Avenues Bistro - Brookside

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Waitress could have checked on us a bit more. Table was wobbly. Food was terrific!

L
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Family group dinner.

CS
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal....I had the Parisian Chicken with lobster mashed potatoes...OMG.

We had a Pinot Noir and 5 Layer Chocolate cake for dessert.

We are NEVER disappointed at Avenue's.

SM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Salmon was too salty but otherwise everything else was great.

S
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul is a FANTASTIC server!!! Truly enjoyable brunch!

L
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 17 year old son dined here for a special date night with his girlfriend. He said they were treated with respect, the food was excellent and they really liked getting dressed up and enjoying the restaurant like adults. Thank you Avenues Bistro for making their evening enjoyable.

J
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been there before and had a great meal...a great night. We were not disappointed this time around either. The food was great with service to match. It was a bit disappointing our celebration (birthday) was not recognized even after putting it in our reservation.

K
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service was slow. We were there an hour and only the appetizer had been delivered. Disappointing

P
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Gathering to remember a friend who had died.

b
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

At Saturday brunch, got wrong order. It was replaced, but no sense of apology expressed by aloof server.

H
Kansas City
157 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant has gone through some changes. Seems like they're lowering their standards to get customers $1 dollar drinks, can't be good...

v
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was mediocre and the service was middling

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The waitress was darling! Even though she had to tell us that 5 or 6 items were not available. Overall the steak was super fatty. My husband had the poke. He sent it v back because it was nothing like it was described on the menu.

DB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

First we were told the buffet was one price then no, it was a higher price. We were told wine by the bottle was available then , no only by the glass (at a higher price.) I had a waffle that had been under the heat lamp way too long. Coffee was available for $4 not included in anything. I felt we were nickeled and dimed to death. I decided Sunday brunch was for kids who didn’t know any better. Avenues is now at the bottom of my list as a place to return to. Too bad, it was at the top when we went in.

VH
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had not been to the restaurant for several years. Great food, service and atmosphere. Very reasonably priced. We ordered salads for dinner. Very tasty and good presentation. Unfortunately I was still very hungry afterwards. Thought the salad would have been larger and filled me up more. More of a side salad and not a dinner salad.

JB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service. We will definitely come back to this bistro again.

OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved it! got the fried rice for breakfast and it was super yummy. the bottomless mimosa deal is one of the best in the area as well!

B
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Not only would I recommend Avenues Bistro, we will be going again soon ourselves. Dinner was delicious and our waitstaff was friendly and courteous.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Megan, our server, timed our food perfectly. The flounder Romesco is an entree I will have again.

CS
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avenue's food and service are always outstanding.
Avenue's is our "go to" venue for any celebration.....as well as, just to have a nice meal in pleasant surroundings.

T
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just good food @ good price range. Just a Sunday night dinner out❤️

LK
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and out waiter was fabulous.

B
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. We loved it. Will be back.

OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I don’t understand, this used to be a good place. The food was bland and the service was poor. We should have known better when a place is less than half full on a Saturday night in KC. We won’t be back again.

B
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Hollandaise LOOKS like Hollandaise but tastes nothing like it. Potatoes were dry and boring. Croissant was also dry, not in the least bit flaky, and had none of the familiar butter flavor a proper one should have. I ordered my eggs over easy and got one over easy, one over medium. Bloody Marys were good, blood orange bellini pretty bitter. It was terribly noisy because apparently there was some kind of bridal shower or bachelorette party during brunch and that resulted in loud, screamy young women. We had to yell over our table to each other. $30 with tip and I left feeling like I just ate at a wannabe continental restaurant. I don't get what all the fuss is. That Hollandaise - yuck.

Server was good and attentive (Emma) and met all our service needs beautifully. Best thing about the experience.

D
Kansas City
137 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My halibut with shrimp was fine. My husband said his filet was okay. But we had some problems communicating with the server. I asked for no sauce on my meal. I got sauce. We had trouble clarifying which wines we wanted. Still, her attitude was very pleasant. She just needs a little training or some experience. But the restaurant was very noisy. That is the main reason we wouldn't recommend it.

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, reasonably priced, nice lunch offerings/deals.
My salad was supposed to have avocado in it and it was missing. I mentioned at the end ‘was my dish supposed to have avocado in it’ just to make sure I was correct and she confirmed, she offered to bring it out Togo so I would still get my avocado since I had leftovers. I thought that was nice.
Salad was great, fish (the halibut) was quite bland- not seasoned.
Would come again for the deals and offers and to try some other menu items

2
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Even though this is the lowest rating I’ve ever given I will give Avenues Bistro another chance. The location is wonderful, the seating was perfect and the atmosphere was superb. The service was abysmal. The hostess even apologized because she couldn’t find our waitress. We had to ask for coffee from another waiter because our waitress only filled two cups and never returned. Our entrees arrived after an hour and they were beautiful but cold. The cheese on the omelette had oil starting to bead up. If I was the chef I would have been furious that my food was served that way.
I want to return only to prove that this was the exception. I really want this to be our go to brunch place but I was embarrassed that our guests had this kind of experience in KC.

CS
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avenue's is consistently the BEST.

I can't think of a better place to celebrate or just have a great dining experience.

J
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are former Kansas City residents who now live in Florida. Every time we come back to visit K.C., we make sure to make reservations at Avenues Bistro. We have never been disappointed! The food is always superior quality (the brussel sprouts w/ cheese and bacon are amazing!). The nightly specials seem to have something for everyone--we recently were there for Steak Night--beef medallions of filet, done just right. And we got a great deal on a Chardonnay from the wine list. We will definitely be back!

CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch or cocktails would return when I'm in KC again.

LP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The Manager was extremely rude when we walked in. I have worked in the service industry for many years, and I have never encountered a manager like her. When we walked in, I informed her that we had just added one extra person to our party of 6. It was completely out of the blue and having back ground knowledge of the industry, I knew that one extra person does not make that much of a difference. The manager said straight to my face "I really hate it when you do that, because I don't even have room for it". Mind you it was NOT busy. After 5 minutes the host came a got us, and we were seated. The table was great, it wasn't tight at all, so clearly there was PLENTY of room for our party. My friends french toast came out completely soggy, and she waited 25+ more minutes for a new one to be brought out to her. The same manager took half off the bill, but by the time my friend got her food back it needed to be put in a togo box because every one else was already done. Overall, the staff and the manager that was on duty that day was a complete let down. I will not be returning to this restaurant and I hope that the manager is less of a sporadic mess for her next shift, because she was completely unprofessional. HONESTLY THE ABSOLUTE WORST.

k
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

After remodeling, back room is noisy when crowded. Need soft things to break up the sound waves and soften the din

JF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Just okay, is not okay pretty much sums it up. It was nothing special. Server knocked over the water while trying to reach clear across the table instead of going around. The food was decent and we enjoyed dinner with our friends. But won't go back. Better options in Brookside and certainly within a 10 minute radius of this place.

HD
Kansas City
47 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had family in town for a visit and we had the perfect brunch outing! Everything was wonderful and our server was great!!

MK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

It was steak night. Our reservation was 7:00. They were out of KC Strip and Bake Potatoes and the place was more than half empty. Our food was hardly warm. There was 4 of us. One send there steak back. Another friend order the Ribeye had so much fat! There something going there. Sever was very apologetic even manager came to our table. We will never go back and it use to be one of our favorite places. My husband was smart and did order a steak but his lobster ravioli was just warm.

DN
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great. The group was there at 4:00 and a couple of people ordered the sweet potato waffle fry nachos and the server came out and said that they were out of the sweet potato fries. How can you be out of part of a dish at 4:00 when you still are facing dinner service. Just curious. Our server seemed to have the room by himself and there was another large party, but he did really well. I’m an Avenues fan and always enjoy my time there.

TC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I have been going to Avenues Bistro for years, but ladt experience was not good. The filet mignon was terrible. Reminded me of a steak from Golden Corral. Service was fine, but not sure if ownership changed or what happened.

D
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

We tried this for the first time in a few years, Went with parents for Sunday Brunch. We were put in back room with about 150 other people. The room is small and has low ceilings and the sound just bounces off every wall. There were 3 large parties, one was about 30 people. It was so loud we could not even hear the person right next to us. The worst dining experience I have ever had! The waiters were very aware of the situation, and said they have tried telling management that it happens almost every weekend. Management apparently does not work on Sundays, otherwise they would not allow. NEVER again!!!!

CS
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avenue's consistently has great food and friendly/efficient service.

They're great for any occasion.

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