The Westside Local

4.6
1045 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
The restaurant you'll wish was in your neighborhood, in the neighborhood you'll wish was your own. The Westside Local offers seasonal comfort food with class, sourced as locally as possible. Enjoy it all with extensive beer and wine lists in our historic wood-beam and brick dining room, grapevine covered beer garden, or dashing little bar. Or just order some Carry out for that quiet evening at home.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Closed Mondays
Please note the brunch menu is only available on Sundays
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Phone number
(816) 997-9089
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony Gordon
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Private party facilities
Private dining for up to 30 available any time. If you would like to rent the beer garden or the restaurant we can make it happen.
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Private party contact
Brandon Strick: (816) 997-9089
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W 17th
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Parking details
Parking in lots North and East of 17th and Summit, plenty of on-street parking.
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Public transit
The 47 bus will drop you off at your table.
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Entertainment
Eclectic acoustic music in the beer garden on First Fridays and some other nights.
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Special events & promotions
Large party reservation fees may apply.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1045 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CM
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Westside Local. It was a great place for an early Sunday evening meal. The four of us had widely different choices of food as well as cocktails, wine and beer, and everything was fabulous. We had great service and enjoyed the casual atmosphere.

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LA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been to Westside Local before, but we will definitely go back. Everything was fabulous!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service!

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MN
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was awesome! However, something happened with our order. We got to the restaurant when it opened at 11am. We were the third table of people to sit down. After patiently waiting and watching tables of people who came in/ordered after us get their food (and in some cases pay their bills!), we finally asked about our meals around 11:50am. The waitress treated us like we didn't know how restaurants worked by implying that this was completely normal. Luckily, management was good and recognized that something was wrong (even told my partner that something was screwed up with the ticket). We know things happen, so we were ready to be forgiving, but the waitress basically gaslighted us. My three dining companions were not charged for their coffee as compensation. I had tea, for which I was still charged. This seemed like random compensation (since I was paying for my own meal, I did not get any compensation...).

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KS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We sat at our table for at least 5 minutes before we got a glass of water and then another 8-10 before we saw a waiter / waitress. Very disappointed. We often eat here and take guests. This was not a good experience this time. Waitress checked on us once during the meal. This will not be high on my list to return to

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T
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly, food was excellent and a varied menu. Nice Change of Pace. I like the Farm to Table concept.

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EM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had good service and great food! Was a little bummed the fries weren’t gluten-free and they were out of house chips, but all our food was delicious and we’ll go back!

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KL
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice relaxed atmosphere. Great menu and service. Loved the pork chops and that they were off the bone. Beets were amazingly fresh.

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MK
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Westside Local is our go-to! Always great for weeknight dining.

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K
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service. We all enjoyed our dinners!

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OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ketchup that comes with fries sometimes tastes like marinara other times like Smokey bbq sauce (last time the Smokey bbq taste was not good). Please work towards a more traditional ketchup, less Smokey taste. Veggie burger is the best I have ever tasted! Seats in the bar area are not comfortable and need the fabric replaced (fabric is torn and lacks padding). Overall food is excellent.

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BR
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and art together in the same place. Hip spot to hang.

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d
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday brunch. ⛪️

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k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Outstanding food. Little noisy.

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AF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was EXCELLENT. She made awesome recommendations and really elevated our experience!

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were a party of 6 gathering to wish our college students goodbye and my wife a last meal before surgery. Each of us ordered a different main course and we shared the antipasti plate. Actually took home food for the next day's dinner after surgery. Enjoyed the food and the waitress. Add on a glass of wine and some yummy chocolate cake and you're good to go.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for brunch. I had the raisin bread French toast with blueberry jam and cream cheese, sausage and scrambled egg. Also, for a appetizer some fries. It was delicious! The atmosphere was good and the service was great. We got seated quickly and the waitress was very polite and helpful, she even gave my friend a tip on what she should try. We even shared a slice of cake. My experience was memorable and I'll be attending the Westside Local in the near future.

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KR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love Westside local. Such a quaint venue and great food.

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MR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably delicious food, friendly service, located in a cool neighborhood in the heart of KC!

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

Had a great experience at The Westside Local. Very friendly staff who were very knowledgeable. The best part was being able to take our pup with us. Friendly environment and good location.

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MW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an all around good experience. From enjoying the amazing view of the city on our ride to the restaurant to the quaint, cozy atmosphere of the dining area, we enjoyed every detail. The food offered was a delicious farm to table experience. I highly recommend Westside Local.

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NO
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I have dined at Westside Local several times and prior to this past Saturday, the experiences were consistently AWESOME. However, we sat in the bar area and Chris was our waiter. My friend had never dined there before, so I informed Chris of that and was expecting some "additional information" about this wonderful restaurant and got "0" from Chris. He was not friendly to us and seemed to care less. I was actually so shocked and disappointed, I did not know what to say. Since it was a seemingly slow afternoon (we ate at 1230 pm), I came to the conclusion that Chris was perhaps not having a good day. However, considering the road closure, difficulty that my friend (who had never been there before) had getting to the restaurant, and the poor service--I will think twice before I dine at Westside local again. I have so many options that it may not be worth it. In summary: Chris was a downer and made me not want to return.

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C
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and atmosphere are wonderful, well worth the drive from Leawood. I particularly love the menu variety with something for everyone from burger eaters to healthy vegetarian zealots. My son, a foodie from NYC, and I both give it five stars!

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S
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to grab great food before going to the Shania Twain concert. Get service and always great food!!

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BR
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a hip atmosphere. Love the collage art that is up now.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th Birthday brunch

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sumptuous food and great service. We’d go back for sure. Louder than most smaller venues. Not an easy choice for those with hearing challenges.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I don’t think we will be back to Westside Local anytime soon. Our meals were disappointing. The salmon was served over al dente spaghetti squash that was clumped together. Another entree, the pulled chicken sandwich, was so spicy my friend was unable to eat it. Mac and cheese and grilled cheese entrees were good as usual.

Felt like everything was overpriced for the quality.

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot in KC. Always a 5-star experience!

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t
Kansas City
276 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The burgers are always great. The venue is fun and the servers are always polite and efficient.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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JB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better burger, whether it's the jalepeno/jam or the fajita. We were a little disappointed in the limited draft beer choices. Granted, it's a hot summer, but having at least one dark beer on tap -- even if not a tasty stout -- would be nice. The service was pretty good; we were glad to be seated right away at our reserved table, and appreciated not feeling rushed to leave even though we were ordering nothing else. Thanks for continuing to fill water glasses!

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KH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful lasagna special stuffed with a sweeter than usual nutmeg-enhanced tomato sauce with a crumbled pork and bison filling.....generous portion even for a stout old fellow! Chocolate cake so rich it made our teeth and gums momentarily purple.....was it beet juice? Fun and friendly place to celebrate a birthday.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing burgers, the jalapeño jam burger is one to remember! As well as the fajita burger ❤️

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Localities menu always good for a light meal/small plate meal. Veggie burger is one of the best in town.

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LT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The veggie burger left a lot to be desired. It was tasteless and undercooked. It fell apart out of the bun. The good part is that it was vegan. If it was made with less oil, cooked longer to have some texture, given some spices, and served on a whole grain bun, then you'd have something.

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r
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not as good as it used to be...food is average, wait staff not particularly interested in clearing the table between courses or taking drink orders past the first round. Meh all around. Too bad...this place was once a gem

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, attentive service and delicious food.

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GT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Seasonal options. Variety of choice. Great custom cocktails. Service could be better.

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HC
Kansas City
71 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun time in a relaxed atmosphere. Service staff was very accommodating and helpful. Very busy night and kitchen staff was a bit behind. Food normally is very good but this night was just good. Burger a bit over cooked as well as the salmon. The cold plate was very good and could be a meal by it self. Check it out. We will be back soon.

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