, history, and culinary tradition, Café Verona offers a
dining experience that will stimulate the senses and satisfy appetites. Once you enter,
a breathtaking view of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus captures the imagination.



Our menu will please both adventurous epicureans seeking fresh interpretations
of classic dishes and guests seeking modern comfort food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cafe Verona reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (24)romantic (21)great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (6)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • This review likely a little skewed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We ate here for our anniversary. They were running a little behind so we sat at the bar. The bartender immediately took care of us and gave us menus so we could peruse them while we waited. After a very acceptable wait at the bar we were seated. Our waitress stopped by and said she would be right with us and everything was going good. 10 minutes later after seeing our waitress bus 3 other tables the maitre d stopped by out table seeing we did not even have drinks yet and said "I am sorry the wait is a little ridiculous" and we agreed. Our waiter immediately appeared and expressed that she was going to be right back. In the end the waitress continued being awful, but the food was great. The manager did offer to make up for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    ordered the special. swordfish with Spanish rice. skeptical at first. after a few bites I couldn't get enough. chef has created a most unusual dish, wonderful flavor and texture. will be coming back just for this dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    Treconmom
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my first time eating here, and I really enjoyed it. Even walking in was a sight, I loved the entrance and I was disappointed I had not even noticed the place in my previous visits to the square. The tomato based sauces had the perfect amount of tangy and sweet. So good, will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food, outstanding service
    heloburp
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went here for an anniversary dinner. Every dish from appetizer to dessert was just excellent. We had Crab Stuffed Risotto to start and it was uniquely delicious. The Jumbo Shrimp Scampi featured nice large shrimp in an outstanding sauce and the Chicken Carciofi was so good I wanted more. The Gelato was as good as I've had in Italy and the Tiramisu is justly famous. Our waitress was friendly, very well versed on the menu and exceptionally efficient. Overall, a truly excellent choice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    WorldTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We eat at Cafe Verona about once a month (or more) for a reason - the food and service are consistently great, I tried the seafood diovolo nuovo for the 1st time - excellent spice and abundant calamari, shrimp, monkfish, & clams. My wife had her usual chicken piccata and as she has come to expect, it was perfect. Tia, our server, is always strong - not only does she remember us but is likewise consistent and efficient with service, so much so that we prefer to sit in her section. Our normal outstanding dinner experience at Cafe Verona.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in Historic Independence
    Wilbur
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First time at Cafe Verona, and it exceeded our expectations. Service was courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. We have several food allergies, and we were easily (and reassuringly) accommodated. Food was fresh, visually appealing, and delicious! Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Treat!
    MDNCVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We stopped into Cafe Verona on the last night of our vacation to Independence and the KC area. Wow I wish we would have gone earlier becasue we would have made more than one visit. The food, the service and the overall vibe of the restaurant were all really, really good. The Crab stuffed Arborio Rice Balls are not to be missed and the two types of Ravioli - Artichoke and Butternut Squash, were excellent. Service was friendly but professional and the place had a very vibrant feel to it. I hope to visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Kasey
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had fun, the only problem I had was with the reservation, we had one, but had to wait 20 minutes anyway. Why even make one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday and it was fantastic. The food. Service. Ambience. Everything was spot on. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food!
    LKJR
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wonderful Food! We made reservations and request was noted and fulfilled! Good Service! The only thing I would suggest would be to have a wipe off menu to serve or at least check and make sure and replace those that are stained with food. Great for night special occasions!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    TheNosher
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was very good! Be prepared for big servings. Everything was very well prepared. Had the Calamari appetizer. Served with lovely fried bits of lemon which I thought was a surprising and nice touch. The sauce on the Seafood Diavolo Nuovo had an excellent piquant flavor. Make sure you try the tiramisu. Our server was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the menu. They have a lovely patio for those that like to dine outside. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food
    thatgilrnikol
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I so enjoyed the food and we had a truly romantic experience enjoying the ambiance and décor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Calamari appetizer and white wine sangria were amazing! Flavor of grilled pesto ribeye was outstanding, although the beef was a bit tough. Delicious chicken marsala--hard to choose because there are so many tempting options on the menu. Will definitely plan to return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beebop
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    1st time visitor, but definitely will be returning. Freindly/pleasant staff, clean, well lit enviroment. Our server was observant yet not intrusive to our needs. Her suggestions on the wine, food and the special of the evening which she recommended and I ordered was very good. What an addition to our City of Independence. We have already recommened this restaurant to several of our friends, neighbors and relatives.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is great, staff needs training
    mikeanddeb
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    because i exceed the character limit leaving a review, you will have to see our review on tripadvisor to find out what happened to us while dining at this restaurant. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60849-d876546-r215833875-Cafe_Verona-Independence_Missouri.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch
    Lunch
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent gnocchi and ribeye. Wine offerings are a little weak but still a few gems. Our daughter always loves the potatoes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Place to eat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time going here at Cafe Verona although we have lived around the area for most of our lives and tried all kinds of Italian food places. Seated quickly with great service. Food was excellent. Best we've had at any Italian place. Great desert as well. Will eat here again and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great floodPoor service
    Washburn74
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have eaten here many times and have had nothing but good things to say about this restaurant. However, the evening of July 5th was a different story. The food was excellent as usual, but the service was very poor. The restaurant was not busy that evening, so it's not like there were a lot of people to wait on. I hope this was an isolated incident as I enjoy eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful evening on the patio.
    Jessgslp
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Went with a group of 6 people, 2 of which have been to Italy and love wines and 1 who needed a gluten-free menu. All 6 loved the entire meal. We made reservation for 6 but upon arrival, the weather was so perfect and the outdoor patio empty, so we requested to sit there. They were very friendly and accommodating to the change. We had complimentary oil & bread, a Shiraz & a Chianti, calamari (delicious & fresh), and Buffalo Caprese salad for starters! The meals enjoyed included the 4 Cheese shells with chicken, spinach and mushrooms, the Spicey Seafood Diavolo, Sweet corn risotto (Gluten free), and Fruitti del mare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch!
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We often go for dinner, but decided we wanted to try it out for lunch. We were not disappointed! It was absolutely exactly what we expected and wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Delight
    Ready4lunch
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We dined at Cafe Verona for our Anniversary and it was exactly what we were looking for to make the night special. Everyone was incredibly friendly and the atmosphere was warm and pleasant. The food was amazing and the prices very reasonable. It was a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Cafe Verona reviews archive.
  • Food was poor
    Disapointed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was not hot although they brought it using hot pads to carry the food. I guess the plates were hot, the food wasn't. The appetizers were terrible. I ordered the grilled prime rib, that was the most expensive item on the menu and I was very disappoint in the flavor and again it was warm but by far to a temperature that would be enjoyable. The garlic potatoes were watery instant potatoes. I would not go back to this place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll return
    wickwitch
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was great. Wasn't over crowded as it has been in past visits. Service was not the best. She was a sweet girl but I think they had her area too spread out. She was upstairs, outside on the patio and we were seated up front at the windows. Poor girl, how can anyone keep on top of all that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A LOCAL GEM
    PJLS
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a restaurant that is off the beaten trail. If you are not from the Independence area it is not likely you will search for this location. We consider this a BIG plus! What a nice place to have dinner. The first time we dined here it reminded us of a quaint Italian place we like to visit on The Hill in St. Louis. Not many places like this left...And the background music is not loud or weird...It is...Wait for it...Italian. We hope Cafe Verona never changes because we know where it is and we love its neighborhood atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not So Special
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This was the 2nd time we have been here, the 1st time being about 4 years ago. The 1st time we went we had a great time, good food, great service, etc. We chose to go again thinking it was a great place, & it was our anniversary. When I made the reservation, I told them it was our anniversary & wanted it to be special. We were seated in a booth by the waiters area, with a constant stream of people traveling through, from waiters to guests. The booth had no ambience or view. Our waitress was direct & to the point, & not personable at all. She took care of us fine. When we got the bill, we were surprised to see a charge for the bread. Have never been charged for bread at any other restaurant. Was not impressed & will not be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Outing
    gggirls
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    All the party was especially pleased with the food. Looking forward to bringing my husband here. This was my first time and was very quiet and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HungrymanVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Café Verona has continued to produce excellent dishes at reasonable prices. The menu is updated on a regular basis and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At one time, one of my favorites
    TLKGladstone
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    At one time, Cafe Verona was one of my favorite places to eat. It is a beautiful restaurant in an old historic building on the square in Independence. There is an outdoor patio for those who like to eat outside and it is a pretty place. The food is delicious. It was well prepared. The servers are wonderful. My one negative is that the desserts are not tempting. Still a beautiful restaurant, reasonably priced, good service, and food portions make dessert unnecessary. (you're full)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mother's Day
    MorristheCat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Cafe Verona for lunch on Mother's Day. Even though it is not close to home, it was worth the drive! Food was very good, service was also very good and we enjoyed our table and the privacy up on the 2nd floor. I will definitely go back again! If there was a negative, it was that the restaurant was a little too cool but every restaurant in town keeps the temperature for the comfort of their servers, not the guests it seems. Next time I'll sit outside or bring a jacket and I am sure the experience will be perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Who would have thought this neat little restaurant could be found in Independence? It's so quaint and the integrity of the original building has been preserved. The food was excellent and not overpriced. The only negative I would say is when I ordered a 'full' rather than 'half' order of lasagna I expected a larger portion. I wonder what the 'half' order looks like? Otherwise it's a great place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Liked it
    Foodeater
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went there with my sisters and mother tonight. Service was great; attentive without hovering. I used my KC Originals Discount, which made our end tab extremely low. We ate well, took home leftovers and they were very nice about us staying past the time that they were seating, to visit (I work in the service industry and understand how that can be maddening). Thanks so much for the nice night with my mother and sisters Cafe Verona. (Try the pesto gnocchi with the ribeye. It's great.)
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food at a great price.
    mkgrn
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We dined here for our birthday celebration and had a really good evening. The wine list was very good, and reasonably priced. We ate bruschetta, spinach dip for appetizers. Both were good. For our entrees we had the ribeye with mashed potatoes, ribeye with mac and cheese, the 4 cheese ravioli and the spicy penne. The steaks were perfectly cooked as ordered and were excellent. All of the entrees were very well presented, hot and very tasty. Dessert was the dipped gelato and little doughnuts with raspberry sauce. Excellent as well. We all agreed we would go back. This is a very moderately priced restaurant with good food.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pesto Gnocchi!!
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    You simply must try the pesto gnocchi with grilled ribeye. It's the absolute best thing I've ever had at Café Verona. It's quite the staple in our order every time we visit. Wednesday is 1/2 price wine night which always adds a nice touch to the evening. We've been numerous times and have had wonderful experiences every time. Issues are slow getting drinks and quick getting courses of food, but not terrible issues in the grand scheme of things for dinner service. We wouldn't recommend the "homemade" dressings they've recently started - blue cheese and ranch were both very watered down and didn't pack much flavor or punch. Nice to have this option in our backyard on the Independence Square.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    SteakLover
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food and service at Verona is very good. Prices are also very good. It appears that the Independence square is thriving again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant!
    KCinKC
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've recently discovered a few excellent Italian restaurants in Independence, Missouri - including Cafe Verona. I've dined at the restaurant 4 times and each time have had excellent Service, fantastic food and romantic with both indoor and outdoor dining. Don't go to the Italian restaurant on 4 hwy if you want truly delicious Italian!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was great service was great. Priced right will go again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis
    HungrymanVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    A little Oasis in Independence, with a great selection of food and drink. If you haven't tried this restaurant, its time you did.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased with the food
    MarketGuru
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Very pleased with the food & service. Moderate pricing.Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maiden Voyage
    Abbey
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Not terribly noisy - might be different if more Crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food seemed to be microwaved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food seemed to be microwaved and the bread was very dry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.