Le Fou Frog
Le Fou Frog

Le Fou Frog

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lefoufrog.com/
  • Phone: (816) 474-6060
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday 4:30-6:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary French / American, French
  • Executive Chef: Mano Rafael
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Le Fou Frog offers private dining on the patio, weather permitting, & semi-private dining in the restaurant. Restaurant buy-outs may be available on select nights, some restrictions apply.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak Street
  • Public Transit: Max - 5th & Grand
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Pull parking adjacent to Le Fou Frog.
A word from Le Fou Frog
An eclectic French bistro tucked away in historic river city market area in downtown Kansas City is a local favorite serving 4 star traditional & contemporary food in a fun filled atmosphere. Chef/proprietor Mano Rafael works with seasonal ingredients to create an ever-changing chalkboard menu. The vast menu selections & wine list offer many choices for varying tastes & budgets. Check out La Fou Frog's reviews from Kansas City Star, Pitch Weekly, KC Magazine, Ingram's Magazine, the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Zagat & chowhound.com!
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Le Fou Frog reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (108)fit for foodies (106)romantic (81)neighborhood gem (62)notable wine list (53)great for outdoor dining (22)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (14)good for groups (13)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (0)Show More
  • Wonderful
    tebrah
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Took my girlfriend there for a special evening for us. From start to finish the meal was absolutely amazing, after we finished, Mano the owner brought us two on the house soufflé, it was truly memorable. Merci!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    czechchickVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food here was just OK. Good enough, but not good enough for the cost of the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I took a date here the other day, and we had a wonderful time. Not only was the restaurant romantic, but it was also a fun vibrant atmosphere. The staff was amazing, and the food and wine was everything we thought it would be. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We're crazy for Le Fou Frog
    PierreLeFou
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is a French restaurant. The menu is interesting, with a "hard menu" of regular dishes as well as a list of specials delivered on a chalk board. Multiple courses are available and the wine list is good, reasonably priced and a spectrum of selections. The place is energetic with a Bohemian vibe. Ideal for a romantic dinner or a double date, I wouldn't recommend for a large party. It's rather expensive, but then it's a French restaurant so that shouldn't surprise anyone. I know several people who count Le Fou Frog as their favorite restaurant in KC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Creative menu very well executed. Generous portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS GOOD!!!!!
    HUNTERVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    ITS ALWAYS FUN TO EAT AT LE FOU FROG. THE STAFF IS ALWAYS VERY COLORFUL - IN A GOOD WAY. THEY HAVE A GREAT KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOOD! WHEN THE STAFF ENJOYS THEIR JOB, AND ACTUALLY WANT TO BE THEIR, IT SIMPLY MAKES YOUR EVENING. EVEN IF THE FOOD IS OFF IN SOMEWAY - THEIR ATTITUDE CAN SIMPLY OVERCOME ALMOST ANYTHING. THATS WHAT YOU GET A LE FOU FRONG. JIM & KIM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the flight!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We live in Fort Worth and when we have the opportunity to be in KC. Le Fou Frog is the first reservation made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parisian ambience & wonderful food
    lola4theFoo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had no trouble reserving a table for four people. When we arrived we were promptly seated at a comfortable table. The wine was superb; we had a nice bottle of Vouvray. All the food was wonderful! We had a delicious selection of mussels for an an appetizer, as well as an outstanding selection of European cheeses, and a to-die-for lobster bisque soup. The green salads were fresh and delicious as well. The wait staff is just what you would expect at a high-end restaurant: professional, friendly, timely, and very competent. Also, the interior decor is charming--really a touch of Paris--and one of the waiters did a lively rendition of a song from the play, "Chicago".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • karen
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Maybe my entree choice was not the best, but I didn't much like the combination of scallops. beef and mashed potatoes. The sald was very good and the wine selection is superb. Maybe I just chose wrong. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Second Chance
    leelikeskc
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We took our past clients/friends to Le Fou Frog the other night. I had only been there for lunch a few years ago and it was kind of a rushed situation. This was for dinner, so we had a little more time to unwind and relax. The restaurant was unique, the service was excellent and the waitress was very versed in wine and food selections. All food selections were incredible, from the steak to the sea bass to the duck. We had dessert and after dinner drinks as well. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion, a fun evening with friends or a dinner with your spouse, partner or significant other. It is a little pricey, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Cuisine
    Bboathouse1x
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food that comes out of this kitchen is second to none. Le Fou Frog would hold it's own in any city or town in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    AnniversaryDinner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Making the reservation was easy. Our table was ready. We had a cocktail, upon recommendation by the bartender, both of which were very good. The food choices were great, as were the recommendations. The service was outstanding. There really was nothing that I would change. The whole experience feels authentically French without pretense or self-consciousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the 11 year wait
    admorgan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I first learned about Le Fou Frog upon moving here 11 years ago. It has always been a place I wanted to go, but it just never seemed to happen. I am sorry that it took so long to enjoy this wonderful restaurant. We chose to sit outside, and were the only ones out there all night. We never felt neglected by our wait staff which commonly happens in this situation. The food was excellent, but the most telling thing about our experience was that when we were done my wife asked what time it was and we discovered that we had been there two ours an neither of us could believe it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place-unusual menu
    KCCouple
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a wonderful place if you want something different. Food is excellent and many items are very unusual. Service is good too. It is small and will be noisy if you go on a Fri or Sat night. If you want a more quiet dinner, go on a weeknight or later in the evening on Fi or Sat-after 8-8:30 pm (but be prepared for them to be out of some items that late). There were 4 people in our group and the table we had was small for the four of us + food and drinks. This is a fun place and you should plan to spend 2-3 hours there for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Tuttofabene14
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I do enjoy every visit to Le Fou Frog. Service is perfect and the duck is one of my favs. I was assured that Osso Bucco will be back in the menu this winter! Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found wanting
    Sinopion
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I went on their website to find a nice place for my wife and I to eat for our 10th year anniversary. On their site it said $30-40 per plate. What I didn't realize was this meant per plate per course. So instead of a $80-100 bill we ended up with $200 and we didn't even have any wine. This was a disappointment but I can look past that as it is not entirely their fault that I misunderstood their website. The setting left something to be desired as well. Having the bar right next to the dining area only separated by a half wall with the TV blaring and the patrons yelling over it really didn't improve the ambiance of a romantic dinner. On a bright note our server was very nice and did an excellent job and I did tip Hunter accordingly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Someone gave us a gift certificate to use. We were sceptical when we drove by and looked at Menu online- The palce is quaint and low lit for the romantic. The decor was french and unique. Small candles on each table made it very warm and cozy. WOW- We were blown away by the service and the food was by far the best tasting food and prepared with the utmost care and fine details. The Mulligawtany soup was fastastic- Would highly recommend. For us this will be a special coccasion dinner place....but we were impressed and LOVED IT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I recently moved to KC from out of state. Wanted to find a nice romantic restaurant that I could take my wife to. This place did not disappoint. At first the menu was a bit overwhelming as we had never had anything remotely French before. Out waitress was great at walking us through the menu. I highly recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crestwoodcharmer
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Always consistently excellent! Service is always good and the food is always prepared and plated perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable all round experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Was our first time and will definitely come again. Our server, Matt, was excellent and quite entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Only menu disappointment was no veal at French restaurant. Very tired décor; particularly dislike red lighting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always excellent
    buffalowings
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Though I dine at Le Fou Frog infrequently it is always an excellent experience. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. the service is tremendous and personal. The food is delicious. Not once have I or anyone I was with had a meal that was un-satisfactory. This is a place to go for special occasions because it enhances those occasions. I am already looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alpert
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wanted to entertain out of town guests with a unique Kansas City restaurant. Couldn't have been happier. Everyone was pleased
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway Great
    LorenzoVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always good and enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere. Food is great. Our group enjoyed having dinner out on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful French restaurant in KC
    JJreviews
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is a small little gem in the River market area of Kansas City. The food is exceptional, the wait staff professional and friendly and the ambiance romantic and quaint. Wonderful food from fish to chicken to beef to more exotic proteins. Great wine list and signature cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeeDeeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A great meal for everyone and wonderful ambience and a great waitress!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special night out
    KansasBuckeye
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Wonderful food, nice people, good wine by the glass list. Unrushed experience. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love a French bistro
    kelp
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food, wonderful ambience - always a great meal and wine at Le Fou Frog
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is the third time I have been there. Both times before I would have rated the restaurant as EXCELLENT. I like the atmosphere, but this time for the price the food was average at best. Steak had a lot of gristle and my rib tips a lot of fat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST KC restaurant experience ??
    KCPeter49
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife & I both dined on salad & appetizers on a recent Sat. PM. Food thoughtfully prepared w. impeccable service & the ambiance of wonderful small restaurant. Dinner started w. gratis amuse bouche, and ended with another gratis item...a hand-crafted, delicious dark chocolate truffle, dusted in light chocolate. In between, we both ate arugula-based salads--my wife's had lobster bits w. cherry tomatoes & creme fraiche, while mine had warm goat cheese on toast w. yummy sweet caramelized sauce. We each had Prince Edward Island steamed mussel platters w. tons of sweet/tender mussels--hers were steamed in creamy white sauce w. bay leaves while mine were steamed in spicy tomato-based stock w. garlic bits & black pepper. Truly a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like being back in France
    Joseph
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My partner and I had been so busy we forgot to make a reservation at our favorite restaurant for our anniversary. They made room for us on the patio, which, thanks to the weather, made for the ideal experience. Matthew took the most excellent care of us as did the rest of the Le Fou family. This place gets a 10 on all fronts-always has.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant in KC
    sparkplug
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The best food I have had in a long time. Two of us had the chicken - melted in your mouth and such fabulous flavor. My daughter's fiance said the scallops he had were the best he had ever had. Soups and salads outstanding. We were celebrating another couples engagement. One of my favorite champanges was at the top of the list. We had a great 3 hour meal. The only problem was the noise. Five people sitting at a rectangular table could not hear what everyone was saying. Our reservation was for 6:45 pm, so it was crowded. BUT, I will be back, with a smaller group. It had been a long time since I had been to Le Fou Frog, I will not wait very long again to return. Thank you. And all the wait staff was so friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KCLocal
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time dining here. The food was fantastic! All servers from hostess to wait staff was very attentive. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Al most all terrific
    neilsalkindVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Many, many excellent meals here as with the current experience. The chocolate mousse used to be served in a goblet and now comes as a half dome with a choc shell. Would have been fine but the shell was too thick and tough to get through with a fork (and a knife for mousse?). Otherwise very good. Server got confused about our dish but otherwise was very attentive and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A KC Treasure
    jdr60
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went on a Saturday night and the evening could not have been better. The food was excellent, but what really makes Le Fou Frog outstanding is the ambiance and service. The staff is extremely friendly and they also provide entertainment. They sang two songs (and they were excellent) as the crowd participated, making for an extremely enjoyable evening. I think everyone should try Le Fou Frog!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time The Best
    yummy2me
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything was absolutely delicious! Tempura shrimp was a great choice. Waiter recommended a short rib appetizer that was fabulous (and I never would have ordered it without his prompting). Now I would do it again! We have been meaning to try this restaurant for years, I only wish we would have done it sooner. But, nothing beats the first time and it was a wonderful find! We'll be back. Service was perfect, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Absolutely fabulous! One of the best evenings ever and the food, well just simply fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special experience every time
    FrenchFoodLover
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This visit was special because the food is so exquisitely prepared and the wait staff is topnotch. Our waitress was eager to make suggestions and surprised my husband with a great glass of wine. She wasn't afraid to size us up when helping us decide what to eat. We had the Coquille St. Jacques and the cheese plate for starters, both very good. We all fought over the scallops though! Our entrees were: Steak au Poivre (big piece of meat, wonderfully cooked), lemon sole with risotto (this was heaven; we all agreed), a wonderful fish dish served with goat cheese and the tail still on (can't remember the name). For dessert we had creme brulee, chocolate mousse, and profiteroles. Yum! Wish the online menu was up-to-date though.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ray201
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Took my wife for her birthday on a week night kind of early, so not many other diners there. Served by the owner/chef who had the perfect amount of interaction with us, was charming and smiled through our attempts at pronouncing menu items in american french - he even suggested splitting the steak au prouve which was more than enough for the 2 of us. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    Deli
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Quite our favorite restaurant in Kansas City: the filet fou was not only judged delicious by my wife, but by me the next day at lunch (the portion was generous). The crown rack of lamb was also great, and I do love their Gigondas, which matched the entrees wonderfully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.