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About Le Fou Frog

An eclectic French bistro tucked away in historic river city market area in downtown Kansas City is a local favorite serving 4 star traditional & contemporary food in a fun filled atmosphere. Chef/proprietor Mano Rafael works with seasonal ingredients to create an ever-changing chalkboard menu. The vast menu selections & wine list offer many choices for varying tastes & budgets. Check out La Fou Frog's reviews from Kansas City Star, Pitch Weekly, KC Magazine, Ingram's Magazine, the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Zagat & chowhound.com!

400 East 5th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French / American, European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday 4:30-6:30

Cross Street:
Oak Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 474-6060

Website:
http://www.lefoufrog.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Pull parking adjacent to Le Fou Frog.

Public Transit:
Max - 5th & Grand

Executive Chef:
Mano Rafael

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Le Fou Frog Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (64)
Special Occasion (54)
Good for a Date (51)
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Good for Anniversaries (51)
Romantic (47)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Authentic (44)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Cozy (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Fun (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Casual (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was excellent and service was also excellent. I went during Restaurant week and the portion was very small. Left hungry. We were told it was better to just order off menu and I would advise that if you are expecting dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

Glad to revisit Le Fou Frog after many years of absence. Excellent food, well prepared and beautifully served. Restaurant Week choices were varied - I especially liked the wild boar.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Had a reservation but had to wait 30 minutes for a table. The restaurant was more crowded then we anticipated and it made it very noisy. The restaurant was very dark which would have been perfect if you wanted to have a romantic candlelit dinner but it wasn't great for an evening out with friends. The poor lighting made it difficult to actually see our food and appreciate the amount of work that went into making it.

It was a nice experience to try but we won't be going back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

If this is a contender in your search, look no more - book it now! We tried this for restaurant week and it was amazing. Food & service were excellent. We will definitely be coming back.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

Restaurant week...so probably a little louder and less special than normal, but still awesome

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and drinks! Will always be the top of my list for a date night or special occasion!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

our favorite anniversary or special date restaurant, fabulous service with incredible food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our Birthday Celebration at Le Fou Frog was so special. The food was so tasty, filling, and perfectly made. The restaurant is charming and the staff are all genuinely warm and kind.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration at le Fou Frog! Our server was fabulous and so was the food!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was there on a special New Year’s Eve date. It had been several years since I had dined at Le Fou Frog. I was so delighted to see that it was still as charming as ever with exquisite food and service. Even on a popular and busy night such as New Years they made us feel so special! I hope to be back soon and more often and will be suggesting it to friends and family!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had friends in town for New Years Eve and decided to try out Le Fou Frog. It exceeded our expectations with food and service. The cozy ambiance was perfect for a special occasion and talking with great friends. Our server, Jill, made excellent food and wine recommendations. We will certainly be back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our 'go to' spot for New Year's and Valentine's, as well as other occasions. Food and service are always great, even during special occasions.
The Filet Le Fou and twin lobster tails in champagne sauce are my favorites, as is the lobster bisque, but I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu. The Mousse au Chocolate and Creme Brulee are always great too.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Le fou frog is my favorite restaurant in KC. It's a hidden gem. The patio is lovely in good weather. I would recommend it to everyone

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Didn’t look like much from the outside but when we got in and seated it was great. Great food and service. I had the rack of lamb and it was awesome. My friend had the sea bass and she felt the same. I would defiantly go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very nice French authenticity, ala carte style menu with a great wine list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We introduced our son and daughter-in-law to Le Fou Frog while they visited us over the holidays. The food was amazing and unique.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great Food. Was very busy and reservations are recommended. Quirky atmosphere but charming for what it is. Very unpretentious for the cost and quality of the food. The wine list has good options from value to high end. We went for our anniversary and it was a little loud/rowdy for this occasion but the food is amazing. We will go again but maybe not for when we want a quiet and romantic evening out. Would be a great place to go with another couple or friends and order several dishes to share. The quality is incredible and I wish we could have tried more items on the menu. The portion sizes are a lot more generous than I would have expected for the quality and type of food. For my wife's first experience with authentic French food it was tremendous. I will get her to try the Escargot next time I am confident that the quality will be there so that she will have a good experience. The Service could have been better but it was very busy so I try to be a little more forgiving in that situation. It didn't seem like neglect it really seemed like too much going on. For the price and quality I would have expected the wait staff to have fewer tables so the could focus more on the patrons. It was a weeknight and it is possible that it was busier than they expected. Overall it was a good experience but I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic evening out as I don't think that is really their forte. Next time we will go with friends and not worry about the atmosphere. Hopefully this doesn't sound negative because I can't say enough about the food part of this experience.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My girlfriend and I went here for a date. So cozy and vibrant inside, feels like a New York City restaurant. Halfway through dinner, the whole restaurant sang Noel Noel together as we dined on the 23rd. Overall, a wonderful experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Le Fou Frog is always fantastic! Great food, great service - it never disappoints! Would recommend this restaurant highly!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Foie gras was incredible. Tuna app is a must. Filet Le Fou if you enjoy surf and turf.
Jean Pierre was a delight.
The evening was topped off by a joyful song.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were in a hurry because of a theater event and they got us in and out and the food was amazing.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was exquisite, excellent choice of wines and service staff was wonderful. We enjoyed our evening and will be going back very soon.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in the city. The food is authentic French cuisine bistro style. We did the holiday tasting menu this year which was wonderful and I would recommend trying it in the future. We love this restaurant for special occasions or not! We just love it!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Mano and Barbara never fail to amaze at the good and enjoyment put forth when dining at Le Fou Frog.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The atmosphere and food are excellent. Fantastic staff! If you're not familiar with French cuisine, they will gladly help you through. My wife have been there many times over the years and never have had a bad night.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. The atmosphere/building is a little run down

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Never disappoints! Dishes were fantastic. We had the short ribs...falling off the bone, very flavorful and perfect accompaniment of mango chutney. Filet Le Fou was delicious too.

Had the tuna tartar app for the 1st time...wasabi infused roe...must try.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I love this restaurant and think they serve some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. In addition to the great food, the atmosphere is cozy, friendly, relaxed and not pretentious like some really good restaurants can be. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu in addition to serving in a timely fashion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fantastic! We had the scallops which were amazing. The staff is awesome and made our date night seem like a special holiday!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is our favorite Kansas City restaurant. The food is always fabulous and we love the ambiance. This visit was especially enjoyable because of our attentive waiter, Calvin. Thank you, Calvin. You made us feel so special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were celebrating our first official anniversary, and we could not pick a better place! The atmosphere, the crew, the food - everything was so fantastic! It's no place to bring your vegan friend, but they have some of the best French food we know of. Quaint and unsuspecting from the outside, inside you're welcomed into a friendly place with character, and a staff to match. The food is filling, with a standing as well as daily updated menu. I highly recommend the escargot to start, I have yet to find an entree that wasn't superb, and the deserts can meet all pallets. This was just our visit this time, but they also have an unbelievable happy hour! I cannot praise Le Fou enough, and looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always a perfect meal. Great wine list, wonderful appetizers, main courses plus specials are always perfect. The Christmas dessert is something you have to experience to believe. Cannot describe how tasty it was.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful ambience. The onion soup was flavorful, perfect with the warm bread. The seafood special options were difficult to choose from. Loved the Sole Cardinal! The Bouche de Noel was a delightful treat!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

this restaurant never disappoints. Food is very good; wine reasonably priced and good. Service is wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was our first time there and it was absolutely wonderful! We were in France last summer and it compared beautifully.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Haven’t been in awhile. The food is still wonderful!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was good, but not as good as we expected.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent dinner with my lovely wife. The ambiance was cool, like being back in Europe (kind of a hole in the wall feel). The service was incredible, authentic, and timely. The food was outstanding! Compared to other nice dining venues that serve small portions, Le Fou served hearty portions and we left with excellent leftovers. This will likely be one of our go-to venues for evenings out without the kids. Well done Le Fou Frog.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Le Fou Frog is the cozy French Restaurant that has it all. If you want steaks - the steak au poive is excellent, or better yet try the Le Fou filet. Seafood - it's always unique. The menu always changes but you can count on this - it's a fun place with good wine, great food, and great service. By the way, don't be afraid to ask the servers a question about the menu. They are there to help. Our waiter said, "Relax, we're in no hurry, it's French".

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic experience. The tuna tar-tar and baked Brie were incredible as was the salamon in a saffron sauce and the desserts!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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