Lidia's Restaurant

4.6
5942 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Lidia's features authentic, regional Italian cuisine. Every item at the restaurant is house-made entirely from scratch with the best ingredients available. Breads and desserts are baked in-house daily and each salad and entree is prepared fresh.

Every day Lidia's offers a sampling of seasonal, daily-made pastas. We also feature many seafood, chicken, pork, and beef options. We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs including gluten-free items.

Lidia's is located in the historic Freighthouse-- a beautiful 19th century building. The stunning decor includes three hand-blown chandeliers, a three-story slate fireplace, and cozy, New York style seating.
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AC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was so disappointed about Lidia’s. I’ve been wanting to try it for a year now and finally decided to go out there as a special occasion. We walked in on Sunday and asked if we could order off of the lunch menu because we didn’t want to do brunch and was told that we could and then when we went to order we were told there was a $5 surge charge per each dish because we were ordering off of the regular menu. We wouldn’t have bothered going there if that was the case. It makes no sense to charge more because you don’t want brunch. More so, the lunch menu was sitting in the front entrance! Highly disappointing.
Another sour note, we showed up and sat down for our reservation and told the waitress we didn’t want to pay an extra $10 so we decided to go elsewhere. They posted on open table that I was a no show and had to dispute it.

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

Food, atmosphere and service… As always, outstanding! Wine list is very good as well…we come routinely...great coffee & seasonal desserts!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ‘go to’ restaurant. They always are top notch. Good for dates or taking your parents out- doesn’t matter Lidia’s is so consistent at delivering a quality dining experience it should be on everybody’s list to visit

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J
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Amazing dinner with Matthew!!

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OT
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced and overated. Service was good but nothing else to really talk about. Servings so small, we left hungry. I had the lamb and it was good, but just a few ounces.

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B
Kansas City
59 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love Lidia's for brunch. The dessert and antipasto table is outstanding. This weeks soups was Minestra and it was fabulous. The pasta trio was also good and my wife had the Sunday Sauce and it was great. Well worth the money and the service is 5 star. We will be back.

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Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Restaurant was overbooked. Sat about 25 minutes after our reservation time. Food was excellent. Ambiance was louder than usual. Still like the restaurant, but it was a disappointing experience this time.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable. We had a large party and they never hesitated to accomadate our requests. Ready to go back!

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RF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a wonderful environment. Highly recommended and always excited to get the chance to eat here.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We always love going to Lidias for our anniversary. The Caesar salad is amazing!

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JM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our pasta was amazing. We had the special for the day. Everyone loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an anniversary dinner and while it was not necessarily a quiet, intimate dinner (just due to the sheer size of the restaurant), it was amazing nonetheless. They had our reservation and saw it was our anniversary and gave us an amazing table back in the corner. Our waitress was amazing and even gifted us with an extra dessert for our anniversary! While the duck gnocchi was really great, the stand out was the bottomless pasta, specifically the ravioli! Hands down the best ravioli I have ever had! Will definitely go to Lidia’s again, next time we are in KC.

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Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service very slow. Over 2 hours for meal. Ordered pasta trio. Never came back to see if we wanted more. Walked by our table many times. Finally nabbed our waitress told her. 5 minutes later she said they are making a fresh pan. Another few minutes they brought it our

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were early and ate outside. We were the only table so it was very quiet and private. The food was amazing. Everything was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sadly over the years, everything about the restaurant has deteriorated. It lacks the polish and attention to detail it originally had. The food was mediocre. The service was adequate but not memorable. There are too many competitors in the market now to be mediocre.

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S
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and mediocre food. We have tried several times to like Lidia's but won’t try again. Consistently bad service. Very disappointing

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AF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible service! Terrible ambience!! Mouse trap right night to my foot in the crap table they sat us in the corner!!!! Horrible horrible stay away!!! They can’t keep up with the menu items. Servers don’t care! They bring out the food in frying pans. Witnessed one server dish up someone’s food and walked away with a noodle dragging on the customers back. Then he went to another table and fished them up! So disgusting!!!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was to our satisfaction. We asked and were moved to a quieter location. The service was
attentive and food came out in good time. The only thing I disapprove of when eating out, is when
the waiter takes your bill/tip before you've left the table, which he did.

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ED
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Drove 2 hours from Columbia into KC to see Hamilton at the Music Hall. Having eaten at the flagship Becco restaurant in NYC many times, was excited to make this a special evening by starting with dinner at Lidias. Had the usual house specialty - 3 course/3 pasta dinner. Caesar was good. Dessert was luscious. Service was great, including the waiter's wine recommendation. BUT - 2 of the 3 pastas were salty to the point of being barely edible. A disappointing meal after looking forward to it for so many weeks. I'm sure it was just a bit of an anomaly, but I doubt I'd make a point of returning next time in KC. Becco in NY though, will definitely return.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely dinner we had! Made reservations, found parking to be level and close to the front door. Was seated almost immediately. The best table was ready for us and our server was lovely. The choices were so hard to narrow down but then I found that I didn't have to choose because they have a samplers choice with salad and dessert! Sold! Will be spending many more date nights here! Thanks Lydia!

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N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were great! I would go back again.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Wait staff were attentive and pleasant. We did not feel hurried at all.

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JM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome place to eat for any occasion. We celebrated our 36th Anniversary there on Sunday.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter! Food amazing as always!

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PM
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a Birthday lunch for a dear friend. We hadn’t seen each other in a while. I felt like our server wanted to rush us. It was not crowded. We were there less than two hours.

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l
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lidia's never disappoints. We were back in town for the weekend and made sure to make it back. Lovely setting, great food and wonderful service. Try the lemon cake with rose ice cream for dessert -- it was fantastic!

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MB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently great. I can always rest assured of great good and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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G
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but not excellent. Service was excellent. We sat outside which was pleasant and the bottomless pasts was a good option to try different pastas.

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JF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Overall our experience was excellent, but please tell your wait staff not to walk up to the table talking in a loud voice--interrupting our flow of conversation. They can approach quietly and wait to be acknowledged. Additionally, please advise them to keep an eye on the table. A 15 minute wait between ordering and receiving a bottle of wine is too long. In our case, our server walked by our table after 10 minutes and simply said "your wine will be here soon." She did not reappear with the wine for an additional 5 minutes.

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TC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wojo was the best server ever. She made a good evening great. Her dedication to Lydia and restaurant is above all. The food was very tasty. I tried the muscles too however I'm not a big fan but all aside it was a perfect evening out with my lovely bride to be on her 50th birthday. Thanks Lydia I appreciate you and all your staff. Very well done.

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MS
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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PA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so excited to eat at Lidia's while traveling recently. Everything was excellent - from service to the delicious food! We were able to attend a food demonstration by Lidia in San Mateo CA quite a few years ago. She was a lovely tiny woman. We even prepare a few of her recipes from her cookbooks. Highly recommend her restaurant!

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

Wonderful food and service

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JH
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were told to order the three pasta special, so we did. We probably won't again, we'll be going back and order off the menu with the main selections.

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Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A very underwhelming experience.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my boyfriend (fiancé)’s birthday and he had proposed to me an hour before that. They helped us celebrate with giving us champagne and two free desserts. They also sat us in the very intimate corner table away from everyone else. We love Lidia’s and also plan to have them cater our wedding in the future.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed every minute of it because it was our anniversary & we never get time alone to just talk & enjoy our dinners. So, that aspect was perfect. However, if we were on a time crunch we would have been a bit

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KF
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered the pasta trio. While it was was good, I wish I had ordered something else. Restaurant was very busy and as a result noisy which made it hard to have a conversation.

Server took a long time to check on us and to refill drinks. Was never asked if I wanted another glass of wine or other beverage with dessert. Waited a long time for the pasta trio to come to our area in the middle. We watched our server and the men carrying the pasta circulate everywhere else in the restaurant except to us for over 20 minutes.

This was very disappointing to us this year as we go to Lidia's once a year. Busy or not, we have never had this average of an experience. We are chalking it up to an overly busy night. For the price of the menu, we do still expect better service than what we had even if busy.

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