JJ's Restaurant

4.7
699 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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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
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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LE
Denver
2 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
139 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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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
115 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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MB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding in both the presentation and flavor. Our waiter was excellent and was very helpful in assisting in menu favorites, wine and dessert choices.

The open nature of the restaurant causes the noise from large groups carries across the space.

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AW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Over priced

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JL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Food excellent

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RF
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Steaks were prepared immaculately, service was engaging and professional. All together a great experience.

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WG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Great bar atmosphere before for a couple of drinks. Delicious dinner.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at JJ's was terrific. Jimmy, the manager was most gracious as well as accommodating. We have been going to JJ's for close to 30 years which means we used to go to their old location as well. We took some friends who had never been to JJ's before and they will definitely be coming back on their own in the future.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food as alwats

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

Great food, fantastic service!

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Besides the waiter pointing close to my food I had no complaints. Food was great customer service was excellent.

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J
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had such a fantastic time at JJ's. Delicious food, excellent & unobtrusive service, elegant ambiance, and an extensive wine selection. I will most certainly be returning soon!

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KE
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to the new location and it felt like the old one. Nicely done great food and service

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service and food was great!

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JC
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JJ's as always does a great job with the highest quality of service with great dishes and perfect wine to compliment. Our go to place for special events and celebrations.

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SC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous experience on a father/daughter date. It was a little loud but that was mostly due to the rude people at a nearby table that were talking and laughing very loudly.

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RE
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took the wife here for her birthday. The front desk wished her a happy birthday but the waiter wished us happy anniversary! Not really a big deal but attention to detail is always important. We don’t drink wine but they had no shortage of choice when it came to a drink if you wanted one. The food was phenomenal we both had a different steak and both were blown away by the quality! The dining room is not very big so the noise level can be a little high. All in all a great place to go for A date night Or an upscale dinner with friends. Would recommend and will go back someday.

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WM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a Birthday, we had a great experience. Started out at the bar for drinks and apps then moved to a table. Heitz cab and ribeye/filet for dinner (perfectly cooked). Get the cheesecake It was the best cheesecake that I have eaten. Our server Drew (I think) was awesome, very personal and great to talk to. Will be back probably sooner than later.

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