JJ's Restaurant

4.7
1096 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Contrary to popular belief, JJ’s Restaurant is not named for popular owner Jimmy Frantzé. In 1985, Jimmy purchased JJ Malane’s from his former business partner and the saloon’s namesake. Malane’s went away, but JJ’s remained, and a West Plaza fine dining icon was born. Jimmy invested his enthusiasm and passion for exceptional contemporary American food, steaks and wine to build one of the finest restaurants in Kansas City just a block west of the Country Club Plaza. He helped create an environment that attracted and kept one of the most professional staffs in the region. He inspires so much loyalty that when the new JJ’s reopened 18 months after a 2013 fateful fire, almost all of his staff re-joined him.
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was great. The appetizers (lobster purses) and soup (tomato basil) were great and the dessert (lemoncello cake) was fantastic, but the entree was just meh. I got the fillet with a lobster tail and the lobster tail was cooked perfectly. The steak wasn’t season on the outside and was a little too charred for my personal taste. Also the glaze was very bland, salt and pepper would have gone a long way. All in all it wasn’t a bad meal, but for the prices they charge, it should have been a lot better. We had gift cards and honestly we probably wouldn’t spend our own money there.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pizzas are amazing. And the Stilton Pear Salad was wonderful.
We sat on the patio and had a lovely time.
Rick was a Great Server!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing wine list.......interesting variety on the menu......excellent service! Dining at JJ’s is always a treat!

VK
VictoriaK
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening at JJ’s! Our server Drew was incredible! We had a special occasion/engagement and we tasked his assistance which he did with such grace. We had some misses on timing which he handled so well. It was fun! Thank you Drew for making the evening special!

KC
vipKCdiner
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for business or lunch with a friend. Exceptional staff and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor ambience was perfect for this special occasion, as was the food, service, and friendly staff. We can always count on JJ’s; the food, service and atmosphere is constantly outstanding.

MJ
MJW2018
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We weren't as happy with the food as the last time we were there...but everything was still very good. Might reconsider pop music on patio. Would have been nice to have a more chill mix of music aka zero 7/Air/Man Ray collection. Again, still had a lovely time. And our waiter Ryesha sp? was absolutely lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Over cooked steak sent back and it still was over cooked. JJ’s has been my favorite place to get a steak in KC for many years. Disappointing.

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GregW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great JJ’s experience with friends. Thanks.

LA
vipLovesAixois
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with small plates of a lamb chop and trout. There were both delicious. We also ordered fresh made sourdough bread and mussles. The mussles were in a creamy curry sauce which I loved but my companion prefers a white wine sauce. Also had the limoncello cake which was delicious. Service is always good here.

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ChristineW
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent!! Can’t wait until our next visit!

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vipMary
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Normally I love JJ's but this was an unfortunately experience. The server muttered a snide remark that she didn't think we heard (we did), she took the food order for 1 of the 3 of us, turned it in, got the bottle of wine for the other 2 and finally took our food order so, of course, the first 1 to order got her food and was almost finished by the time we got ours. My steak was not cooked the way I ordered it, so it was returned. The third person at the table was pulling a hair out of her pasta when a nearby server saw it and swooped in to remove that and get her another. Our 2 meals were comped but it was definitely not the night we envisioned.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious steak and Salmon entrees. It was our 50th Anniversary celebration which they asked about when we made the reservation. So we were a little surprised when the only nod to our anniversary was a “Happy Anniversary “ when we arrived. Why ask if d’y ou don’t do anything about it?
The au gratin potatoes were a little tough. Our server was superb. My wife said her steak was a 10 out of 5 stars.

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BekahC
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and amazing service.

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vipNathalieT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening celebrating a very special birthday.

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Kristina
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found JJ's online while looking for a place to celebrate my anniversary and I loved it! The staff was quick and friendly and really made our anniversary special. I'd recommend this place to anyone for any occassion!

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viptomthorn
Kansas City
86 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very quiet Sunday night in the dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service from Rick.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance on outside patio was perfect, food was great, service was fantastic!!!!

KC
KCJuggler
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate on the patio, which is very nice as far as JJ's can control. The only little issue is looking into the empty, dingy offices on higher floors but that's not under their control. The fire walls & trees were very nice.

As far as the meal was concerned, the food was very good. I could eat as many Paco Shrimp as they could bring to the table. My wife's steak was slightly overdone (getting towards medium instead of mid-rare) but delicious and juicy. Her Brussel sprouts were superb. My pork chop was amazing (the chutney perhaps the best I've ever had). My asparagus was perfectly cooked but could've used a pinch of salt.

As always, the wine list is worth any trip. They were out of the Vouvray I ordered but had a perfectly acceptable replacement. My Irish Coffee inexplicably arrived without cream but was quickly corrected and delicious.

Service was very good, attentive without being at all intrusive.

It's good to see JJ's has weathered the pandemic.

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Amerigold
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was really good, but the food wasn’t great. The lobster was over seasoned, the wild boar bland, just tasted like the Ragu that it was in, but the Paco shrimp was great!

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vipDoug
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pork chop was fantastic! The brussels sprouts were a little overcooked.

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Bailey
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

JJ's was an excellent choice to celebrate my mom for mother's day. They had a substantial wine list and even had a few decent Happy Hour deals. I enjoyed the house pasta with housemade meatballs and roasted mushrooms. My mother ordered the smoked salmon salad and was very impressed with the salmon on top. We both left very little left on our plates!

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vipBestDogMolly
Kansas City
59 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service remain impeccable! We had not eaten out in over a year due to the pandemic and what a treat we had getting back to one of our favorites! Paco's Shrimp is our favorite and the steaks awesome.

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Mamag
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal. We’re old and had a little trouble conversing amongst ourselves after a large party was seated next to us. But that’s to be expected.

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vipstrath2
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Noisy in the dining room, but wine was perfect and service was wonderful.

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Marnie
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great outdoor deck & wonderful staff.

KJ
vipKJMC
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a very nice meal. In general their wine offerings are outstanding especially for Kansas City. Our waiter was very nice although it appeared that they were a little short staffed as so many places are right now.

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vipBobT
Kansas City
41 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

JJ's is one of my favorites restaurants. I've been a frequent customer for over 25 years for both business and personal dinners. I've had dinner at JJ's twice in the past month and the food quality is not up to its historic high standards. During both recent visits, I ordered the Kansas City strip prepared medium, both times it was delivered between medium-well to well done. My shoe probably had more flavor. My wife ordered the wild boar ragu, which is normally excellent, but it was very salty and quite acidic last night.
Service is normally a hallmark at JJ's, but last night we had a young woman server who never introduced herself, was not very attentive and didn't seem to understand basic, for example - I ordered a house salad when ordering my entre and she brought an entre-sized salad. Normally a manager is checking on guests, but not last night. A manager would have figured out that this young lady needed help.
I hope JJ's get's back to it's tradition ofexcellence.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great services, great food, great wine

WC
WilliamC
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been some long time since we dined at JJ’s and it was worth the wait. Everything was terricic

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vipsuzieq
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was A+++ from the moment we entered. Our waiter Jamison was awesome, going over and above to make Mother’s Day a dinner to remember.

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Lashawn
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venue is very nice and food is great! Any menu item purchase always taste so good. No complaints from me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the patio and had an exceptional server. We will be back for sure!

BK
BrinKate
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for quiet, leisure dining near the Plaza. Tables are spaced appropriately for a sense of privacy. Appetizer Mussels were plump and juicy in a delicious wine sauce. The small plate salmon with Brussel sprouts was plenty for a main dish after an appetizer and salad. I can’t pass up the Chicken Marsala on my visits. Not your normal mushroom sauce but full of flavor. Great wine list too!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Took my friend to HH & Dinner. It was a beautiful night to sit on the rooftop and enjoy the view!

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LanaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our food was excellent and then atmosphere was very good. The greeter was very friendly, we had the baked brie for appetizer and then the french dip an chicken marsala for the maindish. Everything was excellent.

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vipLinda
Omaha
30 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening. Sarah was our server and she was friendly and efficient. Wild boar Ravi and the French onion soup were delicious.

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BobN
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. JJ’s is a consistent winner.

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Johnc
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I was very dissatisfied with the food. The food was cold.

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