Le Fou Frog

4.8
2690 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French / American, European
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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
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Phone number
(816) 474-6060
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mano Rafael
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Cross street
Oak Street
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Parking details
Pull parking adjacent to Le Fou Frog.
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Public transit
Max - 5th & Grand
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2690 People Are Saying
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NH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal and the service was great! Very helpful waitress on suggestions and excellent wine pairings. Was a lovely atmosphere for a 1 year anniversary.

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m
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Seated promptly. Fine French dining edtablisy

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MW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Fou Frog is an unpretentious, outstanding French restaurant in the oldest part of Kansas City. Service is friendly yet professional, the décor is romantic, and the food is amazing. It's not only for special occasions, either, as prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food and service.

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NS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience. I am a vegetarian, and the chef created an entree for me that was amazing. I will definitely be requesting it in the future.

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C
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely always love Le Fou Frog. One of my two favorite restaurants in Kansas City!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Kansas City. They never disappoint!

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RR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Generally good food , but because lobster tails were very tough we down rated it.

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W
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and ambiance combination in Kansas City. Great drinks and service too.

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PJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem. It never disappoints. It is on the pricy side, to be sure...but it is so special, and so delicious, you won't regret your decision to dine there for a moment.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal with excellent service.

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s
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful multicourse meal. Really enjoyed ourselves. Wood go back in a heartbeat.

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SM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great, the service so-so. That's not what I expected or experienced before at Le Fou Frog
We informed the restaurant that one of our guest was allergic to seafood a week before our dinner reservation. But the chef failed to offer a pre-dinner tasting for that person. We were surprised since usually the restaurant/chef offered a vegetarian/seafood-free offering during previous visits. Also when we first sat down, the table had a note that said something such as in appreciation of our visit, dessert was on the house. But as we were waiting for our entree, the server came over and took the note. She said it was a mistake and meant for another table. I was surprised and thought it was rude even if the note had been meant for someone else. My entree alone was $62 so it wasn't like we were scrimping at dinner. Not so sure I will select Le Fou Frog the next time I'm in KC. There are other great restaurants in the area so I will likely try a few of them out before I return here.

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F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 6 long time friends in town for a convention of former TWA flight attendants. We were told by everyone we asked that Le Fou Frog was a must for one of our dinners and we were not disappointed. The mussels, frog legs, coquille st jacques and halibut were all perfection, and a waiter serenaded the room with One Enchanted Evening! When our taxi didn't come and we were stranded, an employee named Michelle got her own car out of the parking lot and drove us back to our hotel.....who does that? Unbelievable! Delicious food, wonderful ambiance, wonderful people.....GO!

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AG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. A little pricey but excellent food. Will definitely return.

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m
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were great and helpful with explaining the menu items. They were aware that we wanted to take our time and enjoy our evening. Our food choices were delicious - we really enjoyed the dessert! (of course) Looking forward to another visit to the restaurant!!

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JS
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating here is always a magical experience. The service, food and ambiance are all amazing.

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MC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Atmosphere. Great attentive service. Highly recommend.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service never disappoint!!! Awesome dining for any occasion!!!!

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e
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to restaurant for special occasions. Pricey and worth every penny.

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DE
Kansas City
123 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always excellent - Fadmir does some amazing, creative and delicious creations.
Kathleen is our new favorite server. Very helpful, knowledgeable and professional - her recommendations were spot-on. The Frog continues to be awesome in every way.

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J
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner at the Fou Frog is always a treat. Excellent French food in a comfortable setting.

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M
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Just an overall fun time. Service was outstanding. PLUS. Singing server adds that extra something that sets this restaurant apart from others

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J
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Service and food were amazing as usual! Atmosphere is lively on the weekends and the impromptu song or two by the waitstaff add to the experience.

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A
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, exemplary service. We enjoyed everything, from the casual Tmosphere to the meticulously prepared and presented food.

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MJ
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved our dining experience at Le Fou Frog. It was our anniversary and they treated us like royalty. Our waiter was knowledgeable and knew what the best food and wine were on the menu.

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GT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter John Pierre was more than happy to speak French with my 15 year old. She had the best duck she’d ever had and I had kangaroo loin for the first time. We will return.

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ST
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best French Restaurant in Town bar NONE! The food and service were amazing!!!

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KL
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barb and Mano and their staff are wonderful. We love it every diner is special. I love the patio makes me fell like I am in the South of France. Also love the fact I can bring my 4 legged friend to enjoy the patio.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, delicious food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a KC favorite. Never disappoints. Perfect steak, impeccable service, fun atmosphere, and chill vibes. No other place like it in town.

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f
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

After hearing how great this place was for years, I booked it for my Husband's birthday. I was a bit surprised that the actual menu was different than the one online. They did present a ton of "specials" on a chalk board - very difficult to read - that offered a wide variety. Our waiter was very knowledgeable. Service was a good pace, so we didn't feel rushed but allowed time to relax between courses.

The interior is a bit funky but actually refreshing. Our biggest disappointment was the food itself. I had a duck special. While the taste was pleasant, the meat was tough. The accompanying vegetables were good as was my warm goat cheese salad. My husband's steak came with french fries that we were assured would be crispy. They looked crispy but were very soggy and inedible. The steak was a sizable portion and tender but nothing to write home about.

Even though I had put on the reservation that this was a birthday dinner, there was no acknowledgement of it being a special occasion.

Overall, I expected so much more and with other French restaurants in town there really isn't any need to return here.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have made Le Fou Frog our tradition for several yearly events, and we love all the food and all the people!

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MP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service. Amazing ambiance. Very cool interior. The food, however, was average at best. We had a variety of items...lamb shank, scallops, appetizers and a couple other smaller items. None of them were good tasting. So, overall the place is a delight, except for the food; which is really important in a restaurant! I’d recommend the place for a drink or appetizer in the bar, but not a great place for dinner.

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AE
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening at Le Fou Frog! Delicious escargots, great service, and a surprise solo by a waiter.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A random Wednesday meal was highly elevated by the ambient tone of the restaurant. The service was wonderful and the food was better, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you do not order the escargot, easily the best I’ve had. Enjoy some bubbles outside on a cooler evening and you won’t regret one of the better meals you can have in Kansas City.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the large menu, good choices and nice wine list. Wish you were more mid town, I am in Olathe and it was a long drive, especially after dinner. Worth for special occasions.

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IF
Seattle
267 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was a first visit to Le Fou Frog. We had 4 courses. First the mussels Marseillaise, which was nice except for the "toast" which was hard and tasteless and covered in powdery Parmesan cheese, which did more to detract than enhance; we also had a charcuterie platter, which was good. The second course was mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and basil and was pretty good. The third course was the entree; peppercorn steak--very badly cooked (we asked for medium and it was very well done) and monkfish Wellington--also badly overcooked to the point where the texture of the monkfish had fairly disappeared. The fourth course was dessert: Tart Tartin, and quite good.

Service was unexceptional. Our server kept apologizing that she hadn't done x, y, or z whenever she came by. Plates were "plopped" down on the table with no attempt at explanation (e.g., especially for the charcuterie platter, which really did need some explanation--we finally caught our server who quickly ran through the meats and then also quickly ran off--to do what, we weren't sure because it was late and there were only two occupied tables).

In general, the food was good except for the main dishes, which were truly awful. Coupled with the poor service and the prices, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best French food in town...with great atmosphere and service

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E
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, exceptional seasonal menu, and great cocktails!

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M
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always on point. The drinks are superb. On Saturdays you can usually catch a small performance by a waitress or hostess. Beautiful voices! A must for any date.

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