Tatsu's French Restaurant

4.6
68 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dinner celebrating our birthdays. Food is fantastic every time

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DD
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my families favorite restaurants. The food is always outstanding. We love both lunch and dinner.

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JW
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I haven't been to Tatsu's in a couple of years. It's pretty much the same menu. They could stand to update it a bit. The real problem for us is that there is construction of some kind going on in the building and the whole place smelled like paint thinner when we were there. We almost left because of it. In addition, on a Saturday night, you think they would have a real bartender on duty and not be having the wait staff to mix drinks. We had to look up an ingredient list, and explain how to make a couple of classic cocktails. We weren't the only ones. A table down from us had to explain what was in and how to make a Grasshopper.

Food gets a C
Decore gets a C
Noise level was quiet
The chemical smell gets an F-

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P
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I tend to evaluate based on how a restaurant would compare to one of our favorite NYC places - and Tatsu’s compares very favorably! Margaret took our reservation and also was our server at lunch - and she is a treasure😀! She patiently guided us during our first ever visit, and her recommendations were superb!
The ambience here is everything a good French restaurant should be - we felt like we were in a French home made welcome by the family! The food is the best French food we’ve experienced in 44 years of our marriage and we are coming back to celebrate that 44th anniversary here😀!
I’m already planning on bringing other family members here - we are thrilled to have found this in KC.

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q
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, I like liver! And it’s done to perfection.
Possibly the gin and tonic could be better, not asked if the gin being used is ok.
But still I rated them 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food as ALWAYS! They never disappoint at Tatsu’s

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CR
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic- server delightful and dessert so yummy!

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W
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a wonderful dining experience one of the main reasons is the ambiance the lack of noise it is quiet and suitable for conversation

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C
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tatsu's never disappoints-always good food, great ambiance and friendly service. Our fiends stayed on until they were ready to close service for lunch, such an intimate setting for our luncheons, in a quiet corner of Prairie Village.

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K
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was just right-attentive but not pushy. Always a great place to dine.

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T
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have chosen Tatsu’s for our annual anniversary dinner for 38 years! When I made the reservation I noted that it was a anniversary. Nothing was acknowledged or anything special done. Very disappointed 😞

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife out and happened to see this place on open table. First time visiting and we were blown away. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. This is our new French restaurant and we highly recommend you try for yourself.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server kept messing up our orders and things were forgotten or wrong. The food itself sorely needed seasoning. I’ve eaten at Tatsu’s more than 200 times. Sadly, this was the worst experience I’ve had there after many wonderful experiences.

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V
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently very good food and service. A special occasion place for us. Ambiance is the best. Quiet but friendly. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant for special occasions.
Pricey.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was slow, food took a long time.

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W
Kansas City
62 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service as always. Limited V day menu, but hit the right spots. A not so hidden GEM!

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KC
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day was wonderful

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JB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Overrated.

Food was just okay for the price point being above average.

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, would highly recommend. Bring your gold or platinum card though, you will need it.

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g
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, ambience and hospitality of the staff was even greater than their usual 5 star experience.

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R
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have coming to Tatsu's for several decades and our first visits there meant we had to drive 25 miles one way! We especially like to go there for special occasions but do dine there without an excuse. My wife had the crab soup to start and I had their soup of the day--an excellent pumpkin based soup. After the traditional house salad she enjoyed veal liver while I had an excellent scallop and mushroom dish. We didn't order dessert due to New Year's resolutions but we saw three other tables each enjoying souffles! We enjoyed our meal so much we are going back tonight!

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never been disappointed with the food at Tatsu’s!

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S
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been a few years since we've been there, but what makes Tatsu's a wonderful restaurant hasn't changed. Outstanding service. Excellent food. Lots of menu choices. Good wine selections. A must-try for special occasion dining.

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M
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a very enjoyable meal with one exception. We ordered a filet medium and sent it back twice and it still came out pretty rare. Not sure what the deal was with this.
Everything else was excellent.

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k
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Might need new ceiling tiles, still great foodand service

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A personal favorite -- I would recommend it to anyone

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MC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

quiet and well serviced - food excellent as always.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was wonderful and a good value!

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere!

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DB
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the herbed chicken with vegetables! Took my friend there for her birthday and they brought out a small dessert with a lighted candle - nice touch!

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V
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tatsu's is always a great place to unwind and have a quality dinner!

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LN
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tatsu's is simply the finest restaurant in Kansas City. If you eat there, you'll know for sure that it's not a fluke that it's been open for 38 years, which is many lifetimes in the restaurant business. The food is sublime! Everything we ordered was perfection--the soups (French Onion and Soupe de Crabe) alone would have been the best meal we've had in ages, but, the Boeuf Bourguignon and the Veal Liver were beyond compare, and the desserts (I had the Cherry Parfait) exceeded even my very high expectations! The restaurant is elegant, but, not stuffy. Our waiter was a true professional, which only added to the wonderful experience. I can't recommend Tatsu's highly enough! Whether you have a special event, or just want to remind yourself what truly delicious, perfectly prepared food tastes like, this is the place!

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were excellent. A lovely place to dine.

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RE
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second lunch in less than a month. Live in Lee's Summit so don't get here as often as I would like. Have never been disappointed.

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e
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It is still a special place and close to home for us! We are glad it is still around and going strong, even with not so great weather outside!

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PM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were very good, a little overpriced....servers need to ask people to turn off or step outside with their phones, if it becomes a consistent issue, it was in our case, and ruined our evening for our own conversations...Restaurant is too intimate and quaint for phone conversations of others....

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DP
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tatsu's is always an excellent choice for fine dining. Excellent food and service.

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R
Kansas City
113 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, and ambiance. Still going fir the past 30 years.

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J
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow.

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