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The Rieger

1104 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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A Classic American Grill in a beautifully renovated, former hotel. Located in the historic Crossroads Art District of downtown Kansas City, The Rieger serves lunch and dinner with a focus on locally sourced, farm fresh seasonal ingredients. Chef and Owner Howard Hanna's French and Italian inspired cuisine strikes a perfect balance between bold sophistication and rustic sensibility.

The bar features a small, handcrafted cocktail menu with a wine list heavy in French and Italian wines.

The accommodating staff and warm environment make The Rieger perfect for any occasion.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Italian, French
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday:3:00pm-6:00pm
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Phone number
(816) 471-2177
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Howard Hanna
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Private party facilities
A wine room adjacent the main dining room serves as the the private dining and party space for The Rieger. Seating up to 40 people comfortably, a separate patio space connects adding an additional 12 outdoor seats. 2 long, 16 ft hardwood tables made of salvaged cypress give this room character. Each table seats up to 18, and an additional table for 6 is available.

Separate menus are available, family style service, punch service, and entertainment are all options. Please contact Amy Smith at 816.471.2177 for more details.
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Private party contact
Amy Smith: (816) 471-2177
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Cross street
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Parking details
Plenty of off street and on street parking. No fee.
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Public transit
KCATA MAX Bus Line (Crossroads Stop), Bus line 57 (Walnut & 20th).
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The most accommodating staff in KC!
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Special events & promotions
We often have special events. Please call us at 816-471-2177 for details on what we have coming up next!
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Omaha)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Interesting menu, excellent drinks, great service. Not your standard date restaurant. Highly recommend the pork soup!

teria (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

This is our favorite place for a romantic dinner or with friends. The food is different and amazing. When the smoke turnip soup is on the fall menu it is an absolute must. The drinks are wonderful and the staff is very laid back and fun!

patm (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

We had an awesome evening at the Rieger. Attentive service, amazing menu...overall a perfect dining experience. Thanks!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Our party of 6 really enjoyed the cocktails at Manifesto prior to dinner. Great atmosphere! Dinner was another story. We had a 7:15 reservation and were not seated until shortly after 8. I realize the restaurant staff cannot hurry along slow diners but this seemed an excessive time to wait, with a reservation. The restaurant staff did not make any moves to seat us until we began to get impatient, like any hungry horde, and said something to the host. This was a special occasion for us and the delay in seating interrupted the momentum of the evening. Once seated and ordering began, the charcuterie platter was a hit! Great combo of exotic meats. Among our dinners, the best meals were the chicken, catfish and steak. The rabbit pie was dry and the soft-shell crab dinner was skimpy. The Chef comped an order of potato rolls for the delay in seating us. They were ok, but we already had plenty of bread on the table and maybe a comped dessert would have be nice since the restaurant staff knew our celebration was a birthday. I'm sure The Rieger could care less, as business was booming on Saturday night, but we will probably not visit again.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Good place. A tad disappointed in the rabbit pie, it was a little dry and bland. Great service

vipIRB1 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Our server Joe was outstanding. He seems to truly enjoy his work and this reflects on his rapport with the guests.
Thank you for a great evening

vipVicPick (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Loved the creative menu and wonderful narrative from a very well informed waiter. Food was delish and beautifully presented!

vipbrewedbehavior (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Chef Howard is a gem in Kansas City, he's worked with the best in the world and we are lucky to have him. His touches on every dish assure an authentic translation of his vision every time. The creativity is limitless and we are reminded every time we go just how special the place is.

BirthdayGirl (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Too loud. Crowded. Tables close together which made it difficult to have a conversation. Food was good but small pasta portions. Decent wine. Hard to park.

vipkcbadboy (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Early 20th Centrury charm, great food, inventive menu. I had butter humus, rabbit pie, and blackberry compote with mint ice cream. My wife had chicken liver mousse, pasta, and olive oil cake. It was all great.

vipOpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

Great service & excellent drinks !!
Waitress was fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

The flavors are amazing and the cocktails very inventive. Would recommend for any occasion or just a really nice dinner.

Mitch (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

The drinks are very well crafted.
The food is amazing. Pork soup is always fantastic. The steak was perfect and my wife's fish was superbly prepared.
The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.
I love the relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant.
A jewel in the downtown KC area.
This place never disappoints.
Highly recommend

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

First time at the Rieger. Very interesting menu. Terrific cocktail menu. We enjoyed a leisurely meal with cocktails and would likely return.

Sally (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Absolute delicious appetizer (trout toast) and dessert (grits thing). Our main courses weren't great (specials: lamb ribs and grilled softshell crab). Yummy cocktails

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Colby was hosting and despite my request to sit somewhere other than in the middle of the restaurant, he said there was no availability and sat my partner and I in the middle. I had a reservation and it was only 6pm. I then watched as a dozen other, perhaps more 'traditional' couples, were ushered in and sat at more desirable tables. Disappointing treatment Colby.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Cocktails were great. Very different! Service was spot on both at the bar, and for dinner.
Perfect for foodies, but menu I felt was limited. I had the scallops, one of their specials of the day, along with the beet salad. It's a very small venue, and it was noisy on a Friday night. Great for girls night out dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

Great menu and cocktails are delicious. Wait staff is very helpful. Overall great experience!

Jlelt (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

The overall noise level made it nearly impossible to have a conversation. The special of the day pasta appetizer tasted too strongly of anchovies. The rabbit pie was dry. The ribeye steak of the day was very good.

AmoryDane (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on May 4, 2017

This was our first time dining there; we chose it to celebrate an anniversary because we had heard great things from friends. It was a fun date & we really liked the drink menu. All of the food we tried was tasty and all of the staff were very welcoming, kind, and helpful with recommendations. Will return and recommend.