Tatsu's French Restaurant

4.7
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182 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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VJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful and delicious way to celebrate a Birthday!

JS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

French restaurant with a little Asian fusion. Nice atmosphere in the main dining room. Food is good. Crowd is mostly older with some people really dressed up and others looking like they stopped in while running errands.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner date night out with friends. As always, the food was amazing. Hands down our favorite restaurant.

MM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elegant well run French restaurant. Excellent food and service. Recommend the Wellington

OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been about 8 years since I last been to Tatsu’s. The layout of the restaurant has greatly improved and the food is as great and tasteful as always. Service was good. Looking forward to the next time we come eat here.

TH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We came for the five star rating and were not disappointed. Lunch menu offered nice selection and both our choices were superb. The Grand Marnier Soufflé was over the top good. We’ll definitely be returning.

F
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

steak good; chicken average; service well-meaning, but not great (forgot bread, forgot salads); price point too high for value received

s
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quite romantic restaurant to enjoy a quite and delicious dinner. Very reasonably priced and food was outstanding.

NW
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tend to forget about Tatsu's because of the 'out of the way' location, but shouldn't: it is consistently excellent in every respect... what else can I say! If you haven't been there, GO! You deserve a special treat :)

N
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. It’s so nice to take a break from casual dining and pamper yourself. Plus, the food was an outstanding value

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Flavor per bite was off the chain yummy!! Service was good, too. Delightful dining experience!

HH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. We were not disappointed. The server was attentive and made great suggestions. The Escargot was the best we had ever experienced. Entrees were light and tasty. This was a birthday occasion and the server brought our a wonderful dessert with a candle. We will be back!

MS
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always great. Wish they could change vegetable after all these years

GW
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We believe Tatsu’s restaurant is the best one in all of KC. Outstanding food and superb service, quiet and unhurried. Great restaurant!

w
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Kitchen so slow we could have gone out for dinner between courses and come back in time for the main meal. Server apologized but couldn’t make the food out of thin air. Food arrived hot and delicious but we were starving by then. We enjoy a leisurely meal but don’t need a nap between courses.

JJ
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. We. Ordered too much food. Should split appetizer and entree and get a side salad.

H
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I highly recommend Tatsu’s for a special occasion or just for a great meal. We always share an order of escargot. We both had the shrimp in puff pastry which was so good.

AK
Kansas City
39 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience and great food. A bit pricy but worth it.

J
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still as good as ever. So nice to know after all these years, the quality of food and service remains high.

S
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this elegant restaurant. The food is superb and the service is excellent. I love to go to Tatsu's for special events. It's also quiet enough for a nice luncheon with a long time friend.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner. The food was excellent, our server was fantastic too. We will definitely come back.

t
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 4 for New Year's eve diner and everything was outstanding- the seating, service, and the food was especially the best. We haven't been to the restaurant for about 15 yrs, but we won't wait near that long before we return.

R
Kansas City
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned for yet another New Year's Eve at Tatsu's. While their fixed price menu reduced the entree choices, my wife and I greatly enjoyed our selections but by far we relished the crab cake starter! We shall return and not wait for a special holiday.

R
Kansas City
139 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 39 years, still hidden away in a strip mall in Prairie Village. Chef Tatsu is still turning out excellent food with attentive service. We are now on our family's 4th generation of Tatsu diners. KUDOS!

ES
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We made a reservation three weeks ahead for a special occasion. The restaurant was confused by the Open Table reservation and never acknowledged the 25th Anniversary, and sat us in a side room. It was quiet but they “seemed to forget” we were there. So service was really slow. Yes, they were busy, but we still expected top notch service for the prices we paid! For a highly “ honored restaurant” we were not impressed.

r
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going for years...never had a bad meal...always excellent!

OT
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a number of years since weve been there due to moving. Tatsu, if anything, has gotten better. The food was amazing. Service fine, dining room still one of the classiest.

D
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space with lots of light. The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend Tatsu's to anyone looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. They did a very nice job.

R
Kansas City
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned for a Birthday dinner. We have been there often since begote 1990.
My wife celebrated with their lamb chop special as well as their special French onion soup. I had the delicious scallops with mushrooms and their second special soup offering--potatoe. We will return well before the next birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the staff was very sweet!

m
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Sauces and dressing delightful. Service exceptional.

MI
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is the best kept French Restaurant secret in town. It is located in a small shopping area at 90th and Roe (that adds to the "found something special" quality in this Restaurant.). The food is tremendously good. The good service is notable as well. The ownership may want to consider updating the interior of the Restaurant so that it better compliments the newly-remodeled exterior of the shopping area.

RT
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tatsu’s is always excellent! The carrot soup and the desert soufflé are unbelievably good!

LC
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu, expertly prepared and presented. One of our favorite places

LE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

have been going there for 30 years+ what more do you want me to say?

OT
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite special restaurants. Food is consistently superb and the service and ambiance is top notch as well! If you not been to Tatsu’s, you’re missing out.

E
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening at this little restaurant. The server was wonderful and the food was delicious.

R
Kansas City
139 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, great service, phenomenal Chilean sea bass, lamb, veal Normandy, puffed pastry with shrimp, duck, and salmon. The carrot soup is truly special.
Try it--been in the same strip mall for 39 years.

BB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing,we had just been to my wife oh 52 years Memorial Service at the Church of the Resurrection