Café Sebastienne

4.7
1191 reviews
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One of Kansas City's premier restaurants, Café Sebastienne combines the worlds of contemporary art and cuisine in the heart of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Featuring first-class ingredients and local, organic, and sustainable foods, menus are complemented not only by the aesthetic setting, but also the eclectic wine list. Visit kemperart.org/cafe for more information!
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KM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chitarra pasta dish with mushrooms was delicious.

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MB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the breakfast and lunch menu! Very fresh ingredients prepared and served nicely.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got birthday Brunch! So great, as always! One of my favorite places!!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant lunch!

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

A wonderful place for Sunday brunch - not a buffet. Enjoy the museum before or after.

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

I love the atmosphere! It is an awesome place to have lunch and then tour the gallery. It is bright, and open and has clean lines and great art. The food is always wonderful, creative, and presented in a lovely manner. It always makes me happy (even on a gloomy winter day)! You can also have a conversation with a friend without feeling you have to shout over all the noise. It is one of my favorite spots in the city!

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VP
Kansas City
40 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the creative menu, beautiful presentation, and the glorious decor of the restaurant—the history of art by John Frederick Brown.

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CP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am sorry that I do not live close to the Kemper. When I am near the Plaza, I try to eat at the cafe. The food is always delicious. It is difficult to select a meal, since there are so many unique entrees, salads and dessert combinations on the menu.

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H
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

I have been to Cafe Sebastienne several times, but this was by far the worst experience I've ever had. I usually enjoy the meal and go there for the ambiance. However, neither of these could overcome the horrendous service we received. Our waitress was flustered and could not handle the thought of more than two tables to wait on. She made attempts at apologies, but this did not excuse the fact that she was incapable at performing her job. We were constantly waiting for warm coffee, and the general managers refused to acknowledge of our displeasure. What should have taken 45 minutes instead turned into the slowest moving 2 hours of my life. This was such a bummer to experience, and I sincerely hope the management get their heads out of the sand and work to fix this predicament.

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OT
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is a wonderful jewel. The food is amazing--innovative, but not too far out. Chef will accommodate special requests if you want to leave something out. Try the empanadas or the flatbread appetizers---delicious. The chicken entree is enough for 2 and is so juicy. We also loved the octopus.

Try the ice cream for dessert or the cobbler.

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

First time. Food was good. Nice atmosphere. Will sit in the atrium next time too

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, we were charmingly treated and as always the food was delicious.
Our compliments to the chef and staff.

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s
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants! It never disappoints. Besides the food always being delicious and creative, the service is always wonderful.

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OT
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. Food was good and our server was just the right mix of professional and friendly.

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DS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. The atmosphere was kinda loud. The drinks were disappointing, lots of ice and little alchohol.

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j
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Over priced. The food was incredibly average Nd the portions ridiculously small.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner. This restaurant is a gem!

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VK
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The tables were way too close together. Our server had to keep handing me food behind my friend or over the table. I had to hand her the dirty dishes. She apologized. The prime rib was tough. Cooked to specs but tough. Chicken was very good as was squash soup! Dessert was great too but microscopic scoop of ice cream, pathetic. The server was nice but her shirt was cut disgustingly low. Got tired of looking at her.

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LJ
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner with out of town guests during restaurant week. Our server was excellent and the portions were spot on - we left feeling satisfied, but not stuffed! Such a fun place for dinner.

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SM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Server was very polite and attentive, with my table and others. The food was poor in the kindest way put. It was tepid on arrival and not pleasant. Only good comment for consumed items was the wine which was not prepared by them. It was restaurant week, but it was not full or busy by appearance. Management asked how I enjoyed my meal and I asked if they really wanted to know and I told them. They comped the food items and apologized. I have been there in the distant past and it was worthy of all its acclaim, but not this visit. Perhaps it is was an off night, but I’m not hard to please and this time it was plain ordinary and not special.

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m
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have experienced consistently good food, ambiance and service. Yesterday we really enjoyed the creamy butternut squash soup, trout lunch and pasta lunch from the KC Restaurant Week menu.

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BB
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally made it here. The food was great and well prepared. Disappointed that the main gallery was closed, especially during Restaurant Week which brings in more people. Small gallery, but food made up for this inconvenience. The soup was very tasty and trout cooked perfectly. Highly recommend

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D
Kansas City
118 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group of eight turned out to be six on this wintry day. The waiter was cordial and helpful and we all enjoyed the trout as the main course. I'm glad Cafe Sebastienne has a new chef.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glorious lunch during restaurant week. Spiced pork loin and butternut squash soup were terrific!

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S
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did not consider Cafe Sebastienne to be a child friendly place. After a sitter cancelled my 2 yr. old great nephew joined us for lunch. The staff could not have been more wonderful. They were very accommodating with food, drink etc. The noise volume was actually good so he didn't seem loud. I have always loved this restaurant and now I will have more opportunity to eat there.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fabulous but service was very slow , probably because first night of Restaurant Week , we will definitely go back

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RC
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The flourless chocolate cake was delicious, and we loved how the entire staff teamed up to serve, from topping off water to getting us dessert silverware. Very attentive.

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JM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

While the food was excellent, my plate had a huge portion of fish and very little side vegetables. I could have done with half of the fish and a lot more of the squash, etc. In addition, someone (not my waiter) tried to serve us dessert before we had had our entree. There’s room for improvement here.

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LM
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a RW dinner and we all got different things, everything was excellent. The service was top notch also.

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PT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The location is a cool artistic venue. We enjoyed the space. The menu was fairly limited for lunch, but food was tasty. We enjoyed the staff.

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DO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

We were disappointed that this place which has always been one of our favorites was so disappointing. Not many choices of entrees, overpriced for what we got, unimaginitive food.

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k
Kansas City
94 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The extremely inventive new chef and sous chefs have created an outstanding menu that cannot be missed! From the moment the amuse bouche tantalizes your taste buds, you know you are in for a real treat. There is a flatbread appetizer that we cannot resist ordering because it is simply sublime, with changing ingredients every month. The staff are so welcoming that you feel like family. Rick, Darby, Tim, Tony, Mickey, Charles, Jorge, Kasey, Carissa, Paige, Taylor, Emma and Fia are AMAZING!!!!! Spoil yourself and prepare to have a sensational dining experience at Cafe Sebastienne!

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c
Kansas City
57 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Café Sebastienne is a favorite place for lunch. The atmosphere within the museum is fun and the food is always amazing!

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the Kemper Art Museum for my 60th birthday because 1) we love art and 2) Cafe Sebastienne never fails to delight. The food, the service, the ambiance - all excellent, all the time.
Thank you for making my special day a most happy one!

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RH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant in Kansas City. Wonderful art and food! Highly recommend

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M
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary with a Sat. Brunch and a gander through the museum. It was my first time at Cafe Sebastienne. The wait staff were quirky and attentive. I had the Kobe hash dish with poached eggs, which i love, and spinach. I was a little disappointed with it...seemed to lack flavor and seemed like it wasn't cooked enough....the Kobe beef hash looked a little like canned dog food and it wasn't very warm by the time i ate it....hmmm, not very appetizing, I know. My husband had the Biscuit and Gravy and loved it! Then later I began to feel kind of strange and had that feeling that I had gotten some MSG. I hope not, not sure they use that toxic stuff, but i am very sensitive to it. Next time I will ask and make sure they don't use anything like that, if they did. It did seem like quality food tho and I will give it another try one day.

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M
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great eat.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch yesterday. Excellent! Have eaten here for many years, very regularly when Jennifer Maloney was in charge. Miss her; miss her cooking. But the current chef seems to bringing things up to the standard Jennifer always maintained.

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L
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was nice and my coffee was great. I enjoyed my omelette as well.

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k
Kansas City
94 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such innovative flavors and exquisite presentations!

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