The mussels and bread pudding
The mussels and bread pudding was fabulous! I think the bread pudding is the best one I've had EVER! Chef Celina was also very friendly and came to our table to ask how we were doing and how our food was tasting. I even asked to get a picture with her and she was more than happy to do so. We also came on a good night because they had a special of 3 courses for $30 and any wine bottles $75 were half off. Awesome deal! I would definitely come back here.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get the Cheese Cake for Sure!
Chef was nice to come to our table and thank us for coming and ask how things were!! Great little find in Brookside, great food...fun unique changing menu...the cheesecake was insane!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ordered pretzel sticks and gouda cheese sauce, I really wanted to try the cheese sauce. They were out of pretzels so they brought us some cheese to try it was excellent. The service was fun and light and we enjoyed our time there.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Tio is a treasure
Chef Celine Tio continues to create wonderful food. The menu changes from time to time and her flavor combinations are great. My new favorite is the pate with pickled blackberries. The wait staff is efficient and friendly without being in the way. We enjoy watching the action in the kitchen.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my Mother to the Julian Mother's Day Brunch a few weeks ago. Though the menu was limited for the special event, there was no shortage of great options. As a vegetarian, I was able to find something for each of my 3 courses, starting with the Asparagus Salad. The Asparagus was perfectly prepared with a lovely lemon tarragon cheese. I love with Chef Tio does with her herb infusions. For my main course, I had the seared trout. Trout is my favorite fresh water fish and this was cooked perfectly with the ideal sides and seasons. I ate every bit.
My Mother enjoyed the white gazpacho and crispy short ribs.
Lastly, we were quite full by dessert time, so the server was very kind to box up our desserts to take with us.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
Julian has a very relaxed atmosphere with a wait staff who dress in tee-shirts and jeans. It is a good place to go if you are looking for a tasty, laid-back meal conducive to light conversation. The kitchen is open and located right next to one of the dining areas but the flurry of activity there did not seem to be disruptive. The wait staff was courteous and attentive, the meals were served in a timely manner but not rushed and we were able to enjoy each course. The smoked salmon and deviled egg appetizer served as a brunch selection was wonderful and the grilled trout was also quite good with a nice crispiness on the skin making it easy to eat with the fish. I am not normally a big trout fan but this I would definately order again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to a lot of restaurants
I have been to a lot of restaurants and this is probably the best food I have eaten locally and abroad. I took my mother for Mother's Day and we both enjoyed every course. No complaints about any of the food we sampled. I am still thinking about the salmon deviled egg crostini that we had for appetizers...smoked salmon, creamy deviled egg salad...delish! The outdoor dining was a great experience as well...nice quiet atmosphere for enjoying a beautiful May day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Homemade sausage appetizer was outstanding. Wine list is limited but good quality. Trout main plate was fresh and perfectly cooked. Wife had scallops that melted in mouth. Ambience is plain but service and food more than made up for it. I can't wait to go back and try more of the menu.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Elegant cuisine, corner comfort
Very high quality meals, beautifully prepared and presented by a friendly staff. Over the top elegant meals in a neighborhood corner comfort.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the time we came in the front to leaving the restaurant, the staff was very inviting and friendly. The dinner was amazing from appetizers to dessert, you must have the sautéed Beef for dinner!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful evening
Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed the evening at Julian's. Our appetizers, chicken pate with pickled blackberries, bowl o' mussels, crispy fried chicken and local lettuce salad, were the perfect size taking the edge off of our hunger but not filling us so that we could not enjoy our entrees. Each entree (seared trout, the lamb rueben, the sauteed beef and the salmon in pouch) was incredibe. We followed our entrees with dessert and coffee. We left feeling that very comfortable fullness after a delightful meal. We will definitely return.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sundays are best!
We dined at Julian on a Sunday, when Chef Tio serves her version of family style... no menu, you eat what she feels like cooking. She called us prior to our reservation to make sure we were aware of the style of her Sunday meals and made sure there were no food restrictions that she needed to keep in mind. My husband has quite a few food allergies, and Chef Tio took them all into consideration swapping out 2 of the 4 courses to accommodate. The food she made that night was AMAZING!! I would highly recommend Julian to my friends, especially on a Sunday.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved the brunch burger......it was wonderful! Also love the bloody marys. Excellent service and great food!
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Julian's creative menu provides a good choice for discriminating diners. Of special note were the Bowl of Mussels from the started menu. The slightly briny poaching liquid was a lovely counterpoint to sweet and perfectly cooked mussels. I can see our party of four returning soon for a couple of orders. The corn crepes which pillowed the lovely scallops was another highlight of the evening.
The sensible portions are a welcome change from restaurants that seem to feel they will be feeding a team of lumberjacks.
Overall a lovely experience for two senior couples celebrating anniversaries. We will be making more visits.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been going here for 6 months. The food is always fresh and very good. The chef and entire kitchen team put out a lot of effort and it shows. The dining room is nice, try to sit in the back room or patio if nice weather. I am sad to leave K.C but even sadder I will no longer have this reliable place to enjoy a meal!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
KC, MO's best-kept secret
james-beard, award-winning chef, celina tio, does it right. comfy, casual atmosphere & well-appointed, minimalistic decor complement the fare, prepared with locally produced meats, fishes, & fruits &vegetables. loved the house-smoked salmon, deviled egg crostini, arugula salad with fried duck egg, & oysters on the half shelf. the trout with a rice pilaf & the garganelli in a delicate marscapone sauce with sweet, english peas & julienned asparagus were outstanding. the wine list is modest, but terrific. it's selection of domestic & imported wines does not overwhelm. especially liked the brut sparkling rose from new mexico & enjoyed the trimbac gewürtzraminer from the alsace. not least of all was the competent & unobstrusive service. perfect!
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for a special occasion
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Julian with a wonderful meal and excellent service. The atmosphere was casual but not loud. The staff were friendly and attentive but not overbearing. We both had trout and agreed it was delicious. We would recommend Julian for any occasion.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great! Server was not
What a neat place and the food was fantastic! Three of us ate there for dinner and one had the salmon, another had trout and I had the beef. All were very good and well prepared. Unfortunately the server let us run out of water several times and overall very poor service.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tired from a long day, I used the Open Table app for iPhone and found our local gem had a reservation available. My wife and I enjoyed the trout and the daily vegetarian special - and of course a nice dessert, My only observation is that the chocolate ganache might have been even better closer to room temperature. Overall, sated and happy!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about our dinner was excellent. They had a $30 pre-fixe special for a starter entree and dessert. Additionally, it was a Monday night, so all wines under $75 were half price.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific, though small, brunch menu. The ginger donut holes are phenomenal! Excellent service and very accommodating with our 15 month old :)
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service!
Went to Julian for lunch on a Saturday. The chef seated us! Warm reception, friendly service, knowledgeable staff. We have multiple food allergies in our family, and we were accommodated with a smile. We really felt welcome, and the food was truly wonderful. We appreciate restaurants that can handle food allergies and not make us feel like we're burdening them with our requests. Our options were varied, and even our finicky kids were satisfied with and satiated by their meals. Can't wait to return!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
KC's Best Burger
We went to Julian because we had a gift card. We will go back because of the quality of everything...food, service, ambiance and value. I had the cheeseburger and she had the hamburger. Cooked to perfection. Served piping hot! This is the best burger in Kansas City without a doubt. Owner came and talked to us and told us about the meat product that they prepare on site. This is a great place that isn't one of the trendy and very noisy places, it was quiet and comfortable. We ate on the patio and it was so clean and inviting. I encourage you to give Julian a try. We gave it four thumbs up!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
really great food would have
really great food would have enjoyed a salad spoiled i guess .
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as usual
Have been to Julian's many times, consistently excellent food, service is always impeccable, it is my lunch place of choice to take folks who appreciate good food and just need to get away from the hustle and bustle!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We look forward to visiting Jilian and can't wait to go back!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to JULIAN for brunch and I will be back! Our group was seated by chef Tio and we were all a little star struck. Started with the bacon and chive scones and they were very good. One of our party had a bloody mary and it was perfectly spicy, though a little on the small size. The grapefruit mimosa was terrific! Would never have thought of grapefruit for a mimosa and I am so excited to have found this! refreshing and delicious.
For brunch two of our party had the baguette french toast with peach syrup. The syrup was more of a compote and was perfect. Not too sweet, just perfect peach flavor. The other in our party had the brunch burger - what a revelation! Kind of a burger / eggs benedict mash-up. Fantastic! A must try!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service! We
Great food and service! We will be back soon!! Totally enjoyed the cuisine!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Dining Experience
This was my first time dining at Julian, and my husband and I were very impressed. The restaurant was classy and comfortable, the service was professional but relaxed, and the food was the star of the show. We each had an appetizer, an entree, a dessert, and a glass of wine, and all were very satisfying--especially the pretzel sticks with the smoked gouda sauce and the vegetarian special. I also had a summer cocktail recommended and prepared by Chef Tio herself, who was accessible and gracious. We have been fans of hers from Top Chef Masters, and it was an honor to meet her and to eat her terrific food.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Night with Friends
My husband and I chose Julian's to dine with friends so we could catch up with them and enjoy excellent food. The evening was a success. The food was excellent. The server was knowledgable and friendly without being intrusive. We enjoyed our conversation and the dining experience.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a Gem
This is about my 15th visit to Julian and each time I am more impressed. The food is great. The menu changes regularly and each dish is given the time and attention necessary to be perfect, or nearly so. The small problem we had was immediately addressed and service is timely without feeling as if the server is hovering. I recommend it for a romantic evening outside or inside. You'll never be disappointed in the food!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful patio experience
The food selection and quality were magnificent! To be able to enjoy such wonderful food outside and in a family-friendly environment was a treat. The service was superb with attentive but not hovering staff. I can't imagine what could have made the experience better.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good but would avoid
Food was good but would avoid chicken pate and lamb Reuben in future
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Julian gets high marks for effort
Julian isn't especially pretty and the interior is rather plain. The noise level can be rather high at times. But it gets outstanding marks for the excellent food and the efforts its chef and staff make to accommodate diners. From a gorgeous vine-ripe tomato salad to outstanding pasta, every offering showed a lot of attention to detail and care in preparation. The chef made a special, delicious oriental-themed dish for my vegetarian wife and followed that with a fresh fruit salad made exclusively from ripe melons which was artfully presented. He personally came to our table twice to make sure she was satisfied. Our waiter was obliging and enthusiastic about the menu. We couldn't have been more impressed: we'd return in a heartbeat.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Danielle was
Excellent food. Danielle was a fun server. Expensive. Chef was present and conversational.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative Sunday Brunch!
Love the Sunday Brunch! The menu is full of surprises. I had the Brunch Burger, which our server declared as her favorite. It was delicious! My husband had the veggie and tofu scramble. He liked it, but I think he coveted my Brunch Burger! I will try the pork shoulder and fried green tomato dish next time. Q
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Imaginative and well executed
Imaginative and well executed dishes across the board. Great service, wine and ambiance. This is a gem in Brookside.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious lamb reuben and
Delicious lamb reuben and scallop salas with mustard vinaigrette. It was nice to be able to sit for a long time and chat with my friend.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Fall Menu
Surprised by the wonder selection on the menu. I had the Trout and my sister had the Mussels. Both were great. Sat outside on a perfect evening. Patio's 4 tops were all taken, but picnic table was fine...72 and a beautiful sunset.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Burger and cocktails always good bet. The atmosphere is cool and the outside is great! Service is always impeccable.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fantastic, outside dining was pleasant, wait staff was energetic and fun. Will go again!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food as I have come to expect from Ms Tio and her kitchen. Something for anyone. Prepared well, served beautifully.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Sat near kitchen and they were all pros. Front of house was kind of slow and inattentive. Table service did not really match the cuisine and prices.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and great service
If you are looking for an original restaurant with many options this is the place for you! The food is so delicious and served hot and perfectly displayed. It is a real dining experience!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first visit and
It was our first visit and I was hosting out of town guests and we were celebrating a birthday. Could not have picked a better spot--it was perfect. Thanks. We'll be back!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little place
Dinner here was fabulous. Food was excellent, service was thoughtful and love the casual atmosphere. Great place to eat.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
When you go to Julian, you
When you go to Julian, you can depend on getting a special, delicious meal at a reasonable price. If Chef
Tio is there, she is involved in everything from cooking to checking in with diners to make sure they
are happy. I took my aunt there recently to celebrate her 92nd birthday, and she was most pleased with the experience!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best meal we had in KC
After terrible food and service at Tannin and laughably bad service at bluebird bistro, we were delighted with Julian. The hushpuppies were just a touch dense and the service was very efficient (if not particularly warm), but every other item both food and wine were quite simply, outstanding. There's a reason the chef's won a James Beard award... she deserves it.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such a great find! I often drive from the downtown area just for brunch or dinner. Never ordered anything I did not love here.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite place
This is our "go to" place for special occasions. The food is amazing and chef Celina Tio is always friendly, even when swamped. An amazing talent, and amazing food experience.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM