Nara for Birthdays
There was live music - which we were not expecting it made it a little too loud to have a conversation for what was suppose to be a romantic dinner for his birthday - a little uncomfortable sitting at a table where the people next to us were so close they could reach our plates.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best sushi in KC, hands-down.
Best sushi in KC, hands-down. Chef Koji is amazingly creative. They have a great beer and sake menu. This place reminds me of the best sushi restaurants on the West coast. The robata grill offers options for people who don't care for sushi.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great environment.
Excellent food, great environment. Server was great, we love Nara's.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great atomsphere and delicious food
Crossroads Roll was really good as well as the Forbidden apple roll and spicy yellowtail. Can't go wrong - all beautifully presented. Our waiter Josh was very knowledgeable and friendly.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Koji-san is amazing and artistic!
Koji-san is amazing and artistic! It doesn't seem like it would be a child friendly restaurant, but it is. My boys, 9 and 12, have been going to Nara with us since it was opened and have always enjoyed themselves. Great place!
4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was awesome lots of unique
Food was awesome lots of unique choices and very fresh. The atmosphere was a little noisy but there were events going on in the area so its was pretty busy that evening.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second visit to Nara, and both times the food and service were excellent. We shared a Sashimi platter and a sushi roll. Fish was melt in your mouth fresh, and a nice selection. We will definitely return for a special occasion.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found this restaurant online and it looked amazing. And it was amazing! Had the best time. Wonderful food, amazing service, just wonderful!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great location, great service; it isn't my favorite sushi in town, but it's good.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A birthday bash
We went to Nara's to celebrate a birthday. Some members of the party were not sushi lovers. by the end of the night they were converted. We asked our server to pick appetizers for the group and she did a wonderful job. I highly recommend the Korean short ribs. After the appetizers we had and shared a wide selection of rolls. All were delicious/interesting and with complex flavors. The sake list is quite extensive and fairly priced. Try the Horin.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we both loved it! Both of us were new to Nara, and the staff was extremely helpful. It was my girlfriend's first time trying sushi, and our waiter made sure to suggest the best finds for newbies. We would love to go anytime, including just for lunch! The food was wonderful, and displayed very nicely. The sushi rolls were very filling! I would highly recommend!
5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great sushi, very creative
Great sushi, very creative chefs. Sit at the sushi bar and let the chefs create.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food but....
Food was great. Our server did not go over any of the specials. It wasn't until after we ordered our food that we heard the waitress helping the table next to us explain the specials to them. The food was excellent, and it seems odd to say this but it came too fast. I felt like it should have been a longer dining experience and instead we were in and out in no time.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
loved the sushi rolls, especially the Nara roll and Crossroads roll.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a great place! Food is fabulous! Service is great! All around a top favorite in my new city!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Breakaway Location
Nara's is such a great place to break away and have a mini-vacation while still in KC! You get outside in the nice weather and enjoy a First Fridays bash - what relaxation!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice patio dining
My wife and I enjoy the patio at Nara. Service and sushi is consistantly very good too!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the Best Sushi Restaurants
Nara has some of the best sushi I have ever had. The service was great, the ambience was neat and the place was very modern.
My girlfriend and I had dinner together and had such a great time having sushi and wine.
I highly recommend!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simply the BEST sushi place in KC!
I've dined here multiple times now and have never had even a slightly negative experience. The servers are there when you need them and gone when you don't. They were also always incredibly helpful whenever I had questions about anything on the menu; and they even went beyond that to help explain how best to enjoy anything new I was trying. And the sushi and sashimi was outstanding and topped anything else around.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice place to celebrate
We went there with a group of 7. We each picked a roll and had the waitperson pick the appetizers and additional rolls for the table. Excellent job!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best sushi between the coasts
Nara has become one of our favorite restaurants of any kind, and certainly our favorite sushi place in Kansas City. I've travelled extensively for work, and have been a consultant to some Japanese-owned firms. Often on business trips to San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, New York, DC, Atlanta, I've been treated to some amazing sushi by my Japanese clients. Nara ranks with the best I have eaten anywhere in the US. And you can't beat the view of the downtown skyline, the wonderful staff and striking decor. We have learned to order "omakase" (chef's choice), rather than from the menu. That gives these amazing chefs the opportunity to show off their considerable skills and creativity. We've never been disappointed.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server was fantasic and
Our server was fantasic and food was great. It was our first time at Nara and we will definitely be back. They were low on drink menus, which the hostess told us when we sat. She then brought us one, but we had it for less than two minutes before another server came by and asked if he could take it. My boyfriend said he hadn't had a chance to look at it yet and the server replied, I'll bring it right back and took it. It didn't really make sense to us that we had to wait to look at the drink menu so someone else who was sat ay the same time could see it first. I also think it was rude to his coworker. Other than that, it was a great experience and our waitress (we can't recall her name, but she had a "cat" tattoo on her forearm) was great.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good first time
Our waiter was very nice and made recommendations for food and drinks including what NOT to order. Our sushi roll that we ordered as a starter still came after our entrees, a little disappointing
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I tried Nara with a friend for the first time, and it was excellent! We ate sushi, and the prices were so reasonable. There was plenty of room so you don't feel crowded in with people - the specialty drinks are half price on Thursday and they were good! I would definitely recommend and go again!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second best sushi I've had
I tried this because I was told it was the best sushi in KC. It was very good but not as good as Kanai in Wichita KS.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch place
Took my friend there for a nice lunch for her 70 birthday. They had a very nice table by the window. She had the salmon sandwich from the kitchen and I had the Spicy Crab Salad. The sushi bar was very nice to make it for me without the seaweed salad. Can't wait to go back with someone else. Would like to do a happy hour sometime!!!!!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
They make every experience the best experience. Kansas City's best keep.secret.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My regluar spot
This place is one of my favorite restaurants in town. For sushi, it IS my favorite in town. The Spicy Tuna is my favorite, I'm a basic girl. But, I love everything I've had here. It started out just dropping by with my best friend. We were floored with the good prices and delicious food. It quickly became a place where I craved going. Now, almost every other week or so I make a Facebook invite, invite a bunch of friends, and each week the group is different and awesome. This food brings us together for warm conversation. I look forward to it every time.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit, Monday Happy Hour
We arrived around 530 and the hostess told us about their new Monday HH from 3-11. But we had to sit in the lounge area to get the HH prices. That was fine. The area was just a tiny bit in need of a broom and the table was wiped a little too quickly, missed a couple spots. We ordered several things from both the HH and dinner menu. Lettuce wraps, tuna rolls, happy family rolls, "local pig" skewers and hummus. All the food was good. Wine was good. Prices were good. I went because I had a gift card, but I will definitely go back again.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Romantic
The warmly-lit decor provides a romantic atmosphere for customers at Nara, and that, combined with a lively background of conversation and music adds to the experience. But, you're here for the food and maybe, the fun, of Body Sushi on First Friday, and you won't be disappointed. The food is great, especially the shrimp tempura...try Nara, it's a great night-spot.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Sushi place in towm
Evan having been in town for seaven years first for a couple Northlanders
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
KC's best sushi
I have travelled across the US on business, and worked with Japanese companies. I've eaten sushi in the finest places in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle - but none were better than Nara. The chefs are creative, the fish is flawless and the experience exceeds expectations. Order "omakase" (chef's choice), rather than from the menu, for a real treat.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at Nara early before the theater. We sat at the sushi bar so that we could chat with the sushi chef and enjoyed a great trio of blue marlin, albacore tuna and another tuna - delicious, and caught in Hawaii. KC is not the best place for sushi as it's in the middle of the country but we loved the ambiance as well as the food and service. We'll be back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Body Sushi on 1st Friday
Our first time at Nara on a First Friday and it was quite the experience. Between the 3 of us (starving people) we had 7 rolls of sushi & a trip to the body sushi display (complementary to diners) and tried 3 very distinct drinks. All of it was delicious! The body sushi was scary at first, but the whole process was easy to do and simple to navigate. Our server was very nice and we had a wonderful time dining out. We were thinking about the reverse happy hour specials, but they didn't seem that great of deals when compared to the full menu & offerings. Delicious spider rolls, spicy tuna, jalepeno popper roll, and tempura shrimp roll. This is THE sushi spot in KC - no questions.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service, ehh food
We have not been to Nara in awhile. We have always enjoyed it in the past. The service was very friendly. It was hard to find a sushi roll that did not have cream cheese on it. What we did pick (it is their stand by) was good. I decided to try the teriyaki salmon. It was covered in the sauce and it was overcooked. They quickly remedied the situation and brought out a nice piece of fish sans the sauce. Much better.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sit at the Sushi Bar and order omakase, it means 'I leave it to you', or more literally 'to entrust'. This allows the Sushi Chef to be creative, and prepare his best selections. You can set a price limit, let Chef know any items you do not care for, or just let him have at it and tell him to stop when you are full.
This is absolutely the best way to enjoy Sushi and get to try items that are not on the typical Sushi platter.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food. Exceptionally friendly staff. Awesome Spevials. Highly Reccomended!!!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM