Brown & Loe

4.6
667 reviews
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American
Set in Kansas City’s historic City Market, Brown and Loe Restaurant’s inviting atmosphere is a blend of “big city” bistro with the welcoming casual flavor of a neighborhood favorite. Housed in a former Merchant’s Bank constructed in 1920, the restaurant honors the architectural details of the two-story building which features a façade of plate glass and verde marble floors and walls.
In the 1940’s, Brown and Loe was originally a produce broker with offices on the second floor of the Merchant’s Bank building. The new Brown and Loe Restaurant celebrates the techniques of curing, pickling and smoking meats, beautifully interpreted into marvelous American comfort cuisine. This is a true local venue, evidenced by the restaurant’s allegiance to the resident farmers and food artisans who supply most of the restaurant’s fresh ingredients.
Brown and Loe Restaurant is the second dining concept introduced by Harry Murphy, owner of the City Market’s popular Harry’s Country Club.
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SN
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered off of the RW menu and swore it said "butter lettuce " was served iceberg lettuce instead & was never told they were out & needed to substitute it.. The shrimp & grits tho flavorful I really wish the shrimp had been grilled but it was the same texture as "ready to eat" shrimp you buy in the supermarket.. Just a Tad bit let down

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l
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Parking is terrible in the area. We were sat near the front door and the cold air coming in made it so cold that I wore my coat thru the meal. Portions were small. Food was rather bland

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PD
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite breakfast/brunch place in KC. Even better their brunch was part of restaurant week. Attentive, but unobtrusive service, delicious food and a great atmosphere.

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BC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited for KC Restaurant week and the place was packed. We had a 7:45 reservation, showed up on time and we were seated immediately. Our server was great and took awesome care of us. My only complaint, and it's really nitpicking, was about the Shrimp and Grits meal that I had. I feel like if you are going to have shrimp in a dish that you will be covering with a thick tomato based sauce, the shrimp tails should be removed. My wife had a steak and it was cooked to perfection and had great flavor. We would definitely go back for another round outside of KCRW.

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L
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing KC Restaurant Week experience on a Saturday evening. This spot is in a really cool 1920's bank building. It is setup more like a diner though. It is not a fine dining establishment and was a very poor value at $33/person for KC Restaurant Week dinner. For $100 + tab we expected more. Not to be seated in a middle section with people's butts in our faces that were seated at the bar. Not to have a Shrimp and Grits entree with only three tiny shrimp. Not to have a grilled sirloin that was more like mystery meat. I would try it one more time for breakfast/brunch if visiting the City Market on a weekend. But this is way too loud of a spot and not comfortable for a date night dinner. It's right on the streetcar line, so appeared to be a popular destination for drinks and apps at the bar before moving on for the night.

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L
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our absolute favorite brunch spots! The biscuits are HEAVENLY.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wanted to try something new for our date night. My old fashioned while we waited was good. The service was good and the food tasted great. Timing was good, we didn’t have too much time between courses. I had the rye manhattan during dinner and it was good as well. The only dislike we had was that it was very loud.

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MR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was superb but it’s load, which we expected. The steak that I had for restaurant week was tough and tasteless. However, the salad, side and dessert were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Food was alright.

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OT
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful downtown restaurant with very thoughtful, well trained staff and serves and a gem of a manager, Josh!

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GJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and friendly staff. Our waitress was always smiling and seemed to care that everything was perfect. The food was cooked exactly as requested and tasted great! Definitely coming back!

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OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Brown and Loe is a great place to get drinks and apps, but the entrees fall a little short of the bar. The service and atmosphere is fantastic though!

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JR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The food and service were delightful. We will be back!

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OT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week dinner menu was awesome!

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BB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We liked our lunch. My only complaint was that it was the temperature was cool when we first arrived.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved trying this for KC Restaurant Week! Great vegetarian options, and great dirty martini! The smoked gouda Mac and cheese was amazing. Was a little loud, but it's to be expected in an upscale diner-like place. Will be returning!

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall, the experience here was good. The food was fine. The service was fine. I would not go out of my way to go here again. The pretzel is pretty basic and the butter lettuce salad is nothing special. The grits were the best part of our meal -- fluffy and light. The bison sloppy joe tasted like just chili between bread. The desserts were my favourite part of the meal -- the brownie and bread pudding were both not too sweet or heavy, making it the perfect ending to the meal.

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ML
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Restaurant Week 2019 ordered the shrimp and grits, very lack luster. The description listed spanish chorizo, shrimp, greens and roasted tomato sauce.. I hate no chorizo, and 3 shrimp which none of it was seasoned. I usually enjoy lunch there but not this time

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V
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to Brown and Loe for restaurant week. The service was fair (nice waiter however, waited a long time for food even though there were not a lot of people there). Menu was heavy on pork, and RW menu did not have a vegetarian option. The pumpkin soup was really good, the chicken sandwhich was greasy.

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T
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, great food and service
Shrimp and grits were a favorite

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VK
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was fancied up burger type place. The prices were way out of line for the offerings. The restaurant was clean and upscale and the service was great.

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k
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was great. Will dine here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly at a nice table and had a wonderful server. The food was great and we were able to get in and out quickly over the lunch hour. Can’t wait to go back.

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E
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brown & Loe has never disappointed when it comes to incredible food and service. Located in the heart of the Rivermarket, B&L is a dining destination you won't want to miss.

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I
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our second time dining at Brown and Loe. They always have unique cuisine dishes featuring mainly local products.
Very beautiful building and setting.

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n
Kansas City
261 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate here on a recent Saturday night. We'd eaten here before and enjoyed it. They make a tasty rye manhattan. We started with the crab tots and they were good but the pickled onion really made the dish. My companion had the "mac and cheese" with shrimp. He really likes it. I had the meatloaf. Wow. If you like meatloaf (and i do), don't miss this one. And we finished with the brownie ala mode. Don't miss that either. Parking can be a little bit of a challenge, but not bad. The service is friendly and professional. They have nice wines by the glass. It can get a little noisy when it fills up, so keep that in mind. We first ate here during a restaurant week a couple of years ago and have been back since we like it that well.

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AH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Great place to be able to have a conversation while dining. Would recommend.

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C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location next to River Market. Easy parking. Nice wine list.

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J
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great three course NYE dinner! Food is superb. Service was good once we were seated. Little delay getting seated, even with a reservation.

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JB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friend and I went for NYE and the entire experience was great! Delicious steak Oscar!!! I’ll definitely be back!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

New Years Eve dinner. Delicious!

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C
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I LOVE Brown & Loe! It's delicious and not overly expensive. We've not had a bad meal there and keep going back! :)

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JC
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good meal and service

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BK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance, seated immediately with reservations, great food/wine, good portions, friendly service. Just a bit slow to get our first drink - could've used another bartender. Full house & comfortable. Not pretentious at all. Great place!

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TH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

I would give it a better review except we were seated about 5 feet from the door and froze the thru our entire meal. It was maybe 24 degrees out so we didn’t understand why they would use the table that constantly opened blowing frigid air on us. It completely changed our experience. Personally I feel on such a cold day, a table so close to a door should not be used for paying customers.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with our first experience at Brown & Loe. We went for lunch and had the meatloaf and pork tenderloin sandwich, both highly recommended! They have a nice wine list and an even better cocktail list with both traditional and eclectic drinks. The service was fast and friendly, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is perfect for the location.

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p
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

the evening was almost flawless. service and follow up on everything was great. only issue was in food preparation. sent meal back to redo steak and came back still not as it should be. however, they did apologize and accommodate us with two complimentary desserts for our party of 4. definitely worth every dollar we spent.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place in the River Market Area. It never disappoints. Cocktails are great and the food is awesome !

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The salmon was meh. Under seasoned and just not a great plate overall.

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