Café Sebastienne

4.8
1151 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
One of Kansas City's premier restaurants, Café Sebastienne combines the worlds of contemporary art and contemporary cuisine in the heart of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The Café utilizes the season's offerings & local organic produce in creative menus. Visit kemperart.org/cafe for more information!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Thu, Fri 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(816) 561-7740
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rick Mullins
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Private party facilities
For more information about booking Café Sebastienne for your special event, call 816-753-5784 or visit kemperart.org/event-space.
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Private party contact
Betty Kindler: (816) 797-1544
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
45th
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Parking details
Ground level parking around museum. Additional lot 1/2 block north on Warwick.
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Public transit
Bus/Metro - 45th & Main
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Entertainment
Please visit www.kemperart.org for information on special events, the Café Dinner Series, ongoing exhibitions, public programs, and performances.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1151 People Are Saying
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LM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm environment with plenty of natural light. Good menu and food was excellent. The spinach, mushroom, cream cheese omelet with salmon roe was fluffy, ample, delicious and satisfying.

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

We enjoyed brunch in the enclosed patio. Lots of natural light in that section. Noise echoes more in that area and we noticed it when a large party came to dine. But we still enjoyed our visit. Excellent food and presentation! Great service. You are paying for quality and that’s what we got. I was very pleased with my experience and will dine there again.

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

Café Sebastienne has been one of our favorite places for great food and conversation. The menus vary with the seasons; the wine offerings are well paired and generally very reasonably priced. Servers are pleasant and knowledgeable.

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

Great food (creative), fun ambiance, great service, and an opportunity to enjoy modern art while dining and before or after your meal.

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AC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit following the hire of a new chef. Ambiance is always excellent. Food quality was high, maintaining the the Sebastienne standard.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food, although you feel very crowded inside the small area with all the paintings on the walls

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k
Kansas City
89 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding menu!

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g
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and recommended the flatbread which was the best we've ever had!!

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RP
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch was made special by the prompt service, super creative chef, and gracious general manager. Always an awesome experience.

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MT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an interesting menu. Wonderful Experience overall!

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MP
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I wish you’d serve your Reuben sandwiches for dinner.

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BC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I wanted to like it more for lunch but the trout and the airline chicken were both uninspired. I’ve seen pictures of really interesting dinner choices but lunch seems like an afterthought. I’ll give it another try.

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PW
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch during a visit to the museum. Very nice setting and delicious food

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OT
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent for brunch. We had relatives in town for a fencing tournament and the 17 year old said it was "her best breakfast ever" She ordered biscuits and gravy but hold the gravy...she was happy. Her dad also enjoyed the Benny!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combination of stunning art and equally wonderful food made going to this restaurant a peak experience that I will long remember. the staff felt like friends and the service was great.

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OT
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Always a good people watching place.

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BD
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going there for years and NEVER disappointed. Always great food and service surrounded by incredible art work at the Kemper Museum!!

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and I invited 7 friends to have dinner with me. It was the perfect place ... we spent an hour visiting and going through the Museum’s main exhibition and then had a wonderful dinner with great service. Special shout-out to Tony who sent champagne to our table and is always charming and fun to encounter.

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TM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Cafe Sebastienne since the new chef began. He is a true talent! Our meals were exceptionally good! Chef came to our table to explain dishes and to be hospitable. We LOVED our experience and our dinner! Can’t wait to return.

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MT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Brunch! 3 of us all chose a different menu item. We couldn’t decide which had the best plate. We also had the yummy scones! Overall it was delicious, good service and beautiful setting.

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r
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I used to love this restaurant, but on our visit this week, it seems to have gone downhill a little. The main issue was that two of our meals came out incorrectly. They fixed one, but the other order, which was missing the chicken, was still served, with the chicken arriving about 5-10 minutes later on a side plate. We were entertaining out-of-town guests, and this just didn't impress. On the other hand, the autumn soup of the day was delish, as was my sandwich. It is very noisy in the restaurant, and even more so due to a group in the atrium.

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LC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a “two-for” kind of place - the great ever-changing art and the interesting delicious cuisine. I love that I can get a fantastic Rueben in the same place I can get scallops or a unique seafood offering. The soup of the day never misses. Beautiful venue for gatherings - weddings, family reunions, Mothers Day, bridal or baby showers, it’s a Kansas City hidden gem.

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a
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new chef is truly remarkable-great seasonal tastes and combinations that work beautifully. Can’t wait to come back!

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Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was out of town and had lunch in the outer area. Only thing it was noisy. Having lunch surrounded by art work was terrific. Our server was excellent and recommended several dishes, which were right on. Food fabulous, presentation excellent.

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VP
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoy the Cafe and go there often! However, it’s getting pretty pricey. My salmon lunch entree was $19 and my friend’s Reuben didn’t come with potato salad or chips.

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SB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food surrounded by great art (Kemper Museum), conveniently located in Midtown. I’m surprised so many people don’t know about this treasure!

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OT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and attentive service. And of course viewing great art before or after eating.

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CR
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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MM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Cafe Sebasastienne for years and I must say I did not absolutely love it this time. The presentation, although beautiful, was just a little bit over the top, fussy. The smoked tomato soup was more like tomato puree and had not be described as the chilled soup that it was. I think the former chef created a menu of just the right balance of artfulness and a down to earth quality of the food offerings. While my main dish was very good, I missed seeing some of the old menu items.

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L
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Ruben Sandwich in town. I also repeatedly order the trout, which is excellent! I just tried the flourless chocolate cake for the first time and it was incredible.

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t
Kansas City
68 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday brunch spot with swoon worthy art and great service! Delicious food as well.

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m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Where is the wonderful, crusty French bread? Where is the Rueben sandwich?
My plate was warm, not hot; I wouldn't return it, because it was acceptable, but not the quality I am accustomed to at Café Sebastienne.

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AM
Kansas City
56 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had brunch at Café Sebastienne. I had the shrimp and grits and my friend had the beef hash. Both were delicious! We both ordered a wine cocktail, which was also delicious. I would definitely go back for another meal! The only downside was the service. We didn’t see our server much, and he was a little slow to take our orders and bring our check.

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D
Kansas City
110 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried the cuisine of Cafe Sebastienne's new chef and we thought the meal was fine. I had the sea bass and my husband had the chicken and both were well prepared. The only disappointment was the wine, a Pinot Bianca from Italy. I thought it was a little sour. It did improve as it warmed from being over chilled.

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DW
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Fabulous food, wonderful service. You won't be diappointed.

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DF
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance. The food was great and the art even better.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but more expensive than it seemed like it should have been. The wait staff was not great. I think this was just a slow time for the restaurant .

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k
Kansas City
89 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Chef, new menu....amazing flavors! Don’t miss the flatbread appetizer - it is sublime!!!

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TE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the wait staff are excellent and the food was superb! We are planning to make this a regular once a week.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of this world food!! My favorite is the French toast served on their weekend brunch menu. It seriously changed my life for the better. The menu changes with the seasons which makes me wanting to always come back for more. Their seasonal salad is also my go to. It is in a GORGEOUS FREE museum that this is a non-profit (meaning no tax, plus any revenue benefits the museum directly keeping museum free admission etc.). You can eat delicious food and feel good about it! Additionally, you will be dazzled by the Art specially commissioned for the space, it truly is fascinating! Last but not least, take a stroll through the galleries after your meal and pop into the gift shop, too!!

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