Grünauer
Grünauer
  • Address:
    101 W. 22nd Street
    Historic Freight House
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Neighborhood:
    Crossroads / Freight District / Boulevard
  • Cuisine:
    Austrian
    Price: $30 and under

Grünauer

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://grunauerkc.com/
  • Phone: 8162833234
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; DINNER: Monday- Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday:4:00pm - 11:00pm; BRUNCH: Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm (brunch menu served ALL DAY) WUNDER BAR: Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-1:00am Sunday: 11:30am-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: German, Austrian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Grunauer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Come in this Sunday September 18th! We are having an authenic pig roast and Miles Bonny will be playing on the patio! Also 2nd ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST SEPTEMBER 30TH-OCTOBER 2ND!!! Call to inquire for more details!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baltimore
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking provided free of charge directly south of the restaurant.
A word from Grünauer
Grünauer is a classic Viennese style restaurant with Central European influences of German, Hugarian, and international specialties. Peter Grünauer, executive chef, his son Nicholas, and daughter Elisabeth opened Grünauer in May of 2010. Peter is from Austria and his brother and sister still run their family restaurant in the Neubau region of Vienna. The menu offers simple straight-forward, and affordable cuisine high-lighting some of the best cuisine Central Europe has to offer. The menu here is meant to satisfy every customer that walks in the door. The Wunder Bar offers an array of wines, beer, and spirits unlike any other restaurant in Kansas City. The authentic Biergarten outside is one of kind as well. There is no other place in the city to match the atmosphere of Grünauer. We pride ourselves on offering the best customer service and knowledge of our product. We want to offer you a fine dining experience with a family feel so, make a reservation today!
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Grünauer reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)special occasion (102)neighborhood gem (68)good for groups (64)great for outdoor dining (63)great for lunch (49)romantic (42)vibrant bar scene (24)notable wine list (23)great for brunch (18)hot spot (13)scenic view (13)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • frequent
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    food was excellent. Server was helpful and accommodating but not very prompt. Waited 20 minutes for our check. Finally had to flag down a bus boy and ask for it as we hadn't seen our server. Over 1.5 hours for a lunch is a little too long for a restaurant that was not very busy. In fairness, a table for 13 was set up( with 6 children) and given to her as well as the other tables she had about half way thru our meal. Too much for one server - but she was not very attentive to that table either. Not had this problem on previous visits so this is probably an outlier and would not stop us from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    we have a very good dinner and waiter was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    JimKVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Grunauer is a super restaurant. The food is always top rate. Truly a a one of a kind in the city. Every time we dine at Grunauer we feel like we are back in Vienna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1Timer
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Wife and I had dinner on August 25, 2014 and the service and food was excellent. That was our first visit however it won't be the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Someplace Different
    RoyalsFan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Grunauer has a nice atmosphere. The food is good - I had a pasta dish that was very tasty. Could have used some salt but I didn't ask for any. Salt and pepper shakers are no where to be found in that restaurant. The beer selection is vast, and the beer I had was really smooth and went down well! Had a pretzel with the beer pre-meal. It was good; served with a spicy mustard. I would recommend Grunauer - I need to go back and try other dishes! Regarding service - the table server was attentive and very helpful. The guy tending bar wasn't terribly friendly, which was disappointing. He acted like it was a royal pain to serve my date and me so that wasn't impressive.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Danimal
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food, the atmosphere and the service were all above average. This was our first meal on this trip and it was a great way to start off the weekend. We will definitely go back the next time we're in Kansas City.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love Grunauer. It is always on our list for good, hearty food and we enjoy dining outdoors and watching the trains roll past.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Taste and speed
    Washingtonian
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The meal I had was dry and the waiters were to fast for us to enjoy the course we were eating. Great Hungarian goulash.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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  • So Many Great Choices
    SmilingSunshine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a very reasonable, good bottle of wine at the waiters suggestion that complemented our meal nicely. The meal was very good and it was tough to choose which menu item to pick. We look forward to going back to try some other items.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nanc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant has a lot of character. It's a unique dining experience. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    Sloppyfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is the second time my boyfriend and I have eaten here and both time the overall experience has been amazing. We've tried different items in the menu each time and so far nothing has disappointment. Mussels were out of this world! I tried the cactus water cocktail this time which wasn't my favorite (I prefer the German beer selections) but everything was an experience. I love how they have traditional dishes and also modern with a traditional feeling. Would definitely recommend to friends and couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    EdEatsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great meal on a Friday evening. The schnitzel with spetzel, and red cabbage was outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big German
    PFieldVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Although it's the heartier side of German cuisine, Grunauer dishes are flavorful and fresh. Love their sauerkraut and the Weihenstephaner on tap.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inflexible with reservation change
    luvdininVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I booked my reservation for a party of 8. Some of my party had difficulty with the 7pm time originally set. I called the restaurant to alter to 6 or 6:30 and was told that they could not accommodate since they had several large parties booked. We were in the restaurant from 7 to 9 pm and there were empty tables throughout. We had a nice dinner but I was very disappointed with their refusal to accommodate a time change request.
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  • Really good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall a very good experience, knowledgeable staff, great beer list, portion size was more than enough. Just a nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great find!
    DandK
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I are always looking for new fun places to eat. The menu was so inviting we wanted everything. Service was excellent, knowledgeable and witty. The ambiance was great out on the patio, can't wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We loved visiting while on vacation through Kansas City. Everything was cooked to perfection, and we loved dining outside in the beer garden!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    CrazyChef
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We always love coming here! The food is very authentic and we always love what ever we get. This last visit I ordered the schnitzel special and my husband had the chicken Cordon Bleu. We had a side of the cucumber potato salad and spatzel. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake. It was a beautiful evening so we sat on the patio. It was absolutely wonderful. The service was also excellent. We can't wait to go back! My husband had a wonderful beer and I had a Mojito. The bartender makes a great Mojito!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You have to try this!
    EricTobi
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Gruanuer is an absolute gem! While visiting Kansas City, we were stunned to find an authentic Austrian restaurant. Being of Austrian decent and travelling to Austria frequently, we were somewhat skeptical but absolutely blow away by the authentic menu choices and the superb execution. We both chose Tapfelsptiz and strongly encourage anyone to try it once. It is a Viennese specialty that is not to be missed. The Grunauer family owns a sister restaurant in Vienna that won a major culinary award - again, quality through and through. The setting in a historic railroad freight warehouse with soaring ceilings just added to the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • melody
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Two of my friends had not been to the restaurant. They enjoyed the food and cocktails. Our wait staff was very good at recommendations of wine and entrees. The restaurant was not extremely busy so we were not rushed and felt comfortable taking our time visiting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Food?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    For German cuisine, we found this VERY LACKING. The meal was okay, but will never go back there again. Wanted Cordon Bleu with veal and was told the food was already prepared with the pork and it would cost us $4 extra per plate for veal then was told they can't do the veal. REAL Cordon Bleu is made with veal only. My apple struedel was 99% apple and only 1% struedel. Again, that was our last trip EVER to Grunauer.
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  • Jeff
    jeff
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a wonderful time for lunch. The home made sauerkraut was unbelievable! The dessert menu was limited with few choices but very good. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the music made me want to return and have cocktails later that night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • grand central station
    magneVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We did try it the first week it was open, we were not impressed, and it as not busy this time we could not hold a conversation, it was very noisy, and in order to understand each other people, were yelling and yelling more!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food is extraordinary the service is perfect we will be back for sure
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    fit for foodies
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  • Outstanding!
    tigerfan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our group of 3 tried different entrees and taste tested each. We enjoyed all the entrees along with the salads. The food was positively delicious and the serving size was quite generous. Our server, Matthew, knew the menu and was able to explain the menu items in a way that we wanted to try everything! Matthew and his helper provided EXCELLENT service. We completely enjoyed every aspect of this dining experience and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent German and Austrian Food
    mchillsVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was my second trip here (I live in California) and it was very good. I enjoy German food and it is in short supply in the Bay Area. I had the Sauerbraten, which had been marinated for two weeks. Great flavor, very tangy. My waiter was very helpful and the service was prompt and friendly. I'll be back the next time I am in KC.
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  • Great Experinace
    timmy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was very fresh and well presented. Best of all it tasted fantastic
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great experience. Food and service were both great. Authentic flavors and menu items b
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • A solid choice
    RoyM
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Grunauer is always pretty solid for Austrian food. Decent ambiance, decent service. Nothing will wow you but no reason to avoid it either
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back!
    DaveM
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Grunauer is a unique and classy culinary experience. The menu has so many attractive offerings, it makes it hard to choose, but in the several times we've been there, we've never ordered something we weren't pleased with. The quality of the food and the presentation are top notch. Last Friday, we ordered the Sauerbraten and the Traditional Schnitzel, and both the meat and the sides were very tasty. In fact, the flavor of the red cabbage was a show stealer. To be fair, our server was slightly inattentive, but not to the point of taking much away from the whole experience. The decor in the Freight House really adds to the memorable experience as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Food was divine!
    ASWJ
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The restaurant was lovely. Perfectly prepared food! All of our entrees were so flavorful - we couldn't help but share everything. The strudel with Farner's cheese was to die for. Our only complaint was that our waiter was a tad inattentive. That did not spoil the experience and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not picking
    Snyder6
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The only improvement on this excellent restaurant is the German pronunciation of the wait staff. Authentic and superb!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wünderbar!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was excellent as usual. We travel to Kansas City a couple of times a year and visit Grünauer for excellent Austrian food. The Wiener schnitzel was superb. The wine list is full of Austrian and German wines that we don't see in restaurants around us.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Great service
    IowaGirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good food. Educated staff. Great service. Great atmosphere. Overall, a great option.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    Renee
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The server was great! Just attentive enough without hovering. He was very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu items.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Service was ok, decent food.
    Gigs
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was excited to go, wife wasn't. Naturally my food was pretty good, her's was ok according to her. I thought the prices were a little high in all reality for the quality of food. Good German fare, but I probably won't be back more than once a year, or unless invited by someone else.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Grunauer is one of our favorites! We love dining on the patio and watching the trains roll by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in KC
    PhiDeltCelt
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I was getting back in touch with a good friend I hadn't seen in a few years. Grünauer was the first place I thought of. We were in luck, they had saurbraten as the special. It was a fine place for two old friends to meet and have a good meal and conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I dine here 4 to 5 times a year. Best German food in KC.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Spot after touring WWI museum
    Clydenski
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went to Grunauer right after our visit to the WWI Museum and it was fantastic...We were in the mood for some Austrian food, after watching the commemoration the museum had for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand...The food, ambiance, and drinks were all excellent....And the staff and servers were knowledgeable and helpful....Great beer and wine list for Austrian and German varieties. My Austrian pilsner was excellent and my wife's Gruner Vetliner cucumber cocktail was very refreshing. It was some of the best veal's liver that I have had, and not overcooked, which happens in a lot of restaurants for this dish. We plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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