Avenues Bistro - Brookside

4.2
2720 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Continental, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday: 9am - 3pm, Sunday: 9am - 2pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(816) 333-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Galan
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Catering
Catering Director Jessica Ray’s “if you can dream it, we can do it!” approach begs for the spotlight from all who specialize in the art of Catering. Our well received designer menus provide a carousel of options for all functions. Don’t see what suits? Doesn’t matter, for what you have in mind is a go. From pick-up to full service, 5 people or 500, from box lunch to fancy five courses, we can handle the truth! But the word is out and dates are filling up fast. Put the worry behind and insure a great time by considering us. Contact Jessica Ray, catering@avenuesbistro.com or 913.449.2553.
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Cross street
Wornall
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2720 People Are Saying
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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything, Amy was amazing. Had to wait a little bit for a table- everything was enjoyable

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wife’s meal was good, but I thought the sauce on the steak was extremely over coated, drowning in sauce defeats a steaks purpose(taste)

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SH
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have always loved Avenues! Booked a dinner with my nephew after researching 4 menus from different restaurants and chose Avenues for their Bistro filet and shrimp with such gratin potatoes item for $18. Had it many times and its delicious and reasonably priced and reasonably portioned. Arrived to the restaurant and the very pleasant and friendly hostesses seated us and we ordered cocktails after our waiter finally arrived. My blood orange martini was disgusting. Asked the waiter where the regular Bistro dish was. No equivalent but steered me to the almost same dish but no shrimp but it’s now $32!!!! Ordered it, was delicious. Hard to see the HUGE change in price though! Felt totally screwed. Asked waiter 5 different questions when he did show up (must’ve had a ton of tables since we barely saw him) & he never knew an answer to menu questions. Dessert was weird. So it was an most unfulfilled dining experience. Waiter spent less than 2 seconds at our table each visit, my nephew wanting to ask a question but too late, speedy waiter ran off too fast. We gave up, paid, left. Hmmmmm, what’s happened?

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

When we arrived our table was not ready. We were not seated until 30 minuets after our reservation and they tried to put us at s table for 4 people when we had 6 people in our party

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KC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow and we had to ask our waiter multiple times for things like refills, but the food was very good.

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OP
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Dinner was not as good as it has been. Bistro plates were very good but the filet and strip were both under seasoned and a bit tough. Server didn’t seem to have many opinions on food or wine.

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a
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both ordered the Weiner Schnitzel. It was delicious! The breading was light & crisp and the lemon sauce was delicate - not overpowering. The fried potatoes were cooked perfectly- crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and not at all greasy.
All around winners!

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GJ
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Because of bad weather, the restaurant asked us to arrive earlier and accomodated us in the dining room, as we had reserved, rather than by the bar which was the only section served at the time. They turned off the terrible music taht was playing in the dining room and we had a very pleasant quiet room for ourselves. Thank you for accommodating our reservation as best as possible. The food was good, the three of us had different selections, and we all were happy with them. The Cotes du Rhone was excellent.
We come here four times a year when we go to the Opera in KC and we were never disappointed.

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SP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waitress did not know how to open a wine bottle and it was disastrous. We had to finally help open it. She was very nice but way to talkative and didn't want to hear about her sister's allergies and candida (yeast infection). They were out of the lobster ravioli.

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BY
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy and lots of sides that went with it. We recommend anyone who loves fried chicken to go for their Monday special.

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GS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious this was our second time going. We really enjoyed all the different drink options and deserts on the brunch buffet.

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EB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The first time I went here with my college-aged son, we were thrilled! Great food, service and fun menu/buffet brunch. The second time, the only meal that was just ok was the Eggs Benedict. My husband said he could taste the Spray so he wondered how the restaurant poached the eggs. Everyone else really enjoyed their selections.

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KB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. We went 2 days in a row so we could share the yummy food with our friends. Will definitely be back:)

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c
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a favorite spot for years. Parking can be tight sometimes, but doable. Just be prepared to walk across the street or up to a block .... but worth it. Happy hour is only good in the front room.

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JV
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, we were all disappointed with the restaurant. There was a positive vibe when we walked in, comfortable decor, a pleasant hostess. But, that's where the good bit stopped. The woman waiting on our table was slow and a little unpleasant. The Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Rum Chata coffee were all blah. Two of us ordered benedicts -- all four eggs were poached hard, and the English Muffin was soggy. The chicken fried steak one of our number ordered was more than overdone. Many people come to me for restaurant suggestions. I won't be able to recommend the Avenues.

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OT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

First I want to say-I usually love this place . I come here for brunch often and the food has always been great, and I’ve always had excellent service. Tonight must have been an off night. Service was extremely slow, and the food was not up to par. I’m hoping this is not the new norm because I will definitely be back for brunch-not so sure about dinner.

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BC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Love the menu options. And you can’t beat the happy hour.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I received the wrong meal. No apology was offered. Instead I waited an additional 10 minutes for the filet mignon I ordered. It also took at least 5 minutes before someone greeted us at our table. Overall the service was incredibly disappointing. I was excited to dine here with my boyfriend but unfortunately it was quite disappointing.

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j
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sunday Brunch has changed, not for the better. Brought a group from out of town and after talking it up felt embarrased by the skimpy buffet . The breakfast menu has been pared down too, but i know that changes seasonally. Overall, compared to my many other excellent experiences, i was disappointed.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bistro Avenue is one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City. I’ve eaten there for happy hour, lunch, dinner, and special occasions. The food is extremely dependable and has a lot of depth. My brothers have eaten at a number of excellent restaurants in California, they enjoy eating there as well. If you haven’t been there before, you should definitely make an effort to Check i check it out. You’ll want to go back right away. Happy dining!

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L
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great family birthday celebration here on Saturday. All five of us had a different selection and all five were equally delicious. Service was great also. A tiny problem: the table wasn’t quite level which caused a spill. Quickly cleaned up however. My husband commented afterwards that this seemed like having a comfortable dinner at home.

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SA
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good but service was slow. In addition waitress did not ask how someone wanted their beef cooked and didn’t offer a steak knife. Entree arrived shortly after salads because she allowed the salads to sit on the serving counter too long and not serve them at the table.

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SO
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed on our 10/9/18 visit as food quality and speciality cocktail choices have gone down hill. We used to luv this place and would drive from Olathe for the ambience, food and drink. We've had friends tell us over the last year or so that Avenues Bistro quality was going bad, however, we didn't trust their opinions as we used to really enjoy it. We went to celebrate a birthday with two great friends and all four of us were disappointed. Doubt we'll be going back. So sad, as it's hard to find someplace special like Avenues used to be.

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JF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue, excellent service and excellent unlimited cocktails. Great Sunday brunch. We will be back.

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C
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyablr brunch. Wish you could just order the buffet

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TD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was alright, but nothing special. Our appetizer was not delivered. One of our dishes was incorrect. It was just a regular dining experience. We were expecting more.

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b
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We waited 15 minutes to be greeted at the hostess stand- didn't start off good and finished off worse than it started. Took over a hour for us to receive our food- tables came and left before we had our food. Biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs had been sitting for a long time in the window and had crusted over before it was served. Server appeared to be overwhelmed and unsure of herself.

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BK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot. Especially the bottomless drinks for only $10!!

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j
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They have a great happy hour menu, and the pricing is very reasonable. The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is casual and comfortable! The sliders and salads are delicious!

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BW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday brunch with friends. Bottomless menu was wonderful, service was great! Drinks were always being refilled and the food was absolutely delicious! I have already recommended to friends! I will be back!

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t
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lively crowd with great food. Love the $10 all you can drink choices such as run chata iced coffee.

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a
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Not sure what was going on with the service - it took 20 minutes to get our drinks. Service was slow overall. Food, however, was outstanding.

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LJ
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I've organized a ladies night group of 8 - 10 for about 2 years now, and we have always gone to Avenues Bistro and been happy with our experience. Unfortunately, I cannot write a solid review of this restaurant anymore, as this is the second month in a row my group had a bad experience. The previous month we had a group of 8, and we were seated in the back, as requested. However, we saw groups of 2-4 come in after us, being served their meals, and leaving before we even got our food. The manager did provide us with free appetizer cards for a future visit, but told us how they were short staffed and the cooks were new and were afraid to see a ticket for 8 so just kept taking the smaller tickets. We decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and tried again this week.

Because we had a larger group of 9, I again requested the table in the back because the front is very noisy. Three of our party were there at least 20 minutes prior and saw the table empty. They checked in and were asked to wait in the bar area. 15 minutes prior to our reservation, they gave our table away to a group that walked in with no reservation. We were then seated in the front. The manager was not helpful, as she gave us no explanation except that servers had called off and they were short staffed. Even though we had 2 servers, many of our checks were incorrect. To top it off, I've had hives for two days, and I believe it's a reaction to the tilapia I ordered. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this restaurant anymore, and we will be looking for another restaurant for our group.

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KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

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.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Avenues was disorganized in seating and as a result our family was seated at a small bar table.

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m
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They programmed their computer to charge more than was listed on their menu.....NOT cool.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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MS
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
Kansas City
220 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who knew it was ladies nite! Excellent appetizers. I even won a bottle of wine!! We will be back!

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KC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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