Michael Smith
Michael Smith
  • Address:
    1900 Main
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Neighborhood:
    Crossroads / Freight District / Boulevard
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Michael Smith

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michaelsmithkc.com/
  • Phone: 8168422202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30-2:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Smith
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Smith 8168422202

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th
  • Public Transit: Just outside on Main.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in the Michael's lot across 19th Street during dinner hours only. Street parking is available for lunch.
A word from Michael Smith
Michael Smith is an Upscale Contemporary American restaurant in the crossroads district of Kansas City.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Michael Smith reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)special occasion (49)romantic (37)notable wine list (34)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (7)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Date Night
    ldougherty82
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I chose Michael Smith for a date night out paired with the great Groupon deal we found online. Sometimes I am wary when a restaurant advertises with Groupon, as a few times we have been greatly disappointed. That was NOT the case with Michael Smith. We were greeted quickly by very friendly staff, seated immediately and waited almost no time at all for our waitress to great us. After ordering our dinner the waitress gave an incredible wine suggestion that we both enjoyed and went wonderfully with our food. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was melt in your mouth good. The restaurant had beautiful decor and was a nice atmosphere without being too stuffy. I would definitely recommend!
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  • Michael Smith
    gerryzu
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Just a fantastic evening every time I have been there. The creative mixture of foods creates a journey through wonderland for your taste buds. Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although the 8hr pork raost was fantastic. The duck was not preapred well. It was rubbery. I shold have just ordrered the ribeye.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Night--Thursday
    Mary
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Excellent 4-course meal, definitely one of the best of KC. Only negative is a bit pricey for us to eat there as often as we would like.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Back again and loved it
    Rewired2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were delighted upon our return to Michael Smith. My husband and I enjoyed the waiters recommendation The heirloom/watermelon salad was delightful as was the rabbit gnocchi and peach desert. My husband had the scallops and wished the portion was larger (there were three on the plate). Once the train line is in, this is guaranteed to be a hot spot! Wish he had a Restaurant in Minneapolis!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food and Service
    JMMHVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Nice place for a special meal. Food is salty so I just ordered to get my food with no salt. Other than that food is very good as is the service.
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  • Excellent!
    tallyhoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had impeccable service and food. Always consistently good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • microbesVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I think Michael Smith is a very imaginative, innovative chef. We had barnacles for the first time; I don't know that I'd try them again, but I'm glad I tasted them once.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Lost their edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is the second time we have been recently and they seem to have lost their edge. Overall good but not great and not worth wha they are charging. Time to close?
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  • Great Stuff
    KCDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Toward Full Disclosure - We have dined often at Michael Smith's Regardless, our dinner last Saturday night may have been the best ever !!! The current edition of seared foie gras is spectacular with the sweetness of the cherry sauce and fresh peach sections wrapped in bacon, what an incredible combination of flavors. From the foie, move on to the BLT Salad, superb, followed by the scallops, then finishing with the Banana Split Desert AND, we were almost sad to hear that Tuesday, August 19th the menu changes, however, it is those constant changes that keeps our interest peaked, and us coming back to Michael Smith's toward enjoyable, interesting dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • We've never had a problem here
    someguy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I eat at Michael Smith Restaurant a few times a year and always enjoy the food, atmosphere and service. It is a must for those in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • MY go-to Restaurant
    schrade
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Consistently an outstanding dining experience. Servers are great and knowledgeable about the dishes. I love how I can go as a single diner and never feel my experience is less because I am alone, in fact I often feel it is enhanced. I often use a groupon, but often go without one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Lovely room, spot on service. Gorgeous presentation, great use of seasonal ingredients. Elegant yet unpretentious. Satisfying. Worth the $$. Will return. Went to the other local Beard winner the night before. Both were terrific.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off their game.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Usually love this restaurant but was disappointed this time. The food was not as good as usual. But for the banana split the desserts were awful. We could only get later reservations yet the restaurant was mostly empty when we arrived.
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    special occasion
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  • Great Service and Good Food
    JMMHVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our sever was outstanding. The food was very good. A little to salty for us but I am sure fine for most people. Great place with nice atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was amazing
    ladyofthelake
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had dinner before a concert and the food was so good we kept talking about it all night. We had scallops, halibut, salmon and pork. Every dish was delicious. Our server was very knowledgable and attentive. I have eaten at Michael Smith's several times, and I would recommend anyone looking for a great meal to make plans to eat there.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Almost a great evening
    Lovemd0716
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We loved the look of the restaurant and the service was very good. Having Michael Smith come to our table was a wonderful honor. Everyone was very hospitable and attentive. I had the Roasted Duck and it was excellent. The only draw back was my wife's dinner. She had the Pork Roast which came highly recommended by our server. The crush on the outside was very hard almost inedible, the internal meat was tender and flavorful. All in all it was almost a great evening.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Halibit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Was slightly over done, which I wouldn't have expected from this style of restaurant but it could have just been an off day.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    DBd4
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    What a great place to dine! We just happened to make reservations at Michael Smith's on the 7 year anniversary of the restaurant. We celebrated with a delightful 7 course meal that was like no other. Fresh lobster, a filet that melted in your mouth, fine cheeses, and a delightful chocolate brownie dessert that was so good. Michael even came to our table to wish us a happy anniversary. We received complimentary champagne from the house. What a great night at this neighborhood gem. Will definitely go back! Fresh, lively, great staff, and personal service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    As always at Michael Smith, everything was outstanding, which is fortunate, as this page again only allows 'outstanding' ratings. Rob provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to expectations
    Admiralbird
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Michael Smith's has been one of the premier restaurants in Kansas City for many years, but on my last two visits has not lived up to its reputation. There were four in our party on the most recent occasion and all were of the same opinion. I had the a salad of fava beans and hearts of palm with minimal evidence of either, but lots of greens. The entree was roast pork, which was deep friend and a bit overcooked. While I don't remember what I ordered on my visit last year the memory was of a similar experience. We were there on a Friday night and there were few other patrons. A bid sad as this has in years past been one of my favorites.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing
    alwayshopeful
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We waited an extra long time for everything, as though the restaurant was short of help that night (friday June 20). I ordered the Alaskan halibut, which was dried out, with an inadequate amount of sauce to add moisture. After a long wait following my dessert order, the waiter brought the wrong one; the correct one was brought after yet another very long wait. When it finally arrived, the dessert (Blackberry Cobbler) was ridiculously tiny, with extra-sour blackberries surrounding a 1/4 cup serving of crust with small ice cream. Not satisfying at all. We were a little disappointed in the wine we ordered. It was not the kind of wedding anniversary celebration we expected.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    1st mediocre experience ever at Michael Smith's. Food & wine mostly poor this evening. Service & ambience pleasant.
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  • Wow factor
    Funtodinning
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great service with extensive wine list and drink menu. I would recommend the multi course meal with a group, this is great for sharing and seeing a lot of different items. The cheese with a scotch put it over the top!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    DEDBVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food and service is excellent. Great restaurant...
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Awesome, Awesome, Awesome...
    HappyCouple
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I are semi-new to the KCMO area and are just starting to explore the foodie scene. We are gourmet lovers and I tend to lean towards French when spending a lot of $$. I was really nervous but we gave this place a change. I am SO (!!) glad we did. We even went out on a limb and did the chefs tasting menu and didn't give any requirements. We were totally open and had the 5 course with the wine pairings. We would have done the 6 course but hubby isn't big on a cheese course, so we skipped. I couldn't be happier. It was an incredible night out. We will definitely be coming back. The rabbit was phenomenal, the ceviche was top notch, the pork was to die for... HIGHLY recommend! A must try.
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  • Will vist again
    Laurenjo
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband an I had a lovely meal at Michael Smith. From the tme we walked in to our leaving, service was top notch. I found the servers to be knowledgeable and provided wonderful suggestions. The food was delicious, well-prepared and lovely to look at. Our only negative was a long wait from our salad to entree, due to a big order that was put in before ours. We used a Groupn, which brought the cost down considerably, but the prices were comparible to other fine dining establishments. Groupon or not, we will definitely will go back!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a quiet corner table and enjoyed the atmosphere and the good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Michael Smith!
    SUSU
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Michael Smith Restaurant is our favorite in Kansas City. There are many wonderful places to dine in KC, and this is consistently top notch. All the menu choices we've made here are creatively presented and amazingly delicious. Heartily recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1362 reviews are from the Michael Smith reviews archive.
  • Wonderful evening
    donfromwestboroughVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Went on a Thursday which is their "Italian" night. 4 course priced fixed meal was $45. A bargain for quality of food. Plus 30+ wines (Italian) were half price. Interesting, well thought out food, well prepared, service was very good. Mr. Smith came by to introduce himself, answered questions about the food. Had a very engaging conversation with him about his menu. A welcome mixture of a friendly restaurant with a nice degree of formalness so that the overall experience of dining is there. Clearly one of the 2-3 best restaurants in KC.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • 4 stars
    1sttimer
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was an excellent restaurant for a special occassion. Food was very good but my fish was a little under cooked. Service was excellent. Tables are fairly close together so little privacy. I would like to go there again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dick
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food, we'll presented in a delightful atmosphere
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mother's day eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    quiet evening after a storm. good food as always, but disappointed when wrong dessert came and waiter said I thought you ordered this one and did not offer to remove-stated that it was his favorite. not mine, however.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC13VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Consistently a fabulous dining experience. Really a no brainer when it comes to having a special event, like celebrating an anniversary, the place to go Michael Smith.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversarytime
    scottiegirl
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and ready to splurge but food did not warrant expense. My steak was tough and my vegetables were over-salted; my husband's fish was dry. Our view out the window was of a street under construction. They knew it was our anniversary but offered no special services other than to say "happy anniversary." There were very few people in the restaurant so I don't think they can blame being under pressure. It was nice and quiet, which made it easy to have conversation...but, overall advice would be that if you put your name on your restaurant, you better make sure the food is scrumptious.
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  • A very solid restaurant
    Sammy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A very solid restaurant. A great wine list. Fantastic food. The waitstaff is very experienced and doesn't miss a thing.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Go for the food!
    StewVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Michael Smith is a master chef with creative presentations. He melds flavor stores perfection. A truly wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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  • Kansas City's Best
    foodie4fun
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This was my 4th trip in to Michael Smith and my husband and I love this restaurant. Every dish is layered with well thought out and intricate flavors. The food looks beautiful and the quality of ingredients and preparation is top notch. The eight hour pork is a tasty standard on the menu, but for the more adventurous I'd recommend the panchetta wrapped sturgeon. I've tried both soups and salads here and have always been pleased. Even the desserts which tend to be throw aways at many nicer restaurants are decadent and delicious. I highly recommend the pot de creme and the dark chocolate apricot tort with bacon ice cream. The wine selection is excellent. This is a wonderful restaurant and I look forward to my next visit.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Golden!
    MichaelsMealMusings
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Everything Michael Smith touches, at least food-wise, turns into a golden feast of deliciousness! Had the seared steak with guava bbq sauce, which came with a potato and carrot hash that had a wonderful kick to it. Also ordered a side of garlicky spinach, which could have used a little more seasoning for my taste. Fiance had the chorizo stuffed chicken with artichokes. Both dishes the meat was tender and done to perfection! Rob gave us samples of some wines to sample, as I am a relative newbie to drinking wine. Settled on a German reisling, which was very good! For dessert had the lemon cake with blueberry compote which was outstanding!
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  • Kansas City WOW!!
    NorthlandFoodie
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Best dining experience we've had in Kansas City and probably ties for #1 overall. Our waiter was extremely helpful, made suggestions and explained everything. We will be going back very soon. From the very first small bite to dessert, every plate was amazing.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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