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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, 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

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:
Colby Garrelts

Additional:
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 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)

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Seating is limited in our intimate dining room featuring our exclusive three course Valentine's Day dinner at bluestem with optional wine pairings. The bar at bluestem has open seating all night with ala carte menu options and valentine specials. Dessert & bubbles is also a perfect end too ... xo

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Bluestem Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Tasting Menu (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Fun (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined a day ago

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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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 24, 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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·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 14, 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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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Staff was incredibly helpful, food exceeded all expectations, and the overall experience was truly exceptional. We will be back next time we are in town.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is the best restaurant in Kansas City. Phenomenal food, superb service, and not pretentious or stuffy. First rate experience.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Loved Bluestem! We went there for our second anniversary since I knew it was more expensive and had true courses. We did the 5 course meal and I did the wine pairings. The food was excellent, it was everything I had heard of and more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great evening! Food was excellent and service was good.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was good
Everyone nice, I'm so happy

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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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·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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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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 (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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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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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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 (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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 (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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