The White Linen

4.8
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The White Linen is a unique, fine-dining restaurant based on contemporary French and American cuisine in downtown Topeka, Kansas. Chef Adam VanDonge and his wife, Kasie, opened this restaurant to give Topekans a taste of truly unique dining in a small town environment. Chef Adam takes locally grown, bred, and produced products and re-imagines them into a modern, unique treat with the familiar structures and textures known to be a staple of the Kansas plains, America's homeland. In this particular restaurant, you will find yourself in the hands of Topeka's finest. Chef Adam takes pride in the art of cuisine and will aim to continue to "wow" his clients and customers in his adventures at The White Linen.
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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time to visit while the July tasting menu was on offer - both times the food was delicious, beautifully presented and perfectly served. Tried the Old Fashioned cocktail and the house cabernet and both were excellent. I've noticed that often several guests at different tables know each other leading to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - I talked to the people at the adjoining table, two very nice Topekans. Looking forward to the next menu and dining at TWL again.

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the White Linen for our 20th anniversary dinner. The 5 course meal was outstanding. Our waiter, Blake, was very helpful and did a great job introducing the dishes. The overall experience was a fantastic way to celebrate this occasion. Highly recommend the White Linen.

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Aimee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. Food, drinks, price - all great!

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NathanE
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing along with everything else. Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Per usual, the experience was very good. The 5 course meal was wonderful, service was awesome and drinks were perfect. It’s a perfect spot to slow down, enjoy the food and appreciate the company you are with. It’s always a perfect evening at TWL!

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DonL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend The White Linen to anyone who visits Topeka. Adam is a wonderful chef, the food is simply outstanding!!

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SenioR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was extremely salty with all of the courses. The Lobster bisque was salty and cool. Limited menu was not a problem, but the waiter and service was just average at best. Very pricey for the dinner and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reopened with a set Tasting Menu of five courses - all delicious. Cannot fault any of the dishes and it is difficult to say if I had a favorite. Had one of the new cocktails (Romance .....) and this was equally good as were the wines suggested. The new banquette seating works very well. It was good to see them open again and as busy as current rules allow.

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2club
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The new menu is great and the staff is much improved from our last experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent as usual. The value was outstanding. 6 quality courses for $40 is an exceptional value. We took our own wine and paid a very reasonable corkage fee. It was a real treat to take out-of-town guests to the White Linen and have an such an impressive meal. Our guests were duly impressed!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always, glad in house dining is back.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun experience with beyond delicious food. It was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.

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StevenD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect, all five tasting courses. My favorites were the scallop and the steak.

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jllong21
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food! Staff beyond helpful!

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AmberM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at The White Linen and we will definitely be back. My husband and I would highly recommend. The food and service was absolutely outstanding. Best food we have had in a LONG time.

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Grants
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried The White Linen for the first time and we’ll DEFINITELY be back!! Unquestionably one of the best meals I have ever had. Can’t wait to see what is on next months menu!!!

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TimHirt
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious, but unfortunately, my steak was over cooked. My waitress also didn’t explain any of the dishes like I heard the other waiter do. My steak was closed to med well than med rare

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was all perfection. Cocktails were good. Very few tables to promote social distancing. The ambiance was great and aided by the soft music from the 20s and 30s.

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MarcF
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menubwas a single five course serving. It was called the May dinner menu so get there this month. 2d time i have had steak at Whitenalinen and they dont give you a steak knife because you don't need one. Our server was attentive and responded to all of our questions and needs. The only "negatives" were that she did not explain each of the courses as they were served as the other server did, and none of the servers wore masks, if that bothers you (I think the new phase will require masks). Would definitely recommend.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not fast food. It is not your typical sit-down restaurant. If you want to stuff your face and move on with life, this is not your place. If you want to spend time enjoying your food and dining companion, then make your reservation so you have something fantastic to look forward to.

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vipColeen
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is far and away the very best restaurant in topeka. The food service and ambience are wonderful!

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MaryLM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the evening and the food. Rather an exciting time with fire alarms going off and two trucks responding! Would love to come back again any time. Fun and special place to come!

Thank you for a great evening! We felt like we had really been out that night!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came by for the Tuesday special it was great!

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vipJeffB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to dinner and the food presentation was second to none. The service was top notch and the food was great. Would highly recommend this place to all. Fair prices for the quality, service and atmosphere.

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DonaldJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can count on a wonderful dinning experience.!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was fantastic

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BobP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Perfect Portions! Wonderful atmosphere.

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ToWi
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, this is the best restaurant in the city. The wait staff could benefit from more training in presenting the meal, pacing the food, and busing the table. We felt rushed during the special four-course Valentine's Day menu. The food was also served lukewarm, lessening its flavor points. Portions could have been somewhat larger in light of the pricing. The table settings are fine but the decor in the room seems homespun rather than historic to fit the building. A more extensive wine list would be nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was my wife and I 20 year anniversary! We are huge Moscato fans. They had one glass left in the bottle and no other bottles. That was very disappointing. Was tempted to buy a bottle but that would not have been an option. Settled for a reisling that was dry and not very good. Food was okay. For the same price I would rather visit a other restaurant in town.

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AMPP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, we had a great experience. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff members were very attentive. I loved the dim lights. I ordered a pan-roasted duck which was good but about 50% of it was fatty. The other half was tender and amazing. That's why I rated "very good" overall vs. outstanding.

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Rhonda
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! The food was good, the service amazing, and the ambience was charming. One note, the menu featured on Open Table had not been updated and was not the menu we were presented. I had planned out my food choices based on the Open Table menu and sadly they were not available. Everyone found an alternative dish and all ended well!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose The White Linen for a date night. The food was to die for, it just melted in your mouth. The flavors, pairing and presentation were phenomenal.

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traceyS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful. We had a great time. The only thing I missed a little during our experience was some bread ... otherwise it was perfect. I think the lighting could come down a bit for the best ambiance experience.

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MegJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is outstanding, ambiance is great and location (downtown) is convenient!

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Chris
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. Steak special on Thursday night was amazing. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visit and will continue to come back time and again

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TanjaR
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a very wonderful dinner with a unique dining experience in Topeka. We will most definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice, great service, the only thing that wasn’t perfect was both our meals were just warm, not hot. Other than that it was a great experience.

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vipColeen
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Its definitely the finest restaurant in topeka. Great food and wine and lovely presentation.

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