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Farina, Kansas City, MO

Farina

4.9
4.9
1274 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Modern Italian style cuisine featuring an oyster bar, seasonal menu changes, fantastic wine selections and beautifully crafted cocktails.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Farina can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (816) 768-6600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Smith

  • Private party facilities

    Yes, email Nancy Smith at nancy@michaelsmithkc.com

  • Neighborhood

    Kansas City

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,274 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. S

    Slick

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Our server was great, but it took almost an hour to get our appetizers and the cioppini was served boiling hot, so hot it was not edible and had to be taken to go. No one wants cold soup, but no one wants soup so hot it won’t cool while you dine.
  2. RC

    RyanC

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, Bartenders are spot on, the food was fantastic, not a bad looking dish at all, owners are very personable and on top of their game
  3. PS

    PaulS

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, very quiet as long as you aren’t setting on the bar side. Dishes are unique and outstanding
  4. MS

    MandyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, worth every dollar. Great service and interesting ambiance.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Loved the entire experience! The Halibut Cheek appetizer was FABULOUS! As was everything we ordered.
  6. TR

    TreyR

    Kansas City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and food is outstanding........should be on your list
  7. JA

    JoAnnW

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, very reasonably priced and we love the renovation.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  9. R

    Rebi123

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to celebrate by sons birthday, dinner and service was excellent.
  10. H

    Hailey

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The corn agnolotti was summer itself, so fresh and delicious. The duck meatballs are a must. The staff working the bar are top notch people.
  11. DM

    DougM

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy and modern space that combines attentive service with outstanding food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katie is awesome. Makes great suggestions and is very attentive.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit. Loved it , except…. Toward the end of our visit we used your restroom facilities, and really wished we had been seated on that side of the restaurant. It just seemed to have a better vibe. We couldn’t help but notice mostly older people were on the side we were seated on. Maybe just a coincidence, but that room on the left as you enter, should be used as an overflow. We were there at 5:15 and there were a lot of tables available on both sides. We will try it again because the food and service were wonderful. But we will definitely ask to be seated in the main room.
  14. AP

    AndreaP

    Kansas City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best pasta! Made fresh daily and you can tell! Dessert was delicious too! Great cocktails, oysters and service!
  15. k

    kristiek

    Tropical North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had an absolutely lovely evening last night. We recently. Over here from Australia and was really chuffed that Michael - Head Chef and owner popped out to say hi! Fantastic food and service. Thank you! Kristie Keast
  16. FE

    FoodEnthusiast

    Kansas City

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, as usual! I would love to see the coconut cake on the menu as a year round signature dessert! It is SO good!
  17. JD

    JillD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    very upbeat atmosphere. many patrons but the wait staff did not hurry us. food was good but steak way rare (medium rare was ordered).
  18. RB

    ReedB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experience I’ve had in the downtown KC area in years. Impeccable service and food! 5 stars!
  19. TR

    TamiR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a most wonderful evening at Farina! We celebrated two birthdays and enjoyed every minute of our evening there. Ashley was an outstanding server and the food was FABULOUS! We also appreciated Michael Smith coming by our table to introduced himself. Would definitely go back again!
  20. BS

    BrockS

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences in KC, everything from daily selections of fresh oysters, pastas made from scratch, locally sourced fruits and veggies, amazing cocktails and an extensive and wonderfully curated wine list. Farina has it all.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was delicious! We will be back!
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    trent

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful room. Great ambiance and a relax feel. Michael is usually in the room making sure everyone is taken care of.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Farina is amazing! Outstanding food, fabulous service and owner/chef Michael Smith stopped by our table twice to check in on us and ask how our meal was. Hands down our favorite restaurant to visit while in KC
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our all time favorite in KC!
  25. A

    Annie

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here a few times and met Chef Michael each time. He is a great. In the past I have liked the food but for some reason when I went this time the food was exquisite. Every single dish we tried was out of this world. I am very impressed and I always have a good time at this restaurant.
  26. H

    Helen

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service. The smoked trout dip was fantastic.
  27. AT

    AssuntaT

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect combination of unique and classic, fresh, delicious, personal. Had one night in KC, visiting from NJ and after lots of research, decided this was the place, and it didn't disappoint. In fact, it's one reason we'll return! A minor observation/comment is that our cocktails had no garnish, which may be by choice, since it's not necessary, but felt incomplete. We had a delicious meal -- grilled octopus over eggplant puree, steak tartare, a seasonal pasta (agnolotti with corn and shrimp), fazzoletti (a green pasta, spinach I think) with a dreamy pomodoro sauce and pignoli, pork roast with saffron rissotto and a seasonal dessert -- peach trifle with rasperry sorbet. Amaro selection was lovely and the cookies we got to go were perfect -- a nice assortment and all good! Just about everything was perfectly seasoned (pasta a little heavy on salt), cooked (or not, in the case of the tartare), and presented. And the staff, from hostess to server (Mikayla went above and beyond and whoever reads this from Farina, please tell her thanks for the antique store tip!) and of course Chef Michael who stopped at our table and was so sweet. We can't recommend this place highly enough!!!
  28. s

    swood

    Kansas City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clearly, among the finest restaurants in KC - or the region, for that matter.
  29. CW

    CyndiW

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Chicken spidina came out raw and needed to send back everything else great, service great.
  30. BS

    BrandonScott

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome, atmosphere was fantastic, server was phenomenal!
  31. JJ

    JohnJ

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice vibe, beautiful people, and excellent food. Went early and had a very enjoyable dinner.
  32. SH

    StephanieH

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The drinks and food were amazing and extremely delicious!
  33. m

    michellec

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with delicious food and great service! One of my top favorites.
  34. D

    Devereaux

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never anything but great experiences here. Ambience and food are outstanding. Service is fantastic. There may not be a better sommelier than Nancy.
  35. WM

    WayneM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Four of us had dinner at Farina to celebrate a birthday. We've been here several times and it's always been wonderful. I'm not sure what the problem was this night but the food was extremely disappointing and definitely not worth the cost! We started with appetizers - smoked trout dip which was very good and with a subtle smoky flavor and salmon ceviche served with lavosh style cracker strips. The ceviche was good and the crackers had a bit of a spicy kick which was a little too hot for some. Two of us had the Italian Chopped Salad which was very good - probably the best part of the entire meal. Be warned though, this is not like other chopped salads - more like a thick slice of lettuce with other ingredients placed on top of it. We always love the short ribs but it was definitely off that night. The menu says it's served with mashed potatoes but the potatoes were formed into some sort of spongey square that had no flavor and a strange texture - normal mashed potatoes would have been preferable. Another dish ordered was the special lamb ragout with saffron ribbon noodles. It was pretty meh. The pasta was okay, the lamb flavor unrecognizable. Desserts here are definitely not the house forte and pretty much hit or miss. I can't say I've ever been wowed by any of them. Our party ordered the orange olive oil cake and raspberry rose cheesecake. The cake was like a small bundt cake and had a coarse texture that was very dry despite the berry sauce on top of it. I never did detect any orange flavor. The cheesecake is not like a cheesecake; the crust was very thin and the cake part was more like a chiffon whip. It had decent flavor but a very strange texture. If this had been my first visit I doubt I would have ever returned. I hope this was a fluke but it will be a while before I return. For the cost of the meal (over $350) I expect much better.
  36. ER

    ERINM

    Kansas City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This is normally my go to place for out of town guests, as there is something on the menu for everyone, and is reasonably priced with very solid service. Let me start by saying the service was great as usual, but the food has really declined in quality. We ordered the Rabbit Gnocchi, and it was full of tiny bones and inedible. We ordered the mushroom pasta, which I have ordered so many times, and it was undercooked to the point of the pasta being mealy and tasting like flour at the twists, and was very much over seasoned. I really hope it was just an off night, because I have written SO many positive reviews and recommend this place to everyone!
  37. DG

    DanielG

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Farina continues to be the best restaurant in KC. The food offerings are fresh, creative, and delicious, and the staff attentive, knowledgeable, and a delight to interact with. Always a special treat to dine here.
  38. j

    john

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food & atmosphere
  39. KC

    KCRocks

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience and exceptional food. The entire team at Farina should be proud of what they do to make it a go-to in Kansas City's restaurant scene.
  40. AK

    AlexanderKentH

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is no chef in Kansas City who can match Michael Smith. Frankly, he is among the best chefs in the nation. Not only is he Kansas City's most nationally awarded chef (a multi James Beard Award winner), but he is the most inventive and talented chef I have come across in quite some time. His expertise is pairing items and flavors one would never anticipate being complimentary and making it exquisite. He can take an item you thought you hated and make it one of the most delicious things to ever grace your taste buds. We are truly fortunate as a city to have Michael Smith, and to have not only one excellent restaurant under his stewardship, but two (Extra Virgin being just next door). If you have not been to Farina, correct that gaping hole in your culinary experience book as soon as humanly possible. You will thank me later.

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Farina is rated 4.9 stars by 1274 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Farina can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kansas City

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Smith

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (816) 768-6600

  • Private party facilities

    Yes, email Nancy Smith at nancy@michaelsmithkc.com

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