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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 Details

  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Smith (816) 842-2202

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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As always at Michael Smith, everything was outstanding, which is fortunate, as this page again only allows 'outstanding' ratings. Rob provided excellent service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "1st mediocre experience ever at Michael Smith's. Food & wine mostly poor this evening. Service & ambience pleasant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food and service is excellent. Great restaurant..."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a quiet corner table and enjoyed the atmosphere and the good. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great food, we'll presented in a delightful atmosphere"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • " 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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "A very solid restaurant. A great wine list. Fantastic food. The waitstaff is very experienced and doesn't miss a thing. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Michael Smith is a master chef with creative presentations. He melds flavor stores perfection. A truly wonderful dinner. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Our favorite in KC. The menu is always great, the service and food are top notch. Never disappoints. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We've been dining all over Kansas City for years and have followed Michael Smith the person throughout his career here. The restaurant that is his namesake continues to impress. We took some friends from Phoenix there before a show at the Kaufmann Center and they couldn't have been more impressed. The salads were all outstanding but I especially liked the asparagus Leek salad with a perfect egg. All our entree's were very well prepared from Osso Bucco to Halibut. Great place to dine and wine list is excellent although I wish there was more natural light in the place not obscured by curtains."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Many restaurants have made the effort in today's increasingly health conscious society to include vegan or vegetarian options on their menu. This is not one of those restaurants. If you or one of your dinner guests is vegan or vegetarian, CALL AHEAD to let the chefs know so they can think up something to offer you. I just wrote it in the comment section on the Open Table reservation and they did not get the memo, so it took both the server and chef by surprise which caused an inconvenience for both us and them. The music played was quite diverse, and didn't really add any thematic element to the experience."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Michael's 4-Course Italian Thursday combined with their half price off $100 wines is an outstanding culinary experience Add an order of the seared foie gras !!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "After our much anticipated visit on April 18, we walked away wishing for a big KC BBQ. I had the special - slow roasted 8 hour pork roast. Let me just say: I LOVE SALT. After that meal, I may never touch a salt shaker again. The pea risotto was delightful, however. My husband ordered the steak, which came sliced with an abundance of sauce all over. Yikes! Our waiter seemed not too overjoyed with his job and it showed. We absolutely did not want to complain, ate what we could and departed for a nearby bar. We left him a generous tip. I really wanted to enjoy Michael's inspirational cooking -Antelope Chop, Seared Skate Wing - all the wonderful things he is know for since I have been following his career. It was not to be."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "For our birthdays, my husband and I like to go out and dine at various KC establishments we enjoy. This was the first dinner of the week to celebrate his birthday. The food was delicious - braised rabbit is a must for an appetizer, we shared the pierogies & gnocchi sides, I had the sturgeon dish (but substituted salmon - very nice of them to do), & he had the pork roast. All the food was delicious as always, but lacked the "this is special" feeling. Time between courses was long & one of the sides was delivered halfway through the main course. Dessert was small and certainly was not intended for sharing, and they charged for a birthday dessert. Our server was very nice & we enjoyed ourselves, but the dinner just left us desiring more."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday at Michael Smith with a group of 5. The waiter recommended and excellent pinot noir that went with everything we had ordered and was delicious. Various asparagus appetizers (soup, salad) were all wonderful. I loved my duck and my husband thought his rabbit appetizer was the best dish he'd had anywhere in weeks. The restaurant was full, but we could all hear each other very well, and we were talking a lot. It's just an excellent restaurant for special occasions especially, but that has included lunch or dinner when we happen to be in Kansas City."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unpretentious fine dining with hassle free parking, nice wine list and interesting menu. We shared the flavor filled rabbit gnocchi and eight hour pork and duck. Delicious, nice presentation. Friendly waiter."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "2nd trip-same as 1st. Food very good, not outstanding. Wines good, but not great, including private label Bordeaux. Menu a bit strange. Wait staff doesn't want to make modifications to please the customer. Also, wait staff appeared somewhat hurried & not overly friendly. Questions became an imposition. Both visits left me feeling "cold" to this restaurant. This place just leaves me thinking "snobbish" when I left. We did enjoy the evening because we were with friends. But that seemed to annoy the wait staff because we were talking and weren't ready to order when she appeared. I enjoyed my halibut, though nothing I haven't had elsewhere. Server warmed a bit by end of evening. Grade: B, but feel the potential for A+"
    Dined on 4/5/2014