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Va Bene Italian Eatery, Prairie Village, KS

Va Bene Italian Eatery

4.5
4.5
425 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are honored to begin serving the community -- whether you are a local or a new visitor, it is our pleasure to host you. We look forward to welcoming you to Va Bene!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 2:00 pm–7:30 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (913) 258-2600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Nathan Deters
  • Neighborhood
    Prairie Village
  • Cross street
    Mission Road and 83rd Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 425 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kansas City / Kansas

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Kansas City / Kansas

    Italian

  • Kansas City, KS

    Kid-friendly

  • Kansas City, KS

    Healthy

  • Kansas City, KS

    Great for fine wines

  • Kansas City, KS

    Great for outdoor dining

425 Reviews
  1. Wayne

    Kansas City

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and it has a great location. Will keep coming back!!!

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  2. MattH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very good. Great patio experience. Service was a little too quick and dinner felt rushed.

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  3. AlanS

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Patrick was an awesome server! The food was excellent

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  4. AmyH

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing, happy to see a good selection of vegetarian options.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Patrick was my server, he made excellent suggestions, and provided wonderful, friendly service. The food was absolutely delicious. It was really nice to sit on the patio.

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  6. dianep

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We live near Va Bene and have been there many times. We usually have a good experience, but this time, it wasn’t as good. The latest rendition of the chicken piccata isn’t as good as the previous two versions, and both chicken dishes on the menu are served with potatoes, whereas the chicken piccata used to be served with pasta, which was better. My son used to get the spaghetti and meatballs, which is now changed to spaghetti with crushed meatballs. The flavor is still good, but my son’s dish only had one visible bite of meatball. I ordered the agnolotti seasonal pasta, which was tiniest portion I’ve ever had at any restaurant. It was literally 6-8 bites for $23. A picture is attached after only one bite. When I asked our server about the small portion and about the lack of meatballs in my son’s dish, she seemed annoyed. She just commented that the agnolotti was very rich. If it’s too rich to serve a larger portion, it should be served as an appetizer for a lower price. Overall, this was one of the worst experiences we’ve had at VaBene. However, the food is still decent and the atmosphere is nice, and based on that, plus the proximity and our prior experiences, we will likely return and give it another chance.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Well, the gentleman who brought our wine bottle over and opened It was nice, he tended to stay at the table too long. 

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb!! Our waiter Adam was insightful and attentive. I loved it! Would come again and tell my friends from our of town.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Soooooo goooooood. Great service, delicious food!

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  10. Lulu

    Kansas City

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love eating at Va Bene! It’s a great neighborhood meeting place to share with friends!Staff always accommodating! Like their new menu, but bring back the olive oil pasta with crunchy bacon and roasted garlic with shrimp or chicken add- on!
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review. We will let chef know your suggestions!

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  11. MichelleC

    Kansas City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is excellent - we've visited a number of times and like the meatballs, lasagne, all the salads, the sandwich with the red pepper pesto, etc. The desserts are also really great. The team is so friendly - we come often for lunch with my elderly Dad and they are wonderful to us.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review! Thrilled you enjoy lunch with us (Dad too)!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Loved the experience. Will go back.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  13. JessyC

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Above expectations!! The whipped ricotta & foccacia appetizer was delicious. All 6 people in our party had great entrees! Wine flight was worth it. Server was on top of things all night!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is so consistently good. Amber took such great care of us!

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  15. Reed

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible restaurant and super helpful staff, would definitely return.

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  16. International0913

    Kansas City

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My dinner was very good. After ordering, the waiter came back and told my wife that they were out of her entree. She ordered another meal, not her favorite. Reservation was for 7:30, so not late.

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  17. FeedMe9

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There were a couple of very loud kids when we there Friday night. Otherwise the ambiance was fine. We loved our appetizer (the meatballs) and salad (Mediterranean chop). The entrees (lasagne and gnocchi) were average. We will probably come back and just have salad and meatballs - particularly when it’s warm enough to take advantage of their lovely patio!

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  18. Ronjane

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed first experience at Va Bene. Courteous and professional staff. All menu questions answered. Food came out timely, hot and very delicious. Will return

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  19. VicPick

    Kansas City

    63 reviews

    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It was a very busy night and the server was running ragged from inside to outside service. He was outstanding!

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  20. JSHIP

    Kansas City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing customer service and food! Highly recommend.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Awesome! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  21. alipadd

    Kansas City

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Lobster bisque is outstanding! Salads had too much dressing for our taste. We should have asked for dressing on the side so as not to overwhelm the salad ingredients. The waiter was friendly & attentive.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback and review. Hope to see you again!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, I would say it was a good experience. This is our first time there and it was during restaurant week. I ordered the salmon and he ordered some chicken thing. Sorry for not being more descriptive almost like a chicken Parmesan. I am always nervous to order salmon at a new restaurant because I don’t know if they’re going to overcook it, and they succeeded in not doing so. The ambience was OK. Kind of crowded and kind of boxy, we were crammed in a corner. But overall, I think we will return but it just won’t be first on the list.

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  23. Frazm

    Kansas City

    88 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A mixed experience. To me, the beauty of Italian food is its simplicity using fresh ingredients. At our table, the two who ordered simple pasta or gnocchi with sauce were very happy. My wife’s orecchiette dish had 8 ingredients plus the pasta so flavors were an indistinct blur. My chicken piccata was built on a mountain of sautéed kale and “rosemary roasted potatoes” which were a skinless mashed glob. But the chicken was tasty! As was the side of grilled garlic broccolini with Calabrian chiles. Desserts of three gelati and limoncello cake were exceptional. But service was mixed, attentive and friendly but we had to ask for bread which came with olive oil that our server dripped on my coat. And the place was cold for the tables near the lengthy windows, so ask to be seated elsewhere.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback.

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  24. AngieKC

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place SO much!! The signage outside is so deceiving. Maybe you need a more sophisticated sign. The food is crazy good, the service is always perfect, and the ambiance is perfecto.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback. We are thrilled you love dining with us!

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  25. greatexperience

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and service even better. Terrific Aperol Spritz from the bar. Bitter cold day so a bit chilly at first, but then we moved tables and were more comfortable. Will definitely eat here again.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the good review.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal, good server. Good wine. Very noisy table next to us with 3 kids. Only down side!
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review! Sorry for the noise.

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  27. SuzanneZ

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff is very attentive- our waiter was exceptional. The food was very good, though some of the flavor profiles in the house made cocktails didn't seem right. Lemoncello has been reliable, blood orange is hit and miss.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 31, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback and good review.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Went there on a Sunday. Reservation was for 7pm & on their site it said the kitchen closed at 8:30, the bar at 9pm. We arrived promptly at 7 to meet our friend we hadn’t seen for 2 years that was in town. Of course that means we spent a lot of time catching up. The server came over & interrupted us over & over again & made us feel extremely rushed. At one point he just stood next to our table & stared at us as our friend was talking, she finally stopped & he said “Sorry I didn’t want to interrupt, you seem to have a lot of words. . . “ He would do this so often my date finally asked “what time do you guys close this feels like it’s rushed” & the waiter responded 8pm. As soon as he walked away I double checked the website thinking I made a mistake (I used to be a server & would never go in that close to the closing of a restaurant), but I had read it correctly. He consistently would reach across the table, interrupt our conversation, & rush us through our entire meal - not very Italian feeling AT ALL. We left at 8:19 because there were no other tables there & the staff that were left wouldn’t stop staring at us. We got up to take a picture & I thought he was coming over to ask us if he’d like us to have him to take the photo, nope, he was just coming over to pick up the signed checks. We barely got to catch up w/ our friend & I was so upset we chose this place. We normally would have bought coffee & dessert at the end but didn’t feel like that was a welcomed idea. There was only 1 other table there the whole night & the manager present never once came over to our table to greet us or ask us how our evening was going. My fettuccine was amazing, my bf’s salmon was just salmon with pesto on top of a bed of broccolini, & our friend ordered the Chicken Spiedini which was a HUGE helping that she only had 5 bites of bc we felt so pressured to leave. We don’t get to eat out very often in the current economy, so it was disappointing to spend so much money & feel unwanted.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food that was fast to get to us. Good cocktails and nice ambience. Will be back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 4, 2024
    That is amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review, see you again, soon!

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  31. JJMM

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great server, great food, nice experience. Happy New Year
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review, Happy New Year!

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  32. MegT

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had an 11:30 reservation on a Saturday and we were the only people there. Food was good and waitress was very nice, but it seemed weird that waitress acknowledged my birthday (provided via open table form) and then suggested that I enjoy some lava cake and ice cream to celebrate. She did not provide a dessert menu, which made me assume the dessert would be on the house. It wasn't. We were charged for it. My suggestion would be not to acknowledge b'day unless you are going to offer something for it. Or at least, position dessert as an option with choices if you are going to charge for it.

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  33. SuzanneB

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Prices were moderate for good food. For the chicken piccata it was rather high. The portion was moderate/small, with a large portion of the sauteed greens. They were bitter & overwhelmed the dish. There were a couple of roasted potatoes buried in there. It was probably a small chicken breast, flavor was good, though a bit overcooked. Wine by the glass prices were high.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you, Suzanne for taking time to leave feedback.

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  34. LindaM

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant is very loud. Hard to hear each other. My husband and I were not crazy about the food. Bread was good. Our server, Ian, was EXCELLENT! Checked on us frequently, even though he was very busy.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback, Linda.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never dined at Va Bene before but wanted Italian to celebrate an anniversary. The food and service were excellent — I had the shrimp fettuccine and my husband had the rigatoni. They were both excellent! Our server had good wine recommendations as well. We will return soon!
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review! Happy Anniversary!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian we’ve had since moving to KC. Cozy and warm and comfortable atmosphere. Both thoughtful, gourmet entrees and classic pasta dishes are absolutely delicious. The toasted ravioli is scrumptious! It’s a must-go restaurant!
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  37. SarahS

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was so good that I was excited to come home to leftovers all day today. I got the Alfredo with chicken instead of shrimp and it was so good that I was genuinely sad when I got full because I wanted to keep eating. I could tell all the ingredients were fresh and everything was made from scratch. I will 100% be returning in the near future.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on December 5, 2023
    Thank you for the amazing review! We are thrilled you enjoyed our in house made pasta!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service. Went here for my birthday and had the best time.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on December 5, 2023
    We love that you celebrated your birthday with us and enjoyed a great meal!

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  39. anngf

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always feel like I am getting excellent personal service in a lovely environment!
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on December 5, 2023
    That's great to hear. Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lasagna was incredible and the service experience was very positive.
    Va Bene Italian EateryResponded on November 29, 2023
    That is amazing to hear! Thank you for the 5 stars!

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Va Bene Italian Eatery does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Va Bene Italian Eatery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (913) 258-2600.

Va Bene Italian Eatery is rated 4.5 stars by 425 OpenTable diners.

Va Bene Italian Eatery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Va Bene Italian Eatery

8232 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208-5211

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mission Road and 83rd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Prairie Village
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 2:00 pm–7:30 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Nathan Deters
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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