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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Fun (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Romantic (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Business Meals (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife was before and i want surprise her for special occasion brunch; what a surprise we have to wait 30 min for our order and the lady on charge apologies for the delay with a 10.00 discount for next time and is not the money , because we like to enjoy nice places even are expensive but worthy. Besides the burger I order medium rare and it came as charcoal the server suggest eat my fries meanwhile I didn't said nothing for dont be rude or left the 110.00.But honestly with all the rewards they shows at the entrance has to have a better person on charge to know what exactly needs to do on this situations.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Jessica was amazing! Wonderful service, excellent food!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Enjoyed visit to The Jacobson...an historical building AND great food. Tried the fig bruschetta..portion of 4 pieces..very good to share! The tomato soup was amazing! As were the goat cheese stuffed meal balls. Had the "mingle happy hour" portion of 2. That with the soup was a perfect light supper. My friend had the salmon and really like that as well. Too full for dessert, but the coffee was sublime :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Randall was great!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I have gone to the Jacobson for our anniversary for the past several years. We always have a great meal, and we don't leave with "sticker shock" when we pay the bill. There should be more restaurants like the The Jacobson around town. We will be back next year.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our server on Saturday evening was wearing an auto repair shirt with the name Jed. He was not helpful and condescending when asked questions about the dishes. This is the first time I have received bad service from your restaurant and it's not okay to make customers feel bad for asking questions. When he forgot one of the ordered items he acted like it was our fault as well.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our server was outstanding. Knowledgeable of the food, knew when to ask if we needed anything, and cheerful. The burgers are so worth ordering.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We enjoyed our salmon (both appetizer & entrée). Service was outstanding. Wish valet parking available every night.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The Jacobson is one of my favorite places to have lunch with my friend. Good ambiance, good food and good drink selection. Recommend it!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Stopped by for an early lunch. Delicious food, attentive service, modern warm atmosphere.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Usually food is excellent, but stay away from the avocado toast for brunch, was sort of pathetic.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great venue on the outdoor patio - weather was nice, but they apparently have heaters for cooler weather. Good cocktail menu and the food was very good. We were pleasantly surprised and will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have been here a few times and had pleasant experiences. My wife and I thought it would be a good spot to take a friend visiting from California. We were thankfully seated outside. We sat in a booth closest to the door, 4 of us. Everything was great at first. And then came the noisy people who were invariably seated directly next to us (there were other outdoor seating options) granted we were outside, Saturday night, alcohol =loud talking.

Our server was Mesha. She was more than accommodating.

About 15 min after placing our orders she came by letting us know that there had been a computer glitch and the burgers were not on the grill and she asked again what burgers we were having.
(anytime I can I rant about burgers at the jake!)

Food came out about 25-30 min possibly longer after ordered. Our guest enjoyed his food, my wife and our other friend were less than impressed. I was grateful to have one of the best burgers in KC in front of me, I ate hardy and cleared my plate despite the moist bun from the juices of the medium well burger.

Initially we had reservations at the Farm House. Maybe we should of went there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 6, 2017

As always,the food was excellent. The cocktail with lemon, vodka and basil is awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

In the past my experiences have been good. This time I went with a friend for brunch, our sever didn't want to be there (I am a server myself, so usually I don't care too much but this was a bit much), the bottomless drinks were decent, but the food my friend and I ordered was awful. I had just a couple of bites of my chicken and waffles and it was honestly hard to eat. I never leave bad reviews, but this chicken made me sick for the rest of the day and into the next day. It was veiny and poorly prepared. It also came out right after we ordered it, which would've been fine but the server told us it was because it was slow.. and so you would expect when it's slow that the food would be a bit better. I never leave negative reviews, because, as I said, I'm a server and understand the flux and flow of restaurant business. Overall I am very disappointed, wasted my money, and will not be returning.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The Jacobson came highly recommended. We came for our anniversary dinner with another couple. Can’t recall a worse experience at a restaurant, not sure how a restaurant with one type of steak (a signature dish, named after the city it resides in and made famous) at 7:45 PM on a Saturday. There are literally stockyards a few blocks away. The ‘medallion’ steaks we were offered instead were poorly cooked- multiple times. Waited hours for one particular drink, which came after the bill. Wish it could have worked, I’m trying to be charitable. An evening to remember no doubt. Three stars overall because they kind of tried to make it right.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was great and friendly. The seafood pasta and Nashville chicken were very good choices for dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had an amazing time for brunch. They had a good mix of breakfast and lunch options. Plus they have bottomless mimosas and bloody marys so it was AMAZING!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This experience felt like one of the least accommodating dining experiences I have had in recent memory. I am gluten-free and understand that this can be challenging for restaurants, but a flip attitude about it is not the right response. And really, you can't have a stash of gluten-free crackers on hand? And yes, you have ONE kind of coffee and no decaf, and thanks for telling me all of your favorite menu items without even asking us what our preferences might be. In sum, this is the fourth time of been to this restaurant and it gets less impressive each time. I will not be returning.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Nice to finally find a place with a satisfying menu for vegans and non-vegans alike

Tags: Vegan
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