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The Jacobson
The Jacobson
  • Address:
    2050 Central Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Crossroads / Freight District / Boulevard
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Jacobson Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thejacobsonkc.com
  • Phone: (816) 423-2888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Service:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm :

    Dinner Service -
    Monday - Thursday : 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Bar Service
    Monday- Thursday- 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday - 11:00 - 1:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Charles " Chadd" Williams
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off site catering available. Please contact Michael Werner for details.
  • Entertainment: call for details
  • Special Events & Promotions: Corporate and/or private buy-outs available with The Jacobson

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 21st St
  • Public Transit: yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Covered Garage Parking Validated
    There are additional paid and free parking lots nearby.
A word from The Jacobson
"If Picasso or Rembrandt wanted to grab a bit in KC, the food and atmosphere at The Jacobson would make them feel like they were back in front of an easel." -Alex Kluesner KC Magazine

Like paint to a blank canvas, The Jacobson, or "The J" for regulars, transformed a 4,000-square foot warehouse into a modern restaurant and bar in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District. Staying true to the surrounding culture, its walls are bedecked with paintings from local artist and its one-of-a-kind heated patio and full service bar is anchored by a two story sculpture by KC's own Stretch.

A glance at The Jacobson's variety of contemporary American cuisine yields a collection for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Much like an artist who draws inspiration from his or her own environment, diners in search of muse are encouraged to mix and match tastes when ordering appetizer & entrees from the Mingle & Center Stage sections of the menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I made a reservation for an special dinner and was a little disappointed when they sat us at a high top near the bar. I asked to change tables but they were unable to re seat us, which was disappointing, but ok. After that, though, the waiter was pretty awful. He took my partners drink order and brought it before I had decided on a cocktail, and when I did order it sat at the bar prepared for 10 minutes. He came to take our dinner orders and the cocktail was still sitting at the bar. He had forgotten that I ordered. Then he took my partners dinner order before I was ready. We waited another 10 minutes and he never came back. Another restaurant staff came to ask how everything was and straightened it out, but what a hassle."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a Groupon for the Jacobson and we will definitely go back even without one. The stuffed meatballs, KC Strip, and Chicken Picatta were outstanding. The Groupon covered two entrees, desssert and two cocktails, and to my great surprise we were encouraged to order the most expensive items on the menu in those categories. That never happens! The cocktails were excellent as well, and very creative. Good music, fun crowd, and excellent service. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Impeccable service, knowledgeable and very hospitable server and bartender. The manager introduced himself and was genuinely interested in our experience. The food...simply delicious! I've already recommended it to others."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful lunch with a friend - we both loved our food and the service was terrific!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I was very pleased with my visit to The Jacobson last Friday evening. We went with another couple and had a really relaxing great dinner. We never felt rushed. Our waiter Randall was not only well informed but he had a nice sense of humor and answered all our questions concerning our dining choices. The drink selection was unusual but very good. I plan to visit this restaurant again. Since I do not live close to the restaurant I think that says it all. I enjoyed it enough to travel again for another great meal."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We were there on a Tuesday night. We were placed at a table by the bar, where we were told that the busy bartender would also be our waiter. I thought this was odd since we did have a reservation and were not walk-in diners. The bartender was very nice, and did his best, but he was being pulled in two directions. We had to grab another waitress to ask to order dessert (she was rather unfriendly), and we waited a long time for our checks. The food was very good, we loved the meatball appetizer; the seafood medley and the chicken piccata were also very good."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Two couples met for dinner and we had drinks at the bar before being seated. The bartenders were great and the drink selection was extensive with whimsical names like Pocket Square and Mark Twain. The hostess that seated us was friendly and accommodating to our request for a certain table. From there, it went down hill. Service was slow and the food was just ok. The appetizer's were good, but main course and salads not so much. The wine list was very limited. If you want a place to go for good drinks and appetizer's with a vibrant bar scene, head to The Jacobson and pull up a bar stool. Just stay away from the servers and tables."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "What an evening at the Jacobson. The service was fantastic. We were given prime seating at an indoor/outdoor table with views of the surrounding neighborhood. Food was superb and even the other patrons were so nice and gracious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This suburban couple loved feeling cool, hip, and modern in this fun venue! Wonderful ambiance and food, and easy parking! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a terrific lunch. Started off with oysters. Presentation was well done and the oysters were very good. Tried the signature Jacobson burger and was not disappointed. Lots of flavor and cooked to spec. Partner had gumbo and muffaletta. Both were well executed. Extremely excellent server (Randall). Highly knowledgeable about menu items and a foodie himself. Very much recommend The Jacobson."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "So, anyone who has ever grilled an expensive cut of steak knows two things. First, medium rare is not brown in the middle. It is pink. Second, you don't serve a KC Strip sliced as part of your presentation. It loses the juices and the temp. Don't get me wrong, I love the J and will continue to go there. This is just one of those repeated, annoying issues that never seems to be corrected."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fantastic food. Great drinks. Mediocre service for a Saturday night. Fairly noisy restaurant but the food makes up for it"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Four of us (seniors) had a great evening. Waiter fun to talk with. All enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place - new so some new servers that weren't the best but giving them the benefit of the doubt. My husband's KC Strip was tough and my pasta was soupy. Also, the table (high top) was not very comfortable or easy to get in & out of. Would have loved to sit on the patio but it was too hot - looks like a great place to sit! The crab & shrimp dip for an appetizer was awesome and my salmon was perfect. Decent wine list - would have like more options for by the glass. Overall would recommend & will try it again!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great service with detailed attention from the waitress and the manager. Nice, unique cocktail list. Bacon Rebellion was a surprise find. Willing to make substitutions on sides. Perfectly cooked steak. Dutch Baby with fresh cooked peaches. YUM."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was m second time here and both have been excellent. The drink with bourbon and bacon was very novel. Oysters and the three spreads with flat breads were delicious. The salmon and the pork entries were both excellent. Tge salted butterscotch pudding is a great way to finish off."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Jacobson, and we were very pleased. The quality of the food and drink was excellent. I highly recommend the sesame mushrooms. They were very crispy and not greasy; could have used more sesame seeds . The hand-crafted cocktails were delicious and interesting, and had a decent amount of alcohol in them. Scallops were large, and prepared to perfection. Good service too. Only real complaint is that it is difficult to find; front door is not really on Central."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to dinner last night at The Jacobson. John, our server, was knowledgeable and in a word GREAT! The food was very good. Everything was fresh and home made. The drinks were notable. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a great night out."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The restaurant was very good, but a little overpriced. Atmosphere was awesome and the outdoor patio was great. The bar seemed very well stocked. Our problem was the service, we waited forever in between our server coming back to check on us and our entres took a long while to come out. He blamed a short staffed kitchen but I am not sure."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Went here for the first time the other night. We had the Seafood Medley and it was fabulous! That night it was salmon, scallops, mussels and shrimp in a lobster broth. We ordered mussels for an appetizer too. We also ordered a trio of spreads that came with 2 kinds of bread. The hummus and the blue cheese dips were our favorites. The roasted cauliflower one was so-so. For dessert we shared the pineapple upside down cake, which is not easy to find on many menus. It was very tasty. The other big plus was the music. It was a great mix of "dinner music", not so loud that you had to yell at your dining companions to be heard. It was very pleasant. We will definitely be back. Oh, the parking is a challenge. That's the only negative."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We went to Jacobson on a Friday nite, hoping to sit outside but it was way too hot. Tried some of their new house cocktails, the summer of 75 was delish... We had lots of really good food and lots of laughs. Great place to go for a relaxed dinner with friends."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "we first went to The Jacobson with a large group and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We went again, taking a friend with us. The parking is a challenge, the food was just OK and the service was very slow. At the table the order included 2 hamburgers (one was really under-done & neither were initially prepared correctly) and the summer pasta which was served lukewarm. The homemade potato chips had changed since the last time and were not nearly as tasty. Not sure if the seasoning changed or what. Also the coffee was just warm, not hot and steaming like a fresh cup of coffee should be. All 3 of us were disappointed and are fairly certain we won't be returning. Too many other great options in our city."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Dined here for the first time last week! Great restaurant. Be sure and ask fo Michael A as he was an outstanding waiter. Steered us to a great bottle of wine on half price nite. Then we shared the most wonderful meatballs as an appetizer. Then all he suggested for dinner one had mussels, one had the shrimp, and one had the steak. All winners! Bananas Foster for dessert and the evening was a lovely nite out with friends. We will defiantly return"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The Jacobson has something for anyone. Comfortable bar eating/drinking with TV or bartender entertainment? Check. High tables for casual or formal eating? Check. Discreet low table nook seating for romance or couple conversation? Check. Best patio drinking or dining in KC? Check. Private dining room for business, family or friends special event? Check. Varied and tasty menu? Check. Great service? Check. My "romfei" ("romantic female interest") and I needed a light, romantic evening and The Jacobson - and especially our terrific server, Randall, delivered it. Recommended entrees, appetizer, drinks and wine were perfect. And Randall kindly helped us maximize our GroupOn. The Jake gets 5 Stars from this appreciative patron."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was just barely warm. Drinks were horrible. Server was overwhelmed even though the restaurant wasn't even busy. Owner didn't even say hello, or thanks for coming. Won't ever return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The service can be hit or miss, especially at dinner. We went for lunch and the service was great. The craft/ artisan cocktails are great. The trio spread for an appetizer is really good."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were first time diners and we loved the whole experience. The food was delicious, our drinks were fabulous (pocket square - yum!), and the staff was so friendly and helpful. I had only one regret - that the baby cake was topped with bananas foster - not my favorite. We had the pineapple upside down cake (delish) instead, but I really wanted to try the baby cake - just with some other sort of topping - peach perhaps???? We will be back - even without a Groupon!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This is a great place for patio dining or dining inside among modern decor. The service was outstanding. The server was very knowledgable about food dishes as well as all cocktails. We had a fantastic meal and a lovely evening out."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our waiter's enthusiasm for the diverse menu choices added to our enjoyment of recent dinner at The Jacobson. Some Crossroads restaurants get by on "being cool", but this one also delivers on delectable cuisine and drinks."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "live in the neighborhood and come here quite a bit. solid servers. good cocktails and beers on tap. Menu is consistent but has nice changes every once in a while. The Jacobson Burger is amazing, one of the best burgers in KC. We've had a few misses here over a long period of visits (cocktail with jalapeno was undrinkable (i like hot and can eat peppers!), pork shoulder had a fat line in it and was all fat, no meat are a few that come to mind). When we've had issues, the manager has come over promptly and offered to comp the dish. The manager here is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We arrived 30 minutes prior to our reservation on a slow Thursday and enjoyed a drink on the beautiful patio in spite of our grumpy, non-attentive server. The hostess never came to take us inside for dinner as she promised. We returned to the hostess stand and were greeted and seated by the manager/owner who said that our server would take great care of us. Our second server offered the same poor service, as if we were an intrusion. We are friendly people and made no special requests. We ordered the salmon crostini, pork shoulder confit, scallops, salad, dessert. They were all good, but there are so many excellent restaurants in the area where we've received better service that we have no interest in returning to The Jacobson. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I had kind of accidentally stumbled upon The Jacobson, but I am VERY glad I did. This restaurant was fantastic; Frank Sinatra/Michael Bublé-esque music playing the whole time...bartenders in suit vests...great art and lighting. I was a big fan of this place. They have their own unique cocktails too (I had the Crossroads Fizz--great for summer) and the food was great! For dessert, I'd recommend the Swedish pancake with bananas foster...to die for."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I had a reservation for 9pm as the restaurant is open until 10pm. I showed up with my date and the door was locked. I called and they said they decided to close early because it was slow. They didn't call me and the manager stated he didn't check to see if there was a reservation and didn't apologize. Ruined the night for me and my date."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This was my second time at The Jacobson, and was delighted just as much as my first visit. Stuffed Meatballs, outstanding. The Jacobson burger, ohhhh mmmmyyyy goooosh. Pineapple Upside Down Cake w/ Banana Ice Cream, delicious. I will be visiting again. And again. And again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been to the Jacobson several times. Last year I went for my birthday and they were out of them. I went again this year and was disappointed to pay $30 for about what you used to get in their appetizer size. Should have stuck with the appetizer menu or the burger!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We love the atmosphere. The server did an excellent job of suggestions and accomadating our requests. The special of the evening, a seafood medley was excellent. Scallops, mussels, shrimp and salmon in a flavorful broth was delicious! We shared the house dessert which was a pancake with a berry topping and of course a side of ice cream. The meal was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves. Would recommend it to friends and will return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Jacobson was an awesome find for us. We especially enjoyed the Jacobson Burger and cocktails. A little pricey for an average night but great for special occasions. We will return for special occasions and would love to frequent this spot during mingle hour for drinks."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The lettuce wraps are not messy, thanks to the tender butter lettuce, with creative and tasty filling."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We've been to the Jacobson 2 times. The first, our server was outstanding, personable, and welcoming. This time was the complete and total opposite - slow, boring, vacant, and just doing his job. We felt like more of an inconvenience than a customer there to enjoy the evening. We started with the trio of spreads which was very good (bonus points for server - brought extra crisps when noticed we were running low). Our meals were okay. The spaghetti and meatballs was basic and fairly bland and one note while the Jacobson burger was terribly heavy, overdone, and really nothing special as I wanted it to be. There were other items on the menu we'd like to try, so we'll return; hopefully with better service & more flavorful food."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great time! John was wonderful and the chicken was the best! Can't wait until next time!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014