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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Wednesday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the bar

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Phone number
(913) 236-9955
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carl Thorne-Thomsen, 2013 James Beard Semifinalist Best Chef Midwest
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Private party facilities
Story is an elegant, upscale restaurant serving seasonal, creative American cuisine. Story's sleek, modern dining room seats 75 guests. A bar area and large patio offer additional space.
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Private party contact
Carl Thorne-Thomsen: (913) 236-9955
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Cross street
69th Terrace and Mission
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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What 1667 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChicagotransplant (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We had a great Wednesday night dinner of Story’s fried chicken and the best salad in town. Server was excellent, always a positive experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We came here on a Sunday. Every Sunday they have a different $10 meal as their special. This week it was beef tenderloin. It we delicious!

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Lovely dinner with friends— we had the ceviche appetizer (amazing!) and I had the swordfish for my meal while my husband had short ribs. We both loved our meal. Yum!

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food at Story is consistently amazing. The service the last two times has been average at best which is a little disappointing. I've come to realize great service can compensate for mediocre food but poor service can ruin a dining experience even if the food is incredible. The server was borderline inattentive including the extremely long period between when the salads were left at the table and when the entrees were eventually brought out, by never coming to the table. Story is expensive and I never mind paying a lot for great food and service. In this instance, the food is the only thing that saved this review from being fair. I mentioned this experience to a friend today and she said I was at least the 7th person who had told her lately how poor the service was.

Optimisticskeptic (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food which included beet with smoked fish, celery crab bisque, swordfish and veal was very good. Service was good. Would return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was good, however, our first visit and it didn’t start out well. When we walked in for our reservation they sat us at a high top right next to front door - I asked if they could give us another table because I tend to be very cold and I’m short so high tops aren’t great. I was told all tables are spoken for - I thought interesting since I had a reservation and no one asked me if I wanted a high or low top. I said if someone cancels I prefer to be moved - later she moved us but told we had to be done by 8. There were 3 of us 2 ordered beef short ribs one ordered shrimp and grits - dinner came with 2 shrimp and grits and one beef short ribs - when we said we had 2 beef short ribs she told us well the order showed 2 shrimp and grits - finally our waiter said it was wrong and it’s be right out - so 2 meals were cold by the time 3 mea came - not a great first impression

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We were there a Valentine's Day celebration and it was excellent. The service and food was very good.

vipMikeD (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We eat at Story often and we've never had a bad meal there. It is usually reasonably priced for such high quality and well executed dishes. I have eaten at many restaurants in KC and all around the US and Story is up there among the best and is consistent, which is why we come back again and again.

However, the last time we ate there, on Valentine's Day, was not as good as usual. I made the reservation, for my wife and I, months in advance, so I wouldn't miss out. I didn't bother to check whether they would have a fixed menu, or fixed menu and regular menu. As I previously mentioned, we eat out often and I don't mind paying a lot for good food.

I think the Valentine's Day fixed menu price was too high at $95 per person. We chose the optional wine pairings for an additional $45 per person, so we were at $280 just with the dinner and wine. I had a cocktail before dinner and my wife had a half glass of wine before our pairings started.

The menu was 5 courses and all were good. The wine pairings were excellent selections and went well with the dishes. I think for the price of $45 per person, the pours were a bit on the light side - a small half glass per course.

Overall, the food was very good, but the execution was not as perfect as it usually is at Story - they were very busy though. The service was good, but not as good as usual. Normally, I can cut some slack for being busy, but not at this price. With the coffee we had with our dessert, tax and a nice tip, our bill for two was $385. I didn't feel what we got was quite worth nearly $400 for 2.

That said, the regular menu is awesome and we'll be back often as it is one of our favorite places - just not again on Valentine's Day.

dolly (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service!! Loved our waiter very personable. Food excellent! Well thought out menu for Valentine’s Day! Thank you!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day. Booked the dinner, was not aware a pre fixed menu was the only option that evening. $95 per person is a little high, but could be worth it. This was not. Parmesan fritters were great for the first course. One each. Moved onto the salad which was excellent. Scallops was the next course which were cooked perfectly, but the accompaniments were bland and too salty to eat. The braised short rib was next. Dried out and not more than a few ounces. The sides were not one of the better dishes we’ve had there. Dessert was chocolate torte with lemon, not a fan of the lemon but my wife loved it. Chocolate torte however looked more like a dried out brownie. I’m not against a pre fixed menu. Not a fan of it being your only choice however. I eat short rib 3 times a week and was not excited about it for a special occasion. I mentioned this to the server and mentioned I was looking forward to eating the shrimp and grits that night, thinking he might surprise me with a small plate. He did not. Nothing was done to the bill. $95 per person. After a cocktail each and a glass of wine for my wife we were at $300. Needless to say I left hungry. Maybe the last restaurant I would recommend in KC for a special night out.

KimJ (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of our all time favorite restaurants. It never disappoints.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Dined here on Valentines Day. Food and service were outstanding — top 5 restaurant meals ever. Did not know it was a fixed price menu on Valentines Day so ended up paying more than expected.

vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

For a Valentine's Day set menu it was really delicious for the price and compared to most other upscale restaurants.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was really good, our server was great. It was freezing in the restaurant. $186.00 for two people. Would go for special occasion, but not every weekend.

vipKaihui (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent meal, best in Kansas City!

We moved to Kansas from Chicagoland several months ago. Since then we have been to many restaurants in Kansas City area, but haven’t find one can truly compare to the best restaurants we had experienced in Chicago, until now. Story stands out in its innovative combination of ingredients and wonderful tastes, service is superb and the atmosphere is modern and comfortable.

We will definitely return.