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 Michael Giampetruzzi 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 4-8pm in December & January ONLY.

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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Free Corkage

Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Share the love with a Very Special Valentine's Day Prixe Fix Dinner Menu from Chef Michael Giampetruzzi. $59.95 per person / Credit Card Required to Reserve / $50 fee if cancelled after 2/12/18 / 2 Hour Table Limit / Regular Menu Not Available / Optional Wine Pairings. Lunch is Regular Service.

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

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (74)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
Good for a Date (67)
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Romantic (63)
Live Music (55)
Happy Hour (55)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Cozy (48)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Bar Seating (41)
Worth the Drive (40)
Business Meals (39)
Good for Groups (38)
Scenic View (38)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Vibrant Bar Scene (35)
Casual (34)
Fun (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
People Watching (27)
Seasonal (27)
Hot Spot (26)
Authentic (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Comfort Food (19)
Notable Wine List (15)
Healthy (14)
Quick Bite (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Tapas (6)
Great Beer (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first time at Cafe Trio and it was amazing! Food was wonderful, staff was pleasant and very attentive. Tried it during KC Restaurant Week and will definitely go back!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

We tried out for the first time as part of restaurant week and definitely plan to go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

We were there for a group get together and hadn't seen each other for some time. The food was great, there was a good variety, our server was attentive, helpful and not too chatty. We could hear each other and were comfortable taking our time to dine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was awful, went during restaurant week. Had the chicken breast sandwich was just awful, it was dark meat a thigh I guess it was rubbery the brusseta was on hard toast not the traditional brusseta bread you could hardly bite it this was just nasty. Was my first and last time going. Waiter wasn't friendly or tentative.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service great. Music a tad loud. Wish it was lower volume and maybe not ‘70s rock. Great everything else though.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined 5 days ago

My friend canceled on me last minute so I dinned by myself. It was my first time doing so and I loved every bit of the experience. My server Brad was everything plus went an extra mile to not only check on me but chat a bit with me so I didn't feel like I was just sitting by myself! We got to do this after his other tables had left. He already recommended the pork chop dish so believe I'll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a fantastic restaurant. Great service at a great value....... I would strongly recommend this place to all.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had the best service! Food was amazing, too. Loved their restaurant week menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

I always enjoy Trio. It’s me and my wife’s favorite restaurant. I hope they keep up the good work and continue to have success

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Live Music, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

We love the happy hour food offerings, as well as the $5 martinis.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 7 days ago

As usual, what a lovely place to dine. The food is imaginative and the service staff you want to take home with you because of their attentiveness and warm attitude. One of a shrinking number of restaurants in KC/Lawrence where you can carry on a conversation with your guests..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The piano player must have thought he was playing a concert instead of being the background music. The person who seated us should have mentioned to us that a piano was about to be played right next to our table, seating that close was very annoying. We could not conduct conversation. If there is any reason why I would not go back it is because of the piano playing volume.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Listening to live music while enjoying a lovely meal makes for a perfect evening. We love your ambience and impeccable service. See you soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Server, atmosphere, and food were all great. The viewing of the plaza lights was amazing and we even were able to see some fireworks that went off. Great Saturday night data night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, Great service, fabulous evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Thank you.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The venue is beautiful and romantic. The environment is the best thing about the restaurant. The food leaves something to be desired at theses prices. I had the duck ala orange. The carrot polenta was tasteless mush. The duck had no hint of orange while being very tough and chewy. My wife had the stuffed acorn squash which faired better. The pulled pork was good but nothing fantastic. The acorn squash was overcooked.
Lastly, I had the braised apple. The waitress offered me a steak knife to cut the apple which is all that needs to be said. Creative ideas in a beautiful setting that left something to be desired in its execution.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We ate here on a recent Friday evening. The restaurant was still decorated for the holidays and very pretty. I had the duck, my companion had the seafood lasagna. I tried the fig Manhattan which was pretty good. Our food was very tasty. The duck had carrot polenta with it, which was different, but went very well with the dish. There is a good selection of wines by the glass or bottle. My companion had the dessert special, carrot cake, which he loved. Service was professional. Parking is pretty easy. It was a little cold at our table, but we were prepared.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our party of 8 was able to reserve seating in the bar at 4:30. Enjoyed appetizers and drinks. Service was great.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NLjicrbNewbYesrsbeve dinner with friends at Cafe Trio. As always the place was so well decorated the. Staffs very friendly ffi belt and a terrific spread for the occasion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our waiter did such a great job. He was attentive, funny, knowledgeable on a very, very busy night (NYE) - and for a party of 7.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our second New Year’s Eve with friends at Cafe Trio. We will repeat in 2018! The variety of food choices provided something for all tastes. Thanks for the wonderful evening!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were very impressed with the hostess who seated us and was more than accommodating. The atmosphere was amazing with holiday lighting. The waitress answered all of our questions about the menu. The food was expertly prepared and we raved about the trout! The pork and filet were also delicious! The piano playing completed a perfect evening. Now our new favorite in KC. Trio is devine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place to eat around Christmas time!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great experience as always! It was the first visit for one in our party He vowed to return

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was our first time dining at Café Trio and the experience was great. Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful and we will dine there again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Beautiful holiday decor. Perfect for Christmas Eve.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Cafe Trio is always a treat but it is really special at Christmas time. The festive decorations are a great atmosphere for the delicious food. We eat at Cafe Trio several times a year and are never disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Cafe Trio is incredible - especially at Christmas with all the decorations. Piano player is great, as is the food! I’ve always heard good things about Cafe Trio from anyone that has dined there!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 22, 2017

It was an enjoyable lunch with my grandchildren before attending the Nutcracker. Sadly I forgot the 20% off coupon that is honored by Cafe Trio before attending a performance!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Such a beautiful restaurant. The service was incredible, our server was so attentive. There was live piano music and the food was delicious. Best gin martini I’ve had in a long time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always great food here, and the Christmas decor is unparalleled.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This was my first visit... I could kick myself now for not coming sooner! We planned to meet for lunch with friends for the holidays. The restaurant was really decorated appropriately for Christmas! Everyone who worked there was so nice, smiling and engaging. Started off with the Tuscan flatbread-- delicious! I may get this as my entree next time--- so fresh and tasty. There was plenty for the 4 of us to share.
I ended up getting a burger and it didn't disappoint...so good. Then we followed lunch up with the apple dessert, which we all shared again. It had a great flavor overall. I would have preferred the apple to be a bit softer and with more moisture inside, but it didn't stop me from eating it. The hazelnut crunch topping sealed the deal.
Our waiter was wonderful and kept our glasses full. Kudos to Cafe Trio-- we will be back!!!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food, great Christmas decor. Waited awhile for our food but other than that it was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We LOVE Café Trio and we LOVE Richard's service...we have followed this restaurant from Broadway and 36th'ish to their current location and recommend it to all !

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I have loved Cafe Trio for years and love having my birthday celebration there with friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Kansas City never lets me down. The ambience for the holidays was beautiful. Watching the plaza lights from the deck was a wonderful experience for my guest. Love the new menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent restaurant! Been going since the original on Broadway. Richard is the best staff member. The others are great as well. Seafood lasagna, Mac and cheese, coffe hanger steak, just some the great dishes. One of my favorite KC Original next to Macaluso's.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We met friends and had a lovely time! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Several of my party had not eaten here before. They loved it and will definitely be return customers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had our holiday lunch at Café Trio and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. There were a few that had not attended before and were very complimentary of the visit. The service was very good.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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