Avenues Bistro - Brookside
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.
Our waitress was not the friendliest. One member of our party ordered an omelet with no meat and she received an omelet that she did not order. The waitress said... "That's what they made for you" What about saying I'm sorry let me look into that for you, she was totally dismissed. My son was never asked what he wanted to order and by the time he did order and after waiting for his food for 20 minutes we were told by management that the kitchen had closed. The manager was polite and apologetic but not the waitress. For that reason....I nor anyone in my party will be back.
Avenues was disorganized in seating and as a result our family was seated at a small bar table.
They programmed their computer to charge more than was listed on their menu.....NOT cool.
Things didn’t start well, as the hostess seemed very judgy and seated us in the back corner. We didn’t see our waitress for almost 20 minutes, and didn’t even get waters until 30 minutes in. We were disappointed to find out that they had a 90 minute wait to order anything with short ribs. The food took another 20 minutes, ordering a burger and a chicken sandwich. Food and drinks were tasty (esp the burger), but the onion rings tasted like fish (which was disappointing because they were an up charge). We asked the waitress for the check, and she begrudging brought it, mumbling something under her breath. On the way out, the 2nd hostesses asked how everything was; when I said not great, she looked stunned and didn’t know what to say. I would’ve complained to a manager if I could’ve actually flagged one down.
The small items were delicious and fun to share. Really creative items such as Lobster escargot style, ceviche, Mac and cheese. Salads were plentiful. Very nice and accommodating service.
Still trying to find out why my reservation was not eligible for Open Table points.
Who knew it was ladies nite! Excellent appetizers. I even won a bottle of wine!! We will be back!
The Wine Dinner was excellent and would be 5 stars had I not had one of the 3 most memorable meals of my life days earlier in Victoria, BC.
Food is always excellent. I was disappointed in the buffet portion of brunch. Not too many selections.
Everything was perfect. Server, food, and overall experience.
Disappointing experience as this once was a good restaurant. Asparagus was so over cooked it was stringy. By the time the waitress came back to check & see how our food was, we were finished with the other items. She offered to bring more asparagus but there was no reason at that point. No manager came to the table. It was our anniversary, which we had noted on our reservation, but no mention at all of the occasion. We will not go back.
Everything was great except the service. We would go 20-30 minutes at a time between our waiter checking on us. I know she was swamped but we didn’t even get drinks for 30 minutes.
We had a great time! My daughter and her boyfriend were visiting from St. Louis. It was a great brunch--Thank You!
Our most recent visit may be our last. I wish Avenues had non-salad/quality protein vegetarian options. Our server suggested the pasta with carbonara sauce for my vegetarian friend, which is laden with processed meats. We also noted incongruities between what was described and served. Halibut sopas was not soup, but dense masa cakes topped with ingredients as described (the topping was tasty, the base not at all). The halibut with asparagus and julienne vegetables came with rice instead of julienne veggies.
Furthermore, the noise level was beyond energetic to the point of annoying. We’d hoped for a less clamorous environment, otherwise we’d have dined at Louie’s.
We went in for Happy Hour before a show and missed our show due to the fact it took over 1.5 hours to get our food. The server also did not check on us for drinks. Our table was also wrong but they fixed that. They were busy but no reason why we did not get drink reorders.
There was only one server that was tending bar and trying to wait on all the tables and she was struggling to keep up. Also, it was freezing in there and both my guest and I asked about the temperature being adjusted and her response was, "yep, it is cold in here."
We've been coming to Avenues for Brunch, for years. The last two times we've been to their holiday brunch, we felt like the menu/buffet offerings had been cut back considerably. If they had the old buffet that was fuller and had several hot and cold items, I just don't see a need for ordering a separate entree. That's just too much food. I especially miss the white fluffy dish they cut out the past few years. It seemed to have maybe yogurt and whipped cream in it with granola or nuts or whatever. But it was delicious. And I'm thinking there used to be hot containers of roast beef, chicken and fish.
We took advantage of their $10 holiday brunch offer. Usually I come for dinner. Interesting menu and well prepared food is a winner every time! Live this place.
We always have a great meal at Avenues Bistro. If you haven't been I recommend you go. We have never been disappointed.
We had a better experience on Labor Day than our past visits. We had a friendly and attentive waitress, which is honestly rare for this restaurant. The menu was limited for the holiday, but the all the typical brunch options were available. Overall, we were happy with the food and with the cocktails. (Bottomless for $10) My husband and I each our meal with a mug of black coffee each that ended up costing us $8...won't make that mistake ever again.
Very good food, nice atmosphere, good service. Roast chicken with mashed potatoes and capers was amazing. My companions had Lobster Ravioli and both really enjoyed it. The desserts are to die for. Brookside is a gem.
The food was great. One of the best brunch spots in K.C.
Friday August 30
We had the Sunday brunch, and it was delicious! The brunch comes with an entree, and access to the breakfast bar. The breakfast bar has eggs, sausages, fresh fruit, pasta salads, desserts, and other appetizers. There are also bottomless alcoholic drinks for $10, and you can get different drinks for the refills. We had an omelet and the tiramasu waffles for our entrees, and they were very tasty! Our waitress was also polite, and very attentive.
The house salad was good, best part of the meal. I like rare meat but everybody's at our table had almost raw meat. Service was very slow. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants, boy has it slipped!
Went for brunch with a friend and this was our first time here. Overall I'm impressed with the bottomless selection they have and the food was pretty good. I'll definitely be back!
I have been going to brunch here for the last few years and we always have a good time. The food is wonderful and they always have something new to try. The bottomless brunch cocktails are always a hit. The service is good and although they are busy for brunch we never get rushed out.
Food was good but the service was very poor. We had reservations at 8:30 in the restaurant was less than half full. The waitress was very nice and very helpful with dinner selections. However, we put in an order for appetizers and a salad and it took 25 minutes to get that. It took her a while to come back to get our orderEven though they were multiple waiters in the restaurant and it was less than half empty. It took us a while to get our main meal. The bacon wrapped dates and arcini Appetizers were very good and I would recommend them. The surf and turf plate was very small for The price. My sons veal was just OK. We got there at 8:15 and left at 10 o’clock. I will not be returning
Birthday Dinner - great food and happy hour wine special. The Beef Wellington was the featured special and did not disappoint. Love this place!
It was my first time there and it was fabulous! I wanted to try there coffee towards the end of my meal. It was gone by that time. Next time it needs to be the first thing I order!
Our favorite brunch spot in the Kansas City area. The price vs quality is as good as it gets.
Great atmosphere and delicious food. Avenues offers a great variety of brunch items and the Sunday Brunch deal is my favorite, as it comes with the buffet plus an entree. You also can't beat the $10 unlimited cocktails. We went to brunch to celebrate our friend getting engaged and had a fabulous time. The music was a little to loud for my tastes and when more people come in, its harder to hear others at your table over the music and other parties convos. The coffee cups at our table were also dirty and stained, but our waitress took care of them for us and came back with clean mugs.
The food preparation was horrible. Everything was grey. We came for a good eggs Benidict and left quute disappointed. All choices came with a buffet which was a few pastas, day old pastries scrambled eggs a sausage. The sausage tasted like freezer burn. We tried the crab, hash, bacon avacodo and florintine Bennies. The crab cake was mush with peices of shell. The hash looked like old chunks of pot roast. Both meals came with under cooked and unseansoned fried potatoes. The only redeeming items were the kids pancakes covered in sweet toppings (17$ each). Sevrice was good.
We have always enjoyed Avenues. I had made reservations for a 7:00 seating as we were looking forward to the seafood special; however, once seated learned they were out of the special. We were disappointed. I believe they were short-staffed and thus we waited a pretty long time for food and wine. I’m hoping this is just a one time happening.
When we visit Kansas City we always make sure to dine at the Avenues Bistro. It is a good value and located in a great neighborhood--Brookside.
Got email for seafood dinner was supposed to be 3 courses. Only got the main dish not first course or desert. Food was good and always enjoy this place. The waiter seemed new so no big deal.
Very busy, slow service. Food good, not great. Waitress friendly, well dressed
Food and drinks were good! Just terrible service! Made reservations for 6PM. Seated a little after 6PM. Had show tickets for 8PM. Didn’t make it on time. Drinks served slow! Salads slow! Dinner slow! Bad night for our server!
Avenues never disappoints as far as I'm concerned. The seafood special was lovely but they don't need to be running a special for it to be Special! I'm always primed for my next visit because there's something on the menu beckoning to me.
Great always, friendly servers, food always great! I would recommend Avenues to anyone!
I love this place. They change their menu often enough, so there are new choices frequently!!