Bluestem

4.8
1931 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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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1931 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.8
service
4.7
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Very pricey...small portions... limited menu.... great wine list

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Enjoyed the elegant presentation of the various dishes and the wonderful service provided by Awista! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Everything was wonderful and I threatened to take the chef home with me.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Few service issues during meal. Assume it was an aberration and not the norm

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We love to come to Bluestem for our anniversary, and it did not disappoint! Can't wait for next year.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Best restaurant in KC!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Amazing as usual. Service is typically impeccable but the service wasn’t as good this time. However service was still good. Still our favorite place in Kansas City.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Really lovely seasonal food and ambience, and really great customer service. Would come back again!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Perfection... Bluestem is superlative. Food was creative and delicious. Staff knowledgeable and appropriate. Atmosphere very handsome.

The week prior we had been at a Michelin starred restaurant. Bluestem was comparable quality — Michelin’s team should go to Kansas City as we did.

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Chose food and wine pairings. White wines were served at room temperature. Food quality was not consistent, some good and some bad.
Too pricey for what you get.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The food and the service were exceptional. I love this place!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This was our third visit to Blue Stem, with the others being over 3-4 years ago. We did the seven course tasting menu with wine pairings and cocktails to start. Overall, it was every bit as great as we recalled from before. The food quality is quite high and presented well. Service is outstanding and engaging. The courses are paced nicely, which is quite important to us in a restaurant of this quality. The wine pairings were great as well. Highly recommended if you are in the Westport area of KC and want a great meal.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

A few standout dishes (carbonara), but several service blunders made me feel like the money was not very well spent.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Don't get the fresh pea soup. It starts out great but the flavor it too much after the first few bites.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This place lives up to it's reputation. Take people who like to share - try everything on the menu. I never thought I would like foie gras but it was incredible served as a tart. Pork belly was the best thing on the menu, really outstanding. This is an eating event and they take their time to make your dishes perfect so know that going in.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

From start to finish this is one of the best, if not the best, dining experience we’ve ever had. We travel all over the world and I would say it would be very difficult to top our dinner at Bluestem. Absolutely a fabulous dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Honestly one of the best meals of my life! Food was exquisite, service was amazing, we will definitely be back hungry for more!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Absolutely fabulous! The food was exquisite and the service outstanding. While each course is a relatively small portion, in total it was the perfect amount (we each had the 5 course meal).

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

This is one of the best meals I've had in my 53 years on the earth, Paris, Tokyo, it rivals them all. Great flavor combinations - I live in Denver but will definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We were in town and wanted to checkout Bluestem due to Southern Living's recognition of the restaurant as the best in the State of Missouri. The food was amazing and we fully enjoyed the experience. Only complaint was the length of time between courses, we did the 5-course option and I think there was a tad bit too much time between and our meat course was hugely delayed (we noticed 2 other tables that had come in after us finish and leave before we got it). That was a bummer but would still highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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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