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About Blue Bird Bistro

The idea behind blue bird bistro is a simple one. Actually, it's more an ideal than an idea. An ideal that starts with a passion for organic food and our desire to share its benefits. A belief in pure, all natural foods unburdened of artificial additives and preservatives. A responsibility to promote sustainable foods and the positive impact that it makes on our world. And a commitment to work closely with local farmers who share in these ideals.

The result is an eclectic mix of flavorful, delicious organic fare, ideal for the discerning diner. A diner who truly understands how good organic can be.

1700 Summit
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, Steak, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday 7am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 7am to 10pm
Sunday 9am to 2pm

Cross Street:
17th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 221-7559

Website:
http://www.bluebirdbistro.com/

Catering:
blue bird bistro will prepare organic, all natural and local food for your special event. E-mail us at events@bluebirdbistro.com for details.

Parking Details:
A private lot is located just north of the restaurant. Street parking is also available in the area.

Executive Chef:

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weekly Wednesday Night Table. Communal, 4 course dinner featuring items from local farms, with wine pairings. Starts at 7pm, Reservations recommended.

Blue Bird Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Healthy (16)
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Organic (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Vegan (8)
Casual (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fun (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

We went there for the restaurant week, but ended up ordering regular brunch dishes. They were very good. Cozy, cute interior and great service. The only complain is the poor ventilation in the kitchen (we smelled like food by the time we walked out of the restaurant) But we will go back again for the great food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Organic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous dining with local farm products! Great proportions and stylish wines/drinks. Great, courteous, prompt Service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our girls group went for restaurant week, so we got to try some things we normally wouldn’t order. It was a a great experience, even with a few of the menu items not available during our visit. None of us had been here before, but we would go back again if in the area or with a planned outing.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

Blue bird salad was excellent and our waiter fantastic! Great ambiance and would love to return for more menu options. Grass fed beef was very tasty. Excellent breakfast and brunch items to try soon. Yummy vegan oatmeal cookie! Would love to go back again. Girlfriend and I stayed for a couple of hours chatting over lunch and never felt rushed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Great for Brunch, Organic
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·Dined on January 17, 2018

They were sensitive about my food allergies and weren’t put out when I asked about ingredients. I enjoyed their blue feather drink. Everyone enjoyed their food and we were able to have intimate conversations without feeling rushed out the door.

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food was wonderful and fresh. Highly recommend. The waistress was the BEST!!

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening there. The restaurant was busy, so the staff was a little stressed and disorganized. The salmon was a bit overcooked and the presentation of my bison was not eye-appealing. But the food was very tasty and the sauces for both the salmon and bison complimented those dishes very well.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

They had some issues the night we went. They were running behind to begin with and even with reservations, it took a long time to get seated, order and get our food. We ended up having to rush ourselves and run to the Symphony so we wouldn't miss our ticket time. My salmon was overcooked and everything was kind of bland. A woman sitting next to us had a chicken breast brought out that was raw in the middle and instead of taking the whole plate of food, they only took the chicken to cook more. I don't think that is good policy with a food like chicken. She didn't want to eat the part that it had been sitting on, which I don't blame her. We were sat right next to a storage area where they actually had to have my husband move in the middle of our dinner. They kept going back into that area and it was very distracting. It was disappointing to have our anniversary dinner here. I imagine every night isn't that way, but I don't think we'll ever be back.

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 (Inverness)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic entrees but not served hot. Busy night and service team a bit overwhelmed. Potentially perfect, just not this time.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fabulous dining with local farm products! Great proportions and stylish wines/drinks.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

I very much enjoyed my first time at Blue Bird during KC Restaurant Week. The ambiance inside was nice, servers were friendly and the food was good. Loved having all the organic, local, and seasonal options. Good can be healthy and still taste great! I was there for lunch but I saw people around me eating breakfast food and it looked fantastic so I look forward to coming again and trying breakfast.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I’ve been here twice now and I love everything about it! Super cute, amazing food, awesome service! Can’t beat it.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

No acknowledgment for Birthday even though reservation indicated so. It was FREEZING in the restaurant. Salad was dressed to the point of soggy. Tomato soup was like marinara.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This restaurant is so cute, has amazing food and a very nice staff. I could tell the chef really put passion in the food. The food was delicious, fresh and locally sourced. It is a nice pit stop in route from the airport (if you are traveling north). Nice, quaint area without a lot of hustle and bustle like the Plaza, ect. I will return for sure!! Def one of my favorite restaurants in KC.

Tags: Happy Hour, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 4, 2018

So disappointed with the meal, as I have been a customer sporadically for years and have always had good experiences in the past. I was treating 3 friends to a girls' lunch. I had a breakfast dish, which sounded fantastic and creative on the menu, but was ho hum. The lights in the restaurant seemed to be intentionally left off so the only light was the natural light coming through the windows -- hence it gave the venue dark, gloomy feel. The one highlight of the meal was a warm vegan orange cake.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was excellent and service was better! The “morning after” was delicious and large. Sausage gravy was excellent - lots of sage which we all liked.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year’s Eve, 8 of us, prior to needing to be somewhere at 9:30. It took forever to get drinks and food. We arrived at 7:30 and didn’t get food till 9:10 and that was only some of the food. We had to eat super fast so we could hail the Uber and get to the Sprint Center. The comped our meal 25% which was nice but I really wish we could have enjoyed the food after waiting so long to get it because it was good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We made last minute reservations for NYE, party of 4 and were seated quickly in the space near the back. The restaurant is charming and I've always enjoyed the decor. There were several larger parties in the room, but it never got too loud. Ordered several specialty cocktails, which were unique and definitely had alcohol in them. The chicken liver appetizer was delicious - it includes a broth, with mushrooms and onions and bread for dipping. The green curry was also delicious, and spicy - perfect for a cold night. The desserts were good, nothing special about them and some thought they were dry. Overall a nice night!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious as always. Friendly and attentive service....as always. I'll return again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great, unique and seasonal farm to table food. I love this place for breakfast!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I love Blue Bird Bistro. It's always one of my favorite places to go. I went this past time with two friends before we went to the Nutracker at the Kauffman, and it was a great place for us to go. It's really close to the Kauffman (can't really get closer!) and it's a nice atmosphere so we didn't feel out of place in our nice dresses. This particular time, our table was pushed aside for two larger tables who were also going to the ballet, so we had to really scarf our food down to get there in time. We barely made it! Despite the fact that we had to wait a long time for our food (which was disappointing but understandable), we really enjoyed our meal and our food. We will be back. I just hope that next time, all theater-goers are given priority, not just large tables. (We did mention ahead of time that we were going to the ballet, and we arrived at the restaurant two hours before our event - it should have been plenty of time.)
Tip: if they have it, get the cajun tofu. It's really good!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

DIshse were spicier than promoted by the server. Then one entree (salmon) was bland. Not going back....

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It’s really unfortunate how badly this restaurant has gone down hill. It’s very obvious they’re about to close doors. It used to be a great place, could never get a table or would have to wait for hours, now - it’s empty.... Food is awful... Sad...

Tags: People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our server, from the country of Moldova, was delightful. My vegetarian wife & I, a flexitarian, were both quite satisfied with our meals. We had to catch a show later at Music Hall. Our meal was promptly prepared & the evening was fab.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Notable Wine List
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I recently visited for Brunch. I was not as impressed as I was the first time I visited, which was for breakfast and a different menu and it was amazing! I really like this place but will probably avoid brunch.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I very much enjoyed a late lunch at the Bluebird. My friend had the salmon, because he remembered how good it was the last time he was there. And it did not disappoint. I was able to order off the breakfast menu, and got the potato skillet. It was so good I wanted to lick the plate. There was a good wine list in a broad range of prices, which I very much appreciated. LOVE the creative decor and the atmosphere. The Bird Cafe is my “go to” restaurant in KC.

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Food, service, and atmosphere were perfect

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I really want to like this place but there are so many other great places in KC that you can't just be mediocre. I never ever add salt to my food but I had to add some to my pork dish. The hummus was standard. The cake needed more frosting since it was dry. The food always takes so long to come out.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Love this creative farm to table spot! The salmon was perfectly cooked and the hollandaise sauce was divine!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was great bunch -- a little slow on serving -- they were totally full so understandable.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This place is a gem in a hidden but quirky neighborhood. Food has a familiar feel but with some twists that work.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful place. Wonderful people. Wonderful food.

Our server was amazing. So kind and patient. I brought my family to the bistro for brunch. My family, coming from a small town, where not quite "aligned" with the restaurants menu. They asked the waiter to change the menu and chef's creations to fit what they wanted. I was so embarrassed. However, the server was a champ. Did just that and accommodated my whole family. Thank you for making that an easy morning.

I might not bring my family back because they can't handle and appreciate absolutely outstanding food, but I for sure will be making multiple visits each month from here on out!

Thank you,
Logan

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (Central Texas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great restaurant! I went there for a long catch-up dinner with a friend and this was a perfect spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our dinner at the Blue Bird was fantastic, we really enjoyed our evening. The service was exceptional.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everyone was super friendly and the food was delicious.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This was our first time here and we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent neighborhood restaurant, which is a short walk to the Kauffman Center. We went for a pre-concert dinner. The cocktails were innovative and expertly made and the food was fantastic. The only downside is that it would be good to have a written dessert menu. After hearing a verbal list of the dessert choices, we ordered a slice of cake to split. It turned out to be $15, which seemed much for a dessert slice of cake. On the other hand, the cake was absolutely fantastic and the slice was huge - we split one half of the cake and took the rest home and split the other half after dinner at home the next night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I love the Blue Bird for what they do great- support local, seasonal and vegetarian/vegan friendly eating. And I love it that they've remained a Westside institution. However I was sorely disappointed by the quality of my food on a recent visit for a family birthday celebration dinner. We started with the hummus, which was yummy. Then had the butternut squash soup. It was not a soup at all, but rather an unfortunate bowl of puree, the consistency of baby food. Very unappealing. On to the salmon, which was served with what sounded fresh and seasonal - a salad of white beans, green beans and tomatoes.

When the server put the plate down, I smelled something funny before I even picked up my fork. I assumed the salmon was bad. The salmon was fine, although a bit overcooked. But after a few investigatory bites, I realized it was the white beans. They were about 2-3 days past their use by date, and also undercooked. Even though I only took a few bites, my stomach was still in distress the next day.

Since this was a family celebration, I didn't want to make a fuss. So I pushed the beans around my plate. I spoke with my server discretely after our meal, and she handled the situation satisfactorily. I get it that sometimes things go wrong. But what I don't understand is how anyone in the kitchen could have allowed that food to go out?

Thank you Blue Bird for being such a great place to get breakfast, brunch and a nice glass of wine. But please work on your dinner. I want to want to come back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

When we came in, servers appeared harried and behind on washing glassware. The couple beside me said, "could we please get our drink order?" Received appetizer before drinks, no bread served with salad until we requested it. We were finished with the salad by the time it was brought to our table. Our food was tasty, but the prices were high compared considering we had catfish, chicken, and tofu-not exotic proteins. Not sure if I can tolerate the bad service and prices in order to get to the food...

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We both has the bison burger. The size and consistency of the bun does detract a little from the spectacular burger and monsterous slice of tomato ~ which tasted amazing. The side salad was a tad underwhelming, but fair. We saw a VERY LARGE chocolate cake on the counter across the room, and inquired about it... port wine infused 4-layer chocolate cake. (We suggest you share a slice). Overall - quite exceptional meal AND service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is one of our favorite breakfast spots! It's normally amazing. The food is great, there's a wonderful rustic feel and the choice of menu items can please everyone!
This particular experience was not the greatest. They ran out of biscuits which I realize happens, but my husband just asked for a few pieces of bacon instead of a his biscuit and he was told there would be an up charge. They were also out of jelly (for my English muffin that replaced my biscuit). Mind you we were eating on a Saturday morning. It's not like they didn't know how many people they serve on a weekend.
Our server was also pretty bad. We had to ask another waitress several times if she could go find him to refill our coffee.
I only recommend Blue Bird because I know how good it can be. Good thing this wasn't my first visit or I'd never go back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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