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For 2
Sat, 2/17
10:00 PM
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Booked 9 times today


1889 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Romantic (17)
  • Good for Anniversaries (13)
  • Fit for Foodies (13)
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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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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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 for catering information.
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Cross street
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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 When requesting more information, please provide the following details so that we may better serve your private dining requests:

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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1889 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined a day ago

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

vipThePotholeQueen (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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!

4.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

vipbrewedbehavior (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

Amour (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely, just lovely. Pricy, but lively.

Ace1 (Denver)
5.0  Dined 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).

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined 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!

Pradeep (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 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.

Naevermiend (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

vipCodyDale (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 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!

Nick (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipBEKC (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipABinOP (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined 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).

vipOpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined 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.