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About Michael Smith

Michael Smith is an Upscale Contemporary American restaurant in the crossroads district of Kansas City.

1900 Main
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
19th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 842-2202

Website:
http://www.michaelsmithkc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking in the Michael's lot across 19th Street during dinner hours only. Street parking is available for lunch.

Public Transit:
Just outside on Main.

Executive Chef:
Michael Smith

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Michael Smith Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Special Occasion (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Romantic (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Authentic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Worth the Drive (12)
Seasonal (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Cozy (6)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was the worst I have had in a long time. The pasta dishes are appetizer portions and the server said that should be plenty filling especially since we ordered appetizers. We told her we would start with one round of pasta and order more if the table was still hungry. However once the food was delivered, our server never asked us how it was or checked in again until she offered dessert menus which took her 15 minutes to bring the menu. Very disappointed, I would not return or recommend.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We ordered the 6 course tasting menu and each course topped the one before. A couple of the courses I would have never ordered if I had the choice, but I am glad to try. I cannot say one negative thing about our experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Someone from players in the food is excellent the ambience is very nice. Maybe it was just that night but it felt like there was a little less staff then we're accustomed to.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were looking forward to a new menu at Michael Smith - our prior experiences were good at this place, but never great. In the end - we paid quite a bit for very average food - a very much unedible dessert and ok service. We had appetizers - Tuna - how do you mess it up? You put seemingly expired gray pieces of tuna mixed in with some pink ones with white beans - a pairing so awful that it confusing to comprehend. Some of the pastas were ok, my cocoa pasta with duck was fine - yes, it was handmade, and it was unusual - but was it wonderful? No. My wife's chicken piccata was cooked well but tasted unbelievably bland. The dessert - we tried almost everything they had - was just god awful. I can't understand it - why would the chocolate tort be so rich, and yet so flavorless. The tiramisu was decent - probably the best thing we had all day. We got some drinks from the bar at Olivers - they were good. Overall - I want to like this place - the setting is nice, location is great - but I can't.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful evening. Met with the chef. Delightful conversation. Food & service outstanding. Our new special dinner spot.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Absolutely spectacular !! 3 best pasta dishes we may have ever had. Rabbit gnocchi, linguine carbonara & spinach orecchiette. Wow, unbelievable. And very nice touch that Michael Smith delivers one dish and has a little friendly chat, much appreciated.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

As always this restaurant doesn’t disappoint. The new pasta menu was so creative and we tried several of the and everything was delicious. Angie was our server and she is the best in the business!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday dinner. Very nice. Food was awesome

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff at Michael Smith made our family's celebration of our mother's 80th birthday an absolutely extraordinary and lovely affair. The food is delicious! We sampled all parts of the menu and loved everything. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had one of the best meals we have ever had in KC! The food was outstanding and every plate was wonderfully crafted.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Michael Smith's is one of the very few really great Kansas City restaurants. I wasn't able to spend as much as I would have liked this time (I stuck to soup and salad), but the food is beautiful, creative, extraordinary. One of the soups I've had there revolutionized my cooking at home--one of the nice things about Michael Smith's is that if you ask questions, people will find out for you what that spice is, how this or that was done. Michael Smith also greets his guests frequently and you get a chance to ask him questions, too. I've been looking for a new restaurant since The American closed, and of course, Michael Smith spent seven years there himself. He keeps those standards today as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Outstanding! Outstanding Service and the food was fabulous. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. It is a gem to be praised again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food and service are fantastic! Great Tuesday deals as well!! Chef came out and met with us, which was a nice touch!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The service and food was amazing! Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

in a premium restaurant.. we had an expectation of a higher level of service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We did the 5 course tasting menu. Everything was amazing!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wonderful KC dining experience that showcases authentic, handcrafted Modern Italian cuisine by one of the city’s first James Beard chefs . Fabulous ambiance, wine list, wait staff and geartof Crossroads location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Fun, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Authentic Italian food with great service. We did the tasting menu, and I highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It took forever to get our drinks and forever to reorder. Finally, a very nice manager stepped in and helped. My friends' meals were delicious, my cioppino was too fishy to eat.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was good and unique... I would definitely go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Always a delight. Perfect cuisine. Love new menu Modern Italian.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 27, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in town. The Italian nights are wonderful. Great food, great value!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We did the 6 course tasting menu, along with the wine tasting, and would highly recommend it. Friendly staff and great atmosphere, loved it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Outstanding. The food was tremendous. Service impeccable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Michael Smith's restaurant in its 10th year is in a renaissance as they convert to their Italian themed "Finding Guido" menu. New, delicious appetizers and entre items on the menu share space with amazingly redefined classic entrees to make one of the most interesting and consistent menus available in the KC food space. The food was great, the service was equal. The room is a pleasure. In KC, there isn't a better or more consistent fine dining experience.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My husband and I went to Michael Smiths for my birthday. It was truly an enjoyable experience! Our waiter was extremely pleasant and helpful when ordering and throughout the dinner. The food was spectacular!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We ended up here finally, after having talked about it for a couple of years, for a family birthday party. It was a hit with both the young adults and we of a certain age. Right off, I was pleasantly surprised by a nice wine list with reasonable prices on good wines. The food was outstanding. Because of the basic freight, the crowd was less hipster than I had expected but still diverse within its cohort. The hipsters appeared to be next door at a bar. Anyway, we liked the restaurant and intend to go back for another special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Recent change to focus in Italian cuisine was a terrific change for an already great restaurant!
The two us shared an order of foie gras - nice piece of foie gras, served with cherry sauce, cherries & figs - xlnt. We then shared an order of crab ravioli w/ shitake mushrooms, also superb.
Then shared an order of cioppino, also xlnt
KC has lacked a quality Italian restaurant for many years. This could be it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Mediocre at best. Small portions of overrated food. Little to no ambiance.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food here is creative and excellent. My group of six all raved about it. The service was great and the chef, very personable, came out to chat when we were seated. This is the best meal I have had in a long time and I try a lot of restaurants in Chicago. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Absolutely delicious meal.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We were celebrating my 30th birthday and we each had the 5 course tasting menu. The food was good and Chef Smith came out to greet us throughout the meal. I enjoyed the variety of foods we tasted, my boyfriend and I swapped plates on couple of courses to try each others food. It was a good experience.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 2, 2017

One of the best meals I have enjoyed for a long time. Masterful but not pretentious! My new KC fave!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Michael Smith is one of Kanas City's shining culinary gems. James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith is passionate about well-executed, authentic Modern Italian cuisine, including divine handcrafted pasta made fresh daily in the Michael Smith kitchen. Every detail is attended to in the MS experience, thanks to Chef Smith and his wife, co-owner/general manager and wine director Nancy Smith: Service, ambience, superb award-winning wine list and food. Located in the vibrant Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City (and conveniently on the KC Streetcar line), the restaurant is an urban treasure that attracts not only residents on both sides of the state line, but also visiting celebrities, politicians and VIPs. But Michael Smith is NOT just a special occasion restaurant (although it's lovely to celebrate any birthday, anniversary or other life milestone here)—it's a place to be savored Tuesday - Saturday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 6, 2017

There were three of us dining. We each did the 5 course tasting menu...but what was very special and fun was that each of us received a different course for each course (i.e., different salads, fish courses, etc.) so since we don't mind sharing (or a least a bite or two) over the course of the evening we tried 15 different items (some of which were on the regular menu and some of which were not)

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Was expecting a more grand, modern space. The floors are uneven causing our table to tip. Basic decor, seemed a bit run down. The food was great up to their fish options. I tried both the mahi & sea bass which were underseasoned & overcooked. The rabbit gnocchi & beet salad were sensational! Service was good & they comped our fish entree & a round of drinks. I think we'll be back to give it a second chance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

A wonderful find in KCMO. Service was excellent and not imposing. The food goes without saying... delicious, fresh, creative etc. no wonder it received James Beard kudos.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food was creative yet not over the top. Pleasant wait staff, attentive but not over bearing!
Great bottle of wine

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Restaurant was not busy at all. Absolutely no need to make reservations. Food was spectacular. Waitress was great, but I expected s tad bit more considering the price.

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