CHARISSE Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
This downtown setting is a chic urban space that is perfect for a lively happy hour, early dinner before seeing a show at the many nearby theaters, a special occasion or just a fun and casual dinner with friends.
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J
Kansas City
51 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In our opinion, this is the best French Restaurant in Kansas City. The Duck Wontons and Caesar Salad are always highlights. The atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant. It has never been too busy when we have gone for a later dinner. Steaks, lamb and Salmon are good choices. We enjoy the 4 course dinner. I get a dessert and my husband gets 2 “firsts”. That way we can order 2 duck wontons and the mussels which are also excellent. The Caesar salad features a fried egg on top and it has been our salad choice. For dessert the flourless chocolate was delicious. Try Charisse, you will not be disappointed!

H
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here for our anniversary. There was only one server who also bartended but he was extremely efficient and it made it feel very cozy and intimate. Food was good. Wine pairings were great:

CK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a fantastic spot for a quiet or business lunch. Only downside is the lack of parking - be sure to have a plan or be able to walk. Food is fantastic and service is usually great. They appeared a little understaffed on the day we were there - but food was still stellar.

JW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal or service. Everything is always phenomenal.
A glass of wine was ordered. I watched the bartender pour a taste from the already open bottle. He dumped the bottle and opened a new one. I’ve never seen that at a restaurant before.

L
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our assistant out for a birthday lunch. Food delicious/ service very good.

KS
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating here.

MT
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Be sure to get there before 6 if you want to participate in happy hour. Not 6:01, but 6. As whiskey drinkers, we try to be aware of pricing on stuff when buying by the 1/2 ounce. So, a 1.5 ounce drink increased to a 2.0 ounce pour should be 1.33 times the price of the 1.5 ounce drink. Expect to pay more. Some bars charge a standard $2 "rocks" charge, for example. Not this place. Haven't quite figured out their formula, if they have one.
As a customer, if the waiter says I can substitute one vegetable for another, it would help if they also mentioned there would be a $5 upcharge. Total discrepancies were a little over $10. Not a huge deal, but it unnecessarily leaves a bad taste after an otherwise great dinner.
Beet salad was absolutely one of the best salads I have ever had. Waitress was pleasant and helpful (other than previously mentioned). Steak, lox, salmon were all excellent. Surprised it wasn't busier. Diners are missing out on a very (mostly) enjoyable experience.

OT
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. Quiet enough to have table conversation. Staff super nice and helpful. Recommend to others and they are there the next night. 14 of them!

CJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my brother and his wife from out-of-town to our favorite KC restaurant and it did not disappoint.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place or intimate date.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and perfect location before attending a concert at the Midland Theater.

SS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the Prix Fixe menu option. So much food for a great price. The food could not have been better.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate lunch after the noon rush. Service was very good and the food was delicious! Recommend the seasonal tomato salad and the quiche!

EA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Service with an attitude and mediocre food. Raw bone marrow [the way the chef intended]. Bolognese so dry I couldn’t eat it and took it home thinking I’d dump a healthy amount of tomato sauce on it. And the cheese course, offered on the dessert menu? Since when has Brie been so bland? Since when is it OK to serve days-old unseasoned toasted bread that is better suited for croutons? Since when the $10 you pay for such course should be so much fruit and so little cheese? Charisse does not make it to our must-go-again-list.

d
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The only issue we have ever found is service - there are never enough people working there to take care of clientele.

c
Kansas City
71 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The French onion soup and pot-au-creme were wonderful! Other menu items were yummy, but those two are very special. This was my second visit. I will continue to bring friends to my “ new find”.

BH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take clients. Please do not get rid of the French dip sandwich. It is the best in town. The fries are to die for. The champagne vinaigrette salad is also a wonderful staple.

RM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and impeccable service characterized this restaurant. The menu offered just enough choices. The downtown location is away from the crowds, which was fine for a quiet dinner.

KB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We got the charcuterie board and a glass of wine. Entrees looked expensive for not a lot of variety. What we had was very good!

OT
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as usual - service was v good but, as always, not particularly friendly

c
Kansas City
71 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit. Both my friend and I started with the onion soup. It was delicious! We enjoyed our mains. We were celebrating a birthday, so of course we had dessert. They were amazing!

NL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on every level.

RB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Larger portion than you normally expect from a French Restaurant. Caesar salad was outstanding .

BR
Dallas
51 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We love this place. Rarely busy, always great food with a quiet atmosphere.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Quiet place. Great food and wine. Good service.

F
Kansas City
68 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It amazes me that this place has not become the darling of the food writers in Kansas City. The menu has broad appeal but more importantly, the flavors and textures of what comes out of the kitchen are superb. My wife loved her beet salad, and my Caesar was greatly enhanced by the lightly grilled croutons and the fried egg on top. Her rack of lamb had a somewhat spicy flavor that she enjoyed, and my steak frites was a thicker than usual ribeye topped lightly with a tasty sauce and accompanied by what must unquestionably be the best french fries in the city. The chef who owns this bistro has demonstrated for many years that he has skills that compete with any of his competitors. He never disappoints.

L
Kansas City
122 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant! The service is excellent and the food is always outstanding. The server/host/bartender made exquisite drinks, as well! We visit as often as possible - thank you for another lovely evening!

k
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had dinner before a show at the Music Hall and we let our server know as soon as we got seated that we had a time frame to work with because of the show. We asked about ordering the prefix menu (we allowed ourselves 1 1/2 hours for dinner) and whether or not the kitchen would be able to handle that or if it would take too much time. Our server said the kitchen would be fine, it would just be up to us if we would eat fast enough. Against my better judgement, we took his advice and each ordered the prefix menu. The food was fabulous, but the service was not timely enough to enjoy that meal in the time we had allotted. I really wish the server would have just said that the prefix menu is better suited to a 2+ hour dinner and is not meant to be ordered otherwise.....
Bottom line - the food is fabulous!!

b
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fine downtown venue; not crowded after post-work rush.

D
Kansas City
137 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were very disappointed with our meal at Charisse. I had hoped the trout, which I always enjoyed, was still on the menu but the only fish was salmon, which I had just eaten earlier. My husband and I both chose the lamb rack, in my case because it was gluten free and I liked the vegetables listed: zucchini, squash, fingerlings, tomato. The lamb was okay but hard to eat; the vegetables came as a sort of ratatouille, mixed and soft and indistinguishable. I found a couple of bits of fingerling. My husband may have found one. This was not a good preparation. Also, our plates came with three large triangles of something I asked my husband to sample and identify. He couldn't. They were fried pita, which didn't belong on a gf plate. Not a good experience.

EP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to Charisse for the first time this week for happy hour. The duck wontons, grilled shrimp, and the pork sliders were all delicious. I plan to return and hope they will incorporate more vegetable options to the menu. $5 glasses of wine were reasonable, too.

J
Kansas City
52 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great experience and Hidden Gem! Sara provided us with excellent fun service. The food was amazing from start to finish. We enjoyed the 4 course meal with wine pairings. For first courses we enjoyed duck wontons, crab cakes and Mussels. All were delicious and above our expectations. Our second course was the best cesear salad we have ever had! The fried egg on top made it so special. For entrees we had the filet and strip steaks. Both were excellent. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake. Also delicious! The wines were all perfect and special. Sara was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. We enjoyed everything about our evening and can’t wait to go back and do it again! Thank you CHARISSE!

KC
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Second time there in as many months for lunch. Food is pretty good and there is a nice selection. My burger was a bit overdone but others in my party said there selections were excellent. My biggest complaint was the server; kind of snippy, brought check without asking if we wanted anything else, such as coffee or dessert.

n
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new spot for us! The bartender was also our waiter and he did a phenomenal job! Excellent service and amazing food. I’m excited to go back!

PS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet place to meet for lunch. Great food and service.

AM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great experience. The poblano cheese soup was excellent.

TF
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. My only small critique would be there were not a many classic French dishes on the menu as I had hoped.

DB
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch at Charisse in March 2019. The food was excellent. Also, the service was fast, allowing for lunch in an hour if your time is limited.

KH
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Good price for a four course meal too.

JK
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Ok, this is one of the most uneven restaurants I have visited. On the latest trip (4 previous times), had a reservation for 5:30. Arrived and was told by the bartender that it would be a few minutes (in spite of other staff members casually milling about). Waited ~10 mins to be seated and was slightly annoyed. Then quickly realized that the server was acting as bartender, hostess, busser, and server with 4 tables seated. BUT she was quite capable and paced her service perfectly. The ribeye in the steak frites was mediocre quality, and the escargot was ok. The French onion soup and the crab cakes were quite on point. Service was good but spread too thin, food was good, but not over the top "take you to heaven" good. Will visit again, and hopefully this restaurant will live up to its potential.

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