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The White Linen

4.8
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264 Reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 264 people are saying
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4.9
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SkylarS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service. We loved everything and appreciate them teaming up with VBHC to raise funds for mental health care.

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vipOutOfTowner
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is an exercise in a lot of different flavors. It changes so one visit doesn't do it justice. Our reservation was at 5 pm and it was very quiet. by the time we had finished the restaurant had filled up and it was noticeably "more chatty".

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Krdadd
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was beautiful but the main course (fillet) and dessert was horrible. The fillet was undercooked blood still coming out and tough. The dessert tasted doughy like it was also undercooked. Service was amazing! I will not be back however at this price point I expect excellent food and service!

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vipKathleenM
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the White Linen is always a treat. The menu, cocktails and staff are the best!

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Rachel
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here, and absolutely loved it. The staff was kind and accommodating, the food was exquisite, and the ambiance was just lovely. Definitely would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The September tasting menu is delicious - the best of the series though all have been great. N

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual. Topeka is fortunate to White Linen as a fine dining option. With monthly menu change, there is always something new to explore. Our favorites this time where the leek fondue and the porcini mushroom ravioli. Also appreciate their allowing diners to bring own wine with a small corkage fee. Their wine list is small but well curated, still sometimes we like to bring a special bottle of our own.

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Megantron
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Dan, was fantastic. We loved him. The food was AMAZING.

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GhostZero
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite fine dining restaurant in Topeka.

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KentT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good. Service was good, our server was always there to help.

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Cher
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to The White Linen and we were so impressed. The presentation of the food was amazing, the 5 course meal was delicious and our waiter (Dan) was professional and fun. We highly recommend The White Linen.

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Georgie
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was professional. The historical building and The White Linen have been aesthetically restored.

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CrystalB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there and it was amazing!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The August tasting menu is delicious (as was July’s). Everything very good but I especially liked the caprese salad and the risotto. Enjoyed Aaron’s Bramble cocktail and the Pinot Noir he recommended. Chef Adam and his team do a wonderful job - the best restaurant in Topeka. N🇬🇧

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StaciE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Service was wonderful! Very informative and polite. Food was outstanding! I was the dork taking pictures of every course. It was displayed beautifully. Oh and the coffee? Very smooth and delicious!

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TheaP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal. Everything was great! The watermelon pudding was a little different but other than that...can’t wait to dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
14 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
14 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
26 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
30 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.

FAQs

The White Linen is rated 4.8 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.