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About Nara - Kansas City

Nara is your favorite Japanese sushi restaurant in Kansas City. We are walking distance from the Sprint Center. 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

1617 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sushi bar open Monday through Thursday 11am to 11pm; Friday & Saturday till midnight; Happy Hour menu available 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday; Reverse Happy Hour Monday through Saturday 10pm to close.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 221-6272

Website:
http://www.narakc.com/

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. We have a DJ Friday evenings beginning at 10pm. Brodioke (unique karaoke) every Monday night at 9pm. Matt Shoaf is live in the house each Wednesday for Ladies Night Out from 6pm to 9pm.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Max Chao

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, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Can seat 180 guests. In house catering and bar packages.

Nara - Kansas City Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Good for Groups (15)
Happy Hour (15)
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Hot Spot (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Casual (11)
Fun (11)
Romantic (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Spicy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
People Watching (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Cozy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Vegan (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a wonderful meal with my girlfriend on a busy Saturday night. No issue with my reservation, was seated right away, waitress was new & young but did a good job. I asked about a sushi roll not on the menu, she went and asked the sushi chef & he said yes, he could make it. Great sushi & cool downtown view to the North where we could see Christmas lights on the high rise buildings.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Healthy
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·Dined 5 days ago

Never been a huge fan of eating Sushi, but both times I been to eat I loved it! The variety to choose from is perfect! Drink mixtures are perfect too! Totally be back soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is me and my boyfriend's go to place for Sushi! And we LOVE SUSHI :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was excellent, but service was a bit slow probably because they were very busy. We visited on a Monday night.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sushi was well proportioned, fresh and tasty. Had all Nigiri sushi, although the menu had many more options. The service was a little slow at first but then had a nice rhythm. We were in no hurry so not an issue. It is loud but on Saturday night in the city I wanted some excitement. Love the urban feel of the building, lighting and ambience are great.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We went to Nara at 5:30 on a Friday for happy hour before an opera at the Kauffman Center. We enjoyed a few appetizers off the HH menu and shared some entrees. Our server was very attentive and the food was on point! Sushi was very good. Will definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Live Music, Spicy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great dinner and drinks before the Lady Gaga concert! Loved the Ladies Night specials and music!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great availability, service and food quality as always!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great deals on ladies night! Not many choices on the ladies night menu but they were good basic sushi and drink choices if you are looking for a good deal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good experience in KC. Large number of Sushi choices from mild to wild. Appetizers are aplenty, enough for a meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

SO LOUD YOU COULD NOT HEAR OR TAlk!!!
Food was fair. Champagne cheap!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

For the most part it was good HOWEVER our table was surrounded by flies. We literally killed 5 flies and after informing the waitress she brought us magazines to kill the rest. Smh the cook even sent a plate with a fly on it made out of sauces. Probably won't be returning.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Amazing service, the portions were very well sized, the atmosphere was delightful. The food was delicious, fantastic place to try new things!

Tags: Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great food, lots of variety,
we are able to try new and different drinks.
we are also able to get different rolls and share. this way we can try many different kinds..

The atmosphere is great, it is a short walk from the Sprint center and Power and Light.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Met a friend for ladies night cocktails and sushi. Love the atmosphere. Our server was attentive but not overly so. She was also very knowledgeable about the menu and able to confidently answer our questions. I would absolutely return. Only minor negative was the live music was very loud. Our table was a good distance away from the musicians yet we still had to strain to converse with each other. Overall great experience though and I will return!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This place never disappoints. Soooo good!!! The only problem is I get too full to eat all the stuff I love.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Best sushi in town!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was our first time there and we enjoyed it. We had the Kung Pao Chicken and a Lobster Love Roll. Both were very good.
I was a little disappointed in the crab rangoon. They were small and not very hot. They arrived very quickly which made me think that they were premade or had been sitting in the kitchen for a while.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. It has a varied menu which allows a sushi novice, such as me, a wide selection from which to choose.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

First time at Nara on a rare date night with my GF... pretty incredible sushi! Always heard it was the best, and it didn't disappoint. Nice service and cocktails too.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our second time here. We discovered the first time that a reservation is almost required or you can sit at the bar which is what we did our first visit. I made a reservation on open table and gave our information to the host and were seated promptly. The happy hour specials are good and sushi is always a great choice. Had the shrimp shumai and crab Rangoon as an appetizer and only 4$ each during happy hour, so yummy and such a great value. We had the sunrise roll and the lollipop roll which were also fantastic! However, toward the last 30 minutes of our visit, our waiter completely ignored us. He kept going back and forth speaking to another customer, and would not come check on us or bring us the check. At the beginning the service was good but then greatly declined. Once we got home, I received an email from open table saying Nara contacted them that we were a no show for our reservation... which was irritating. Overall a good experience except for the poor service and no show email. Will still go back for the great sushi rolls and happy hour!!

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We went for our 6 year anniversary and it was amazing. Sushi was amazing, the chef was awesome, our waiter was awesome, and overall this is the best sushi restaurant I have ever been to.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Not as busy as it used to be. Arrived at 6:30 on a Friday night and it was pretty much empty until about 7:30/8:00. Food was very good, as was the service.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was excellent and the server we had was great too. My girlfriend and I were sat next to big group of people who were making it really tough to hear each other as well as hearing what the waitress was saying. The sake list could have been a bit more extensive to include Apple, plum, or lychee bottles. I had the coconut-lemongrass which was very good. Would rather have gone with a bigger group so that we could have drowned out the group next to us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was mediocre, especially for the price. It was a Friday night but it was super loud, with a guitarist RIGHT NEXT to our table. So loud we couldn't hear each other. Will likely go to another sushi place in the future.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great decor / ambiance. Food was delicious. Great service. Always a good time.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We were at Nara to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It was Wednesday and we had some great sushi from the special ladies night menu and great live music. It was a little loud but we were seated at a cozy table and did not have trouble talking. We were worried about parking but got lucky and a spot opened right when we pulled in the lot. Service was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I normally would have given this five stars but a few of the sushi rolls we had were just OK. Otherwise we've always had a great culinary experience here at Nara.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Some of the best sushi I've had.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

OK sushi. Not sure why it's so highly rated as I've had better in other cities. Maybe it's the best in KC. Good service, nice ambience.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Love this restaurant and bar. Could really improve the place by making upgrades in the little patio area. Cool space but lacking ambience.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

one word. AMAZING. We were served by Marcos. He was energetic, funny, charismatic, and knowledgable! I went with my family for my 21st birthday and he recommended some awesome Sake, which I had never had. Marcos told us all about each dish and chatted about the type of meal we were looking for. Absolutely amazing service.
The only thing to note is that you should be prepared for high pricing. But it is SO worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food and great service! The Beef and Broccoli was amazing.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Sushi always good! Our table was by the door to the patio, and every time it was opened it slammed shut. Staff thought it was funny, fix the door it's very annoying. The experience was not very good.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Good food, good service. BUT really need to do something about the door that goes out to the patio. Horrible LOUD BANG every time someone goes in or out. Bad dining experience for anyone unlucky enough to sit at the table next to the door

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Amazing sushi!!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Family in from out of town. Lovely time.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Always Awesome! Great service and great staff! It's such a cozy spot for any occasion!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Casual, Live Music, Cozy, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Amazing atmosphere, place was packed and a little loud but Wednesday specials are fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Drove past our regular sushi restaurants and several others to try Nara based on its current popularity. Went on a Tuesday evening and it was really loud with younger professionals from the area well into happy hour. The biggest problem was that service was slow and inattentive. When your appetizers (one cooked) arrive before you drink order put in upon arrival, there's an issue. Our server finally checked back in on us to apologize for the wait for our sushi order but left the empty appetizer serving dishes there and walked away. We had to flag someone else down just to refill water glasses. The sushi itself was good but nothing beyond what you can get at your favorite place closer to home.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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