JJ's Restaurant

4.6
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801 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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LJ
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant was very noisy, and we asked to be moved when a party of 6 was seated right beside us. They graciously accommodated the request. Our server, Rick, was absolutely amazing from start to finish. The halibut special of the evening was to die for...really, don't miss this dish if you can get it. Besides the noise, the only disappointment was the chicken Marsala. It was made with white wine, which was interesting; however, there were only 2 mushroom slices on it. I mentioned that, but did not receive more. Overall, though, it is worth the trip, and we'll be back.

EK
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, was the best Pork Chop I have ever had! Was grilled perfectly, smoky flavor with the sweetness of the chutney - perfection. Also, the snow peas with shiitake mushrooms were amazing. My wife had a beet salad with salmon and that was excellent. We had never eaten in the dinning room and that was a treat as well, we usually eat outside when we have gone but the dining room was the perfect level of noise for us.

8
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The surroundings were beautiful and "energetic". I would describe it as "loud" the night we were there when the dining room was full.

MM
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a wonderful experience. Our favorite Kansas City restaurant.

t
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got done with errands early & sat in the bar 4-5 for happy hour. This was our first go at happy hour then dinner, it was our 37th year anniversary. Everything about the evening was lovely, dinner tasted perfect, drinks sipped well, staff were welcoming & cordial. Thank you

MB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Atmosphere and wonderful food. Service was exceptional. The night we were there it was on the noisy side but overall a great experience.

MS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a comfortable setting, good prices

CP
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a lovely time. The hostess was very friendly. The decor and ambience in the dining room was perfect. We tried many different seafood dishes and they were all excellent. We will definitely return.

KC
Kansas City
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server made the night. Sadly, we’re not recalling her name but she was wonderful.

RL
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Happy Hour bar. Dinner was outstanding!

RE
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and wine was delicious! The decor reminded me of an Olive Garden..very generic looking.

KK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great wine list, service, and happy hour tacos. Beautiful evening on the patio.

S
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed my meal and the dining room is lovely. The food tasted very good but the presentation needs improving a lot. My server, Lauren, was the best! He made the evening a very pleasant experience.

CS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the food...great menu selections! Beautiful ambience!
Wines by the glass selection is limited, but satisfactory.
Overall, a lovely evening with friends at dinner.

A
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food is good but decor is boring; it's a dated look. There are a lot of other restaurants that are more lively with good food. I noticed an obscene price on a toney glass of Champagne on the menu. I love Champagne, but if you're going to offer this, I suspect it needs to be some kind of loss leader.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We expected better service and attention. The task of serving us was completed, but we did not feel we were a priority. The food was ok. We asked for “medium” steaks and all three were “rare” (deep red color and blood ridden juice.) The waiter did not check on us so we just “settled” with what we got! The cheesecake was a rough cut, was not garnished and was bland. We wanted a high-end experience to celebrate a birthday and was disappointed. We will not return.

KC
Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! One of the best in KC! Definitely will be back.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

KC Strip and Grilled Pork Chop were excellent and the ganache was to die for. Unbelievable wine selection!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and food was outstanding!

DJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Chris, had a knack for arriving at our table at exactly the right time. A very enjoyable evening.

t
Kansas City
83 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our guests had not fined at JJ’s. They were impressed and grateful to have been introduced.

B
Kansas City
61 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating with our team at our 2020 Business Planning Retreat. Originally, we were sat at an indoor table. However, it was such a gorgeous night, we requested the patio instead. We were immediately accommodated. Half the table enjoyed a bottle of wine and the other two had the Sonic drink -- seriously tastes like a cherry limeade - like being a kid again. The soup du jour with italian sausage was delish. We had 2 chicken marsalas, 2 medallions and 1 ahi at our table -- all hit the spot. Our server was very informative and expedient. We really enjoyed her. We'll be back!

BP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Very pleased. Thanks so much

NS
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love visiting JJ's when we are in KC. The service is always top-notch, the wine list is quite impressive and the menu never disappoints. We had an outstanding ahi tuna on our last visit and we always order the little purses as an appetizer. It's also so nice to find a locally-owned restaurant on the Plaza. We will be back next time we're in town!

JQ
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding...as expected from previous visits to JJ's

DM
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was magical

J
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

I would not recommend based on this visit. This visit was unlike our previous visits and was very disappointing. Once we were seated it took 20 min before we were acknowledged and that wasn't even our server. When our server did arrive at our table, she apologized for the delay as she was busy tending to a larger party. There was no mention of any specials even though the menu has a special item of the day that will be described by your server. I ordered the RibEye which I was promptly told was no longer available that night (dinner reservation was at 6:30 which is not very late). Once order was taken, we did receive appetizers and salads timely but was left with a long wait for the entree. It seems the larger parties in the back were bringing out dinners and it appeared all hands were on deck.
We would have appreciated a warning when we were seated that service was going to be slow and we may find it to be quicker sitting at the bar. At least we would have been warned.
We booked JJ's because our previous experiences have been very good. On this night, we were celebrating our 40th Anniversary (mentioned in reservation) which was acknowledged as we checked in with the Hostess. However, once seated there were no further acknowledgements.
Overall a very disappointing evening

LA
Kansas City
37 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Both drinks very good. We started with mussels in creamy curry sauce. The mussels were very tiny but I loved the sauce and asked for bread to dip in it. We got a couple small plates - the lamb chop and fettuccini with veggies. Both delicious - although lamb chop was bigger last time. A little pricy for small plates but if you're not too hungry, it's a nice option. Service was impeccable and ambiance is quite nice in dining room. Bar and patio looked nice also and they serve happy hour in those two locations.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great

MP
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The noise level was so loud, we couldn’t even hear each other.

PD
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yes it is a very upscale place. The service was excellent. The view by a window was difficult to see out of past shrubs and a poorly weeded area. I was disappointed at the view for being a window table near the plaza. All of the food was tasty except my filet which had no flavor. The salad was excellent as was the appetizer but if I ever went back I would definitely not order the steak filet. I should have commented to the server about the lack of flavor.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Dinner was excellent!!!

CB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my grandsons first fine dining experience and they loved it. One grandson had the filet and lobster tail. First time with lobster and he was won over. I had lamb and it was delicious. The waiter was right on top of everything. I have one grandson who wants to redesign every restaurant, but not this one. Great experience.

TB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would love to give five stars to this Kansas City gem. My first visit was truly a five star experience. The service was on point and the food and wine were beyond amazing. Our server recommended a South African Pinot Noir, and it was heavenly. My most recent visit to JJ's was fantastic with the exception of the service. The supporting staff was wonderful and attentive, but our server would dash off after one person in our party of four made a request of food or drink without waiting to hear if any other person at the table wanted to place an order. I will definitely continue coming back to JJ's. I am in love with this place.

CG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We come here for special occasions and usually have great service which I consider part of the experience. Unfortunately, this time was very different. The waiter was not attentive at all and we needed to call him over constantly just to order food or drink. He gave no extra input on menu items and did not offer alternatives if something was no longer available. The food was fabulous.

JM
Kansas City
198 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the KC area and I bring my clients and friends. Best food and service.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very solid food and service. Ambience could use a boost. Overall thumbs up

JM
Kansas City
198 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. Would not change a thing. Great Gazpacho special and fabulous snapper. Thanks for a wonderful time.

AG
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their happy hour is so fantastic!!! They're house white wine in the happy hour was so good that I had to go out and find it myself. We did up in the dining room and really enjoyed our dinner. My hubby loved the beet salad. And the pork chop . My house salad and grilled salmon were fabulous!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The atmosphere is really nice however our food took 2 hours to come out. We arrived at 7:45 and did not get our food until almost 10 pm. Our server never even acknowledged how long we waited on our food and hardly said 5 words to us the entire time. The food was underwhelming to say the least. The medallions had a strange after taste and the plate had no presentation to it whatsoever... Boar ragu was good but for a 250+ dollar tab for 4 people we were pretty disappointed in the entire experience, specifically the service and price for what we received.

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