JJ's Restaurant

4.7
657 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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AC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We had the JJ steak which was cooked to perfection and the halibut special which was outstanding! The lobster mashed potatoes were phenomenal! And as delicious as the food, and the appetizer purses were...our server was one of the best we’ve ever had anywhere.

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T
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything

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ES
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my sweetheart for Valentine's Day. Had a great time and a wonderful meal. Service was excellent 👌.

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Was looking forward to a romantic night at a restaurant with an expansive wine list, server was rude and absent for most of the meal, did not take our wine orders until the food was out, it was poor service throughout. We ended up leaving before we wanted to because the service was so bad and went somewhere else for our drinks.

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OT
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service!

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DB
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at JJ's is always excellent. The wait staff is extremely nice and knowledgeable about menu and wine. I really like that we weren't rushed.

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EH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Thank you for the great service and meal. Wonderful as always.

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RB
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time great food excellent service. The owner Jimmy is a great guy a true professional.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal with excellent service. The mussels had that hint of curry that made the entire dish pop, the filet was prepared well, the ribeye—seared in a cast iron skillet—was ridiculously delicious and spot on in temperature. The only disappointment was the au gratin potatoes—very underwhelming, dry, and not seasoned. But, all in all, we were very pleased and thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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GM
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I used to go the original JJ's quite often. It was one of our favorite places. This was the first time we had an opportunity to visit the "new" JJ's, and we were not disappointed.

I made reservations through OpenTable for our anniversary. I made a special request to have something sparkling and non-alcoholic served in champagne glasses (My wife no longer drinks alcohol.). When we arrived, we were seated in a table waaaaay back in the corner (perfect) and our server immediately brought us Fever Tree ginger ale in champagne glasses so that we could toast our 36th anniversary.

Long story short, it was a wonderful evening. My wife had the lobster and I had a filet. Both were prepared to perfection.

As an added bonus, one of the owners of JJ's walked up to our table and I discovered that he was a childhood friend that I hadn't seen in years!

Full disclosure: The vibe is definitely more upscale in the new JJ's.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I save JJ’s for special times. This special time was just celebrating the fast of having TIME to go out and have a fabulous meal and time together! The atmosphere was just the escape that I was looking for after a few months of a demanding schedule. The food and wine were fabulous! I am so looking forward to the next time that we get to eat and spend TIME at JJ’s!!
Thank you!

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R
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and entire experience. Had not been to new location and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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TG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time at JJs. Food and service were wonderful. Lots of atmosphere. We’ll be back when we return to K.C.

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F
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is both my husband and my favorite restaurant. The food is consistent and perfectly cooked. We go here for many of our weekly date nights.

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AT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JJ’s provided free lunch for furloughed Government employees. What an amazing way to connect with those that are suffering. Kudos to JJ’s.

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JW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service missed the mark. My table and I had to continually ask for things that should be automatic (bread, dinner specials, steak knives), and for a restaurant that specializes in steak shouldn’t miss the mark in properly cooking a filet in a $55 surf and turf.

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l
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went during restaurant week so service wasn't as good as usual as they were very busy. Food was really good and the atmosphere is very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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MB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance.....have loved this place for years....great mussels and salad and bread. Ordered the rib eye steak which was cooked properly but disappointingly tough...expected better

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JJ's is probably the best/nicest *LOCAL* restaurant where you can get a wonderful meal, the best wine selection. Highly reccommended for business dinners and/or a romantic night out!

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s
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. However, heads up on the parking and be sure to utilize the garage.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were handed a dessert menu with no prices on it making it look like the dessert was part of the restaurant week menu. I thought that the $8 desserts should have been better clarified and the additional price indicated on the menu.
P.S. my chicken was pink.

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GC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an exceptional experience for Restaurant Week. The food was excellent as was the service. The place can get a little noisy but it doesn't distract from the experience.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was nice but the food wasn't memorable. Very expensive and wasnt to impressed.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we have had during this 2019 restaurant week. Service was also excellent. Parking w/elevator made access very easy. We will go back for sure!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We went to JJ during restaurant and stuck with the limited menu for that week. I had the wild boar ragu and my girlfriend had the chicken marsala. I was extremely disappointed at my ragu. It was nothing special. It wasn't even freshly cooked (so it seemed). It was warm but not fresh. Her meal tasted like it had fajita mix in it. Not what we expected at all. The only good tasting part was the dessert, which was chocolate rum ganache. I won't be back.

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T
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious. JJ's menu doesn't vary frequently, but they execute well on their traditional fare. Our server did a nice job being attentive, but not overbearing. We'll return.

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OT
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious KC Restaurant Week dinner of Wild Mushroom Toast, Wild Boar Ragu with Pappardelle and Chocolate Ganache.

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a
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for the first time in YEARS for a special occasion. We were fortunate to be there during restaurant week, which provided special value, but chose to supplement the menu with French Onion Soup (sublime!). The service was attentive, professional, gracious & friendly. We will be back soon!

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p
Kansas City
106 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved restaurant week choices at this venue. The shrimp appetizer is amazing and the chicken marsala was delicious. Wish they had just a small dessert though :)

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Restaurant Week and we had a great meal. The service was very good and the menu for was a three-course meal with options for the first two courses and a dessert.

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AB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I know it's hard to mass-produce spectacular food for Restaurant Week but it seems like the quality has gone down everywhere. Otherwise I would recommend JJ's anytime. Interesting menu, great wine list and beautiful venue.

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OT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice restaurant. Good meal.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Our first visit to JJ’s. Restaurant week menu was just OK. We expected to be wow’ed with culinary excellence for a $100+ dinner & wine for two in the plaza. The Boar Raghu had a zesty red sauce, and little flavor from the bits of boar in the mound of pasta. Cod (fish of the day) on greens and beans was an odd combo that worked OK, but lacked flavor, and seasoning as well. The paco shrimp app was good. Similar to bacon wrapped shrimp I make at home. Looked forward to the mousse, but were served a substitute super sweet chocolate torte with a sweet sauce and nuts, which was a tasty sliver, but sweeter and heavier than desired. Another guest in our party ordered the chicken marsala on garlic mashed potato that looked good, although I did not get a chance to taste it. Overall, we were not super impressed, but would go back (maybe happy hour) to sample various small plates to get a taste of chef’s specialties with the seasoning kicked up a bit.

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AB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I’ve loved Jj’s In the past, but this visit was below our expectations. We save JJs for special nights. But on this night, my birthday, the food was off. Way too expensive for sub par. The cheese plate was extremely boring and in some cases disgusting. The wine recommendations (in the past, phenomenal) were really just ok. And our entrees, lamb and petite filet, were nothing to write home about. Tender but lacking in flavor. The whole evening was just overpriced for mediocrity whereas in the past, Jjs was synonymous with excellent and indulgent. I’m not writing you off, ut it will be a long time before we are back.

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N
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The noise level was high couldn’t have good conversation at table w/out repeating self. But great wine list & good food/knowledgeable service.

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LA
Kansas City
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week with a group of seven for lunch. Service was excellent and all meals were very good. Appetizer choice was paco shrimp or mushroom toast. Shrimp were very good but toast was a bit bland. I had the cod over cabbage and white beans, very flavorful and loved it! Companions loved the boar over pasta. Two others had chicken with mashed potatoes - it looked good and probably the most filling of the 3 entrees. Room is nice decor in a new building - a tuscan feel but the lighting was quite bright - maybe they dim in the evening. Overall I would go back and recommend it.

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B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and had early reservations on a Sunday evening, so it was very quiet and the service was right on. We were the only couple in the restaurant for most of our experience. The petite fillet was outstanding. Cooked to perfection and fork tender. The salmon was also good. We look forward to going back again.

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TC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal AND service. One of my favorite restaurants in KC!

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