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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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Fantastic creative menu. Every item was delicious and thoughtful"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Michael Smith is our favorite restaurant so we always enjoy the food and service. They have some new things on the menu and some great dinner specials that we really enjoyed. As always the service was great and we really appreciate that we can count on that here."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our server, Stefan was fantastic. We felt blessed when we discovered that all Italian wines were half off and we could enjoy two bottles of Amarone! The rabbit over gnocchi is wonderful, but served with the wrong bread, in my opinion."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is our only destination for dinner when we head downtown. From salads to desserts, everything was outstanding as always."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Interesting menu. Quality ingredients. Flavorful preparations. Excellent presentation. Very nice service."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Some food selection was a little salty. Braised rabbit highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First visit to this restaurant. Food and service were amazing will definitely be bac!."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "when I die Michael smith will cook my entry meal into heaven. it is consistently superb food and service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had I not had a Groupon, I would've never gone. Food was sub par, definitely not worth the price."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been to Michael Smith's several times and couldn't be happier with the food, service and ambiance. We always try the soups because they are so creamy and flavorful. All the food that I have tried has been wonderful and I try to order something different every time. We are definitely return customers."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My wife and I chose to do the four course meal. Fish dishes were amazing, meet dishes were gamy, desserts left a little to be desired. The crowd and waitress seemed to be more pretentious then friendly. I don't want to say we had a bad experience, because it wasn't, but there are better restaurants in Kansas City in that price point"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Fantastic as always. If you have not been to Michael Smith you are doing yourself a disservice. Without a doubt one of or favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Interesting menu. Food preparation excellent. Special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I have only eaten at Michael Smith Restaurant three times and each time I go it only gets better. The waitress was outstanding. Helped us select the best wine foe our dinner and her recommendations were right on."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, but by the end of the meal, my seat had become fairly uncomfortable. Maybe something with a little more padding. Either that, or I can come gorge myself and work on my own padding. :) But other than that, a very nice meal. Green onion risotto was particularly nice with the crispy pork roast."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We ordered the four course Chefs tasting menu and were thrilled with nearly every dish. The rabbit gnocchi was amazing, perfectly cooked and flavorful. The amuse of mushroom bisque was creamy and flavorful. It made me want a full bowl full.We had the Scallops, skatewing, sirloin and Hamachi and all were great. The only dish I was not a fan of was the 8hr pork. My husband and I both felt it was under seasoned and overcooked. We would not hesitate to go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I went to Michael Smith's for my birthday dinner and we'd really disappointed. I had a four course chefs choice meal with wine pairing. My steak was smothered in barbeque sauce. My rabbit gnocchi where dried out from sitting in the window too long. The skate dish was poor as a whole not to mention the skate and shrimp where over cooked. Dessert was fine. My server had to be asked to bring the wine for my first and last course the problem was that he was no where to be found for twenty minutes after he dropped our food. Bottom line not worth your time."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Experinced a little mixup on food selection but resturant made it write. Dining portions of food are small for the price."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We couldn't have had a better time. Three couples celebrating Valentine's Day together, the privacy of the wine room, the delicious food and gracious hospitality of Michael and Nancy Smith! It was an outstanding and memorable night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Lets start with his name Rob. Never asked if we want a cocktail,never offered any addional pepper. Took my plates away while one of us was still eating on the small rolls,took away the butter dish. Found that very rude. I had ordered the quail. Which was good, but the items that were supposed to be with it had changed. Some nasty grain called farrow. I should have been notified that item had change. He then slapped down the desert menue,like Im going to eat more. NoNoNo. the man acted like he did"ntcare. Or should I say have the time for us. Very disappointed in the portion size of the cod could not have been 4oz. of meat, and the 2 1/2 finger potatoes. The whole meal was hard to swallow for the prijce we had to pay."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Had the 7 course chef tasting with wine pairing which I highly recommend, or fewer dishes as there is quite a lot to eat. The wine pairings were wonderful and very decent pours. Since they give you and your guest different courses you can taste up to 14 plates & wines. The second plating, salad course, was just so-so but the rest were fabulous. This is the thing to do if everything on the menu looks good and you can't decide. The service was efficient but a bit more of a friendly nature could help. A robot could have performed in a similar fashion. We'll be back and request an area where the waiter likes at least a bit of interaction."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I would say our experience was a mixed bag. As far as the food, some was great and met the expectations we had for a well renowned chef and restaurant like Micheal Smith, but others were simply ok - nothing exciting or great, but they were edible. All and all as far as value goes, I felt even with the groupon we had, we could have gotten better food for the price elsewhere. The service and environment were excellent and on par with the upscale restaurant experience. On a note to potential visitors that is not meant to reflect on the restaurant - we had trouble finding parking close to the restaurant, so be sure to plan ahead if driving."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I wanted to thank a friend who was new to KC with an exceptional dining experience. The groupon was great for my budget and the ambience was upscale and intimate. The groupon stated must have reservations. However at 5pm, I was able to click my to a 8pm reservation with ease. When we arrived, they new my name and had a table waiting. My friend was blown away. Also I was nervious about what to order and they already had a 4 course meal special that was perfect. Like the server said it was Michael Smith's special prepared course and fun. We both enjoyed being served each course deliberately and with style. I am glad my first Michael Smith experience surpassed my expectations and also my friend thinks I'm the "cat's pajamas"!!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The ambience is great. Nice place for a romantic Valentine dinner. Definitely short staffed on wait persons because our waitress was normally not available but other support staff picked up the slack. I believe you should have a comfortable and enjoyable relationship with your wait person. The food was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We love the ambiance. The food experience is outstanding in every aspect. it is always a very special occasion for us."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was amazing. I ordered the 8 Hour Pork Roast, and it was the best pork roast I have EVER eaten. My date ordered the Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope which was very good too. Before our entrees, the chef gave everyone in the restaurant a shot of the soup of the day which was a great surprise and very good. The only negative thing about the restaurant was our server. He was very slow and not friendly at all, but, who knows, he could have been having a bad day."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Michael Smith was a nice restaurant, but we did feel a bit over our head with not understanding what we were reading on the menu. I felt like I needed a glossary just to know what the food was. It was like taking a stab in the dark at trying something new and you had no idea what you were ordering. I lucked out. The scallops were fabulous. Great experience, but probably won't go back. My husband did enjoy the honesty of our server regarding the wine and which one was better over another."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I'd heard great things about Michael Smith, so my huband and I decided to dine there for our 10th anniversary. Our server was fantastic. Intuitive, fun, personable with great suggestions. The food was good, not over the top fantastic. My husband had the pasta with scallops and it was nearly too salty to eat. He didn't return the food because it would've made our special occasion just...awkward....and it wasn't the server's fault. The wine was wonderful but as we sat there we realized the mood of the place was like a rest home! Next door we could hear the crowd at Extra Virgin and it was bustly with good energy but the Michael Smith side was a dull, old boring crowd with ZERO ambiance. Disappointing!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My date and I were the youngest ones there (27) by at least 2 decades. The restaurant was well decorated, but nothing really made the room stand out -- I was surprised that a place downtown didn't take full advantage of the exposed brick or other historical elements of the structure. Also, while the restaurant itself is a quiet oasis, the VERY loud noise coming from Extra Virgin next door was distracting. Don't let this fool you. We had a lovely time; our server was attentive, without being too cloying, the wine list was diverse, and the food was out of this world. I had the eight hour braised pork, and my girlfriend had the veal. We very well might return, but only on a Saturday where the noises from next door won't be so out of place."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We could talk without screaming. Food was excellent, although portions were not huge. Service was very good. Parking was terrible, partly due to a large party and street construction."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "we've dined here multiple times and have made a different entre choice each time. its a nice atmosphere, tasty food, with excellent presentation. would recommend for date, business or group"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Went for the first time during KCRW on 1/22. Food and service were outstanding. One of the best meals I ate all week and probably one of the best restaurants in KC. Flavors were unbelieveable and everything was perfectly matched. Had a substitution on the appetizer but was able to get an order of the Rabbit to go and it was fantastic as well as the pierogies. Had Skatewing for the first time and would highly recommend it as well as this restaurant. Will return."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I cant say the food was worth the outlandish price - I went for resturaunt week as I knew the menu was pricey.The Shrimp Bisque was good, but not excellent. Main course consisted of 6 thin slices of beef - I dont even think it was 2 ounces, a dollop of mashed potatoes which were quite good and two sprigs of brocalini - I dont think I even had 7 bites (thats because I slice the meat in half) and my entree was finished. Thank goodness I got 4 dinner rolls - I dont mind paying a bit extra for a nice dinner - but I expect to leave the table with a fuller stomach. The waiter was pleasant - but again - he just took my order and served it. Nothing special. If you just want to spend money for little return then this is the place for you."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We dined here during the KC Restaurant week festivities with a predetermined menu. The rabbit and potato gnocchi and roasted cauliflower soup were delicious starters for the main event: the slow-braised pork and skate wing and shrimp. They offer a great selection of wines. We were impressed with the quality of dining, but a little surprised by the restaurant's volume and how brightly lit the atmosphere was. We've since determined that was likely due to a high volume of guests, week night dining, and the special event, as a friend has confirmed it is typically a romantic adventure. We enjoyed our evening spent there and will happily dine there in the future, but perhaps with friends next time. Enjoyable, delicious food, great service."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Michael Smith's is quite possibly the best restaurant in the KC Metro. There's nothing they won't do to make your experience perfect. Their staff is professional and knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings. Nancy (GM) is always on hand to recommend a wine to pair with the meals. I've never had one bad thing on the menu. Michael makes everything on the plate harmonize and you can get a little of everything on the plate and get "perfect bites" each time with the way the components balance each other out. Highly recommend. If you encounter any problems, the staff and Michael and Nancy will make it right!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014