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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)

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Bluestem Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

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4.6

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4.1

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for a Date (13)
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Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Tasting Menu (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Casual (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

An amazing meal!

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 (Key West)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 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!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 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.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 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

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely, just lovely. Pricy, but lively.

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 (Denver)·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).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (Kansas City)·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.

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 (Kansas City)·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!

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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 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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vip
 (Toronto)·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

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

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vip
 (Hawaii)·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.

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 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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 (Tahoe)·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.

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 (Kansas City)·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 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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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 6, 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 25, 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 22, 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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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great evening! Food was excellent and service was good.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 14, 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 4, 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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 (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 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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 (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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 (Kansas City)·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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