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.
Started off a little slow and unorganized to get brunch started. Took close to 30 minutes to get first round of drinks (one of which was taken by another server). Nearly 40min passed before we had to flag our server down to request to place our entree orders. That being said, it got better after that, the food was delicious and reasonably priced. I took the busy nature of “brunch” at a popular restaurant into consideration, which is why I still gave 4 stars. I’ll definitely be back for brunch again!
I made reservations for noon on a Saturday because I know it’s popular on weekends.
When we checked in we were told it was very busy and people were staying much longer. Ok but being told 15-20 minutes is not 45 minutes.
I didn’t appreciate the total lack of concern by the hostess to our wait. I finally went to the bar and got two ice teas.
I’m mad at myself for not checking the menu. I didn’t know you could only order brunch food. Of course being so hot I just wanted a salad which is not is not available on Saturday lunchtime
I’ve always enjoyed Avenues for lunches and dinners.
I’m afraid my Saturday experience has really disappointed me.
I doubt I’ll return
Great food and service.
This was a very nice surprise. We will definitely return. Everything on the menu looked great. Hard choices. Huge portions as well. Loved it!
It was a nice meal, all our diners got different items and all were satisfied with both portion size and flavor. Our salads came with our entrees, which made it awkward. Waitress suggested that new foodrunners did not understand their jobs.
We did not have great service at first, but once we spoke with a manager they made everything right and were fantastic. Chicken and waffles were amazing.
We were celebrating a friend's birthday, though she didn't know that. Calling ahead, I was able to request the check and get a special dessert ordered for her. LOVED the grilled brussel sprout salad. Delicious!
I have loved Avenue's ever since it opened long ago. I've introduced many friends to it over the years. BUT, I had the prime rib special on July 4 at Avenues and it was tough as shoe leather and the "steak" knives that were given to use were as dull as piece of plywood; my butter knife was sharper - really. The condiments that came with the baked potato were good, but there was only a teaspoon of each in the much larger (but still small) containers they were served in; the butter was completely melted and the cheese had melted into a hard lump. Our water glasses dripped all over us when we took a drink because no coasters or napkins were placed under them. The appetizer wings never arrived. When we asked the server to check on them after 30 minutes, she did and said they were almost ready to come out. Yet, they never did and when asked again about them, she came to the table and said the chef had not seen the the order and blamed it on him being overwhelmed "because he had never worked a prime-rib night before." Usually the service is great at Avenues, but not on this night. It was beyond terrible. Although the restaurant was not that busy, the server (beware of a woman with a ring in her nose) was busy carrying on long conversations with the people in the booth behind us. Although I always leave great tips for great service (and probably too much for mediocre), I left $2 that night. This was the third occasion in the last 6 months where some issues have arisen at Avenues - all three times I have been told that the chef is new. If that is the case, then get a chef that will stay! Enough already. I want the old Avenues back.
We've enjoyed happy hour there but the service at their 4th of July brunch was very poor.
I am a regular customer of this restaurant but was disappointed with the service this time. It was a holiday brunch and was very busy. It took a long time to get our food and even longer to get our checks. Our server may have been new and she seemed overwhelmed.
We enjoyed the Avenues Bistro 4th of July brunch. The entrée choices were wonderful, along with the sides and desserts. The food and service was excellent. We had a great time!
Avenue always seems to serve up excellent unique recipes for a reasonable price. We enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere and the shops nearby.
Service was a little slow but manager hurried it along. Food was great, perfectly seasoned and great quality. LOVED the miniature $1.50 deserts — a suggestion: there needs to be some signage on the south side either on windows or awnings that says "Avenues Bistro" -we thought it had been replaced with a lounge called "L'Cove" fortunately we continued 'round the corner and say the door.
I made a reservation through Open Table, but when I got there, the hostess said she had no record of my reservation.
Bottomless mimosas were the cure to bachelor party hangovers.
Food was good. That's where it ends. We waited a very long time to get greeted at our table. I ordered a drink, I was a quarter of the way through with my food before my drink came. Part of my friends order was missing, when we finally got the servers attention she got it. All of this could be overlooked as a busy Sunday if our server acted like she cared. She never once apologized for not greeting us, my drink taking a while or partial order missing. She acted like she just didn't care about our experience. A simple amount of empathy goes a long way.
Another great experience great service and great food what else can I say
I always enjoy Avenues. The staff are accommodating and personable. Megan was our server on our last visit and she was great! I am sure that I will visit again soon.
Avenues Bistro is a great spot for brunch in Brookside. Unlimited cocktails for $10? Doesn't get much better than that!
Firstly, I made a reservation three weeks in advance. I received THREE calls to confirm it, and then when we arrived we were six people crammed into a booth for four with two chairs sitting out in the narrow aisle directly in front of the kitchen entrance. They were not extremely busy, there were open tables, I'd say medium busy. What was the point of all of the confirmation calls if we were just going to get shoved in the least desirable corner without enough space? Our server was very disheveled, never brought things we asked for, seemed adrift in their job. The food took over 40 minutes (for reference, this was breakfast, how in the world do eggs take 40 minutes). The food was good, it tasted good, was as described. The price is reasonable for that area and what you get. I was so frustrated by the kitchen noise, people bumping into our table, and the length of time it took that it could have been the best food I've ever had and I would not have noticed. We will NEVER return.
We went for brunch with a group of friends. The food was great as always, we especially liked the breakfast egg rolls that can be added to your meal! Our reservation was at 10, we ordered bottomless drinks almost immediately upon the arrival of our waitress around 1015. It took 40+ min to get our first beverage. We ordered our food and added the breakfast egg rolls but they didn't come until we were almost finished with our meal. We asked for another drink and we were told that we'd have to leave because there was another reservation at noon. Overall the service was VERY slow. I won't say that I won't return but I will say it won't be my first choice when choosing a brunch location.
We had a super waiter, Gabe who was training Dorothy. Both delightful. Yummy new choices on the menu were all outstanding; lamb flatbread, crispy shrimp, and steak bites with yukon gold wedges. All delectable.
This was the worst food I've had in years. I was in Kansas City on business and wanted to take a friend out to a nice dinner for her birthday. Based on a recommendation by someone who formerly lived in Kansas City, I made a reservation at Avenues Bistro. Big mistake! The hostess tried to seat us by the noisy service station in the back of the back room. When I asked for a quieter table, she was snippy. The server was accompanied by someone in training who was wearing a lot of cheap perfume (no perfume should be the rule in all restaurants). The server attempted to split a beer by holding two glasses in one hand and pouring from a can with the other; she spilled about ten percent of the beer on the floor, and did not offer to get us another one. The beef in the appetizer was tough and gristly, the shrimp with pasta dish was over-salted and served lukewarm, the Brussels sprouts side order was pulverized and swimming in a viscous and tasteless cream sauce, and the mango "sorbet" was actually mango ice cream. An altogether over-priced and nasty meal in a dark, noisy, and somewhat shabby back room, cooked and served with carelessness, and never to be repeated.
Had our Father’s Day dinner here with our two teen children. Our server Andrea was perfect at advising so everyone got their perfect meal. The escargot style Lobster appetizer was my favorite but it is all wonderful. This was my 3rd time and we will be back over and over. Have had three different entrees and all have been excellent!
Their Father’s Day brunch was delicious. We both chose Eggs Benedict as our main dish and enjoyed other selections from the buffet. They offered a bottomless mimosa for $10. The restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. We had a lovely experience.
The crowd was enormous at 9:00 AM---the reason: the discount I received for 9 a.m. dining, as per the invitation from owner of Avenues. The reason my friends and I REGULARLY eat at Avenues: VALUE, plus the fact I have never had a "bad" meal. (Steaks, yes, somewhat tough---but all other food choices are far better for taste and value.) "Tastable" reservations are superior for value and general public should utilize these regularly. Meanwhile, HAPPY HOUR selections are great, with excellent discounted wine pricing, and flat plates of many choices. (Obviously prejudiced I have been a regular customer since Avenues opened its doors.)
Avenues is always a pleasure. Their Sunday Brunch is remarkable and one of the best in town for the value.
It wasnt bad. I could see how some people could be big fans. Fell a little short on a couple items I had, but theres still a few items I'd like to try! Good Happy Hour.
Better. The last few times I was there either the food or the service was a little off. This time the service was good as was the food. Was there at Happy Hour and did a specialty drink and small plates. The small plates during Happy Hour are an especially good value.
Love this place for brunch lovely neighborhood feel - high end - prices are decent
Brunch with friends. Service was very slow and we were sat at a very small table in the corner in front of all the traffic.
Great food as usual! They worked with me to create a vegan meal and it was delish!
loved it! We took advantage of the happy hour special and sampled several small plates. all were original, delicious, and fun. The wait staff was friendly, the service was prompt, the ambiance was cozy and unpretentious. It was not too loud for conversation. wonderful spot!
We had an excellent meal at Avenues, as usual. The cocktails were unique and a great start and the date appetizer was very special. After some guidance from our server, Megan, we both chose the Shrimp Provençal, which turned out to be perfect. We look forward to returning.
Always a fun venue with attentive staff and great food!
Avenues Bistro never disappoints for business meals. I have hosted a number of working lunches and business dinners at Avenues, and we have always had great good, great service, and a comfortable setting.
I always enjoy coming to Avenues. I appreciate the neighborhood vibe.
We were excited to revisit Avenues after a while away. It was okay. There are a lot of better options in the area. The restaurant was not busy, yet we were seated at a booth that was not securely attached to the wall. It rocked. The is a lot to like about the menu. My first choice was not available. I had the pork chop - tough and dry. My friends really like their salmon. It was over 90 degrees and the soup was broccoli cheddar - strange. The wine list was only fair and our server said she knew nothing about wine. The Napa Cab was ok and the price point fine. I won't rush back.