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Bluestem

4.7
1907 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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, inviting bar and lounge and 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(816) 561-1101
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Colby Garrelts
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Catering
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.

Please contact susan@ryekc.com for catering information.
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Cross street
Roanoke
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Parking details
A private lot is available directly behind Bluestem with access off of Roanoke Street. Ample street parking is also available.
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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 susan@ryekc.com. When requesting more information, please provide the following details so that we may better serve your private dining requests:

Name
Telephone Number
Email Address
Date of Desired Event
Event Occasion
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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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1907 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful meal at Blue Stem! One of the best we have had in Kansas City. Amazing and delicious food and great service. We will definately return!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Went for a birthday dinner, meal was exceptional, the service was personal and fantastic. 100% would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great experience, as always! Tremendous food, excellent service, and fantastic setting.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Consistently, the best fine dining experience in KC. Highly recommend the wine pairings. Great for special occasions - we go about once a year - but wish we went more.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

They personalized a menu for my friends birthday, and made it very special. We also did the 10 course tasting menu...UNBELIEVABLE!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The Tasting Menu is a must for foodies. The five-course had just the right amount of food and care with both preparation and wine matches were first class. An enjoyable evening with a number of pleasant surprises. The tasting menu matches some of the best in other countries but this was more expensive than other world-class ones enjoyed in the last year in France, Canada and New Zealand.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Delicious food but service is too casual for fine dining. Wine took a long time to come even though the restaurant was not full. The bill was presented abruptly after dessert was served. Coffee was not offered and the port had not been delivered. Service and do not seem to mesh. The service is more appropriate for the bar area next door.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We continued our every three month visit to Bluestem. We have found the wine selection to be unique. Taylor has continued this tradition. We had the five course meal which we think for us is the best choice. I have tried the three course and it is great the portions are larger but if one of the three selections is not to your taste, well need I say more. The first course we both had the soup which was very good (needed a straw but I used the bread). Sopped up the remnates of the soup with the bread. 2nd course we had the pasta my wife liked this very much me not so much. They have changed their policy so that you may now take two of the third or fourth courses which is what I did. I am not a big fish fan I know I know it is good for me but. I had the steak and the pork which were both excellent. However, the pork did have a little too much fat for my taste but it was still excellent. Of course Megan's desserts need no additional praise. The only thing that I would say here is that the last section of treats before one leaves is that the carmels have gotten smaller but they are still awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was good, but the wine pairings really put this dinner experience over the top.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Have been going to Bluestem with my wife for many years. It never disappoints; always beautiful and taste exceeds expectation every time.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The dinner was amazing and great for a special occasion. My husband and I ordered five courses and we both received a different item for each course allowing us to try everything. The food was creative and beautiful.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had a lovely evening at bluestem. The service was excellent. We loved the small courses and slow pace of the meal. The wine pairings were also excellent. Several of the courses were outstanding, a couple were disappointing. I simply can't embrace the trend of barely cooking meats. I also felt at times that the dishes were trying a little too hard to be unusual or unique. That said, I would return and thoroughly enjoyed the majority of my meal.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

An amazing meal!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent service, very attentive but not over bearing. Excellent knowledge of the spledid food choices and wine. A comfortable, laid back but exquisite dining experience

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This was our first full experience at Bluestem and it was fantastic. The menu had items that I wouldn't normally chose, but I decided to go for it and it was well worth it. We went with the 5 course option and each of the 5 courses was delightful. The portions were just right, for me, my partner was full after the 3rd course, but she powered through. The servers were great, very kind, helpful and personable. My date went for the wine pairings which were presented by the manager, Taylor, and she was very pleased with the whole experience. Our entire meal, with drinks, was quite pricey, for me at least, but I feel that the value is more than there. The quantity and quality of food was worth every penny. I would highly recommend Bluestem.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My husband and I have been to Blue Stem for their tasting menu many times over the years. It has always been amazing. This time, however, it was good but not great. Certainly not what I would expect at this price point.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Awesome as always. Taylor the wine steward/director was great.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My son and I went for his birthday, and they made the evening very special. This is probably the 6th time I have been here, and it never fails to impress!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for Valentine’s Day and heard rave reviews. We aren’t afraid to spend money on good food. When we got there, we were prepared to drop $$, but we weren’t drawn in by the menu, so we got the 3 course meals. It was good, and we enjoyed it. The food was quality, but I didn’t think we felt like it was worth the value. Neither my wife or I were satisfied with our meal to the price point. The service was solid, the wine selection was great.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

This is my absolute favorite restaurant in KC.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always the best for romance, holidays, special occasions and anyone who truly appreciates top notch food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for Valentine’s Day. Magical evening - everything was perfection! Bluestem never disappoints, it’s a GEM!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Overpriced for both quantity and quality. This was for valentines day dinner with a set menu. Drinks were exceptional and best part of meal

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food, service and wine were great. My only complaint was that we were a little rushed. Seatings event on Valentine's should not be scheduled 90 minutes apart. 2 hours should be the bare minimum.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely, just lovely. Pricy, but lively.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The service and food were some of the best I have ever experienced. We celebrated our anniversary here and the ambiance was perfect for a romantic occasion. This was our first time at Bluestem but the service made us feel right at home. For such high quality cuisine it was a very relaxed setting and in no way intimidating. We had all our questions about the meal and service answered. We knew that we were going to embellish so be prepared to enjoy without concern for the bill.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and that’s high praise coming from me. I’ve travelled extensively and have experienced top notch dining from acclaimed chefs and restaurants including several on the “World’s 50 Best” list. Who’d have thought I would find such tremendous food (that’s not BBQ) on a weekend trip to KC. Execution and presentation were world class. Bonus: try the Thai spiced whiskey hot chocolate if available at the bar and prepare for the best whipped creme you’ve ever tasted (this was a fortuitous accidental drink order).

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

sat on the restaurant side. good service, hit or miss cocktail menu, overall small portions and unimpressive flavor for the money. soup starter decent, rabbit cacciatore starter good, pike and scallops just ok, pork belly bland, sirloin very good, chocolate tart very good. in this price range, there are better options. I've heard the bar side offers better food and maybe better value.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great chefs! The tasting menu was full of flavor and unique. I have celiac disease and they did a great job accommodating my gluten free request, and I still had many options! Our only complaint was it was confusing finding the entrance!

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Server was dull but educated. Food looked great but slightly underwhelming, just needed some salt.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2018

The service is poor and I was expecting fine dining with polished service. Waitress accidentally knocked glass of water but did not apologize. The host yells out thank you from somewhere in the back instead of being at the door. Just poor manners.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent everything. The best restaurant in Kansas City hands down. Perfect for a romantic evening.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic experience at Bluestem celebrating a birthday! The attention to detail in the food, wine selections, attentiveness of staff, and everything from start to finish was unparalleled. A truly understated and fantastic dinner!

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2.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Always a fantastic meal at Bluestem. They seemed a bit short handed and service was a bit slower than normal - but just gave us more time to enjoy our evening.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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).

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Hadn’t been here for several years and it was phenomenal all the way around. Food and professional staff were top notch. The rabbit is an absolute must try. Few, if any, restaurants on this level of cuisine in Kansas City. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

My brother and I's birthday was made unforgettable by our experience at bluestem. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

I had the foie and the pork belly the birthday lady had the rabbit and the loin. All the food was excellent and works of art.

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