Story

4.6
1911 reviews
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Story is a contemporary American restaurant in The Village Shopping Center in Prairie Village, KS. The Center is located 10 minutes southwest of Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza.
Story offers local, seasonal creative American cuisine from Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen. Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen is a 2013 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef Midwest and FOOD & WINE magazine's The People's Best New Chef: Midwest. Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen is FOOD & WINE Magazine's The People's Best New Chef National Winner for 2014.

Story features comfortable dining room, patio and bar seating. Dinner is served Wednesday - Sunday 5pm - 10pm.

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

I planned to have the special,lake trout, but learned that they were dredged in advance in flour and pistachios. I switched my order to the chicken and it was so good, I didn't mind. My husband said the lake trout was also good. One minor issue: the mint sorbet, which I've had twice, is delicious but icy and hard to eat,

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

Always love your fish!

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

Always love the food and appreciate the Sunday specials

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o
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice service. The atmosphere was nice. Service was excellent and food superb. Price point was reasonable.

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M
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, amazing service, and will always be our special place for our anniversary. The swordfish was perfectly prepared, and the doughnuts for dessert, how could you go wrong?

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KC
Kansas City
169 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ridge wine dinner was superb. As always Chef Carl’s food was outstanding, & the red wines were excellent (the white got mixed reviews at our table)
As always, Story is one of the better dining options in KC

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MB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and consistent food. Professional and knowledgeable wait staff. We have eaten their several times and have never been disappointed.

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AA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

waiter had a flippant attitude. We made reservation for the Sunday night dinner and he said we should of been in line at 5:00 that it ran out in one hour. Pour service and bait and switch advertising. Have always enjoyed this restaurant but now will not go back and will spread the word. We live in PV…disappointed !!!

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MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we've been there and thought it was very good.

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AR
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to eat at Story. I loved the playful menu items. Rather enjoyable and i would definitely go again.

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RG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat on the patio during a charming evening. The cork fee is high ($35) & they have to check your bottle. Except that, food is incredible. The veal is to die for

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p
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Story. The food was delicious and we look forward to coming back. The service was good too and the noise was not too bad. We are old and don't hear as well as we used to.
Thank you for a really nice evening.

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s
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start with the duck empanadas -- fantastic! The short ribs are incredible! If you go on Wednesday, I'd truly recommend at least one person in the group getting the fried chicken -- the best I've ever had. Right now is soft shell crab season and that is just magical. All of the desserts are good -- the German chocolate cake only has toasted coconut on top, which is an amazing option for the coconut challenged folks.

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LJ
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my first time to try the Sunday special. Value and flavor were outstanding, as was presentation. The only thing I'd say is that the waiter told us the chef liked to serve the steaks medium-rare and we wanted medium. Some of both our steaks were closer to medium-rare but I felt like I'd offend someone if I sent mine back. I could eat most of it though, and the service and value were all top-notch.

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Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME - loved The entire experience - everything tasted just perfectly prepared to a “t!” Out of this world!
Kevin, the server was attentive, knowledgeable and respectful at the same time!
We cannot believe this is a neighborhood place - we feel transported to some big city, but absolutely love that Story is in our own backyard!
We cannot wait to return!
Thank to all the hardworking, creative folks at Story!

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R
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only disappointment was the smoked duck empanadas-- not enough duck filling and too heavy barbecue sauce flavor.

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OT
Kansas City
31 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Story tonight for soft shell crabs. We were not disappointed! Started with an octopus, chanterelles, poached egg and crispy potatoes app. Excellent! Well cooked octopus, extra crispy potatoes with an egg that had a runny yolk.
Crab cake out between crushed fingerling potatoes, cauliflower, and angel hair slaw. Deep fried lightly, crisp the crab meat was tasty and delicate. Wait staff made an excellent Chablis pairing for us. We will make this an annual dinner!

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m
Kansas City
63 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! I would not recommend the steak tartare, but everything else we had was delicious, we all especially loved the halibut it was fantastic.

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D
Kansas City
124 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Sunday specials. This time it was cod, which my husband liked, and I took advantage of the first serving of soft shell crab. I appreciate the chef's willingness to make this dish gluten and lactose free for me.

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P
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was our first time. Not alot of people. Nice but not impressive for the price point. duck empanadas were amazing. entre for my wife and i was ok, good taste but not wow. Her chicken was ok, she thought maybe a tad undercooked. My rib meat was very tender and great taste but for me a bit more fatty than i was expecting. Thats on me though, didn't think ahead. Overall it was ok.

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

The short rib dish is one of the best things I've had anywhere in the KC metro.

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d
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinners at Story. Food is excellent!

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HK
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience, Carl is one of our favorite Chef/Restaurant owners not just in Kansas City, but we believe competes with the finest chefs in the world. Ravioli was incredible! Service truly a cut above. Well done Story!

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G
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an attentive waiter. Our food was delicious. My husband had the short rib and I had Mahi-mahi. I would suggest these dishes. A wonderful meal and we will be back.

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LL
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the prix fixe menu with the wine pairing and overall, it was fantastic! I didn't really enjoy the peas plate, with the endive and radish (it was a bitter to me) but other than that, everything else was very good and the service was delightful. I will definitely return!

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R
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Story periodically and it's always our special occasion restaurant.
Thank you for another excellent dining experience!

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M
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had that evening was delicious. Especially liked the smoked duck empanadas.

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SJ
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! The chocolate torte with poached pears is a fantastic pairing of flavors.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is Excellent !!! Sweetbreads are my favorite. It's a great restaurant to sit, dine and chat in a very low noise, non-stuffy, yet elegant, romantic restaurant. the chef is truly amazing in balancing all of the flavors in every dish. Never had a bad meal at Story. I Highly recommend dining there.

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RS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Story always provides a great dining experience. The service is attentive but unobtrusive, the decor is understated, and the noise level is fairly low. But most important is the food, which is always delicious. Most recently we had the salmon special entree, which was cooked to perfection and very flavorful.

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s
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday $10 special which was salmon. Excellent meal. Josh our server was very perspective...his timing was excellent.

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NV
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Story and enjoy that it offers upscale food in our neighborhood.

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A
Kansas City
41 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent, but the service was slow. Our server was excellent - very knowledgeable, professional and polite. However, we waited a long time between courses and often didn’t have the cocktail or wine we had ordered with a particular course. Still my favorite restaurant.

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

We had the most wonderful dinner at Story! Food was outstanding and chef Karl is very personable, humble and very talented. If you want a unique, classy place for an intimate dinner, then this is the place. Worth the drive.

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OT
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and presentation. Service staff (Chris) was courteous, professional and prompt.

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SW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely! The food was amazing - we had an amuse bouche, salad, appetizer of the duck empanadas and one of the tagliatelle with lobster and burrata. Our entrees were the Red Snapper and the Pork Tenderloin - expertly prepared. We also had dessert of the donuts and spun sugar with passion fruit pastry cream - yummy. The service was attentive but not intrusive (thanks Rebecca!).

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Story is an awesome little restaurant in Prairie Village. They are an upper scale restaurant, but completely non-pretentious. I enjoyed the duck empanadas, and wagu seared ribeye with a glass of rosé. The restaurant also provided artisan bread with nice, salted butter and a complimentary appetizer of an Italian fried dough ball in a lemon sauce. Like an Italian hushpuppy; forgot the name. Kevin, my server, was very knowledgeable and kind. The beef was outstanding and cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The German chocolate cake for desert was great, too! I went by myself and had a great experience. Awesome place for one to dine!

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C
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It wasn't the coldest night Kansas City has had this year, but it was windy. When we walked in we specifically said "no table near the front door" so the hostess guides us around to what we thought was going to be back deeper in the dining room. Instead she seated us at the table behind the glass panels that block the entry way/hostess stand from the dining room. And they are OPEN glass panels. So, every time the door opened (which was continually), we had a little swish of cold air. There were PLENTY of four tops further away from the door. Our server, Chris, started out okay, first cocktails came quickly. We asked for recommendations, and he made good ones. Somewhere along the way though, he just took on kind of an attitude, like we weren't quite good enough to eat there. Maybe it is because we didn't order one of the overpriced bottles of wine? We certainly were generous in ordering three courses, mostly at the high end. The second round of cocktails we know he heard us order, but then forgot. They we asked for a second bread basket and he seemed a bit aghast. It was just disappointing to be sitting where we sat (next time I'll not put up with being ignored about where I want to sit) and have a standoffish server, when the food was absolutely spectacular. None of this will keep us from returning, we've been dining here regularly since they opened. But don't let the somewhat arrogant hostesses seat you where you don't want to sit. I should have stood my ground and not been intimidated. Same with Chris, I should have just asked him if he had a problem with us. I do love the food, bar and (usually) the dining room.

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SB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, including the wine sommelier. The chef is super creative, and offers dishes not normally available at restaurants. They willingly and easily accommodated a gluten-free diet. We were also celebrating a birthday, and they went out of their way to make the dessert special. Wonderful experience.

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ET
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good but does not justify the wine prices. They bragged about how many wines they feature but they did not have a second bottle of the one we ordered. Took two tries to find something comparable. The service could have been better considering there were very few people in the restaurant.

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