Tatsu's French Restaurant

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

Best restaurant in Greater KC! The sea bass is excellent and the service was superb!

LR
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fun restaurant where food, environment, service are excellent. If restaurant is nearly
full, it can be quite noice. For a special occasion or event, it's the right place.
For a French restaurant, it is quite low key with friendly service that is not rushed.

S
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During this last visit, I ordered the Veal Liver which is rather difficult to find. It was superb. I've been there several times in the past and each time has been a delight.

M
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always! We have always had a great time.

R
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tatsu’s is a place to go for an enjoyable lunch and celebrate a friend’s belated birthday. Margaret did a superb job serving us.

BT
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

always good, and the last few times I have been there I have ordered the special. A Kansas City treasure.

OL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I have eaten there a number of times and have liked it so looked forward to taking my daughter-in-law there for her Birthday. Was disappointed in the service and how noisy it was and how dirty the bathroom was. The food was still good but don’t think I will be returning. Maybe it is time to think about a little facelift for the restaurant.

S
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tatsu's is one of my favorite restaurants for two reasons. The food is always amazing, and it is one of the few restaurants that is quiet so you can have great conversations.

TF
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual the food was great. Service was a little slow and it was loud but we had a great time and plan on returning!

SK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed spending time with family and friends over a wonderful meal and experience at Tatsu's

JA
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Tatsu's is always a treat. Everything is exactly as I want it. It definitely is a lovely experience, never fails !

JM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kirk, our waiter, was the perfect combination of familiar and professional. We were there for our 35th anniversary, and he remembered. I thought they had closed some time ago, as you never hear anything about it. It is now our "really special occasion" restaurant.

M
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service. The place to go when you want to treat family or friends to a great evening.

KF
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My college roommate worked at Tatsu's in the 90s. We hadn't been there since then and are kicking ourselves for it. Could have skipped the appetizers but our salads and meals were tasty and our service was top notch.

R
Kansas City
120 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, knolwlegeable service, and brand new look with floor to ceiling windows. Hidden away in a strip mall in Prairie Village for 38 years.

GD
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was exquisite. I had the special—lamb chops—and they were perfectly prepared, juicy and succulent, and just crispy enough on the outside. The accompanying vegetables were cooked just right. And the bread is enough reason to make the trip all by itself.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The entree was below average and displayed no evidence of a professionally trained French cook. The bread was soggy and cold. It appeared to be below average off the shelf grocery store bread.

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened to be in town from Chicago, found it on Open Table. Located in neighborhood ,pleasant surprise.
They have Souffles ! Excellent Entrees!Great Service

R
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have celebrated our wedding anniversary at Tstsu's each year for many decades. We did again this year to our great joy! The remodeling is almost done and it's come together quite nicely. But more importantly, the food continues to be excellent -- both their original menu and their special offerings. We will be back sooner than a year from now!

TK
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exquisite and the server and chef were knowledgeable, friendly, and speedy. The ambiance was great and the atmosphere was quiet. I highly recommend the lamb that I ordered, and my significant other would gladly give her life to have some of Tatsu's scallops, again. 5-stars all around! Worth every cent for her birthday.

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

Enjoyed our meal tremendously!!!! Will go back. Service was awesome. The whole restaurant staff very personable!!

VK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A group of gals chose to return to Tatsu’s as we had enjoyed our prior visit. While the decor has been refreshed which is inviting, the service was very slow. We waited an hour for our food. Four of us ordered the avocado/crab salad and had to search to find even a few flakes of crab. The bills were incorrect for two of us. Definitely not worth the money.

CM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, wonderful atmosphere, could not have been better

R
Kansas City
49 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An enjoyable l;luncheon with friends. Service was very good.

R
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as usual! Their building is undergoing renovation but that did not present any problems for our delightful meal. But if you have never been there, know it is located in the center of the building that has a few other stores. Their sign was difficult to see. We greatly enjoyed the soup du jour--vichyssoise!! For a dollar my wife and I added the salad. Our entrees were wonderful---I had the chicken breast in an herb butter sauce. All in all, a place to go---we have celebrated our special life events there for three decades but do go there to just celebrate life as we did this time.

TJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The avocado crab salad was wonderful. Great service.

BW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at your lovely restaurant is always a completely satisfying experience. The service, the menu, and the ambience are second to none. I will be back soon with friends who haven't yet visited you, "alerting" them that they're in for a rare treat .... rare because your service is unrushed and the quiet is so conducive to good conversation. Thank you for all of that.
Beverly Wharton

CO
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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ED
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food; nice wine list; attentive service. A wonderful restaurant.

JM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tatsue's has been a consistent Outstanding since the 1980's. The food and the atmosphere is A+. I've been stuck on the Sea Base with lemon butter sauce for years, which I had on Father's day, but for my wifes' birthday, I had a chicken dish and it was outstanding. She had the poached Salmon, which is the best in the midwest, if you can find it. The soups, salads and other vegetables are seasoned superbly. They are outstanding. The service is outstanding, very attentive. Tatsue's has been the most consistent restaurant is KC for its food and menu since we moved to KC in 1975. Just so tasty!

ES
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is always a great experience! Food is amazing! Supports an environment for older patrons but my wife and I always enjoy the experience.

JB
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Such a great French experience! The food was wonderful. Our waiter was very intuitive, helpful, and aware of what we might want or need. Tatsu's is always so good, we were excited to go there for lunch! The only thing that was odd was that the area was under renovation, and there is really no visible signage anywhere telling us where the restaurant was. It took a minute of driving around before we realized where it was. However, once we arrived, all went very well. We enjoyed the whole experience immensely.

CV
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Pleasant, friendly service. Delicious food. Minimal ambiance which redecorating should take care of. We'll be back.

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

We had a lovely dining experience. Tatsu’s is my mother’s favorite restaurant, so it was the perfect place to celebrate her 93rd birthday.

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

We have always been impressed with Tatsu. The menu is diverse and the food excellent. The bread is unique and hard to find in Kansas City. The service is wonderful. Our servers have always been great. It is one of the best restaurants in Kansas City. We would recommend it heartedly to anyone.

KC
Kansas City
63 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. There were 5 of us and we were seated in an alcove that was quiet, which we REALLY appreciated! Two of the people in our group had the liver and onions (not something you find on most menus!) and they said it was perfect! I had the salmon with Champaign sauce, which is one of my favorites! The wines we selected were very good with our dinner. We ate at a leisurely pace and never felt like they wanted us to hurry up so they could turn over the table. We’ll be back!

JA
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious !

I missed the quaint atmosphere of the previous decor...... it was more romantic....

RG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in town Best value

CB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Service & Delicious Dinner -
We even met the Chef!
Best Mother’s Day Dinner - ever!
It was like a Hallmark Movie!!

BL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant off the beaten track. Superb food, service and ambience.

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