JJ's Restaurant

4.7
1178 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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KateB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends visiting from New Zealand and wanted a place we could have a fabulous meal and not be hurried along. JJ’s did not disappoint. We had the most outstanding evening, service was fantastic, food was mouth watering and the wine spectacular. I highly recommend JJ’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Have been a patron of JJ's for years (pre and post fire) and have sent many friends there. That ship sailed. Had a issue with wine that was dealt with poorly by the staff, (turned out the staff member was the manager), the food entres ( rack of lamb and filet) were not good, potatoes were very close to raw. We asked to see the manager, see above, he never came to the table. Hiding??? Only positive, Katie was a lovely person to work with and very apologetic.

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vipEatGoodFood
Kansas City
72 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had a nice quiet dinner with my spouse. I've been dining here for many, many years. The menu could use a refresh. One of the best wine lists in Kansas City.

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TheresaT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great place to celebrate our anniversary! The patio is beautiful and quiet, the food and drinks yummy, and the service impeccable. In an era of understaffed restaurants, JJ's service is some of the best in the city. We will be back!

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GarrettM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with excellent food.
Outstanding value for upscale restaurant.

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vipdalto
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service by our waiter, comfortable ambiance (we ate at a high top in the bar). Noise level was energetic but not overwhelming. The filet I ordered was prepared perfectly (Pittsburgh). The halibut special was fresh and also well prepared. A very good local choice for a steak and seafood restaurant.

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june
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was EXCELLENT!!! What more can I say!!!!

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CarolT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding and different than what’s usually available in restaurants.

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eagerdiner
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I'd looked forward to dining at JJ.s again but was very disappointed. I ordered a glass of sparkling wine and was told it was not available due to COVID. Alright, that was not awful, so I skipped a drink. Then I ordered the paco shrimp - always a favorite. The shrimp is no longer large, but very small and was overcooked and tough. My dining partner ordered the little "purses" for a starter and while still delicious, they had also had been reduced in size to tiny. Prices for both items were still very high. While thinking out loud about the rack of lamb, the server said NO lamb. When asked why, we were again told that it was because of COVID. Before ordering the steak medallions, I asked the server whether they could be cooked rare. She didn't know but went to the kitchen to ask. She came back and said that they indeed could be prepared rare. When they arrived, they were medium to well done and sitting in thick clumps of gravy that would have done a country diner proud. The medallions were very small and ultra thin. I've never seen any like them - ever. The server went back to the kitchen and came back to the table asking if I would like a beef filet cooked rare to replace the medallions. I said yes; when that steak arrived, it was indeed rare if black on the top. But after the top was removed, it was very good. The scalloped cheese potatoes were absolutely delicious. We ordered dessert. Both desserts were very good, but the portion was about a third or even a quarter of what most restaurants serve and what JJ's used to serve. While this portion was enough, the price for it had also remained very high. The coffee was very good. After all was said and done, I felt very sad that JJ's is not the restaurant it once was. You can still spend a small fortune there, but you need to be prepared that you probably will not get the quality or quantity you expect. Our service was good.

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vipgoodfood
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service, decor, food and extensive wine list

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vipCOCO
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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ZacharyC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing time at JJ’s. The wine that was recommended for our price range was perfect as well! The steak I had was very delicious and the pasta dish my girlfriend had, was said to be perfect!

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sozodines
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We hit as many "fine dining" places as we can. Honestly I would call them expensive places and not fine dining. I don't know if I've found fine dining in KC. We haven't hit them all yet, but I will forever miss E.B.T. JJ's looked promising on the website. From the absent valet to the very casual host the "fine dining" thought left our head to just expensive. Everyone was very nice and our server was incredible. She was over sat by far, a 8 top a 7 top two 4 tops and two 2 tops. She juggled us in a way that no one but a professional could. It still left us looking around and waiting for drinks and other things between courses. But the job that she did do.... OMG I can't stress it enough, she did phenomenally.
The food: We ate a LOT: She set this up to come in courses and it was fantastic
started with 2 appetizers: their Ahi Tuna and their Lobster Goat chees purses - both perfect the Tuna was spot on seared and the sauce had just a hint of spice and the purses were what grown up rangoons should be.
Their Pear and Stilton salad was perfection with me wanting to just order a whole plate of the stilton
Their onion soup was great - ok not gonna lie - it was like a very nice french onion - but really good.
Rainbow Trout small plate - fresh tasting and delicious
Their small plate of the day - a pasta duck confit - great flavors - heavy - and I know how many times people tell me that "that is how you are supposed to cook pasta" i don't like it that "al dente"
Wife had the lobster tail dinner - and this is where her and I disagree - it was cooked to perfection!! she doesn't like the chargrilled flavor and it ruined it for her. I thought that it made the dish.
I had the tenderloin medallions in a peppercorn mushroom sauce and it was divine.

The bad:!!:: It was our anniversary and they sat us in the middle of their dining room. Ok, not my favorite but we'll deal. Then they sat a 12 top and a 7 top on either side of us. And the 12 top were all loud and yelling at each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious. Service was great. Terrific wine selection. Great way to celebrate my birthday!

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Birthday
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance great. Service a big slow. Food mediocre. We had the special sea bass which was dry. The filet looked like a flank steak and was over cooked. I expect to leave thinking the food was awesome when you are paying over $40/plate.

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vipkimber
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and excellent food. The outdoor patio is awesome!

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scotta
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place. Good food. Good service. Our favorite plaza casual eatery

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JRx2
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was done to perfection. The food was amazing and the cocktails and wine were the best. We can't wait to return. Thanks.

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MichaelS
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rick always gives great service. Desert were especially good last night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, and drinks!!!

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LaurieT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service, and food. I love when a restaurant does something different from every other restaurant. We had lobster purses, onion soup, filet medallions, and the evening special halibut over risotto. Everything included the wine was perfection. We’ll done JJs.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always.

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CarolM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as it always is! One of my favorite places 😊

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JosephP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine and food was as good as one could expect. That's why I keep going back.

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TerriM
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was fantastic

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vipDreadnaught
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

we always enjoy JJs. It is our favorite restaurant. Celeberated our 51st there and it was brilliant. Do find Lamb when you are able.

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JonS1957
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

always very good . good people watching too. waiter could've had a better attitude, but not horrible.

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vipGogogadget
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jj’s Honored our reservation time despite being 15 minutes late because of traffic. Alani, our server, was very helpful, patient, and attentive. Overall ambiance was great for date night, not to mention the food was incredible. We both had steaks, and the salads were so fresh and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Kansas City area.

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crich85
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

My husband and I went for a date night and our server was very short with us. Not friendly conversation and a little rude. She must of had a bad day but our experience wasn’t the best due to her.

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vipBSS1
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere at JJ's is great. We had a nice quiet birthday celebration for my wife. We love their menu, plenty of great options. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. She helped with recommendations that were spot on. The steak was done just right and the recommendation on trying the cold smoked pork chop was appreciated. Ended with a great Lemon cake. We will be back to JJ's soon.

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vipLorri
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Front hostess team was not very welcoming. Food was fine and service was a little slow. Not sure we would go back.

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SharonC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I first want to say I have called and talked with the restaurant about my experience. My husband and I went to lunch for his 65th birthday. We were seated at at a lovely table. They did have a large party ~12 people seated on the next room, it was a little too noisy and they politely closed 1 of the sliding after we asked it they could for COVID reasons and noise level. We ordered the special appetizer, pizza. When it came out it was cold, we didn’t say anything at that time. Our salad and lunch we ordered came out to the same time, we asked it we could have our salad first. I did ordered a glass of wine with dinner and finally received during dessert. I ordered a cup of coffee and it came out lukewarm, she did exchange for another cup.All above is not JJ’s standards, I don’t know if they didn’t have enough help, was there issues with the kitchen and bartending services? I did not say anything since it was my Husbands BD and left a nice tip. I called later and all they said, did you have a nice time? I just wanted to communicate to let them know, anticipating honesty. I was not looking for a free lunch and specifically communicated. I was shocked of the attitude like I was lucky to be there, I will not be dining there for awhile.

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KimberlyC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table wasn't ready so we ended up eating outside. I did not mind this as the outdoor setting is always nice. The serving staff are always attentive and our food selections were delicious. It was not our first time here and we will be back again.

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GregW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience. The food, the service and the atmosphere were all wonderful. Will definitely be back.

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vipcosteakgirl
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, fun server and fabulous meal. This is a fun spot for dinner in KC when you want to dress up a bit and have a fine dining experience.

My drink was perfect. I had a filet, cooked perfectly with a charred crust and a pink center. I substituted for the black peppercorn mushroom sauce and it was divine. The mashed potatoes were creamy and yummy.

The table all had lemon cello cake which was super moist and delish!

Prices are in line for a nice dinner and i will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great … we enjoyed the food our in the patio !

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TomL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance was amazing. Other than the fact that the temperature in the room was too warm everything else was perfect.

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vipExpectantDiner
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

So disappointing. So loud the waitress couldn’t hear us when we ordered. The paco shrimp used to be so good but now they are small shrimp with none of the horseradish flavor. The salads were ok, however the main courses were weak. In particular the “rack” of lamb was awful; 3 thin cut chops that were individually grilled to a crisp. We have been customers for more than 30 years and I doubt we will go back.

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