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Nara - Kansas City

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852 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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 852 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Sushi for people that don’t know real sushi. Sashimi was cut wrong and everything seemed to have cream cheese. Waste of money!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Really enjoyed Nara and the quality of the food was excellent. The only issue I had was portion sizes on the Dinner entrees - some were very large while others were small. Makes it difficult to determine how much to order of other items.

Overall I recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was amazing! Server was pretty busy but attentive and unobtrusive, let us enjoy our meal

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always take time to listen to the specials. They are always amazing.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This restaurant came recommended and was disappointing on almost every level. The venue was funky but not aesthetically developed. Our server was friendly but did not explain the way sushi a la carted was purchased. The world over if you order tobiko or ikura sashimi as a side to a sushi diner they do not serve you 5 portions for $18. I understood that at this restaurant that’s the way it is. The sushi itself was mediocre; they seem to do a big business in rolls and it seems like sauces and rice prevail over fine quality. A large variety of mixed drinks and lots of young people eating rolls on a Thursday night. A far cry from the quality of a Sushi I am accustomed to in. New York. Exoensive and disappointing

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

My rolls though speciality rolls were made using very died out ingredients not freshly
Sliced and for $16/ per roll I would expect that you could take the time to freshly slice and prepare each item such as fresh jalapeños and oranges that goes into it since we were two people of four innthe total restaurant. I had both rolls presented differently than described and previously ordered. The food took far longer than it should have since there were no people even there. The beers were not the coldest and they were bottled. I was overly disappointed in the cost and the value presented. I had the sexy momma and river dance roll. The fish was not cold and that was concerning.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Service started a little slow, order not accurate but food was good.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great lunch date, the food was amazing, and the service was perfect!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The tuna and yellow tail were good but the rolls we had were rather dry without alot of flavor. The meal overall was still good. Our server was very good and was always around to make sure our beverages were full and we had everything we needed. She was also very personable. I liked the atmosphere and while we did not use it, the bar area looked like a cool place for groups to hang out. Also, kind of a random find for a sushi restaurant but they had really good coffee!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I am doing the Whole30 diet and had a special request for my dinner. the server was so pleasant and said it would be no problem! My dinner not only looked amazing but the flavors were amazing!! I really appreciated the restaurant and kitchen being so accommodating!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

NARA is always at the top of my list for sushi. Fresh, imaginative and delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Love NARA! Food is always good. Tried the lettuce wraps for the first time and they were best I’ve ever had. This night was a very busy night so service was a little slow, but certainly not bad. Will definitely visit again!!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I have been to Nara several times and never a bad experience.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great place for some sushi and red sangria!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food but your beer menu could use an overhaul! Catch the wave of the craft beer craze. Service was great as well!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had not been to Nara for several years and I left asking myself, "why not". The food and sake were excellent. Great service and ambiance. I want to go back again. Lots of great items to choose from. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Loved the live music. He was great. Server was courteous and quick. Food came out very quickly.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Will always be a favorite restaurant of mine. Love the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Chef Koji is the best!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our server was like a ray of sunshine and everything tasted great :).

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

the very best sushi in kansas city. I think I've been to all and this was the best service, the best sushi, the best value, and the most accommodating staff.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and service!

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Nara has become quite disappointing the last few times I've been here. This is evident by the fact that there were less than 5 tables at prime dining hours during this visit. Our server was good, but the food left a lot to be desired. The sushi tasted like the ones you buy at a grocery store for a quick lunch. It will take a lot for me to be back anytime soon. Something needs to change, otherwise I see a bleak future for this once great sushi restaurant.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was good! Drinks were good! I really enjoyed the Sexy Momma Roll. The Mango Tango roll was odd with the jelly like sauce on top. The service was BAD. Our waiter forgot to put in our food order and came back an hour later and retook our order. He brought us another round of drinks which he stated was on him. This was great, except he didn't ask if we wanted more drinks and we weren't in the mood for more drinks so we wasted two perfectly good drinks. I felt is was very unprofessional that we never saw a manager. We arrived at 7:30 and didn't leave until 9:30 due to terrible service. A manger never came to apologize.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Use to be so good. Had not visited in some time... unfortunately... nothing was very good. Nothing seemed fresh... just not good. Will be going else where for my next sushi craving.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall very good. Food was out fast, almost too fast. Kind of felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Sat at the bar - the bartender was very friendly

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Wife Birthday

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great time for Happy Hour! We were having a late lunch and didn't realize it was Happy Hour at 3 p.m. Sushi was amazing and we had dessert too. The Lava Cake and Rumchata cheesecake bites are wonderful.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The environment was pleasant, however, the tall ceiling and open design made for higher ambient noise level. The service was great and wait staff were very accommodating and professional. The food was absolutely excellent, good portions of fresh sushi with great presentation! This is my third visit and each time has been superb. Ideal place to dine prior to attending events at the Performing Arts Center or other downtown venues.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a selection of rolls and everyone was excellent. The service was very friendly and really made for an enjoyable evening. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

It was amazing as always!

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