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Welcome to Bluestem, where award winning Chef/Owners Colby & Megan Garrelts invite their guests an unforgettable culinary experience with an intimate dining room, exquisite cuisine & remarkable service. The unique menu features Progressive American cuisine & new varieties of American desserts. Bluestem strives to constantly evolve the menu making this restaurant one of the top restaurants in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO 64111
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dining Room: Tuesday - Saturday from 5:00pm
Bar: Tuesday - Thursday from 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - Midnight
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 4:00-6:00pm
$50 and over
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bluestem restaurant offers numerous possibilities - whether you like to entertain a select group of guests, host a large event throughout the entire restaurant or bring the bluestem experience to your home.
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A private lot is available directly behind Bluestem with access off of Roanoke Street. Ample street parking is also available.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our event manager will work closely with you to tailor an event according to your dining preferences and our seasonal menu selections. bluestem has several menu formats available for private events ranging from our hors d’ oeuvres selection and 3, 5, 7, or 10 course tasting menus. If you would like more information on event coordinating please contact Susan Kane, our event manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. When requesting more information, please provide the following details so that we may better serve your private dining requests:
Date of Desired Event
Estimated Number of Guests
Additional information regarding your event that may assist in event planning
Preferred Event Location (Bluestem, Rye Plaza, Rye Leawood, or Off-Site)
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Bluestem Ratings and Reviews
Great dinner. Wait staff were at bit grumpy and not too happy when we asked to move because our table was very cold. Seems because of that all other tables received a selection of little cookies with their bill. Not us!!!! A bit troublesome for me Such great inventive food deserves a more professional staff. I will still go back but maybe when the weather is warmer
Worst value in the city. The Amuse Bouche not amusing at all (2 out of 3 items deep fried and if I want sth deep fried there are much better places in KC for that), and despite the provincial opinion: Liverwurst is nothing fancy (you get a pound for 2 dollar at Aldi). The rest of the dishes, so la la, nothing excites the palate above average. The soup way too sweet, the pork belly way too fat, the steak almost well done (!), the dessert subpar, the service just o.k (had to refill my wine glass once myself). The only really good dish was the scallop dish. Kudos to this one (but one out of seven that is a terrible hit rate for a 100 dollar per person excluding drinks bill). Again despite the provincial opinion just because you use forceps when arranging a dish and the portions are small, that makes it not automatically fancy. It needs to excite the palate which means other aromas then just salt and fat. Makes me miss the “American Restaurant” even more. Go only if you don’t have to pay yourself, but even then there are much better places in KC than this one. Wine list ok, but no great deal either to make up for the food.
This was our second time, the first time was fantastic all around, this time was underwhelming experience especially for the price. We chose the 7 course menu with wine pairing for a special birthday. Cost was $190 per person + additional for pre dinner drinks and + of course more for tax/tip. The food was very good, the wine was OK especially given the cost. Not sure if the 2oz pours are worth cost/glass on average especially since we thought wine was mediocre (we have the list and we looked up those we liked ..). Enjoyed our time there but felt as though it did not live up to what we were expecting overall (cost, service etc).
Food was good but not spectacular.
For the price you should be blown away.
We were not. The best thing in the menu and I would go back just for this was the house made pasta and rabbit. Spectacular!
We had the 5 course meal with wine pairing.
One wine was so horrible it tasted like medicine.
The cost 170.00 per person.
Alas we will not return.
We've been to Blue Stem before and they never disappoint. The food is always outstanding and we always enjoy a 5 or 8 course meal, with wine pairings of course. This is definitely a place for foodies if you love, appreciate, and are willing spend some money on great and unique food. We've even seen other notable KC chefs dining there. There's no doubt we'll be back.
We had excellent service and the food was wonderful. Big highlight on the menu was the ricotta cappelletti with braised rabbit, but all of the courses were tasty and beautifully presented. We had some diners with food allergies, and our server was happy to check with the chef to make sure there were no problems. At the end of the meal, I asked if they did a chocolate martini (which they do). This was perhaps the best mixed drink I've ever had (but maybe tied with Cafe Trio's espresso martini?), enough so that I let everyone at the table try it!
Really amazing dinner. We all got the tasting menu with the wine pairings and all the courses were fantastic. How is it even possible for all 7 courses to be so good?! We left full but not stuffed and looking forward to another occasion for a splurge dinner at bluestem.
We did the three course pre fix and it was perfect with the wine pairings which made this more of a special experience. Next time we go back we’ll opt for a bar table so we’re not tied to multi courses. We loved the bar and pre dinner cocktails. Dining room requires reservations and bar does not.
One of the best tasting menus my husband and I have had, if not the best. The marinated heirloom tomato was such a surprise and had amazing flavor and the scallops were divine. I don't often leave reviews but this meal was so excellent, I had to spread the word.
Although a 30 minute wait past our reservation time normally would mean unhappy customers Bluestem's staff more than made up for wait. Apologies were made and when we were seated we were given the choice of any available table. The manager came over and apologized and offered to buy us our impossibly yummy cocktails. The cocktail in a bottle was fantastic. What followed was a delightful tasting menu made to perfection even with an allergy at the table. We especially liked the pasta course. The wine paring was creative and explained perfectly. On a return to trip to Kansas City this would be our first place booked.
We have made Bluestem our "go to" for our anniversaries. This year was even better than in the past. First, I told them it was our anniversary when I made the reservation (usually don't do that). Upon arrival the hostess wished us a happy anniversary. Then, upon receiving our menus, we saw a Happy 30th Anniversary across the top of the menu (as we left, they returned the menus as a keepsake). What a great touch!
The service at Bluestem is incredible. They are attentive to everything and you never have to ask for anything because they notice when anything is needed. We each did the 5 course tasting menu and I did mine with the wine pairings.
As always the presentation of the food is wonderful. Better yet, each and every course was fantastic. I love the way they explain the ingredients and preparation of each course. The wine pairings were perfect. The sommelier told me why he'd chosen each wine, where it came from and something about the grape in the wine.
I honestly cannot think of one negative about any aspect of this experience. Some might think the expense is too much, but for the service, food quality and overall atmosphere of Bluestem it's a bargain to us. Cannot wait to return!
First time we had visited. Went there for a special occasion dinner and were not disappointed by either the food or the service, both of which were excellent. We might not have tried it except for a reward certificate through Open Table. Price is high for the surroundings, but food is certainly of a very high quality and innovative. While portions were not overly generous they were certainly adequate without being wasteful.
Absolutely amazing! My wife and I dine here multiple times a year- and this is hands down the best restaurant that I have ever been to. I do not say that lightly as I have been to high end restaurants all over the United States. In my profession I have worked with amazing chefs as a restaurant manager. This place has it all. Amazing, unique food; 5-Star dining experience and service that backs it! Cannot say enough about it! Worth every dollar you spend! A must stop in Kansas City!
The food is simply amazing! I love the tasting menu the variety of the food as well as the wine pairing! The Cozy, romantic place that you can spend with friends, family, date. They constantly check on you, explain every dish, all people help you I absolutely love it.
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