Avenues Bistro - Brookside

4.3
2781 reviews
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Avenues Bistro offers an array of selections for every palate and features many regional European specialties. Chef/Owner Joe Birch, voted one of “America’s Top 25 New Chefs” in 2007, comes from a diverse European ancestry and has for the past 20 years traveled across and studied the cuisines of Europe. These travels & experiences, his vast culinary training, & many of his own family recipes are the inspiration behind both the concept and the creation of the dishes at Avenues.
Birch’s kitchen is led by Executive Chef Mario Galan, a rising star on the Kansas City culinary scene. In 2007 he & Birch earned Avenues “Best New Restaurant- Kansas City”.
Followed up in 2008 as being recognized by Ingrams Magazine as one of "Kansas Citys Top 3 Overall Restaurants". Selected as One of the Ten Best Restaurants in Kansas City in 2012 by USA Today.
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Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was restaurant week in Kansas City and the place was crowded. In spite of that, both service and food were excellent.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My date and I dined here for restaurant week. Our experience was fantastic. Jason was our server, and he was great! His recommendations were spot on, and he was prompt, flexible, and very personable. He definitely enhanced our experience. I would recommend him. The wine was superb (we ordered the Barolo). The food was fantastic (we split the filet medallions/crab cake and the salmon). It was a wonderful evening and a memorable dining experience.

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VT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, we were not rushed, could enjoy leisurely lunch, conversation and food, great selection

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow. Portions were ridiculously small

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s
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, lovely restaurant, excellent friendly service. i would definitely return for a meal. thank you for a great lunch experiences! mary was our server and she was a delight.

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AS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for KC Resturant Week 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed the 3-Course Menu. Service was incredibly friendly and prompt. Food and wine were delicious. Definitely recommend during Resturant Week and I will be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Was disappointed in the Sunday restaurant week offerings. Substituted the brunch buffet for 2 of the 3 KCRW advertised courses. The buffet consisted of a couple salads, some cold cuts, 1 selection of cheese, and a bunch of cookies and brownies. Offerings from a picked over buffet are not on par with a prepared 1st and 3rd course.

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DE
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were there at lunch on Sunday during Restaurant Week. We were expecting to be able to order from the restaurant week lunch menu listed on restaurant week app/site. Unfortunately this was not allowed and our only choice was to order from brunch menu. I don't know if it is oversight of this restaurant or restaurant week site by not posting this schedule exception. The brunch was not good enough that we will go to the hassle of parking in this area on a Sunday again. The highlight was definitely $10 bottomless cocktails even though they ran out of sangria mimosas after I had one and my husband had to change his order.

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C
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We made reservations for Sunday for restaurant week and had to wait 20-minutes before getting seated even though we had reservations. Also we thought the restaurant week lunch menu was going to be served, but because it was over the weekend they had a special brunch menu that didn’t include some of menu entrees that we wanted to try and was part of the reason we chose this venue, so pretty disappointing.

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AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely brunch. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit during restaurant week and so glad we went! The perfect start to a snowy day with delicious food, great service and bottomless brunch cocktails to boot! We will definitely be returning. 🙌

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LT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Had been wanting to try this restaurant for a while so decided to visit during restaurant week. Everyone at our table had a different entree. Three out of four were delicious. Loved the mushroom brie soup and the turtle cheesecake.
Our server was excellent: friendly, professional and attentive!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service! Great food! Restaurant week is always great at this reataurant

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CH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week menu. All you that canceled due to weather lost out. Roads were not real bad.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely way to begin KC restaurant week. Our server was amazing and added greatly to the enjoyment. Excellent wine, manhattans, as well as a delicious dinner.

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m
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for restaurant week. Great selection, great food, great service. We we're a party of eight and they we're very patient with late arrivals. Highly recommend.

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SL
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One if our favorite! Always a great meal and wonderful service.

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LH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The Good: Mushroom brie soup and lobster bisque were both good. The lobster ravioli and turtle cheesecake were great. Great location. I would recommend getting a seat where you can look out the windows.

The bad: When the restaurant was getting busy, the staff turned the temperature down to the point that a significant portion of the patrons had to wear a coat. The decrease in temperature also cooled the food quickly. The waitress became flustered and rude when the restaurant became busy. The salmon was served raw the first time. The chocolate cake was not completely thawed.

I went during restaurant week so the price was good but I do not believe the food and portion would be worth it at regular price.

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L
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the breakfast flatbread (recommendation from the server) and the brunch buffet. Bottomless mimosas are the best when you can try different cocktails. Love Sunday brunch!

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GB
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our group of 10 was very satisfied with the New Year’s Day brunch. We did not have to wait long for our food and it was hot when served. The kids loved the pancakes!

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Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year’s Day brunch was an excellent value. Food and service was, as usual, outstanding. Loved the crab cakes Benedict. Really appreciate Avenues and staff opening on the holiday.

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Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great to work with - we added another person to our reservation a week ahead of NYE and they handled it! Prixe Fis menu with a wide variety of choices. We were seated in the Cove not the dining room (maybe b/c we added a person) but it worked out. A fun time!!

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MM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy time spent at Avenues and it's the first place I recommend for Sunday brunch. When they released a special menu for NYE, I gathered some friends and made a reservation. The food was perfect and they even made some changes for my friend that's Vegan (she had called and talked to someone prior to our arrival).

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RL
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great food and service at Avenues Bistro. We had an early New Year's Eve dinner there and it was great. I have Filet and Crab cake and my wife had veal. I would recommend both.

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TS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Love it! Great service too...

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J
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

FOR MANY YEARS WE HAVE LOVED AVENUES BISTRO AND HAVE RECCOMENDED IT FREQUENTLY. WE WERE ALL DISAPPOINTED THIS TIME, THERE WAS NOTHING SPECIAL. AUGFATIN POTOATOES ARRIVED COLD. THE KEBOBS WERE OVERCOOKED. THE WAIT WAS UNACCEPTABLE GIVEN THAT THE RESTAURANT WAS ALMOST EMPTY. THEFISH IN THE FISH AND CHOIPS WAS ALSO UNDERCOOKED.

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

the food wasnt the best as it usually is also there arent many options like it used to be

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k
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation to celebrate my wife's birthday the day after Christmas, it was noted in the on-line reservation. When we arrived we were seated promptly and were the only ones in the dining room. Our server arrived and was a bit uninterested and detached when we realized that she was fighting a cold and didn't feel well. She took our drink orders and informed us that they didn't have any scallops. That was one of the reasons we picked this restaurant. My wife was going to order the cioppino and asked what would be the substitution for the scallops. She was then told that scallops were already in the cioppino and the blend was pre-made. Really? Our server brought our drinks and informed us that she was going home since she didn't feel well and handed us off to the other server. We ordered the brussel sprouts as an appetizer and it was well prepared. Since there was only a couple of guests in the dining area our entrees arrived promptly. My wife's order didn't arrive with the sourdough bread. When I asked the server about it he said they were out of it and brought us an alternative. Really? I had to ask the server to fill our water glasses since there was no attention given to us once the entrees arrived. When we completed our dinners I ask about dessert options since it was my wife's birthday. There was no acknowledgment of her birthday by the server. Nothing. He went through the options and I selected bread pudding. He went to place the order and came back and told me they were out of bread pudding. Really? He then brought us the bill and bread pudding was still on the bill. I pointed this out to him and he quickly removed it from the bill. We paid and left. Although it was the day after Christmas it was quite apparent that this restaurant was not prepared for dining customers and the service staff appeared to be going through the motions for an $80+ tab. We are not going back.

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G
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was Christmas Eve so understandably busy. BUT our food took way too long, especially the children’s food.

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BM
Kansas City
95 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Avenues. The restaurant was full on Christmas Eve but the food was hot and delicious and the wait staff attentive. Lobster bisque was delicious and the prime rib perfectly done. Another nice evening.

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SB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience. Good staff recommendations on food and wine. Very pleasant server and bartender. The wait time for food was a little long. My dining partner suggested that was because everything was made to order.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and Service , will be back Jan 2019!!

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KT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to Avenue. Service and food are always amazing. Avenue is one of those spots which makes you feel like home, yet sophisticated dinning too. Perfect blend of homey and elegant. Great for girls night out or a business lunch or dinner. Amazing wines too. Love this place. Thanks

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was good but the food has gone downhill. I ordered biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs. It came out with sausage and potatoes and probably at least 4-5 eggs (ordered two) that were dry on top and moist underneath (had been sitting awhile). It didn’t say anything about potatoes or sausages and those would not have been my first choice. The biscuits were slightly underdone and the gravy was just sloppily put on them with some potatoes sitting on the biscuits as well. The potatoes themselves tasted and looked old. I ate one piece of the potatoes. Overall the quality and presentation were bad and there was just too much! I didn’t even eat half of my food. Avenues used to be so good. What’s happened?

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Attentive friendly waiters. Fairly quiet so good for conversation. Delicious food. Well round menu with enough options to please meat eaters and vegans and folks who want healthy options - just ask them to leave the cheese everything. Great neighborhood. They even had their own offstreet parking lot.

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J
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice place to go locally. Great food!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was the first time in the years we've been going there that we were very disappointed. The Hawaiian ribeye, while lovely looking on the outside, had no flavor and was very tough. The halibut fish and chips looked and tasted like something out of a grocery freezer section. Hugely disappointing.

However, their weiner schnitzel was lovely as was the Asian glazed pork belly appetizer. Their au gratin potatoes were delicious, albeit the portion was skimpy.

Hate to write this review because this just isn't up to the standard we've come to expect. Hope these were just off situations and that the quality will return to normal.

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n
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avenues is one of our favorite restaurants. Service and food excellent. We sat at a table across from the bar and Jeff who was working the bar area waited on us. He took great care
of us!!!

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P
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu variety, taste of food, presentation and service were wonderful!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Server was really fake. The “bottomless” drinks were really not “bottomless”. First we could only have 10 in an hour and a half. Now that a lot of booze for sure! But the drinks were watered down and not strong at all. So I’m not sure why you would even put a limit on it given that they were not strong!

The food was not worth $16.95. The “buffet” was dismal. Shriveled sausages, Dried scrambled eggs, cubed generic cheese, salami, prosciutto and the I think ham. Boring! The desserts were not really impressive. So I can try to look pass the mediocrity of a buffet but my entree was terrible.

The biscuits were not made from scratch, they were hard, the chicken was so well done that I could barley cut it with a steak knife.

My friend enjoyed the French toast, can’t really mess that up. My other friend had the hash, very little “hash” and the guest of honor had Benedict’s. They looked really good, but the muffin was hard.

Overall not super impressed and most likely won’t return.

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