Nara - Kansas City

4.6
913 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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 913 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Although I made this reservation several days in advance, they placed us in an overflow area at the front of the restaurant near the door. Not sure I will visit again without calling directly to specify the seating location.

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C
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a good place for a date night. Not blown away by the food, but a good sushi spot for being in the middle of the country. Service was pretty great as well.

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RC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi, great cocktails, convenient location to the Kauffman Center and other downtown locations.

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L
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were a little disappointed. The prices for many of the items did not appear to have any real value, as the food was nothing super special. Our server was friendly and good feel to the place but the value was simply not there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great house cocktails, and fun atmosphere.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super great tasting sushi and half price drinks when we went on a Thursday. Service was quick.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing dinner and loved the crab ragoon sauce! My server did an awesome job, and was really knowledgeable of the menu.

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a double date to Nara and it was so wonderful! The ambiance of the restaurant is just quiet enough but still very exciting. The menu had so many wonderful options, including sushi, pasta, fried rice, and salads. Added bonus: the drink menu is delightful! Our server was so so so kind. Nara was an amazing experience, and my boyfriend and I are excited to go back!

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

Excellent food, stunning views and great service. The only issue was it was a little too loud for our taste.

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

Good atmosphere overall, but the sushi was bland. We tried the alligator tempura, mega roll, lobster roll, and a two others. The shrimp tempura was the best thing we tried and it had great sauces with it. If I went back I would get the shrimp tempura again and try one of their entrees instead of sushi.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously one of my favorite places! Diego is always amazing and the food is always so yummy! It’s been our go to spot for girls nights for 3 years!

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NK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was quiet with music playing at a low enough volume not to interfere with chit chat. The decor was natural industrial with brick walls, exposed venting, wood ceilings and floors and large cylindrical metal lights with geometric cutouts. Very nice!
For appetizers, we had the lettuce wraps and romaine salad. Both were huge in amount and excellent in taste. One in our group had the combo, and his sausage in particular was excellent. Someone else had the Korean BBQ beef bowl, and it was good but not outstanding. I had the teriyaki trio, which was a little dry. The salad that came with it had excellent romaine lettuce but was otherwise nondescript.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was lacking but didn’t bother us too much just noticeable but great food!

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R
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nara has become one of our favorite sushi spots in KC. The staff is incredibly friendly and fast. The sushi is fantastic, but the variety of other menu options (try the salmon!) means everyone can find something they like.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Our table was ready when we got there and the server was attentive and helpful. Sushi was good and the garlic beef and broccoli was amazing. The beef was so tender and the flavor was awesome.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. High prices but worth it. Definitely will be back.

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t
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nara always is the best place for sushi that my wife and I love to go to. Thanks for always being so consistent! Don't change a thing!

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c
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

overall i love nara but i think it’s too expensive. which means i can only enjoy it for special occasions

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EK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Food was great and timely. We ordered a ton of sushi, and it arrived in a boat! Literally a boatload of sushi! Great time all around. Highly recommend a visit.

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GW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another stop on our mother/daughter Sushi tour with friends

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let’s just say, the night flipped to awesome as soon as my husband and I walked in. Food and service were on point! Love this place!

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TM
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ambience was loud, but enjoyable. We were still able to hold a conversation. There was live music playing. Very delicious food, didn’t enjoy the crab Rangoon, but the lettuce wraps are a must have. We shared an entrée, since we ordered two appetizers and that was more than enough for two people. will definitely be returning.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I went in with high expectations from the reviews... this place was not anything special and the sushi was mediocre at best. Our waiter couldn’t recommend anything because apparently he wasn’t even a fan of sushi or sake? not impressed at all

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NP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Waiter was very nice- so was the hostess. The Happy Hour prices were incredible- seriously spent half of what we thought we would.

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m
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with a work colleague and business partner for sushi after trying other restaurants nearby. Overall very impressed. Cocktails, appetizers (lettuce wraps), sashimi and rolls are very fresh and tasty. Waiter was very attentive and friendly.

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e
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside seating was perfect. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. The food was well presented and prepared. We’ll be back.

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ED
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first of many visits to come! For years I've been wanting to come here and, FINALLY, when the opportunity presented itself, it definitely didn't disappoint!

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends for their birthday. Fabulous!!!!!!

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k
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as usual! Service was fantastic and the food came out super quick. Overall a great place for a quick eat with friends to get together.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

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

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L
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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BB
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AY
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KC
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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SM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience and service. Will definitely return!

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great place , fresh sushi , easy to make reservations

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OT
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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

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JH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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