Parkway: Social Kitchen

4.4
187 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
After 22 years at the Plaza’s iconic Houston’s and now as the Executive Chef of Parkway, John Hammack has a bit of a mantra: “Quality.”

A Kansas City native who spent 10 years traveling with his family, he returned to Kansas City with an appreciation of all things close to home.

“Local is better because it’s always fresher,” Hammack says. “We get everything as close to Parkway as we can.”

With a little kitchen warmed by a traditional wood-burning oven, Hammack says there’s no room for anything but the highest-quality, freshest ingredients. Hammack maintains a steadfast attention to detail and a commitment to fresh and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Everything at Parkway Social Kitchen is made from scratch daily.

A meal at Parkway isn’t going to be some tiny, fanciful dish with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Hammack makes familiar food that’s honest, down to earth and perfectly executed.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday : 11:00am - 11:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Friday : 11:00am - 1:30am
Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30am
Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(816) 214-5616
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sam Hefter
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LA
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice food menu & lots of good drink choices. We ordered turkey sandwich with brie, which turned out to be a cold sandwich and it was good but on a cold night, would have been nice to be warm like a panini with melted brie.

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JJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new addition to the Country Club Plaza. Food was top-notch. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was great.

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RJ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service! Preston (our waiter) was super attentive. The prime rib tacos were amazing and the mojito was too!

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v
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I suggested Social Kitchen as a spot for a lunch with a business associate. Having heard good things about the food, and the chef, I was excited to try this fairly new spot on the Plaza. Our service was great. I wish I could remember the gentleman's name so I could give him a shout out here. The food was also great. Ahi tuna. Fried chicken salad. All tasty. It was rather quiet and fairly empty for the lunch hour. And it was so chilly inside that my associate did not take off her coat for lunch. But overall, a good lunch choice. I'm sure I will go back again.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and cool atmosphere! Food was unique and overall awesome!

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

Took friends here for a birthday. There are a lot of choices on the plaza and we were pleasantly surprised by this gem we didn’t know existed. We all bad something different and it all was great food. One had the fillet which was wonderful! One had prime rib tacos which were also great. A third had the gourmet Mac and cheese which also was quite tasty and I had the pork chop with sweet potatoes that was scrumptious. We shared the tatie tot appetizer that are WAY better than any tator tot you’ve ever experienced. Our only complaint was the Cosmopolitan and Sangria seemed to be missing a punch to the taste. Overall great dining experience!

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RS
Tulsa
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We asked to be seated outside as it was an absolutely beautiful fall day & really enjoyed it. Will definitely return next time we're in Kansas City.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was decent, but nothing special and the red sangria tasted like sour wine. My waiter was nice enough to swap it out for something different, but still probably won’t go back with so many other options around.

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EA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was very good, but music was way too loud. Asked to turn it down and they did do that for a little bit, then turned it back up again. Our friends, who had not been there before, said they would not go there again due to the volume of the music. A bit on the pricy side as well for dinner.

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LL
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Food was good. Best part was the live music in the basement. Fun night with friends, dinner and live music.

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LS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were seated by the open windows on a lovely evening, and my shrimp with lime cilantro rice was amazing. My husband had the spareribs, and he raves about them as well.

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PM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine!

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K
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food and service was average. Burger had no flavor and fries were underwhelming. Ordered a Moscow Mule, but they don't have copper mugs. The Mule and the Mojito were poorly made.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a lovely evening out without the kiddos. The hostess was less than friendly and the food has been better. I ordered the Ribeye which was delicious but the sides did not taste fresh.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Waiter was fantastic

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Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was great (food, service, atmosphere and cost) and the bar atmosphere with live music downstairs was a great way to cap off the night. The next time we come back to KC, we will return to Parkway: Social Kitchen for sure!

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food but not yet equal to a Houston's level type quality.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Service was terrible. We had to wait for our reservation, didn’t get silverware, server spilled water all over the table, was never asked if we wanted drinks, and we hardly got checked on. We do not plan to head back soon.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy lunch for a sandwich and fries but very good (Prime Sandwich).

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Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a work lunch and the food was fabulous. Portions were big and satisfying. Loved it.

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k
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere was nice, but the food was very average. Nice place for drinks and live entertainment though!

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p
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Good food.

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LS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant addition to the Plaza on a prime corner. The serving sizes are ample, and the open windows looking out across Ward Parkway were lovely when we were there. Pork chop and the lime cilantro shrimp were delicious. Now. . . If Managament could only train wait staff not to ask, “Are you still working on that?”

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JF
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the red velvet booth they sat us in. We were able to hear the wonderful live music but felt like we were in our own little world and had no problem hearing each other. Food was also great.

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B
Kansas City
61 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice contemporary venue. The food was a bit expensive and a bit average.

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PL
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was spectacular and the food was delicious. This was our second time at Parkway, and it just emphasized how much we enjoy it.

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R
Kansas City
34 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tried this for Anne's birthday. Very good food, brought out quickly, and fairly attentive service, but rather pricey. Might come back here for other special occasions.

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KV
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A menu and atmosphere that calls to mind one of our favorite places( now closed) on the Plaza. If you liked Houston's, this is your place. Service still needs a bit of polish but all in all, very enjoyable. Great ribeye, equally good pork chop (huge!), appetizers, sides and cocktails all fantastic.

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n
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I believe this place is new and has a few kinks to work out.

There was no host when we arrived, so about 8 people were standing around waiting to be seated.

The food is good but overpriced and service was slow. My friend ordered the filet, rare. The waitress came by after about 20 minutes to say the filet takes a long time to cook. It was served medium well, so he sent it back. The next one came out purple. This is not what we would expect for a $45 steak, and the waitress only gave him a butter knife. My cilantro lime shrimp was very tasty and cooked well.

Beware that the prices displayed on the website are lower than the actual menu prices.

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DR
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This review would be a 5 had the service been adequate and friendly. We felt like we were a burden on the waitress.

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D
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is just OK.......not great. Nothing really special or memorable. Side dishes disappointing.
Like the open air windows ...and the lower level is nice for after dinner drink. If it weren’t in the Plaza we wouldn’t return. This was our second time there.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was very mediocre. Bar couldn’t get the drink order right. Very boring menu .

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful (Jeff, I believe). He was so passionate about the menu and gave great suggestions!

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BH
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This was my first time at Parkway Social Kitchen, and it was great! We went for happy hour and had wine and some appetizers. The tater tots were so good, they are huge and stuffed with cheese... how can you go wrong there?! The spinach dip was also good. We had the hummus as well, and it wasn't anything special. We were well taken care of by our server.

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LA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been since the space was Coal Vines and love the new floor plan and menu. Great, accommodating staff and so kind! Perfect finale to my birthday 'day'!

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time there for dinner I had been there two other occasions for lunch with vendors.
I have recently retired and met a long time friend there for dinner to celebrate my retirement.
She had never been there and she thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
We had a small table along the west side it was cool enough outside that the windows were open and there was enough of a breeze that the bugs weren't coming in and the inside air conditioning made the temperature just pleasant.
We sat and visited over a couple of drinks and then had a wonderful dinner.
The food was excellent the service was very good in the atmosphere was perfect for what we wanted.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited Parkway for the 1st time. Our table was on time, the atmosphere was great, mixed drinks were well done, wine list was good and the food was excellent. Going back again soon and have already recommended it to others!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Drinks and atmosphere were amazing. Food was lack luster and arrived at the table lukewarm.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice waiter and great food

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OT
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Server Rachel was very responsive . A good server. The Kitchen however was backed up slowing everything. Rachel did a really good job of taking care of us in spit of the kitchen slowdown.
Cornbread skillet appetizer was good as well as my wifes chicken dish.
The steak I had was good but overdone.

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