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The Westside Local
The Westside Local

The Westside Local Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewestsidelocal.com
  • Phone: (816) 997-9089
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM
    Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Sam Jones
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining for up to 30 available any time. If you would like to rent the beer garden or the restaurant we can make it happen.
  • Private Party Contact: Brandon Strick (816) 997-9089
  • Entertainment: Eclectic acoustic music in the beer garden on First Fridays and some other nights.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Large party reservation fees may apply.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 17th
  • Public Transit: The 47 bus will drop you off at your table.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in lots North and East of 17th and Summit, plenty of on-street parking.
A word from The Westside Local
The restaurant you'll wish was in your neighborhood, in the neighborhood you'll wish was your own. The Westside Local offers seasonal comfort food with class, sourced as locally as possible. Enjoy it all with extensive beer and wine lists in our historic wood-beam and brick dining room, grapevine covered beer garden, or dashing little bar. Or just order some Carry out for that quiet evening at home.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Westside Local has a terrific, very interesting menu and our food was wonderful. I look forward to going back. But from now on I will always ask for a table away from the front door. Even with window shades, the setting sun made it impossible for one of our party to find a spot where she was not squinting into the sun. When I was there in the winter and seated near the door, the cold gusts of air from the opening/closing door were very bothersome. These were big distractions both times."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "On a gorgeous afternoon, it was fun to share our outdoor table with others. The food was good, served quickly, and the atmosphere was great. I had a very nice rose'."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday and thankfully had a reservation! There was a line to get in and those without reservations had to wait. Service was excellent and the food was great! Get the apple bread French toast - to die for! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Salads looked like they were four days old when served. Beers were brought to our table at near room temperature. Quinoa burger had the texture of mashed potato and was served cold. Requested no cheese on the burger and it was served with cheese. New burger brought out and again was undercooked and mushy. Sent the bun for the burger back as it was swimming in butter or grease. New bun for burger served with even more oil on it and the waitress acknowledged it but did not offer to remedy the snafu. Bison sausage taco was greasy and full of gristle. Bathroom smelled like an old Greyhound bus depot can. Adjoining table had AC condensate dripping near their table from a duct up above. Pickles were good and the highlight for us."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Westside Local has consistently good food and service. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys good food and good service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was good & great environment. Only complaint is that it was so hot in there & there was water dripping from the ceiling right by our table."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful except for the flickering lights. I guess they had switched to an LED bulb in the lamps that were on a dinner switch and the LED lights couldn't decide what to do, but that little quirk will not keep me from going back! Everything was just delightful and delicious!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our waitress Erin was very abrupt and not friendly the negative vibe was uncomfortable. When asked what sides available she say they are listed on top she did not explain. The rest of the staff seemed unhappy to be there also. The food was good but extremely slow and the service to pay also extremely slow. The place minus the negative vibe is pretty and urban trendy."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife really loved her experience...we both had wonderful meals... if I recall we had many menu options for our date. We eat mindfully so enjoyed many veggie options with many of the appetizers."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The outdoor area is terrific and so is the food. Service was also outstanding. Also a great beer list. The chicken mole tacos are something you don't see everywhere, and they are wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Driving through Kansas on way to Colorado with our 90lb dog and decided to stop in Kansas City to find a dog park and a place for lunch--hopefully not fast-food! Looked on Open Table and Westside Local sounded great-had a patio- called to see if they were dog friendly which happily they were! Gave us a great table in shaded area with a water bowl all ready at the table. Our meal was wonderful! Best French fries with homemade ketchup I have ever had-ever! Grilled cheese with fresh tomato/onion soup for dipping was so delicious--soup tasted like it was fresh from the garden 5 minutes ago! Sampled a variety of cheeses with home-made apple bread-YUM!!Definitely will be back and already told several friends who travel that way it is a "Must"!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was very good, although pretty pricey for what it was. Furniture was not too comfortable -- hard wooden chairs. Ambiance was okay. General feeling is that if they are going to charge these prices, they need to work to heighten experience a bit."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We wanted to celebrate our good friend's promotion at work by taking him and his wife out to dinner. We chose Westside Local because we wanted something out of the ordinary. We were not disappointed! Great food and super service. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Love this place, have been there often since I found this gem"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Very good food and good service. Great spot for Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I was looking forward to my first visit to Westside Local. It was Friday evening and I was ready to relax with a cocktail followed by dinner. The food was good but unfortunately I didn't really enjoy it because the food was brought before our cocktails. When they brought the cocktails we didn't want them since we already had the food. My Roasted Red Pepper Penne was good but not hot. It could have used more pea pods. My husband enjoyed the Quinoa Curry and it was steaming so I knew at least his was hot."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very disappointing meal. We had been here once before about a year ago (great meal that time) and were excited to return. The food was just fair and service was horrible. I would no longer recommend."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Been anxious to try this restaurant even though it has already been around for a few years with great reviews. Maybe it was an off night for our server but there were some real timing issues and the chicken and dumplings was not what we were expecting. The manager did make it to our table after we raised our concerns to help improve the evening. Maybe we will try it again, perhaps for a Saturday lunch to take in the patio."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful food beautifully presented and so, so tasteful!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our second time at WestSide Local and we were yet again impressed. The menu is unique, the flavors are fresh and on point, and the drinks delicious. Service was a bit iffy as our server didn't seem to be the best, but she certainly got the job done, just didn't respond well to our attempts to converse about the menu much. We will certainly return as we enjoy this unique find in KC. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is one of the few local restaurants that has a good selection of vegetarian options as well as a variety of choices for meat eaters. The food is always excellent. It's fun to put together a shared appetizer plate or even a whole meal from the Localities offerings. My only criticism is the noise level."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I've enjoyed the Westside Local for both lunch and dinner. The food is always fantastic and the service friendly. I love their focus on farm-to-table cuisine. Try the trout! You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I had been here before, and I brought my mom and sister who were visiting from out of town. We all really enjoyed our food--we split two grilled cheeses and an order of macaroni and cheese, and everything was absolutely delicious. Even the side of fruit was fresh and arranged nicely and tasted great. Our server was also outstanding."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The burger is really good. Deviled eggs are delicious and the venue is very cool. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We have been several times now, and the food and service have been very good. It is close to our home, and it is a nice pleasant change and dining experience."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Food is always exceptional but the kitchen was slow as well as service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "always a pleasure to dine at Westside Local. The drinks are original and tasty, the food is fresh and flavorful and the desserts are amazing."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Works great for a pre-Kauffman event dinner. If you tell your waitperson that you have to leave by 7:15 they work with you to get you served in plenty of time to make your event at Kauffman. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Love all the vegetarian choices and changing veggie burger options. Great service and interesting tastes/sides. Salads are innovative and even the side salad is a good size. A wonderful addition to the KC food scene."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Love introducing people to new dining experiences. My companion had the quinoa main dish, with addition of salmon. A nutritionist, she found the mixture of ingredients unusual and fascinating. My red pepper penne was a little overwhelming...maybe too much of the peppers, but it was delicious. Always a pleasure to enjoy a meal at Westside Local. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've been wanting to try this place for a while, finally got to...definately worth the wait! Made reservations, arrived and we were seated quickly..the staff were attentive, food was great. Experience was very good, plus the building is very cool as well.."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Service was inviting and knowledgeable. At no time did our group feel rushed and waiter seemed quite agreeable to split the bills. The presentation of the meals was excellent and the menu was interesting,along with the quality of the food being very good and fresh tasting."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Loved that their menu is all LOCAL! And I appreciated the drink pairings with the menu item. Great service and ambiance! I will dine here again!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "-Wish there was brunch served on Saturday -Restaurant was out of arugula"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our first time at Westside Local, and it certainly WON'T be our last! This was amazing. Such a cute space in the middle of a unique neighborhood that was thriving and pumping with energy. We started off with the fries and dipping sauces (garlic was my favorite, but others were just as good). Next, entrees were the mac'n'cheese, Windhaven Burger, and the pasta in red pepper sauce w/ crispy trout. All were literally outstanding - I cannot express the flavor with justice. Only issue of the night was that we went on Sat after a First Friday and they seemed to be limited on some offerings. Other than that, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and will most certainly return. Glad we gave this a try and look forward to dining here again (soon)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First of all, my mother ordered several items off the appetizer list, one item being the baguette, which they came back and said was out and offered her the sesame crackers. She is of an age that bread just goes with the meal, and I think they could have offered other bread instead...they had bread for sandwiches and to go with the mussels. That said, she was disappointed, but said the crackers were good. There were 5 of us, each ordering something different and a bottle of wine. We just put the food in the middle of the table and shared everything. It was so much fun and it was kind of great to explore new flavors. We love it and enjoyed sharing wine and dessert. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our experience at Westside was not enjoyable. The quaint restaurant was busy, but by no means full. We ordered after waiting several minutes for our water. About 30 minutes later we advised the server that we had a performance to attend. He assured us that our food would be out "soon." No food ever appeared despite repeated inquiries and more assurances that our order was very close to being plated. Meanwhile other later-arriving diners were being served food, while we were being served excuses. At the one-hour mark, we left, shaking our heads. The hostess made several excuses and blamed the server for not prioritizing his orders. The hostess did offer to comp a meal should we choose to return, something we will not be doing..."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Thought we'd indulge in some of our favorites at Westside Local but discovered the menu had switched to spring last week. New things to try: chicken mole tacos and a meal-crowning blueberry creme brûlée. And why does a kale salad make you feel so virtuous and healthy, even with bacon bits laced throughout? I think it's the crunch factor. As always, a superb dining experience and the perfect prelude to an evening at the Kauffman Center."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great place...I loved the menu'. Gluten free and organic is wonderful"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I had been hearing about Westside Local so was excited to give it a try with a group of friends for brunch. The staff was incredibly accommodating, as my reservation size changed multiple times. As a vegetarian, I was still overwhelmed by too many options. The veggie hash I ended up eating was good and not overly filling. I probably wouldn't order a Bloody Mary again, however. But that is my only complaint. Everyone was very pleased with their food and, again, the service was excellent. I will happily eat here again."
    Dined on 3/23/2014