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About The Jacobson

"If Picasso or Rembrandt wanted to grab a bit in KC, the food and atmosphere at The Jacobson would make them feel like they were back in front of an easel." -Alex Kluesner KC Magazine

Like paint to a blank canvas, The Jacobson, or "The J" for regulars, transformed a 4,000-square foot warehouse into a modern restaurant and bar in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District. Staying true to the surrounding culture, its walls are bedecked with paintings from local artist and its one-of-a-kind heated patio and full service bar is anchored by a two story sculpture by KC's own Stretch.

A glance at The Jacobson's variety of contemporary American cuisine yields a collection for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Much like an artist who draws inspiration from his or her own environment, diners in search of muse are encouraged to mix and match tastes when ordering appetizer & entrees from the Mingle & Center Stage sections of the menu.

2050 Central Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Service:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Brunch Service:
Saturday : 11:00am- 3:00 pm
Sunday: 11: 00 am - 3: 00 pm

Dinner Service -
Monday - Thursday : 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bar Service
Monday- Thursday- 11:00 am - 'til close
Friday - Saturday - 11:00 - 'til close
Sunday - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cross Street:
Central & Southwest Blvd. ~ Next to LuLu's

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 423-2888

Website:
http://www.thejacobsonkc.com/

Catering:
Off site catering & special events Please contact Lacey Barrett for details.

Parking Details:
Covered Garage Parking
There are additional paid and free parking lots nearby.

Public Transit:
yes... walking distance from light-rail station

Executive Chef:
Restauranteur, Michael Werner - EKM- Florencio Millan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer our beautiful new event space named "The Central "with seating for an event up to 100 people. The Central also has its own private bar and private entrance. We also have a smaller just as beautiful private room called "The Cork Room" that seats up to 14 people. We also offer a beautiful award winning patio that has a mesmerizing view of the city. For Inquiries please contact the restaurant at 816-423-2888.


Weekly Specials

Mingle Mondays 3 - Close
Tiki Tuesdays 3 - Close
Wine Wednesday 3 - Close
Flask Thursday 3 - Close
Brunch Saturday 11-3 and Sunday 11-3

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Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, The Jacobson can accommodate all your special event needs.

The Jacobson Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Special Occasion (26)
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Creative Cuisine (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Casual (20)
Cozy (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fun (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 20 hours ago

First time here and we loved it!!! Food was amazing! As was the service! Can’t wait to go again!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

First time here and the service was terribly slow and they weren’t busy. I ordered the hamburger and it had no taste and was slightly burnt and the fries were cold. My date ordered the Nashville chicken and it wasn’t as bad.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

I was very disappointed. We went for Valentines day and I ended up having to return my food. It was very much a bar scene focus. The mushrooms were good but overall we did not enjoy it. Wont be going back.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was delicious and our waitress, Jasmine, was very good. Drinks were excellent as well. It was a bit noisy, but nothing overly offensive.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything about this restaurant is First Class. The staff is excellent. The food is affordable and innovative and creative. We have been there a dozen times and it is always a great experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Parking an issue

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had friends in town from Baltimore and Houston. Had a blast and the food (especially drinks and desserts) turned out awesome and the service was great as well! Highly recommend!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Seafood stew was only OK and our guests ordered a fillet but received a sirloin. A fillet was delivered at no charge but it was overcooked. They won't be back.
Our server was excellent- Jasmine I believe was her name.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This was our first time at The Jacobson but will DEFINITELY not be our last!!! Amazing food - large portions and a great, helpful staff!! ❤️

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The service and overall knowledge of the menu and how every dish was prepared was excellent by our server Jed. The food was phenomenal!! As a table, we had the Ciopino, the Salmon, the KC Strip, and the Duroc Pork Confit. Each dish was excellent!! The house cocktails were also amazing! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server, Mathew was GREAT!!!! Very attentive, pleasant and friendly! All four of us loved him!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A group of friends met for brunch. Amazing food and such a great time. I have already recommended The Jacobson to several people and I will be back soon.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Parking is always an issue here. Now they no longer validate the parking garage where it is advertised that they do.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food, very loud. 3 of us seated in middle of 3 large (8 people) parties.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was our first time at The Jacobson, picked it out for Restaurant Week and also do to vicinity of the Kaufman Performing Arts Center. We both ordered a flight of wine which was nice. However, ordering off the RW menu we selected the Romaine salad as our 1st course, 2nd course the Watergate Chicken salad sandwich and salted butterscotch pudding for the final course. Both the salad and sandwich were served on the same plate at the same time. The salad was so small it took us a minute to realize this was the 1st/2nd course together. Now, we figured the portions would be small for RW lunch but this was silly looking. Not to mention when you attend a 3 course meal, you expect each course to come out on their own. The food server set down our 1st/2nd course and noted to us that he was thankful this was the last day of restaurant week, almost apologetically due to how our plates looked. The salad and sandwich were just ok. Desert was very good and our server was attentive. Really, it was just the 1st/2nd course we had issue with. Usually RW we try to check out new places and end up having a few favorites we return to throughout the year but we won't be in this case.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a great dinner during restaurant week. The bucatini with goat cheese stuffed meatballs was delicious. Our one complaint was that there was no parking available other than a garage about a block away. We assumed the restaurant would validate, but they didn’t. We ended up paying $10 each to park just to have dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to The Jacobson for Restaurant Week. I had the salmon crostini as an appetizer, which was very good. However, the pasta dish for the main course was not. The marinara sauce was average at best, and I could not taste the goat cheese in the meatballs, which were very bland. My husband enjoyed his main course of salmon, but his romaine salad was extremely dry. The desserts were fine, but boring. Overall, I was very disappointed in the food. This was our first time at The Jacobson, and although a cool spot, it was loud and seemed more suited for hanging out at the bar than a nice dinner out. The tables were also very close together. I would go back in the summer to check out the patio and have a drink, but do not plan to have dinner there again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Their floor was very slippery and I fell and I hit the ground and my head slammed into a metal bar stool. The staff were not very attentive, I had to tell them to put a mat down so others would fall.

Today I am very sore with bumps and bruises. I will not recommend the restaurant due to the way I was treated.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I went to Jacobsen's during Restaurant Week. I wasn't aware of that when I made the reservation. I thought I was going for Saturday brunch. That being said, the food was very good. I had a pork sandwich. I have to believe that our waitress was less involved because it was Restaurant Week and didn't feel the need to be attentive to our needs. Unfortunately, since she was in our vision, we could see her standing, talking, and laughing with the other workers while we tried to get her attention. She was wonderful when she interacted with us, but she wasn't attentive. In addition, although our waitress said that she was working with the other waitress in the area, that young lady, completed ignored us when we try to get her attention. Bottom line, food good, service, not so good.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for restaurant week and it was well worth the money! Our waiter Rick was awesome! It was a great first experience at The Jacobson!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was the second time my wife and I had been to the Jacobson. The first time was very memorable and we wanted to take another couple back with us to enjoy it also. The service was just fair. Our waitress was pleasant but wasn’t very sociable. When we first sat at the table it was very unstable. I had to ask our waitress to adjust it so it would stop rocking back and forth. When ordering it took quite some time to get our first round of drinks. To top it off our waitress was going to short our table one of the glasses of wine from the wine flights we ordered. When we ordered our food it took quite some time to get our first course and the others followed slowly afterwards. The meal itself was very underwhelmed and wasn’t very excited to look at after being plated. Overall we were disappointed with the decision to go back to the Jacobson.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food. Enough variety on the menu to satisfy everyone. Drink specials were outstanding. Best Manhattan-style drink I’ve had in years. Waitress very friendly and helpful. A great place to go before a concert, just allow sufficient time to enjoy.

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Drinks, appetizers and desserts were good. But the entrees were subpar at best. We went for restaurant week, and one of our entrees was spaghetti and meatballs that my grandmother would be ashamed to serve. I saw 2 other couples send their food back. At the end of the night they refused to validate my parking in a lot that has their sign over the top because they “asked the lot to take that down several times.” Avoid this restarting at all costs.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was overcooked, and the service was average, at best. Very disappointed.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Would have rated ambiance higher had we not sat at high top near the bar/ entry. Excellent wine selection that night

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We visited during restaurant week. Our first and second courses were brought at the same time. Made for a very crowded table, and one dish cooled as the other was eaten. The pasta was plain spaghetti noodles, and so bland we didn’t eat it. There was one girl in our group who has eaten there before, and said her previous meal there was good. But we were all unhappy with the quality of our food on this visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I regret that I tend to over-tip for ordinary service. Yesterday's table service was exceptional!

The only (usual) negative for the Jacobson => the awful parking situation. Maybe we should use Lyft or uber in the future ....

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was great & dining area was good. The wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The quality of food, wine list and service were all above average. We will return regularly now, knowing the quality we will receive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Went for restaurant week and was 1st timer. Chicken was over-fried, truffle fries limp and barely warm, but salted caramel pudding was worth the trip alone. Our server was very nice, but Had to be reminded to bring the glass of wine ordered. Overall, lunch was worth the special RW price. but with so many other good restaurants in town I wouldn’t fight Crossroads parking to go there again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We had lunch during restaurant week and have found a new favorite restaurant. Can’t wait to come back in the nice weather and enjoy the outside seating area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

LOVED THE DECOR! We just kept catching little tidbits of decor notables that gave us great conversation. Fried Chicken like Hattie B's was accurate! Bucatini Pasta was tasty. Overall good food, but really go for the conversation and ambience. Private dining area available for special occasions a plus!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Service was attentive and fast. Went for lunch during restaurant week. We all loved the pudding dessert.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 18, 2018

My son and I had lunch here during Kansas City Restaurant Week. The restaurant was great and the food wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I want to return in the summer and sit on the patio. We had a great meal Tuesday night - every part of the meal was excellently prepared - especially my grain side served with my perfectly cooked salmon. It was just a very very good meal.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Went for restaurant week. I’ve been here before and enjoyed it but not so much this time. Chicken Waldorf salad had no apples or nuts and flavor wasn’t great. Portions were small.

Tags: Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Never disappointed by coming here! The food and cocktails are delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We were initially seated in a booth by the front door. It was quite cold the day we went to the restaurant and I was recovering from a bad cold. Every time the front door opened, a blast of cold air would hit me. We had asked our waiter (Rick) who was fabulous, if we could move and we were moved to a better location away from the door with no hassle. This was great customer service and is one of the top things on my list for a return visit. Top of my list as well is the wait staff. As I mentioned, Rick was great from the very beginning through the end of my meal. We went for restaurant week as this is how we find new restaurants that we like. Our lunch was good and we definitely want to go back for dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Went for restaurant week and was very disappointed. The fried chicken was soggy and chewy. Chocolate cake was very generic and nothing special.

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