About Café Trio

Hip & glamorous, Café Trio blends outstanding cuisine and cocktails for an award winning “Come as you are” casual fine dining experience offering the perfect “Trio” of great Local Food, Art and Live Music. The Starlet Lounge at Café Trio evokes a bygone era complete with Hollywood Starlets and the always playing classic movie with specialty martinis, traditional cocktails and an extensive list of wine and beer with Live Music Tuesday through Saturday. Large outdoor terrace offers one of kind views of the Country Club Plaza & J.C. Nichols Fountain. Chef Nick Estell uses a cornucopia of local and regional produce and artisan ingredients for a very well curated menu. Expect to be greeted with a smile by both the staff & owners, Tai and Chris. Cafe Trio is one of Kansas City's most popular restaurants awarded multiple Kansas City “Best Of” designations including “Best Overall Restaurant” designations including “Best Overall Restaurant”.

4558 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm

HAPPY HOUR: Monday -Friday 2pm-6pm

DINNER / Full Menu Service: Monday: 5pm-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 5pm-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm -10:30pm. Sundays in December & January ONLY from 4-8pm.

Cocktails (Lounge & Deck): Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - Midnight, Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
Kitchen & Bar Hours may Vary

Cross Street:
E. 45th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 756-3227

Website:
http://www.cafetriokc.com/

Entertainment:
Piano & Vocals. Blues & Jazz. Evenings: Tuesday through Saturday.

Parking Details:
Private Lot & Street Parking.

Public Transit:
On the actual Main Street route, including the Max. Only a few feet from two stops.

Executive Chef:
Nick Estell

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Cafe Trio hosts numerous special events year round including wine diners, art openings, costume parties and special live music engagements. Please sign up to receive emails about these events by visiting our website at cafetriokc.com.

Specials

ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR

Mondays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

HAPPY HOUR

Mondays - Fridays from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

$5 Martini Madness

Wednesdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Free Corkage

Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Specials

ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR

Mondays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

Great Food & Drink Specials Weekdays from 2-6pm and ALL DAY MONDAY! $3 Drafts & Bottles, $4 Cocktails & Wine, Food Starting at $5. Excludes Tax and Tip. One of Kansas City's BEST Happy Hours!. Special valid Oct 30, 2017 - Mar 2, 2018 on Mondays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Seating from 3-7 pm. Offering our regular menu with our special Thanksgiving feature.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join Kansas City's best holiday decorated restaurant! We are open from 4-8 offering our regular menu. Credit Card required to guarantee reservation.

HAPPY HOUR

Mondays - Fridays from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Details

Great Food & Drink Specials Weekdays from 2-6pm. $3 Drafts & Bottles, $4 Cocktails & Wine, Food Starting at $5. Excludes Tax and Tip. One of Kansas City's BEST Happy Hours!. Special valid Oct 30, 2017 - Mar 2, 2018 on Mondays - Fridays from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

50% Off Select Wines

Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

50% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. 50% off wine by the bottle or glass. Limited to all bottles under $50. Special valid Oct 31, 2017 - Feb 27, 2018 on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

$5 Martini Madness

Wednesdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

Every Wednesday enjoy 5 selected Trio Martinis for $5 each. Excludes Tax and Tip. Five Special Martinis for $5 all day every Wednesday. Not valid w/ other offers. Special valid Nov 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018 on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Free Corkage

Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

Free Corkage. Special valid Nov 2, 2017 - Mar 1, 2018 on Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

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Private Dining

Offering the very best in private event options in Kansas City. Outstanding private dining opportunities for fifteen to over a hundred guests. Custom or à la Carte menus, full audiovisual support in the choice of two very unique rooms. Let us do the work while you take all the credit.

Café Trio Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
Good for a Date (56)
Romantic (54)
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Good for Anniversaries (49)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Live Music (44)
Happy Hour (43)
Great for Outdoor Dining (43)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Bar Seating (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Scenic View (33)
Casual (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Fun (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Cozy (27)
Business Meals (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Good for Groups (21)
People Watching (20)
Late-night Find (19)
Authentic (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Seasonal (16)
Comfort Food (13)
Healthy (13)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

One of my very favorite places in KC. Never disapoints!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and beverage are delicious! Stoli heavy bar, and that's my favorite!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

regrettably one of my worst meals ever. food bland, not cooked well. very loud, extremely poor value. very disappointed overall.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was very good. Our servers knowledge of the menu substitutions and wine was weak. Also not very attentive and we had an above average price meal with lots of wine

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Always delicious, diverse menu. Only suggestion is to expand vegetarian options.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

Dined at Cafe Trio to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Everything was excellent. We especially loved the live piano music...outstanding and perfect for the overall ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service were outstanding. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

The service Saturday night was impeccable. We were going to a concert, so we told the waitress what time we wanted to leave, and the bill was complete at that time. All the staff are quite attentive. The salmon chowder was excellent, as was the apple brûlée for dessert. The wedge salad was ok. I did not care for the halibut because it had a lot of odd flavors added to it. I love halibut, but the additions were so strong that I couldn’t taste the halibut at all. I wished I had ordered the scallops, which I have had on previous visits and enjoyed.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere and food choices. We go here whenever we are in town.
Have never been disappointed in the food or service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cafe Trio is my go to cafe/restaurant in Kansas City. An awesome place with great food, cocktails & wait staff.................

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As usual, Cafe Trio was a delight. We have been there many times, and have always enjoyed the restaurant, the food, and the music. Live piano is my favorite background music, and the pianist that was there was excellent - he had a wide repertoire of music and played very well. The cocktails were delicious and the food was great. This place always gives 5 star service.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

What a lovely and relaxed place for a long leisurely lunch. The service deserves particular note as to its attentiveness without being the least intrusive.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a wonderful meal with great service and good value. We have been there before and will return again. The prices were reasonable compared to a lot of other restaurants in the area. Our waiter was wonderful and got our food to us in a timely manner as we had an evening event in Kansas City.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

It was our anniversary and they did so much to make us feel fantastic on our special day. They were everything I could have hoped for and more.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 6, 2017

One of my favorite happy hour places. We had way too much fun and stayed longer than expected--servers were nice about finding us a place to continue after the dinner hour began.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

While the table for our reservation was not ready when we arrived, a little time to relax in the bar area was nice. They have a nice selection of wines and the food selection has something for everyone. Abiance of this quaint restaurant is great and the live piano music took it to the top shelf. What a great date after a long day.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our dinner at Cafe Trio was fantastic! The ambiance is lovely, very romantic. Great service. Loved the live piano music. I have several food allergies and most of my meals are very bland. They did a great job accommodating me. The scallops & risotto was one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere, so delicious. They know how to prepare caramelized scallops to perfection! We are not from Kansas City but will make a point to eat at Cafe Trio every time we are in town.

Tags: Cozy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Restaurant was clean and nicely decorated, I just did not enjoy the food.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is always a great place for a happy hour! Good service and food, and the prices are just where I want to see happy hour prices. Friends always have fun here.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The server that we have had the last three times we were at Cafe Trio was awesome. We love the happy hour and the Halloween decorations. This is a fun place!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and I went for the costume ball and had the greatest time. Everything was perfect and the party was a blast. We will definitely be back baby times!

Thank you so much for such a great evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We showed up not knowing they had a Halloween costume party that night. Very impressed with how “all out” they go for Halloween so we will want to attend and dress up next year. Food and service were great. Had a couple of quality checks from the owner and manager which was nice. Our server timed our meal perfectly and allowed us to talk without intruding but was always present.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Quiet, super conservative old crowd. Not fun or at all lively, food was good though. Would've been nice to sit on he very available patio during beautiful weather...

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went here for my birthday dinner and it was Halloween weekend! They went all our with decor. Everyone was in the spirit. The food was great, our waitress was great. Overall had a great time. Its a bit pricey to be a regular outting, but for a special occasion it was okay.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I felt that it was somewhat pricey and the number of entrees was limited.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This spot is one of our favorites, and we will be back again and again. Really appreciated our server’s extra efforts in helping me find keto options on the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious appetizers at a great value during happy hour.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was my first visit snd i had the scallops with lemon risotto and asparagus. Positively DELICIOUS! They were decorated for halloween too. I will definately go back.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

First visit by 3 in our party of 5. Our server, Kara, was excellent at guiding each of us to a selection that pleased the palate & a excellent wine pairing . The bar tender shared the recipe for his cocktail creation. A totally enjoyable celebration of birthdays!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Loved the mussels and Halloween decorations! Had never been before and sooo glad to have tried this restaurant that I’ve driven past so many years!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A favorite dining spot for us. Excellent service and I have always have an excellent meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Awesome Halloween decorations. Food offered was really great choices and yummy. Highly recommended!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great decoration for the holiday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

What a wonderful experience we had. The wait staff was efficient and the food was excellent. Deserving of the high marks it recieves.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We ate here on a recent Friday night. The weather was nice and we were able to eat out on the deck. We shared a bottle of nice wine with our fish dishes. My companion had the swordfish and loved it. My fish entree was also delicious. We shared a blackberry icebox cake for dessert. Also good. Our server was friendly and professional. They consistently provide excellent service on the outdoor deck in spite of a challenging environment. Parking is pretty easy and the wine list is interesting. If the weather is nice, ask for the deck, but the interior is very cozy.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Got the crab cakes - small, but made with REAL LUMPS of crab (not tiny pieces of shredded crab). Richard, our waiter, is always pleasant & attentive without being annoying. I need to remember to request him. I eat at Trio's fairly regularly - just a good place to hang with a friend...USER FRIENDLY as the saying goes. The customers are always treated right by the owners - Tai & Chris. If you've got a problem they will make it right. Really great place to eat lunch or dinner or just get a glass of wine & small plates.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Absolutely a great dining experience! We had a lovely server, who was attentive yet unobtrusive. Our perfect martinis arrived quickly. All was delicious; appetizers, entrees and dessert. Restaurant was cleverly decorated for Halloween, really fun atmosphere. And there was a terrific piano player too. All in all a really lovely and tasty evening. We will return on our next to Kansas City!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always a good choice. Great staff and atmosphere. Best outdoor space in the city.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Seasonal, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Every time we come to Cafe Trio we are never disappointed!!! Food is always prepared perfectly. The Filet is always great, and the Diver Scallops are the best in the city. My favorite place to have any special occasion.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had a great time, went during Happy Hour to save a little money, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice. Our waiter kind of confused us on what we could order for happy hour drinks so we ended up spending more than we wanted but that was our fault too for not making sure. Overall we really enjoyed it!

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