Lidia's Restaurant

Lidia's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lidias-kc.com/
  • Phone: 8162213722
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lidia's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
345 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (227)fit for foodies (174)romantic (144)good for groups (115)notable wine list (113)neighborhood gem (97)great for outdoor dining (92)great for lunch (71)great for brunch (70)scenic view (39)kid-friendly (21)hot spot (21)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Nice, but not great in a way!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Let me be clear the experience at Lidia's is top notch! But it just lacks in some small way which detract from the experience. First, the place is noisy! I was in a party of 5 and felt like I was screaming or struggling to hear all night. No bueno! The desert was top freaking notch. The lidia trio scored a 2 out 3 all around the table!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went for my Wife's birthday, there was a group of 6 of us, the watiress was excellent along with the food as always. Did not know there was an upstairs, we had been there 2 times before and was always downstairs. The upstairs was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raised expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday, which means we spent much more than we usually do for dinner. And, when you spend more you tend to expect more, especially from the chain of the esteemed Lidia Bastianich (her show and her son's palate and cooking ability are quite amazing). I ordered the pasta trio (their speciality), and my husband had the Saturday special herb roasted pork shoulder. Of course, when the food is anywhere from $20-35 per entree and Lidia Bastianich's name is on the restaurant, you have higher expectations. My husband said he loved his dish, but mine left much to be desired. The sweet potato ravioli was really good, but the other two pastas were just, like great for Olive Garden, but ok for here (boring).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annual Birthday dinner
    lisa
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We visited Lidia's this week for the second year in a row for my birthday. I loved the food just as much (pasta trio) and my husband had the braised short ribs which were so tender and flavorful. Megan was our server and she is the type of server you hope for at a special occasion dinner - attentive, but not overly, didn't miss a single step, very in tune with our needs. Wine list is so interesting - I love that they keep it true to the italian side - we had a very good sangiovese from the value list ($32) which was perfect for both entrees. Love the decor, and the restaurant is easy to get to from anywhere in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasion
    MPinKC
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went there the first time for wedding anniversary. Service was excellent and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woo Hoo
    GoodTimeDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was everything I hoped for. Waited a long time to go to Lidias anywhere. Everyone from the greeters, waitstaff and bussers were terrific. A memorable first stop on our vacation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    willbegoingback
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have never been to this establishment before and I must say;Well worth it! Very beautiful inside and out the staff was very friendly from start to finish our waiter knew excatly what he was talking about which speaks volumes in my eyes. The food was beyond outstanding, we will definitely be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were seated at a small table for two across from the wait station. Loud, high activity, constant traffic past our table. Service was slow we were seated at 6:05 and barely made it to an 8:00 performance at Kauffman Center. The food was very good, but there was not enough room for everything on this small table! The temp. Of white wine should be maintained during the meal rather than setting exposed on the table. Again not enough room on this tiny table! The water boy reached across the table, to fill my water glass, and knocked the menu from my hands. Very rude, but provided a good laugh for his coworkers . They should know enough English to say Excuse Me!! Overall not a good experience!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great food
    familyof6
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the food! Service was okay. Our server was great... But each part of dinner seemed to take just a bit too long...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    JenB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dinner and the service were exceptional. We enjoyed a pasta trio with Cesar salad and dessert. Always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lidia's is my wife's favorite restaurant in Kansas City. We go for all special occasions - her birthday and our anniversary. Saturday's visit was on-par with our previous experiences - excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    rabbideskin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and atmosphere where excellent. Loved the antipasto and dessert bars. We were there at lunch and the service was not so good, which was quickly rectified by the manager. Will definately go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Find
    souzjo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was very impressed with Lidia's... although not located in an area of KC that one would expect to find a trendy, upscale restaurant, that is exactly what Lidia's is; excellent food, great service, and classy ambiance. The food represented a good mix of traditional Italian cooking infused with touches of the unexpected. The suggested wine pairings were also spot-on. I found the service to be very good, as well. Although we were there early and the restaurant was not very busy when we arrived, the service did not suffer after the tables started filling up. We appreciated the time the staff took to make us feel comfortable, and Lidia's will certainly be a regular stop when in KC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    LvGrtFood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and felt special from our arrival at a special table. Meghan took great care of us with a special glass of Champagne to start. Our dinners (Osso Bucco & Pasta Trio) were excellent. We were also presented with a special dessert with Happy 50th Anniversary written on the plate. They even took a photo for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Higher quality place
    Rachel
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went here to try Lidia's food because we watch her show on PBS and wanted to know if authentic Italian is a style we should cook with. Even though we are the t-shirt and jeans kind of people, it seemed like a casual dress kind of place, but no one said anything about how we were dressed. Our server was very polite, helpful, pleasant, she checked up on us often. The courses didn't take too long in between, our steak was very high quality (at medium rare, it was the second best steak I've ever had- should have ordered it rare), and everything tasted great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. Do check out the prices online before you go, it is somewhat expensive. But they change up their dishes to keep things fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kansas City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good place to eat at Crown Center. Pasta selection was good. Great Atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian
    triesta
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Best Italian in Kansas City. The wine and food and staff are great, good service and beautiful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent.
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have been to Lidia's a number of times, but this was the first in some time. We were very pleased that everything was still excellent. It is a great dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service glitch
    JBS9
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After informing our server that we were on a time schedule in order to attend a theater performance she began by helping us sort out the faster preparation items on the menu. From that point her attentiveness to our time concern was pretty much forgotten. The food arrived in good order and was delicious, however, we had to wait and wait for our bill which was inaccurate. Then more waiting for resolution of the bill with what seemed to be little concern from our server. We left unhappy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Lidia's never disappoints. Brought an out-of-town visitor and she liked it so we'll we returned for Saturday brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I noted our anniversary in the comment section when I made the reservation. We arrived and gave our name, we were immediately greeted by our hostess with "Happy Anniversary!" Our waiter came to the table & greeted us with "Happy Anniversary!". Our dessert was brought with "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate in chocolate. We had our 17 month old with us, they gave her pasta trio even though we did not order any food for her. The customer service was OUTSTANDING & the food was INCREDIBLE. If you're looking for a quiet, romantic evening, this is NOT the right place. The atmosphere is great, but it is very loud and bustling. If you want something intimate/quiet, choose somewhere else. Otherwise, COME HERE!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good-Not Great.
    Back2theCity
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I attended Lidia Kansas City's grand opening event - and it was phenomenal. So, my comparison on this, my second visit, was to that. We drove over an hour to dine at Lidia's for my birthday and overall it was enjoyable. However, it really was too noisy (not energetic) to carry on a conversation. One seat of our table was in a walk-way and there was constant restaurant traffic around our table. The service was superior! The desserts were fabulous. The Pasta Trio as the main course was anti-climatic and I wonder if Joe wouldn't consider the ravioli under-stuffed. The prices were higher than anticipated.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointed here!
    Davisfam
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We really enjoy this part of town and Lidia's is an amazing part of the downtown experience. Incredible food, wonderful beverages and try to save room for dessert! It's both a romantic spot to have a quiet time together as well as comfortable for a business lunch or dinner and agreeable for children, too. The service will not leave you wanting for anything but also not be intrusive, either. Our latest trip was for lunch while family was visiting from Toronto. What a treat! Most of our party enjoyed the Pasta Trio - three special pastas of the day, all you care to eat. It was a wonderful way to enjoy many of the different offerings. Set in a former freight house, stunning light fixtures and food that you can't get anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    PSPJ
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Outstanding food and service! Our server, Joshua made sure our evening was a complete success. We will definetely return to Lydia's on our next visit to KC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian at it's finest
    romanceawaits
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were craving Italian on our final night in Kansas City and this was right across the street. We asked several people in the area where they recommended and surprisingly enough no one we talked to had ever eaten here. Well I can guarantee you they will now. The pasta is made fresh every morning and they use only the finest fresh ingredients. For something simple (like we did) try the cannelloni. Or for something more adventurous ask about their daily specials. We played it safe since we couldn't take leftovers with us so we just shared the cannelloni and opted for dessert. OMG! Talk about heaven. The oat and blackberry ice cream with blackberry caramel. You just have to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a GREAT birthday
    nursrose3
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I chose Lidia's for my birthday dinner and it was amazing. We had the Sunday brunch and were not disappointed with any of the food choices. I had the signature pasta dish and my husband chose the porkchop topped with peach mostarda accompanied by Fried potatoes. The Anti pasta and desert selections were so good. Our waitress was very nice and , since this was our first time at Lidia's, walked us through any questions we had. She knew the menu well. When she found that we were there because it was my birthday, she immediately brought out a luscious piece of cheesecake with cherry topping, Happy Birthday written in chocolate across the top of the plate, and a lit candle. This is a place that we will return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    WasHopingForBetter
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I'm typically not a picking diner. Although I expected a better experience. After finishing a disappointing crab fritter (very very little crab) fritters my family got to stare at our finished app plates for entirely too long. The food was good but not what I expected. Once we finished the entrees once again we got to stare at our finished plates entirely TOO LONG. Prior to dinner I was washed my hands. Bathroom was disgusting. Why is it that restaurants don't understand how a dirty bathroom effects the experience.
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  • Delightful dinner.
    singforyoursupper
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment we arrived and were seated at a wonderful table, we had such a great time. Our waiter was delightful and most helpful. We had one guest who needed the gluten-free menu and he was very pleased with the number of choices that it provided including desserts. Everyone loved their delicious main courses and salads along with a great bottle of wine to add sparkle to the occasion. Every time we have dined at Lidia's we have been very pleased. The ambiance of the building is great fun, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS!!
    Doug
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Amazing and accommodating service with even better food exclamation
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • osso buco food critic
    Arshia
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I picked Lidia's to try out their Osso Buco which turned out to me average. I wouldnt blame them for most part as their only mistake was the choice of meat. The best Osso Buco I have had has been made from Lamb and that brings in the right flavor and texture to the meat. I hope they can try to switch it to lamb and experience the difference. I loved the wine and the appetizers where something different (Good different). It was my friends birthday and we tried their cheese cake which was surprisingly good. My friend got a Garganelli Hand Rolled Quill Pasta with Spicy Wild Boar which was almost perfect if it wasnt for the little extra salt in it. Our overall meal was expensive for which I would have expected perfection.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lidia's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was very good my duck breast was nice and tender. Server poor ask him for something never bring it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta trio
    Picky4pasta
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    While I enjoyed the pasta trio, 2 were much better than the other and I thought it was very expensive. I think the other dishes are better value. I don't usually have the trio and probably wouldn't again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but Loft area was loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were a group of 6 ladies dining on a Saturday night seated in the upstairs Loft area. It was EXTREMELY loud. I had a difficult time hearing people on the other side of the round table (distracting from such a beautiful room). The centerpiece was a tall/thin flower arrangement which made seeing my dining companions difficult no matter where we placed it. The food was exquisite. The pasta trio was great. Mom had the salmon with corn and zucchini and LOVED every bite. The 3 stars for Service was because the server serving the raviolis spilled the boiling hot sauce walking so fast all over my aunt's chair. Thank goodness she went to the restroom or she would have been badly burned. Take more care walking with a pan of hot food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than a Pasta Paradise!
    FoodieB
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my first visit to Lydia's, and the food and service were excellent. In fact, the quality of service was so good, that I would have rated this restaurant high, even if the food had been mediocre. I hope that my wife and I have the occasion to meet our server - Wojo - again. We had the "Frico" as an appetizer - a wonderful fried cheese dish topped with a light salad that included spring greens and pickled onions. Amazing. I had the gluten-free spaghetti as an entree topped with a bolognese sauce on half, and a salsa cruda on the other half. Both were masterfully done. The bolognese sauce was on par with the sauce at Bella Napoli and Jasper's. And the salsa cruda ... tasted like the best of summers - heirloom tomato magic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Brunch!
    ehorrell
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family and I loved Lidia's. The service was great, the food was even better, and the restaurant is beautiful. Murano glass chandeliers dazzle the dining room. The weekend brunch is great, endless pasta, and desserts with an excellent wine list including value wines and high end. I would recommend this to anyone.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was very good. Joshua was our server and did quite well. We ordered the unlimited three pasta course. However they served our table one time and did not return until we notified our server. And even then only one of the pastas was brought to our table... Very disappointing
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service so bad it was laughable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
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  • Our two cents worth…
    FirstTimersVIP
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent As Always
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service was great. The food was excellent. The bruschetta was delicious. And the pasta trio, as always, is a must have for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • deniseVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent food & service. One of our favorite restaurants.
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