Nara - Kansas City

4.6
884 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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Nara is your favorite Japanese Sushi restaurant in Kansas City. We are walking distance from the Sprint Center and we sit directly on Main and the KC Streetcar route; with a streetcar stop right in front of Nara. Our menu is a variety of sushi, sashimi, seafood, salads, sandwiches, noodles, stir-fry dishes and seasonal desserts. Our fresh sushi and sashimi are prepared by our talented Japanese trained master sushi chefs, Koji and Fumi! Our unique robata menu features chicken, beef, locally made sausages, scallops, shrimp on a stick grilled to perfection. Nara also offers weekly dinner, sushi and wine specials. Call us for To Go orders - Nara prepares beautiful sushi trays to take home for your at home or business parties! ZAGAT rated: America's Best Japanese Restaurants
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Lunch: Saturday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sushi bar open Monday through Thursday 11 am to 11 pm; Friday & Saturday till midnight; Happy Hour menu available 3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Saturday; Reverse Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 10 pm to close.
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Phone number
(816) 221-6272
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Max Chao
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Catering
Come enjoy Kansas City's new urban elegance at The Event Space at Nara. Featuring over 4,000 square feet of stunning exposed brick walls, gleaming hard wood floors and soaring ceilings with a dramatic downtown view as your backdrop. The Event Space at Nara is sure to make any occasion extraordinarily special. Nara can cater from 25 guests to 200.
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Parking details
Nara offers complimentary parking to our guests. Parking is available to the north of Nara and to the east of the restaurant. There is free off street parking available as well after 6pm.
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Public transit
Kansas City Streetcar stop outside door on West side of Main Street.
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Entertainment
Nara offers a variety of entertainment weekly from the experience of dining at the sushi bar watching the finest and most talented sushi chefs in Kansas City to enjoying the different entrees available from our unique and broad menu. Matt Shoaf is live in the house each Wednesday for Ladies Night Out from 6pm to 9pm. First Friday each month is our most popular night; LIVE music from 5 pm to 8 pm. The most unique display of sushi; only at Nara; Body Sushi. This display is from 9 pm to 11 pm.
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Special events & promotions
Can seat 180 guests. In house catering and bar packages.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 884 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Food is mediocre at best. Manager was rude. Server was clueless. Live entertainment was wonderful. Ambiance was great.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

First trip to Nara. Really enjoyed it, will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We love this restaurant... food is excellent, service is excellent! The wait staff knows your name when you walk in. They are accommodative for special requests. Everything is VERY fresh! Love it!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Awesome sushi, large menu. This is our favorite date night sushi place. This was our 3rd visit and still didn't get to try every thing that we wanted to from the menu. Great service, we pointed to another tables sushi and our waiter knew exactly what it was and told us all of the ingredients in it. Nara's is worth the drive in from Topeka, worth the money for amazing sushi, and worth it for the outstanding service from hostess, who saved us sushi bar seating, to our waiter.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

This is my favorite place in Kansas City. The food is great, the prices are good, with an excellent Happy Hour (early & late), a great Ladies Night (all night on Wednesdays) and specials every night. I LOVE IT!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

First time here and loved the Nara take on a Bloody Mary! Spicy tuna roll, spring rolls and fish tacos for the Halpy Hour menu were great! Wonderful place to reconnect with an old friend. Loved the outdoor seating option.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Birthday for my girlfriend. Good food, nice waiter, pretty chill atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great dining experience and service. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great place , fresh sushi , easy to make reservations

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Don’t know why they have to play loud music. Just keep it background

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great experience! Excellent service and great food and drinks! I eat here a lot and always want to come back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

great happy hour prices and sake, food decent but sushi the best

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Date night with my love

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was good. Our server was not.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

My friend and I wanted to try someplace different. We found this in a random Google search. We were quite impressed with the atmosphere, the service and most importantly, the food. Our server was very helpful in helping us decide what we want to eat. The pan fried Ramen turned out to be a great hit. A nice juicy selectio my friend and I wanted to try someplace different. We found this in a random Google search. We were quite impressed with the atmosphere, the service and most importantly, the food. Our server was very helpful in helping us decide what we want to eat. The pan fried Ramen turned out to be a great hit. A nice sushi selection also. I plan on returning and bringing more friends.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great sushi and Pad Thai. Server was great and overall experience exceeded expectations.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I enjoyed my dinner but wife wasn't looking forward to sushi after being pregnant. They were out of spicy tuna at 6p on a Saturday... I'm not sure how that even happens.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our service was awful. Our table felt totally neglected always needing water and waiting 30 mins to receive our checks. The food was over priced for the mediocre taste. Not a great experience for my friends 30th birthday.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Busy, service somewhat slow but good drinks, live music, ladies night so everything was cheap. Tried a bunch of new stuff, all really good. Great place.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

As is evident, we did make a reservation but were told we did not have one. It was a very hot, humid evening so we did not want to sit outside as was initially offered. fortunately, we were offered indoor seating a 2nd employee.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Lovely night out for girls night - even with a coed crowd. Great food and service. Music was a little loud for the space.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Everything was great good food good experience good drinks and a very helpful server!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We got a engaged here and have a special place in our hearts for Nara. Great food, good ambience and service!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Been here twice. Once for college graduation. Once for a birthday celebration. Food is amazing. It doesn’t get better than this for sushi and oriental. I only have one complaint. Noise level. I wear blue tooth hearing aids. Very hard (extremely hard) to hear here and it would be nice if they had a quiet section you could request. I was picking up clanking of dishes, people talking, etc., and had trouble hearing my waiter plus my friends at my table. I always hate it when I’m in an environment like this no matter how wonderful the food. I wanted to choose this place for another birthday, but because of this issue, I chose a different restaurant. Oh, and I have top of the line hearing aids. In most restaurants I have no issue unless it’s an extremely noisy restaurant. Usually in a higher quality restaurant, this is not my issue. It was a shame that this is the problem.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Love this place! Great KC Crossroads landmark!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We love the outdoor seating at Nara. The menu is pretty mediocre. We usually order sushi and there isn't anything on the menu that you cant live without. It tastes good and fresh, but not outstanding. Our service was good, but nothing to brag about.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Couldn't possibly rate this higher

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very disappointing food, too much soggy rice with the rolls, sushi not as good as to go sushi from grocery stores.
Place looked dirty and tired. Service was fine.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We love ladies night and have for years! We keep coming back because it’s that good!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great service and experience. Food was amazing, as always.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent service, authentic Japanese food and sushi, and a fun vibrant atmosphere. Everyone can get something they like here - not just sushi. Bento Boxes are always a favorite. Never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was good. Service was great. Thanks Andrea!

In at 5:30 & out in time for our 7:00 show. Great location to park and walk to Sprint Center.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Selected this restaurant based off of many glowing reviews. We left feeling underwhelmed. The food was just okay. The service, while very nice, was slow. We had a reservation and still had to wait 15 mins past our reservation for our table. Pricing was what I would expect for this type of restaurant. Atmosphere was nice. Would I go back? Not likely.

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The waiter Marcos was impatient and not informative and offered no one that could give us detailed information. When food came out not as expected he informed me that I could NOT send it back or replace it with something else, because I picked it. It was at that point I told him that I will not be made to pay for or eat something that I do not want. The manager came out and allowed me to order something else but the experience was horrible which made the food not enjoyable. I love Nara but I will NEVER allow them to set me in Marcos section.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

My wife and several of her friends, small group, about 4 went there in the middle of the week. The sushi seemed to be a bit on the dry side, as if they had cut the pieces earlier in the day and they dried out on the edges. We patronize several local sushi places, and while it was not bad, it did not live up to the reputation and not worth the drive from the suburbs. Again, not bad, just not worth the trip and higher prices we normally see in other sushi bars.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Son visiting. Going to concert

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Truly had an exceptional experience. Our terrific server, Janet, skillfully and happily guided us through the menu including creating special orders for us. Very cool historic building, great food, great time. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We love Nara, especially ladies night! Great specials on rolls and drinks.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I was impressed with the menu items I received when I ordered the sashimi assortment. Thick gorgeous cuts of octopus, fish, and shrimp. The price, also with a glass of wine, was more than I wanted to pay but I was happy overall. I am happy I decided to try Nara a second time. The first time was not a great experience and left me feeling lackluster about the place. I’m happy I came back.

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