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About Cafe Verona
Nestled on the Historic Independence Square,
Café Verona will whisk you from the Midwest to the romance of Italy.
Drawing inspiration from art, history, and culinary tradition, Café Verona offers a
dining experience that will stimulate the senses and satisfy appetites. Once you enter,
a breathtaking view of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus captures the imagination.
Our menu represents both Northern and Southern Italian classics as well as a few new Chef inspired dishes.
Independence, MO 64050
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Cafe Verona can help you with your event needs. We will have your meal complete, and ready for you to pick up and serve to your guests.
We have street parking in front of restaurant as well as nearby public parking lot.
Chef Bobby Stearns
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
1/2 price wine night every Wednesday evening!
Cafe Verona Ratings and Reviews
We went during restaurant week and that's why I am giving 2 stars for service instead of 1. The food took forever to come out but that's how it goes during restaurant week. Tried to order the cheesecake and they were out of it which was disappointing. Appetizers were great and we ordered steaks. The steaks were good once we got to eat them. Our food was brought out and set in front of us, however, we could not eat without knives to cut our steaks. After five minutes our server came by to tell us that all their steak knives were being used and they would bring us one when they could. I decided to time it. 14 minutes later we got knives and we're able to eat our food that we had stared at for 19 minutes. All of this while we watched people seated after us eating their steaks with knives. This restaurant should order more steak knives. It would be smart to have as many as you have chairs because you never know. Always best to be prepared. The food was good though. I would try it again so hopefully I can change this review in the future.
From start to finish, this was a very poor experience. We were even warned to not stay from 3 (no joke!) other tables that were leaving as we sat down. We should've listened. Poor service, old and cold food was placed on the table each course. What a darling little place, that I will never visit again.
It has been a very long time I have sent food back, uneaten, because it was so bad. Our apps were good, our drinks were good, desert was acceptable, but the main course was terrible. My wife's meal had very little taste. What taste was there was nothing but chicken broth soaked limp soggy noddles. My steak was cooked closed to desired temperature. However, it tastes as if it was rolled around in dirt. It was gritty and tough. It somehow was charred black on the bottom and the bacon was burned as well. The potatoes texture was similar to instant potatoes and the sauce was bad. We both asked our food to be taken away and that it was uneatable and our sever could have cared less. He took it away without even asking what was wrong with it or asking any follow-up questions. I know bad food happens, I have never until now had or heard of an experience where nothing was offered to make it right. After he left we expected to see a manager or someone come by, but never happened. Had high hopes, but won't be back. Will also make sure anyone asking or talking about Italian knows our experience, hopefully to save them some time, money, and their date night. Ours was rubbed in the dirt along with the steak.
I always have a delicious meal when I eat here for date night, but we brought our 5 year old son here the other night with us, and he had the best kids meal! I was so impressed! He ordered a fruit cup and it was a bowl filled with blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries instead of the gross honeydew melon stuff they usually give you at other restaurants. His grilled cheese was made with yummy mozzarella and provolone instead of those kraft singles, and I appreciated that while it was a nicer grilled cheese it was still kid friendly and they didn't put other salad type foods in the grilled cheese and the bread didn't have "things" in it. It's so hard to find a nice restaurant with a good kids meal. My son has been begging to go back.
We attended during Restaurant Week and prior to seeing "Big Sonia" at the Truman Library. We REALLY appreciated being able to share the meal as there was far more food than either one of us should have eaten alone. The young man who served us was pleasant, attentive (without being intrusive), and efficient. We really enjoyed the food, wine, service, and atmosphere.
We have dined here on several occasions and have always been completely satisfied with the food, service and Facilities. However, this last time there was food all over the floor around our table and the table next to us. It looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a few days. Overall this is an excellent place to eat
I'm sure since it was the beginning of Restaurant week, it was really busy. But our service was terrible. We never got bread. Our drinks were only refilled when we flagged her down. We felt ignored. When we go back, I will make sure we don't get that server again. She was terrible.
Overall it was a good choice. We went for restaurant week and thought the value was good. The quality of the food was good. We had a very nice waitress- a bit slow at times but kind and interested in ensuring we had a good experience. They did not have a cold bottle of the sparkling wine we ordered and were offered an lesser quality option. We ended up ordering a higher priced bottle. In my experience, I would have expected a slight discount for the inconvenience but no discount was offered. My cousin’s steak was slightly over-cooked (asked for med-rare, received med to med-well) but my shrimp were cooked perfectly- not overcoooked and rubbery. Dessert was delicious- we had the cannoli trio and the cheesecake.
This was our first time and our last. We came from downtown because it was on the list for restaurant week and we wanted to try something new. First we were seated in a freezing corner and they weren’t too happy when we asked to move but admitted their heater wasn’t working in that room (it was 10 degrees out). Then our server was on his first night in training and I can sympathize, I was a server for years, but he didn’t know up from down. We got starters long after entrees and desserts in the middle of entrees. The plates piled up and were never cleared. The service was really distracting and just overall it was a pretty poor experience. The short rib ravioli was great, risotto was not good.
I have been wanting to try Cafe Verona for a while. Very nice looking place..the smell of the food was wonderful. Got there 30 mins early to try the bar, but there were tables available so we got seated. Our waitress must have been new....we didn’t see much of her and she was not very knowledgeable of the menu. Appetizers were very good. We both ordered the steak, mine was very under cooked borderline raw. My wife’s steak was perfect! I was going to send mine back but we didn’t see our waitress for some time so I just ate my potatoes and green beans and took the steak home for leftovers. I will say what I did have of the steak if was really tasty and my wife loved hers.
So with all this said we will go back one more time and try, but if we receive the same service we will not go back again and I will update this post. I do feel it was just an off night for the Cafe Verona staff, but we will see.
Food was mediocre. I usually get the Mac and cheese with the sirloin which is amazing but since there was the restaurant week menu decided to give the steak a try. It was bland and not very tender. Ordered the manhattan drink and it tasted like watered down whiskey and coke. Our server was new and he was doing his best but he could of used some help.
This is our favorite Italian restaurant to celebrate special occasions. Every dish we ordered was delicious and beautiful. I especially love the spinach salad with walnut cranberries and goat cheese.
The staff were very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The ambiance and Italian style decorating adds to the experience.
I don't like to leave a bad review, but.. Our food was not good. We ordered the Chicken Carciofi (or artichoke). The chicken itself was unflavorable. The artichoke was clearly marinated and from a jar, as were the sun dried tomato, and calamata olives. This was not worth the $30 we paid.
The other dishes that were ordered, gorgonzola steak and seafood pasta, were ok. For dessert we ordered the lemon, berry cake with marscipone cheese.
It was ok, except the berries were frozen! Overall, we paid way too much for food that came out of a jar. The menu has potential, but missed the mark for us.
The service was great, but we were too cold. I'm sure it didnt help that we were seated by the window. Based on past reviews we had high hopes, but we would not recommend this restraunt.
Food was excellent! I've just returned from Italy and this was the perfect place to take me back to the flavors I loved ... the baked artichokes are amazing! The balsamic salad dressing is the best I've ever had ... in Europe or here at home. If you are longing for the tastes of Italia, you will not be disappointed! If only they served cafe latte in a clear glass, I'd never have to travel again. 😉
I made reservations for a special Date Night at Cafe Verona. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time. The food was good, and our server was polite and attentive. After we had finished eating, our plates were quickly cleared. We then paid our bill and were finishing up our glasses of wine, when we were approached at our table by the hostess. She asked if there was anything else we needed. I answered, "No thank you, we are just talking a bit while we finish our wine." She then says that they are running way behind on reservations, people are waiting for tables and that we would need to leave. We were both shocked, and stared back at her in disbelief. She wasn't joking. I then called the manager over. I told her that our food was delicious and our server was very good, but that never in my life had I ever been asked to leave a restaurant for any reason, let alone because they were "running behind". And that the inability of them to properly schedule reservations was not my problem. She stammered back some sort of explanation that they were indeed very busy and that they could really use the table. No apology was offered.
If we were loitering and remaining at the table long after we had finished, I could see the need to scoot us along. But we had literally just finished our meal when the hostess came by our table. The manager was inept when it came to smoothing things over. We will never be back, and will tell everyone we know about our experience there.
The quality of the food and the service were both noticeably lower than in prior visits. My salmon was overcooked, dry, and gummy, while my asparagus was tough. Even the iced tea was flawed; it was served without ice and no available sweetener. My friend had the daily special which was wonderful, and the lemon cake for dessert was quite good, as well. I'd heard that Cafe Verona was on the decline and I hope it's not true.
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