Webster House

4.6
3856 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Webster House is the most unique dining experience in the Midwest and a destination spot for thousands of Kansas City visitors. Housed in a restored school house, circa 1895, Webster House is adjacent to the beautiful Kauffman Center. The first floor offers a one of a kind shopping experience with gifts, fine antiques and accessories.

The restaurant and bar, on the second floor, is one of Kansas City's most popular gathering spots for lunch, fine dining, Sunday brunch and large events. Chef Brandon Winn is famous for his innovative use of local, farm to market, products, creative American cuisine and delicious seasonal meals. Voted one of the "Top 100 Brunches in America", Webster House offers a special dining experience for any occasion as well as being family friendly. Each dish and dessert is prepared to create a symphony of flavor and freshness.


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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Shop
Mon, Tue 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Wed–Sat 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(816) 221-4713
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brandon Winn
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Catering
Be it simple or extravagant; Webster House will work with you to create a custom menu. Webster House believes in a sense of community, and enhances each menu using only the finest ingredients from local farmers and producers. You may select from the menus in the special events packet, with a wonderful array of canapés, hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres, main courses, desserts and wedding cakes, or customize a menu to fit your specific needs. If you prefer, Webster House will bring the entire celebration to your home, office or favorite location.
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Cross street
17th
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Parking details
Webster House offers 4 private parking lots for your convenience.
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Public transit
Accessible to the main thoroughfares between Broadway and Main Streets.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Webster House resides in a landmark 1885 building that captures the charm and elegance of Kansas City’s past, and right next door is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Webster House is dedicated to enhancing the experience of our guests, creating cherished memories with family and friends.

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Wed - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:00PM - 8:00PM

What 3856 People Are Saying
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EF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only difficulty we have is with the noise level.

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CA
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Lovely meal before the Symphony. As always great service. The cabbage salad is innovative, interesting but bland and needed more flavor. Scallops perfectly prepared as was the salmon.

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F
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner; good food and service.

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J
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our anniversary. Everyone that greeted us wish us a happy anniversary. The service was exceptional as was the food! We were seating by the window with a fabulous view of the city. We will be back.

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Webster House is our go-to if we want great food close to the Kauffman. The quality of the food is consistent, and it is always fun to do some browsing in the shop either before or after eating.

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m
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and very conscientious management. Wait staff is always superb, and Michelle is especially sad.

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a
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended for brunch lunch or dinner. Enjoyed a little shopping at
Webster House before and after brunch

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S
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff at Webster House are totally awesome! They are attentive and gracious to a fault. The Sunday brunch is the best of anything else in Kansas City!

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B
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great setting, and an added bonus that you could do some shopping with wine in hand while you wait for your table, but the food was really disappointing.

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OT
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Darin and his staff were amazing as always. Great food, excellent service, and a unique and elegant setting. I was particularly impressed by the bar and cocktail menu, and that the bar tender came to our table to speak with us about her creative spirits.

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S
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was just OK for us. At the prices they charge, it should be much better than just OK. The service was exemplary, however. Our noise levels were a little higher because we were sat next to the kitchen. Nothing horrible, but, not exactly romantic, either.

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WA
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We found Webster House quite charming. Entering through the first level with the Christmas decorations was charming. After being seated upstairs, service quick was quick, efficient, and friendly. My date and I immensely enjoyed our entrées: she had the salmon and I had the braised pork.

Why dating I especially liked Webster House being in within walking distance of the Kauffman Center where we went for a magnificent performance of Madame Butterfly.

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j
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite. always a wonderful dining experience with my friends,

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VK
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Gary was outstanding! Willing to accommodate special request. Attentive to keeping coffee and water full. Lovely!

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b
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time eating here. The food has been excellent both times. Brunch portions were hefty which is nice. Brought two guests (one visiting and one local) and both were very impressed. Service was on point. This quaint restaurant in this historic old school building is amazing. Then you can go downstairs and shop all the cute gift shops.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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J
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gary was wonderful...the food was awesome and the new drink menu was great...

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent manager who helped us move to a different table. He was very professional and easygoing at the same time.

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DB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

My wife and I had dinner there on the 3rd November. We sat in a lobby with the kitchen at the end of it. You are proud of your pricing. I had the potato soup to start and my wife the mixed greens. The greens were good, how could you mess that up? In contrast the soup was creamy, lukewarm and with nary a potato taste in sight. Clearly this was an exception? But no my wife had the scallops which were completely overpowered with some kind of parsnip/beet mix on some kind of ill defined brownish sauce which was completely out of place. Sad and expensive. I had the chicken liver appetizer which was overdone so that the breading was the taste I got. It was over crisp and totally overshadowed the sensitive liver taste as it had been overlooked. I had also ordered the charcuterie which was brought out and proved to be a huge amount of food. So much so that I had the waiter box it and I took it home. Did the waiter warn me that was too much? No he did not. The experience was sad. We expected better. Will we eat here again in a hurry? No we will not. I think you take advantage of your location near the Kaufman so don’t care?

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EN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful! I prefer to sit in bar room where it is quieter and cozier. We sat in kitchen area which is a little noisier.

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JO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is acceptable, portions average sized. Wines are of fair quality but over priced.

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KC
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for dinner before the opera and our waiter was sensitive to the time constraint. He got us out on time without feeling rushed. The pasta dish I had was really delicious as was the salmon salad my friend had as a special order.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal prior to attending the opera at the Kauffman -- even received a "special" menu stating "Happy Anniversary".

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J
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious. They have an awesome boutique downstairs. Wish they offered seasonal specials like before but its all good.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were celebrating our adult son’s birthday who had flown in from FL. We wanted to do something special and chose the Webster House. We have enjoyed previous dining there. However, we were very disappointed in the food. It was not the quality we expected. Some hot food was below serving temperature and unexceptional. The cured meat & pickled vegetable appetizer was a major disappointment. Entire meal very overpriced.

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D
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great lunch spot with a wonderful view. Creative food and wonderful service.

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RC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant above a unique store. Great ambience and incredible food. The risotto was so hearty and flavorful!

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CG
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent but our waiter, Brandon, made the lunch. He was fun, efficient and thoughtful. With out-of-town guests as part of the party, everyone left with a very special impression of Webster House. And the shopping was good as well!

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HS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Seriously outdated decor and menu. High price but service didn’t meet the price point. Won’t go back, food was boring, desserts were terrible and bill was high.

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JH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I have eaten at the Webster House a total of 3 times; the first time was okay, second time - great; this past time a disaster. I had an eggplant dish that was so chewy I had to cut it with a steak knife. When I complained to the waitress she was slow responding and then asked if she could bring something else. At this point in time it was too late so I said no. She went silent on us after that and we hardly saw her after that. No allowance made on the bill for the food either.

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R
Kansas City
296 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous birthday dinner before the KC Symphony Gershwin concert

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U
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and amazing food. Their side dishes were just as good as the entrees.

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CH
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Webster House has good food, but sometimes the Chef tries to be a little edgy. So, for example, they had a Cod dish, served with barley/kale. The cod was incredibly bland, but the barley/kale was way over the top intense. Eeuck. Why not do the cod in a traditional way, but add some flavorful sauce (the French approach) and then serve the barley/kale so one could investigate the flavors without having them explode in your mouth? ( Again, the French understand the delicate nature of veggies, and how they should never be 2nd place to the protein.) Other selections on the menu were good, but missed the mark. The chicken dish had a marvelous sauce, but again, where were those veggies? Buried below some greens? Sacre Bleu ! Put the veggies where they belong, have a sauce that works all together. Celebrate delicate flavors. Piling things on top of one another is passe, artsy but not culinarily appropriate.
Desert - missing: the creme brulee that used to be a signature menu item. They featured a carrot cake. Now, I am prejudicial to a wonderful carrot cake such as that at Cheesecake Factory or J. Alexanders (that is the best!) . This was a small portion of a cake that had only carrots. No raisins, no walnuts. The appropriate cream cheese frosting was way too thin and had zero flavor. Little balls of whipped creme on top? Pretty, but not contributing to the flavor.
Coffee: excellent. Not overpowering, with flavor and body.

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OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Noise level higher than usual, maybe due to several larger parties. Service slower this time.

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R
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Webster House shines! The food, the ambience, the wonderful shop, all help to make a complete dining event. We had a new waiter who was marvelous and deserving of kudos. One feels when they are at Webster House that they're every need is catered to. It is a special place to be. Thank you.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful place to celebrate my husbands birthday!

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k
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. Delicious food. Great service. A great place for two people to have a quiet lunch or for a group of people. All the items for sale add to the interest and the restoration of the old school is wonderful!

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KT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Webster House after reading and hearing about it for many years. It's in a bit of an isolated location but is right next to the Kauffman Center where we were attending a performance. An oddity is that there is a clothing/specialty store on the first floor - almost like you entered the wrong building. But, that added to it's unique appeal. The food was very fresh and prepared perfectly (farm to table). If we had one "complaint" it's that the portions were too large. The dinning area is elegant with tables arranged fairly close to each other, so less intimate and vibrant but cozy. The service was virtually perfect - very attentive but not overbearing - and not 5 different people attending our table. If that's not enough, the best may be the value which may be the best in the city. I recommend dressing business casual or a bit better... not jeans and t-shirt. In retrospect we can not believe we took so long to visit Webster House but we'll be returning before too long.

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l
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed a delicious lunch last week. Staff was courteous. The dining area was quiet enough to sit and visit with a friend. The food was fresh and presentation beautiful.

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TP
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really awesome food and great location for dining prior to performances at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.

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