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Le Fou Frog
Le Fou Frog

Le Fou Frog Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lefoufrog.com
  • Email: lefoufrog@yahoo.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: Thursday and Friday 4:30-6:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: 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 (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • 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.
  • Entertainment: 3 piece Jazz Band: Alternating Sunday evenings: 6:30pm - 9:30pm offering casual & sophisticated jazz. Also special event nights

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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing menu changes daily. Very creative dishes. Attentive and helpful waitress. Delicious. Location does not seem inviting from the outside but the food deserves its reputation."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences I have had. Matt the server was outstanding and the food was some of the best I've had in awhile."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Energetic( and can get slightly noisy) but well worth it for the excellent food, great service and personable attention by owners, managers, and wait staff. Try the Dover Sole.....melts in your mouth. Good wine list and beverage offerings. I would feel comfortable recommending Le Fou Frog to any friend or business associate. In the mid to upper price range for menu offerings."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Me and my girlfriend have been here on several occasions, and it has truly become on of our favorite places to frequent. The service has always been excellent, we enjoy the intimate ambiance, and the food is superb. The specials rotate, and I can always find several items that I rarely/never see on other menus in the Midwest. Compared to restaurants in KC that offer a comparable price range, I feel that this one offers one of the better, if not the best, experience. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Tucked away in an otherwise non-descript neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Le Fou Frog doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside you are transported right to France. The atmosphere and ambience are authentic, and the food absolutely superb. This is as good as it gets short of booking a flight across the Atlantic."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our waiter took us on a great French culinary adventure. Great recommendations, patient explanation, and much enthusiasm. He even, to no avail, tried to chase me down outside when I left my credit card on the table. This was followed by a phone call later explaining that I could pick up the card the next day. A KC treasure. Merci beacoup!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was my first time here. What a gem! Food and service were excellent. We'll definitely return. Outside of building isn't much but don't let it fool you. Come in for a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is a KC Gem. I have tried to take my wife there for our anniversary for years. It took a Sunday Night before I could get in. It was well worth the wait. The staff was outstanding. From the knowledge of the menu to the prompt service. I felt like I was in Paris. Most French restaurants go out of their way to deliver a hefty bill and leave you hungry. But this frog had some meat on the bones. Enough for this 300 lb. guy anyway... If you want to impress the Mrs. you get this one booked well in advance. Don't wait for the week before like me, put it in now for next year. You won't regret it."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Excellent choice for a fun-filled dinner experience! Great food, great service and a really fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you need a romantic restaurant with wonderful ambience, service and awesome French cuisine then look no further than Le Fou Frog! Wait staff is so personable. Volunteered to take pics of our special event and gave us each a complimentary glass of champagne. Great way to celebrate our wedding engagement!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We like to explore new restaurants and we've been here 3 times. Top notch food everytime. I travel extensively and this is one of the top 2 places I can think of that I've eaten, here in KC! Oysters on the 1/2 shell have an amazing dipping sauce, and the Chilean Sea Bass exploded with flavor on my palate. Happy hour helps to explore a good amount of French food while lowering the price of your total bill, especially the wine."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Le Fou Frog for our wedding anniversary. We loved the food (french onion soup, escargot, KC Strips, Vanilla ice cream puff). I took a lot of the steak home as the portion could have easily fed two people. The ambience was great and our waiter was present but did not hover. We'll go back again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Have enjoyed every experience at Le Fou Frog. It seems every time we go something special seems to occur. During a previous trip it was a member of the traveling Les Mis show performing a song for the restaurant. On our most recent trip the entire dining room was serenaded by a talented member of the staff and as we were preparing to leave a wedding proposal had the attention of the entire room. Add to this some of the finest food in Kansas City and you have a winning combination."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Friendly, special place. Loved the Frence ambiance. Delicious food, friendly atmosphere, and cozy feel of the restaurant. Enjoyed the 2 staff women who performed a song for us."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We ate on the patio even though it was a little cool. The heater kept us warm on the outside and the food and wine took care of the rest."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This restaurant consistently provides a great menu along with the service to match. The menu is wide for a French Restaurant. And, the waiter was very patient to help go through the menu to help make decisions, and provide individualized wine selections to match. It is rare that the wine selection is not merely suggesting the most expensive by-the-glass option but which of the house wines would be appropriate, the house wines being reasonably priced."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The caviar was delicious and presentation beautiful! Served on quail eggs with cured salmon on the side. The escargot was exceptional!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "In a word – fantastic! Entertainment by Sarah and a pleasant visit from Mano the owner made the evening most memorable. The monk fish was great and a first for my companion as she found it nicely spiced and very flavorful. Don't pass up the kangaroo for spmething out of the ordinary, it was spiced right and cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've been eating at the Frog for 9 years. Seen it all and most of it was great. Food is always great. I will NOT return. The owner puts himself first and the customer second. I went there for the unusual atmosphere, but there is a limit and the last few times exceeded it. If I am paying $300 for 2 people, I do not want to be forced to tolerate the owner acting like an idiot. Blasting music off and on like a child and screaming at everyone in a drunken stupor. Im usually in town for one night these days and it's too risky that he will ruin everything to make a reservation there. If you say anything, you are made to feel like you are the bad guy. I dont require "serene" French music, just common decency. He has none left."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The ambience is superb. What a great mood. The food is constructed so well that your taste buds have to catch up to the present moment because you basically stall out when dining. This gastronomical endeavor MUST be repeated. Thank you dear frog. I shall return!!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Haven't been to KC for 20 years. Le Fou Frog is as great as we remember!!!!!! Excellent food! Attentive waiter in bar. Our reserved table was not being vacated by preivous diners who were lingering over drinks. The waiter explained and offered a second round of drinks on the house. Again, the food was worth the wait!!! Enjoyed the singing waitress also."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "What a special place to dine, Great energy, Great Food and ambiance, our waiter was a bit pretentious when we told him we were sharing - which we do virtually everywhere we eat, but over all an excellent experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My wife and I consider it our special place. Greatest in town for that " one" special romantic dinner. Great service and food.. every time. Never a bad time and we have been there over 20+ times. Thanks Barb and Mano for keeping this so unique and good"
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "You will not find more attentive staff anyplace else."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Awesome as always on all counts. Server Jason made excellent recommendations, accommodated a picky request and did all those great things the folks at The Frog do to keep us coming back. Again and again. Keep up the good work!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Our server really knew the menu, but talked a little too much to us - we wanted a little more space and time to enjoy our food. I didn't care for the scallop appetizer at all (I don't think scallops should be served covered with cheese) but otherwise, our meal was very good. My skatefish was almost too salty, but the risotto served with it was outstanding. I loved the capers, too. My champagne cocktail before dinner was very good - champagne with St. Germaine. My husband's drinks were not right - his first one tasted watered down and his second one was a Manhattan, not the Old Fashioned he ordered. These were little mistakes that can be overlooked. His beef short ribs were very good and large - a great value."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went to Le Fou Frog for our 34th anniversary. Good service, but the food was greatly lacking. The mussels in the mustard cream sauce were tiny and the sauce was watered down to the point it was almost tasteless. The duck carpaccio lacked taste and the wild goose was so over-done it was inedible. It is such a shame, but this was our 3rd try at this restaurant and we will not be back again. The music in the background was 60's pop. Big disconnect between what it should have been for a French restaurant. The ambience could have been so much nicer."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The one place in town I really should visit more often. Such splendid cooking and such an earnest, knowledgeable staff are rare in such a boisterous, happy room. I feel good here. The room is usually packed, but only the bar is crowded. You're seated close together, but the ambient noise makes every table an intimate space. And - a fine dining peeve of mine - there is enough LIGHT to read the menu and see your food. My guest had her 1st fine dining experience. A leery eater, she needed expert coaxing from our server to pass on the safer chicken and order the short ribs. She swooned, as I did for the foie gras with four sauces and the elk loin. Wine suggestions were on the money. Some goofy cabaret singing from staff this night. I liked."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Do not let the outside of the building fool you, great food, fantastic service and a unique atmosphere await you . We enjoyed our dinner and will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Just a great experience - food was excellent, server was wonderful, wine list was manageable. Had the skate fish and the duck along with lobster bisque. Wow."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Had been wanting to go for a very long time. The menu presented many options and had all the feelings of a fine French cafe. We had the Sea Bass (excellent) and the Monkfish (not that great). Would like to go back and try some of the other options. The table in the back by the water station and kitchen entrance (where we were seated) was a tad noisy and higher traffic. It didn't bother us--it might bother others. We had a lovely time!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was very good, appetizers better than entrees but service phenomenal!! Waiter was funny, entertaining & engaging, along with giving great tips on menu. Foie gras amazing, nice choice of entrees. definitely will go back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went back for Valentine's Day because we rarely go on date nights and we knew it would not disappoint. Wonderful ambiance, terrific food, great service. I've had the privilege of fine dining around the country & around the globe, and I'd tell anyone & everyone they need to go to Le Fou Frog."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For starters, the server we had was a little too assertive for our liking. Secondly, We were dining with another couple who left a bit earlier than us, so we had asked to split the check. The server accidentally put one of their meals on our ticket, and instead of just removing, asked us to pay for it. While it wasn't an expensive item that was wrongly put on our check, it was in poor taste to ask us to pay for what was clearly the server's mistake. We are nice people, so we paid for it any way, but I do not feel the servers response & customer service were appropriate."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "There is no question, I my opinion, that Le Fou Frog is the best restaurant in Kansas City. Once again the food was fabulous, the service was exemplary and the Valentines Day songs were wonderful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Le Fou Frog is one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City. The food is delicious and the menu is always changing, the atmosphere is comfortable and quaint and the service is usually top notch. Le Fou Frog is great for any occasion from a business dinner to a Valentine's Day romantic night out."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Everything here is always wonderful. I've been many, many times and I truly cant remember a bad experience here."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was my wife and I's third visit to Le Fou Frog and once again it was fantastic. The food, the staff, the building are all a great experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "we were seated along the half wall that Divides the dinning room from the bar. The other diners were sitting so close I could have reached into their shirt pockets. It was impossible to have any kind of conversation. When the people next to us were seated and had hot bread delivered our waiter offered, without us saying anything, the excuse that our bread was just now coming out of the oven. After we had recieved our food and eaten half of it our bread finally arrived. Excuses after excuses. I will probally give this place one more chance."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The whole experience was very pleasant . Perfect food and atmosphere for a cold winter night. Will recommend to friends and we will be eating there again soon!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014