Nara - Kansas City

4.5
934 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
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 934 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 3, 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 27, 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 27, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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

Ladies night dinner menu is great. Good food

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
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 27, 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
51 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 20, 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 20, 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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Kansas City
13 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 15, 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 8, 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 8, 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
11 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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WH
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! We enjoyed the food and service

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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
17 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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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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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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