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Lidia's Restaurant

Lidia's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lidias-kc.com
  • Phone: (816) 221-3722
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm Bar Menu available daily 2:00 - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dan Swinney
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th and Baltimore
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located on the south side of the Freighthouse. There is no fee for parking.
A word from Lidia's Restaurant
Lidia's features authentic, regional Italian cuisine. Every item at the restaurant is house-made, entirely from scratch, with the best ingredients available. Breads and desserts are baked in house daily and each salad and entree is prepared fresh. Every day Lidia's offer a sampling of seasonal, daily-made pastas. We also feature many seafood, chicken, pork & beef options. We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs, including gluten free items. Lidia's is located in the Historic Freighthouse, a beautiful 19th century building. The stunning decor includes 3 hand-blown chandeliers, a 3 story slate fireplace and cozy, New York style seating.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We no longer live in Kansas City but wanted to return to a classic KC restaurant. We did get a memorable dinner. However, it was memorable for the wrong reasons. We were ignored, spilled on, slopped on, and ignored some more. Our order was forgotten, our order was messed up, and at one point they thought they had taken our order when they had not but proceeded to tell us that "your dessert will be right out". The food was fine. We each ordered the house classic pasta trio meal. The pasta, which they serve tableside, was slopped onto our plates spilling onto the tablecloth while the server was looking at other things & talking to other waiters at the same time. It truly was comical. Simply the worst service I have had in a very long time."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We were visiting Kansas City and did a web search for the best Italian restaurant in the city. It was interesting to see how very divided online reviews are about this restaurant. People either seemed to love it or hate it. We enjoyed our meal very much and particularly appreciated the attentive and helpful server. The menu is not particularly kid friendly; this is a grown-up restaurant with grown up food. However, when we asked our server whether something could be prepared for our 10 year old son, she could not have been more friendly, accommodating, or helpful. Essentially, she allowed him to order pasta exactly the way he wanted it made. We really appreciated this. We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Excellent food & service. One of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Get yourself to Kansas City and then get right over to Lidia's and order the Lidia's Pasta Trio. They call it their signature dish and its aptly named. We arrived at Lidia's in KC after a long drive (from Denver.) We were nicely greeted by host who kindly listened to my request for a table well within the restaurant. Our server was excellent describing the three different pasta's that made up Lidia's Pasta Trio that night. My favorite was the pestos ravioli - you can ask for seconds and thirds and fourths on this pasta special - I only had room for a 2nd helping of the ravioli. The penne with shrimp and linguini were also excellent! This pasta special comes with a Caesar Salad and dessert! A great value and very good food. 6 stars!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Excellent service and food. A bit pricy but worth it for a special occasion or romantic dinner for two."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our dinner. I enjoyed the pasta trio and my husband had osso bucco. Good list of value wines for $32/bottle."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Had a great time at the location and great meal. Ordered the Pasta trio after our server explained to us how that worked. It was a great deal when pairing it with the Caeser salad and Dessert. My only complaint was that the Caeser salad that came did NOT look like other Caeser salads we saw going to tables. It had pretty limp Romaine.. Brown.. but the cheese and dressing was really good."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The "Trio" "signature" three pasta dish was bland. Each of them bland. Good cesar salad and service though. And beautiful room."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our experience was wonderful. It was our anniversary and I booked through open table and asked for specific things and they were ready for us when we arrived. We had a private table, an incredible waitress (Liz), and they surprised us with an anniversary dessert of peach sorbet and had written Happy Anniversary on the plate in chocolate. My wife was SO impressed. We will be making this a custom for special occasions."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent on every visit. Lidia's never disappoints. We live in AZ so we have to arrange trips here to enjoy this wonderful restaurant but it is well worth the drive."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our dinner was delicious as it has been every time. This is my husband's choice every year to celebrate his birthday. My husband loves the pasta. I tried the salmon this time and it was amazing! Our server was Andy- and he was GREAT- a nice and tell it to you real type of guy. The food and wine came out fast! Food and Service overall was AMAZING!!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I'm in Kansas City for a meeting 3-4 times a year and always have dinner at Lidia's. I've never been disappointed in the quality of our food and the service we receive."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We attend a conference in Kansas City each August and Lidia's is always on our agenda. We often come as a large group and love the tasting menu. We were just there this past week and it did not disappoint. Always delicious from start to finish. Our server was also fantastic. Highly recommend and look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had not been to Lidia's & had no expectations, except we are avid fans of her show & cookbooks. We were greeted with friendly smiles from ALL the staff. Our menu questions were answered graciously & service was prompt & outstanding. Pasta Trio was amazingly good & fresh tasting, as were the salads & breads. Portion size was "just right". The anniversary cake on a beautifully decorated plate finished off our very special meal. The staff was knowledgeable about the unique decorations & art work on display. We felt very comfortable & so did other diners around us. We will return."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was good, but not worth the prices. Our server was very nice, but we rarely saw her. There are a lot of better restaurants in Kansas City than this one."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We routinely choose Lidia's for special occasions. On our last visit, unlike all the other visits, although the food was "good", there was nothing extraordinary about the pasta sampler selections for that brunch. Fruit and cheese ravioli was tasteless, spotlighting neither the peach, nor the cheese. Alfredo linquini was also very bland and the flavor of the extremely small amount of sausage was lost. Pasta with heirloom tomatoes was pleasant and "good". My husband's osso buco was very good, as was my son's choice of the lamb. The best item on the dessert table was the tiny peanut butter cookie. The rest mostly lacked the character we have come to expect of Lidia's table. (My son won't eat the tiramisu, as it is NOT Garazzos!) ""
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Last minute reservation - got right in. Server was nice to begin but when we asked to split a dinner she became VERY curt. We each ordered salads and an expensive bottle of wine. Will go back but will make sure we don't get the same server. Table next to us laughed and agreed with our assessment."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Reviews I read were to generous. Wait staff friendly, but not there when we needed them. Food was good, but not great. Noise level better than last time, but not as many diners either. I did like the desert. Probably would go back, but would look somewhere else for a two person special event dinner."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Service was very good! Bravo! Food was not up to my expectations, Osso Buco was dry and lacked the "sauce" normally associated with the dish. No salt at the table?? Had to request it, finally brough some from the kitchen with a spoon in the dish to apply. "Tacky". We had a party of 4) and all had something different. Most agreed the pasta dishes except the "spinich noodles and sausage" lacked flavor and were tough. Deserts were excellent! As was the wine. However; for $250+ I would have anticipated better quality product. I brought out of town guests to this establishment and felt I should have taken them somewhere else to dine."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Lidia's offers such an extraordinary dining experience - we're always sure to include it on the itinerary when we go to Kansas City for a girl's weekend. I'm a veg, and our servers invariably suggest a menu "tweaking" to accommodate my quirks.... and the custom made dish is always so delicious! Every aspect of a dining experience at Lidia's is outstanding!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We met for a friend's birthday. Although parking was awful (due to First Friday traffic) once we were all seated, it was a great evening. Lidia's has a very nice value wines list, making it affordable to taste several different wines during the meal. The weather was pleasant and they had the doors open to the patio; so nice! We look forward to dining here again soon."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and i spent our 5th anniversary at lidias and dont regret a second. My wife is 18 weeks along with our second child so we wanted a calm relaxing night. Joshua was our sever and was amazing. From his advice on apps to entres he was spot on. They did the small special things that make an evening memorable like greating us with champagne ( sprite for my wife), and providing desert. We will definitely go again and recommend others do as well. My wife loved the pasta trio and my ribeye was perfect. Thanks you lidias for a great time."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've gone here maybe about 8x ever, and it seems to be getting worse. Service was terrible. 3 tables that sat after us got greeted prior to us. My boyfriend's water sat empty a lot. I almost always order the pasta trio, and while before it seemed like all were always great. I've found that the last 3x, only one (the ravioli) was ever actually good. I will say that they bought my dessert since it was my birthday, and that was awesome. I chose the pavlova and I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Dinner was superb, service was amazing, and everything was timed perfectly. Our server was very attentive, but not overbearing. He did an excellent job and was very knowledgeable. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "After watching lidia cook for years on Pbs I was disapointed. The ceaser salad was wonderful, but the quail was overcooked and the polenta was over salty. Maybe i just picked a bad menu item and something else would have matched what i was expecting. I was also expecting regular food portions, but was disapointed by the 5 star tiny bits of art that came out on large plates. I think more photos of the food on the website would have been helpful. I would have known to expect fancy frilly food not the old classic recipes and serving styles i was expecting after watching lidia cook on tv."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "As always, Lidia's exceeded expectations. The food is amazing and great for those foodies out there. All home made pasta with high quality ingredients."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "A trip to KC would never be complete without at least one meal at Lidia"s. We had brunch there on a Sunday morning & it was really special. Started with incredible bread & appetizers which were good but not great & then to our first course. Both my husband & I had there octopus salad which isn't available anywhere but Lidia's & is something I dream about. All of their main dishes are marvelous. And if room is still available, check out the dessert table which is wonderful. All in all a trip to Lidia's is unforgettable."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food and service were amazing! Pasta was cooked to perfection, drinks were great, and dessert was unique and delicious. The only thing we would have liked to see change was the proximity of the other tables. We were dining for our anniversary and it would have been more romantic to have more privacy than was offered because there was not even enough space to fit between our table and the one next to us. But everything else was fantastic so we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Busy and loud on a Saturday night. The three of us were seated right away at a round table that would seat six. We waited a while for our server. She was working a table of 12. The manager came and took our order. We love the food but not the noise and lack of service Saturday night brings."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I ordered the popular pasta trio. I must say I was pretty disappointed!! While all three were cooked to perfection and were a feast for the eyes, only the ravioli was full of flavor. The other two were lacking - bland. We rarely go out to eat and never splurge, so naturally I felt a little cheated. On the other hand, my dining companions thoroughly enjoyed their dinners. One had the porchetta which was wonderfully tasty and tender, and the other had a seafood soup - perfectly cooked and seasoned and beautiful too!! Each of us ordered a different dessert to taste and share - all heaven on a plate!! We made reservations online, our table was ready and waiting when we arrived. The service was impeccable. Clean bathrooms - YAY!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Servers tried hard, but when the server plated my linguine the sauce splashed on my white shirt ."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had family in town and decided to make reservations at Lidia's since the restaurant is well-known in the KC community. I was so disappointed in the food and service. The food was alright, the service was terrible. Host was rude, server was one of the worst I've ever had. Wish I could have treated my family to a much better meal and experience. I will never go back. No one in the group said they would eat there again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Can not go wrong with Lidias! The duck gnocchi is the best!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I don't eat pasta but so I had the risotto and it was delish! Nice ambiance and the service was excellent. The server was willing to do a substitution for one of our meals due to special health needs for someone in our group, was very friendly! Great meal out during our first time trip to KC."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant, over the years - a number of times. Over the years once or twice aside.. it is always very good. After a week in Rome and a week in Venice, we realize it is not great. You will always be pleased and satisfied. They always represent a good choice."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Home made pasta!! Variety of tasty pasta and sauces - very good!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "All the food including sauces and desserts etc, are made fresh in house. They have gluten free pasta and even do that well! Everyone raved about their food regarding several different menu entrees. Fast courteous service even when it got busier. The beautiful old building , huge two story fireplace and the small garden with a fountain by the patio added to the experience. Desserts were very well done, creative combinations and unusual selections like a Pavlova. This was a fine dining experience with consistent quality. Nothing was amiss. The staff was very pleasant about the GF request, and you can see their GF menu on line. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I was quite impressed with Lidia's. Considering the high quality of the food (which I cannot emphasize enough,) our food was out quite quickly, certainly faster than the restaurant I work at. Given the quality of food, service, and ambience, Lidia's was actually quite reasonably priced. My fiance and I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Lidia's was an awesome experience. This is the second time I enjoyed the experience. The staff was wonderful and paid attention to detail."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is my third time at Lidia's. First time for dinner. Once again I loved the food and atmosphere. High energy and open concept make for a fun evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014