Tatsu's French Restaurant

4.7
309 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Chef / owner Tatsu Arai first opened a French pastry and luncheon shop in 1980. Customers soon hungered for more and the menu and hours were expanded to include dinner. Consistently excellent food and warm and gracious service has earned Tatsu’s the Zagat’s prestigious top 40 award and a ranking as one of the top five restaurants in Kansas City.

French classics such as Beef Bourguignon, Saumon Poche/Meuniere, Escalope de Veau au Citron and a delicious Pureed Carrot Soup grace the menu. The house salad dressing and teriyaki sauce are such customer favorites that for years they have been available to take home from the restaurant.

Tatsu’s is the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion and a recently opened private dining area can accommodate larger gatherings and banquets. The quality of the cuisine, affordability and attentive service has created a loyal following of patrons who dine regularly at Tatsu’s.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 309 people are saying
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JohnA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good , perfectly cooked
Service was very good. I will go back
again for any occasion.

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vipScottL
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We haven't been here in a while, but were once again, thrilled to be back! The food and service were exceptional!

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vipChadO
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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jamesf
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great place to celebrate special occasions. food is unsurpassed. Our server seemed to be predisposed and made a few errors in service. Somewhat irritating but everyone has an off day now and then. I gave her the normal gratuity. Service does not dissuade me from visiting again.

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vipTinaJ
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hidden gem tucked away. It’s definitely worth going if you have never been

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BillL
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating here since the beginning in 1980 and I have never had a bad meal. Great food

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vipBeckett
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect

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dans
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

we received our salads before appetizer. When the appetizer did show up it was the wrong one and we had to argue with server on it not being what was ordered. Eventually she admitted it was not what we ordered. Veal over cooked and vegetables soggy

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TomK
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dinner was amazing for our anniversary! As it turned out we were the only customers in the dining room until we were leaving. Excellent freshly prepared food along with great service. A little pricey but worth it. We can’t wait to go back.

I think that it would be a great restaurant to take out of town company or anyone celebrating a special occasion.

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janeb
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints us! Yum yum!!

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vipJanineD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was wonderful (as always), and the plate presentation was exquisite.

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RichardG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a quiet dinner with someone special. The dinner was great/

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cxrman
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. Good service from a very, very busy waitress with a lot of tables.
Only complaint was a bad Old Fashion cocktail. Bitter tasting possibly from too much aromatic cocktail bitters.

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vipLarry
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

90 minutes to get main course. Seated in back room with very bright spotlights in ceiling. Zero atmosphere. Customers coming in later seated in nicely lit side room

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DanS
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tatsus always has outstanding food, great service, and remarkably reasonable prices. They have distanced tables well beyond minimum requirements, too. Whether it is a special occasion or a great dinner out, it’s a wonderful place for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabby was a ray of Florida sunshine! She is very knowledgeable about food allergies and made special accommodations for our gluten free friend. We were able to try several wines and cocktails before ordering and loved her menu recommendations. Phenomenal customer experience. Thank you so much Gabby!

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ClistaY
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat. Carrot soup is outta this world.

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vipBobB
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tatsu's is one of my favorite places. I've been there many times over the years, and the food is always excellent. While the service can sometimes be a little slow, the overall experience is great. Once again, I had the herb chicken, which sounds simple, but is in fact a complex mix of flavors that compliment each other fantastically. My business partner had the rack of lamb and it was cooked and flavored to perfection. Tatsu's is highly recommended!

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vipTinaJ
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jintana was wonderful!! She’s great. Tatsu stopped by... great cozy hidden gem. Took our 14 & 16 year old. We will definitely be back. Thank you

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vipCzar
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all their years in existence, Tatsu's still seems to be too little known. Their food is simply excellent. If you enjoy fine dining, do not miss them.

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MikeC
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

seating prompt - service attentive. with smaller seating area (Covid driven separations) there were less diners and less servers so....the time was a bit longer than historical but still worth the outing.

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vipmchunt
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

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vipPete
Kansas City
54 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tatsu's is a wonderful place . The food is excellent, the staff is great and service is excellent . Another great issue is plenty of parking at their location, takes away all the arrival stress !

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vipTraciJ
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

The food was good but the service and ambiance need significant help. It's not what you would ecpect for an upscale/pricey restaurant. The restaurant itself was cold - literally and figuratively. The "cold" temperature made it impossible to relax and enjoy the meal. The cold setting was also a disappointment. They put in wall to wall and ceiling to floor window which were cold to the touch. I'm sure this is part of the lack of heat issue but the feel lacked coziness. The carpet looked dirty and dingy. The walls are done in unappetizing colors and the painted woodwork is chipped. The ceiling is dropping and the ceiling heat returns were filthy. I went to the restroom which smelled of sewer gas. The doorknob came off in my hand but I was able to get it back on - which is good - because the bathroom not only smelled bad, it too was dirty and in desperate need of attention. Many if these issues could be easily improved with some new paint (preferably in a color conducive to fine dining), new ceiling tiles, new carpet and drapes for the sterile windows. Our bill for lunch was about $150. If you go, wear your mask that covers your eyes as this place is in sad shape.

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BiteSized
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service were wonderful however the overall experience was uncomfortable due to the lack of other patrons.

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vipJohnH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is hidden gem that we have enjoyed for years. The food and service are excellent, and we regularly recommend it to friends.

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vipBobT
Kansas City
41 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been at Tatsu's for a year and will not repeat such a long time away! Our dinner was excellent. I had the crab cake appetizer and it was quite unique and very tasty. My entre was the rack of lamb, which was well prepared and fresh. We split the puff pastry with custard for dessert and found it refreshing. Our service was not rushed and we left thinking about when we could return without appearing to be in a rut!

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viplouise
Kansas City
41 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service! And very well spaced tables.

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DeanW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tatsu’s is charming and the food is always exquisite! Our waiter was outstanding. Highly recommend it for an occasion or just to treat yourselves.

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vipSM12
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food as always! Wish there was some sound absorbing material inside as there are always people who talk very loudly.

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vipRickB
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Ordered 2 daily specials, one with chicken entre and one with salmon. They brought out 2 with salmon. Took it back and prepared the chicken, but very disappointing.

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vipRavi
Kansas City
73 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A last-minute dinner worked very well. Both dishes ordered were perfect. And the waitress “Chen” did a great job too.

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Jackie
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. One of our favorite go to restaurants for special occasions or date night. Always special. Love the lamb and scallops and orange soufflé

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GTandKT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The veggies with the entrees included Brussels sprouts which neither of us like but other than that the food was excellent.

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SheriS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service & Food were excellent. Could use a little more ambiance. Seemed kind of stark. Would go back!

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JaneC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Tatsu's remains our favorite restaurant, as it consistently delivers a very enjoyable dining experience. Highly recommended.

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TerryW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great Thanksgiving dinner with a friend here. Food was excellent, staff and efficient. Good atmosphere.

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DiannaL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was very good and turkey tasted undercooked. Also volumn of food was lacking for “a traditional Thanksgiving dinner” As advertised

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in KC always good

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SandeepS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I generally would rate Tatsu’s higher. This visit left much to be desired. We were a party of 5. The website says they have a Sunday 3-course special, which is why we made the reservation. When we got there we were told that they were not serving the special that day. Then we were seated in a very cold area. The server attempted to station a heater near us but it kept tripping the circuit breaker. Overall, wasn’t a great experience.

FAQs

Tatsu's French Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Tatsu's French Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (913) 383-9801.

Tatsu's French Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.