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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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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Casual (13)
Cozy (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 15 hours ago

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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·Dined a day ago

Enjoyed my first visit during KC Restaurant Week!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Dessert was mediocre. Enjoyed main course. It was ok for Restaurant Week.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined 3 days ago

Parking is horrible, good luck finding a space, also we were seated next to a outside door in zero degree weather and it was very uncomfortable. Food was good, service was great (Matthew) our server was very friendly and helpful. If it wasn't for the parking issues, we would go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was wonderful as always. The service was top notch as it always is.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

We had an extraordinary meal! I had salmon with a farro risotto...truly the best risotto I have ever had not to mention the salmon. My husband had an Anjou roasted pork that was fork tender with flavor to match. We topped off our meals with a salted caramel pudding that was to die for. Our waiter, Jed, was an interesting, entertaining and an attentive fella. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The brunch was great and the service was awesome as well. Loved the bottomless brunch that I can mix and match the drinks.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Endless mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and bellinis. Best part is that for the price you can change between the three choices! If you can, request Matthew.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were definitely forgotten about as we were there for just shy of 3 hours, not entirely of our own accord, (a party of 4). When they realized someone made a mistake at some point, they gave us a round of drinks on the house, though it was presented in a really weird way. My food, the Canton Pasta, was horribly underwhelming and my husband only got half of his entree. We were also given a glass of wine and an order of meatballs that none of us ordered, both items were taken away promptly, and we were then charged for the wine and the plate of meatballs at the end of the night. (We did let them know they messed up our bill in that regard and it was fixed of course). We were just super bummed about our experience there overall.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and service was awesome. This was New Year’s Eve and they tried to put me in an event room. Awful room. I complained and was given a room in the main restaurant. The rest of the evening was awesome.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was absolutely amazing. Was treated perfectly. Waitress was soft spoken and very polite. Food was amazing and the feeling of restaurant was warm and jazzy.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

What a shame. Bland, not fresh, and an all in all disappointment. I stopped eating my food it was so bad.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always enjoyable, great food, cocktails, and ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really great food. Herbed Chicken Sandwich was amazing. Also the Chicken Smoked Gouda skillet was superb.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went there for a major birthday celebration with family during the holidays. The cocktails are top notch (try the not-too-sweet Tryst) and the overall atmosphere was excellent. I don't recommend the Nashville Chicken--very ordinary but I would recommend the Pork Shanks and the Jacobson Burger very highly. It was an extremely cold night but we were seated toward the back so that the drafts weren't too bad. The only negative was the service---unenthusiastic about the menu and could not really provide any guidance when asked; very abrupt and basically disinterested. It was NOT a busy night, probably about 40% full so I think the service level should have at least reflected the menu prices. I would, however, go back just to have the Brulee Goat Cheese and Balsamic Grape Appetizer!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great ambience: low light and quiet jazz. Service was exceptional. It was more expensive than I expected based on the two dollar signs on open table but worth it.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable, food was very good. Wait time wasnt too long either.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great meal and wine. Fantastic selection. The Octopus was to die for!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I was not impressed this time. I went for brunch on Sunday and loved it. It was my twins birthday and they were disappointed it was Dec 18th when we went. We were not offered a dessert had to ask for one. Our water glasses were not refilled without asking. It wasn't crowded. My son go the squid and it was awful. For what we paid it wasn't worth it

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was great. Our server was great. There was a very loud group there who were obviously friends with the manager because when we asked if we could move to go sit somewhere quieter he told us to deal with it and went and laughed with the loud group.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Ambience is awesome (A+++), and food is excellent. Love this place.
Besides difficulty in finding parking, the only negative was our waitstaff person who was not very personable or friendly at all and acted as if the last thing he wanted was to be there waiting on us. All six of us at the table remarked about his sour demeanor. Uncomfortable. Otherwise, a good experience.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The Jacobson is one of our favorites. The new menu isn’t as good as the old one. The specials were gone the night we were there, however, in past visits, the specials are fantastic!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Should have been a better experience... All the tools were there to make this a unique and delicious experience. Unfortunately the card were miss dealt with us on multiple occasions and it truly put a damper on our experience. The food is really good and it is a very lively and unique place. The cocktails are amazing. Just wish our experience had been better on a service standpoint.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went to the Jacobson for dinner when we were in KC for a Chiefs game the following day. The atmosphere was lively and upscale casual. I had the plank salmon and my daughter, a vegetarian, had the vegan lasagna. We both enjoyed our meals very much. It seemed like a great place for having dinner with friends or for a date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The first impression was a bit rocky; an odd experience with the hostess greeting us. We had reservations or we may have just opted out at the front desk . . . We didn’t and we were very happy we stayed.
John, our waiter quickly changed the somber beginning . He was extremely knowledgeable of the location, the menu, the kitchen and readily offered recommendations when we asked. All of his recommendations were spot-on. Thanks John, for such great service and wonderful food.

The signature cocktails are great . . . I had ‘the Brooklyn’, a unique take on a bourbon drink with black walnut accent - very good. . . A take on what Harry Truman would have liked back in the day. The apetitizers, entrees and desserts were ‘out of this world’ good. Proportions were large and could be shared around the table for the foodie crowd.

A wonderful little gem that we nearly left because of a couple of thoughtless people. That would have been our mistake. We will be back and we will share with others. A great place when in Kansas CityCrossroads District. Definitely worth the drive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a table of four and everyone ordered something different, all four meals were fantastic. It is a great atmosphere for a Saturday brunch and I will look forward to the patio seating on warm days. I thought the bottled wine prices were a bit steep but other than that, this was one of the best lunch spots I've been to in a while.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Fun, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was an very noisy environment--which many people seemed to be enjoying--but my husband and I would have preferred a quieter environment for our lunch.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had to wait 30 minutes for table even though we had reservation. Food had no flavor.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Overpriced food. too dark to read the menu. Overcharged for happy hour items. Won't return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our experience at the Jacobson was just ok -- good, but not great. When I booked our reservation, I asked for a standard table, not a high top. We were seated at a high top. Our table was right in the flow of traffic near the bar to the point that people kept brushing my dining partner's chair. We were also celebrating my dining partner's birthday which I included in the reservation and told our server but her birthday was not really acknowledged. We had the meatball appetizer and the meatball came out lukewarm. We told our server but she didn't offer to replace it. We both ordered the Nashville chicken. It came out with a sauce drizzled over the top that set my mouth on fire. I'm ok with spicy but it wasn't what I was expecting based on the menu description and our server didn't mention it either. We were each served an anemic wing and thigh. For the price, I was expecting more chicken. I will have to say, the chicken was well cooked with a crispy outer coating and very tender meat. Finally, our dining experience was prior to heading to the theater. We told our server that upfront and she did a good job of time management so we could get to the theater on time. Unfortunately, she gave us the wrong ticket which was almost double the cost of ours so that took a little extra time to sort out. With all of the wonderful places to dine in KC, I'm not sure we will go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

There was nothing particularly wrong with the food, but it seemed as if they were trying too hard. Our salad and mains were just ok. The desert, however, was great, and the wine selection was good without being overwhelming.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a fabulous meal at the Jacobson with dear friends. The appetizers were delicious and unique. The drinks were tasty and our meal was very good. Normally, specials are mentioned and no one mentioned specials to us that evening but it was still a good choice and we were happy with our evening and being able to hear each other have a conversation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I don't understand why I make an open table reservation then I get a call to confirm.
Why use an online service like Open Table? I wanted to avoid calling for a reservation.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The Jacobson never disappoints! The food and service is always top notch! Great value for your money!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

New favorite restaurant! Everything was perfect from the drinks to the food. Service was also impeccable.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

John was very entertaining. Cocktails are delicious!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The Saturday brunch was a great surprise! Bottomless mimosas were great.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful brunch experience! The staff is friendly, fun, and attentive! Both the food and drinks were delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The meal was terrible. Steak was cold when served. One meal was wrong. They served us the wrong bottle of wine and tried to charge us the higher price with the explanation they were out of the one we ordered. They did not ask or tell us this. Will not go back.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 6, 2017

sad to say this may be my last time. they no longer use the parking garage - though their name is still displayed. unless you are within walking distance - no place to park around there.

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