Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Michael Smith

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.michaelsmithkc.com/
  • Phone: (816) 842-2202
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Michael Smith reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)special occasion (57)romantic (41)notable wine list (37)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (9)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • This is the 2nd best 5-star in town
    JEPritchettVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Blue Stem is the best 5-star. Michael Does a good job with most of the food selection. Presentation and quantity of some of the courses is small.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Had anything I didn't like
    unixrabVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Had a good meal. The Italian Menu was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday to me!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Excellent food, fabulous atmosphere, amazing service - we had the place to ourselves on a Tuesday night. I had the tasting menu. Loved it! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time is the Charm
    F3FoodFriendsFun
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Michael Smith's was an extra special treat for a midweek dining experience. The contemporary and sleek dining room created a perfect backdrop to an outstanding meal. The menu included many wonderful and unique offerings. Each was beautifully served and deliciously prepared. The service was extraordinary. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the entries, provided personal suggestions and talked about the chef's menu favorites. He gave utmost attention in a very discreet way. Our needs were always fulfilled without interruption to our conversations or meal enjoyment. We were all so happy with our first time at Michael Smiths! Kudos to the entire restaurant team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Bill
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Michael Smith was a great dining experience. We tried the 6 course tasting menu which with the wine pairings. It's not something to do on a regular basis as it was a bit pricey, but when put in the context of what was presented was absolutely worth it. The worst thing that we tried was still very good. Probably our favorite was the duck breast...will likely order that by itself next time we go there which will be soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth the price
    sabs
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went to this restaurant based on fact it was a james beard award winner and was a wine spectator award winner. We attempted to order three bottles from the wine list - all of which were unavailable. The bread that was served with meal seemed as if it was in the freezer and just thawed in microwave as the top was still damp and remainder hard. I had a pasta dish which didn't have any flavor or taste. We also had the rib eye which tasted like it has been sitting around for several days.
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  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food, especially the appetizers were great. The pan seared foie gras had an amazing blend of flavors, we also got a complimentary chicken wing appetizer which was fabulous. The service was good as well. Overall it was a lovely experience. Will definitely like to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Losing steam
    TraveladdictkcVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Michael Smith used to be our favorite restaurant in Kansas City for the last 3 1/2 years since moving here, however, our last two visits have left a little something to be desired. Service which is typically spot on was a little slow and it wasn't even that busy. Food was good but I can't say I'd call it great this time. Might need to find a new favorite and just stick with Extra Virgin from now on.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vicki
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was wonderful and portions were just right. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Night
    JeroenVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We dined at Michael Smith on Thursday, and it was Big Night, which meant 50% off of all Italian wines! Needles to say that we enjoyed a Veneto prosecco rose and a wonderful Barolo with our perfect dinner. We were advised to order the four course and that was good advise. The octopus in the starter was grilled to perfection. The hand made rigatoni with braised beef was delicious as ware the scallops. After dinner we met Chef Michael at our table for a nice chat, we had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We love this pale, and enjoy coming when we have a special occasion to celebrate. It is pricey, but well worth it. You can tell the menu is developed with care, and the wait staff is well trained. We had the pasta tastings as entrees, which were a bit more than we expected to pay and ingest, but they were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sublime
    Siobhan
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Michael Smith always knocks it out of the park with wonderfully prepared, local food items. The short ribs were fabulous! Our waiter suggested the perfect wine pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loves it
    pctkcmo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    second time here with my wife, loved it both times. that sea urchin budino, tho. yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    chowhound
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    As always, a great meal, the service was excellent and made for a wonderful evening. This is our special occasion place and they never fail us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    As always fantastic food and superior service. Will absolutely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    christynmichael
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    genuinely enjoyed our experience. the menu could have been a little more diverse. but we appreciated the focus on fresh and local.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Need for Some Self Evaluation?
    RichardG
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Not 1 of KC's best; not what we expected. A greatly out dated menu. Fine; preparation and food can still be wonderful. Not every place has to be the newest or craziest. But, we got burnt foie gras and shoe leather steak. Foie was melted to about a sixteenth of an inch, if that, with no foie taste; just the taste of burnt oil put on large piece of cake. "Medium rare" steak served two ways was shoe leather on one, well done on the other; one no taste; one decent flavor but way overcooked. A fried chicken cacciatore tasted good and was worthy of any menu - of 1960. MS needs an overhaul badly. Smith is a nice guy and talented. He must re-evaluate and, if nothing else, make sure the plates that leave the kitchen meet some standard.
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  • Always good
    TJW87
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have eaten here several times and have always had great good and service. We try different items from the menu each time and have never been disappointed. One of KC's gems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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    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
    schradeVIP
    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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  • 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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1375 reviews are from the Michael Smith reviews archive.
  • 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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