Nara - Kansas City

4.5
948 reviews
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$30 and under
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About

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
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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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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Neighborhood
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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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 948 People Are Saying
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JF
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The sushi is awesome and the atmosphere is always lively and fun.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Cool bathroom sink 😂 Men’s and women’s bathroom sink connected

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A
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, great service, beautiful surroundings, good location next to theKauffman Center

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I just moved here and this was hands down the best Sushi we have ever had! Servers were amazing and attentive!

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Nara! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We had a great time on our date night and would go back again. We were able to walk to our next destination to listen to Jazz which was nice.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good sushi restaurant on Main Street in the Crossroads. It was about as I expected.

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BL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

I like Nara because my GF who has food allergies can usually eat there safely. The quality is good, the atmosphere is nice, and the location is awesome. This time through there was a few hiccups. It took about 30 or so min for us to get our dinner. While I don't mind waiting for quality, it just drug on. Also we had a LARGE bachelorette party sat right behind us. We had to listen to dick whistles be blown, talk about dick, hashtag this, hashtag that, getting my chair bumped over and over by various girls getting up and milling about, hearing their noise level literally take over the whole restaurant. It was really annoying by the end of the night.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nara is always fun but I was sad they didn’t have a better beer selection. Support local! There are several breweries close it should be an easy fix!

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MG
Kansas City
132 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

For the price I did not feel the food or drinks stood the value test. Service was great. Noise level was very loud - too loud for conversation.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always spectacular!

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PJ
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had a great time. Food was great and the service matched.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, live music, awesome ladies night menu and drink specials!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very fast service. It was loud, making conversation challenging, but overall very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately our food wasn’t awesome and was overpriced. My salad was bag salad with no dressing. Crab Rangoon was not good. Vegas roll.. not what I have had before. Actually pretty disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good value for your money! The service was outstanding and they sat us early.

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AD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nara for lunch was fantastic. We set the reservation ahead of time and were well taken care of during the course of our lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Bento Box lunch!

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NK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I were in a group of six. We were seated at a table that was small for six people. Other than being a bit crowded, we enjoyed Nara. The lettuce wraps, the miso soup, the beef and broccoli, and the sushi were especially good. I had a mojito with sake that was outstanding.

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DG
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food is great but it’s soooo loud. Seating is very tight, not the place for a private conversation. You also seem to get run over by wait staff frequently. Great value for quality of sushi.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was very slow..... we got there for 6:30 and it took 10-15 minutes before a waitress came to our table. Took forever to get drinks...... we left around 8:15..... took a while for a checks to come back and for our cards to come back. I’ll still go back as the food was amazing but disappointed with the service

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi! Great service! Only wished we sat on the window side.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ladies night dinner menu is great. Good food

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was cute. The section we were given was cute. Natalie had a fat booty lol my wife says. Hahaha. Love ya nat. Deuces

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OT
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Mr. Lobster roll was our favorite

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and portion sizes large!

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JS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great sushi. Really fun place. We had a party of 6, some with food issues (gluten/dairy), and there was something for everyone. The jalapeño popper roll was amazing.

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AN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The crab cakes had more breading than I like. Out of the 3 rolls purchased 1 was good. Not sure if the description of the rolls were great because the 2 that weren't great weren't what we were expecting. Overall, it was ok. I'm not rushing to go back.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit and Nara did not disappoint. First time at the happy hour which is outstanding. Will be back.

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RR
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nara has one of the best Happy Hours in Kansas City. Our group always enjoys meeting there.

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KE
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUKI, the server we were lucky enough to have is very good at his job. Wednesday is Ladies Night which is very busy.. But he was so professional, very energetic and made our table feel special. The food is great.. I know this BUT Yuki!!!! I'm still impressed by his service and it's been two days.

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KH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Nara, especially the Wednesday night ladies night specials...can't be beat! Great sangria, the veggie and Vegas rolls are favorites. Service is always good as well.

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OT
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place

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JE
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Came here for my husband's birthday since he loves sushi! And the food was wonderful! He loved his sushi and I couldnt get enough of my teriyaki salmon. Only issue was once we got our food, the waiter VANISHED! We watched him walk back and forth and even talk to the table next to us but we sat there for a while with our empty plates in front of us. No offer of dessert menu (which was what we were waiting for) or our check. When we did get our dessert it was a Lava cake.! Yummy! Not much lava but still so good!

We will come back because the food is just that good. We will probably dress a little better too, since it was a little more upper class vibe than we are use too.

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JH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service. Great food. Traditional Asian fusion type foods, but they add just that little bit extra to each dish creating a noticeable distinction that elevates their food above what you expect. We definitely will be adding Nara to the pool of our go-to restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
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 on December 7, 2018
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
14 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
7 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 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great house cocktails, and fun atmosphere.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 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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