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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

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Casual (13)
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Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Vegan (10)
Organic (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Authentic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great little place, so glad we stumbled on it! Good organic, farm-to-table food, eclectic decor and ambiance, good service. Would highly recommend and plan on visiting again!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great place! We celebrated our anniversary and really enjoyed the food. The five layer cake is amazing !!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

A warm and comfortable atmosphere. I sat in the corner both across from the bar and watched Bob Ross painting over a delicious benedict and french toast.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We enjoyed superb service from friendly and charming waitstaff. The restaurant atmosphere is perfect. Everything (chicken, salmon, curry) was perfectly prepared and just the right portion size. This is such a great place to take friends for a relaxing meal and conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Vegan, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very creative and skilled cooking. Loved the smoked tofu in the green chile dish w coconut milk. service really friendly and knowledgeable. wine was great, sauvignon blanc recommended by waiter. kale green local and very fresh. dessert irresistible - WARM orange cake w chocolate sauce and sliced almonds.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Vegan
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Blue Bird Bistro is the restaurant our kids always ask to eat at when they come into town for a visit. And now they have kids of their own & the younger kids enjoy eating there too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Reserved for 9:15 am on Open Table, checked their website day of and saw they didn't open until 10am! Called the restaurant and left a message asking about their hours and never received a return call.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Terrific food and service. Loved the orange and chocolate cake.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our dinner was delicious and the drinks were great! Our server, Molly was terrific and helpful as it was our first visit. We'll be back!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great farm to table experience. I bring colleagues every year during our conference for work, and it never disappoints.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Took my teenage nieces for lunch-we all loved it. Our food selections were great and the service was as well. Reminded me of charming little eateries off 3rd ave. in NY!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We really enjoyed our visit at Blue Bird Bistro. Service was wonderful (we were there on a relatively quiet Tuesday evening), and food was delicious. One of us did order a salmon dish that was a bit overcooked, but service was so wonderful, it made up for the dry fish, my sister said. Drinks were delicious, and my chicken piccata choice was soooo yummy! We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We always enjoy brunch at Blue Bird Bistro. I had my favorite French Toast - they were out of the pecan butter which was sad as that is so good. Still, tasted yummy with a little syrup. Daughter got something different this time (Tofu Scramble I believe) that she enjoyed). Our server was also working at the bar so bit of slow service but she was friendly and we were not in a hurry anyway. Will be back again

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Rude waitress, cold food.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great as it always is, have never had a bad meal or time there.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great food - we were dining early to make sure we were able to get to the Symphony. Great location when we have tickets to a performance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Quiet neighbourhood spot with vegan options. Special on Friday was greasy and would not recommend. Catfish had bones. Devon is always a great waitress and appreciate her service. Fair wine list currently. Was not busy on a Friday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 14, 2017

The Cobb salads were fabulous--lots of toppings (the blue cheese is divine). One of us ordered the chicken livers sauteed in white wine which was not very tasty. The wine was great; and overall, we had a great time. Our server was fab!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Super cute little restaurant! Out of this world pancakes! Best I've ever had! Get the fancy cakes!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had problems in the past with service but this was not the case on this day. Service was excellent!!! Food is consistently good-fresh and flavorful. No matter what I order, it is always delicious. Definitely recommend this place. It is a family favorite, especially for breakfast or brunch.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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