Nara Kansas City
Nara Kansas City

Nara Kansas City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.narakc.com/
  • Phone: (816) 221-6272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sushi bar open Monday through Thursday 11am to 11pm; Friday & Saturday till midnight; Happy Hour menu available 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday; Reverse Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 10pm to close.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Max Chao
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Come enjoy Kansas City's new urban elegance at The Event Space at Nara. Featuring over 4,000 square feet of stunning exposed brick walls, gleaming hard wood floors and soaring ceilings with a dramatic downtown view as your backdrop. The Event Space at Nara is sure to make any occasion extraordinarily special. Nara can cater from 25 guests to 200.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have over 4,000 square feet of open loft event space. Best beautiful view of Kansas City skyline from our 8 - 12 foot windows. Beautiful wooden floors; brick walls; 14 foot ceilings - and the best coordinators to help plan your event. Call us!
  • Private Party Contact: Anita Uriarte 8162210362
  • Entertainment: Nara offers a variety of entertainment weekly from the experience of dining at the sushi bar watching the finest and most talented sushi chefs in Kansas City to enjoying the different entrees available from our unique and broad menu. We have a DJ Friday evenings beginning at 10pm. Brodioke (unique karaoke) every Monday night at 9pm. Matt Shoaf is live in the house each Wednesday for Ladies Night Out from 6pm to 9pm.
  • Special Events: Can seat 180 guests. In house catering and bar packages.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Nara offers complimentary parking to our guests. Parking is available to the north of Nara and to the east of the restaurant. There is free off street parking available as well after 6pm.
A word from Nara Kansas City
Nara is your favorite Japanese sushi restaurant in Kansas City. We are walking distance from the Sprint Center. Our menu is a variety of sushi, sashimi, seafood, salads, sandwiches, noodles, stir-fry dishes and seasonal desserts. Our fresh sushi and sashimi are prepared by our talented Japanese trained master sushi chefs, Koji and Fumi! Our unique robata menu features chicken, beef, locally made sausages, scallops, shrimp on a stick grilled to perfection. Nara also offers weekly dinner, sushi and wine specials. Call us for To Go orders - Nara prepares beautiful sushi trays to take home for your at home or business parties! ZAGAT rated: America's Best Japanese Restaurants
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Nara Kansas City reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (30)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (23)special occasion (23)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (16)scenic view (14)great for lunch (13)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (10)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • nonickname
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    1st visit. Food and service were very good. Prices and quantities were great. Took home lunch for next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy Yum
    theatre2VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We liked the food and the service, and the place has a pleasant vibe---however the two of us had to shout to be heard over the one-man guitarist/singer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    mkediner
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Went here for lunch with a buddy. Service was outstanding and attentive. Food was just as good. I had the Cuban sandwich. It was excellent! Buddy got the Bento box. This was his first visit and he loved it. Need to check this place out for dinner - I've only done lunch here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love the atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Sushi is great. Unique drink menu. Location is ideal, close to entertainment district but just far enough way to allow good parking for restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy Nara...
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nara offers some excellent Sushi, and a vibrant atmosphere. My wife and I enjoy stopping in for a few rolls every now and then. Great price, for great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nara's for Dinner
    Mindbender
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The service was excellent. Very attentive and personable. The variety of items on the menu permits groups to mix trad Japanese cuisine with other creative food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great venue
    OsuwyoVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food, service and ambience were great when street car project is complete this will be a hot spot
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great late Happy Hour
    rmcconnellVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great late night Happy Hour on food and drink after 10:00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going downhill
    GlutenFreeKC
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I used to absolutely love Nara and had many great experiences here in the past including special dishes being prepared for me. However, the last few times I have been in the service has been slower and less attentive, the food has taken longer to come out and less tasteful, and the overall experience is definitely not worth the price tag. It saddens me, but I find other places like Drunken Fish to be a far better experience now.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    FoodieKC
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Honestly, I've never had better sushi in the Midwest. The Mango Tango was absolutely to die for. Our service wasn't outstanding, however it was busy so very understandable and we got our food relatively quick. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    LWinVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Along with having a great happy hour menu with lots of vegan options, Nara has excellent service. Our server, Carrie, went above and beyond to make our dining experience memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is great!
    Bengineer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waiter walked us through both the drink and food menu like a pro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ladies Night!
    cgarcia87
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My cousin and I decided to check out Nara for ladies night and we were not disappointed. The prices are great and the drinks are delicious! The jalapeno roll was my favorite and the appetizer sampler was great. The live music was enjoyable and not so loud it was obnoxious. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would come back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was great and menu excellent. The tempura fried pickles were scrumptious. The cocktail I ordered (the red geisha) was too sweet and not strong enough. I will have to come again to try some other things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at Best
    DivineDiva
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was totally not impressed at the food at Nara's Restaurant. I ordered the Short Rib Skewers and the Shrimp Tempura Roll, my husband ordered the Hawaiian Teriyaki Trio. The food was bland and very overpriced. After reading the reviews I truly thought I was in for a great dining experience....this was such a disappointment. I will not be going back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was better last time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ate here about a year ago and it was fantastic. Decided to eat here again when I was in town and the sushi was not as good this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Even Better Service
    HappyDining
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here on a Friday night and the food was wonderful. Our server Beth did a fantastic job. I'm big on asking our server for recommendations when we go out to eat and everything that Beth recommended to us was amazing. Make sure to try the Jalapeno Popper roll.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not so good of service
    ChelsCShells
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Booked reservation online for my group of 6 - very convenient. Sat promptly, and was able to order a drink. But service was scattered, often having to ask where our waiter was to order more drinks/food/water refils. Food was quality and cheap during ladies night/happy hour. The veggie roll had seaweed salad in it which is great. I'd go back because of the fun location and cheap food, but don't expect great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was really good. My husband and I have been trying to get out and go here for quite some time... Finally we had some time to go downtown and enjoy the fabulous food. Our server Carrie was amazing as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, rude waitress.
    ScottStewart
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I always love the food at Nara. It is arguably the best sushi in Kansas City. I took a friend who had never been here before but loves sushi. Unfortunately, we had a waitress with an attitude who completely ruined our experience. Having never been there, my dining partner took a couple of extra minutes to decide what she wanted. The first time the waitress came by, we asked for a couple of extra minutes. 15 minutes later, we had to have someone summon her back. When she asked if Tekka Maki rolls (plain tuna) were available, she seemed put off and pointed at the spicy tuna rolls and said "right there". We explained those were not plain tuna rolls, and she said "Oh. You mean TRADITIONAL tuna rolls." The rest of the evening was the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • .......
    Suhsilover
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The first time I visited Nara it was wonderful. Had the prettiest view, the environment was very relaxing and they also had a live musician playing which made it even a more enjoyable experience. The noise level was calm and the service/food was great. I decided to take my boyfriend on a romantic date recently and once we got there it was extremely loud, you couldn't hear one another talk. Our seat was a table across from the patio doors, where a horrible street light made it impossible to be able to stand looking at the person across from you. I would call ahead and ask what the environment is like. I guess it always depends on the crowd. I had a great first impression but as for my boyfriend i don't know if I could say the same.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Enjoyed the spicy seafood soba noodles, seaweed salad and cocktails. Had two sushi rolls that were not good (poor quality fish, unpleasant texture, poor presentation). Price is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nara
    Sushilover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious sushi. Accommodating staff. Great atmoshphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • date night
    Kristen
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The husband and I went here for dat night on Friday. I am easing him into sushi and NARA had plenty of options. Sushi was fresh and tasty. Server suggested several good rolls (all spicy!) and we did pick one that he had suggested and it was delicious. Pretty view of downtown KC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 471 reviews are from the Nara Kansas City reviews archive.
  • MarketGuru
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Took friends who are great Asian food lovers and they were suitably impressed. Great food for the value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and chilled
    thepicky3VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was a real treat to have sushi I the Midwest. My son and I had the calmari, California roll, rainbow roll, and another mixed plate oh and the fried ice cream we were not disappointed. I recommend this for beginners of sushi and the well seasoned. Just enjoy ! I'll stack up Nara with any west coast restaurant .... Wonderful !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have had better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Well we went there because of the Kansas City mag review. The service was very good the food was good not great. Ambience is ok if you are a 20 or 30 something the rest of us not so much. The sashimi was ok Maguro not the dark red it is supposed to be and the were out of yellow tail. The rolls were good not great and the edemame was cold and not cooked enough. Then we get to the Poke.....I can get better poke at the Napili mkt a grocery store in Napili Hi. Please rethink how you make Poke.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent sushi
    Teresa
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent food and excellent sushi. Room is a little cramped so we could hear the next tables conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Went on the 4th and it was fantastic! Creative and innovative sushi creations, along with a few other selections from outside of Japan. Carrie, our server, was fantastic - engaging, attentive and charming. I'd recommend Nara for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nara experience
    HadagreattimeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We really wanted to sit outside on a beautiful evening, and it was too busy on the patio for us to be able to. However, everything else was very nice. This was our first time at this restaurant and we found it surprisingly vegetarian-friendly, all the way down to sushi-style rolls that were delicious. The Geisha Girl drink was quite fun and tasty (both of them). The ramen signature dish is definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    Northerner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have never been disappointed at Nara. The food is reliably good, nicely presented. The menu is varied enough so that you can have a very hearty, or lighter meal. The service has always been attentive and friendly. The make your own Bento Box at lunch is particularly good if you'd like variety and a chance to sample the rolls and entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cool scene, great food
    AaronD
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Everything was wonderful! Especially compared to our normal sushi joint, which we already love so much. This was just better. The cuts were better the overall flavors weren't as strong. Everything tasted mellow yet complex. We had a Vegas Roll, Nara Roll, Himachi Nigiri and the Appetizer Sampler. All really wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best sushi
    LuckyInKentucky
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I visited Kansas City for work. I wanted to try a sushi restaurant native to the city, not just a chain. I headed to Nara with two colleagues. I ordered the lettuce wraps as an appetizer and a rainbow roll. They were both okay. Nothing spectacular. Our waitress was inattentive, so it took awhile to get refills and our checks. My colleagues reported their food was fair. I would recommend trying another place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of the best in KC!
    slimbach8
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is one of my favorite sushi places in Kansas City. Love the atmosphere and how great their food is! I recommend Nara to people all the time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED our dinner here!
    LoLo
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This was my first time at Nara and WE LOVED IT! Large and flavorful sushi and fantastic service. Bathroom was very clean. I will likely become a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • our waiter was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our waiter, Damen, gave us great suggestions and descriptions of the food. He was on top of everything. Really enjoyed the restaurant. Definitely not just sushi that's offered
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nara
    Fisk
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I really loved the entire feel of this restaurant. It felt like going over to a friend's home for dinner: intimate and fun. The wait staff were very attentive and accommodated specific requests. The food was fresh, visually appealing to eat and very good. And, a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Loud
    Restaurantlover
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    When we went there was live music and he wasn't bad. soft, mellow song choices. The food was good, as always, and the server was a lot of fun and joked around with my boyfriend and I. Overall good evening!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    nomnomnomVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nara had great food and cocktails in an up-and-coming part of town. I really enjoyed the sushi and crab rangoon. The service was also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It doesn't get much better...
    60202foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    When it comes to sushi, Kansas City does not jump to top of mind, but considering Nara, maybe it should. As far as fresh and flavorful goes, Nara's sushi is just that. The service was good, hospitable and timely. When you tire of barbeque in KC, head over to Nara. It doesn't get much better...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.