Kauffman Center Dining Experience

4.5
530 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Café
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Hours of operation
Open for dinner any night there is a show at the Kauffman Center. 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 then that will not allow you enough time to enjoy the whole experience. We also offer a small plates menu for guest arriving late to enjoy a quick bite.
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Phone number
(816) 994-7222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Laura Comer
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Catering
The Kauffman Center offers in house catering for your special events. For more info, please contact Lisa Voss at 816-994-9213
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Cross street
16th St.
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Parking details
Kauffman Center offers both valet service and underground parking.
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Special events & promotions
The Kauffman Center offers a great space for special events. For more info, please contact Lisa Voss at 816-994-9213
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 530 People Are Saying
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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

The dining experience was great. It was my sister's birthday and we went to the restaurant before the symphony. We had the valet parking right by the restaurant, checked our coats all right there by the door. We will be back.

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CR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I have visited the restaurant numerous times since it opened. It is much improved this year and this was the best meal/experience I have had there and am very impressed.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

3rd time going. Least favorite visit. Staff was timid and seemed not experienced.

Food was my least favorite menu this go around. A salad that consists of spinach, olive oil, and orange slices is boring and tasteless. Entree and dessert were pretty good.

Wine and cocktails are extremely overpriced. Wine is cheaper but noebody wants to spend $15-20 on one cocktail no matter how fancy it is.

Overall a good experience but I think a steak should always be on the menu.

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JG
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town over the holidays. Everything was fantastic!

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L
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Just wanted to give you my feedback from dining experience.
It was very disappointing.
For starters We ordered carrots and cauliflower soup,
carrots was served extremely cold, more likely directly from refrigerator, had some grains on the plate as well --had no taste. it was like eating sand .
Cauliflower soup was ok but had No seasoning at all. nothing, no salt, no pepper.
Second dish was duck and ribs. Same as other dishes, NO seasoning at all.
Duck was too tough, ribs were good, soft and tasty. Side dishes should have been warm but to our disappointment it was cold.

Overall, we have been very excited to try "THE BEST SHEF" in Kansas but unfortunately after trying his food will not be coming back.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good with great presentation on the desserts. Service was horrible. For the cost of dining here we could have dined 10 other places close by with a much better atmosphere and way better service. Disappointed doesnt cover it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Great food, ambiance, and quick service!

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to dine here before evening performances at Kauffman. We’re surprised at how many people aren’t aware of fine dining on site!

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RC
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience before our show, unique food with an incredible taste.

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OT
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Kaufman Center and we were so glad we took advantage of the Dining Experience. The staff was so friendly. Wonderful selection of wines and cocktails. The food? Fabulous! I had the duck breast and it was cooked perfectly and the flavor was wonderful. Salad to start and creme brûlée for dessert. It was just the perfect meal prior to our show.

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb date spot. Dinner was excellent. Quite conveniently located for a meal before a show.

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RM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is quite delicious, varied, and creative. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was afraid it would be so-so because of the limited number of menu options. Not to worry. The small number of options manages to maximize the possibilities of s small menu. Everyone found dishes to delight. Both the small plates and three course dinners did not fail to please. I must also say the wine selection proved luscious as well. My only disappointment was the coffee, which was rather week, flavorless, and cold. I expect those deficiencies could be remedied by simply asking the server for stronger coffee. It was a French press, so one could easily put a little more coffee in it, and perhaps let it steep a little longer. Is there such a thing as a cozy for a French press?

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S
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas festival and tried the restaurant and lived it

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and good atmosphere for an anniversary getaway. The ballet afterwards was outstanding...
Overall great evening! Server did a great job.

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c
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Kauffman Center restaurant. The wait staff was awesome and the food was great too. I would highly recommend before a performance.

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CW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Accommodating staff. Very good food. Felt special but still relaxed.

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DK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Maybe one more entree. Not a fan of duck so only other option, short ribs...might have chosen a fish or chicken if available. Loved the dessert!

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j
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We found the short ribs overly fatty and mediocre in taste. The "new" dinnerware was obviously designed only for appearance and not for function. Things wanted to slosh out of the dessert containers, silverware wanted to slide into soup bowls and dinner "plates"...in general, we found ourselves laughing at the design.
The soup was tasty and the server attentive. Eating at a location that removed driving to the performance was the primary plus, but does this mean the chef believes there is a captive cliental?

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BM
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at the Kauffman Center restaurant before the George Winston performance with some friends. The food was great and the staff was personable....BERT

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OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seasonal menus just keep getting better and better! I had the carrot salad which was delicious and beautiful. For the main, I had the short rib and aligot. It melted in my mouth. My friend has the duck which looked incredible and she said it was delicious as well. Lastly, I had the banana bread waffles. I’ll be coming back just for those!

The servers are always so kind and welcoming and the cocktails are beautifully presented!

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EE
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner very much! The food was very good and the service was outstanding! It was so convenient to eat right before our show. A fantastic evening!

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OT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Kauffman Dining Experience was excellent. Such a pleasure to park the car once and enjoy a leisurely dinner before an event. Wish the atmosphere was a bit more cozy, but it’s beautiful never-the-less. Service is always impeccable. Food was better than we have had in the past. Beautiful!

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B
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful from start to finish!

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W
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. They accommodated us even though we were late for our reservation. The food was delicious and served promptly. Our server Ryan did an excellent job. Highly recommend it for someone for a special pre-show dinner at Kauffman.

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p
Kansas City
104 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a friend's birthday, lovely dinner, recommend splitting the three course meal unless you are starving, $12 Share plate but we were glad we didn't have to leave dessert on the table if we were too full to enjoy it. All courses were wonderful and the champagne float for our birthday treat was amazing, my new fave drink. Service was very nice and they keep track of time for you so you have adequate opportunity to freshen up before walking a few minutes to find your seat at the event down the hall, highly recommend this experience

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J
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Menu was interesting but difficult to understand, and the selection would not appeal to some. Server was not much help.

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

This is the second time we’ve dined here prior to seeing The Nutcracker. The service was great and the food was amazing. The short ribs were to die for and the chocolate mint dessert was fun. It’s a very good value for the atmosphere and convenience when attending a show.

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MO
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Inventive cuisine well done...perfect for pre-show dining at the Kauffman Center. We enjoyed the entire meal from it's beautifully artful plating to the perfect portion sizes served up in this sleek and modern dining room.

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CZ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Get ready to spend $40-50 (Preset menu) per person and be aware that the menu/option for kids is very limited.

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JB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Eaten there several times but overall not as good food or service and higher prices

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CS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good opportunity to dine prior to Symphony event, especially with cold,rainy weather, being able to park in Kauffman garage, not having to be out in weather for entire evening.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

congratulations to the chef! surprised by the chef’s food expertise & food presentation

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SB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience prior to the symphony. Food was served professionally, presentation was wonderful and we will be back again.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

there is not much availability for quiet conversation.
as we age hearing is a problem, and this restaurant is noisy.
so relaxed dining is a challenge with the noise of the dining room.
however it is very nice and handy to eat there before performances, the food good, service good,
choices of the proposed options have been good even when we have had the same options on several visits.
the main problem is the noise level. l would not eat there if it were not for the performances we go to after the meals. the noise level is just too high. music softer and better this visit than previous visits.

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TH
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect place to go pre-performance. The staff is friendly and professional and the views are the best in the city. I love the menu that has never disappointed in terms of creativity and taste.

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OT
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine at the Kauffman, it gets better! In addition to the good food and service, it is so great to go there before a concert and not have to worry about the rush to find parking or get into your seats in time for the concert. It makes for an all around great evening of relaxed entertainment.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Beautifully presented and delicious food in a space with a fun vibe. Service started out rocky but recovered eventually.

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with great atmosphere. Thank you!

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C
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall wonderful. Only “complaint” would be both salmon and duck were slightly too salty.

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