Kauffman Center Dining Experience

4.6
570 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Arrive ahead of the crowds and enjoy a meal freshly prepared and served in the comfortable and sophisticated Founders' Lounge. Enjoy freshly made food from our three-course menu, small plates for a quick bite or enjoy a glass of your favorite red wine, just steps away from your seats. If you are seeing a show, please plan on 1 1/2 hours for dinner service to enjoy our three course tasting menu and not be rushed to see the show. Any time less than that will not allow you enough time to enjoy the whole experience.
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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Very good food but server was disinterested and slow. Made the experience much less pleasant than we can get at other Crossroads restaurants. Love the convenience but not worth it. Will not go back.

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

Food is fabulous but the portion sizes are way too small.

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j
Kansas City
50 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice to have the convenience before a Kauffman performance.
Wish the bartender who pours sparkling would pay attention to the fizziness. It is always disappointing for the diner to have to send back a drink because your sparking isn’t fresh. Also - the waitress should be checking as well.
Shaking a drink at the table is not easy for the waitress as well.
The food was tasty and would definitely dine there again.
The cauliflower soup is so delicious.

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JM
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. A friend’s birthday and nice touches given!! Food very good!!

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l
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere and the food are really great. The hostess who seated us was great but the server, while pleasant, seemed unsure of her job.

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M
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I not only WOULD recommend the Dining Experience to friends, I bring them in to eat with me (when I can), and I recommend the DE to all kinds of people. This is by far the best way to feed yourself prior to a performance. Gourmet quality food (superior to the food just down the street) for $20 or more less than most restaurants in the downtown Kansas City area.

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DN
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - worth the splurge for a special night out.

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D
Kansas City
122 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best meal I've had at the Dining Experience. And how glad we all were that on this rainy, very unpleasant day we could park, have dinner and have a leisurely stroll to Helzberg Hall. Several of us had a delicious salad with oranges, pomegranates and other goodies. I had the duck breast and it was perfect. No fat at all. My only disappointment was that I couldn't have the sweet potato purée because I'm lactose intolerant. I would have liked a substitution but I was given an extra helping of Brussels sprouts, which was good but twice too much. For dessert I couldn't eat the creme brûlée but I wanted some poached pears that came with it. I was given an extravagant fruit bowl that did include the delicious pears. Thank you!

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A great place for an elegant meal at a good value before a Kauffman Center event. Easy parking, then you're set for a delicious dinner and a show steps apart. Wonderful. I came with a disabled relative and it made the outing simply perfection.

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JB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience. Couldn’t have been better all around. We’ll be back.

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NB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! My husband and I have eaten there twice and both times the food was wonderful.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience. The food was really good and atmosphere was fantastic!

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D
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our first experience. Unfortunately, a few of our dishes came hot and the food was cold to room temperature. The sous chef came out to apologize and they rectified the situation by taking the meals off our bill. Because of the appropriate way the situation was handled, we will be back! Thank you.

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TP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re season theater ticket holders and this is our 5th time eating here. It’s been PERFECT every time we’ve dined here. Remember to make reservations early, as they fill up quickly (a true sign they’re AWESOME). Love the Kauffman, Love KC!

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K
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center is a great way to make a ticket to a show or a concert into an entire evening of enjoyment. The menu is limited. The menu contains a good list of appetizers. The bar is a full bar with a nice array of cocktails. The wine list has good coverage. The main menu is a three-course fixed price meal with a soup or salad, a main dish, and a desert. Three options are available for each course. We found the food to be very good and the service even better. The staff was helpful and attentive. The views from the Dining Experience look to the south from the Center providing a stunning view of Liberty Memorial, Union Station, Crown Center and the freshly restored Western Auto sign. The restaurant seems to have only have one seating which permits arrival with plenty of time before a show and with no rush during dinner. We have had problems before with eating at a restaurant and then having to worry about leaving in time to allow for traffic and parking. The Dining Experience makes the entire Kauffman Center experience much more relaxing and pleasant.

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FF
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was one of the best pre-concert dinner experiences we have had. The food was delicious.
The convenience was great...just park and you are set for the whole evening. Be sure to make
reservations about 90 minutes before the show. This will allow ample time.
We will definitely do this again.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal, excellent service, great atmosphere. 10/10 would dine here on a special occasion!

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Wonderful ambiance. Incredible value. We will be back.

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OT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the mussels this visit. Simply amazing. This is a perfect way to start an evening at Kauffman

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C
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner option for Pre-Show, I had the Carrot salad, Mussels and Creme Brulee. Very well presented and service was spectacular.

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

Loved it. Food was delicious and beautiful.

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OT
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small but intimate - great food!

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

Once again we enjoyed an exceptional dining experience. Everything was great and we will return.

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RA
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious dinner before the symphony. Excellent, tasty choices on the seasonal menu. Our server also asked which venue we were attending. It allowed us to enjoy our meals at a more leisurely pace.

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K
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were wonderful! I was eating alone and was not “singled” out by a lack of attention. I would recommend it to anyone attending the theater.

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BY
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was acceptable. There was a large delay in service. I had to ask for my entree. Soup was not hot.

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JB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting, easy parking and very convenient before a show.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were 4 of us, and overall we had a very nice evening. 3 Short rib dinners and 1 duck. The entre was good, the desserts were good. The cauliflower soup was cold. Not just warm, but barely heated. Maybe warm the bowls first?

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G
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Her experience was very nice. The cuisine was good, but very limited in terms of seasonal menu.

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DL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the food and atmosphere of the Dining Experience. The service was a little confusing and there were a couple of times when we didn't know who our server actually was. At times we were very well taken care of and had fresh drinks, etc. At another point we couldn't flag down our waitress to actually put in the order.
Overall it was a good experience!

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C
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Almost everything about the Kauffman Center is outstanding, and I had hoped that would be true of the dining experience, but it did not quite reach the standards of the rest of the place. The bread was outstanding, but the rest of the meal was above average, but not outstanding. Still, I'd go back for the ambiance and/or a nice meal with a show.

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KC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Pomegranate Orange salad it was very good but was missing the Candied Pistachios, Moules Marinieres did not know that they were muscles but ate them anyway pretty good I had not had muscles before and I had the Chocolate Peppermint Outstanding. I also had the Artisan Cheese Plate that was great to.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had drinks and appetizers before 8:00 concert. Reservation was not available allowing time for dinner before show. But we were happy with drinks and appetizers. Next concert we'll probably do the same.

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DE
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The smoked Manhattan was a great drink.

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I
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phyliss is a gem with people and really set up a great evening. The food and atmosphere were great. Loved it all, little pricey but worth it! Great service

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j
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

As usual, the food was really good; and the wine was incredible. Unfortunately, our waiter seemed distracted and stressed. We were erroneously billed for a half bottle of wine that we did not drink. My husband had to contact the chef about the error, and we were told we would receive a credit, but this could all have been avoided if our server had been paying better attention.

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BD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dining experience was amazing!! Beautiful view with delicious food!! We couldn’t stop sending our compliments to the chef for the creativity and excellent pairing choices. In addition, the service was wonderful! I will definitely be returning!!

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A perfect start to an evening at the theater or symphony, with great presentation and great food. Our server Ryan was an asset to the experience.

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Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diner, and I thought everything was great! I’ll go back.

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

wonderful and eclectic dining experience! coupled with the sound of music!

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