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About Bluestem

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.

900 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Roanoke

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 561-1101

Website:
http://www.bluestemkc.com/

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.

Parking Details:
A private lot is available directly behind Bluestem with access off of Roanoke Street. Ample street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Longres

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our event coordinator 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, or 10 course tasting menus. If you would like more information on event coordinating please contact Susan Kane, our event coordinator 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 or Occasion

•Number of Guests

•Any additional information regarding your event that may assist in event planning

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Bluestem Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (11)
Tasting Menu (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Authentic (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Late-night Find
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food5
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service3
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Bluestem is perfection. They adjust beautifully to food restrictions. The service is just right and the food can not be better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing! Wonderful to watch the open kitchen and hear about each course. Highly recommend the wine pairing!

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was good
Everyone nice, I'm so happy

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and great service all while accommodating my wife's gluten free needs. I would say Blue Stem KC is a formal setting though I never felt out of place. The servers were very friendly and eager to help us with the menu and the multiple courses.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for my wife’s birthday. Everything was perfect!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything was so delicious until the entrees came. We got both options, a pork dish and a ribeye, that were both disappointing.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food and wine. Definitely recommend for special occasion as it is on the expensive side.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfectly fine. Not what you'd find in more established dining cities like Chicago, San Francisco, or New York, but good. The food service was way better than the wine service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Amazing! What a gem! Such talent in the entire restaurant from the hostess to the chefs

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Fun, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful wine pairings and tasting menu with a delightful interpretation of the flavors of fall ;each dish a small plate symphony of flavors and textures. Can't wait until we return to kc for an encore

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food is amazing. Loved the hamachi crudo and the ribeye had so much flavor. Can't wait to go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was amazing. 10/10 would definitely recommend.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Bluestem is our favorite restaurant in KC! It's our go-to for anniversaries and other special occasions. Brilliant chefs and impeccable service. Highly recommended!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, People Watching, Romantic, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Amazing food and experience. Top notch service. I dined there with a Chef and she was extremely impressed. They accommodated us a vegetarians and made us feel special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Amazing, wish it wasn't so expensive. Dinner for two was around $200

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Bluestem is widely considered the best restaurant in Kansas City and their preparations are original and well conceived. I couldn't help thinking, though, that four entrees is a very limited selection for a costly meal. Being gluten and lactose free, I chose three courses that fit my needs. My main course however, scallops, was not something I would normally choose. Other fine restaurants have gone out of their way to provide creative adaptations. For example, instead of simply ignoring me when offering the bread choices, some restaurants actually offer me gluten free rolls and win my undying admiration.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We have dined here 2 times, once in the bar area and once in the dining room. I prefer the bar area due to the huge difference on cost. You have to order from a set menu at a starting price of $75 in the dining room. The highlights were the braised rabbit pasta dish and the zucchini cake dessert. We also had the ribeye, which to our disappointment, was very chewy and stringy. The pork belly was chewy and dry as well, I have had it other places before and it basically melted in my mouth in other experiences. Wish we has dined in the bar area with more variety and a much more palatable price.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great! Love it there! Going back soon, enjoy everything about BlueStem

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

I just love Bluestem and tonight was no different. We celebrated my girlfriend's birthday and the food and service were both terrific. The wine pairings were excellent and took us on a journey all over the world. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food, presentation and service in this restaurant is spectacular. By far it is the number ONE restaurant in Kansas City for fine dining - nothing else compares!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 8, 2017

Absolutely fabulous from the minute we walked in until we left. It had been several years since my spouse and I had dined here and we were not disappointed. Every dish is both a work of art and a pleasure to one's taste buds. It is no wonder they get national attention.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 8, 2017

One of the most professional - yet unstuffy - meals we have ever had ---- and we have been to at least 50 Michelin star restaurants. The food was so so good, that we plan to go back and do the same menu again - before it is changed!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Blue Stem is always a wonderful place to dine. The food is beyond creative and delicious. The wine list is superb, and the choices for the pairings are perfect. It's a treat to sit and watch the kitchen as all of the courses are prepared. Everyone from the moment you walk in are courteous and knowledgable. We recently dined there to celebrate our first year anniversary. They had special menus created congratulating us. That was a super nice touch. You can't go wrong choosing Blue Stem for dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Awesome, just awesome. Loved everything about this place.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 5, 2017

We've been here a few times for brunch and enjoyed each time. This was our first time trying the their five course dinner. Overall we thought the food was fair. The chefs seems to be heavy handed on the salt and I could barely finish my scallop dish because of this reason. The food overall wasn't anything memorable. I do have to say the desert was my favorite!!! We didn't try the wine pairing but the cocktails we ordered were excellent! I'm glad we tried their dinner once but I don't think we will go back for dinner any time soon.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Incredible food and service. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 27, 2017

IMHO, best food in KC. Great wine experience. Awesome service. Top of the list!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Love this place. Everyone should go at least once. Will continue to go every chance I can. Best restaurant I have ever been to.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Outstanding food and service! KC's best since 2004. Parking is a negative.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Unbelievable! This is what perfectly authentic looks and tastes like. Staff was eloquent yet approachable. Wine pairings put it over the top.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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