Collection
  • Address:
    1532 Grand Blvd
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Neighborhood:
    Crossroads / Freight District / Boulevard
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Collection

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.collectionrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8164717111
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Celina Tio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Street Parking
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Collection reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food5
    Service5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)romantic (1)special occasion (1)neighborhood gem (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • great food and service
    Birthday
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Loved everything about the place. Will definitely be back
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 32 reviews are from the Collection reviews archive.
  • Like dining in a school cafeteria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Empty restaurant and I can see why. Food was passable but that's all. Service was ok, but it should be when there's no one else in the restaurant. Decor was the worst I've ever seen. It looks like they spent $30 on the dining room.
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  • food with flavor, wine to match
    stan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    food with flavor not found any other place, wines that pair with your dish, and all amid downtown art, sport, and entertainment venues ... good bar to night cap it all off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little restaurant in downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a great restaurant in downtown. The fool was great, service wonderful. Celine Tio was there at the restaurant and made a point to come over to ask how everything was (always nice to see her, and talk to the chef/owner).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empty
    Jhurst127
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Unfortunately, Collection was a dud for us. From the ambiance to the food, everything was mediocre at best. We were the only diners in the restaurant on a Saturday night. The food was just okay and there were several items that were not available but still listed on the menu. It was just kind of depressing because it felt like we were in a restaurant that was going under.
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  • Good Service, Mediocre Food
    Hellocaitlin85
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our server was great, and I hate to say that the food was only mediocre. I don't think I would go back unfortunately.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Service needs improvement
    FirstFriday
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food, as expected, was delicious. However, the service was horrible. I asked about the First Friday happy hour specials, as posted on Facebook by Chef Tio, our waiter told us there weren't any specials. I didn't correct the waiter as no one at the table decided to get any of the specials. When we got our checks, the waiter over charged my credit card by $25 and my friend was over charged $90. It took him and 3 other employees 30 minutes to fix the issue. I would go back for the food, but we probably will just go to Julian instead.
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    Fit For Foodies
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  • Good Happy Hour Deals
    Meeechelle
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I enjoyed the $5 Happy Hour Deals when I went to visit Collection. The orange beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachios was yummy.
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  • Disappointing
    Amhfzf
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We arrived at 7:30 on a Friday night and were one of two couples eating at the restaurant. The host wasn't at the door, so an employee who was leaving after his shift seated us. The waiter was very professional when addressing us, but took a very long time between checking on us before we placed our orders. When asked, his two suggestions were the two most expensive items on the menu. The beer list was great as they use the Belfry bar beer selection next door. The food came out quickly and the rigatoni was very good, but the burger was disappointing due to an error by the cook. With only 2 tables full at the restaurant, we expected faster service and not to have any issues with the food preparation.
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    Great for Lunch
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  • Should have been much better ...
    PJBandDRNVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had lunch on a Friday and were the only two people there. Despite that, it took over 45 minutes for two entrees to arrive. We were offered a rather lame explanation about the pasta not being quite right when first prepared, but if so, it would have been nice to be informed about that as it happened. Still, great food can trump a mediocre dining experience. Unfortunately, this was not great food. The mac and cheese was pleasant, though not exceptional, and the seafood pasta (of the unfortunate cooking experience) was very chewy spaghetti with six shrimp and some miniscule scraps of clam (which incidentally cost $23 for a lunch portion). We expect better of such a fine chef.
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  • Uncertain
    Mike
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Upon arrival, I introduced my colleague to Celina Tio who was wecloming and very gracious. We went to the Belfry and the bar tenders were attentive and helpful. we loved the selection of beers and I am now a fan of Petrus! Dinner in Collection's dining area has the feel of dining an a temporary setting. It seems just too sterile and make shift. Our food is up to Chef Tio's standard but the setting and noise is a distraction. This has promise but needs some work.
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  • Great food. Where are the people?
    GREENVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Her restaurant in Brookside is great, so we were very excited to try this place. We arrived at 6pm on a Friday night. There were maybe 4 other people in the restaurant. During our entire dinner, there were maybe 10 other diners. Occupancy aside, the food was very good. We could have existed on appetizers and cocktails alone. We moved-on to dinner and desserts and were disappointed. I hope more people find out about this place.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Don't miss this great place
    stan
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    ... tasty food, large selection of wines/beer ... close to Sprint, Kaufman, other down town venues
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a fantastic experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    What a fantastic experience! Went with a large group of people and everyone told me later they loved their food (chicken, scallops, shepherd's pie). They were even telling me days later how much they really enjoyed the restaurant and how they wanted to go back again soon. The energy was fun and the table set-up was great. My scallops were excellent. Some ordered up apps, trying the goat cheese and beets. The others ate Farm to Market bread with apple butter and thought it was great. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Service was 4 because the waitress at times wasn't the kindest person in the world. There was a moment where she was a little tense with one of my friends but we got it resolved. Otherwise, I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's dinner
    Jeff
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    4 course meal for two. All but one entree (duck) were excellent. The broth seasoning for the duck wasn't simmered in enough. The entrance needs some draft protection in the winter months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is this a pop-up restaurant?
    disappointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It sure could be. Grab some tables and chairs and throw a menu together??? Over-priced for a mediocre experience.
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  • Feast of V-Day
    VDayVisitor
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Their menu was a great selection of all sorts of food options. All the dishes that the two of us had were extremely tasty and a great price for four courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to dinner at Collection for Valentine's Day. The fixed menu choices were varied. We tried different items and all were good. Overall our experience was positive. The desserts were definitely the highlight. Enjoyed our craft beers at the Belfry beforehand as much or more than the dinner. It's a little barren inside.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skimpy on Key Ingredients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The ambiance is shaby-chic cafeteria, too bright for evening, but okay if you know what to expect. Overall the food was disapointing in presentation and lacked reasonable amounts of key ingredients. The salad with crab had MINIMAL crab and not much flavor, a complaint of more than one table. The pate' 3,slices of crustini with a THIN layer of pate' and 2 -3 huckleberries, was anemic. 2 pieces with twice the pate' and a berry drizzle on the plate would have been a huge improvement. On the upside, the oyster Rokafeller soup was nice. The loup de mer and beef entree were flavorful, if without interesting presentation. Our server was excellent and our wine complimentary, but I we'd rather have paid and enjoyed. Disappointing overall..
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  • Overrated
    OMGodather
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Categorically awful...below average food at extraordinary prices in what feels like a bad lobby space.
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  • Chef Tio does it again!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Great location. Great food. Great beer/drinks. Chef Celina Tio has a way of bringing it all together. Do yourself a favor and book your reservation today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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  • Good and not so good
    Lakewoodian
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We have been to Collection twice now for dinner, and while the food overall is quite good, there were some glitches that dampened our enthusiasm for going back in the near future. We had lukewarm soup and cold bread pudding on our first visit, and two significant errors on both sandwich orders the second visit. We were pressed for time so didn't bother reordering but made do with what we were served. Decor is stark, tablecloths would really help. Front door is a single door allowing a draft to waft in every time it is opened. Choose a table farther away if you can. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and the service was reasonably good but some tweaks are needed to make this a real destination restaurant.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    ATCKellyR
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This place had great food, and a great atmosphere. Simplistic, and sleek, yet stylish. The Macaroni and cheese was a must try, and my hamburger was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celeb Chef Over-Hyped Underachiever
    Rainmaker
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    If you just HAVE to eat here to see for yourself, ask yourself this: "What dish of the meal I've just been served showed the skills of a master chef?" Certainly not the knife acuity displayed in the inconsistent cuts of their signature carrots with Harissa or the Beets with Goat Cheese. The thicker carrots were raw. Although the beet dish was my favorite regarding taste, did it take a culinary-trained talent to 'griddle' fry bread to burnt & serve it in a space that felt like an elementary school cafeteria with their latest art projects hung on the wall? What dish resonated with a champion's signature? I wonder if this is just some tongue-in-cheek private joke, and we dinner patrons are the punchline!
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  • Starting with the drink menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Starting with the drink menu and the list of bourbons available, the experience at Collection is very, very positive. The food is outstanding. Prepared perfectly, in the right quantity and with perfect taste. Even on the cold night (outside) that we were there, it came from the kitchen hot. The service was good - just not great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    Foodie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I was expecting James Beard award winning food and was sorely disappointed. There was nothing special at all about our meals.
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  • Would Not Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I have few positive things to say about this restaurant. The décor is bleak to almost non existent. We sat in the equivalent of cafeteria chairs. The bathrooms are painted black and patrons are encouraged to write on the walls with colored chalk; looks cheap not sheik. My chicken sandwich might have had two ounces of chicken on it. The shepherd's pie was a pile of potatoes with strips of lamb piled on top. It was a good size portion but had zero pizazz. The person who ordered the scallops, a five foot female, said they were good but was served such a tiny portion that she stopped and got something to eat on the way home. Our coffee never arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over cooked
    Laughtonk
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Our party had 6 people. Each one of our meals was overlooked except for the hamburger but it was flavorless. The plolenta was very good. But the egg with it was overdone. The wait staff was not friendly. Service was timely but I felt like The requests at our table were a nuisance to them. Not a place we will visit again. We tried a variety of menu items but the polenta was the only thing that was worth eating.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was great, service was NOT
    kctc
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I really wanted to love this place, because we love Julian so much. We started off with a beer at Belfry, where Celina Tio was tending bar. The beer and atmosphere at Belfry were great, which made Collection all the more disappointing. Atmosphere is kind of subjective, but I feel like they took the "cafeteria" theme just a little too far. It was just too sterile. Our food was great, but the service was absolutely abysmal. I took forever to even get ANYONE to serve us, and that was the host. Even he seemed to wander off and disappear a lot. I would get carryout of that amazing mac and cheese, but I don't think we would ever eat dinner there again.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • A Collection... but not a Stew
    MrCeph
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    What a nice little find. On our way to the symphony, we decided to try something new and had wanted to visit Chef Tio's new creation downtown. The service was top notch (we were running late and called to push our reservations, our request was met with a friendly and encouraging can-do attitude). The menu was a bit awkward for a dinner-spot since it felt like it was geared more for the lunch crowd. We tried a few of the starters and really enjoyed the carrots w/harissa. They could have actually been a little spicier but, alas, they were still flavorful. The mac & cheese was very rich, hearty and tasty! Some of the other items were well recommended and pretty good but not memorable. Certainly worth another visit. Service made the difference!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York dinning at Midwest price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very well done and very laid back great food awesome service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Chef Tio shines, a downtown hit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had a mix of appetizers, mains, cocktails and wine and everything was spot on. There are a number of go-to dishes (lamb "shepard's pie", pulled chicken sandwich, grilled bread and red wine butter) with some of Chef Tio's best dishes from Julian's (burger!). Seasoning and preparation were perfect; the french fries were particularly perfect the night we went, crispy on the outside, perfectly salted; we couldn't stop eating them! With an amazing looking, soon-to-be-open bar in the back (The Belfry), it is a must go. Wine selection is great with the same wine director as Julian's (Mike) and the beer directory (Brad) who has had many hits including Bier Station, is create a great menu with beers that you may only find here in KC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • If you like sitting in the
    wineandfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    If you like sitting in the same plastic and metal chairs you had in school, then the ambience is for you. The space is stark - that's not a negative if sparse and simple is what you're looking for. Just don't come expecting swank, elegant, or anything approaching upscale. Industrial is probably the best description. The food and service, though, are wonderful. The mac and cheese, and the scallops, are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.