JJ's Restaurant

4.7
715 reviews
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JJ’s remains one of the longest continuously operating independent restaurants in Kansas City, opening in February 1985 just west of the Country Club Plaza. JJ's is now located at 48th and Roanoke, in the new Polsinelli building, with free covered parking available.
Zagat Survey rates JJ’s as “one of KC’s top restaurants.” It earned that distinction with a contemporary American menu featuring dishes like the highly regarded Paco Shrimp appetizer, fresh seafood dishes and the perpetual favorite, JJ’s Pride, known as one of the best steaks in town.

Many of the ingredients are sourced locally to ensure freshness. And meals are complimented by a Wine Spectator award winning wine list with over 1500 selections. The bar is dominated by a library of liquors, scotches, and vintage ports. And it’s all delivered by one of the finest serving staffs in Kansas City.
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DG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We spent our anniversary here, and they went out of their way to make our night enjoyable-
They made us feel special, the food was delicious, the wine was outstanding....
A very fun night!!

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A
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

The service was below average. Our drink order took forever, arriving at the end of our first course!!
One of the soups was barely warm upon arrival. The mains also took forever to arrive. My seared ahi tuna was quite good. My wife's meatball and pasta dish was also very good. Desert (carrot cake) was also quite good. Coffee was average.

The dining room is basically a large box-shaped room with a high ceiling and awful acoustics. The noise levels were quite high (to the point our server couldn't hear us over the never ending din; average decibel level was 75; peaked at 88). Our table, like many others, was positioned uncomfortably close to other tables which only made the noise issue worse.

While our mains and desert were good the overall experience was, putting it mildly, one you in which you 'just grin and bare it'. Doubtful whether I would return or recommend to others.

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JV
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; great ambience; just what we wanted for a nice evening for two. Very helpful wait staff and front desk.

Only issue for us was that my wife's filet, while cooked absolutely perfectly and presented so nicely was absolutely tasteless. I know that more marbled steaks are to some people, tastier, but we have eaten filets for years at home and at other restaurants, and this was just not very good.

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TS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I had a lovely lunch, paced as we wanted and the food was excellent

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p
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Food was FRESH!! Will definitely recommend!

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PH
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with a wine list from frugal to extravagant. The appetizer could have been warmer, but otherwise the meal was well-presented. Steak or lamb were our selections but the menu has a reasonable range and the chef is quite flexible. Cuisine is light and delicious. Just a really nice leisurely experience. Enjoy a bottle of your favorite varietal wine with your meal, and relax.

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S
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent! Love the ambiance. The beautiful lights in the bar and dining area need to be dusted.

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QB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in town on business and stop in at the last minute. The drinks were OK could have been better, but the food was Delicious!!

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KG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to JJ's years and love everything about it. The food is consistently superb, service is excellent and atmosphere is perfect for an intimate dinner.

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S
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we went to JJs for our anniversary. It was everything that you want in a dinner for a special occasion. It was charming, quaint, the service was fantastic, and the owner even ran out of the restaurant to wish us a happy anniversary and to make sure everything was good tonight. Personal touches mean everything 💜

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l
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant and we've been enjoying it since the day it first opened. Good food is easy to find in Kansas City. A restaurant were presenting food is the joy of the staff isn't. After the accident most people would've thrown in the towel. Not so here. My uncle used to say if he won the lottery, he'd just keep farming until the money ran out. I believe JJ would do the same with, well I can't call it "cooking". It's much more than that.

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S
Kansas City
70 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great experience and great food when we come to JJ's. Our server was great and was very helpful in getting us served promptly so that we could get to an evening performance.

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M
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my husband's birthday with friends. A leisurely pace, friendly service, attention to detail. A great time!

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OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was absolutely fabulous. Steak and lobster was to perfection. Paco shrimp is like no other. Must have when you go. Our service was outstanding. Best experience ever. Love this place.

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WT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

iT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE. WE WERE ON OUR ANNIVERSARY AND APPRECIATED OUR FREE DESSERT. OUR WAITER LAUREN DID A GREAT JOB AND LOTS OF FUN. THANKS FOR A NICE EVENING.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JJs is always one of my favorites since they opened years ago. Always a great experience.

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another great meal and experience at JJs!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had symphony tickets and were really running short on time. Made the reservation through Open Table and we got seated as soon as we got there. We told our waitress our time restraint and, while we didn’t feel rushed, the service was very timely and the food was excellent! Love the small plate choices too. Highly recommend for a leisurely dinner or, if needed, a quick meal.

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H
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food options, from appetizers to "open plates" to entrees. Outstyanding wine selections.

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RE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, excellent cocktails. Will definitely go back. I like to support locally owned businesses, JJ’s is a must for those from out of town.

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BB
Omaha
35 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After a slow start (hostess couldn’t find reservation & gave us lunch rather dinner menus), the service improved with our server. Wine list was large but limited by the glass options. Both dinners (halibut & filet) were well prepared and plated. Lots of kids were present for their prom dinner but didn’t detract too much from ambiance. Easy parking in building.

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R
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed celebrating my late wife’s birthday with my daughter.

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MB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place and the food is always excellent! One of the best ran restaurants in Kansas City.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

One entree way over cooked. Asked to take other people’s coats, not ours

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m
Chicago
141 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun bar to start with, then dinner
Our party had steak & sea food and all were great,
excellent service in a nice dinning room. One of the best wine menu, with an outstanding list of ports.
We had a 85 & 91 port with a cheese plate to end our meal.

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PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose JJ's to celebrate a special birthday of a dear friend because we all love the restaurant, and were not disappointed. We chose the seafood special and had expert help selecting just the right bottle of wine. Such a lovely venue and great staff.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing better than the owner of a fine dining restaurant greeting you at the door followed by incredible food and service. For a great steak and best wine list in KC, you can’t beat JJ’s

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from start to finish. Best Osso Bucco I’ve ever had. The fish special was outstanding as well.

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LM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extraordinarily wonderful - fresh ingredients and very well-prepared. It arrived timely and simultaneously even though we ordered everything from fish to chicken to salads to steaks. Our waiter was knowledgeable and able to offer helpful suggestions. Will be back.

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J
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to JJ's many times and this visit did not disappoint. We had a party of 4, and we each ordered a wine by the glass. They were very good, and at a good price. All of our meals came out in a timely manner and were perfectly prepared. I had the strip steak and it was excellent. The service was great too. We were glad that JJ was there that night as we always enjoy chatting with him.

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EB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I got their special, Branzino fish on a lobster risotto and it was the best meal I've ever had in my entire life. The fish fillet was huge! It was 9 oz and the lobster risotto was so creamy and delicious. This will be one of those meals that I think of the rest of my life. That was my first time to JJ's and definitely won't be the last!

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Vincent was top notch. We spared no expense on our parent's anniversary and we were not disappointed. We cannot wait until our next visit.

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JM
Kansas City
190 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Kansas City. There is nothing I would change. I love the food, the wine selection is great, and the people are all really nice.

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S
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is superb. Food is great. Presented well. Service outstanding. Magnificent wine list.

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DE
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service..... have been going here way before the fire and the relocation.

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OT
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable dining experience as always. Thanks!

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DH
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I’m a JJ’s old school...my husband and I went to the original...I have introduced my daughter to the n w JJ’s...the food is unbelievable!...prep and delivery yes that good!...impeccable wine list...(I miss the old cellar tastes)...thank you for everything Jimmy you still deliver! 😊❤️

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D
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First rate food, great service and Matt's working knowledge of wine make JJs a great destination for fun, food and friends.

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FM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The owner, Jimmy, came to our table and recommended the Paco's Shrimp. We asked about which entree was best and he brought over his plate, which had a perfect looking Rib Eye on it.

So we got the Paco's Shrimp - AMAZING!
Two of us got the Rib Eye - perfectly cooked and the herb rub they cooked it with was DELICIOUS!
One of us got the Osso Buco - I have no idea how it was because he inhaled it, along with the sides and the plate probably needs to be re-glazed.
Wine & Dessert - very good, but we came for the steak and the steak was MAGNIFICENT!
Service - We came late, so the place wasn't crowded, but our server was EXCELLENT and the food came in a timely manner.

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h
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a little on the pricey side to visit often but worth it when you can afford.

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