Bristol Seafood Grill – Downtown KC, Mo

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With an indulgent menu focused on superior quality seafood, Bristol Seafood Grill crafts its dishes with exacting standards & pampers its guests in a comfortable atmosphere. Featuring a generous cellar selection & creative ocean fare cuisine, Bristol Seafood Grill delivers culinary excellence at a surprising value. Open for lunch ($12 - $25) & dinner ($15-$35).
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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor waitress was terribly over worked. Took 30 minutes to get our 1st round of drinks. We were recommended oysters that they were out of. They were also out of grits. Lobster was horribly overcooked. Never had anyone come make sure everything was ok. Creme brulee was still really cold. Seemed very understaffed. Highly disappointed. Not the birthday dinner I was looking forward to and was definitely not worth the 275 plus tip that we paid.

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JD
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ordered MahiMahi. Wasn't done . The lobster bisque was great

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lobster bisque for an appetizer, which was smooth, creamy and delicious. The entree was a filet and lobster tail with roasted Brussels sprouts and lobster mac. The filet and lobster were cooked perfectly and so mouthwatering.

The service was impeccable even though the entire restaurant was booked (Valentines Day) and our reservation was for 9:30pm. The wait staff had to be exhausted but they didn’t let it show. We had a new waitress who was in training. She was phenomenal, very attentive, very good conversationalist and knew the menu well.

The price with drinks was about what I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion or date night.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went on Valentine’s Day. Ended up waiting 30 minutes to make an order and then another hour before we got our food. Once the food arrived it was cold and mediocre at best. Just overall wasn’t worth the price we paid. Which makes it hard to justify going again in the future. In the services defense they did recognize how long our wait was and tried to smooth it over with a free dessert.

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BJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservation required but there was a fifteen minute wait. Appeared that they threw in a few extra tables to accommodate Valentine's Day. Out table was almost in the front hallway and was quite cool with people coming and going through the front door. There was little space between the table next to us and behind us, people seated at the back of the room kept squeezing through. The food was very good, drinks were very high priced. I am sure it would have been a better experience on a "regular" evening.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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MH
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My previous experiences have all been good. Did not see the server enough. We would have ordered a second round of drinks if she had come back by sooner. Food was delivered cool. I expected my Ahi tuna to be cool as it was seared. My wife and friends surf and turfs were cool as well. I pointed it out to our server and she offered to bring warmed sides but we had to move on to our event. We could not wait. Took a long time to get our check and to get it processed. I realize it was valentines day and the restaurant was busy but this was not a good experience.

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

hadn't been in quite a long time. everything was great even on a really crowded night of Elton John concert

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JB
Kansas City
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussels were divine. Our swordfish entrees beautifully prepared. Brussel sprouts and slaw delicious. Topped off with a wonderful carrot cake. Overall fabulous date night even with the Elton John crowd.

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KC
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great - place was hopping prior to Elton John concert!

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful service! Food was good as well as drinks.

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AW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best evenings. The food was outstanding the staff went over and above to make our day special since we were celebrating my birthday and our anniversary. It is Avery nice place and I would recommend it to anyone.

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C
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, service, and food. Wife and I had a date night and went on a Tuesday evening but the place was very quiet and not busy due to the weather. The server was fun and very attentive. Overall we had a great time. Valet, to no fault of Bristol. could update their technology to accept credit cards for payment. Without cash, you have to use an ATM next door that has a $4.00 fee. I do think maybe Bristol could influence the Valet service to upgrade for efficiency.

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KI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Both times my husband and I have dined there with friends, we have had early reservations following a performance at the Kauffman Center. The staff who work at the front desk are dismissive and not at all customer service oriented. In advance of our reservation time, we called to inquire if we were able to enter the restaurant early and were told no we open at 4 and then the call was terminated. When we arrive at 4 there were already patrons seated. We asked why there were people there before the opening and were told that some of them got out of the performance early and were just waiting in their booth/table until serving began. We inquired as to why we were told something different and were given a very cursory and short answer.
Our waiter was great so no complaint there. But I will not be returning to this location due to the poor attitude on two different occasions for the same issue with the front desk.

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E
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always enjoy Bristol, that is why we make it our go to place for a special occasion. Our waitress was extremely pleasant, Lexi was her name. We would definitely recommend her.

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DM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service food was wonderful but there wasn’t much of it 80 percent of the buffet trays were empty and remained so throughout loud group behind us

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P
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday seafood brunch was excellent. Lots of interesting items for a very reasonable price. We'll definitely be returning.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Bristol! Fair prices, great service, and they even left us a handwritten note for our anniversary! Free champagne and desert as well. Great experience!

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Surprisingly mediocre experience at one of my long time favorite restaurants. The food was excellent as usual, but service was atrocious and far below the Bristol’s standard. We were so rushed through our meal that we didn’t dare put a glass or silverware down or it would be whisked off the table without a question as to whether we were finished.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Illinois, and we are glad we are here at Bristol's. We ate at the bar. And the bartender was great! Oysters were great! Food was amazing! Good variety of beer and wine. We would definitely come back here again if we are ever in KC again.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Date night and attend a concert.

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B
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service and the food was exceptional- as usual!

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p
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and top notch service! Highly recommend for lunch.

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K
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood in the Midwest - it IS possible.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. I had the seafood sampler. The ambiance was very nice. Service great! Very nice restaurant for a nice or any occasion. Can’t wait to go back!

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CR
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch. Food and service great. Bloody mary “bar” was pretty disappointing/unimpressive

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BB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Just what we want when we go out for dinner!

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EB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner here for my Finance's birthday, I let them know ahead of time and they had a birthday card waiting at our table for her as well as free dessert. Our fish was great and so was the service.

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DW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bristol customer service, atmosphere, ambiance, noise level and general experience was very good. The food quality was also very good, but the serving portions were pretty meager, especially at $15-20 a head. We all had soup and/or salad dishes and I never like to still feel hungry after lunch or dinner. I will go back to The Bristol, especially when wanting seafood - but the price / quantity ratio may hold me back...Dave

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have been to this location before and really enjoyed. This past Saturday the service was so slow, did not clear empty dishes off the table , hardly saw our waitress, and the chocolate cake for desert was so dry it was not edible.

Mixed feelings about going back as this is a nice restaurant and for the price expect better

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KC
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Damion, did a very good job! The bread server that night was especially fun as well. Food was so much better than our last visit. And the birthday carrot cake was a nice surprise as well.

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OT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner with the family. Food was great, and we caught the end of the restaurant week menu. Live music was staring up as we were finishing, I’m not a fan of mixing the bar band with dining out.

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c
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am really glad that Bristol decided to extend its Restaurant week menu. The value is unbeatable. I had the lobster bisque and lobster Mac and cheese for lunch and both were super delicious. Our server did a great job. It was a great overall experience as I've come to expect at Bristol. Can't wait to go back.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ciara was very attentive, professional, and nice. I have had her as a server before and she was great then too! The lobster bisque was out of this world per usual and the lobster mac and cheese was creamy and delightful also, even good reheated later I just added a small bit of water. Will definitely be back. Keep up the great work team Bristol!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I had been craving your grits for a week, only to order them and be told you are out of them. Also, do you all not serve biscuits anymore? I know the Leawood location does. Everything we had was good, but not quite up to the 5/5 caliber that I’ve come to expect from Bristol.

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KI
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We visited on a Monday... Not sure if that matters. The drinks we got at the bar were very good. I ordered some oysters that were seemed frozen in the center. They were not very tasty but perhaps that was the fault of temperature. We ordered the calamari and beet salad, both were good. The entree (Butterfish and Surf and Turf) were just "okay". Both dished were overpowered by the mesquite grill flavor... That was all you really tasted. The scallops were small and slightly over done. The Filet was cooked too a perfect med rare but, again, over powered by the mesquite.

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CL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went due to the set menu for Restaurant Week. We wanted to try the location without having to worry about price and not liking it. The food was wonderful and worth the price!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancée and I went here during restaurant week in KC and loved this place. We got crab cakes and Maui Maui.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Took 5 people for brunch and were told they “had a run on brunch” and were out of many things. How do you run out of bacon @ brunch? The serving areas looked empty with food dried on serving utensils.

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ER
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Came for restaurant week but they were not offering it during brunch so we left.

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