Collection, which can be found in Kansas City, Missouri, is a restaurant that offers a variety of shareable snacks, sandwiches, main courses and drinks to its clientele. If you choose to start the meal off with a small plate, there are several options from which to select. The Tuscan fire with parmesan aioli is one possibility at Collection or, if you need to warm up, you can go with the New England clam chowder.
Among the sandwiches available at Collection, the sausage and pepper, served on crispy flatbread, is a favorite. For an entr�e, you can try out the Spanish mac and cheese or the smoked pork ribs.
This should be something Tia closes quickly or at least disassociates from. To say the dishes were mediocre and sub standard would be a compliment. Belfry's offering was the only thing that kept us from walking out.
Highly recommended for drinks before a Sprint Center event but PLEASE avoid. Spend your $ at least at a place that knows how to make a salad!
Making it a point to steer everyone I know to anyplace other than Collection. You could have a nice pre-event appetizer tray and cocktails at Pierpont's for less......
What was formerly the Kansas City Cafe is now Collection. Chef Tio has assembled a menu featuring comfort food with the perfect updates for foodies!
We made a reservation for 2 at 8:30 on a Friday night. Showed up just a little before 8:30 to find no one in the restaurant. The door was open, there were candles on the tables, but no patrons, no hostess, apparently no staff. We politely left. There was one person standing by the bar, talking on the phone. Not sure if he even worked there.
The menu was small, but mighty! There was a wide range of choices for every palate. The chef brought out our dishes and was very friendly. The waiter gave us recommendations! Overall a great night with great cocktails to choose from!
Food was average but Thursday night half price bottles of wine made for a very enjoyable evening.
Wonderful selection of beers. My stew of pork, carrots, potatoes and flavorful Ethiopian spices was absolutely fantastic. Her Mac and cheese also was a real winner. We opted to sit in the energetic bar area. We look forward to returning for breakfast.
Very pricey, but good service even on Valentine's day and good food, I enjoyed the appearance of the restaurant
The restaurant was different, modern with an artsy feel. It felt like we were having dinner in a art gallery. The only issue we had was the dinner reservation was on Valentine's Day. We had no idea that for the small five course meal we had it would cost us $80 each and that was without a drink which brought our meal up to $200.
Our advice is to let the dinners know the price ahead of time so the cost won't be such a shocker!
Unfortunately the appetizers were the only redeeming part of the meal. They were like little balls of deep fried sheppards pie. The shrimp were overlooked and the grits lacked seasoning. The chocolate cake dessert was hard enough to repel attempts to cut into it. Thankfully we had a good bottle of wine and drinks afterward at Belfry to numb our pain.
The food was amazing!!!! But the ambiance/decor felt a little like I was in a cafeteria. The chairs were very uncomfortable and the decor was a little bleak, but the food and service more than made up for it.
Collection is sleek and clean inside. Hard plastic chairs not conducive to lingering over a long meal. Food was tasty--good but not great. Half price bottles of wine on Thursdays was a nice surprise.
Food was great. Service was great. Decor was a bit bland. Enjoyed lunch.
The ambiance was mediocre & the food was quite lacking. I had nachos, which looked & tasted like cheap, bagged tortilla chips. The "house made chorizo" tasted & looked like bland hamburger meat. My husband had ribs/fries which tasted OK but were served on kitschy checked paper so when eating the ribs w/ knife/fork, he got paper in every bite. Maybe it should have been b/t the bowl & plate as a liner? Or maybe he should have eaten w/ his hands, but we were dressed up for a night out. The fries were fine, not special. The food pricing was inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. The drink list extensive, our service outstanding. We will likely go to the Belfry for drinks, not food. We did expect much more from a Celina Tio establishment.
Loved everything about the place. Will definitely be back
Empty restaurant and I can see why. Food was passable but that's all. Service was ok, but it should be when there's no one else in the restaurant. Decor was the worst I've ever seen. It looks like they spent $30 on the dining room.
food with flavor not found any other place, wines that pair with your dish, and all amid downtown art, sport, and entertainment venues ... good bar to night cap it all off!
This is a great restaurant in downtown. The fool was great, service wonderful. Celine Tio was there at the restaurant and made a point to come over to ask how everything was (always nice to see her, and talk to the chef/owner).
Unfortunately, Collection was a dud for us. From the ambiance to the food, everything was mediocre at best. We were the only diners in the restaurant on a Saturday night. The food was just okay and there were several items that were not available but still listed on the menu. It was just kind of depressing because it felt like we were in a restaurant that was going under.
Our server was great, and I hate to say that the food was only mediocre. I don't think I would go back unfortunately.
The food, as expected, was delicious. However, the service was horrible. I asked about the First Friday happy hour specials, as posted on Facebook by Chef Tio, our waiter told us there weren't any specials. I didn't correct the waiter as no one at the table decided to get any of the specials. When we got our checks, the waiter over charged my credit card by $25 and my friend was over charged $90. It took him and 3 other employees 30 minutes to fix the issue. I would go back for the food, but we probably will just go to Julian instead.
I enjoyed the $5 Happy Hour Deals when I went to visit Collection. The orange beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachios was yummy.
We arrived at 7:30 on a Friday night and were one of two couples eating at the restaurant. The host wasn't at the door, so an employee who was leaving after his shift seated us. The waiter was very professional when addressing us, but took a very long time between checking on us before we placed our orders. When asked, his two suggestions were the two most expensive items on the menu. The beer list was great as they use the Belfry bar beer selection next door. The food came out quickly and the rigatoni was very good, but the burger was disappointing due to an error by the cook.
With only 2 tables full at the restaurant, we expected faster service and not to have any issues with the food preparation.
We had lunch on a Friday and were the only two people there. Despite that, it took over 45 minutes for two entrees to arrive. We were offered a rather lame explanation about the pasta not being quite right when first prepared, but if so, it would have been nice to be informed about that as it happened. Still, great food can trump a mediocre dining experience. Unfortunately, this was not great food. The mac and cheese was pleasant, though not exceptional, and the seafood pasta (of the unfortunate cooking experience) was very chewy spaghetti with six shrimp and some miniscule scraps of clam (which incidentally cost $23 for a lunch portion). We expect better of such a fine chef.
Upon arrival, I introduced my colleague to Celina Tio who was wecloming and very gracious. We went to the Belfry and the bar tenders were attentive and helpful. we loved the selection of beers and I am now a fan of Petrus! Dinner in Collection's dining area has the feel of dining an a temporary setting. It seems just too sterile and make shift. Our food is up to Chef Tio's standard but the setting and noise is a distraction.
This has promise but needs some work.
Her restaurant in Brookside is great, so we were very excited to try this place. We arrived at 6pm on a Friday night. There were maybe 4 other people in the restaurant. During our entire dinner, there were maybe 10 other diners. Occupancy aside, the food was very good. We could have existed on appetizers and cocktails alone. We moved-on to dinner and desserts and were disappointed. I hope more people find out about this place.
... tasty food, large selection of wines/beer ... close to Sprint, Kaufman, other down town venues
What a fantastic experience! Went with a large group of people and everyone told me later they loved their food (chicken, scallops, shepherd's pie). They were even telling me days later how much they really enjoyed the restaurant and how they wanted to go back again soon. The energy was fun and the table set-up was great. My scallops were excellent. Some ordered up apps, trying the goat cheese and beets. The others ate Farm to Market bread with apple butter and thought it was great. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Service was 4 because the waitress at times wasn't the kindest person in the world. There was a moment where she was a little tense with one of my friends but we got it resolved. Otherwise, I'd go back.
4 course meal for two. All but one entree (duck) were excellent. The broth seasoning for the duck wasn't simmered in enough. The entrance needs some draft protection in the winter months.
It sure could be. Grab some tables and chairs and throw a menu together??? Over-priced for a mediocre experience.
Their menu was a great selection of all sorts of food options. All the dishes that the two of us had were extremely tasty and a great price for four courses.
The ambiance is shaby-chic cafeteria, too bright for evening, but okay if you know what to expect. Overall the food was disapointing in presentation and lacked reasonable amounts of key ingredients. The salad with crab had MINIMAL crab and not much flavor, a complaint of more than one table. The pate' 3,slices of crustini with a THIN layer of pate' and 2 -3 huckleberries, was anemic. 2 pieces with twice the pate' and a berry drizzle on the plate would have been a huge improvement. On the upside, the oyster Rokafeller soup was nice. The loup de mer and beef entree were flavorful, if without interesting presentation. Our server was excellent and our wine complimentary, but I we'd rather have paid and enjoyed. Disappointing overall..
We went to dinner at Collection for Valentine's Day. The fixed menu choices were varied. We tried different items and all were good. Overall our experience was positive. The desserts were definitely the highlight. Enjoyed our craft beers at the Belfry beforehand as much or more than the dinner. It's a little barren inside.
Categorically awful...below average food at extraordinary prices in what feels like a bad lobby space.
Chef Celina Tio has a way of bringing it all together. Do yourself a favor and book your reservation today.
We have been to Collection twice now for dinner, and while the food overall is quite good, there were some glitches that dampened our enthusiasm for going back in the near future. We had lukewarm soup and cold bread pudding on our first visit, and two significant errors on both sandwich orders the second visit. We were pressed for time so didn't bother reordering but made do with what we were served. Decor is stark, tablecloths would really help. Front door is a single door allowing a draft to waft in every time it is opened. Choose a table farther away if you can. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and the service was reasonably good but some tweaks are needed to make this a real destination restaurant.
This place had great food, and a great atmosphere. Simplistic, and sleek, yet stylish.
The Macaroni and cheese was a must try, and my hamburger was excellent as well.
If you just HAVE to eat here to see for yourself, ask yourself this: "What dish of the meal I've just been served showed the skills of a master chef?" Certainly not the knife acuity displayed in the inconsistent cuts of their signature carrots with Harissa or the Beets with Goat Cheese. The thicker carrots were raw. Although the beet dish was my favorite regarding taste, did it take a culinary-trained talent to 'griddle' fry bread to burnt & serve it in a space that felt like an elementary school cafeteria with their latest art projects hung on the wall? What dish resonated with a champion's signature? I wonder if this is just some tongue-in-cheek private joke, and we dinner patrons are the punchline!
Starting with the drink menu and the list of bourbons available, the experience at Collection is very, very positive. The food is outstanding. Prepared perfectly, in the right quantity and with perfect taste. Even on the cold night (outside) that we were there, it came from the kitchen hot. The service was good - just not great.
I was expecting James Beard award winning food and was sorely disappointed. There was nothing special at all about our meals.
I have few positive things to say about this restaurant. The décor is bleak to almost non existent. We sat in the equivalent of cafeteria chairs. The bathrooms are painted black and patrons are encouraged to write on the walls with colored chalk; looks cheap not sheik.
My chicken sandwich might have had two ounces of chicken on it. The shepherd's pie was a pile of potatoes with strips of lamb piled on top. It was a good size portion but had zero pizazz. The person who ordered the scallops, a five foot female, said they were good but was served such a tiny portion that she stopped and got something to eat on the way home. Our coffee never arrived.